It’s easy to spend the day at The Atkinson, with its full programme of events and activities for both day and night. As a multidisciplinary venue for the arts, it blends both modern facilities with classic architecture, making it the perfect setting to get your cultural pick ‘n’ mix fix. The Atkinson was set to be a library and art gallery; built in 1878 by Yorkshire cotton manufacturer, William Atkinson. He donated thousands to set up the institution in the town he had grown to love, and in return, it grew to become a prominent cultural hub in Southport. Refurbished with a new theatre, the Atkinson reopened in May 2013 with all the amenities for the perfect day out among the arts. There are many permanent exhibitions, such as Ancient Egyptians, as well as regular events. Film clubs, acoustic musical nights, lunchtime classical concerts, live stand-up comedy, monthly and evening talks all take place frequently and are enjoyed by the local population. The Atkinson also keeps it fresh with new exhibitions and diverse events, including workshops, wine tastings, comedy shows and much more. School groups and families can enjoy the venue’s range of educational resources. Whether it’s exploring the library or seeing a pantomime, or getting creative with art, history or Egyptology, there’s always something fun and interactive to do.