The Nightingale’s Song

Sarah Gaffney-Lang, Families Editor
The Nightingale's Song - projection on exterior of building
The Nightingale's Song

The Nightingale's Song at The Atkinson, Southport 13 — 15 March 2020 Entrance is free — Visit now

Held over three venues across Sefton, families can enjoy unique storytelling as The Nightingale’s Song showcases state of the art video projection in a stunning celebration of the Sefton coastline. Mesmerising for adults and children alike, light installations will illuminate three Sefton landmarks, turning the buildings in to a canvas for tales of magic and wonder, of mythical creatures and of people past and present.

A Nightingale’s Song runs over three consecutive nights, creating a trilogy of large scale video projections on the exteriors of Waterloo Town Hall, Bootle Town Hall and The Atkinson, Southport. Each night represents a separate chapter in a magical story that connects the coastal towns and people together, as part of the Borough of Culture programme.

Sefton is Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture for 2020, and as such is hosting a programme of cultural events throughout the year. The focus of Sefton’s 2020 programme is on stories with the theme of ‘Myths and Realities’ running throughout.

A Nightingale’s Song has been produced by Illuminos, video projection mapping specialists, with an impressive portfolio of installations, including a stunning light extravaganza for the Wirral’s Borough of Culture year in 2019.

Co-Founder, Rob Vale says:

“Working with local experts and knowledge, the projections are anchored through following the journey of the Natterjack Toad – the endangered amphibian who lives in the Sefton dunes. Known as the Birkdale Nightingale because of its extraordinary night-time song, it becomes the character we follow, symbolising the growth and transition through ever changing stages of egg, tadpole, and toad – three chapters set across the three locations”.

Each show will start at 8pm and last around 15 minutes. Big crowds are expected so get there early to join a beautiful and unique celebration of this stunning coastline.

Friday 13th March – Waterloo Town Hall
Saturday 14th March – Bootle Town Hall
Sunday 15th March – The Atkinson

The Nightingale's Song at The Atkinson, Southport 13 — 15 March 2020 Entrance is free Visit now

Where to go near The Nightingale’s Song

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Town Hall Gardens

The Town Hall Gardens is a perfect spot to recharge your batteries whilst out and about in Southport.

Southport Pier

Southport Pier opened in 1860, making it the oldest iron pier in Great Britiain. It is also the second-longest in the country.

Southport Seafront
Southport Seafront

As well as being home to the Southport Air Show, there are many nostalgic seaside delights on Southport’s seafront, including the iconic pier.

Victoria Park

In Southport’s town centre is Victoria Park, home to the famous Southport Flower Show, Southport Food and Drink Festival and the British Musical Fireworks Championship

Formby Beach

A beautiful National Trust beach which emerges from glorious coastal pinewoods. The ideal spot for walking the dog and spying red squirrels.

Moor Hall

Fine dining in a renovated grade II listed manor house. Offering some of the country’s most innovative dishes in beautiful surroundings.

Number One South Beach
Number One South Beach

Set just south of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, guests will find Number One South Beach has stunning sea views, a stylish restaurant and its own golf simulator, complete with waiter service.

White Tower Restaurant

The White Tower is renowned for its spectacular views of the sea and the famous Blackpool promenade, and its outstanding service.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Home to over 125 rides and attractions, including the world famous Big One and Infusion, the world’s only suspended looping coaster completely over water. Pleasure Beach Arena is also home to the Hot Ice show, the longest running ice show in the world.

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