The Serious Nonsense Festival


Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August 2022


Three days of incredible street theatre, live music, comedy and family entertainment.

Featuring renowned children’s authors Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Michael Rosen, Sarah Asuquo and John Dougherty.

Shakespeare North Playhouse and Prescot Town Centre will be packed with nonsense for this massive three-day adventure celebrating Edward Lear’s connection to Knowsley.

Experience Prescot as never before with giant birdcages, a 50 ft sperm whale, an extraordinary 'Hippochondriac Hippopotamus', the smallest Hotel in the world and much more. You can even watch a real-life owl and pussycat tell tales of the sea in their own pea green boat!

There will be live music and comedy and a very special programme of readings, performances and talks. This is a weekend not to be missed – for all ages!

The Serious Nonsense Festival is programmed by Bev Ayre for Knowsley Borough of Culture in association with Writing on the Wall (WoW) and Milapfest.

Further Information

Event disruption

Please be aware that there may be some changes or disruption to scheduled events due to the national rail strike.

In the unfortunate situation that ticketed events are cancelled, you will be contacted by email or phone and you will receive a full refund.

Updates will be shared on our social media channels @cultureknowsley on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Planning your journey to Prescot

Please be aware that local bus and train services may be affected by strike action. Please visit the Merseytravel website for up-to-date information.

Stagecoach bus services are currently unaffected, and you can travel to Prescot on a number of bus routes. Please visit the Stagecoach website for up-to-date information.

Parking in Prescot

A number of public car parks are available in Prescot town centre (click here to view map). We are encouraging visitors to walk or cycle where possible.