Did you know that Wirral has been selected to be the Borough Capital of Culture for 2019? It promises to be an exciting year for Wirral residents and visitors alike. It may be time for you to see the Wirral in a different light and, if you are not local, perhaps book a stay here? (preferably in a camper van on one of the peninsula’s lovely campsites!)

The van at Thurstaston Country Park

I was lucky enough to be at a networking event earlier this year to hear all about the plans the Council have for events here on the Wirral. There are so many varied events taking place over the year, celebrating the heritage of the Wirral and its natural landscape.

Events

The first major event takes place on 23rd March (tomorrow!) Animated Square is billed as an “incredible 3D projection that tells the story of Birkenhead’s past present and future”. With a fun fair, choirs and a street fair, and the weather looking better for the weekend, it promises to be a good event.

Animated Square. Photo credit to @imaginewirral

Next up is the Made of Iron exhibition which runs from April to September. It will be in both the Williamson Art Gallery in Oxton and the Birkenhead Priory. I’ve been to the Williamson Art Gallery and, in common with many others, I would describe it as a hidden gem. The Google reviews contain lots of praise for the cafe which is always important! I intend to make it to the exhibition when it opens.

The exhibition is shared with the Birkenhead Priory which I’ve never been to. I’ll be rectifying that this year! There are great views across the Mersey from it though. I’ll report back once I’ve visited.

I’m really looking forward to the May event in Birkenhead park on the weekend of 17th-19th May. It’s a collaboration between Hull’s Absolutely Cultured, Wirral Council and Waltham Forest Borough Council (in London). Whilst the details are sparse, it seems set to be outdoor theatre, perhaps not on the same scale as the Giants, but similar in idea.

The River festival is also back at the end of May, running from 31 May to 2 June. Let’s hope for the same glorious weather as last summer!

Art

If art is your thing, then there promises to be plenty of that too. The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight is hosting an exhibition of Rembrandt prints starting in June. Lord Leverhulme of Sunlight soap fame built this fine art gallery on the Wirral as part of the Port Sunlight model village for his workers.

Lady Lever Art Gallery. Photo credit to the Gallery.

We have also been promised various exciting pop up art installations in “surprising locations” across the borough.

Sporting Events

If sport is more your thing, then plenty of that is promised too. The OVO Energy Tour Series will come to Wirral on 21 May. There is a further visit in September as part of the Tour of Britain. Most of the action in May will be in Birkenhead and in the Hamilton Square area.

Just down the road from us in Hoylake will be the Walker Cup. Teams from GB and Ireland and America will battle it out on the gorgeous links course. I expect there to be big crowds in Hoylake for this so best book early if you intend to visit the area.

Music

With a strong musical heritage on the Wirral, of course, there has to be a music festival. The Future Yard Festival promises to deliver that in August centred around Hamilton Square and the waterfront. No doubt, more details will be emerging soon.

There are other events taking place in the autumn which you can see on the Imagine Wirral website. Follow them for updates on @imaginewirral

Hopefully now you are as excited as I am about the year ahead for the Wirral! It’s a great time to visit our lovely Paradise Peninsula.