A SPECTACULAR aerial performance show will be staged in St Helens town centre on Saturday night.

As the World Tipped will be held at Birchley Street Car Park, starting from 6.30pm on Saturday, October 21.

Note: The headline on this story briefly stated the wrong day - so to underline the event takes place on Saturday, October 21.

It is billed as the headline event for St Helens' year as the city region's Borough of Culture.

Organisers describe it as the largest and one of the finest large-scale outdoor shows to be produced by a UK company.

It tells the powerful tale of an ecological crisis through an extraordinary piece of aerial theatre with spectacle, humour and emotion.

Organisers add: "Combining dramatic film and visuals with a stunning aerial performance, this is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this ambitious work in St Helens; the hometown of Wired Aerial Theatre's Artistic Director, Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie."

Important information

Tickets: No tickets are required for this event – it is free. Just turn up.

Event timings

Timings may vary on the night however the performance will not start any earlier. 

Site opens to public at 5pm.

Performance to start – 6.30pm

Performance to end – 7.30pm

Site closed – 8pm

Getting to Birchley Street Car Park 

Birchley Street Car Park is located on Birchley Street in St Helens and is easily accessible from the A571 College Street. The postcode is WA10 1HT.


As the message behind As the World Tipped is the effects of climate change, attendees are encouraged to consider active or public modes of transport when travelling to and from this event.

By Train - The nearest train station is St Helens Central, which is less than a 10-minute walk from Birchley Street Car Park, with frequent services running to and from Liverpool Lime Street, Wigan North Western & Preston.

For more detailed rail information see https://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/

By Bus - Visitors can travel to St Helens Bus Station which is approximately a 9-minute walk to Birchley Street Car Park.

Further information on bus timetables can be located on https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/ or https://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/ Parking - There will NOT be any parking available at Birchley Street.

Other Local Authority Car Parks which will be open in and around the town centre.

Further information is located here https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/parking

At the Event:

Weather - This is an outdoor event and will take place unless winds are deemed at an unsafe level. People are asked to dress appropriately.

Food & Drink - Please arrive earlier and utilise local cafes and pubs in St Helens Town Centre, however, hot/cold drinks and crepes will be available from two vendors within the Car Park.

Payment Methods - Card payments are taken from the food and drink vendors.

Restricted Items

• Weapons • Sparklers • Illegal drugs and substances • Audio recording equipment, noise-making devices • Skateboards and rollerblades, hover-boards, scooters, bicycles, and other personal motorised and non-motorised vehicles • An item that could be used as a weapon or compromise safety • Airhorns or other loud instruments • Glass bottles and cans • Fireworks, flares and smoke canisters • Laser devices • Professional photography equipment • Unauthorised solicitation or marketing materials (e.g., handbills, flyers, stickers) • Any item deemed to be dangerous by the Event Organisers (the designated responsible person for the overall general event operations and implementing this policy) or law enforcement officer Safeguarding - Lost/Missing persons will be taken to the signed rendezvous point within the site.


There will be a designated viewing area for people with mobility issues. A British Sign Language interpreter will also be present in the designed viewing area. For full accessibility information and requests, contact St Helens Borough Council’s Arts Service by emailing artsservice@sthelens.gov.uk or calling 01744 676823 (until Friday October 20) or 07717 547517 (on Saturday, October 21). Please leave a message on the answerphone if there is no-one available to take your call.


The presenting of As the World Tipped as part of St Helens Borough of Culture is fully funded from external sources, being supported using public funding by Arts Council England, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority allocation for Culture, and the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as the lead authority.