The Lancashire town of St Helens lies ten miles north-east of Liverpool, with easy access to the M6, M57, M58 and M62. The town is home to around 175,000 people and is subject to an ongoing urban renewal programme. Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester airports are within easy reach.
Local landmarks include Dream, a 20-metre high sculpture of a dreaming girl's head, which stands on the site of the old Sutton Manor Colliery, overlooking Junction 7 of the M62. Other attractions include horse racing at Haydock Park Racecourse, Ecclestone Park Golf Club, the North West Museum of Road Transport and The World of Glass, which recalls St Helens' longstanding connection with the Pilkington Glass company.
There's a thriving arts scene too, with performances and exhibitions at the Theatre Royal and Citadel Arts Centre. St Helens is famous for rugby and its team the Saints, whose home ground is Langtree Park.