Why Ness Shankly was the Mother of Liverpool Football

If Bill Shankly was the Father of Liverpool football then Agnes Shankly was undoubtedly the Mother.

Agnes Shankly was as dedicated to Bill and his squad, as Shanks was to his love of the game. Its thanks to Nessie’s moral support and unyielding devotion to Bill and their family, that Liverpool football club were able to get the very best from Bill as a manager and leader.

At the Helm of the Shankly Family

As Shankly took control of Liverpool football club, pulling them out of the slums and pushing them onto glory, Nessie was manning the fort at home.

She was a strong woman who would always give her opinions freely, speaking her mind but with wise words and in a supportive manner

Bill and Ness Shankly - the mother of Liverpool football

Nessie was the captain of her home ship, known for her unwavering encouragement of Bill and the lads he managed, and as a mother, Agnes ran a well-ordered household.

She had two daughters at home to think about whilst Bill was off conquering the world with the Mighty Reds.

Her daughter Jeanette told us;

“She was just an amazing Mum to my sister and me, and of course a fantastic wife to my Dad. She was the family matriarch and held it all together for us, continuing to do so when the grandchildren came along.

My memories of her are just the simple things in respect of her being a Mum.

She would take me to town every week, and we would go to a restaurant called Reece’s for lunch.

When I was younger; she would take me to what was called the Doll’s Hospital, a shop for dolls clothes and accessories, as I got older, we would go to WH Smith, both being keen readers, and would quite often read large sections of books stood in the shop!

She would always buy books for us to take home and after she had read them she would write on the inside cover to remind herself so she didn’t try and read it again!

When I got older, I would accompany her to a lot of her charity commitments. She did a lot for the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

They used to do events at local pubs to raise money called the ‘Piles of Pennies’ and we would have some fantastic nights.”

Jeanette, Ness & Bill’s second daughter.

 

The Shankly family - the mother of Liverpool football

Ness, Bill and The Shankly family

Chris Shankly, Co-Owner and Director of The Shankly Hotel and Nessie’s only grandson, has fond memories of his grandmother. Taking time to pop round for guaranteed choc ice and a quid pocket money for the shops whenever he could.

“She was a proper lady. Always immaculate. She just wanted to look after you.

Every time you went round she would try and give you money. ‘Do you need any new clothes Chris?’ or ‘Do you need any new trainers Chris?’

We used to laugh that we had a job on our hands to get out of there without having money given to us.

That is the person she was though. She was all about everybody else.”

Chris Shankly

The First Lady of Liverpool football

Nessie was known among the players for her unyielding kindness. As far as Bill’s own personal fans were concerned, their door was always open. Nessie often invited those who loved her husband in for tea and biscuits, or even full family meals when they came to call.

Nessie Shankly - the mother of Liverpool football

Nanny Ness at home

The people of Liverpool grew to love Nessie as much as they did Bill and during one event in the north of the city, Nessie was attending a presentation when someone broke into the car she came in and stole some of her things.

When word got out among the public, the guilty individual swiftly returned the goods to the venue, no questions asked. Such was the influence Nessie had on the people of Liverpool.

Remembering the Mother of Liverpool Football at The Shankly Hotel

Chris and the entire Shankly Family have recounted some touching stories of Nessie. Some and these are the memories that have endured, inspiring some of the wonderful things that The Shankly Hotel do for the public today.

Chris says that his mother Jeanette is everything that Nessie was, as far as being he caring nature and being a person who simply loves to give.

Ness and Chris - the mother of Liverpool football

Nanny Ness and Chris Shankly

“If I had to sum Nanny Ness up, I would say she was the best human being I have ever known. One of the most generous, strong, wise and loving people I have ever met. She was completely selfless. Where Grandy was all about the people, so was she. She never took anything for herself, she simply gave.”

Chris Shankly

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel

Particularly on Mother’s Day at The Shankly Hotel, we like to celebrate the Mother of Liverpool football Nessie Shankly and how by loving, encouraging and supporting her family she helped to make Liverpool football all it is today.

Celebrate your own mother with us this Mother’s Day, as we host one of our spectacular Swing Afternoon Tea events, in the stunning Garden of Eden.

Our fabulous rooftop events venue will be full of families on the 31st March, all here to toast to the woman in their lives who mean the world to them.

With live swing performances, delicious food and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, our Mother’s Day Swing Afternoon Tea will make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day 2019. Call to book your tickets on 0151 236 0166 or follow this link to buy your Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea tickets direct.

Join Us for Festive Christmas Afternoon Tea in Liverpool

This year, why not join us for Christmas afternoon tea in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel? Our festive afternoon tea is the perfect way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas Afternoon Tea Liverpool

So take time to indulge this Christmas period or treat someone special to our Christmas afternoon tea at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

You won’t want to miss experiencing our famous afternoon tea with a festive twist. Serving a variety of sweet and savoury treats in style, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice!

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christmas afternoon tea

Our delicious afternoon tea treats follow a seasonal theme throughout the Christmas period, and they taste just as good as they look! Our Festive Afternoon Tea deal is available for £19.95 per person with tea or you can upgrade to afternoon tea with bubbles for £24.95.

So, why not join us for an afternoon out with the family, festive catch up with friends, or simply stop off after some Christmas shopping? The Shankly Hotel is in a prime location in Liverpool, only moments from Liverpool ONE shops and the Christmas markets.

We’re also only a short walk from the Pier Head and key cultural landmarks. If you’re visiting the city for the first time, why not check out Signature’s Liverpool? Our blog covers everything from the cosiest pubs in  Liverpool for winter drinks to magical winter walks in Liverpool and our guide to the ultimate New Year’s Eve 2018 in Liverpool.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

Located within The Shankly Hotel, The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is one of the best-rated restaurants in Liverpool. The stylish spot is a favourite for celebrating special occasions with friends and family.

In keeping with the theme of the hotel, our exquisite restaurant space is home to exclusive memorabilia donated by the Shankly family. This Bastion offers a fantastic chance to soak up some local history, whether you’re a long-term LFC fan or simply in love with Liverpool.

Christmas Stay at The Shankly Hotel

Enjoy a seasonal stay this Christmas at The Shankly Hotel. Join us for party season or a relaxing break in between your festive plans! Rooms at The Shankly Hotel range from our traditional hotel rooms to Signature Living’s unique party rooms. Whether you join us for a romantic stay or with a group of friends, our versatile rooms have got it covered!

We have a range of spectacular offers to choose from to make your visit all the more special. Our hotel offers are a popular choice for Christmas presents along with Signature Living gift vouchers, which can be used across our venues.

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Our ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ package incorporates our festive afternoon tea. Available for £49 per person based on four or more sharing or £139 per couple (Sunday – Thursday) this spectacular deal features:

  • An overnight stay in a luxury double with whirlpool bath
  • Festive Afternoon Tea served with bubbles
  • A delicious breakfast at The Bastion

To enquire today or to book your table for Christmas afternoon tea in Liverpool, you can reach us on 0151 601 8801. Our friendly team will be happy to help accommodate you and your group.

We look forward to seeing you soon this December and wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

Fall Down the Rabbit Hole with a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea for Kids

Step into Wonderland at The Shankly Hotel with an unforgettable afternoon tea for all the family beyond your wildest imaginations.

After the phenomenal success of previous events, we’re hosting another Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea featuring magical decorations, delectable foods that cry out ‘Eat me!’ and all the weird and wonderful characters from your favourite book.

Join us on 11 November for an afternoon of Cheshire Cats, White Rabbits and royalty as we step into the Rabbit Hole with a tea party like no other.

Eat me! Drink me!

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea

Take your place at the Mad Hatter’s table and feast on delicate finger sandwiches, sweet treats and pastry delights while enjoying live music and hilarious performances to spark everyone’s imagination. Eat, drink and dance your way through a magical afternoon for all the family.

Kids will love meeting characters from the book as they sit amongst larger-than-life decorations in our beautiful Garden of Eden suite.

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea

Pose for pictures with the Mad Hatter’s giant clocks, hats and weird and wonderful trinkets – and even the Hatter himself – while soaking in stunning panoramic views of Liverpool’s skyline from our stunning Garden of Eden suite windows.

With plenty of fun activities, games and immersive role plays for all the family, watch as Wonderland comes alive around you and our incredible characters lead you down the rabbit hole into a world of pure imagination!

For just £14.95 per child, and £29.95 per adult, don’t miss this magical family experience of a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Shankly Hotel.

Stay in Wonderland with Signature Suites

Make your Sunday a family outing to remember with a stay in one of our wild and fantastical Wonderland suites at The Shankly.

After enjoying the excitement of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, head down to one of our luxurious family suites designed with Alice’s magical world in mind for a fairytale stay you won’t find anywhere else.

Enter the wood-paneled Wonderland floor to find upside-down furniture and stranger-than-strange happens. And once you step inside a suite, discover charming trinkets, whimsical features and opulent golden decor that transport your straight into a magical world like no other.

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea

With luxurious, ultra-comfortable beds sleeping between 3 and 9 guests and in-room amenities including a kitchenette, dining space, Bluetooth media system and smart TV, you’re sure to have a spectacular stay at The Shankly Hotel.

Pick from the Wonderland Suite (to continue your Mad Hatter’s adventure), the Narnia-themed Wardrobe room and much, much more.

Magical Afternoon Teas at The Shankly Hotel

We’re famous for hosting incredible themed afternoon teas for all the family – and it’s not just the Mad Hatter who’s heading into our hotel for an afternoon of entertainment this year. From Dusty Springfield to Swing Teas, all our inspired afternoon teas are perfect family-friendly events for rainy Sunday afternoons.

In December, we’re hosting Liverpool’s best Cilla Black tribute act for a jolly-holly festive afternoon tea celebrating the Scouse icon’s spectacular career. Join us for a festive celebration on 22 December.

Tickets for the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea for Kids cost £14.95 for children and £29.95 for adults. Price includes an afternoon tea of sandwiches and sweet treats, plus tea or coffee.

To book your place at the Mad Hatter’s Table for an afternoon tea of sweet delights and savory delicacies, call our events team today on 0151 305 5101 or visit our What’s On page for more information.

Why You Should Enjoy a Delicious Lunch in Liverpool at The Bastion

Winter is coming and when it does you are going to need somewhere cosy to lunch in Liverpool, enter The Bastion Bar and Restaurant at The Shankly Hotel. With an eclectic menu of cosy heart-warming dishes and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, The Bastion is the ideal spot to enjoy a hearty lunch in Liverpool and here’s why.

The Menu is Mouth-watering

Whether it’s a long lazy lunch or a quick bite to eat, menu at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant can cater to everyone.

If you are searching for a hearty lunch in Liverpool, then our classics menu will certainly hit the spot. Sample the local delicacy with a big bowl of Shankly Scouse or go traditional with Fish and Chips or Pie.

All our meals on the classic’s menu are served from 12:00 pm – 17:00 pm and have been tailored to suit a healthy appetite, there are no small portions here.

Bastion Burger and Beer - lunch in Liverpool

For those who work in the city take a break from your packed lunch and pop in for a quick yet satisfying lunch in Liverpool at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant. Choose from hearty bowls of homemade soup of the day, a selection of scrumptious sandwiches or one of the famous Shankly Burgers.

For ladies who lunch in Liverpool join us for an elegant afternoon tea complete with glasses of fizz and tasty pastries served from 11:00 am – 17:00 pm.

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Take a break from cooking the Sunday roast at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant as our chefs lovingly prepare a traditional Sunday lunch in Liverpool every week. No cooking, no dishes just a delicious Sunday dinner with all your family and friends.

After a day out shopping in the city, exploring the museums and galleries with the kids, nipping out from the office for a bite to eat with colleagues, or a big family catch up you can all enjoy lunch in Liverpool at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Hearty Meals in the Heart of The City

The great thing about Liverpool is that it’s so compact.

This makes the best bits of the city easy to explore, from shopping and landmarks to culture and nightlife, it’s all within an easy walking distance from the centre.

Cultural Quarter - near to the Bastion for lunch in Liverpool

That’s what makes The Bastion a great place to lunch in Liverpool as no matter whether you’re shopping in Liverpool One or enjoying the museums and galleries of Liverpool’s cultural quarter The Bastion is never more than a few minutes’ walk away.

Close to public transport links and with its own underground parking, The Bastion also makes a great place to meet for lunch in Liverpool. So, if you have a friend or family member coming in from out of town the buses, trains and road links into the city are less than 5 minutes’ walk from The Bastion.

Welcoming to One and All

No matter what age you are or what diet you follow, there’s something for everyone at The Bastion so when it comes to finding the perfect place to lunch in Liverpool everyone’s welcome at The Bastion.

Kids have plenty of choice on the marvellous lunch menu and the space itself is entertaining, safe and friendly for little ones. Our staff particularly enjoy having families in for lunch and Bill the Bear is always looking forward to meeting new little friends who are visiting Liverpool.

Family dinner Shankly - lunch in LIverpool

The layout of The Bastion Bar and Restaurant caters particularly well to large groups of diners including hen parties out for a weekend in the city, lads watching the latest football games or large families having a catch-up.

Join Us for Lunch in Liverpool

Visit The Bastion Bar and Restaurant for a fantastic lunch in Liverpool and enjoy tasty food, friendly vibes all for an amazingly affordable price.

The Bastion’s ethos reflects all the things that Bill Shankly considered important. Everything from being family inclusive to the holding the highest standards of service and produce has been designed for the people to enjoy.

Call 0151 541 9999 to make a reservation today and enjoy an unforgettable lunch in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel.

Celebrate the Iconic Career of Dusty Springfield at The Shankly

Soulful, raw and instantly recognizable, Dusty Springfield was one of the UK’s most distinctive singers.

With her backcombed blonde hair and generous mascara application, the soul-singer’s iconic face and incredible voice helped shaped Britain’s swinging sixties.

Yet despite so many incredible hits, we don’t celebrate the soul sensation’s spectacular career enough. It’s time to change that: The Shankly Hotel is hosting an afternoon dedicated to the Son of a Preacher Man singer and you’re invited!

Just Dusty at The Shankly Hotel

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Source: The Dusty Springfield Official Facebook Page

Join us in celebrating the best of Dusty’s hits at The Shankly Hotel with an exclusive afternoon tea on Sunday 9th September.

For just £29.95 per person, you can enjoy an indulgent selection of finger sandwiches, sweet treats and delicate delights in our Garden of Eden rooftop venue, soaking in the panoramic views across the Liverpool skyline to the sounds of Dusty’s greatest songs.

After a glass of fizz on arrival, the party will really get started as the talented Emily Clark performs live, taking you on a journey through Dusty’s solo career. You’ll be singing and swinging to classic 60s hits including I Only Want to Be With You, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, and the iconic Son of a Preacher Man.

For any Dusty fans, this is an absolute must-see event – you’ll be Wishin’ and Hopin’ to come along!

Who was Dusty Springfield? The Soul of British Music

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Regularly compared to the great soul divas of the 20th century, including Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Mary Wells, Dusty was one of Britain’s most successful female performers, achieving six top 20 singles on the US Billboard and 16 on the UK Singles Chart between 1963 and 1989.

From I Only Want to Be With You to the legendary Son of a Preacher Man, her top hits have become part of music folklore, inspiring television shows, musicals and generations of female artists such as the iconic Amy Winehouse and UK stars Duffy and Joss Stone.

Born Mary O’Brien in Hampstead, London, Dusty was just 21 years old when she joined her brother Dion and a friend in a folk and country group called The Springfields. After mild success, the young singer embarked on a solo career in 1963, debuting at number five on Top of the Pops with I Only Want to Be With You – an instant hit.

From there, Dusty rose in fame, conquering both the UK and US markets with songs including I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me and I Close My Eyes.  After moving to America, Dusty continued releasing chart-topping music such as the iconic Son of a Preacher Man.

A secondary move to Los Angeles in 1972, however, saw a steep decline in popularity and the soul singer never reached the same acclaim again. Two US-recorded albums bombed and a number of half-hearted comeback attempts failed to lift her out of obscurity. A small revival of her music followed in the 80s, but the onset of a cancer that would eventually be fatal finally silenced one of Britain’s most famous soul singers. Dusty Springfield died in 1999, at the age of only 59.

Celebrate Dusty Springfield At The Shankly…

dusty springfield

Source: Dusty Springfield Official Facebook Page

If you’re ready for Dusty to take another little piece of your heart, head down The Shankly and celebrate her incredible solo career from start to finish.  Tickets cost £29.95 per person and include a glass of fizz on arrival, full afternoon tea in our Garden of Eden venue and live entertainment from our Dusty Springfield tribute act.

To book your tickets for the Just Dusty afternoon tea on Sunday 9th September from 1:30pm, call our friendly team today on 0151 305 5101 or visit our offers page.

Our Guide to What’s On in March 2018

If you’re visiting Liverpool this month, check out our guide to what’s on in March 2018 and really make the most of your stay with us.

With Mother’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and many more celebrations coming up, it couldn’t be a better time to visit our city.

Take a look at some of our top picks, from disco themed nights out to award winning theatre productions and afternoon tea with a twist, it’s all here.

Fiesta Bombarda with Gilles Peterson and Mungo’s Hifi

When: 2nd March

Where: Constellations

Gilles Peterson

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First in our guide to what’s on in March is a colourful carnival at Constellations.

Fiesta Bombarda are returning after a sellout New Year’s Eve extravaganza, to transform Constellations into an extra-terrestrial, tropical paradise.

With special guest, BBC 6 music presenter and Worldwide FM founder Gilles Peterson, alongside reggae royalty Mungo’s HiFi, KOG, Banana Hill and many more, this event is sure to be a sell out.

Expect to be immersed in a colourful carnival with Fiesta face painting available, electropical performers and all things vibrant.

Liverpool Disco Festival Warm Up

When: 2nd March

Where: Alma de Cuba

Alma de Cuba - Liverpool disco festival

For one night only, Liverpool’s famous Disco Festival will be taking over the iconic Alma de Cuba for a night of Latin and Afro fused Disco, Classic Disco, Boogie, Soul, Funk and Soulful House Classics.

A warm up for the Disco Festival taking place later in the month, this evening will feature sets by Natasha Kitty Katt, James Morgan and Darryl Marsden. As well as the usual performances from the spectacular Samba girls, glitter stations, confetti showers, delicious cocktails and a disco photo booth.

A converted church built in 1788, Alma de Cuba was recently voted the best bar and restaurant in Liverpool and this night promises to be the highlight of the month.

Wicked

When: 8th March – onwards

Where: Empire Theatre

Wicked Liverpool

Source: Liverpool Empire

One of the UK’s favourite productions and the most hotly anticipated events in our guide to what’s on in March, Wicked transports audiences to the stunningly re-imagined world of Oz in a breathtaking magical spectacle.

Winning numerous major international awards, including 10 theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Awards and two Olivier Audience Awards, Wicked tells the untold story of an unlikely, but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students.

Their extraordinary adventures on Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

This multi record-breaking production of the West End and Broadway musical sensation is returning the Liverpool Empire this March and tickets are expected to sell out very fast.

An Evening with Tyson Fury

When: 10th March

Where: Garden of Eden, The Shankly

An Evening with Tyson Fury

In association with IWA Events, the incredible organisation behind White Collar Boxing, Tyson Fury will be spending an evening at The Shankly Hotel to give an honest and intimate conversation with his fans and boxing enthusiasts.

The controversial champion will host a candid discussion on his career, his past and his plans for his comeback in the very near future.

Get up close and personal with one of the legends of the boxing world with this one of a kind event.

The ticket includes a three-course meal of mouth-watering food to get you ready for an exciting night. There’s even entertainment from a top comedian to keep the fun going and you’ll be treated to a complimentary photograph with Tyson Fury himself.

Swing Afternoon Tea Mother’s Day

When: 11th March

Where: Garden of Eden, The Shankly

Swing Afternoon Tea Mother's Day

This Mother’s Day why not treat the number one woman in your life to an unforgettable Swing Afternoon Tea.

Located in the stunning Garden of Eden, on the rooftop of our beautiful hotel, take in the magnificent views of Liverpool’s skyline as you enjoy a delicious traditional afternoon tea.

Indulge in delicate finger sandwiches, sweet treats, freshly baked scones and cakes, served with a choice of tea or coffee.

Whilst you’re tucking in to your afternoon tea, you’ll be serenaded by a swing singer, who is sure to get you on your feet and singing along.

Liverpool St Patrick’s Day Festival

When: 15th March

Where: Baltic Market

St Patricks Day Liverpool

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Bringing a little bit of Dublin to the Baltic Triangle, this year the Baltic Market are hosting a massive St Patrick’s Day you won’t want to miss.

Celebrating all things Irish, expect to be treated to lashings of Guinness, lager, whiskey and a few Irish gins.

It wouldn’t be a party without food and at the Baltic Market they are blessed with some of the best food in the city. From wood fired pizzas to halloumi fries – there’s something for everyone.

If that wasn’t enough, there will also be a wealth of local live music to jig to, a Jonny Bongo DJ set, Irish dancing, the rugby and the Loose Moose String Band.

Russell Brand RE: Birth

When: 19th March

Where: Liverpool Echo Arena

Russell Brand Live Tour

Source: Youtube

After having some time out to become a parent and get serious, Russell Brand is returning to Liverpool for his Re:Birth stand up tour.

Asking questions like “How can you be a dangerous, edgy, rebel with a tiny, little daughter?” and “What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me? Or, worse, to date a man like me?”

He will perform his stand-up comedy show at the ECHO arena’s Auditorium on March 19. It marks his second appearance here in Merseyside in a year with the hugely popular show.

Since his 2003 breakthrough the controversial comedian has become one of the most recognisable across the globe, hosting the MTV Video Music Awards, releasing his own book and playing acclaimed tours in both the UK and US.

Paloma Faith

When: 20th March

Where: Echo Arena

Paloma Faith - what's on in March

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Paloma Faith is coming to Liverpool’s Echo Arena to tour her long-awaited fourth album, ‘The Architect’.

One of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK, she is renowned for her amazing live performances and this tour promises to be more of the same.

On her new album, Paloma explores both personal and political themes and features an array of acclaimed co-writers, producers and collaborators including, Sia, John Legend, Jesse Shatkin, Rag’n’Bone Man, actor Samuel L. Jackson and journalist and activist Owen Jones.

One of our favourites in our guide to what’s on in March, this show promises to be a sell-out.

Madhatter’s Afternoon Tea

When: 24th March

Where: Garden of Eden, The Shankly

Madhatter afternoon tea

Next in our guide to what’s on in March is an afternoon tea event with a wacky twist.

This magical tea with a difference will transport you to the crazy world of the Mad Hatter, featuring much-loved favourites from the literary world and some magical live music.

Sip on prosecco as you enjoy unique interactions with Mad Hatter characters, all whilst enjoying an afternoon tea with a difference.

This Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea is sure to be unforgettable.

Liverpool Disco Festival

When: 31st March

Where: Camp and Furnace

Liverpool Disco Festival

Last in our guide to what’s on in March is a firm favourite for the clubbers in Liverpool.

Liverpool Disco Festival is returning to Camp and Furnace for an event jam packed full of disco classic, funky flares and buckets of glitter.

This month sees Kerri Chandler headline the Saturday night, with a live PA from Jocelyn Brown, as well as sets from Jeremy Underground and Derrick Carter.

Get your tickets soon as this event is selling out fast already!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to what’s on in March 2018. If you’re thinking of visiting Liverpool this month, book a stay at The Shankly Hotel and have the ultimate getaway. 

Get in touch with our friendly team today and make the most of your trip to this beautiful city. 

The Perfect Family Christmas Break in Liverpool

This December, why not treat yourself to an enchanting Christmas break in Liverpool?

Whether it’s festive fun, cultural attractions, cosy pubs or endless shopping, Liverpool is bursting with things to do!

At The Shankly Hotel, we’re right in the heart of it all, within walking distance of the best Christmas attractions.

So join us for a magical festive break and make lasting memories with your nearest and dearest.

A Stay at The Shankly

Rooms at The Shankly are ideal for family stays, offering a spacious alternative to sleeping in separate rooms.

Our rooms are designed for spending quality time with your loved ones in the most stylish and comfortable setting.

A blend of classic and contemporary style, rooms have a luxury feel without compromising on cosiness.

You can also look forward to a 50″ TV screen and free WiFi access within the comfort of your room.

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Our fantastic facilities include double whirlpool baths, perfect for winding down after a day of exploring.

Guests at The Shankly can also look forward to enjoying a range of exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia around the hotel and The Bastion restaurant.

Choose from an unmissable range of Christmas offers guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!

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During your stay, don’t miss out on joining us for our Festive Afternoon Tea.

Escape the cold and take some time to indulge in our scrumptious selection of Christmas themed sandwiches and cakes.

Available for £19.55pp or £24.95pp with bubbles, this delightful package is the ultimate Christmas treat.

Pier Head Festivities

The Pier Head is bursting with things to do and see this Christmas in Liverpool.

Embrace the best of the festive season and visit Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival for a truly magical day out.

Only a short walk down from The Shankly, the Ice Festival features a wide range of family activities and attractions.

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Explore Christmas market stalls serving up sweet and savoury treats with plenty of festive twists. You can even try a Yorkshire Pudding Wrap!

You’ll also find thrilling fairground rides for the whole family to enjoy. Brave this year’s newest ride The Ice Jet or take in spectacular views from the Ferris Wheel.

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This year has also seen a new Christmas attraction at the Cunard Building, also situated along the Pier Head.

Santa’s Christmas Party has been a hit with families so far. The jam-packed event offers much more than simply a grotto.

The enchanting party features real reindeer, Christmas movies and singing and dancing with Santa and the elves!

Festive Family-Friendly Bars

You won’t find yourself short of things to do later on in the evening!

Why not a pay a festive visit to Liverpool’s very own Home Alone Themed Bar, nestled away in Cains Brewery.

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Step inside the home of Kevin McCallister as you’re transformed into one of the most magical Christmas films of all time.

The pop up bar features cosy Christmas living rooms, twinkling giant trees and tasty festive treats.

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Also within Cains Brewery, Baltic Market is serving up a delicious range of food and drink from Liverpool’s top traders this Christmas season.

Since opening earlier this year, Baltic Market has quickly become one of the most popular spots in the city.

Treat yourself to a hot Gin and Tonic, warming mulled wine and tuck in to their famous halloumi fries…yum!

It’s well worth leaving some time to take a wander around the gift and craft stalls too for the perfect stocking filler.

So give your Christmas an extra sprinkle of magic this year and join us at The Shankly Hotel. 

We wish you a Merry Christmas and hope to see you very soon.

To enquire further, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 601 8801.

The Perfect Festive Day Out with The Shankly Hotel

At The Shankly Hotel, we’re right in the heart of the top Christmas attractions in Liverpool.

So whether you’re joining us for a short weekend break or longer winter stay, you’ll find plenty to see and do.

And to make your Christmas break all the more relaxing, why not take a browse at our helpful guide?

A Spot of Christmas Shopping

Liverpool ONE

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Only a short walk from The Shankly Hotel, discover designer brands and high-street favourites at Liverpool ONE.

Adorned with twinkling lights and decorations, find the ultimate Christmas gift or special stocking filler.

Liverpool Independents

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Take a wander along charming Bold Street for a real feel of Liverpool’s independent shopping scene.

Stock up on unique Christmas gifts and hidden gems, perfect for those in search of some sentimental treasures.

Family Fun & Entertainment

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

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A Christmas day out in Liverpool wouldn’t be complete without the Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival!

Take a scenic stroll down towards the waterfront and find an array of entertainment along the Pier Head.

Get your skate on as you take to the rink, brave this year’s new Ice Jet ride or take in breathtaking views from the Ferris Wheel.

Santa’s Christmas Party

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This Christmas, prepare to be dazzled by Santa’s Christmas Party at the Cunard Building.

Embrace the best of the festive season with the whole family as you enjoy everything from real reindeer to meeting Santa and the Elves.

Not forgetting, you’ll have plenty of magical photo opportunities to make lasting festive memories.

Christmas Treats

Festive Afternoon Tea

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Escape the cold and join us back at The Shankly for our truly tasty Festive Afternoon Tea.

The perfect break from exploring Liverpool, enjoy a cosy afternoon with the family as you choose from sweet and savoury delights.

Giving our Bastion Bar & Restaurant a sprinkle of Christmas magic, this decadent treat is sure to impress!

Liverpool Christmas Market

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Later on, why not head up towards St George’s Plateau and indulge in some classic festive treats?

Choose from sweet and sugary crepes and waffles to the hearty Yorkshire Pudding Wrap.

You’ll also find an array of stalls to pick up some last minute gifts, perfect for foodies!

Catch a Festive Theatre Show

Liverpool Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto

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What better way to celebrate the Christmas season than a visit to the Everyman’s famous Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto?

Prepare for non-stop laughs and family entertainment from this hugely talented cast, starring comedy duo Adam Keast and Francis Tucker.

Miles ahead from your usual pantomime, this annual show is set to give The Little Mermaid a hilarious festive twist.

Christmas with Katherine Jenkins

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And if pantomime isn’t calling your name, why not enjoy an enchanting evening at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall?

Start Christmas in style with seasonal music and songs performed by the magnificent Katherine Jenkins.

This spectacular venue is certain to ignite some festive cheer and leave you feeling merry and bright!

A Festive Stay at The Shankly Hotel

Family hotel offers

Treat yourself or someone special this Christmas to a special stay at The Shankly Hotel.

With our fantastically festive offers, you can enjoy a night of luxury for a great price.

Rooms at The Shankly offer the ultimate blend of contemporary and classic style with fabulous features.

Ideal for Christmas party nights out in Liverpool, our spacious rooms are perfect for spending a night with your group of friends in style.

Situated in the heart of the city centre, you’ll find the city’s leading clubs and restaurants right on your doorstep.

To enquire further or to book your overnight stay with us, you can get in touch today on 0151 601 8801.

Join us for Festive Afternoon Tea in The Bastion this Christmas

This Christmas, treat yourself to a Festive Afternoon Tea like no other in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Indulge in sweet treats, cakes and finger sandwiches with a tasty Christmas twist and make the most wonderful time of the year.

Renowned as being one of the best places in Liverpool to enjoy Afternoon Tea, our team are always striving to create amazing experiences that family and friends will remember forever.

A Magical Festive Afternoon Tea

Where: The Bastion Bar and Restaurant, The Shankly Hotel

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This festive season, gather your friends and loved ones for an Afternoon Tea with a quirky Christmas twist.

Our Festive Afternoon Tea features classic Christmas sandwich pairings such as succulent slices of turkey with cranberry sauce, smoked salmon and cream cheese, decadent honey roast ham with wholegrain mustard mayonnaise, creamy mature cheddar and tangy pickle and delicious grilled chicken Caesar.

These scrumptious finger sandwiches will be served with some tasty sweet treats, to really get you in the Christmas spirit. Indulge in a range of mini Christmas tree cupcakes and iced minced pies, plus a white chocolate truffle snowball, meringue snowmen, Marzipan fancies, Christmas cake and macaroons.

This delicious food is served with festive decorations and your choice of tea and coffee, or why not indulge in one of the Bastion’s delicious hot chocolates.

For just £24.95 per person or £29.95 per person including a glass of bubbly, our Festive Afternoon Tea is a magical event that is not to be missed.

A Wonderful Setting

Served in the stylish and welcoming Bastion Bar and Restaurant, the delicious Festive Afternoon Tea is the perfect treat to celebrate Christmas.

Tuck into your tasty food while you sit back and relax in the stunning bar dedicated to the great Bill Shankly.

Surrounded by iconic sports memorabilia, such as Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract and personal typewriter, there are few better locations to catch up with friends and family.

Decor at The Shankly blends classic and contemporary style, creating the ideal feel for a sophisticated afternoon tea.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so celebrate in style.

So, whether you’ll be celebrating a special occasion, simply fancy a treat or stop off after some Christmas shopping, our Festive Afternoon Tea is the perfect opportunity catch up with friends or simply to treat yourself.

The Shankly Hotel

If you’re looking for the ultimate treat this festive period, book a stay at the Shankly Hotel for Christmas.

Our hotel offers luxurious rooms that feature Jacuzzi baths, the perfect place to rest your head after a decadent afternoon of indulgence.

Set in the heart of Liverpool city centre, The Shankly Hotel is a tribute to the life and career of one of football’s finest managers.

Our rooms and suites are as unique as Bill Shankly himself, offering comfortable, stylish and spacious accommodation for our guests.

Located on bustling Victoria Street, you’ll find plenty to do surrounding the hotel.

We have a range of wonderful hotel offers to make your Christmas all the more magical.

Take a wander of Liverpool’s enchanting Christmas markets or explore the city’s top bars and restaurants.

To book this delicious festive treat, get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 305 5101 or email christmas@signatureliving.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Plan the Perfect Festive Family Getaway at The Shankly Hotel

Get together at The Shankly Hotel one of the best places to stay at Christmas with the children in Liverpool and enjoy a whole host of festive family fun.

We’ve got everything from delicious Festive Afternoon Tea to the best Christmas party in Liverpool at the Cunard Building.

Here’s a roundup of what you and the family can get up to this Christmas in Liverpool whilst staying together at The Shankly Hotel.

A fabulous festive family hotel offer

‘If the weather outside is frightful’ don’t worry as The Shankly Hotel is delightful especially when you are staying with your family around Christmas time.

Our Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow offer is ideal for enjoying some of the best parts of Christmas in Liverpool.

Stay overnight in a luxurious city centre hotel room with bags of space for you and the children to have loads of festive fun.

Enjoy sleeping in the comfortable, cosy double beds or taking a dip in the double jacuzzi bath. There’s a huge TV for watching festive family films and of course, the superb location gives you and the family the best access to the best Christmas activities taking place in Liverpool.

The best is yet to come as this amazing Liverpool hotel offer includes a special invitation to the best Christmas party in town.

Santa’s Christmas Party at the Cunard


Included in the Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow offer you and the family are invited to Santa’s Christmas Party at the Cunard where there’ll be plenty of family fun for everyone.

Meet Santa Claus himself as he welcomes you to his very own Christmas party in Liverpool. The whole family can make their way to the Jingle Bell Rocks disco to dance the night away to your favourite Christmas tunes.

Enjoy some tasty treats from mulled wine at the bar and delicious festive food straight from Mrs Claus’ kitchen.

Children will love chatting with the elves and seeing real live reindeer in the Reindeer Ranch and adults will enjoy sipping some festive beverages at the bar whilst the little ones play.

Making the evening even more magical will be a cinema screening of some special Christmas movies to get everyone in the spirit of the season.

This is the Christmas party in Liverpool that everybody wants to be invited and you are when booking to stay at The Shankly Hotel and the Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow offer.

What’s on in Liverpool this Christmas

Thanks to the awesome location of The Shankly Hotel all guests have immediate access to Liverpool’s most amazing Christmas events.

There is a selection of superb Christmas markets to attend, one of which is based at St George’s Hall. The Liverpool Ice Festival on Pier Head is a winter wonderland unlike any other, with ice rinks, food stalls and funfair rides.

If there’s some last-minute Christmas shopping to catch up on all of Liverpool’s favourite retail outlets are within 5 minutes’ walk from The Shankly Hotel.

Theatres in Liverpool are putting on a massive selection of pantomimes throughout December including Aladdin at the Echo Arena, Peter Pan at the Epstein and a Rock n’ Roll Little Mermaid pantomime at Everyman.

So much to keep the whole family occupied during Christmas time in Liverpool and all within walking distance of The Shankly Hotel.

Things to do at The Shankly Hotel

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Not only is The Shankly Hotel one of the best places to stay at Christmas with the children in Liverpool but its also superb for dining and exploring some footballing history as well.

There are plenty of ways to spend time together with the family inside The Shankly Hotel including taking a tour around the Shankly Museum. A treasure trove of footballing memorabilia that is ideal for family football fans to explore.

Festive Afternoon Tea is the ideal way to indulge the family that has a sweet tooth and a hankering for mince pies at Christmas time. Enjoy lunch with the kids before heading out for a Christmas adventure in the city.

It’d be a shame to miss all of Liverpool’s popular attractions and landmarks during your visit so why not book a Shankly Experience Tour and see what makes Liverpool special. Check out the Liverpool was Made for Me package, visiting the hot spots associated with Liverpool football or a Fab Four Tour where guests can visit Beatles landmarks and learn more about Liverpool’s musical heritage.

Book your stay at The Shankly Hotel

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Booking the family festive break in Liverpool couldn’t be easier as you can choose to use our offer page here and select dates for your stay or call our team on 0151 601 8801. Our reservations staff are also available via email info@signatureliving.co.uk ready to answer questions or take bookings for your family getaway.

Simply request the Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow offer or see if there are some other packages available for you and your family at The Shankly Hotel this Christmas in Liverpool.

Gin Afternoon Tea in Liverpool Launches at The Bastion

This winter, why not join us at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant for a charmingly cosy afternoon?

As one of the best loved places for afternoon tea in Liverpool, we’re always looking to bring our guests something new.

Foodies and gin lovers will be pleased to hear that our famous afternoon tea has been given a very special twist.

Introducing…Gin Afternoon Tea Liverpool

Our fantastic new deal offers our delicious selection of sweet and savoury treats all topped off with tasty gin.

Our spectacular afternoon teas feature a scrumptious selection of sandwiches as well as mouthwatering cakes and bites for your sweet tooth.

Served in The Shankly Hotel’s stylish bar and restaurant, this is the perfect spot for coming in from the cold and enjoying afternoon tea with a twist.

So whether you’ll be celebrating a special occasion, simply fancy a treat or stop off after some Christmas shopping, The Bastion is calling your name!

Our Gin Afternoon Tea is available daily, for just £24.95pp.

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So treat yourself or someone special to a day of indulgence at The Bastion.

To book today, you can call us on 0151 5419999 or send us a message on our Facebook page.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is truly one of a kind.

The unique bar and restaurant is in keeping with The Shankly Hotel theme, offering visitors an immersive experience.

With a lively atmosphere and fascinating memorabilia on display, there are few better locations to catch up with friends and family.

Wine and dine in style as you admire exclusive items including Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract and personal typewriter.

Decor at The Shankly blends classic and contemporary style, creating the ideal feel for a sophisticated afternoon tea.

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The spacious restaurant is ideal for celebrating special occasions, from birthdays and anniversaries to and baby shower meals.

Located on bustling Victoria Street, The Bastion is also a favourite for a bite to eat or spot of afternoon tea before heading out for the evening.

Liverpool’s famous nightlife scene is only moments from The Shankly, with a wide range of bars and clubs to choose from.

 

The Shankly Hotel

The Shankly Hotel brings a touch of luxury to the heart of Liverpool city centre.

With spacious rooms spanning over 2.5 times the average hotel room, you’ll find yourself blown away from the moment you arrive.

Our rooms, studios and interconnected spaces are a unique fusion of luxury facilities, entertainment and flexibility.

You can expect amenities to range from a double whirlpool bath and 50″ TV screen to free WiFi and Bluetooth.

Take a well earned break from the hustle and bustle and spend a rejuvenating overnight stay at The Shankly.

Sink into a deluxe double bed for a heavenly night of rest and top it all off with a soak in your very own whirlpool bath.

Whether you join us for a day visit or an overnight stay, our dedicated team will ensure that you have the most unforgettable experience.

To enquire further about our afternoon tea deal or staying at The Shankly, you can get in touch today on 0151 236 0166.

Join us in the Garden of Eden for the Mersey Boys Afternoon Tea

Join us for the fabulous Mersey Boys Afternoon Tea at The Shankly Hotel, with songs from all your most loved Liverpool music legends.

Now held in the stunning rooftop venue, The Garden of Eden due to popular demand, the sensational harmony group are returning to put on a glorious afternoon of entertainment.

At Signature Living, we love to create amazing and unique events that everyone will enjoy and this is one of our favourites.

The Mersey Boys Afternoon Tea

When: Sunday 12th November

Where: The Garden of Eden, The Shankly Hotel

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The Mersey Boys are a sensational close harmony group from Liverpool, celebrating the very best of Merseybeat, Motown and The Four Seasons.

Join them and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea as you celebrate and singalong to all your most loved Liverpool legends for a wonderful day you’ll never forget.

Tuck into delicious finger sandwiches, plenty of mini cakes, scones and some amazing sweet treats, accompanied by a luxurious glass of a bubbly, coffee and tea.

Expect to hear classic hits from the last 70 years, including Cilla Black, Billy Fury, The Beatles, Elvis Costello, The Zutons and The Real Thing to name a few.

There will also be a little sprinkling of Four Seasons, Motown and vintage Take That, all thrown in for good measure.

Let The Mersey Boys take you dancing through the afternoon with classics old and new, fabulous harmonies and catchy choreography

The Stunning Garden of Eden

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Now set within The Garden of Eden, it is the ideal setting for our amazing Mersey Boys Afternoon Tea.

This remarkable rooftop escape is situated in The Shankly Hotel, in the heart of the city centre.

The Garden of Eden features gorgeous interiors and breath-taking views over Liverpool’s skyline, gaze out at the view whilst you enjoy your tasty afternoon tea and listen to the the amazing sounds of the Mersey Boys.

Enjoy this unique rooftop venue surrounded by your closest friends and family for an unforgettable celebration.

If you’d really like to make the most of your weekend, why not continue the magic with an overnight stay in one of our Garden of Eden suites?

The themed rooms will transport you to another world, with unusual décor and a luxury finish, these beautiful rooms will bring an element of fantasy to your Liverpool stay.

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Choose from the opulent nature suite that features designer decorations and one of the comfiest beds you’ll ever sleep in. Or, try the Garden of Eden room, featuring heavenly floral features and golden interiors that always give guests an experience worthy of royalty.

The luxurious rooms on our Garden of Eden floor sleep between three and eight guests and include beautiful ensuite bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, unique furniture, ornate dressing tables and comfortable beds that will ensure you get a heavenly sleep.

To book a place for our Mersey Boys Afternoon Tea simply get in touch with our friendly team today by calling: 0151 305 5101 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there!