The beach is back in town centre

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The holiday season is here – and St Helens Council is bringing the seasideto the town centre!

The ever-popular Summer Beach sets up in Church Square between Wednesday, August 7 and Saturday, August 31 between 10am and 4pm – and includes a seriously large sandpit that youngsters can tackle with their buckets and spades.

Seaside tunes of yesteryear will be cranked out on a barrel organ, while the hilarious Mr Tickle will be making some incredible balloon animals. A talented face painter will also be on duty to provide some striking designs for small faces.

Reef’s Reptiles will be showcasing their stunning collection of exotic animals, while funfair rides will also be operating.

The fun-filled timetable includes:

Barrel organ: Saturdays, August 10, 17 and 31

Mr Tickle: Wednesdays August 14, 21 and 28

Face Painting: Thursdays August 15, 22 and 29

Reef’s Reptiles: Saturday 24 August

Council Leader Barrie Grunewald said: “The Summer Beach is brilliant fun for the kids – and best of all it’s completely free! I’m sure it will keep kids and their parents happy, add some colour to the town centre and boost the local economy”.

After the summer holidays the popular Heritage Open Days return to St Helens between Thursday, September 12 and Sunday, September 15- with around 20 venues taking part throughout the borough.

Tours of St Helens Town Hall take place on Saturday, September 14 while other venues will also be opening their doors for free. They include St Helens Parish Church, the Smithy Heritage Centre, Mill Street Barracks and the Masonic Hall.

On Saturday, September 21- the Classic Car Show takes centre stage in Church Square, with over 60 vehicles of all shapes and sizes on display.

For more information about what’s happening in St Helens go towww.whatsoninsthelens.com or telephone 01744 675492. For regular event updates go to facebook.com/whatsoninsthelens and ‘like’ our page or followus on twitter.com/whatsonsthelens