2018 Events


The Secret Gardens of Oxton

Sunday 13 May 2018 (10am - 5pm)

Enjoy special access to dozens private gardens of this characterful conservation village. With music, arts & crafts and food & drink stalls for all ages.

Tickets available from 3rd April at http://oxtonsociety.org.uk/wp/secret-gardens/ and local outlets.

Friday 25 - Monday 28 May

Come aboard and join us for Wirral's Tall Ships festivities!

There are plenty of free activities for all your crew to enjoy all weekend. Our waterfront will ring with the sounds of the sea as we celebrate our maritime connections – past, present and future. Click here for the full line-up: Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta

International Guitar Festival of Great Britain

May/June 2018

The International Guitar Festival will be celebrating its 30th year, with a month long celebration of this versatile and much loved instrument.

Wirral Open Studio Tour

9 & 10 June 2018 (10am - 5pm)

More than 60 local artists will open the doors to their studios, workshops and display spaces and are on-hand to discuss their work, which includes painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles and jewellery.

For more information visit: www.wirralarts.com

Wirral Festival of Firsts

29 June – 14 July 2018

This volunteer-led festival celebrates the arts and showcases local talent along with outstanding performers from further afield.

For more information visit: www.wirralfestivaloffirsts.org.uk/

Love New Brighton Parade

14 July 2018

The streets of New Brighton come alive as performers and dozens of local groups parade through the town in a blaze of music and colour. Free entry.

The Leverhulme Grand Prix

22 July 2018

Over 100 cyclists compete in a series of races in Birkenhead Park, as the Wirral plays host to high-class professional cycle racing for the first time in over half a century. There will be lots of on offer for the whole family including food and drink, musical entertainment and fun activities and demonstrations for all ages. The event is free for spectators and there is so much more than cycle racing on offer throughout the day!

More information can be found at www.pedalare.co.uk

Be in Birkenhead Festival 2018

26 July 2018 (11:30am – 4pm)

This free one-day family festival returns in July to take over the iconic Hamilton Square in Birkenhead. Showcasing some of Wirral’s best small businesses it offers a fun filled day with entertainment, stalls, shows, tours and talks plus fairground attractions and a meet and greet with our local emergency services. Free entry.

For more information visit: facebook.com/birkenheadBID/

11 - 12 August

Six huge structures built entirely from cardboard, tape and community spirit will be constructed in public places across each of the six boroughs in Liverpool City Region this summer. The concept is the brainchild of French artist Olivier Grossetȇte and is the first creative project to take place across the entire city region.

14 July - 25 August 2018

This landmark exhibition brings together photographs of New Brighton by internationally renowned photographers Martin Parr, Tom Wood and Ken Grant. It is the first time their images taken in the resort will be shown together, with their photographs exploring moments in New Brighton life from the late 1970s to the end of the 1990s.

One Wirral 2018

18 August 2018 (11am – 4pm)

One Wirral is a festival for the whole community, celebrating the diversity of Wirral and all the peninsula has to offer. It will bring together community groups from across the borough to Birkenhead Park to showcase talents and activities such as dance, drama and music, and will encourage people to find a new hobby or join a new group in their area.

Find out more: https://onewirral.weebly.com/

Egremont Festival 2018

19 August 2018 (11am – 5pm)

With arts & crafts stalls, performances, funfair, donkey rides and an international and locally sourced food, along the magnificent Egremont Promenade, this free event is a great day out for all ages.

For more information: https://thefriendsofegremont.weebly.com/egremont-festival.html

Heritage Open Days

Thursday 6 - Sunday 16 September

Heritage Open Days celebrate the country’s outstanding architecture and culture by offering free access to properties, many of which are normally closed to the public or charge visitors for admission. Organised by the Wirral History & Heritage Association, it is Wirral’s biggest heritage event, aiming to give visitors and residents alike the chance to enjoy a rich variety of architecture, landscape and history. Find out where you can visit this year and the full schedule: More info

Wirral Earth Festival

Saturday 15 September (11am - 5pm)

Wirral Earth Festival returns for an exciting day of Earth and people friendly family activities. The festival, organised by Transition Town West Kirby, takes place at St Bridget's Church & Field, West Kirby and will feature excellent live music, storytelling, activities, stalls from local interest groups, food and drink and more!

Wirral Arts Festival

Saturday 29 September - Saturday 13 October

The annual Wirral Arts Festival returns with live entertainment and art work in many venues across Wirral. Be inspired to participate in workshops, try something different, make new friends, visit places on your doorstep, bring family and friends and discover what Wirral has to offer.

More info

Make It! in Libraries

September/October - various dates

This exciting new project is a great way to develop and nurture your creative skills under the guidance of artists in residence based in Wirral libraries. Starting early September 2018 on various dates and times, with sessions using many different types of artistic skills. The scheme is largely financed mainly by Arts Council England. For further details, see www.wirral.gov.uk/makeit or to book, email makeitinlibraries@wirral.gov.uk

4 November

Start your November off with a ‘bang’ as spectacular fireworks return to the Wirral and Liverpool waterfront. Get your hats, scarves and gloves ready and join us as we celebrate everything that is big, bright and loud, as we light up our skies and waterfront during our dazzling firework show. The event will also offer lots of activities and pre-firework entertainment for all to enjoy.

Photo by: Graham Morris