Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 19.32.4027 June – 12 July 2015

Tickets on sale now*

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Wirral Festival of Firsts – Wirral’s favourite community arts festival with a difference.

There are 23 different ticketed events, including four free events, something for everyone and affordable prices as usual. The full Festival programme can be downloaded from the Festival website and the printed version of the programme will be distributed widely later on this month.

Wirral Festival of Firsts was established in Hoylake in 2011 to deliver an innovative, community-based arts festival. The Festival, which maintains its hub in West Wirral, encourages participation and the showcasing of local talent, and provides opportunities for the community to access and enjoy some examples of the best art, music and poetry in the country. The Festival is run entirely by volunteers.

The 2014 Festival attracted over 13,500 audiences, participants and performers and held events in Hoylake, West Kirby, Meols and New Brighton.

As well as the Festi-Velo (Festive Bike Parade) and Carnival Parade on 4 July 2015, some more features of the 2015 Festival include:

  • A special Children’s Festival Day at Meols on 4 July
  • A Children’s Literary Trail in West Kirby launched at West Kirby Library on 27 June with a free “Word Magic” workshop for children with Curtis Watts and a first view of the new Kaleidoscope Children’s Arts magazine.
  • Alice’s adventures a new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for children developed and premiered by Off Book Theatre Company on 4 July as part of the Children’s Festival day.
  • Art on the Promenade on 12 July plus two weeks of Gallery Hoylake and Poetry Hoylake along Market Street, Hoylake.
  • Concerts by the Wirral Symphonic Wind Band, The Tivoli Trio, Inisheer and the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra.
  • The Summer Strum (Ukulele Festival hosted by Wirral Ukulele Orchestra) on 4-5 July.
  • All at Sea, a special afternoon of nautical music and poetry at Mariner’s Park on 5 July.
  • An exhibition of work by world renowned, Liverpool-born artist, Anne Desmet RA
  • More fabulous art exhibitions by the Two Rivers Art Group, the Festival Photographers, June Lorne (Alice in Wonderland), and The Map Project(Where I live) project.
  • Another Grand Poetry Day out in Hoylake on 11 July
  • A sequence of Poetry Fusion workshops followed by a performance with poets working with other art forms to produce new and exciting new work.
  • “Sounds by the Sea” in West Kirby on 27 June and “Homegrown Bananas on the Prom” in Hoylake on 12 July
  • Four open competitions in Poetry, Music, Art and Photography.
  • The heats & finals of the 2014 Radio Playscript competition with Billy Butler, Johnny Kennedy and the Wirral Community Theatre.
  • Performances by Phoenix School of Dance and Drama and Sands Theatre Arts School.
  • A newly devised piece called First Hand Tales by young people in Birkenhead led by well-known performance poet Joy France.

This year’s Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and the Festival is also grateful to Your Wirral for its support. The Festival supports fundraising for Claire House.

For more information or to volunteer: Email: Tel: 0151 6322750

*Tickets are available online and by phone from (T: 0151 666 0000), and also though various outlets in Hoylake and West Kirby: Acorn Picture Framing, HELP shop, Hoylake Parade Community Centre and Urbane gift shop in Hoylake, and Staacks and Lattetude in West Kirby.