Over 65 % of St Helens xx square miles are green and open spaces – the highest in the Merseyside region. Open countryside surrounds most of the villages and towns across the borough, and provides numerous outdoor activities including sailing, mountain biking and horse riding, not to mention the many walks, trails and cycle routes. Some of the best areas for walking are around Bold Forest Park and Dream – an iconic art installation on the site of the Sutton Manor Colliery. There are miles of paths alongside the St Helens and Sankey Canal and the area also forms part of The Mersey Forest.
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Sports and leisure
St Helens is home to perhaps the most successful Rugby League team of all time – Saints. The club play out of the Totally Wicked Stadium, an 18,000 capacity state of the art stadium, situated on the edge of the town centre. Haydock Park race course hosts both flat and jump horse racing and has won Racecourse of the Year a number of times. The course runs a number of racing fixtures on Saturdays with top-class music acts and Party in the Paddock after racing. St Helens is home to Carr Mill Dam, the largest body of inland water in Merseyside and which also plays host to power boat racing.
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Arts & culture
St Helens has a bustling arts and culture scene with a number of award winning venues and arts organisations offering a wide range of activities both in the town centre and across the borough. From museums celebrating the towns’ heritage in glass making to those showcasing road transport and the work of Blacksmiths to theatres, music venues and cinemas. Dream is a 20-metre-high art installation on the site of the previous Sutton Manor Colliery. The coal mine shut in 1991, but in 2009 as part of Channel 4’s The Big Art Project, The Dream was developed as not only a monument to St Helens coal mining heritage but also an inspirational space looking to the future.
St Helens has a number of libraries across the borough, which host numerous exciting events and activities. As part of the library service Cultural Hubs is an award winning programme of arts featuring theatre, dance, gigs, poetry readings, exhibitions, workshops and films. Cultural Hubs won the National Lottery Arts Award in 2016.
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