HMS Prince Of Wales Will Sail Into The City On Friday

Thousands are expected to line the Pier Head to see the 65,000 tonne warship when it docks at Liverpool Cruise Terminal this Friday 28th February.

Nearly 13,000 free tickets to board the aircraft carrier were given away online within an hour of them going live. However don’t worry for those who have missed out on tickets, you will still be able to feel part of the event as there will be a range of activities happening on the quayside to give you a Royal Navy (RN) experience.

Activities

You can have a go on the inflatable challenge bungy run or try out the army fitness or masterchef challenge.

There will also be unarmed combat and weapons displays from the Royal Marines commando recruiting team as well as RM offshore raiding craft (ORC) and enjoy entertainment from HM Royal Marines Band although a number of these displays are weather dependent.

The Royal Navy Village on the waterfront will see the navy with our other armed services and you will be to see a RN dive tank, RN aircraft including a Lynx, Gazelle and Typhoon, plus RN, RAF & Army mobile outreach vehicles.

Facts About HMS Prince Of Wales

HMS Prince of wales is one of the most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK.

Her flight deck is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long – enough space for three football pitches – and she holds 45 days’ worth of food in stores.

She will have a crew complement (minimum crew) of around 700, increasing to around 1,600 with aircraft onboard.

HMS Prince of Wales’ size and scope is awe-inspiring – she can embark 36 F-35B and four Merlin Helicopters.

Facts & figures

  • 65,000 weight in tonnes
  • 40 helicopters can be carried and embarked
  • 700 crew members

Skills

HMS Prince of Wales’ crew will have an expansive range of skills, so she will be able to meet the widest range of tasks around the world, including:

  • Humanitarian relief, saving lives across the seven seas
  • High intensity war fighting
  • Fighting terrorism

Virgin Cruise Ship Scarlet Lady Arrives On Liverpool Waterfront

Virgin Voyages new cruise liner Scarlet Lady in Liverpool
The epic Virgin Voyages cruise liner is visiting Liverpool today before heading to New York.The 2,700 passenger luxury liner is set to arrive into Liverpool Cruise Terminal at around 10am, depending on the weather.She will spend one day and night in Liverpool before sailing onto New York and Miami, where she will make her inaugural passenger voyage around the Caribbean in April, as part of a 37 day tour.

Sir Richard is aiming to bring the luxury of a boutique hotel to the sea, with his Virgin Voyages fleet. On board is more than 20 places to eat, lavish ‘Rockstar suites’, elegant bars, a spa, tattoo parlour and an area designed for outdoor yoga.

During her visit to Liverpool, people can view the Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady cruise liner while she is docked at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, 2 Princes Parade, Liverpool L3 1DL. Members of the public will not be allowed on board.

The Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a 350-metre-long (1,150 ft) floating structure situated on the River Mersey enabling large cruise ships to visit without entering the enclosed dock system or berthing mid-river and tending passengers ashore. The terminal was officially opened on 21 September 2007 by the Duke of Kent when the Queen Elizabeth 2 berthed at the terminal. The current terminal is composed mainly of a floating landing stage, with a small passenger terminal building, but a larger terminal is under construction.

The cruise terminal is part of the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme to regenerate 60 hectares of dockland in Liverpool. The terminal received UK Government approval in March 2013, after Liverpool City Council approved the scheme in March 2012.

Second Cruise Terminal

A second cruise terminal is under construction as a part of the Liverpool Waters scheme. Liverpool City Council unveiled preliminary plans for a £50 million development for the proposed new cruise stage in September 2017. The new facility is being built slightly further down the Mersey at Princes Dock where the old wooden landing stage currently lies. The new terminal will be able to handle ships with up to 3,600 passengers and would include dedicated passport control as well as a cafe. Plans were submitted for planning permission by the council in November 2017 and work on the new facility began in 2018.

International BeatleWeek 26th –1st September 2020

Mathew Street street sign
Live music is the focus of International Beatleweek. Not only is there live music on the Cavern’s 3 stages all day, every day (with a different band on every hour), but the festival also goes out into the city to various venues so you can get a real feel of Liverpool.International Beatleweek takes place in venues across the city all week long. Festival highlights include theatre shows, outdoor venues, late night parties and of course our Annual Beatles Convention at the Adelphi Hotel.The convention on Sunday is the place to be and features guest speakers, a massive Beatles marketplace, videos, quizzes and of course more live music.There is so much to do and see that you don’t need to be a Beatle fan to enjoy the festival, though it probably helps! This is truly an international event with 70 bands from over 20 countries and fans from over 40.

The Best Beatles Attractions in Liverpool:

  • The Beatles Story, found on the Royal Albert Dock, this exhibition is perhaps the ultimate way to get The Beatles experience
  • The Beatles Statue
  • Strawberry Field
  • Casbah Coffee Club
  • Childhood Homes (Mendips & 20 Forthlin Road)
  • Penny Lane
  • The Cavern Club

Where did the Beatles first play in Liverpool?

The Cavern Club Matthew Street in Liverpool was the venue where the Beatles’ (formerly known as the Quarrymen) UK popularity started. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best were first seen by Brian Epstein at the club.

None of the Beatles could read music. They could play the guitar, piano, and drums and write lyrics, but they never learned to read music. The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1960, and their most famous lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

What made the Beatles unique?

The Beatles had such a different style from any other band at the time, because they worked in many different genres of music. The group started off rooted in the Skiffle and 1950’s rock and roll, and later on expanding into pop ballads, psychedelic rock and also having some classical influences in their songs.

Victorian Purpose-Built Drinking Spot To Be Given Grade I Listed Status

A magnificent Liverpool drinking institution has become the first Victorian purpose-built English pub to be given Grade I listed status.

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, known locally as ‘The Phil’, is considered a ‘cathedral among pubs’ because of its spectacular architecture and highly ornate ‘gin palace’ interior.

A favourite haunt of The Beatles, John Lennon once said the biggest drag about being in the Fab Four was ‘not being able to have a pint in the Phil’

Built in 1898 for local brewer Richard Cain by architect Walter W Thomas, the pub aimed to reflect the wealth and ambition of the Age of Empire.

Millions of pints later, it has now been upgraded from Grade II* to Grade I on the advice of Historic England, joining the likes of Buckingham Palace, Chatsworth House and Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in the top 2.5% of England’s protected historic buildings.

Though other inns and taverns have Grade I status, it becomes the first purpose-built ale house erected during the ‘golden age’ of Victorian pub-building to achieve the highest status.

McCartney performed a piano rendition of When I’m Sixty-Four.

He revealed that he would write songs, along with John Lennon, in the back room of the pub. He described one of the toilets in the pub as his old ‘acoustic chamber’ where he would sing and play guitar.

Built in an exuberant free style, the Phil boasts stepped and shaped gables with obelisk finials, tall chimney stacks, turrets with copper ogee domes, and a corbelled balustraded balcony that wraps around the second floor.

The decorative entrance gates are widely considered to be among the finest Art Nouveau metalwork in England.

Inside, the horseshoe public bar and snugs feature eclectic decoration by Charles John Allen and Henry Bloomfield Bare, with elaborate plaster work and ceramics, repousse copper work, finely detailed stained glass, mahogany fireplaces and intricately carved woodwork.

Stunning Art Installation To Go On Display At Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral will welcome a new art project, Peace Doves, later this year.

Peace Doves, headed up by internationally renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker, is a mass participation art project which will see the creation of a beautiful large-scale art installation hang inside the cathedral.

The project will launch this February half term, from February 17 to 21, with free dove-themed family activity sessions where they’ll be able to write messages of hope and peace – and they’ll be included in the installation.

Peace Doves will then officially open at Liverpool Cathedral on May 8, 2020, the 75th anniversary of VE day, until May 31, 2020 Liverpool Cathedral is free to enter and there’s child-friendly trails if you want to spend some time exploring the building.

If you’ve got a head for heights you can take a trip up the Tower. To take part in the half-term activities, you can book places online at Liverpool Cathedral for trips up the Tower vary, prices can also be found on the website.

Peter first created the ‘Peace Doves’ installation in the UK’s only the only medieval three-spired cathedral. Consisting of 20,000 paper doves, the artwork was suspended in the nave of Lichfield Cathedral between December 2018 and January 2019. Messages of peace were written on individual doves by children from over 70 schools from the surrounding area.

£38m Isle Of Man Ferry Terminal Project To Begin This Month

The new terminal at Prince’s Dock is set to be completed next summer, and expected to provide a £3.2m boost for the city’s economyWorks on the delayed Isle of Man Ferry terminal at Prince’s Dock are to finally get underway this month after a groundbreaking event took place. The scheme, which will cost £38m, is now set for completion by summer next year – a date that has been delayed twice.

The event on Friday was attended by Liverpool political figures including Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Deputy Liverpool Mayor Cllr Lynnie Hinnigan, as well as Isle of Man chief minister Howard Quayle. Speaking at the event, Mayor Rotheram said:

“Our waterfront is iconic and recognised the world over. The new ferry terminal will be a fantastic addition to it.

“Not only does the new terminal cement our special and historic links with the Isle of Man, it opens new and exciting opportunities – for trade, tourism and leisure.

“We have supported the project from day one and I look forward to it progressing further in the coming months.”

In November last year, it was revealed that the project would be delayed for a second time due to planning and legal agreements taking “longer than anticipated”.

The original date of completion was set to be December this year, before that was pushed back to March 2021, with the estimated end date now July 2021.

It is predicted that the project within the Liverpool Waters development will generate £3.2m for the regional economy, and opportunities are expected to attract further investment to the docklands.

Manannan, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s fast craft, sails between Liverpool and the Isle of Man and Liverpool up to twice a day between the spring and the autumn. It is particularly busy around the Isle of Man TT races when the vessel carries thousands of motorcyclists and motorsport fans.

Vehicles and freight traffic will be served by a link road currently under construction and funded by Liverpool City Council and the Combined Authority who have worked together to deliver the funding for the link road as part of its major City Centre Connectivity project.

Foot passengers, meanwhile, will be able to access the terminal via a riverside footbridge, near to the planned Cruise Liner Terminal Hotel which will be located at Princes Dock. Bus and taxi facilities will be provided to the new site and will also be available across the footbridge, adjacent to Alexandra Tower as part of the Cruise Liner scheme.

Liverpool Gears Up For Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020

Chinese New Year 2020

Liverpool will be bringing in the Year of the Rat in style with celebrations set to take place in the heart of Europe’s oldest Chinatown.

Full details have been released from Liverpool council regarding Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations, including parades and firecrackers display.

There will be festivities across the heart of Europe’s oldest Chinatown which will see traditional Chinese culture blended with modern performances including must-see street, stage and music acts.

From Friday January 10th, a number of buildings will be illuminated in red in honour of the New Year, signifying good fortune and joy to everyone.

And over the next few days, thousands of Chinese lanterns will adorn the city centre streets in the run up to the main Chinese New Year events on Sunday, January 26.

This year, as a result of the financial challenges facing the city council, the celebrations will take place on one day with a whole host of activities for families which are free or cost very little.

What’s happening on the day?

There will be a packed schedule of events taking place including aerial demonstrations, family workshops, a fairground along with the hugely popular dragon, unicorn and lion parades and firecracker displays.

The market will also make a return to George Street selling gifts, souvenirs and mouth-watering food.

In the Family Zone at Great George Square near the stage there will be activities on offer for all ages from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

There will also be storytelling sessions courtesy of the China Dream Stagecoach bus.

Don’t miss street performances around the Chinatown area at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

Which buildings will be lit up red?

Buildings include the Cunard Building, Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Central Library, Picton Colonnades, Toxteth Library, World Museum, Open Eye Gallery, Everyman and Playhouse Theatres plus Mersey Tunnels George’s Dock Building.

Facts About Our Wonderful City And The Beautiful Architecture And Historic Buildings

The beautiful architecture of Liverpool has a story to tell; it represents over 300 years of a port of worldwide importance, whose fortunes declined in the twentieth century but is now experiencing a renaissance as a cultural capital, hosting world-class events, breaking records and collecting numerous accolades.

The city is home to a number beautiful and historic buildings, It actually houses around 2,500 listed buildings and at least 27 of these are Grade 1.

Bluecoat

Is thought to be Liverpool’s oldest building in the city centre, dating back to the early 1700s. Visitors can now enjoy a year-round programme of visual art, literature, music and dance here.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Liverpool’s architecture can be seen from another level from the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral tower, the largest cathedral in Britain, taking 74 years to construct from 1904. Look down from this intricate beauty and admire the elegant Georgian townhouses that are always in high demand for filming.

Three Graces

A short walk from The Albert Dock is where you’ll find the Three Graces; The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. The Royal Liver Building sports the famous Liver Birds, the mythical creatures which symbolise Liverpool. For nearly a century these buildings have defined one of the world’s most recognised skylines, which can be admired from aboard the historic Mersey ferry.

Royal Albert Dock

The Victorian Royal Albert Dock located on Liverpool’s waterfront is the largest single collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK made entirely out of cast iron, brick and stone. The Albert Dock does not only offer a beautiful backdrop to a quayside stroll, but a wide variety  of restaurants, galleries, museums and more to enjoy, including key attractions such as Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story, Maritime Museum, and the International Slavery Museum.

Speke Hall

Outside the city centre, Speke Hall dates from the Tudor period, recognisable from its black and white timber appearance. Croxteth Hall also has ties to this era, with one of its wings dating back to 1575 (though the majority of the building was completed in the 18th and 19th centuries).

Disney Magic Makes A Spectacular Return To Liverpool Waters Friday 13th September.

BE OUR GUEST – DISNEY ARE BACK WITH MAGIC ON THE MERSEY

Disney Magic is making a welcome return to Liverpool on 13th September at Princes Dock. She has 11 decks, holds 1754 passengers, 915 crew and is almost 1000ft in length.

The ships are among the most highly rated afloat. Don’t take our word for it come and see for yourself  when Disney magic joins us at the iconic Liverpool Waters.

The annual arrival of the Disney Magic cruise ship has quickly become a star attraction for Princes Dock, which is owned and operated by Peel Land and Property as part of the Liverpool Waters project.

In true Liverpool style we’re showing Disney Magic a real Scouse welcome back when she makes her fourth visit to our wonderful World Heritage Waterfront.

Cruise traffic is up 40 percent in Liverpool this year, and looks to be up at least 20 percent again in 2020, according to Peter Murney, head of cruise and marine operations.

2019 will see 86 calls, according to the port’s schedule. Visiting vessels can look forward to berthing in the heart of the city, steps from Liverpool’s notable UNESCO World Heritage waterfront.

“We strive to exceed passenger expectations at every stage of their journey. We change perceptions by ensuring guests experience Liverpool as the modern, thriving, dynamic, cosmopolitan destination we know it to be,” Murney said.

“One of our challenges is that the berth is on a floating pontoon with a 10 meter tidal range so at times pedestrian access bridges can be very steep,” Murney explained. “We overcome this by providing mobility buses that transport guests direct from gangway to passenger lounge and back.”

Among the goals is to build the port’s turnaround business, as a new cruise terminal will be open and operational for the 2022 season.

Bordeaux Wine Festival Returns To Liverpool Waters

Liverpool is set to welcome the return of the award-winning Bordeaux Wine Festival this summer.

The event, which made its debut last year, returns to the waterfront from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2.

Eight wine pavilions will offer up hundreds of different wines to sample – with experts on hand to tell you how to spot the differences in region and style.

Chef-Patron of The Art School Liverpool , Paul Askew, will also be serving up some mouthwatering food and hosting demonstrations.

Amongst the acclaimed chefs joining Paul are Ellis Barrie, who featured on BBC’s Great British Menu, Tom Parker, Head Chef at The White Swan, Michelin Star chef Nigel Haworth and Tom Brown, who runs Cornerstone in London.

Director of Culture for Liverpool, Claire McColgan, said: “We’re delighted it will return, bigger and better, and our UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront will be transformed once again into a festival wine and food, perfect for connoisseurs or those who simply enjoy a good glass of wine.

“This year there is the addition of masterclasses with some of the UK’s most exciting chefs – all curated by Liverpool ’s very own culinary genius Paul Askew.

“Taking place at the same time as the always-popular River Festival , it will be an unmissable weekend in Liverpool.”

Guests will also be able to enjoy food outlets on site, including pizza and street food.

Tickets for the Bordeaux Wine Festival are on sale now via www.befliverpool.com , starting from £21.50.