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The Atkinson

Type:Exhibition Centre

Lord Street, Southport, Lancashire, PR8 1DB

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Tel: 01704 533 333

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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 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00*
SundayClosed*
Bank HolidayClosed
Opening times (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00*
SundayClosed*
Bank HolidayClosed
Library (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
SundayClosed
Bank HolidayClosed
Cafe - A Great Little Place (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00
SundayClosed
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

Events

Saturday, 19th June 2021 - Saturday, 19th March 2022

Natural HighReconnect with nature in this contemplative exhibition of British landscape scenery from The Atkinson’s fine art collection.
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Saturday, 31st July 2021 - Tuesday, 28th December 2021

Cartoon of Captain Pugwash and his friends on a pirate ship.Captain Pugwash & FriendsThe TV and book creations of John Ryan.  ‘Ahoy there shipmates!’ Come along to The Atkinson and join Captain Pugwash and his motley crew for some pirate fun.  
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Monday, 4th October 2021 - Monday, 4th October 2021

Monday, 1st November 2021 - Monday, 1st November 2021

Monday, 6th December 2021 - Monday, 6th December 2021

Various musicians play, sat behind the stands holding their sheet music. Cake & Classical MusicThe Atkinson is working in partnership with L’Orchestra dell’ Arte to bring high quality, accessible classical music to Southport. Cake & Classical Music takes place on the first Monday of each month, with a different ensembles, individuals and musicians performing 45 minute, lunchtime concerts.…
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Tuesday, 5th October 2021 - Tuesday, 5th October 2021

Ian Waite & Vincent Simone: Act TwoThe fabulous Strictly Come Dancing stars promise another wonderful evening of old-fashioned variety, dance, comedy and song.
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Sunday, 10th October 2021 - Sunday, 10th October 2021

Southport Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival​​​​​​​Starring: ● Sari Schorr ● Dana Gillespie ● Kyla Brox ● The Cinelli Brothers ● Connor Selby ● The Mojo Preachers ●
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Wednesday, 13th October 2021 - Thursday, 14th October 2021

Dear ZooRod Campbell’s much-loved lift the flap book has been a firm favourite with children and parents for nearly forty years.  Lovingly adapted for the stage, his distinctive illustrations leap from the page in this colourful show packed full of puppetry, songs and, of course, all the animals from the…
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Tuesday, 26th October 2021 - Tuesday, 26th October 2021

How the Koala Learnt to HugTen years after the publication of Steven Lee’s best selling book, Karen The Koala and her fabulous furry friends are back to answer that age old question and remind us once again why there’s nothing quite as wonderful as a nice warm hug.
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Friday, 26th November 2021 - Friday, 26th November 2021

Santa poses in his workshop with an elf, a penguin and a reindeer.Santa's Best Christmas EverJoin Father Christmas and friends in this brand new, festive, musical, interactive adventure to make 2021 Santa’s best ever Christmas.  It’s a family show most suitable for 2-7 year old children, where every child will receive a specially wrapped present from Santa, after the most Christmassy…
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Monday, 6th December 2021 - Monday, 6th December 2021

Cake & Classical Music - Mozart: The Oboe Quartet‘Cake & Classical Music’ takes place on the first Monday of each month, with a different ensembles, individuals and musicians performing 45 minute, lunchtime concerts. Ticket price includes a hot drink and a piece of cake.
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Friday, 10th December 2021 - Sunday, 2nd January 2022

Cinderella Christmas PantomimeBring the whole family to Cinderella, a spellbinding new Christmas pantomime staged in The Atkinson’s traditional theatre.  
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Thursday, 6th January 2022 - Thursday, 6th January 2022

Burn the FloorThis fiery, energetic and revolutionary ballroom production will, once again, set stages alight and show audiences why it is still the world’s leading ballroom show after more than two decades.
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Tuesday, 8th March 2022 - Tuesday, 8th March 2022

Giovanni Pernice: This Is MeStrictly Come Dancing favourite, Giovanni Pernice, is back in 2022 with his hit show This is Me!
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Wednesday, 16th March 2022 - Wednesday, 16th March 2022

Neil Jones in GingerlandStraight from his directorial and choreographic debut at Sadler’s Wells, London, BBC Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Neil Jones presents his brand new live dance show, Gingerland.
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Saturday, 9th April 2022 - Saturday, 9th April 2022

Janey Godley’s Soup Pot TourTell all the Sandra’s, Big Frank and all the lassies fresh from Zumba to grab the soup pot and get ready for the 'Queen of Scottish Comedy', coming to town.
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Sunday, 10th April 2022 - Sunday, 10th April 2022

Feast of FiddlesFeast of Fiddles is a band of friends that put on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun.
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Thursday, 14th April 2022 - Thursday, 14th April 2022

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg!Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling evening of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.
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Saturday, 11th June 2022 - Saturday, 11th June 2022

The Lancashire Hotpots: Chips & Giggles TourBernard and the boys will be playing all your Lancashire Hotpot favourites: I Fear Ikea, Shopmobility Scooter and of course Chippy Tea!  It’s going to be an unbeatable night of music and laughs for everyone. Whether you’re up for a battered sausage or a tub or gravy you’re in for a great time with…
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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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Gradings

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Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsEngland We're Good To Go England We're Good To Go 2020

Directions

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.

Parking
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.

Facilities

Other

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  • Toilets

Catering

  • Café

COVID-19 Response

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

Parking & Transport

  • Close to rail network

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Promenade/Seaside Location

Venue Facilities

  • Theatre

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