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If there’s one thing Liverpool does well, it’s helping people make memories. In the past, we’ve been the home of Giants, of giant spiders, of big free festivals. But that was the past and this is now. 

If you’re looking to take a break with the whole family this year, you’ve picked the perfect time. The city is brimming with excitement as we celebrate 10 years since our European Capital of Culture crown and the next 10 years are going to be even more special. Where else is the transport multicoloured, the food out of this world and the best things to see and do, pretty much free?

Let’s show you our 18 reasons why family fun starts in Liverpool. Ready, set, GO!


1. YOU CAN HOP ON BOARD THE MOST DAZZLING FERRY IN THE WORLD 🌈 

But make sure you sing ‘Ferry ‘cross the Mersey’ or it doesn’t count.

Fantastic photo of the #snowdrop #dazzleferry on a beautiful #sunny day!

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2. OR HOP ON ONE OF OUR AMAZING TOUR BUSES 

Visit Beatles haunts on the Magical Mystery Tour, witness the history, drama, talents and scouse humour of our city with City Sights, or get spooky with a Shiverpool Bus Tour: mixing an (un)healthy dose of history, lashings of laughter and an intoxicating elixir of the strange and unexplained.

City Explorer #Liverpool

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3. MARVEL AT THE GIANTS

It’s been one of the most speculated events of 2018. The Giant Spectacular has wowed millions worldwide, including nearly 2 million spectactors in Liverpool alone. Now, we can confirm that they will be back for their third and final experience in 2018, and this time they'll be visiting the Wirral too! 


4. SATISFY THE NEEDS OF MINI FOOTIE FANS ️⚽️

Whether a blue or a red (or neither), the whole family can walk in the footsteps of the Liverpool and Everton players at Anfield and Goodison stadium tours, or follow the history of football at The Museum of Liverpool.

This year, Liverpool's sporting reputation will soar to brand new heights - and the whole family can be a part of it. To celebrate the popular culture of football and Liverpool's 10th anniversary since we were crowned European Capital of Culture, there's a month-long season of events and exhibitions that will begin with the kick of the World Cup itself on June 14th. Expect stories of real people, places and times that shaped the modern game we know and love today, all across the world (with special input from our two football giants, Liverpool FC & Everton FC of course). You can find out more here

A special corner flag for a special day #LFC125

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5. SNUGGLE IN AND ENJOY A MOVIE SATURDAY AT FACT Liverpool

And there’s a weekly ‘Big Scream Club’ which, as its exclusively for parents and babies under one, noise is welcome!

We are thrilled to announce that the fourth confirmed venue for Maggie's Culture Crawl Liverpool 2017 is ... FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)! FACT is a Liverpool-based cinema, art gallery and the UK's leading organisation for the support and exhibition of film, art and new media. It is the place where people, art and technology meet. As a centre for Research & Innovation, FACT works with partners across the creative industries, health, higher education and arts sectors to develop multi-disciplinary projects exploring the relationship between technology and culture. Haven't signed up yet? Don't worry, there's still time. Click here: bitly.com/liverpoolCC #culturecrawl #culturecrawl2017 #culturecrawlliverpool #liverpool #fact #factliverpool #factcinema #sponsoredwalk #maggies #maggiesmerseyside #maggiescentres #cancercare #steptogether #cancer #cancersupport #charity #fundraising

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6. MAKE MUSIC THEIR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE THING 🎵

We’ve got a whole museum dedicated to British Music, interactive experiences at The Beatles Story and random pianos dotted around Liverpool ONE that you’ve just got to play a tune on. Failing that, there's an absolutely HUGE piano festival on its way, which will celebrate the humble keys with world-renowned musicians, so many different genres and performances, exhibitions and school programmes for the whole family. If you thought the piano was all about Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, think again. 

Which leads us on to…


7.  FREE FESTIVALS!

From River Festivals, Pirates on the Docks, celebrations of African culture , we have tonnes that don’t have age limits. Their first festival? Sorted.


8. INTRODUCE SOME NEW AND DELICIOUS FOODS

Kids can eat their dinner out of A TREASURE CHEST at Smuggler’s Cove on the Albert Dock, make their own pizza (complete with hat) at Olive and indulge in pancake parties at the Interesting Eating Company. Oh, and sweets at Bold Street Sweets for afters.


9. KIDS CAN ENJOY EXPLORING NOOKS AND CRANNIES WHILE WALKING THE CITY

As Liverpool is so compact, walking is in no way dull. Spot Liver Birds, Monuments and introduce them to some ace street art.  So don’t worry about the pram or those little legs - and you’ll really get the most out of exploring all the sights that way.

But if you really don't want to walk, we’ve got our very own underground metro system to get you around the city once you’re here.


10. HAVE SOME PIRATE FUN ON THE BEACH

Got a Capitain Jack Sparrow fan? Head on over to New Brighton Beach where you will find the 'Black Pearl' - a fun pirate ship for the young ones to play on!


11. ENJOY A DAY OUT AT LIVERPOOL ONE

You’ve got stores like Disney, LEGO, Claire’s and The Entertainer in Liverpool ONE. Try your hand at Rumble Jungle adventure golf... just remember not to get too competitive with the youngsters. 

For the sunnier days, head up to Chavasse Park for a picnic. Try out the Tennis Courts and chill out in the dinky wooden boats or on the deck chairs while admiring the view of the city below. 


12.  ENJOY DINKY TREATS AND TAKE IN THIS VIEW.

Of course, you can have an afternoon tea too to make it a real 10/10.


13. RUNNING WILD IN ONE OF LIVERPOOL'S WIDE OPEN SPACES 🏖 🍃

Did you know Liverpool has more parks than Paris? Stroll around Sefton Park, crab at Crosby Lake or head to Claremont Farm to pick your own fruit and veg. For a taste of magic, there’s nothing better than following the mermaid trail in New Brighton either.


14. MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE ANIMALS

Explore Knowsley Safari Park, Formby’s Red Squirrel Nature Reserve, Farmer Teds or Acorn Farm - and Chester Zoo isn’t far away either. Holding weird and wonderful creatures at the World Museum Aquarium also has to be on the to-do list.

When you realise summer’s actually over [@jess_ferraraa 📸 ]

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15. CAPTIVATE THEIR IMAGINATIONS

We’ve got Mummies hiding out at our World Museum, epic ties to the Titanic...plus the Museum of Liverpool has a hands-on fantasy world for children below the age of 6. Did we mention you can climb aboard Britain’s oldest operational steam tug here too and see the ancient discoveries of China's First Emperor & his Terracotta Warriors from February?


16. TAKE THEM FOR SOME THEATRE

From Christmas Pantos at Liverpool Empire at Christmas time, to world-renowned shows at Everyman & Playhouse theatres. Not forgetting some of the world’s best artists that play at our waterfront venue, Echo Arena, or the films you can see at Liverpool Philharmonic.


17. ICE CREAM ON THE WATERFRONT

Kids are sometimes like animals.. its the simple things that make them so happy. Head to down to the beautiful waterfront and visit a retro ice cream van. Enjoy a 99 while boat watching across the River Mersey. They may even just be quiet for at least 5 minutes while they devour their sweet treat. 

Gorgeous weather at Sporting Bears and Poppy facepaint 💕

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18. MAKE A SPLASH AT ADVENTURE DOCK 

A giant inflatable obstacle course! Get the whole family donning wetsuits and bright orange 'Adventure Dock' tshirts😂. Climb up to the top of the giant slide and plunge into the water, tackle the giant inflatable balls and crawl through tunnels. 


There you have it! 18 ways to enjoy family fun in Liverpool!

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This blog has been written by Jess Cavendish, Digital Marketing Executive for Marketing Liverpool. Jess looks after all things website and content related for VisitLiverpool/its liverpool, Marketing Liverpool and Liverpool Convention Bureau digital channels!

Jess is originally from Chester and started out at Visit Chester.

She is 22 years old, loves music, travelling, singing, cats and a good night out.

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