Fabulous Family Friendly Days Out During Liverpool Biennial

Bring the family together this summer as Liverpool looks forward to another Liverpool Biennial. An event that gets the public, local businesses, artists and communities together to celebrate and appreciate art in all its forms.

This year we’ve hand-picked some of the best family friendly days out in Liverpool that will help younger people get hands on and make a difference in the city and perhaps even brighten their artistic and creative futures.

Family Workshop and Victory Gallery and Museum

Where: Victoria Art Gallery and Museum

When: 2nd July – 2nd August and 16th August

Victoria Gallery and Museum - family friendly days out

A wonderful free event will be hosted throughout July and August at the Victoria Gallery and Museum that will help the younger generation appreciate art both old and new.

Led by a group of experienced artists, each session will encourage kids and grown-ups to explore their creative sides.

Families will be invited to be inspired by the existing work on display in the museum and then create their own masterpieces together.

Take the entire family along to discover one of Liverpool’s most interesting museums and art galleries with a new and exciting hands-on approach during Liverpool Biennial.

FACT Prototype Summer Camp

Where: FACT

When: 31st July – 2nd August and 7th – 9th August

FACT VR Rcade - family friendly days out

In a digital age, we adults may feel like we’re falling behind as our young families plough forward enjoying and experiencing new technology before we even know it exists.

FACT want to make sure these young people are given the tools to navigate the online and digital world safely by teaching them to become masters of what they are producing and posting.

The VR (virtual reality) summer camp session promises to help families understand what goes into VR filmmaking and also gives lessons as to how to stay safe whilst having a positive online presence.

Leaping into the future another summer camp session at FACT will invite young people to design, code and create their own AI. They will learn how to programme their creation as well as design the environment it lives in.

Both of these events offer further chances for attendees to gain Bronze and Silver Art Awards with extra participation after the camp dates.

Please see here for further details.

Granby Gardening

Where: 75-77 Granby Street

When: 7th and 14th July

Granby Gardens - family friendly days out

Art certainly makes the world a beautiful place and it doesn’t get much more beautiful than the art of the natural world.

For Liverpool Biennial artist Mohamed Bourouissa will be working with local Liverpool communities to help build and grow a communal garden in the heart of Toxteth.

Families can pop along to lend a hand and learn more about the healing power of plants. The project was inspired by a garden Bourouissa encountered whilst travelling that was created by a patient who was undergoing therapy.

The garden became a representation of the patient’s mind as he was able to organise his plants like his thoughts.

On the 7th and 14th, July go and get muddy with the kids and help give the communities of Liverpool a piece of natural art that will grow and change with the seasons.

Exhibition Tour: Environments of a Beautiful World

Where: RIBA North – National Architecture Centre

When: 29th July 3pm-4pm

Mae-ling Lokko - family friendly days out

Inspired by the behaviour of how things grow, Mae-ling Lokko’s art installation Hack The Root will form part of the tour Environments of a Beautiful World.

The artist has created a structure made from mushroom panels to promote the study of an alternative life cycle for living things. Instead of using material grown from a root-like lifeform that needs to use, move or drain other resources in order to survive, Lokko’s work shows how beautiful things can also be created without having destroyed first.

Although an important message is at the focus of the work shown here, won’t it be fun to tell the kids that this sculpture is made from entirley from man made fungus!

Bluecoat Family Day

Where: Bluecoat

When: 14th August 1pm-4pm

Bluecoat - family friendly days out

For fun and educational family days out in Liverpool during Biennial why not visit one of the city’s oldest buildings; The Bluecoat.

Here visitors will be able to take part in a project guided by one of the participating artists of the Liverpool Biennial programme Ryan Gander.

Your little ones will be given the chance to try their hand at sculpting, large-scale drawing and the fine art of den building which we know every kid enjoys (and most adults too).

Bluecoat caters to families all year round and their unique Children’s Corner has a number of independent activities that everyone can have fun with on their visit.

This and the stunning Bluecoat Gardens plus delicious food from Blue Coat Café makes for one of those perfect family friendly days out in the city.

Artist Talk: Ryan Gander

Where: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

When: 4th August 11am-12pm

Ryan Gander project Liverpool Biennial - family friendly days out

Working directly with children from a local Liverpool Primary School Ryan Gander has been involved with a project that explores the benefits of hands-on education.

During the project Gander explored the Montessori methods of early schooling, carrying out a number of workshops involving collaborative play and independent activity.

His presentation at The Bluecoat will show his findings from his time with the children as well as some of their work and what the kids and Ryan created together which will become a new permanent public art installation behind the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Family Stays at The Shankly Hotel

During this summer and throughout Liverpool Biennial The Shankly Hotel has superb accommodation for everyone to stay together in the heart of the city.


Our family suites and interconnecting rooms give our family guests the chance to stay in one suite together with enough space to be comfortable.

This combined with tasty family meals from the Bastion Bar and Restaurant’s eclectic menu and delicious breakfasts in the morning and there’s really no better place to stay when planning fun family friendly days out during this year’s Liverpool Biennial.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information on our family-friendly accommodation.

What’s On at the Theatre this Year in Liverpool

Discover the best of what’s on in Liverpool theatres this year with our jam-packed guide.

The Shankly Hotel is a prime spot for enjoying a pre-theatre meal in Liverpool or making the experience extra special with an overnight stay.

We’re in a prime location for visiting theatres in Liverpool. Situated on dynamic Victoria Street, we’re only a short distance from the city’s most exquisite theatre venues.

This year in Liverpool, the city’s range of historic and stylish theatre venues have plenty on offer for you to see in action.

From modern classics brought to life to family fun, we’ve compiled the most unmissable productions of the year.

A Clockwork Orange

Dates: 17 April – 21 April 2018

Theatre: The Everyman Theatre

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This April, catch the Anthony Burgess cult classic in action at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre.

Burgess’ stage adaption brings amoral Alex dangerously to life. Find yourself immersed in the dark side of teen culture with this thrilling tale of free will and transgression.

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Dates: 17 April – 21 April 2018

Theatre: Playhouse Theatre

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Perfect for the whole family, don’t miss one of Roald Dahl’s most treasured tales on stage at Liverpool’s Playhouse Theatre.

This April, find yourself lost in a hilarious world of imagination with George’s Marvellous Medicine. A thrilling mixture of growing grannies, feathery farm animals and family fun makes this production one not to miss!

An Officer and a Gentleman

Dates: 21 May – 26 May 2018

Theatre: Liverpool Empire Theatre

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Sweeping you off your feet this April, don’t miss An Officer and a Gentleman at Liverpool Empire Theatre.

This breathtaking new musical will recreate the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere. Plus, the feel-good soundtrack of movie hit Up Where We Belong and iconic 80s anthems ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun. 


Dates: 6 June – 9 June 2018

Theatre: Unity Theatre Liverpool

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A fascinating exploration of history, Assassins delves into the lives of nine people who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States.

A captivating look at the darker side of the American Dream, this memorable show is enhanced with a complex score from Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods).

Titanic The Musical

Dates: 30 July – 4 August 2018

Theatre: Liverpool Empire Theatre

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Coming to Liverpool Empire Theatre this summer, Titanic The Musical is set to take you on a journey like no other. With a glowing 5 star review from The Times, this stunning production has been hailed a triumph.

Based upon the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Titanic’s passengers, this dazzling musical will leave you blown away with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.

Love From a Stranger

Dates: 24 April – 28 April 2018

Theatre: Playhouse Theatre

what's on in liverpool theatres

Agatha Christe’s alluring Love From a Stranger will be keeping audiences on the edge of their seats this April at Liverpool Playhouse Theatre.

Find yourself swept up by the whirlwind romance, electric suspense and shocking twists! This rarely seen thriller written by the UK’s most timeless crime writer is one you won’t forget.

Paint Your Wagon

Dates: 3 March – 14 July 2018

Theatre: Everyman Theatre

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Take a journey through time to America’s gold rush as Paint Your Wagon tells the tale of one small town and the boom times.

Brought to you by the same creative team as last year’s magnificent Fiddler on the Roof production, expect laugh-out-loud laughter, deeply moving moments and infectious song and dance.

The Lovely Bones

Dates: 25 September – 6 October 2018

Theatre: Everyman Theatre

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Making a world premiere at the Everyman Theatre, Alice Sebold’s  The Lovely Bones will be illuminating the stage in Liverpool.

Bringing one of the bestselling novels of the 21st century to life, this unique and uplifting coming-of-age story will take you on a journey about life after loss.

Awful Auntie

Dates: 29 August – 2 September 2018

Theatre: Liverpool Empire Theatre

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Set to bring Liverpool Empire Theatre non-stop family fun, Awful Auntie is brought to you by the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny.

The world premiere of David Walliams’ story of frights, fights and friendship is a magnificent stage production that you certainly won’t forget!

Nativity The Musical

Dates: 31 October – 4 November 2018

Theatre: Liverpool Empire Theatre

what's on in liverpool theatres

Make this Christmas a magical one with a visit to Liverpool Empire Theatre. Bringing one of the most feel-good and festive films of recent years to life, don’t miss the heartwarming story of St Bernadette’s School.

A jam-packed show for the whole family, you can look forward to plenty of sing-a-long hits from the Nativity films including Sparkle and Shine, One Night One Moment and She’s the Brightest Star.

To enquire further about staying at The Shankly Hotel, you can get in touch on 0151 601 8801.

In the meantime, why not take a browse of our unmissable Shankly Hotel offers? We look forward to seeing you soon!

Show Your Mum She’s Number One This Mother’s Day

If you’re thinking of the perfect way to treat the number one woman in your life this Mother’s Day, look no further than The Shankly Hotel.

We have a range of fabulous events, delicious treats and amazing offers that are sure to impress your mum on her special day.

This Mother’s Day, give your mum the gift of a luxurious experience she will cherish forever.

Enjoy an Unforgettable Mother’s Day Swing Afternoon Tea

Swing Afternoon Tea Mother's Day

Mother’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a traditional afternoon tea and we’re putting on a very special Swing Afternoon Tea especially for Mother’s Day.

Taking place in the stunning Garden of Eden, on the rooftop of our hotel, this afternoon tea is sure to be a hit.

Take in the glorious views of Liverpool’s skyline as you enjoy delicious finger sandwiches, sweet treats, delicate cakes, freshly baked scones and a choice of tea or coffee.

Whilst you and your mum indulge in luxurious surroundings, you will be serenaded by our very own swing singer, who is sure to make your afternoon truly unforgettable.

It’s the perfect way to treat mum this Mothering Sunday.

Indulge in a Sunday Lunch She’ll Cherish Forever

Mother's Day Sunday Lunch

Treat mum to a special Sunday Lunch in the famous Bastion Bar and Restaurant this Mothering Sunday.

Enjoy a three course meal, featuring some mouthwatering dishes that are sure to keep you in the good books.

Choose from delicious roast strip loin of beef with Yorkshire pudding, roasted root vegetable, chateau potatoes and rich roasting gravy; or, grilled salmon fillet with wilted spring greens and crushed new potatoes, lemon and lime butter cream with crispy skin.

For the vegetarians, you can enjoy roasted parsnip and truffle pudding with roasted root vegetables, chateau potatoes and a thyme and garlic gravy.

The ideal way to celebrate Mother’s Day, come together with all the family and toast to the most important woman in your life.

Treat Your Mum to a Luxurious Stay

Shankly bedroom

Why not really celebrate Mother’s Day in style and book a luxurious stay at The Shankly Hotel.

We have a range of offers that are perfect for treating the number one woman in your life.

Our Mummy and Me offer features an overnight stay, a delicious breakfast the next morning, a tasty 2 course meal in the Bastion and a chilled bottle of prosecco.

Or, you could choose our amazing Mum Sweet Mum offer and really give her the royal treatment.

This deal includes a luxurious overnight stay, Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, breakfast and our exclusive Mum Sweet Mum package that features a bouquet of flowers and prosecco.

There really is no better way to treat mum this Mother’s Day.

The Perfect Place to Spend Mother’s Day

Mother's Day in the Bastion

If you’re struggling for ideas on how to treat your mum, these gifts are sure to put a smile on her face.

Each room within our beautiful hotel is unique and designed with utter luxury and comfort in mind.

Rooms at The Shankly are equipped with comfortable bedding and beautiful interior. Not forgetting amazing facilities, including our whirlpool baths, smart TVs and free WiFi.

Situated in the heart of Liverpool city centre, our hotel couldn’t be better placed to enjoy a Mother’s Day weekend away. Explore the culture, history and beautiful of Liverpool with your number one.

If you’d like to make the most of your Mother’s Day and book one of these amazing offers, get in touch with our friendly team today.

Let your mum sit back and relax in stunning surroundings and make her day unforgettable.