King’s Gardens Southport Opening

Local groups and organisations are being asked to get involved in the grand opening of Southport’s King’s Gardens.

For the past two years, Sefton Council has managed a major transformation of the historic seafront gardens after being awarded more than £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) through their Parks for People programme.

It is one of the largest current park restoration projects in the UK and is entirely externally funded. The main phase of works is now complete, but other, more minor jobs will continue over the Autumn/Winter.

The grand opening is planned for Saturday, September 6 and Sefton Council is calling on everyone to get involved and make it a day to remember.

They are asking any musicians, theatre groups, local businesses, social enterprises, or anyone who feels they could contribute to the event in any way, to get in touch.

During the day, there will be performances, exhibitions, a kids play area, a celebration of the seaside in the classic resort, donkey rides and punch and judy shows.

During the evening there will be a Venetian Nights celebration – similar to what took place in the gardens during the 1920s and 30s.

Further details will be released nearer the time on events taking place during the day and who will officially open the gardens.

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Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Children, Schools, Families and Leisure said: “The King’s Gardens project is nearing completion and excitement is building ahead of the official opening of this great asset to Sefton.

“We are now calling upon groups and organisations from across the borough to make the opening a real celebration by getting directly involved.

“This is open to everyone so please get in touch to make the opening a day to remember.”

For more information on the project, please visit the blog http://kingsgardens.sefton.gov.uk or or call  0151 934 2396. The Friends of Kings Gardens can be contacted by emailing [email protected].

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