If you’re looking for exciting things to do with the family this spring / summer, there are plenty of great events and activities in and around Ellesmere Port to keep all ages entertained.
From musical extravaganzas, theatre shows and comedy to historic celebrations, family fun days and exhibitions, the town plays hosts to some of the region’s top events.
In one of the most anticipated events of the summer, 5ive will headline the Ellesmere Port Summer Jam 2018, which takes places from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29 at Whitby Park. It’s set to be a huge weekend of live music with 5ive joined by Vicky Jackson singing Pink and Lady Gaga and MavMac on the opening night. There will be multiple stages offering music to suit all ages and tastes over the weekend, including Decades of Dance, with Ian Van Dahl among the DJs, and tributes to Oasis, Paul McCartney, The Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift and Robbie Williams to name but a few.
Ellesmere Port Civic Hall has a packed programme of events over the summer including Patsy Cline and Friends on Friday, June 8; Manford’s Comedy Club on Friday, June 15; and The Victoria Academy of Dance and Drama - Showtime 2018 on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 plus many more.
Comedy Night Live returns to The Whitby Club on Friday, June 8 “bringing the funnies with yet another fantastic line up” including three brilliant professional comedians. The venue is also hosting some fantastic live music events including Lunarfest on June 1, showcasing some of the best local bands.
Keeping it musical, there’s a celebration of British music in the tradition of the Albert Hall's "Last Night" with “A night at the Proms” on Friday, June 2 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Church.
Whitby Hall, home to the Action Transport Theatre, is another fantastic venue offering a programme of events throughout the summer of dance and drama. This includes a brand new, unique and surprising play on Wednesday, July 18 called ‘How to Get a Baby’, written by ATT associate writer Kevin Dyer and former ATT young writer Meghan Davies
The National Waterways Museum is another wonderful venue in our town, which hosts events and exhibitions throughout the year celebrated the rich history and exciting future that our local waterways enjoy. One of the highlights this year is Russell Newbery and Father's Day Weekend where visitors can see the boats and listen to the Russell Newbery engines at their 2018 Rally from June 13 to 17.
You can also take boat cruises aboard the famous Daniel Adamson steam ship, or “The Danny”, which start from the boat museum, and take you on a watery adventure to many different destinations. Dates and times of cruises vary so visit the website for more information.
Staying with our watery theme, there are daily shows, talks and feeds on at The Blue Planet Aquarium. Daily Aquatheatre displays at the Aquatheatre viewing window provide information about the animals and what it takes to be a diver. Check the website for times and school holiday shows.
The Hooton Park Trust Family Fun Day 2018 will take place at the Hooton Park Trust, Airfield Way, on Sunday, July 15. Hosted by The Aeroplane Collection it will be a day to celebrate aviation history, with more details to be announced closer to the event.
Rounding off a sizzling summer of events on Monday, August 6 is Port Fest at The Oasis Youth Centre, Coronation Road. It’s a mini festival hosted by Stage Arts Entertainment. This official open day will include a pop up clothes event, kids funfair, stalls, Mr Tee, face painting, refreshments and lots more. The centre will also host the Port Fest dog show on 26 August.
Please visit individual websites for further details. Further events are likely to be announced so for more information about ‘What’s on in Ellesmere Port’ visit ellesmereport.yourwestcheshire.co.uk.