Wirral Festival of Firsts

4th-13th July, Hoylake

Wirral Festival of Firsts was established in Hoylake in 2011 to deliver an innovative, community based arts festival to encourage participation, the showcasing of local talent as well as the opportunity for the community to access and enjoy some examples of the best art, music and poetry in the country.

Wirral Festival of Firsts 2014 will see an eruption of art throughout the city; in public spaces, galleries, tea rooms and chapels as well as more the traditional performance venues.

We all know TV comedian Harry Hill, famous for wearing a shirts with a big collar and his satirical reviews of other TV shows.  But what most people don’t know is that he’s also a painter – and quite a good one too.  Fans and art lovers alike can see his works on show from 4th July in the exhibition My Hobby.

Enjoy an evening with dramatist, lyricist and composer Willy Russell on 9th July and hear his fascinating stories behind British classics Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers and join one of the nations’ favourite poet comedians Ian McMillan, aka ‘The Bard of Barnsley’ for an evening of performance poetry and laughter on the 10th July.

On 9th July, Mike McCartney brings his popular show to Hoylake, taking you on a journey through his life and times, from topping the charts in the sixties, touring his photography around Britain, America and Japan in the eighties, being commissioned for Q Magazine’s ‘Greatest Rock and Roll Photographs of All Time’ in the naughties and meeting the Queen in the teenies.  A rock and roller coaster tale not to be missed.

You can find out more about the Wirral Festival of Firsts’ programme and how to book at