Flower Power comes to Knowsley this summer

THE spirit of the Summer of Love will be captured this summer in two, free family events at Court Hey Park in Huyton, Knowsley. Both the Knowsley Flower Show and Feelgood Festival will be harking back to the Summer of ’67 with a packed schedule of flower power inspired fun and entertainment. Taking place on the weekend of 5 and 6 August, visitors can expect the usual blend of good food, music, activities and entertainment at both events. This year’s Feelgood Festival, on Saturday, 5 August from 1-5pm, is packed with activities, performances and experiences to help improve your health and wellbeing. It’s a chance to try mindful yoga, various fitness and sporting activities with Volair and complementary therapies. You can join in with drawing and painting classes or a ‘Feeling Funny’ workshop with the Comedy Trust, and browse a selection of wellbeing craft stalls. Lush Spa Liverpool will be offering complementary taster treatments and Boots pharmacy will offer health advice and summer makeovers. There’ll also be children’s entertainment from Zippie and the Bubble Man. In the main arena there’ll be entertainment from Jan Williams Dance School, EnChord singers and Charlie Reader singing summer hits from the last 50 decades, including the Beatles. Plus you can browse the stalls at the Geraud Farmer’s Market in the clearing. Then, on Sunday 6 August, you can expect even more flower power at the Knowsley Flower Show from 11am until 5pm. As usual, at the show’s heart will be the floral marquee, bursting with potentially prize-winning fruit, vegetables and flowers. Get growing and you could be entering your pride and joy into one of the 100 categories, suitable for both novices and experienced growers alike. Download the schedule of classes at www.knowsleyflowershow.com and view the special classes themed around 50 Summers of Love. Gardeners can take advantage of the many plant and seed stalls and the chance to get expert tips at the Gardener’s Question Time event. As usual there will also be the rich programme of family entertainment, including dog displays in the main arena, Geraud’s large farmers’ market, circus skills, glitter faces and a health and wellbeing zone plus lots of trade stands. MATE Productions will be there on the day with free half hour sessions of pop-up Romeo and Juliet. Music will be provided by some live musicians from En Chord performing at ‘Little Glasto’, elsewhere you’ll find the BoogieWondervan playing hits from the last 50 summers. There’ll also be a Health and Wellbeing Zone with plants, honey sellers and the chance to make your own bat and bee boxes. At both events, children are invited to dress up in 60s or 70s fashion and join in the Summer of Love fancy dress parade around the site at 1pm  – and there’ll be great on offer for the best costumes. Register now through Knowsley’s Children’s Centres or call 0151 443 5749 for an entry form. Both events are completely free, and are part of a wider programme of more than 60 Summer of Love events taking place across the City Region this summer. You can find out more about the other events at https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/summer-of-love/.