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The Atkinson


Lord Street, Southport, Lancashire, PR8 1DB

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The Atkinson
The Atkinson is an £18 million multi art-form venue set in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Southport. With its beautifully restored art galleries and theatre it hosts the very best of visual and performing arts throughout the year.

The Studio offers the best in live music from all the big names in jazz, folk, blues and world music and you can enjoy real homemade meals and treats in the relaxing café-bar.

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Opening Times

Galleries and Museum (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00*
Bank HolidayClosed
Opening times (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00*
Bank HolidayClosed
Library (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Bank HolidayClosed
Cafe - A Great Little Place (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Bank HolidayClosed

* The library is open but unmanned from 2pm on Saturday

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Saturday, 4th June 2022 - Saturday, 11th March 2023

The Poetry of TreesThis exhibition features a wide range of artists who are fascinated by trees, some for their aesthetic appeal, others exploring their potential for symbolic meaning.
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Saturday, 11th June 2022 - Saturday, 24th September 2022

Zarah Hussain: Light Upon LightZarah Hussain (b.1980) works at the intersection of science and spirituality.  She combines contemporary digital art with rigorous training in traditional hand-drawn Islamic geometry.
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Sunday, 26th June 2022 - Sunday, 23rd October 2022

Paul Kenny: Seaworks​​​​​Building on themes of fragility and transience in the landscape, Kenny’s work deals with the universal through a focus on the microscopic, often overlooked, elements of the landscape. In the last two years he has been developing a hybrid style of animation slowly evolving versions of his still…
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Wednesday, 13th July 2022 - Wednesday, 13th July 2022

The Simon & Garfunkel StoryDirect from a week-long run in London’s West End at the Vaudeville Theatre, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back.
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Monday, 18th July 2022 - Monday, 18th July 2022

Monday, 15th August 2022 - Monday, 15th August 2022

Monday, 31st October 2022 - Monday, 31st October 2022

Monday, 21st November 2022 - Monday, 21st November 2022

Tea Dance at The Atkinson​​​​​​Line-dancers, armchair hand wavers,  jivers and the everything in-between are welcome to meet new friends and join in the fun.
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Wednesday, 27th July 2022 - Wednesday, 27th July 2022

Wednesday, 10th August 2022 - Wednesday, 10th August 2022

Wednesday, 17th August 2022 - Wednesday, 17th August 2022

Wednesday, 24th August 2022 - Wednesday, 24th August 2022

Interactive StorytellingIgnite your child’s imagination, develop their confidence and encourage their communication skills with these family sessions.
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Thursday, 28th July 2022 - Thursday, 28th July 2022

Thursday, 4th August 2022 - Thursday, 4th August 2022

Thursday, 11th August 2022 - Thursday, 11th August 2022

Thursday, 18th August 2022 - Thursday, 18th August 2022

Thursday, 25th August 2022 - Thursday, 25th August 2022

Make It! WorkshopJoin in The Atkinson’s Art Box for an arts and crafts workshop suitable for all the family.  There’s something for all ages, with all materials supplied and all for free. 
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Monday, 1st August 2022 - Monday, 1st August 2022

Monday, 5th September 2022 - Monday, 5th September 2022

Various musicians play, sat behind the stands holding their sheet music. Cake and Classical Music at The AtkinsonThe Atkinson brings high quality, accessible classical music to Southport. Cake and Classical Music takes place on the first Monday of each month, with a different ensembles, individuals and musicians performing 75 minute, lunchtime concerts.  Ticket price includes a hot drink and a piece of cake…
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Tuesday, 2nd August 2022 - Tuesday, 2nd August 2022

Tuesday, 9th August 2022 - Tuesday, 9th August 2022

Tuesday, 16th August 2022 - Tuesday, 16th August 2022

Tuesday, 23rd August 2022 - Tuesday, 23rd August 2022

Young Curators Summer SessionsIn these free summer sessions, you will work with industry professionals to develop your creative skills and understanding of museum collections. Across the four-week programme, you will get hands-on experience working with art and cultural pieces and engage with curatorial practices as an art form.
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Thursday, 4th August 2022 - Thursday, 4th August 2022

Friday, 5th August 2022 - Friday, 5th August 2022

Saturday, 6th August 2022 - Saturday, 6th August 2022

Dinosaur World LiveGrab your compass and join the intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs.  Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops,…
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Friday, 12th August 2022 - Friday, 12th August 2022

China CrisisChina Crisis were never your run-of-the-mill 80s pop band.  Formed in Liverpool by singer Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon, they distilled their love of David Bowie and Steely Dan into an exquisitely melancholy post-punk sound that saw them win their just chart rewards.
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Thursday, 8th September 2022 - Thursday, 8th September 2022

David Harper’s A Romp with The GeorgiansStories range from strange Georgian pets, binge drinking, Georgian cosmetic surgery, electrified beds, smugglers, money launderers, fashion disasters, dodgy politicians and how to sell your spouse in auction amongst many other very unusual, but true tales.
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Friday, 16th September 2022 - Friday, 16th September 2022

Saturday, 17th September 2022 - Saturday, 17th September 2022

Horrible Histories, Terrible TudorsWe all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead.  So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Terrible Tudors live on stage.
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Friday, 14th October 2022 - Friday, 14th October 2022

Vincent Simone: Tango PassionsArgentine tango king and Strictly Come Dancing legend, Vincent Simone, returns to the stage in the Autumn of 2022 with his brand new show ‘Tango Passions’.  Also starring Argentine tango specialist Paula Duarte as his leading lady.
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Tuesday, 25th October 2022 - Tuesday, 25th October 2022

RapunzelPacked with songs, dance routines and jokes a plenty, there is something for everyone to love.  So book your tickets now for the family show of the year.
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Wednesday, 26th October 2022 - Wednesday, 26th October 2022

I Spy with my Little EyeFor Molly’s sixth birthday her parents want to throw her the perfect party.  They don’t have a lot of money but what they do have is a lot of love and, if truth be told, a lot of clutter.  
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Tuesday, 1st November 2022 - Friday, 4th November 2022

Twopence to Cross the MerseyAdapted from Helen Forrester’s million-selling autobiography, Twopence To Cross The Mersey is a stunning period drama set in the early 1930s in the midst of the Great Depression. 
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Thursday, 8th December 2022 - Saturday, 31st December 2022

Aladdin Christmas PantomimeAladdin tells the legendary rags to riches story of a Chinese street urchin who falls in love with a beautiful princess.
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Saturday, 3rd June 2023 - Saturday, 3rd June 2023

Goldilocks and the Three Bears​​​​​​​This hilarious and spectacular pantomime style show will include some of the very best seasoned performers, top circus and speciality acts as well as all the ingredients of a family show that KD Theatre Productions have become known for; high energy choreography, loveable characters,…
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

From the South, take the M6 to exit 26; the M58 will take you to Ormskirk and then take the A570 to Southport.
From the North, follow the A59 from Preston (exit 31 from the M6) and then follow the signs to Southport.
For direct routes please visit the AA Route planner.

Park & ride services
There are three operating park and ride services in Southport; the Esplanade, Kew and Fairways. Click on each name for further information on the current service offered.

There is on-road pay and display parking around Southport as well as a number of off-road car parks. For more detailed car parking information in Southport please visit Sefton website for car parking information

Public Transport Directions

With a network of travel centres across Merseyside, Merseytravel operate a number of bus services to and from Southport.

National Express coaches serve Southport from all major UK towns and cities making the town easily accessibly by coach.

With 3 airports less than an hour away, Southport is easily accessible by air:
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the UK’s longest established operational airports, and is located 7 miles from Liverpool City Centre with major operators including KLM, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is fully integrated into the North West’s Public transport system and located just ten minutes from the major motorway network making it easily accessible.

Blackpool International Airport offers passengers a congestion-freealternative for air travel in and out of the Northwest. It is conveniently located at the end of the M55 which links up with the M6 and has public transport links nearby.

Manchester International Airport is one of the UK’s most accessible international gateways operating to more than 200 destinations. You can connect to the airport via a number of options including train, coach and road links.

Daily ferry crossings arrive into Liverpool from Belfast, Dublin and the Isle of man. There are also sailings from Dun Laogshire to Holyhead.



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COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed

Parking & Transport

  • Close to rail network

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