First up, the annual Summer Beach attraction returns to Church Square on Friday 26 July, where Pontypandy’s hero next door, Fireman Sam, will officially open the event at 12:00pm and stick around for a meet and greet until 4:00pm
Complete with a large beach area for youngsters to tackle with their buckets and spades – and a fantastic children’s funfair – Summer Beach will be open throughout the summer holidays from 10:30am to 4:30pm.
Next up; the annual Summer Streets festival, which takes place in Church Square and Church Street on 9-10 August.
After a three-year absence, Titan the Robot will make a return to kick start the fun-packed weekend. Crowds will be treated to the 8ft mechanical star’s unique blend of free comedy, street theatre and music.
Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the Genie will be walking around on Friday 9 August so make sure you stop by with your little princes and princesses to meet them for a photo.
The two-day event will also feature a number of jaw-dropping walk around acts including dinosaurs and elephants, interactive shows, acrobats, stage entertainment – and much more besides. The best part is it’s all completely free.
If that doesn’t whet your appetite, the mouth-watering selection of food and drink stalls on offer certainly will.
St Helens’ first ever Pride will also fall during Summer Streets. Saturday 10 August will see a celebration and call for equality for the LGBTQ+ community.
Stage entertainment on the day will come courtesy of three-time Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists, MD Productions, with a rainbow walk among a whole host of celebratory activities planned.
St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for arts, events, culture & heritage, Councillor Anthony Burns, said: “These events have been two of the highlights of our annual events calendar for a number of years now, attracting a large number of visitors into St Helens town centre. But this year’s Summer Streets event – which always brings a carnival atmosphere to St Helens – will be extra special as we will be proudly celebrating the borough’s very first Pride event.
“Pride promises to be a memorable occasion and we look forward to welcoming members of the LGBTQ+ community from inside and outside of the borough into St Helens town centre for what will be a fabulous festival to highlight equality.”
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Photo Caption One: St Helens town centre will experience a carnival-like atmosphere once more when the hugely popular Summer Streets event returns on 9-10 August.
Photo Caption Two: CBeebies stars Bing & Flop hopped into Church Square last year to officially open Summer Beach. Fireman Sam will do the honours this year.
Photo Caption Three: St Helens’ first ever Pride will coincide with this year’s Summer Streets. Saturday 10 August will see a celebration and call for equality for the LGBTQ+ community.