We spent 2018 celebrating ten years since Liverpool was awarded the European Capital of Culture and what a year it was! We’re not a city to slow down though and 2019 is set to bring even more exciting events and attractions to our scouse shores. To give you a taste of what’s to come, we’ve put together a few of our favourite new and returning events so you can get planning your trip to Liverpool in 2019. 


New for 2019


Strawberry Field Visitor Centre

The Strawberry Field gates which were made famous by The Beatles’ classic “Strawberry Fields Forever”, are set to open for the first time to the public in 2019 with an exciting new visitor centre. The project, which is being run by The Salvation Army, will welcome guests to the brand new Strawberry Field site telling the story of its connection to The Beatles and how John Lennon came to write the famous song. Complete with a cafe and tranquil gardens to explore, it will be the perfect place to relax and soak up all the Beatles history. 

The centre will also be helping those in the local community, offering sustainable employment for young people with learning disabilities, providing training, skills and work placements. 


Royal Liver Building 360 Tour and Experience

The Royal Liver Building, one of the city’s most iconic buildings, is set to open a brand new 360 Tour and Experience in Spring 2019. The tour will include a new lower ground visitor centre with amazing pieces of the building’s history on display and a trip to the 10th and 15th floors to enjoy spectacular views of Liverpool. To top it off there will be an exciting digital audio visual display inside the iconic clock tower. This is an experience definitely not to miss in 2019!


Liverpool Gin Distillery

So this one is technically already open but we think it will be a great addition to our 2019 calendars. Gin experts, Liverpool Gin, have opened their very own distillery on Castle Street! The distillery is a gin lover’s heaven and offers guests four floors to experience the tipple like never before. Watch the experts distill their own Liverpool Gin, make your own blend to take home at Bartender School, or embark on a distillery tour after a spot of lunch and a gin and tonic. Regardless of how you take your gin, it is the perfect spot to add some new flavours to your collection in 2019.


Everyman Cinema

Another exciting venue opening at the end of December that we will be taking full advantage of in 2019 is the Liverpool Everyman Cinema. The cinema is based inside the Metquarter on Victoria Street and will house four screens, a bar and a restaurant. This is no ordinary cinema however, instead of the standard cinema seats, visitors will be treated to plush sofas and will have the option to order food and drink straight to their comfy couch. So put your feet up and watch all the biggest blockbusters and independent films in style in 2019.


The Dixie Dean Hotel

2019 will welcome The Dixie Dean Hotel to Liverpool, celebrating the life of the legendary Everton football player. Situated opposite the existing Shankly Hotel named after the Liverpool football legend, Bill Shankly, the opening of The Dixie Dean hotel will create the world’s first Football Quarter, and what better city to kick it all off than in Liverpool!

The 100 bedroom luxury hotel will offer restaurants, bars, event spaces and memorabilia dedicated to Dixie and his impressive career as one of English football’s greatest goalscorers. It will be the perfect place to stay whether you're coming for the football or a weekend break. 


Radisson Red Hotel

2019 will see the development of a new Radisson Red Hotel that will take over the North Western Hotel building that is currently used as student accommodation, next to Liverpool Lime Street Station. 

The grand Renaissance style building is steeped in history and was originally opened as a railway hotel in 1871, developments will turn it into a 202 room hotel scheduled to open in 2020. 

The hotel’s close proximity to the main line train station will allow for guests to jump right off the train and easily explore everything the city has to offer.


Anfield Concerts

Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium will play host to a series of huge concerts in 2019 for the first time in 10 years, welcoming some of the biggest acts in music to the pitch. British boyband Take That, American rock band Bon Jovi and international pop star P!nk will take to the Anfield grounds in June to perform some of the biggest gigs Liverpool has ever seen. We are sure this is just the start of some big stars arriving at Anfield and is the combination of two of Liverpool’s greatest expertise; music and sport.


Let’s Rock Liverpool

Liverpool’s Croxteth Hall will play host to Let’s Rock Liverpool on Saturday 27th July 2019, a festival dedicated to all your favourite 80s acts. Grab your leg warmers and don your favourite 80s attire as a nostalgia inducing lineup made up of The Human League, Tony Hadley, Marc Almond, T’Pau and everyone’s favourite scouser, Sonia take to the stage. Expect a lot of singing and dancing at this family friendly throwback festival to the 80s in a beautiful setting, what’s not to love?

Tickets are on sale now so make sure you grab them quick so you don't miss out.


Abbey Road 50th Anniversary

We don't need a reason to celebrate The Beatles in Liverpool but 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Abbey Road album so expect lots of special festivities. The Beatles Story on the Royal Albert Dock will be marking the momentous occasion with plenty of events and celebrations so keep an eye out for those, we’re sure you won't want to miss them. It’s also the perfect time to visit the newly opened Magical Beatles Museum on Mathew Street as it features thousands of original and unique Beatles artifacts from throughout their careers. 2019 is the perfect year to ‘Come Together’ to celebrate The Beatles in Liverpool!


Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool - 14th June - 10th November 2019

Tate Liverpool will be opening its doors in June 2019 to November 2019 to the first major UK exhibition of artist and activist, Keith Haring. Haring’s legendary work is iconic and visitors will be able to enjoy over 85 pieces including paintings, drawings and sculptures. 


Charles Rennie Mackintosh at The Walker Art Gallery - 15th March to 26th August 2019

The Walker Art Gallery will be showcasing the work of Scottish designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh from March to August in 2019. The exhibition will span the lifetime of his work and his contemporaries and explore the art movement that became known as The Glasgow Style. Around 250 pieces of work will be on display from stained glass, ceramics and mosaics to furniture and embroidery; there will be plenty to explore at this exhibition.  


Netball World Cup at the Echo Arena

Be part of the action next year when the Netball World Cup comes to Liverpool from 12-21 July 2019. Expect 9 days of thrilling sport as 16 of the world's best netball teams compete against each other to be crowned world champions. Tickets are on sale now so make sure you get yours quick. 


New Ellis Barrie Restaurant  

Ellis Barrie, one of the UK’s rising culinary stars, and his brother Liam, will be returning to their home town of Liverpool to open their first restaurant in the city at The Royal Albert Dock. After a recent appearance on BBC Two’s Great British Menu and achieving great success with their first restaurant, The Marram Grass, in Anglesey, we can't wait to see what the brothers come up with for Liverpool! The new restaurant is set to open in the Spring and will be a great addition to our brilliant waterfront dining experience. 


Bundobust 

The favourite Indian street food and craft beer restaurant, Bundobust are expected to bring their vibrant Indian cuisine to Liverpool’s Bold Street in May 2019. Originally opening in Leeds in 2014, they are expanding their horizons to Liverpool and we couldn't be more excited. Expect traditional Indian street food with a twist, a large vegan selection, brilliant craft beers and mouth watering cocktails; sounds like the perfect night out!


Content - The Baltic Triangle 

Liverpool’s trendy Baltic Triangle is set to be the home of a new multipurpose music, arts and eating space made from repurposed shipping containers. The shipping container village, which will be known as Content, will house everything from vegan friendly restaurants, wine bars, design studios, record shops and plenty of other local independent businesses. Content is expected to expand across 2019 so keep checking back for more updates on its developments. 


Junkyard Golf Club

Liverpool now has another crazy golf venue and we couldn’t be more excited! Junkyard Golf Club has set up camp in Liverpool One in the Spring just in time for all the Summer fun. Expect three epic 9-hole crazy golf courses filled with scrap yard slides, wrecked cars, circus freaks and jungle bathtubs to work your way through. With a bar serving up crazy party drinks such as the ‘Hot Line Ting’ and fairground style food, we’re sure you’ll be in for a great night at the junkyard.


Lane 7

Liverpool city centre is getting a brand new bowling alley! Operated by Lane 7, who also have branches in Newcastle and Birmingham, the venue is expected to house 10 bowling lanes, ping-pong, beer pong, pool, mini-golf, shuffle board and Karaoke so there will be something to keep everyone entertained on a night out. The bowling alley is expected to open in Spring 2019.


Cream Classical in the Park 

20,000 people, 20 DJs, 2 Stages and 1 Orchestra can only mean one thing, Cream Classical in the Park! After the huge success of their sell out Cream Classical shows at Liverpool Cathedral, Cream are now taking it to the next level for their biggest show to date at Sefton Park. This is definitely a day of music you do not want to miss this summer!


The Romans 

An exciting new adventure day out is coming to Liverpool in 2019 like you’ve never seen before. The year is AD43 and the Romans have just conquered Britannia so to commemorate this historic day the Emperor has arranged a series of Gladiatorial Games that will take place right here in Liverpool. Grab your teammates and take part in an epic battle of Roman themed games and activities complete with stylish togas. There is everything from Blindfold Boxing, Jousting, Sack Race to the Tug of War so make sure you pick your team carefully!


Duke Street Food & Drink Market

We all love a street food market and Liverpool is set to welcome another exciting food and drink hub to our streets in Spring 2019. Duke Street Food & Drink Market will call a 100-year-old restored warehouse on Duke Street home and will house six kitchens, including a Cuban street-food outlet, barbecue fire grill and Pilgrim, a 60 seat Spanish inspired restaurant who recently appeared on BBC 2’s My Million Pound Menu. We’re definitely looking forward to giving this one a visit!


Glyndebourne Opera

Glyndebourne is returning to Liverpool this year for the first time in 40 years to the Liverpool Empire Theatre from 21-23 November. As part of their UK tour, they are bringing their first ever production of Rigoletto - Verdi’s own favourite opera with some of his most recognisable and well-loved tunes. Alongside this, they will also be performing L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti and Handel’s Rinaldo. One week. Three productions. No ordinary opera. 


Floating Cinema at Royal Albert Dock

The Royal Albert dock will play host to a floating cinema as part of the events programme Summer on the Dock. Between the 4th and 10th of August the maritime cinema with show all sorts of family and nautical themed films like Finding Nemo and Jaws. 


Albert’s Schenke Bier Halle & Cook Haus

Albert’s Schenke is due to open in the Summer of 2019 in its new home in Liverpool on Hanover Street. Named after Prince Albert, the bier halle will offer an extensive range of bier and classic Bravarian dishes. 


Returning in 2019


River Festival Liverpool

River Festival Liverpool is back, taking over Livepool's waterfront alongside Bordeaux Wine Festival on 1st and 2nd June. Expect a whole host of FREE family events covering the Royal ALbert Dock, Salthouse Dock, the paved area of The Strand and Mann Island. 

The event will see art, culture, music, food and wine come together to celebrate Liverpool's maritime history. Highlights include 3 tall ships arriving at the Royal Albert Dock, live music performances from Disco Inferno and Motown Gold and Bordeaux Wine Festival. 

River festival 2015


LIMF - 20th to 21st July 2019

Liverpool International Music Festival is back in 2019 on 20-21 July for another weekend of unforgettable music. The stage will be set once again to showcase a diverse range of global household names alongside a plethora of emerging local talent - it is a perfect way to celebrate the city’s thriving music scene on a summer's day. Expect huge acts and DJs alongside fun family friendly activities and brilliant food and drink, it's going to be epic! 

Tickets are on sale now for this amazing summer festival! 


Bordeaux Wine Festival - 25th to 28th May 2019

The famous Fête le Vin in France’s wine Capital of Bordeaux is widely regarded as the leading European wine event - and it is back in Liverpool in 2019 for a second year! Send your taste buds on a journey through Bordeaux on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront and treat yourself to Bordeaux’s finest selection of wines. The festival will take place on May 31st to June 2nd so it is the perfect way to spend a weekend in Liverpool. 


The Feis Liverpool - 6th July 2019

Vince Power will be bringing his Irish Music Festival, The Feis, back to Liverpool Pier Head on Saturday 6th July 2019 for a celebration of Liverpool’s Irish heritage. Celebrating the city’s rich connection to Ireland, as 75% of the population come from Irish decent, acts such as The Dublin Legends, The Fureys, Damien Dempsey and The Undertones set to grace this years bill so it is bound to be a day of show stopping entertainment.


LightNight 2019 - Friday 17th May

LightNight is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with another evening showcasing the best of Liverpool’s arts and culture. It’s a culture crawl like no other as visitors of all ages are invited to follow and unforgettable trail of events in celebration of the city’s year-round world-class cultural offer. This year the theme is ‘Ritual’ and with various pieces of art, performances, music and workshops being created to explore ancient and modern rituals from all over the world it’s sure to be an amazing night!


This is only a taste of what is to come to Liverpool in 2019 so keep checking the website for updates on what else is going on. Let us know what you are getting up to in Liverpool by tweeting us @VisitLiverpool.


BLOG POST PROFILE

This blog post has been written by Sophie Shields, Digitial Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool.

Sophie is from Liverpool, loves all things music, particularly the local music scene and Liverpool FC. 

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