Free family entertainment

L’Hotel by Circo Rum Ba Ba

Outside Lord Strange (4 Leyland Street, Prescot, L34 5QP)

Saturday 20 August - 12 noon, 2.30pm, 4pm

Sunday 21 August 12 noon - 1.30pm, 4pm

The smallest hotel in the world - L’ Hotel - has parked ceremoniously outside The Lord Strange on Leyland Street. Watch as it comes alive: beds are made, tables laid, chamber maids roused, bell boys leap into action and finally the special guests arrive and are ushered up the red carpet to their luxury accommodation. A free fun family show for all ages.

The Whale by Circo Rum Ba Ba

Outside the Deanes House (Church Street, Prescot, L34 3LA)

Saturday 20 August - 11am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 3pm, 4pm, 4.30pm

Sunday 21 August - 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm

Bold explorers squeeze into the belly of an enormous inflatable Sperm Whale where they find themselves in the depths of the bubbling, kelp-swirling ocean. With the use of exquisite puppets, comedy and music, Circo Rum Ba Ba explore a tale of sea creatures and their battle to survive in an ocean full of rubbish. A fabulous free show for your little sailors and mermaids in the actual belly of a whale.

Dr Jazz

Market Place Stage

Sunday 21 August - 3.30pm, 5pm

Dr Jazz is a 6-piece Great Gatsby band. Quirky and fun, with vocal numbers sung through a circular sprung microphone for that authentic roaring 20s/30s sound. Dr Jazz prescribes an eccentric and soothing remedy for that lazy August Sunday afternoon.

Cartoon Capers by Birdcage Stage CIC

Shakespeare North Playhouse Piazza

Saturday 20 August - 12 noon, 1.45pm, 4pm

Sunday 21 August - 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm

Two acrobatic cats, a singing canary and a very naughty dog engage in a hilarious slapstick circus street theatre performance inspired by cartoon nostalgia set in a giant birdcage.

Mr Swing’s Big Band

Market Place Stage

Saturday 20 August - 3.30pm, 5pm

Enjoy an afternoon of Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra- a 13-piece big band.

Mr Swing performs classic songs from the radio broadcasts of the '30s, through the Glenn Miller sound of the '40s to the Rat-pack days of the '50s and beyond. Well-known songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Tom Jones and Neil Diamond and more recently revived by Harry Connick Jnr, Robbie Williams and Michael Bublé. With a possible tribute to the King of Nonsense himself... Sir Ken Dodd. Not your usual Saturday afternoon by the church.

Owl & the Pussy-Cat by Murmuration Arts

Saturday 20 August - 11.30pm The ‘Story Tree’ near The Watch Maker (60-62 Eccleston St, Prescot, L34 5QL)

2pm The ‘Story Tree’ near The Watch Maker
4.30pm Outside Poco Coffee (30 Eccleston St, Prescot, L34 5QL)

Sunday 21 August - 12.30pm The ‘Story Tree’ near The Watch Maker
2.30pm The ‘Story Tree’ near The Watch Maker
4.30pm Shakespeare North Playhouse Piazza

Murmuration Arts invite you to join our fowl and feline pair as they embark on their really rather ridiculous adventures, serenading you with nonsense! Based on Edward Lear's poem, with original music, this free family show will delight everyone.

Bhangra with Nachda Sansaar

Cenotaph Stage

Saturday 20 August - 11.30am, 1.15pm, 3pm

Sunday 21 August - 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm

Nachda Sansaar specialise in Punjabi Folk Dance with a difference - fusing movement and song of all styles from Bhangra to the Beatles. Come along and join in as audience participation is highly recommended. Programmed in association with Milapfest.

Splintered Ukes

Market Place Stage

Saturday 20 August - 12.45pm, 2pm

Sunday 21 August - 12.30pm, 2.30pm

Never before have 4 ukes, a drum kit, a bass and the enigma that is the 'bag of noise’ created so much fun. Expect the unexpected and be delighted with eclectic covers, guaranteed to entertain!

Cheers, Mr Lear! by Imaginarium Youth theatre

Cenotaph Stage

Saturday 20 August - 12 noon, 2.30pm

Sunday 21 August - 12 noon

Devised and performed by Imaginarium Youth Theatre, an absurd comedy inspired by the Nonsense poetry and limericks of Edward Lear, as presented by some of his own characters! The performance includes examples of his best-loved poetry connected together by his limerick characters who seem to have taken on a life of their own.

Digital Nonsense

Throughout the Festival in The Gallery at Shakespeare North Playhouse

Enjoy a new digital commission from Tim Brunsden – a community film maker, digital artist and founder of the Light Factory. Tim will remix scenes from the landscape of film creating new moments of the absurd for everyone to enjoy.

Tea Time Stories by Altered States

Shakespeare North Playhouse (First Floor)

Saturday 20 August - 5pm

Sunday 21 August - 5pm

Shakespeare North Playhouse will come alive with tea times tales of magic and wonder.