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Liverpool Event

5th July 2024 - 7th July 2024

Join us for a great weekend in Liverpool with Julia Lea.

Early arrivals might like to join us on an afternoon’s Magical Mystery Bus tour of Liverpool. Indicate on the booking form if you are interested and we’ll keep you posted.

To start your weekend in the beautiful city of Liverpool, the organising team are heading to the Baltic Triangle less than a 10 minutes walk from the Waterfront Hotels for an informal evening of food, drink and no doubt lots of entertainment such as night time dancing and calling out BINGO whilst dancing on tables! Something of a hidden gem, the Baltic Triangle has been dubbed: “the cultural quarter”, “the city’s workshop”, “Liverpool’s answer to New York’s Meat-Packing District”, “the creative playground”. The Baltic Triangle’s impressive architecture tells its own story about the area’s glory days. The creative, digital and independent district of Liverpool located in what was once an abandoned area of the city, now houses a strong community of musicians, bars and restaurants. No need to book anything, pay as you go. Details of where we will meet will be provided closer to the time.

Saturday – Day time
9.30am: Leave HQ hotel and together stroll through the Royal Albert Dock to the Royal Liver Building for a 360 degree tour of the Royal Liver Building, where you can take in breathtaking views from the top of the iconic Royal Liver Building. Enjoy an amazing 270° Audio Visual experience set in the original clock mechanism room that brings the last 110 years of Liverpool’s history to life. Hear interesting facts and stories about the building and city on a fully guided tour. Get up close to Liverpool’s most famous residents, The Liver Birds. There is a lift for some of the way to the museum and viewing platform which is accessible for wheelchairs and small compact mobile scooters. The final section to one of the Liverbirds involves climbing 124 stairs above the 10th floor.

11.30am: Walk across Canada Boulevard past Sir Alfred’s Monument and the Beatles statue to the Pier Head where we will embark on the “Ferry Across the Mersey” at Noon. Enjoy the ultimate sightseeing experience and see the best views of Liverpool and the Wirral’s spectacular waterfronts from the deck of the world-famous Mersey Ferry on one of their 50-minute River Explorer Cruises. Guided by expert recorded commentary throughout the cruise you can sit back, relax and take in the captivating views of the historic waterfront.
All main decks are fully accessible with toilet facilities and a food/drink café is located on board.
You can take some lunch at your own leisure, but some recommendations within the Royal Albert Dock are as follows:
• Quayside Café (inside and outside the Maritime Museum)
• Peaberry Coffee House & Kitchen
• Porters Café
There are more substantial restaurants and pub food if you are really hungry! Or you can stroll down to the Baltic Triangle which has a fabulous array of food in the Old Cains Brewery amongst others.

Join everyone for lunch at the Old Bank, James Street. Buffet lunch £13pp. Pre booking essential, contact Julia to reserve your place.

Saturday afternoon
The afternoon is free for you to explore the Liverpool Waterfront at your leisure. Areas you might like to visit as set out below and the organisers are happy to escort you or find out more information.
Architecture and culture: stroll around the Royal Albert Dock https://albertdock.com/ taking in the Maritime Museum, the Tate Gallery (temporarily re-housed at RIBA), the Museum of Liverpool, the Titanic memorial or the Beatles Exhibition. Round it off with trip on the Wheel of Liverpool.
Shopping: Plenty to see around the Albert dock, but if it’s a shop til you drop you are after, then a ten minute walk will take you to Liverpool 1. From high street to high end, it offers the ultimate in retail therapy and you’ll find something to suit every taste and budget right here. As well as shops, they offer some the city’s top restaurants and bars. https://www.liverpool-one.com/
There is always central Liverpool itself for more architecture and culture, notably around St. George’s Hall; William Brown Street that it’s situated on also houses the Walker Art Gallery, the World Museum and the Central Library (with the beautiful Picton Reading Room).
For the discerning drinkers, head back to the Baltic Triangle for real ales and micro-breweries.

Saturday evening
We will dine together informally (no black tie, but smart evening wear is advised) within the Leonardo, the recommended hotel. A three course dinner with tea and coffee will be provided together with a welcome drink. All other beverages can be purchased at your own cost from the well stocked bars.

Menu summary, please contact Julia for full menu details.
[Leak & sweet potato soup or Ham hock terrine or Goats cheese tart. Roast pork chop or Grilled seabass ratatouille or Quorn cottage pie. Lemon cheesecake or Choc/caramel torte].

There are a several hotels on the Waterfront depending on your budget. Please book the hotel of your choice direct with the hotel.
The organising committee will base itself at the Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jury’s Inn) Leonardo Hotels
A Senate special rate has been negotiated.
Friday 5th – £130 single occupancy / £140 double occupancy. Saturday 6th – £180 single occupancy / £190 double occupancy.
2 night minimum length of stay. All rates inc breakfast, WIFI and VAT at the prevailing rates. Rates are per room per night.
Quote code “SARAGL050724” when ringing the hotel 0151 244 3777 (option 1)  [Offer rates end 7th June]

Special access rooms are limited as are twin bedded rooms so please book early.

Other hotels are:
Premier Inn Albert Dock
Pullman Hotels

There is also a Holiday Inn Express within the Royal Albert Dock. In general, there are a lot of hotels along the Waterfront all within easy walking distance.

Sunday morning
There are no formal events planned, but the organisers are happy to take on any suggestions for a walk or anything that might take your fancy. A mystery/treasure hunt could be arranged for a couple of hours in the morning but would involve a reasonable amount of walking but would be wheelchair/scooter accessible.

Book your activities here. (Please book hotels direct)

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5th July 2024
7th July 2024
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