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The Dash has arrived! Sunday 4th December 9.30am

Yes, when the Santa Dash arrives in Liverpool, you know Christmas has arrived! It’s Liverpool’s big kick-start to Christmas.

This is the 13th annual Liverpool Santa Dash and Liverpool’s dashing Santa’s are being invited to pull on their trainers and Santa suits for a day of fun while raising much-needed cash for charity.

The Radio City Liverpool Santa Dash is this Sunday 4th December and it’s the UK’s biggest festive 5K fun run.

If you can make the event then you will not be disappointed because the atmosphere there is just electric. Eventer or onlooker, you are certain to be caught up in this ecstatic atmosphere all morning.

I love it when Liverpool is transformed into a sea of red, blue and Oh Yes, mini Santa’s. But it doesn’t end there, for the rest of the day, Santa’s seem to appear non stop popping up entering and exiting in and out of shops getting their retail therapy fix.

It all starts at the Pier Head at 9.30am and finishes outside the Town Hall – where you will find that there is even real snow as the Santa’s cross the finish line!

For the kids 12yrs and under, there is the 1K Mini Dash, starting in Castle Street 11am.

The Radio City’s Cash for Kids, Everton in the Community and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice are the three official charities for this years Liverpool Santa Dash 2016.

With more than 5,000 Santa’s already registered on, it really looks like making another massive international hit again this year.

Japan Day Sat 20th August 10.30-5.30pm

Busy on Saturday 20th August?
Are you interested in Japan?
Its people?
Its culture?
Its language?
Looking for a very special holiday surprise for the children?
Look no further and your dreams will come true.
You can spend a very exciting day of Japanese culture courtesy of the co-organiser……. the Embassy of Japan.

Try this FREE admission day out at the Liverpool Guild of Students 160 Mount Pleasant.
Full details….. with performances on the main stage starting 10.30am.

The special festival of Japanese Culture will be a showcase showing both old and new Japanese culture and will be the birth of exciting new ventures in Liverpool, in the future.

On display will be martial arts demonstrations of Kyudo, Kendo, Aikido and Ju-Jutsu which will certainly excite the children and adults alike.

There will be exhibitions featuring Japanese swords and armour, Ikebana, origami, kimono, bonsai, railways, braiding, Go, calligraphy, crafts, kanzashi and exquisite embroidery.

Be entertained by Japanese folk songs, Koto and the deafening beats of the Taiko drumming which will get the hairs on the back of your head standing on end!

View and take part in the modern Japanese culture associations of Cosplay, Manga and the visual Anime.

Live entertainment on the main-stage with Diane Kichijitsu who will give a performance of “Rakugo” the traditional Japanese art of storytelling….10.55 Awa Odin dance……1.30 SOAS Min’yo Group performance and many more booked on the website for you to arrange and time your visit so that you will get the most out of this jam packed exciting cultural event.

Be early and you will not miss the delicious Japanese food sushi, obento and Oh!…… those sweets!!!!!

‘A Festival of Japanese Culture’

Get active for International Women’s Day

This Girl Can

Hundredsof women are being encouraged to get active at a special event in Liverpool on Tuesday (8 March) to mark International Women’s Day.

Taking place at St George’s Hall from 10am to 11am, a team from the city’s Lifestyles Centres will be giving ten minute taster sessions of activities including Zumba, circuit training, Boxercise, badminton and Metafit which is a high intensity interval training session.

Working in partnership with the This Girl Can campaign, the aim of the free event is to celebrate active females and to encourage those who don’t do any activity to try something new.

The most recent Active People Survey revealed that in Liverpool just 15 per cent of women take part in sport and active recreation for 30 minutes, three times a week. This is compared to 29 per cent of men – highlighting the considerable gap between the sexes.

Throughout the session in the Great Hall, the qualified instructors will also be on hand to give advice about taking up an exercise and answer any questions people may have.

Anyone interested in taking part can register their attendance by calling 0151 794 0984, or people can just drop in at 10am on the day, although pre-registration is recommended to avoid disappointment. Those taking part are advised to wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes, preferably trainers, if possible.

Assistant Mayor and cabinet member responsible for sport and leisure, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “This event is all about inspiring and encouraging women to get active.  There are many reasons why some people don’t take up exercise, and lacking confidence is a major factor.

“We want to debunk any myths, and talk about the obvious health benefits of taking up a fitness activity, along with the social side which can really boost self-esteem and create a whole new network of friends for people.

“The This Girl Can campaign and International Women’s Day are both so empowering – they have really strong, positive messages and I hope we can attract as many females as possible to come along and have a go at the taster sessions and hopefully make exercise part of their regular routine.”

The event is being organised in partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside. This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England.

Other FREE activities taking place on Tuesday which are open to people of all abilities:

Lifestyles Park Road            Gym inductions, 9-12pm

Boxercise, 9.30-10.30am

Walk for Health, meet at the centre at 12.15pm and the walk will                                                    take an hour


Lifestyles Garston                Zumba party, 12pm



Lifestyles Alsop                    Triple workout class, 7-8pm

Lifestyles Everton Park        Circuit class, 12-12.45pm

Lifestyles Peter Lloyd          Bums and Tums, 9.30am

Neon Tone, 7-8pm

Lifestyles Millennium           Pilates, 11-12pm

Studio Cycling, 12-12.45pm

Metafit, 12.15-12.45pm

Metafit, 12.45 – 1.15pm


Classes must be booked in advance.


This Girl Can is one of the key campaigns within Liverpool’s Physical Activity and Sport Strategy 2014-21, which sets out the vision for Liverpool to be the most active core city in England by 2021.

The Strategy was developed by the city council in partnership with a wide range of strategic stakeholders, to address inactivity levels across the city, particularly amongst groups experiencing health inequalities.  The city council is working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) and Sport England to provide resources to deliver the strategy’s key campaigns and programmes.  Physical activity is the key element of LCCG’s Healthy Liverpool Programme.

More details about Liverpool’s This Girl Can campaign can be found at

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