Fun Family Things to do in Liverpool this Easter with the Kids

Easter weekend will soon be here and there are plenty of fabulous family-friendly Easter activities in Liverpool city centre and the surrounding area for everyone to get involved in.

At The Shankly Hotel, we’re all about family, making sure you all have a great time on your visit to the city together. Let us help you make the most of a long Easter weekend with our guide to the best Easter activities in Liverpool for 2019.

Story Time & Easter Activities in Liverpool

Where: Waterstones

When: 8th – 12th April 14:00 – 15:00

Taking place before official Easter weekend in Liverpool ONE there will be a series of special storytime sessions for family’s to get involved in.

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Pop into Waterstones for a sit-down story and get stuck into hand making Easter baskets and cards, plus you can also take part in an Easter egg hunt.

Spend some time enjoying some creative Easter activities in Liverpool ONE with the kids this April at Waterstones.

We’re Off to See The Wizard

Where: The Epstein Theatre

When: 11th – 22nd April varying show times

Are you and your family ready to go on a wonderful whimsical adventure together this Easter weekend in Liverpool?

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Join Dorothy and all her friends along the way as she makes her way down the yellow brick road to meet The Wizard of Oz showing at the Epstein Theatre.

The age-old story of munchkins and witches, scarecrows and lions will be brought to life on stage for audiences to enjoy this Easter.

So, take the family to explore somewhere over the rainbow and enjoy the wonderful world of Oz at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool.

A Lorra Laughs at Liverpool’s Indoor Funfair

Where: Exhibition Centre Liverpool 

When: 15th – 22nd April 3 hour sessions from 10:00 – 18:00

We know the great British weather can often turn out to be not so great, especially during the holidays.


Should this be the case, leave the wellies and raincoats at home and make your way to Liverpool’s Indoor Funfair found inside the Liverpool Exhibition Centre.

There’ll be huge inflatable obstacle courses to tackle, mini roller coasters without so much roll, fun houses and ghost trains just to name a few.

It’s the perfect weekday event full of Easter activities in Liverpool and tucked so the weather doesn’t dampen your holidays.

Crafty Easter Activities in Liverpool

Where: Merseyside Maritime Museum

When: 18th April 

Time: 13:00-16:00

Down in one of Albert Dock’s many museums, there will be a chance for families to get hands-on and crafty with some fun Easter activities in Liverpool this Easter weekend.

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The Merseyside Maritime Museum will be hosting a fun-filled crafting day where little ones can create their very own Easter Bunny Puppet as part of the Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered exhibit.

Or, why not get your kids to craft an Easter Basket ready to collect all those delicious chocolate goodies left by the beloved bunny himself.

The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice

Where: M&S Bank Arena

When: 18th – 21st April 10:30 & 18:30 showings

If your little one loves Disney as much as you, this is the place to spend Easter weekend in Liverpool.


Book yourselves tickets to join Minnie and Mickey as they go on an adventure and meet all your favourite Disney characters along the way.

See Dory and Nemo, the Seven Dwarves and every Disney character you know and love in an all-singing, all-dancing Disney world on ice this Easter weekend.

Find a Few Easter Dragon Eggs 

Where: Rainhill Forest School

When: 19th April 10:00

Another jaunt out into the suburbs of Liverpool will take and the kids to a land of fairy tales and make-believe, hidden deep within the forest.

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Join the hunt as a search party looking for their lost dragon, Scarlet and her newly laid unhatched dragon eggs. Once found and comfortably nested, the whole party can return to a warm campfire and tuck into some well-deserved smores, hot dogs and bacon butties.

A fun and family-friendly alternative to chocolate egg hunting this Easter weekend in Liverpool can be found at Rainhill Forest School.

Easter Workshops: Mega Models

Where:  Tate Liverpool

When: 19th April  13:00

You can’t really miss the monolithic neon structure based on Albert Dock, but if you have perhaps pay it a visit before making your way to More Mega Models workshops taking place in TATE Liverpool this Easter.

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One of the most fun Easter activities in Liverpool we’ve come across yet, the TATE are inviting families along to build their own Mega Models using neon bricks, not unlike the ones stationed at Albert Dock.

Artist Ugo Rondinone enjoys working with large scale sculptures and TATE Liverpool has opened the doors to see what else can be created using the playful artists as inspiration.

Fabulous Family Day Out at Haydock

Where: Haydock Park 

When: 20th April 12:00 – 18:00

Take the kids out of town this Easter Weekend to enjoy the greatest show around, including tonnes of the most fun Easter activities in Liverpool.

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Everything from face painting to fun fairs, circus workshops to pony trails and plenty of live entertainment will be available throughout the day.

And best of all, all kids go free! This is one of the best ways to spend Easter weekend in Liverpool with the whole family.

Fantastic Easter Sunday Over the Water

Where: Marine Street Social 

When: 21st April 12:00 – 17:00

Hop across the Mersey for a fun family day out on the Wirral as the Marine Street social in New Brighton host an Easter extravaganza.

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The wonderful waterfront venue will be filled with a selection of EGG-citing Easter activities including a kids disco, Egg decorating and an Easter bonnet competition.

And what party would be complete without a little live music to finish the day off? There’s no need to splash out on Easter fun with the family either as this egg-cellent event is free to attend for all.

Mini Romans Easter Kids Special

Where: The Romans, Aintree

When: 21st April 12:00 – 17:00

The Romans are gathering a mini legion to face off against the Crazy Caligula who has banished them all to Liverpool.

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They must tackle 8 mini challenges together and they can do all this whilst adults enjoy the newly installed BBQ, beer and Gin garden ( a necessity for any ancient Roman outpost).

A Roman adventure park and the chance to come face to face with Gladiators and goddesses makes this one of the most amazing Easter activities in Liverpool for 2019.

Get them to Become a Goonie

Where: Picture House FACT 

When: 21st & 22nd April 18:00 & 15:00 

Share the best kids film of a generation with the next one and bring your brood along for a day at the movies to watch this must-see classic.

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Follow the intrepid kids from Astoria, Oregon as they follow a map to discover the treasure of One-Eyed Willie the Pirate.

The movie is rated 12A, meaning as long as you feel it’s fit for your little one’s eyes and ears, you can bring them along for the ride of a lifetime this Easter weekend in Liverpool.

Spend Easter Monday at Baltic Market

Where: Baltic Market

When:  22nd April 11:00 – 21:00

Get filled up on fabulous food and plenty of sweet treats this Easter Weekend at Baltic Market.

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You and the family can make your way to one of Liverpool’s favourite places to sample some of the city’s finest street food, and enjoy a kids craft day with mini-Madams.

They’ve organised a fun workshop of Easter activities in Liverpool with everything from making slime to the most glamorous Easter bunny ears in town.

The perfect place to spend Easter bank holiday with the whole family is at Baltic Market.

Embark on a Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Speke Hall

When: 19th – 22nd April 10:00 – 16:00

That crazy Cadbury’s Easter Bunny will be making his rounds all over the UK again in 2019 and he’s even making a stop at the stunning Victorian Speke Hall.

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Join in with one of the most popular Easter activities in Liverpool this year and enjoy a basket load of egg-citing family Easter fun.

Solve some riddles and follow the clues as you and the kids explore one of Liverpool’s oldest, grandest buildings and pick up an egg-xtra special chocolatey prize at the end.

Book Easter Breaks & Weekend Stays at The Shankly Hotel

For the perfect family hotel stays in Liverpool this Easter weekend, look no further than The Shankly Hotel.

Our huge and luxurious family suites are nothing short of egg-cellent and boast all the luxuries needed for a perfect family stay.

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Everything from double whirlpool baths and huge flat screen TVs, to massive breakfasts and an amazing city centre location.

Enjoy all the very best Easter activities in Liverpool and the surrounding areas from the comfort and luxury of a family break at The Shankly Hotel.

Call and book your stay with the whole family at The Shankly Hotel on 0151 236 0166 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk

Liverpool: What’s on in April 2019

Liverpool has some great events in store for you this April, from Grand National antics to the Rocky Horror, there’s something for everyone this month!

Make this month the best one yet with our guide to what’s on in Liverpool this April.

Bets at the Ready, it’s the Grand National!

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When: 4th to 6th April

Where: Shankly Hotel

Whether it’s the actual races or Ladies Day that you love the most, here at the Shankly we’re getting set to host the best Grand National Weekend yet!

We’ve got two brilliant events that we’ll be hosting on the Garden of Eden rooftop, complete with a party package you won’t want to miss. Every ticket includes a two-course meal, race day themed cupcakes, glass of fizz on arrival, live screening of the races all day, prizes for best-dressed and lots of other great prizes up for grabs.

Don’t just sit at home and watch the races this year, get involved with all the action right here at the Shankly!

A Night at the Ballet

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When: 9th to 13th April

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Olivier & Tony Award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne is bringing his fantastic adaptation of a ballet classic to the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

The replacement of female corps-de-ballet with an all-male intimidating ensemble means that this re-energised version of Swan Lake is an unforgettable moment of dance.

Blood-Curdling Thrills at the Everyman

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When: 12th April to 18th May

Where: Everyman Theatre

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this darkly comic and musical marvel is heading to the Everyman Theatre. For those who aren’t familiar, this is a tale of vengeance, blood-curdling conspiracy and the dark side of 18th Century England. A must for any theatre-buffs out there.

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Mersey After Midnight!

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When: 20th April

Where: Pier Head Ferry Terminal

Yes, you read that right – it’s an ABBA tribute act, on the Mersey Ferry! As you and your friends set sail across the Mersey, you’ll have a nostalgic 70s soundtrack to which you can dance the night away. There’ll be no SOS needed when you’ve got this amazing tribute act playing all your favourite ABBA hits with a view of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage waterfront setting the scene.

Imagine All the People

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When: Until 22nd April

Where: Museum of Liverpool

Coming to an end on 22nd April is the famous John and Yoko Exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

It’s completely free and celebrates the life and times of two of the most famous creative artists in modern history. Journey through personal artefacts, art, music, film and more – all produced by John and Yoko.

Damn it, Janet! Rocky Horror Comes to Liverpool

Liverpool: What’s on in April 2019

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When: 29th April to 6th May

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Do the Time Warp this April with an exhilarating showcase of the kitsch, the scandalous and the outright eccentric! Duncan James will be playing Frank ‘N’ Furter in this fabulous cult musical, soon to be arriving at the Liverpool Empire.

Fancy dress is definitely recommended! Make it an extra special evening by getting yourself a room at The Shankly Hotel. We’re only a short walk away from the theatre, and our fantastic Bastion restaurant is perfect for pre-theatre nibbles!

Fancy booking yourself into a room here at The Shankly? Just give our friendly team a call on 0151 236 0166. We’ll be sure to get your April plans off to the right start!

Make your reservation to stay in the Shankly Hotel today. 

A Brief History of Liverpool and the Champions League

It’s been 39 years since Liverpool played FC Bayern Munich in the old European Cup. Liverpool, of course, went on to beat Real Madrid in the final in Paris that year in the wondrous Parc des Princes. Although this year’s final takes place in the ultra-modern Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, the objective remains the same.

So, with this in mind, we’ve decided to take a closer look at Liverpool’s historic, almost mystical relationship with the Champions League.

1977 – Liverpool vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

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Final Score: 3-1

Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

When these two teams met in the final in Rome their paths to the Stadio Olimpico couldn’t have been more dissimilar. Liverpool had won their matches with relative ease while Udo Lattek’s men, on the other hand, had scraped their way to Rome. The ’77 final took place in The Eternal City only four days after Liverpool had lost the FA Cup Final to Manchester United at Wembley.

Liverpool’s 3-1 win was the first time the club became European Champions, however, had it not been for their arch-rivals Manchester United, they would have also been the first team to win the treble; a feat United achieved 22 years later.

1978 – Liverpool vs Club Brugge

Final Score: 1-0

Stadium: Wembley

Liverpool returned to the competition, on home soil, as champions in 1978 and faced first-time finalists Club Brugge – a team they had already defeated in the UEFA Cup Final in ’76. The final was a tense affair, yet the Reds broke the deadlock in the second half with a strike that went on to be known as one of the best in European history.

Liverpool won the match 1-0 and became the first team in history to retain the European Cup. They did, however, lose the Super Cup to Anderlecht later in the year.

1981 – Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Final Score: 1-0

Stadium: Parc des Prince

Another year, and another final. On this occasion, Liverpool faced Real Madrid in the Parc des Prince. Liverpool and Los Blancos couldn’t be separated until the 81st minute when Alan Kennedy found the back of the net. The Red’s held on until the final whistle and won their third European Cup.

Bob Paisley mirrored Liverpool’s success that year as he became the first man to win three consecutive European Cups with one team.

Not for the first time had one strike secured Liverpool the trophy.

1984 – Liverpool vs Roma

Final Score: 1-1 (aet)

Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Seasoned European champions by this point, their fourth European Cup final saw Liverpool take on Roma in the Stadio Olimpico in The Eternal City.

Liverpool had won their matches with relative ease on their way to the final, while Roma’s journey was littered with controversy. It had been rumoured that the Italian’s had bribed the referee in the semi-final versus Dundee United.

Despite Liverpool’s past performances, Roma were the favourites to win. Indeed, the match went to penalties.

Liverpool won 4-2 on penalties, however, the star of the show was Bruce Grobbelaar who famously wobbled his limbs throughout the shootout. The South African ultimately set a precedent that would win Liverpool their 5th Champions League 21 years later.

2005 – Liverpool vs AC Milan

Final Score: 3-3 (aet)

Stadium : Atatürk Stadium

Liverpool barely scraped through the knock out rounds of the 2004/5 Champions League.

After seeing off European competition in the knock out stages, Liverpool faced Chelsea in the semi-finals and scored what was dubbed the “ghost goal” by Chelsea manager José Mourinho, a strike that gave Liverpool a 1-0 lead to take them through to their sixth Champions League final.

They would be facing six-time European Champions AC Milan, who were favourites to win and were quickly leading the match 3-0 before halftime.

Liverpool pulled off one of their extraordinary comebacks in this all-important match and went on to score 3 goals in under six minutes.

The match went to penalties. Liverpool triumphed thanks to a save from goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek against Andriy Shevchenko. Dudek famously imitated Grobbelaar’s goalkeeping style throughout the shootout.

The game was nicknamed “The Miracle of Istanbul” and lasts long in the memory of many Liverpool fans as one of the best matches they’ve ever witnessed. And, because this was the 5th time Liverpool had won the Champions League, they were allowed to keep the trophy.

We Were the Champions

Liverpool went on to face AC Milan again in the 2006/7 final but lost.

Old opponents Chelsea knocked Liverpool out of the running in both 2008 and 2009 and then, in 2010, Liverpool failed to qualify for the competition for the first time since 1999.

It wasn’t until 2015/16 that the team managed to get back to Europe’s top table and reached the Europa League semi-finals against Villarreal. The match sparked yet another comeback that saw Liverpool fight back from 1-0 down to win 3-1 on aggregate. After this win, Liverpool had once again made it into the final and went up against Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park in Basel but lost 3-1.

The Red’s went on to face Real Madrid in the 2017/18 Champions League final but lost 3-1.

The Champions League at The Shankly Hotel

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As they did 39 years ago, Liverpool have made it into the next round after a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich.

Moreover, at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant within The Shankly Hotel, every time Liverpool take to the field the action is screened on our enormous monitors, evoking an electric atmosphere that can’t be matched anywhere else.

Join us every matchday and enjoy exclusive prizes and in-play deals that recreate that winning feeling and get you in the party mood.

The Champions League Club even lets you earn loyalty points for every game you attend. In return, you’re provided with exclusive access to unbeatable rewards, be it weekend stays in our luxurious football-themed rooms or unprecedented access to unseen Liverpool merchandise.

So, whether you want to watch the match or book a stay in one of our spectacular football-themed rooms, our friendly team can’t wait to hear from you on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com. Also, follow us on Facebook for loads of Liverpool and hotel updates.

Champagne Charlies is Coming to Liverpool

From super yachts floating on the glittering waters of Dubai, exclusive venues of Ibiza’s top celebrity haunts to the trendiest London town hot spots; all have set the scene for Champagne Charlies ultra-glam and exclusive events.

These amazing all-day parties have made their way over to some of the hottest cities across the globe – and Liverpool is next on the list!

A VIP Rooftop Experience

This summer, Champagne Charlies is taking over The Garden of Eden rooftop terrace in Liverpool with their one-of-a-kind all-day Bank Holiday party event. You’ll enjoy a delicious dining experience, backed with a soundtrack that comes straight from the decks of prolific Ibizan DJs. There will be ‘Dubai brunch’, 3-course meal and even the ‘Cheeky Charlie’ signature cocktail on the menu, and once that’s over – it’s time to party.

Champagne Charlies Brunch

Percussionists and performers will be setting the mood, keeping party people going from day ‘til dawn. So, make sure you dress to impress and bring your best self because this is going to be an unforgettable day-to-night event. Don’t miss out – you can secure your place at the most exclusive event of the summer here.

The Champagne Charlies Brunch

You’ll be treated to a tasty 3-course meal, ‘Brunch Strip’ which includes 6 beverages, live DJs, performers, percussionists, a chance to win a free holiday to Ibiza – and all importantly, good vibes.

You’ll be living the life of the rich and famous as this world-renowned event arrives at Liverpool’s Garden of Eden in 2019!

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What is Champagne Charlies?

If you’re unfamiliar, let us just say that Champagne Charlies is one of the most sought after, exclusive events out there right now. Founded in Dubai in September 2017, its chosen venue was an impressive 200ft super-yacht, the Lotus. Champagne Charlies ‘Dubai Spray’ became a famous dress-to-impress champagne spray event that included music played by well-established and respected Ibiza resident DJs.

Vocal & funky house music graces the ears of attendees, with the event operating with more of a refined approach opposed to other mainstream yacht-parties.

Redefining Day-to-Night Events

In a bid to expand and take the Dubai style ‘brunch’ concept further afield, Champagne Charlies secured a weekly residency in the Ibiza summer season of 2018 where they hosted a ‘late-night brunch’ at notorious celebrity haunt, STK Ibiza.

Once again, the event was well received and posed as Ibiza’s 1st late-night brunch. Seeing consecutive sell-outs throughout the summer, this great value for money event attracts an exclusive crowd who are keen to show off their most glamorous selves whilst having their ears graced by the best funky house music the island has to offer in a VIP dinner & dance soiree.

In 2017, Champagne Charlies also launched another celeb hotspot, ‘Essex House’; a popular hangout for the TOWIE clique. Since then, they have been planning further expansion in Ibiza this summer where their ‘Brunch at Sea’ concept will come to life. This will be the world’s largest event of this kind and will be hosted weekly onboard Signature Living’s latest ‘Floating Beach Club’ concept, The Funchal.

So, what are you waiting for? Tickets for Champagne Charlies at The Garden of Eden rooftop will be in high demand, so get yours quick to avoid disappointment.

Make your reservation to stay in the Shankly Hotel today. 

Don’t Miss Our Free Wedding Fayre at The Shankly

If you’re planning your special day, look no further than our spectacular wedding fayre in Liverpool. Join us on Sunday 6th January 2019 for a wedding fayre brought to you by Signature Living Weddings. Hosted within Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel, you can look forward to enjoying exhibitions from some of the UK’s top wedding suppliers.

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re known for our wide range of versatile wedding venues, packages and a sprinkle of the wow factor. We’ll be showcasing everything you could need for the wedding of your dreams, from florists and jewelers, to live entertainers and breathtaking wedding dresses.

The Shankly Hotel is home to two Signature Living wedding venues, Baby Eden and Garden of Eden rooftop. Both of these unique spaces are perfect for celebrating with your friends and family. Located on the ground floor, Baby Eden is an intimate wedding venue with a charming atmosphere, while Garden of Eden is a spacious venue for larger celebrations, showcasing panoramic views across the city centre.

We’re sure you’ll get a feel for weddings at The Shankly Hotel during the wedding fayre. Our team will also be on hand to provide information about more Signature venues, including Alma de Cuba, Rainhill Hall and 30 James Street Hotel.

Wedding Fayre Liverpool

Each moment of our wedding fayre is meticulously planned, so that our guests can make the most of the day.

This fabulous event is set to include:

  • A glass of fizz on arrival
  • Dazzling live entertainment
  • A variety of suppliers from the North West
  • Designer Catwalk Show
  • Fabulous Goody bags
  • VIP Lounge

Register Online for Free Entry

To come along to our Liverpool wedding fayre, simply complete the registration form over at Signature Living Weddings.

The Shankly Hotel Wedding Venues

Before coming along to our wedding fayre at The Shankly Hotel, why not take a look at our stunning wedding venues in Liverpool? Each of these exquisite spaces can be tailored to you.

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A charming wedding at Baby Eden at The Shankly Hotel (our smallest venue option)

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Garden of Eden rooftop terrace is a beautiful location for wedding celebrations

A Signature wedding is designed with a difference. Our wedding coordinators can craft your big day from a blank canvas, ensuring every detail is exclusively yours. You can also choose from our flexible wedding packages. These feature everything from live musicians and dancers to fireworks, photography and everything in between!

The inside of Garden of Eden (our rooftop wedding venue) is just as breathtaking as the terrace

The versatility of our venues means we can incorporate live entertainment to your special day, whichever way you choose. Live entertainment at our wedding fayre afternoon is sure to inspire your vision for one of the most memorable days of your life.

We look forward to seeing you soon at The Shankly Hotel. Merry Christmas from us! To enquire about booking your wedding day with us or about our wedding coordinators and packages, you can reach our helpful team today on 0151 305 3753.

Join Us for Liverpool’s Ultimate Christmas Night Out with Radio City 2

Get your sequins out and your dancing shoes on; the festive party season has arrived! But don’t bother with awkward dinner parties – amp up the festivities and grab your tickets to the Ultimate Christmas Night Out in Liverpool.

The city’s favourite radio station, Radio City 2, are hosting a night of Yuletide revelry at The Shankly Hotel, with legendary performances, incredible DJs and bucket-loads of festive fun on 7 December. Get set for a serious 80s and 90s throw-back as two iconic singers take to the stage for performances of their iconic retro hits.

Tickets are selling fast, so grab then while you can and guarantee your entry into Liverpool’s ultimate Christmas event for 2018.

Join us for a night of anthems and live music

Enjoy a night packed with old school favourites as I Think We’re Alone Now singer Tiffany and Kenny Thomas take to the stage for a night of back-to-back anthems, before your very own Radio City 2 DJs, Rossie and Rick Houghton, take to the decks to play iconic 70s and 80s tracks into the night.

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Tiffany, onstage. Credit: tiffanytunes.com

I Think We’re Alone Now reached number one in countries including the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand in 1987, skyrocketing teen sensation Tiffany’s career and leading onto furthers hits Could’ve Been and I Saw Him Standing There.

Kenny Thomas is a multi-platinum selling artist, famous for songs including Outstanding, Thinking About Your Love and Best of You which littered the UK Top 40 charts in the 1990s.

But that’s not all! As a special treat, this night will end with an exclusive 90s DJ set from the one and only Lee Butler, who’ll be taking to the decks to keep the party going into the night. Expect plenty of sequins, tonnes of festive cheer and some incredible music at this ultimate festive night out.

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Taking over the whole of The Shankly’s rooftop Garden of Eden suite, with access to the stunning terrace, you’ll enjoy exclusive views of Liverpool’s skyline at night.

Ticket prices start at just £22.50, which includes a free glass of prosecco on the door to get you in the festive mood. It’s time to get your sequins on and head down to The Shankly for an unforgettable night of music nostalgia.

Radio City 2’s Ultimate Christmas Night Out starts at 6pm and ends at 1am. Buy your tickets today from skiddle.com.

Stay at The Shankly  for your Ultimate Christmas Night Out

Don’t want to go home after all the fun? Book your suite at The Shankly Hotel today and keep the party going into the night.

Our Signature Suites are the perfect place to end your night, with eclectic interiors and luxurious amenities including ultra-comfortable beds, jacuzzi baths and walk-in showers.

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The WTF Suite, part of our Signature Suites at The Shankly

From the Miami-heat inspired WTF suite to the stunning, floral-filled Garden of Eden room, all our Signature Suites are designed to be unique, so you can choose the room that suites your personality.

Located within The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool is on your doorstep with the fabulous Liverpool ONE shopping district and all the city’s favourite bars and restaurants just a stone’s throw away.

Why not check out The Shankly Hotel’s exclusive offers to make your stay extra special?

For more information on our incredible suites and to book now call our team on 0151 236 0166. 

What’s On Liverpool: Top Events in the City for November 2018

There’s never a dull moment in November: from firework fiestas for Bonfire Night to seasonal festivities kick-starting the most wonderful time of the year, family-friendly events are happening all over Merseyside in the penultimate month of 2018.

So, whether you’re looking to get up close and personal with some dinos at the World Museum or fancy sitting down for afternoon tea with the Mad Hatter at The Shankly Hotel, here’s our guide of What’s On Liverpool November 2018…

What’s On Liverpool, November 2018

Get up close and friendly with dinosaurs at the World Museum

When: 3 November

Where: World Museum

Head down to Liverpool’s World Museum for a hands-on family-friendly activity session with dino-expert Dave. Get ready to handle an Eorapter skull, touch a Tyrannosaurus’ foot and even a Baryonx claw as you discover the fascinating world of these iconic beasts. The event is free and happening at intervals throughout the day.

Enjoy a family fireworks display at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory

When: 3 November

Where: Isla Gladstone Conservatory

Avoid the crowds at the Mersey fireworks display and opt instead for this family-friendly event at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory to enjoy professional fireworks alongside live entertainment in the North of the city. With a BBQ, fully stocked bar, and kids’ disco, it’s the perfect family fireworks event. Tickets £16.50 adults, £11.00 children.

Watch the Mersey light up with fireworks for the River of Light Festival

When: 4 November

Where: Liverpool Waterfront and New Brighton

Head down to Liverpool’s waterfront for a fiesta of Fireworks on Sunday 4 November, as the River of Light festival swings into town.

A collaboration between Culture Liverpool and Wirral Council, this annual event sees the skies above the Mersey lit up with two majestic firework displays from barges in the Mersey and the Fort Perch Rock in the Wirral. Free to attend, you can also catch art installations, street performances and light attractions at both locations. All fireworks start at 6:30pm but visitors are advised to head down by 5pm. For more information, read the 30 James Street full guide.

Surprise Surprise! Enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea with Cilla Black

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When: 4 November

Where: 30 James Street Hotel

Get your dancing shoes on for this spectacular sixties event at 30 James Street hotel. Indulge in a decadent afternoon tea inside the historic White Star Grand Hall, with delicate finger sandwiches, delicious sweet treats and, of course, a glass of bubbly, as our dazzling Cilla tribute act wows you with the Scouse star’s most iconic hits including ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ and ‘ You’re My World’. Tickets £29.95 per person. Call 0151 236 0166 to book.

Transport yourself to Paris at Circo’s Moulin Rouge immersive experience

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When: 9 November

Where: Circo

Oo la la! Experience a movie like no other this November, as Circo transforms into a Parisian cabaret club for a film night you’ll never forget. You won’t just be watching the iconic movie: touch, taste and smell the world of Christian and Satine as cast and performers take you on a journey through Moulin Rouge in an immersive experience that’s never been seen before. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged. Tickets from £18.10.

Join the commemorations for Armistice 100 with an evening of music

When: 10 November

Where: Museum of Liverpool

Commemorate the centenary of the First World War with an evening of music and letters at the Museum of Liverpool. Listen to performances from The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, vocal soloist group Voices of Hope, pianist Lauryna Sableviciute and The Honour Choir plus a special performance of a new sound art piece by Stephen Davismoon, remembering the three territorial battalions of the King’s Regiment Liverpool.  The event is free but booking is essential.

Britten’s War Requiem at Liverpool Cathedral

When: 10 November

Where: Liverpool Cathedral

Drawing together orchestral musicians and choristers from both Britain and Germany, this profoundly emotional and moving event will see Benjamin Britten’s full War Requiem performed at the Liverpool Cathedral to commemorate when the guns of the first world war fell silent 100 years ago. Conducted by Andrew Manze. Tickets from £19.

Dress up to the nines for a Gatsby Afternoon Tea

When: 11 November

Where: Cunard House

Prepare for an afternoon of glitz, glamour and dazzle as Liverpool’s iconic Cunard House plays host to a Great Gatsby inspired afternoon tea. Transport yourself to the roaring 20s of New York as you indulge in delicate finger sandwiches, sweet treats, pastries and freshly baked scones and an opulent glass of fizz. With live entertainment and fancy dress encouraged, it’s sure to be a real-good party. See you there, old sport.

Tickets £34.95 and include afternoon tea, fizz on arrival plus live entertainment. Call 0151 305 5101 to book.

Fall down the rabbit hole with a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea for all the family

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When: 11 November

Where: The Shankly Hotel

Take all the family on a Wonderland adventure with the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Shankly Hotel. Sit down with your the favourite characters from Lewis Carrol’s famous fairytale as you tuck into a magical afternoon tea of delicate finger sandwiches and delectable sweet treats. 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! Tickets: £29.95 adults, £14.95 children. Call 0151 305 5101 to book.

Feel festive at the Liverpool ONE Christmas Launch

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When: 16 November

Where: Liverpool ONE

Step into Christmas with Liverpool ONE’s brand new festive event this year, as a giant light spectacular takes over Chavasse park. With a 250-strong choir and a street party happening across the shopping district from 4pm to 8pm, expect plenty of festive fun as the 96-cube light-installation is launched for the yuletide season.

Keep an eye-put for a piano-playing Santa, festive characters roaming around and a special appearance from The Voice Kids 2018 contestant Astrid.  The party will also see the L1 alpine-themed Bar Hϋtte open its doors.

N.B. There won’t be a Liverpool ONE light switch-on this year – the Christmas tree will be illuminated without an event on November 15.

Get browsing at the Palm House maker’s market

When: 17 November

Where: The Sefton Park Palm House

Head down to Sefton Park’s stunning Victorian palm house for a maker’s market amongst the leaves on the 17 November. Free entry.

Foot-tapping fun at the 30 James Street Swing Afternoon Tea

When: 18 November

Where: 30 James Street hotel

Enjoy a classic afternoon tea at 30 James Street inside the historic White Star Grand Hall. Sit back, relax and enjoy some ‘you’ time as you tuck into a delightful afternoon tea accompanied by a glass of prosecco and live entertainment from the world of song and dance. Tickets £29.95. Call 0151 305 5101 to book.

Celebrate the Star Man of music at Liverpool Philharmonic

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When: 19 November

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Catch Live on Mars as they return to Liverpool with their awe-inspiring performance that celebrates the music, artistry, style and showman ship of iconic pop hero David Bowie.

Fusing sound and vision to reveal Bowie’s many alter egos and creative muses, this stunning light show uses state-of-the-art visuals and amination to bring the Changes singer’s music to life.

With electrifying vocals from Alex Thomas, a world-class band and a show that includes all the Bowie back-catalogue from ‘Space Oddity’ to ‘Let’s Dance’, this is a must for any Bowie fans missing their ultimate musician. Tickets from £24.50.

Be awe-struck by Swan Lake at the Empire Theatre

When: 21 – 24 November

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

The English National Ballet are set to bring the timeless classical ballet Swan Lake to Liverpool this November in a magical production of everyone’s favourite Christmas performance.

Be captivated by the story of the Swan Queen and her lover, Prince Siegfried, as the iconic ballet takes you on an enthralling journey through Tchaikovsky’s famous score with beautiful sets and stunning dancing. Tickets from £13.00.

Drag Queen Story Time

When: 24 November

Where: The Sefton Park Palm House

Take the kids for a glamourous and fabulous storytelling experience in Sefton Park as The Nightbus Queen leads a storytelling extravaganza at this imaginative event which aims to capture the fun of gender fluidity in childhood and offer a positive queer role model for children. Tickets are £4 for adults and £2.50 for children.

Stay at The Shankly Hotel with our incredible festive offers

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Get festive with a seasonal stay at The Shankly Hotel, thanks to our new and exclusive Christmas packages.

For just £69, celebrate some Christmas cheer with three friends and enjoy an overnight stay in one of our luxurious group rooms. The All I Want For Christmas is You package includes a two-course meal at one of our city centre restaurants and breakfast the next morning, plus a free shopping guide and a choice between access to Morgan’s Spa (subject to availability) or car parking.

Or indulge in a festive pamper day with the ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly package, for just £89 per person. Enjoy an overnight stay in a luxury room with three friends, plus a 30-minute spa treatment and a two-course evening meal at the Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant at 30 James Street, as well as breakfast the next morning, ensuring a relaxing and rejuvenating yuletide stay ready for the Christmas season.*

To view all our Christmas packages, visit The Shankly Hotel offers page today. Call our team on 0151 236 0166 to book. 

*Packages are subject to availability and cover Sunday to Thursday only, excluding Liverpool home games. 

Our Guide to All the Highlights at Liverpool Irish Festival 2018

From 18 to 28 October, get set for Liverpool to be painted emerald green as the Liverpool Irish Festival kicks into gear.

Celebrating the relationship between what’s often called the 33rd county of Ireland or ‘the real capital’ and the original green isle, this year’s Irish Festival will see loads of events involving  music, arts, food and drink and culture burst to life across the city in honour of the centuries long friendship between Liverpool and Ireland.

We can’t wait to celebrate everything Irish at the Shankly Hotel. Why not book a stay with us during the festival? Located only a short walk from the city’s main station and many of the cultural sites where festival events are taking place, you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy every aspect of the festival while enjoying a luxurious stay in one of the city’s premium hotels.

Here’s our guide to the Liverpool Irish Festival 2018 with all the must-see highlights…

Music & Song

Ireland’s music culture lives large at the 16th Liverpool Irish Festival. From world-renowned bands to local jams in pubs around the city, you can find all sorts of musical antics going on this October. Our highlights include…

Seisiúns – Various locations

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Head down to some of some of Liverpool’s favoured pubs and taverns to hear regular ‘sessions’ throughout the festival. These traditional music events are informal gatherings at which trad music is played, and enjoyed.

Budding musicians who know the tunes are invited to join in and experience the shared joy of Irish music but listeners are also welcome!

Sessions include:

  • 8pm, 19 and 25 Oct, The Old Bank in Aigburth
  • 9pm, 19 Oct, Peter Kavanagh’s
  • 9pm, 22 Oct, The Eddie (The Edinburgh)
  • 10pm, 26 Oct, Liverpool Irish Centre
  • 7pm, 28 Oct, Kelly’s Dispensary

Celebrate Samhain with Conleth McGeary

Samhaim, in Irish mythology, was a time when the doorways to the other world opened and allowed supernatural beings and the souls of the dead to enter our world. Celebrate the festival of the dead with Irish singer-songwriter Conleth McGeary as he performs at Kelly’s on Smithdown Road.

9pm, 26 Oct, Kelly’s Dispensary (Smithdown)

Kíla

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Catch one of Ireland’s best known acts celebrating their 30th year of performance with this live gig at the Arts Club.  Having played in over 30 countries, including for the Dalai Lama, Kíla‘s eight members bring differing musical backgrounds to the stage, producing trad Irish music that breaks all the boundaries with freewheeling instrumentals, furious jigs and primal rhythms.

And don’t take our word for it: Kíla have previously collaborated with U2, The Dubliners and Sinead O’Connor.

7pm, 19 Oct, Arts Club (Seel St) – Tickets, £21.50

 

Film, Art and Animation

The future of Irish art is looking decidedly female, if the Liverpool Irish Festival is anything to go by. From an exhibition celebrating the Repeal the Eighth campaign, to an evening of Irish short films from women leads, the Irish sisterhood are out and about in the city. Our pick of the arts includes…

Repeal the Eighth

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Head down to OUTPUT Gallery to catch some politically charged artwork inspired by Ireland’s momentous referendum result this year.

In a partnership with Liverpool Irish Festival, the gallery invited artists to respond to the Repeal the Eighth movement which successfully campaigned for the Irish public to permit legislation on abortion and remove the Eighth Amendment of the Constitutional Act.

12pm-5pm, 18-28 Oct, OUTPUT Gallery (Seel St)

Celtic Animation Film Festival

Get to grips with some Celtic-inspired short films as the festival returns for a second year to celebrate and encourage emerging animators to tell and share Celtic cultures and concerns through film.

Head to Liverpool’s Everyman for an afternoon of storytelling, as well as information on contemporary approaches to animation and the preoccupations of the industry.

1-5pm, 26 Oct, Liverpool Everyman (Hope St)

It’s the Travelling Life

Discover the home life of Ireland’s most misrepresented and maligned community with this two-part exhibition of Jona Frank’s photographs depicting the world behind Irish Traveller’s closed doors.

Taking place at two locations, this exhibition aims to show what home life looks like and reveal the day-to-day preoccupations of contemporary Irish Travellers. Catch it at The Brink and George Henry Lee’s on Williamson Square.

11am – 4pm, 11 Oct – 7 Jan, The Brink (Parr St)

11am – 5pm, 18 Oct – 28 Oct, George Henry Lee’s (Williamson Sq)

 

Performance & Poetry

Get cultural with some performance and poetry this October. Plays are leading the charge at the 2018 festival, with plenty of performances hitting Liverpool’s stages. From the comic (The Morning After The life Before) to the movingly emotional (Baggage – about friendship, homelessness and hope), there’s something for everyone down at the theatres…

To Have To Shoot Irishman

Catch this compelling production at Liverpool’s Everyman, as it charts the lives of 20th century Irish men and women in a time of conflict both at home and on the battlefields of Europe. Inspired by true events, the production uses live folk song to tell the story of rebellion, militarism and corruption in the wake of Dublin’s notorious 1916 Easter Sunday.

25-27 Oct, Liverpool Everyman (Hope St) – Ticket £10-£20

Kitty

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Discover the story of Derry woman Kitty Wilkinson and her influence in Liverpool helping to turn the tide on a cholera epidemic in this moving play at Liverpool’s Medical Institution. Exploring issues including class and gentrification, this production celebrates the incredible work of one women to help the city that she called home.

5pm, 25 Oct, Liverpool Medical Institution – Tickets £5

Poetry with Stephen James Smith

One of Dublin’s most exciting poets is performing at Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music room this festival. Stephen James Smith was central to the rise of spoken word in Ireland and has amassed a huge online following, with his videos reaching over 2.5 million views. Often commissioned by organisations such as the Irish St Patrick’s Day Festival and Dublin stadium sponsor Aviva, this is an exclusive opportunity to see one of the country’s hottest talents in Liverpool.

8pm, 28 Oct, Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room (Sugnall St) – Tickets £12-15

 

Food & Drink

It wouldn’t be a celebration of all things Irish in Liverpool without some beer. But if you’re bored of drinking the classic black stuff, there’s an Irish craft beer festival just for you…

Irish Craft Beer Festival

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Smithdown Road’s Handyman Supermarket is hosting a number of small Irish brewers behind its bar during the Irish Festival alongside some favourite soft drinks from the green isle including Cidona (an apple-based drink) and and Club Orange. You’ll also be able to enjoy a complimentary menu of Irish stew, potato and leek soup and crisp sandwiches with Irish bread.

19 – 20 Octo, Handyman’s Supermarket (Smithdown Rd)

 

Family and Fun

Join all the family together to celebrate the Irish contribution to the city of Liverpool with all the family-friendly events taking place during the festival. Learn to dance the traditional Irish way, enjoy a whole day of Irish-related fun at the Museum of Liverpool or take the older members of the family for a right knees up at O’Neills…

Family Day at Liverpool Irish Festival

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Get all the family involved on 27 October in a day incorporating the very best bits of the festival for everyone to enjoy. With craft activities, plays monologues, music, dance, Irish artefacts, screenings, talks, storytelling and a whole load happening all around the Museum of Liverpool, it’s a perfect opportunity to find something for everyone from this broad-ranging celebration of Ireland.

Highlights from the day include a dance performance from the George Gerusson Irish Dance School, with music from Liverpool Comhaltas, a Liverbird origami challenge, the UK premier of GAEIL UK, a tv programme giving insight into the lives of Irish emigrants today, and an ensign making workshop with Alison Little.

10am – 5pm, 27 October, Museum of Liverpool

Get Dancing at the Family Céilí

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Partake in one of the Irish community’s most joyous celebrations at the Liverpool Irish Centre’s céilí.

One of the festivals most popular events, visitors are invited to bring family friends and dancing feet to join in on the raucous fun, learning traditional dances with live music from the Liverpool Comhaltas.

And don’t worry if you’ve got no idea what you’re doing – their professional dance caller will guide you through the dance.

2pm – 5:30pm, 28 Oct, Liverpool Irish Centre (Boundary Ln) – Tickets £5 (£2 for concessions)

Head down for a Hooley at O’Neills

Get set for a good old hooley at O’Neills Irish pub in Liverpool city centre: a ‘big old Irish party with music, dancing and oodles of fun”.

The night includes live music, a warm Irish welcome and plenty of the black stuff. Irish band Prioland will be headlining.

10pm, 20 Oct, O’Neill’s (Hanover St)

 

Talks & Tours

Keep your brain cogs ticking over by trying some of the talks and tours going on during the festival. Our top picks include…

New Voices of Literature

Catch rising stars of Irish literature talking about and reading from their work at this exciting talk in the Victoria Gallery and Museum. The so-called ‘Salinger for the Snapchat generation’ Sally Rooney, Bailey’s Women’s Prize 2016 winnner Lisa McInerney and poet and musician Anthony Joseph will be in conversation with Guardian and Observer book critic Alex Clark about the new generation of writers they present.

10am, 20 October, Victoria Gallery and Museum (Ashton St) – Tickets £8

Irish Heritage Walks

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Catch one of three heritage walks taking place in the city for an insider’s view on how the Irish have shaped Liverpool.

Find out about local history and heritage relating to the Irish community across the city, with three walks covering different areas. Book the South Liverpool Heritage Walk for a historical stroll through Liverpool’s Rodney and Hope Street areas,  join in the Scotland Road Walk for an exploration of Liverpool’s world famous dockland district or take the more general Irish Heritage Walk to find out about Irish journalists, Italian craftsmen, Lancashire slavers and Polish impressionists who have all made an artistic mark on the Scouse city.

Walks:

  • Scotland Road Walk, 1pm, 20 October – £6
  • Irish Heritage Walk, 1-am, 21 October – £6
  • South Liverpool Heritage Walk, 10am, 27 October – £6

For more information and meeting points, check out the Liverpool Irish Festival website.

 

Stay at The Shankly Hotel for Liverpool Irish Festival

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One of our luxury suites at The Shankly Hotel

Stay in the heart of all the action during Liverpool Irish Festival with a night at The Shankly Hotel. Located just a stone’s throw away from Lime Street Station, and with all the city’s most popular attractions just a short walk away, it’s perfectly situated for exploring everything Liverpool has to offer, including the Irish Festival.

A tribute to the life and legacy of one of football’s finest managers, our suites are as unique as Bill Shankly himself, offering comfort, style and space with a heritage twist. Indulge in luxury rooms and incredible amenities including Jacuzzi baths, flat-screen TVs and ultra-comfortable double beds.

For more information and to book your stay at The Shankly Hotel, call our team on 0151 236 0166 or visit our booking page today.

What’s On, October 2018 | The Best Events in Liverpool this Month

Kylie, Sir Cliff Richard and an interstellar music performance – they’re just some of the exciting events in Liverpool you can enjoy this month, only a stone’s throw away from The Shankly Hotel. Whether you’re a theatre buff, a music fan or just in the mood for some exciting family entertainment, October is jam-packed with things to do and see across Merseyside.

Looking for unique  and unforgettable experiences in the city? Catch up on all the best Signature Living events in Liverpool with our What’s On Guide for Summer-Autumn 2018 from Signature TV below.  Read on to discover our pick of the best events in Liverpool this month…

 

Our Pick of the Best Events in Liverpool This Month…

Catch Daniel O’Donnell Performing at the Philharmonic

When: Monday 1 October

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

One of the UK’s best loved artists is back touring the country and he’s playing just a single night at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall. Catch Daniel O’Donnell and his recently revamped band performing songs from his 38 studio albums in a show that’s sure to be filled with life-affirming music, song and laughter. Tickets from £35.

Back by popular demand: Bongo’s Bingo Liverpool

When: Various dates throughout October

Where: Camp and Furnace

They’re back! The notorious founders of the bawdiest events in Liverpool have returned home triumphant after a UK tour and they’ve announced nine dates in Merseyside. Get ready for an eyeful of the fabulous Sweaty Betty, highly unsuitable family-fun and prizes you wouldn’t give your grandson at the fabulous Bongo’s Bingo. Tickets are currently sold out for all dates bar the Halloween special but keep a close-eye on the website as they sometimes release more.

Jump on the Loco-Motion with Kylie at the Echo Area

When: Wednesday 3 October

Where: Echo Arena

The iconic Kylie Minogue is stopping off in Liverpool for her autumn tour and is sure to get all of Merseyside Spinning Around with some of her biggest and best hits. Tickets from £55.

By the Waters of Liverpool at the Empire Theatre

When: Wednesday 3 October – Saturday 13 October

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Catch this stage adaptation of the best-selling book by Helen Forrester in its UK premiere at the Liverpool Empire. Following on from the success of Forrester’s Twopence To Cross The Mersey, By The Waters of Liverpool follows Helen at the age of 20 looking for love in the arms of a tall, strong seaman on the banks of the Mersey. But war looms on the horizon and the future of the girl’s beloved Liverpool hangs in the brink. A moving account of Helen Forrester’s teenage years and the devastating effect the Second World War had on her hometown.

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A previous visit from the giants. Source: Sean Wheeler Photography

The Giants Return with ‘Liverpool’s Dream’

When: Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 October

Where: Various locations

The star highlight of events in Liverpool this month, French theatre group Royal de Luxe are bringing their larger-than-life puppets back to Liverpool for a final time in October. The four-day extravaganza will see the Little Boy Giant, the Big Giant and the fabulous dog giant, Xolo, walking about the city in a celebratory long weekend as they act out a storyline titled ‘Liverpool’s Dream’.

Catch them at various locations, including in the Wirral for the first time, as they explore the city once more. For a full schedule, including some of the best restaurants and bars along the Giant’s routes, read our guide to the giants in Liverpool.

Why not stay at The Shankly Hotel during their visit? Located in the centre of the city, our hotel is perfect placed to catch all the action close-by.

Journey to Justice Exhibition at the International Slavery Museum

When: from 5 October

Where: International Slavery Museum

Explore how the US civil rights movement helped move people in the UK and the rest of the world to fight for their own rights in a new exhibition opening at the International Slavery Museum this month. Charting the extraordinary stories of lesser-known women, men and children involved in struggles for freedom in the UK and US, this moving installation shows how great social and political change can be led by ‘people like us’.

Grab some vinyl at The Independent Record Fair

When: Sunday 7 October

Where: Constellations

Head down to the Baltic for an afternoon of LP buying, music and good food at the Melodic Distraction Independent Record Fair. Anyone from seasoned diggers to new-found enthusiasts are welcome at this congregation of private sellers, local record labels and at least one internationally renowned headline label. Pick up merchandise, streetwear bands and a Sunday roast served up by Constellations as well, and enjoy music from Melodic Distractions DJs. The event is free but a £2 donation is suggest.

Blast Off! with a family concert at the Philharmonic

When: Tuesday 9 October

Where: Philharmonic Music Room

Get the kids excited about classical music with these two rocket-powered performances in the Philharmonic Music Room. Help astronaut Claire Henry and musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra charge up a rocket so it can blast off into the stratosphere to a soundtrack  of interstellar music. Tickets are £11 for adults and £7 for children.

Jane Austen’s Persuasion at the Playhouse

When: Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 October

Where: Liverpool Playhouse

Enjoy Jane Austen’s most romantic comedy, Persuasion, adapted for the stage at the Playhouse for a short run only. Telling the tale of Anne Elliot and her devastatingly journey through love, this is a masterclass of storytelling awash with love, loss and longing.

At Last: The Etta James Story at the Philharmonic

When: Tuesday 9 October

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Relive the story of soul legend Etta James’ turbulent life with a knock-out stage performance from the sensational Vika Bull and some of Australia’s funkiest musicians. With stirring renditions of the soul-singers most iconic hits such as ‘Something’s Got a Hold on Me’ and ‘At Last’, this electrifying stage show charts the tumultuous career of James, from her Grammy Awards to her addiction struggles. Tickets from £28.50.

Catch the iconic Sir Cliff Richard on his UK tour

When: Wednesday 10 October

Where Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

It’s time to say Congratulations to Britain’s ultimate pop star who’s celebrating 60 years in the music industry. Heading to Liverpool for one night only to entertain fans with some of his biggest hits as part of the 58-18=60 Tour, catch Sir Cliff Richard at the Philharmonic Hall with special guests for a night of Devil Woman, Living Doll and Ocean Deep. Tickets from £70.

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The Baltic Triangle Vegan Market. Source: Baltic Market Facebook page

Baltic Triangle Vegan Market

When: Sunday 14 October

Where: Baltic Market

Indulge in some vegan peanut butter, pizzas, burgers and beers at this plant-based extravaganza in the Baltic Market this month. Catch all your favorite Merseyside specialist stalls plus plenty of amazing street food vendors from 11am until 3pm. A must-visit for vegans looking to enjoy some animal-friendly events in Liverpool this October.

The Unreturning at The Everyman

When: Tuesday 16 October – Saturday 20 October

Where: The Everyman

Catch this new play, directed by Neil Bettles, which explores the effects of war on young lives. Set in a British Northern Coastal town, The Unreturning tells the interwoven stories of three young men coming home from war set at different times over the last 100 years. Tickets from £10.

Liverpool’s Irish Festival 2018

When: 18 – 28 October

Where: Various venues

Celebrate Liverpool’s emerald roots this October as the annual Irish Festival kicks into action across the city. This year’s festival explore ‘the Seventh County’ and its deep connections to Ireland with events in Liverpool including discussions, poetry, art, comedy and much more.

Highlights include comedian Deborah Frances-White recording her hugely successful podcast The Guilt Feminist at Liverpool Playhouse, an Irish craft beer festival at the Handyman on Smithdown Road and a exhibition at OUTPUT Gallery which invited artists to show their response to this year’s #YesTogether / Repeal the Eighth Campaign.

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One of the Irish Festival’s 2015 installations by Irish artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly. Source: Liverpool Irish Festival Facebook page.

Celebrate 50 Years of children’s books with Quentin Blake’s stunning illustrations

When: From 19 October

Where: Lady Level Art Gallery

Take a look at more than 40 works from everyone’s favourite children’s illustrator at the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s new exhibition on Quentin Blake. Celebrating the professional relationship between the famous artist and children’s author John Yeoman, this showcase includes original drawings from their most recent project together, as well as a further 10 projects they have worked on from picture books and short novels to adaptations of classic folk tales.

Readings, workshops and books at Liverpool Literary Festival 2018

When: 19-21 October

Where: Various locations across the University of Liverpool

The written word is taking centre stage at Liverpool’s Literary Festival, with inspiring discussions on everything from fake news to graphic novels, life-writing and poetry. Events in Liverpool include discussions on killing favourite characters off, a talk with music journalist Paul Du Noyer, an intimate ‘date’ with Tony Robinson and a panel of new authors including MAN Booker prize nominee 2018 Sally Rooney.

Rock of Ages at the Empire Theatre

When: Tuesday 23 October – Saturday 27 October

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Head-bangers get ready – the smash hit musical Rock of Ages is back in town with over 25 classic rock anthems interwoven into a hilarious musical comedy that had audiences around the globe laughing.

Million Dollar Men Show

When: Saturday 20 October

Where: Arthouse Hotel

It’s raining men and you’re all going to be shouting Hallelujah by the end of the night! Catch Merseyside’s alternative to Magic Mike at the Arthouse Hotel this October as the Millionaire Dollar Men bare all for your entertainment at one of the sauciest events in Liverpool. Enjoy gorgeous men and great dancing plus special talents such as fire-breathing and breakdancing in this action-packed night out. For just £20 per person, you and your friends can enjoy the full show with a complementary drink on arrival.

Why not make a night of it and stay at in one of the Arthouse Hotel’s luxurious suites, perfect group accommodation for a girl’s midweek treat?

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Get creepy at The Monster Halloween Ball. Source: The Lantern Company Facebook page

Get Spooky at the Palm House’s Monster Halloween Ball

When: 24 -26 October

Where: Palm House Sefton Park

Head down to the Palm House for three days of fiendish family fun with The Lantern Company, as the spooky and spectacular are brought to life during workshops, parades and devilish dance-offs. Take your little beasts down for all-day creative events, including monster mask making and lantern crafting before venturing out (if you dare) at dusk for a Mini Monsters Party where weird and wonderful puppet guests will be lighting up the dance-floor. One of the must-do family Halloween events in Liverpool this month. Tickets start from £7.50.

The Biennial’s Liverpool Mountain at the docks

When: from 23 October

Where: Tate Liverpool

Catch the gravity-defying sculpture by Ugo Rondinone outside the Tate Liverpool as the artist’s first UK public artwork crash lands on the docks for Liverpool Biennial 2018. Famed for their eye-catching colours, and Instagram-friendly aesthetic, the Liverpool mountain is sure to be an exciting addition to the waterfront this autumn.

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Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, 2016 by Ugo Rondinone – a similar structure to what the Liverpool Mountain will look like. Source: Twitter | @Biennial

Mamma Mia! An ABBA tribute night at the O2

When: Saturday 27 October

Where O2 Academy, Liverpool

Get ready for a soul-shaking, move-making night at Liverpool’s O2 Academy as the sensational ABBA’s Disco Wonderland tour hits Merseyside. Disco classic alongside ABBA’s greatest hits – what more could a Dancing Queen want from a night? It’s time to be thankful for the music, and enjoy the dodgy 70s décor. Tickets from £7.00.

Sing-a-long to Dusty Springfield’s greatest hits at an exclusive afternoon tea

When: Sunday 28 October

Where: White Star Grand Hall, 30 James Street Hotel

Get ready to sing your heart out to Britain’s Queen of Soul – 30 James Street are hosting an afternoon tea celebrating everything Dusty Springfield and you’ll be Wishin’ and Hopin’ to come along!

Celebrate the Son of a Preacher Man singer’s greatest hits during an exclusive afternoon tea of indulgent finger sandwiches, sweet treats and fizz as spectacular tribute act, Emily Clark, takes you on a journey through Dusty’s solo career. Enjoy classic hits such as I Only Want To Be With You and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me as you soak in the historic interiors of the iconic 30 James Street. Tickets are just £29.95.

Watch Hocus Pocus with the Coven at Love Thy Neighbour

When: Wednesday 31 October

Where: Love Thy Neighbour, Bold St

Join the coven in Love Thy Neighbour’s secret basement cinema for a special screening of the Halloween favourite Hocus Pocus. Celebrating 25 years of the iconic film, you’ll be able to indulge in cauldron brew and cinnamon popcorn as you catch the Sanderson sisters back in action once again. Tickets are £7.50.

Enjoy a Stay at The Shankly Hotel

When: October

Where: The Shankly Hotel

Why not book an autumn stay in Liverpool this October with one of The Shankly Hotel’s exclusive autumn offers? Chose one of three seasonal packages and indulge in a luxurious overnight stay at our Shankly suites, with sumptuous inclusive treats.

Enjoy some rest and relaxation with the Autumn Revive for just £159 per couple and be treated to an overnight stay plus spa session at Morgan’s Spa, with included spa treatment and breakfast the next morning at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

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For a night to spoil your loved one, why not book our Autumn Relax package, and take them for a romantic overnight stay at The Shankly, with chilled prosecco ready in your room on arrival and breakfast included at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant? All for just £99 per couple.

Or enjoy a short city break, with an overnight stay, two-course evening meal and breakfast the next morning with our Autumn Escape offer, for just £138 per couple.*

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our pick of the best events in Liverpool this month. We can’t wait to welcome you to The Shankly Hotel and our incredible city. For more information or to book, call our team today on 0151 909 3648 or visit our booking page now.

*Subject to availability. All Shankly Hotel Offers are for Sunday – Thursday stays, excluding bank holidays and all Liverpool home games. A £30 supplement applies to Friday nights.

A Fabulous FAME Fan Package Hotel Deal at The Shankly

Were you a FAME superfan who’d always dreamed of donning your leg warmers, moving to New York and becoming a performing arts student? Well now’s your chance to live out those dreams with the FAME Fan Package hotel deal created especially for FAME fans everywhere.

The FAME Fan Package Hotel Deal

We’ve put together an unbelievable offer that invites you to come and meet the stars of the show including eight of the original cast members.

For four or more guests our offer includes;

  • A two-night luxury stay in The Shankly Hotel
  • Breakfast both mornings of your stay
  • An exclusive meet and greet with the FAME cast members

This superb offer has been created to help FAME super fans realise their dream of meeting the main cast members of the hit TV show that dominated TV screens through the 80’s.

For just £120 per person, you could enjoy spending a luxury break in Liverpool and get a chance to meet the TV icons of your past.

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Whilst the FAME UK Reunion show is in town, get your tickets for our FAME Fan Package hotel deal and enjoy meeting the cast of FAME up close and personal whilst enjoying some time in the city.

FAME the TV Show

Set in New York City, but filmed mainly in California, the TV show FAME was based on the hit movie of the same name.

It followed the lives of students and teachers who attended the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. The show captured the students lives both in and out of school as well as the hearts and minds of UK audiences.

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The cast of talented individuals learned to sing, dance and act throughout the six series that aired between 1982 – 1987, after which man of the actors disappeared into obscurity only to resurface later on in Bring Back . . . FAME in 2008.

Audiences loved everything about FAME, from the funky fashion to the daring dance moves and sensational storylines that explored real-life issues. From the TV show, 5 soundtracks were sold giving people the chance to dance and sing to all the hit songs from the show at their leisure.

This was an American TV teen drama that would be today’s equivalent to Gossip Girl or Scream Queen’s, taking a look at the inner workings of education in America, something which is still a present-day interest for young people everywhere.

FAME the UK Reunion

Over three decades since the TV series ended eight of the popular cast members will come together for an amazing concert in Liverpool. Dedicated FAME Superfans have organised a superb show that will let people relive the days when FAME was the height of TV fashion.

For Mayday weekend in 2019, there will be two excellent concerts taking place at the ECHO Arena that will celebrate the success of FAME.

Erica Gimpel (Coco), Valerie Landsburg (Doris), Lee Curreri (Bruno), Carlo Imperato (Danny), P.R. Paul (Montgomery), Cynthia Gibb (Holly), Nia Peeples (Nicole) and Jesse Borrego (Jesse) will all take to the stage at the ECHO Arena and bring to life the songs from the hit series.

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Other performances have been added to spice up the lineup and LMA performers will be joining the cast on stage to keep the feeling of FAME’s young and hip past in the present.

Proceeds from the FAME UK Reunion concert will be donated to Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Don’t hesitate and book our amazing FAME Fan Package and hotel deal soon on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more details.

The Art of Football Liverpool: See Vintage Bill Shankly Shirt

Set to celebrate the creative culture and social fabric of The Beautiful Game, don’t miss The Art of Football in Liverpool.

Coinciding with the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the season will run throughout June and come to a close on 15th July 2018.

The Art of the Football Shirt

When: 14 June – 28 June (Shankly shirt displayed over 2 selected dates)

Where: Camp & Furnace

We’re delighted to announce that The Shankly Family Experience will be contributing to The Art of the Football Shirt in Liverpool.  Hosted at Camp & Furnace, we’ll be showcasing an extremely rare football shirt worn by the one and only Bill Shankly.

The shirt we have chosen to feature in this spectacular free exhibition dates back to Bill’s early days of football at Preston North End Football Club. The vintage jersey will only be displayed for a limited number of set days.

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So, make sure you’re there on Wednesday 27th June or Thursday 28st June to see for yourself. The special shirt will be revealed from 4:30pm and available to see until 7pm.

Bill Shankly slipped on the famous jersey during the 1938 FA Cup Final. The victorious match saw Preston come out on tops over Huddersfield with a 1-0 win. The game was the pinnacle of Bill’s playing career.

The Art of Football Liverpool – What’s On

Brought to you by fashion historian Neal Heard of Bido Lito! Magazine and Culture Liverpool, this summer will see the city play host to major exhibitions.

Late June and early July will be filled with things to see and do. This is just some of what you can look forward to:

Disco Socrates

When: 30 June 2018

Where: Constellations

Hosted in one of Liverpool’s best-loved music venues, this insightful event will showcase live performances from artists drawn from the World Cup nations. The selection is set to reflect the power of musical movements for making a positive change.

I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me

When: 29 June – 15 July 2018

Where: Camp & Furnace

This special event will showcase football culture through the lens of graphic design and illustration. The artwork is taken from an international selection of talented graphic artists.

Soccerama Symposium

When: 12 – 13 July 2018

Where: Liverpool Central Library

Soccerama is a symposium exploring football in a whole new way. A mixture of clever conversations and debates will see football explored from a variety of angles; women’s rights, naturalist populism, LGBTQ, consumer culture, race and class politics will all be touched upon.

Shankly Experience Liverpool

To get your fix of Shankly memorabilia, look no further than The Shankly Family Experience. A fantastic treat for LFC fans, Shankly Tours offer unrivalled insight into the life of a football genius.

Brought to you by the Shankly family, our bespoke tour packages offer something special for everyone. From exclusive family anecdotes to fascinating memorabilia, why not take a browse of our tour packages?

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The Memorabilia Tour is a popular favourite amongst our lovely customers. You’ll be greeted by a member of the Shankly family at the start of the tour and treated to a personal, guided tour of the memorabilia by those who knew Bill best. We also provide a free drink and the day comes to a close with our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.

To get in touch for more information or to book your experience, please contact Ashley Bromilow on 0151 242 1522 or email info@shanklyexperience.com.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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. 

Assassins

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

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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

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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!