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Summer Sundays in Sunlight – Family fun in the village

Sunday 3rd August – FREE Fun Dog Show



One of the most popular elements of past village festivals, we welcome back on its own for the whole day - the Free Fun Dog Show - which will take centre stage on the museum green opposite Port Sunlight Museum on Sunday 3rd August.

With a variety of categories to choose from, you will have a fun time parading your pooch around the green in front of the judges. Will you pick: Handsome male - Prettiest bitch - Best 6 legs - Cutest puppy - Judges would like to take home - Best veteran - Look a like - Fancy dress?

Registration opens at 11.00am until 12.30pm. Show starts at 12.45pm  

All first winners will go into Best in Show to win a grand trophy, there are prizes for all winners!

Categories include:

Handsome Dog                                         12.45pm

Best 6 Legs                                                1.00pm

Best Veteran                                              1.15pm

Look a Like                                                1.30pm

Prettiest Bitch                                           2.00pm

Fancy Dress                                              2.15pm

Dog Judges want to take home             2.30pm

Cutest Puppy                                            2.45pm

Best in Show                                            3.15pm

Pets as Therapy Demo                           12 noon

Sled Dogs Demo                                      3.00pm

Have a Go Agility - All day event

Also taking part in the day's entertainment are K9 Brats with their fun 'Have a Go' agility classes, take your dog on a trial run around the course with supervision from the K9 team. You will be able to meet dog groomers and vets who will be on hand to give advice. Dog based companies and charities such as 'Pets as Therapy' will add to the variety of attractions on the day, and as an added treat for visitors are the 'Sled Dogs' display with their team of beautiful dogs for you to see!

This is a free event sponsored by Family Housing Association Birkenhead

If you have a dog or pet based business or charity that you would like to exhibit at our Fun Dog Show on Sunday 3rd August …then you can book your pitch NOW ! This annual event always is a great day out for dogs and their owners …don’t miss out ! contact:


Summer Sunday's in Port Sunlight 

Sunday 17th August – Sunlight Vintage


Filled with all things retro! If you love Vintage clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories and home goods, you will enjoy browsing round the many stalls and racks filled with everything from the past!

Hosted by Port Sunlight Museum, presented by Pillbox Vintage Fairs, a wealth of Vintage products will be all under one roof within Church Drive School.

11.00am – 4.00pm - FREE entry

To find out more about Pillbox Vintage Fairs visit


Taking place each Wednesday in August in Port Sunlight Village

Summer Holiday Family Fun Craft Activities

6th - Knock Knock! – Come in and make a door hanger to hang on your room door at home

13th – Bags of Fun – Personalise a colourful paper bag with lots of craft materials

20th - Sunlight Scrapbooks – Join us in starting your own scrapbook to take home and continue a memory collection

27th – Terrific Trains – Make and decorate a cardboard train to take home

Each drop in session 1.00pm – 3.30pm

The Old School Room at the Lyceum

£1.50 per child, no booking required


Wednesday 13th August, 6.30pm

Open Air Theatre Production

William Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

Folksy Theatre in The Dell, Port Sunlight

Bring along your picnics, blankets, folding chairs and friends and family to enjoy this wonderful open-air production. Begins at 6.00pm

“Folksy's Midsummer is an assured and enjoyable production with talented actors, clever direction and a refreshing realisation of the popular play... Lovely audience interaction and a hilarious entrance... Brilliantly funny”

Ticket Prices

Adult - £12

Child/Concession - £8

Family - £35

On Door Tickets Prices

Adult - £15

Child/Concession - £10

No Family ticket available

Tickets only available online from


Saturday 2nd August – Saturday 31st August

Daily Walking Tours of Port Sunlight


11.30am – ‘Lever and Port Sunlight’

2.30pm – ‘The Houses of Port Sunlight’  celebrating the architecture

(Please note* except Wed 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August.

The Tour will be; ‘The Public Gardens of Port Sunlight’ which will replace the 'Houses' tour)


Tickets Adult £6.50: Concessions: £5.50: Child: £3.50. Includes entry into Port Sunlight Museum

Starting from Port Sunlight Museum

Booking essential, 20 max per tour, call 0151 644 6466 or email


Sunday 7th September

WW1 Event – ‘The Great Send Off’

On 7th September 1914 700 Lever Brothers employees travelled from Port Sunlight to Chester by train to enlist in the 13th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. They were the largest group of volunteers to sign up to the Great War effort from any works in the country.

Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village will recreate this event on the morning of Sunday 7th September 2014 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Merseyrail, and working in partnership with the Cheshire Military Museum, Chester.

We are seeking volunteers to be one of the 700 - everyone is welcome - but you must have your name of the list. The event will begin in Port Sunlight with speeches and a musical fanfare from the Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass, before the 700 are transported to Chester by train. The volunteers will walk* as a group to the Cheshire Military Museum at the Castle where they will be formally enlisted.

To become one of the 700 please email and please note if any other members of your family wish to take part, their names must also be on the official signing up list. Spaces already filling fast so please get in touch soon.

If you are related to or have information about any of the 700 volunteers, please email our collections officer at 

*Alternative transport will be provided from Chester train station to the Cheshire Military Museum for those with mobility issues.

The Great Send Off, recreation takes place on Sunday 7th September 2014 at Port Sunlight Village.


Thursday 11th September

Heritage Open Days – 125 Lecture, Port Sunlight People

Lecture by the museum team and village residents talking about life in Port Sunlight.

Time 6.00pm

FREE entry

Hulme Hall, Bolton Road, Port Sunlight


Sunday 14th September

Heritage Open Days – Founders Day

Open House & Garden Event

FREE entry

Meet at Port Sunlight Museum

More details to follow


Thursday 16th October

Evening Lecture by Stuart Irwin, the Museum’s

Collections and Research Officer talking on

‘The Origins, development and changing social scene of sports,

clubs and societies in Port Sunlight in the 20th Century’

Doors open 5.30pm Lecture begins 6.00pm

Tickets £5.00 available from Port Sunlight Museum

Lecture at The Old School Room at the Lyceum


Autumn half-term - Tues 28th, Wed 29th, Thurs 30th October

Family Fun Activities – Sunlight Spoons

Make a self-portrait on a wooden spoon or make one for someone else!

1.00pm – 3.30pm

The Old School Room at the Lyceum

£1.50 per child, no booking required, drop in sessions


Christmas 2014

Christmas in Sunlight Sunday 30th November 2014

Craft making, festive afternoon teas, shopping

In conjunction with Lady Lever Art Gallery

& Port Sunlight Garden Centre

More details coming soon!


T: 0151 644 6466 – E: - W:

This is a great day out for all the family !

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