Be in Birkenhead Summer Festival back for 2018

Birkenhead BID’s FREE one-day family festival in the town’s historic, Grade 1 listed Hamilton Square returns.

Now in its third year, ‘Be in Birkenhead’ has become the biggest and most popular family festival in Wirral. The event is a celebration of all the great things happening in Birkenhead and everything that the town has to offer will once again take place in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead and kick start the summer holidays for thousands of school children and their families.

The Summer Festival aims to attract visitors to the market town to experience the splendour of its town square. The event is supported by Wirral Council and a host of community organisations who will bring Hamilton Square to life with fun activities to entertain kids young and old.

Baby and toddler group Bounce and Rhyme will bring their interactive nursery rhymes and bouncing games for babies, toddlers and their parents to enjoy together.  For the younger kids, Wirral Play Council will be holding one of their fabulous Summer Playschemes with exciting activities including sports, arts, crafts and games. Staff and volunteers from The Hive Youth Zone will be offering a range of their exciting activity sessions for older children and young adults to help educate and inspire but are also to generate a lot of fun. For the footy fans, Tranmere Rovers will be holding a pop-up soccer academy with skills workshops and training sessions, giving boys and girls the opportunity to train with professional youth coaches. 

For the creative in attendance, workshops will be offering different arts and crafts aimed at all ages. Each visitor to the festival will be invited to craft a poppy. Every poppy made will be put on display during the Wilfred Owen festival and 2018 Armistice day celebrations which will mark the centenary since the end of WWI. This display will create a beautiful and poignant visual art installation at the Town Hall. 

In addition to all of the above Birkenhead BID will be taking the opportunity to tell the story of the work that we do within the local community through a section of fun and engaging street theatre performances… The performances will promote the work that the Birkenhead BID do to ensure that we are helping to create a cleaner, more attractive, safe and securer place to live and do business. Watch out for a comical selection of storytelling throughout Birkenhead. 

On the day of the festival, visitors will be able to choose from a variety of tasty treats from some of Wirral’s very best food and drink stallholders and enjoy summer refreshments on the Square. 

Wirral Transport Museum’s lovingly restored vintage buses will once again be in attendance, this time, however, the ‘Birkenhead Blues’ will be picking-up passengers and taking them on a tour of Birkenhead with a pick–up and drop-off points in Hamilton Square, Europa Boulevard and Charing Cross.

This is a free event and will be held between 11:30am and 4pm on Wednesday 26th July 2017.

Last year’s event attracted more than 4,000 visitors from across Wirral and the Liverpool City Region, brought vibrancy and life to Hamilton Square, increased footfall and retail sales in the town centre and encouraged the local community to get involved, visit and take pride in Birkenhead.  The festival delivered a range of free family activities with the support of organisations including Wirral Tram Museum, Tranmere Rovers FC, Wirral Council and Merseyrail. 

Gemma Nichols, Head of Birkenhead BID said, “We are really pleased to bring back this wonderful family festival, last year the event was a great success and attracted huge numbers of visitors to the town. This year we hope for even more people to join in the fun but also leave with a fresh appreciation of the hard work that has been going on to make the town cleaner, safer and more attractive. The fabulous shops, cafes, restaurants and visitor attractions we have in Birkenhead are a real draw and we want to bring them to as many people’s attention as possible, this festival is a great way to achieve this. We are really looking forward to the Be in Birkenhead Festival and believe that this great family event offers another fantastic reason for visitors to come to our town.” 

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