AN ORGANISATION which has a long history of bringing the arts to communities in St Helens has relaunched under a new name.

Citadel Arts has become Wonder Arts in 2022, with a new offer looking to provide arts experiences for more than 50,000 children, young people and families every year.

As Citadel Arts, and the former operators of the Citadel Arts Centre in St Helens town centre, the organisation has a long history of transforming lives and communities through the arts.

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Fay Lamb, chief executive of Wonder Arts said: “We are so proud of our heritage in St Helens and with our new name, Wonder Arts, we can’t wait to bring a calendar of truly wondrous and unique arts experiences for local children, young people, and families - St Helens is about to become a wonderland.

"In fact, we are calling 2022 a year of wonder, starting with a wondrous Storytelling Festival for children, young people and families taking place across five St Helens libraries, over four days, during February half term, in partnership with St Helens Libraries.

"Families should also keep an eye out for details of a wonder festival in April, a wonderful wellbeing festival in June, the wonder in the street festival in August, and even a Christmas show for little wonders."


Citadel Arts has relaunched as Wonder Arts

Citadel Arts has relaunched as Wonder Arts


Details of the year of wonder are still being kept under wraps, but Wonder Arts says that families should expect to find activities in places they would never expect – and to look around every corner for something truly wondrous.

  • For more to book tickets for the Storytelling Festival, visit