What’s on in the Wirral - Winter 2013

Birkenhead Choral Society, due to perform the Bach Christmas Oratorio at St Saviours Church, Oxton

Birkenhead Choral Society, due to perform the Bach Christmas Oratorio at St Saviours Church, Oxton - Credit: Archant

A selection of events in the Wirral this winter

October 28 to November 2

There is nothing more English than a juicy Whodunnit. Crowd-pleasing entertainment is guaranteed with Agatha Christie’s Go Back for Murder, presented at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. A mother has died in prison, convicted of poisoning her husband, but a letter left for her daughter protests her innocence. The daughter is determined to clear her mother’s name, so seeks out the various players in this tragic history to sort the real cuplrit from amid the red herrings.

www.floralpavilion.com, box office 0151 666 0000 .

November 3

Bonfire Night approaches, and the Friends of Meols Park are making a day of it too. Their ‘Fun and Fireworks’ event begins at 12noon with family funfair rides, side stalls, donkey rides, and seasonal refreshments - pumpkin soup and mulled wine. The firework display at Meols Park, School Lane begins after 6pm. Free entry, but donations requested.

November 6 to 28

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Wirral’s 25th International Guitar Festival boasts a huge range of performers from every genre of music and in a variety of venues including the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Birkenhead Priory and Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton. Classical guitarist John Williams, former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook are just a few of the draws. Kicking off the whole event at the Floral Pavilion on November 6 will be a man who - like wine, cheese and violins - seems to get better with age. Joe Brown was one of the original UK rock ‘n’ rollers, played guitar with all the visiting American stars in the pre-Beatles era, was a headliner at a time when his warm-up acts included a promising combo called The Beatles and, latterly, has been an important catalyst in the resurgence of interest in the ukulele.

www.bestguitarfest.com. Floral Pavilion box office 0151 666 0000

November 7

The Lever Brothers’ role in the First World War and the way the conflict affected Port Sunlight is the subject of the Annual War Memorial lecture at the Lyceum, Bridge Street, Port Sunlight. Tickets cost £5, bookable through Port Sunlight Museum 0151 644 6466.

On the same day, the Museum will host a First World War Community Collection road show between 11am and 4pm for residents and general public to bring in their own collections, family stories, and photographs to be recorded by the museum. Entrance will be free, and help and advice on tracing First World War servicemen connected to the factory or village will also be given.

November 7

Ever glanced at the night sky and wondered what’s going on up there? Wonder no more. Join Liverpool Astronomical Society for a ‘star party’ at Ness Botanic Gardens, on the Neston Road between Ness and Burton. The evening entails some warming soup, a talk about the wonders of the universe and, weather permitting, telescope demonstrations in the gardens.

www.nessgardens.org.uk Tickets £10, at gardens admissions desk or by calling at 0845 0304063.

November 20 to 23

There is a comic sneer at the notion that Christmas is the season of goodwill to all men in Bebington Dramatic Society’s production A Kick In The Baubles, at Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight. Frank is dreading the arrival of snooty in-laws, and his Christmas is further spiced by bawdy neighbours and an estranged daughter.

www.gladstonetheatre.org.uk, 0151 643 8757.

November 30

The voices of Birkenhead Choral Society will fill St Saviour’s Church, Bidston Road, Oxton, on this Saturday evening as they present the Bach Christmas Oratorio. Tickets available from The Green Community Shop, Oxton, Tapley’s in Bebington and Lingham’s in Heswall.

December 13 to 15

Panto season is upon us and the Port Sunlight Players provide their own festive frolics in Beauty and the Beast - a traditional-style pantomime running for three nights at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight Village.

www.gladstonetheatre.org.uk, 0151 643 8757.

December 15

Ever wondered what happens to the flora and fauna of your local park when the chilly weather arrives? Then join other curious souls for a free ranger-led walk through Birkenhead Park, looking for the signs of winter. No need to book. Meet up at the Visitor Centre, Park Drive, Birkenhead for a 1.30pm start.