Free Family Fun Day

Free Family Fun Day

Seaside Fun at The Atkinson!

Saturday 2 July 2022

To celebrate the launch of our summer exhibitions programme, we are hosting a seaside themed family fun day packed with free events for all ages.

Roll up to The Atkinson to enjoy a day of crafts, art activities, games, drama workshops, exhibition tours, talks and foodie delights. Enjoy a day at the seaside but without the sand!

Our café, A Great Little Place, will be offering seaside treats for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert as we welcome Southport Market’s Coneheads to present all of your ice cream dreams!

Put the date in your diary and come along. We’d love for you to join us!

Interactive Storytelling

10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 2.30pm
Free, booking required as places are limited. Book here. 
Combining interactive storytelling, music, nursery rhymes, drama games, sensory and imaginative play, bubbles, puppets and crafts. A fun, active and creative way to spend time enjoying stories and play together. (Age guidelines: 3-7)

Location: Theatre bar, first floor

Construction Club

10:30am – 12:30pm
Young inventors, creators and builders are invited to drop in and play with our massive supply of LEGO. Founded in Denmark in 1932, the name LEGO was created by taking the first two letters of the Danish words ‘leg godt’, meaning play well.

Location: Library, ground floor

Make it! Craft Workshop

11am – 3pm
Get creative in this free craft workshops for children of all ages. Be inspired by our museum, galleries and theatre programme. All equipment provided.

Location: Galleries, art box, 

Victorian Parlour

Victorian Parlour Games

11am – 3pm
Parlour games were extremely popular during the Victorian era. As part of our Victorian Visitors exhibition, play some amusing games from the period.

Location: Museum, discovery box, second floor

Up Close & Magic

11am – 3pm
Rick Tynan brings some of his close-up illusions to The Atkinson. Prepare to be amazed!

Location: Foyer, ground floor.

Zarah Hussain, Root 2 Blue, Green (detail)

Exhibition Tours

12:15pm – The Poetry of Trees,
03:15pm – Zarah Hussain: Light Upon Light
The Atkinson’s curator Stephen Whittle offers insight into our new exhibitions. Find out how artists have been inspired by trees and discover the geometric artworks of Zarah Hussain.

Location: Galleries, first floor

The Atkinson, Queen Victoria

Walking Tour: Looking up at Southport

Meet in the foyer, the tour starts and finishes at The Atkinson.
As part of their exhibition, Built on Sand, join Southport Townscape Heritage Project for a short walking tour to look up at Southport’s surprisingly varied buildings. Suitable for all the family.

Location: Meet in the foyer, ground floor.

Norman Wallis


A range of interactive displays and creative activities have been designed to help visitors of all ages have fun whilst exploring our exhibitions.

Location: Galleries, first floor. 


Our stunning Egyptology museum takes visitors on a journey through what life was like in ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs. In the local history museum you can explore the history of Sefton from prehistoric times to the present day, from hunter-gatherer footprints to Dan Dare Pilot of the Future.

Location: Museum, second floor


Food & Drink

Our café, A Great Little Place, will be offering seaside treats for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert as we welcome Southport Market’s Coneheads to present all of your ice cream dreams!

Location: Ground floor & outside The Atkinson


The Atkinson is open throughout the year and present a varied seasonal programme and changing exhibitions, events and talks, so whatever time of year you visit, we offer a fun, creative and varied day out.

Families are at the heart of what we do; see the full offer for all ages here.


Posted on 1 July 2022 under General news

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