Shankly Hotel’s Guide to the Feast of Fire at St John’s Gardens

Coming to the beautiful St Johns gardens outside St Georges Hall is a hot event you don’t want to miss this Easter weekend; The Feast of Fire.

Ten years ago the organisers of Feast of Fire helped open and close the celebrations for Liverpool Capital of Culture and now the city has invited them back to celebrate 10 years after being awarded the honourable title.

Taking place over two weekends the Feast of Fire begins this weekend, the 23rd of March and ends Easter Bank Holiday Monday. There are early evening sessions for families until 19:30 pm and later sessions for adults only after 20:30 pm.

Feast of Fire - St John's Gardens

The Feast of Fire will be considered Liverpool’s latest mini-festival and will include live music, flaming art installations and fabulous food and drink.

Here’s our guide for what to expect at the Feast of Fire 2018.

History of the Feast of Fire

Inspired by European tradition the Feast of Fire is a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

Feast of Fire art installation - St John's Gardens

For centuries Catholic churches have been known to extinguish all the lights that burned in the church throughout the dark winters and light fires to welcome spring. An Easter candle is then lit and used to relight all the extinguished lights in the church bringing in a new season.

In Germany tradition tells of bonfires being lit in villages and residents bringing wood from home to partially burn in the communal fire. The charred wood is then taken home and used in the family fire, the process was said to ward of home fires and poor weather in spring.

Feast of Fire art installation - St John's Gardens

This year Liverpool will begin what is hopefully an annual tradition by bringing the Feast of Fire to the city over Easter Weekend.

Fingers crossed.

Entertainment at the Feast of Fire

As well as being a feast for the eyes, the Feast of Fire will also be showcasing a selection of live acts providing an array of music throughout both weekends.

Feast of Fire performance - St John's Gardens

Liverpool SoulFest will be kicking things off on the 23rd inviting people to warm their hearts and celebrate the soul of the cities music. Other live performances include Chinese artists at Pagoda Arts, African Heat from the Oye Festival and The Fire of India full of music and dance from the Indian Arts Trust Milapfest.

Each day has been given a different theme and individual groups will arrange live music, performances and art installations to reflect their message or culture;

  • 23rd Fire in My Soul 
  • 24th Celtic Flames
  • 25th Flames from the Dragon
  • 30th The Kazimier Fire Garden
  • 31st African Heat
  • 1st Liverpool Pride on Fire
  • 2nd Agni – The Fire of India

Celebrations from a variety of cultures and from countries across the globe will come together to form one huge Feast of Fire and the city is invited.

Fire Inspired Food and Drink

Following the theme of fire and flames, there will be some superb food and drink on offer either inspired by fire or made using the naked flame.

Oregano Kitchen will be providing delicious pizzas baked in searing hot clay ovens. Chose your topping and watch as your creation sizzles away in the open oven right in front of your eyes.

Oregano kitchen Feast of Fire - St John's Gardens

Sweet options and desserts come toasted too as Treaty Pie take their love of cakes, cookies and shakes and waffles and give them the fiery treatment. Think smore’s hot off the oven, toasted marshmallows and Freakshakes topped with sparklers.

It wouldn’t be a real Feast of Fire without something fresh from the grill and BBQ sensations Love from the Streets will be putting on a sizzling hot show demonstrating to others how its done in time for the summer BBQ season.

Love from the Streets - Feast of Fire - St John's Gardens

These heart-warming delicious dishes are the perfect compliments to the Feast of Fire and its other fabulous displays and entertaining acts.

Drinks are in hot pursuit following a fiery theme with flaming cocktails such as the Forge. Made from Jameson’s, smoked apple, cinnamon and ginger all served in a metal cup. Or our favourite winter drink given a fiery twist, Mulled wine spiked with a healthy helping of Beefeater Gin.

Both are sure to warm your cockles.

Where to stay for Easter Weekend

Shankly family hotel room -

The Shankly Hotel is perfectly situated so that all our guests have easy access to the best events taking place in the city and its less than a two-minute walk from St John’s gardens, host to the Feast of Fire 2018.

For families, our luxury hotel suites are ideal as our guests can stay together and enjoy each other’s company both in and out of the hotel.

If you are visiting Liverpool with friends this weekend or for Easter Bank holiday why not book one of the spectacular group apartments in The Shankly Hotel.

Every suite comes complete with large comfortable beds, huge flat screen TV’s and elegant ensuite bathrooms. Furthermore, each Shankly Hotel room is unique and includes snippets from the life and career of the great man himself.

Call and book your stay on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk or why not check out some of our amazing accommodation offers here.

Scorch this Easter weekend in Liverpool into your memory at the Feast of Fire from the Shankly Hotel.

Family Fun; August Bank Holiday in Liverpool

This coming weekend of the 26-28th August is the last bank holiday of the year and the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a little family time before the school holidays end.

There has been so much to do in Liverpool over the course of the summer for all of the family and this weekend is no exception.

Take a look at some of the best events and things to do in Liverpool during the August bank holiday weekend.

Folk Festival on the Dock

Kick off the August Bank Holiday weekend with a trip to the beautiful Albert Dock where you can enjoy a bit of culture, plenty of music and loads of entertainment.

The Albert Dock’s annual Folk Festival will welcome over 450 performers for a weekend full to the brim of activities for all of the family.

The docks are a fantastic area to explore where you can enjoy a bite to eat, drink and water around the picturesque surroundings.

Folk Festival Liverpool

Pier Head Village

Haven’t had a chance to explore Liverpool’s summer-long festival yet?

Pier Head Village is the perfect family fun day out suitable for those of all ages and interests. From the little ones who can enjoy a go on the bouncy castle to thrilling rides for the adults, there really is nowhere better to enjoy a day out.

Indulge in a bit of retail therapy as you browse the wonderful independent stalls, stop off for a delicious ice cream, Nutella crepe or fish & chips and test your nerves as you enjoy the swing ride reaching the height of the Liver Building.

The bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to enjoy the Pier Head Village with the family as it will be The Beatle Weekender in partnership with The Cavern Club. Enjoy music from a fab four tribute band which will be playing on the Sound City main stage.

Pier Head Village

International Beatles Week

The Beatles are arguably the most famous band in the world and they’re proudly from Liverpool which means there is no better city to enjoy International Beatles Week.

Celebrate the Fab Four in their hometown with a week and weekend full of Beatles fun.

Live music will be the focus of the week with 70 bands from over 20 countries coming together to celebrate The Beatles and their greatest hits.

Bring the kids along for a fantastic bank holiday weekend in Liverpool with a distinctive Beatles twist.

International Beatles Week

Explore a Museum

Liverpool is home to some of the most fascinating museums in the country which offer a wealth of fun, entertainment and education for those of all ages.

From the International Slavery Museum which is located on the Albert Dock to the World, Museum is St George’s Quarter, there is bound to be a museum experience perfect for your bank holiday weekend in Liverpool.

Each of these award-winning museums have been designed with kids in mind meaning they’re fully interactive.

Museum of Liverpool

Ferry Across the Mersey

If the weather is good then there is nothing better than enjoying a ferry ride across the Mersey.

See Liverpool and the Wirral from a new angle as you board the Razzle Dazzle Ferry, a bright and fun ferry which was specially commissioned by Liverpool Biennial. Perfect for the big and little ones, a Ferry across the Mersey is a great way to see Liverpool’s magnificent skyline.

Mersey Ferry

Luxury Overnight Stay

Liverpool is the perfect city for a little bank holiday get away so bring the kids for one last summer blow out before the school year starts again.

Here at The Shankly Hotel we have a whole host of special dining and overnight stay offers to help you have a bank holiday weekend to remember.

From afternoon tea in the beautiful Bastion Bar & Restaurant to making your way to 30 James Street for a little indulgence in Morgan’s Spa, we have an overnight stay for you.

Situated on Victoria Street in the heart of the city centre, there really is nowhere else to enjoy a relaxing family break whilst enjoying the best Liverpool has to offer.

Liverpool The Shankly Hotel

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