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!


Leonardo da Vinci at The Walker Art Gallery - 1st February to 6th May 2019

Liverpool is welcoming some very exciting art exhibitions to it’s galleries in 2019 and it all kicks off in February as the Walker Art Gallery marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death by displaying a selection of the Renaissance master’s drawings from the Royal Collection. You will be able to get up close and personal with some of the world's greatest pieces of art to date and learn about da Vinci’s techniques and practices that have been gathered through state of the art scientific research. Definitely one for the diaries. 


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. 


Lush Church Street

Fans of Lush will be excited to hear that the biggest Lush store in the world is expected to open on Liverpool’s Church Street in March 2019. The store will house three floors of all your favourite Lush items with a larger spa to treat yourself to those special treatments. We can’t wait to stock up on all the bath bombs!


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 March 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 is about to get another crazy golf venue and we couldn’t be more excited! Junkyard Golf Club is expected to 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.


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!


Returning in 2019


Sound City 3rd to 5th May 2019

Liverpool Sound City is returning to the trendy Baltic Triangle on the first bank holiday weekend in May 2019 with another exciting lineup of music and conferences. The Friday to Sunday event will once again be taking over the iconic warehouses of the Cains Brewery with intimate spaces, outdoor stages and pop up venues bringing with it a huge line up of emerging and breakthrough artists from every genre of music from around the world. Mabel and Loyle Carner have already been announced as this year’s headliners with many more amazing acts set to grace the bill so it’s set to be an eventful weekend

Tickets are on sale now so make sure you grab yours quick, you don't want to miss out! 


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! 


The Randox Health Grand National Festival - 4th to 6th April 2019

One of the biggest sporting events of the year, The Randox Health Grand National Festival is back in Liverpool at Aintree Racecourse on 4-6 April 2019. Made up of three days of events, Thursday plays host to the opening day, Friday is the famous Ladies Day when everyone goes all out on their race day attire and then there is Saturday, Grand National Day. Place a bet and join the crowds on the starting line as over 600 million people tune in as 40 horses and jockeys compete for first place. It is one of the highlights on the calendar in Liverpool so make sure you don't miss out. 


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. 


Gymnastics British Championships - 14th to 17th March 2019

Get ready to be wowed by the strength, power and amazing skills from Britain’s best artistic gymnasts as Olympic, Commonwealth and European stars battle it out for the prestigious British titles at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on 14-17 March 2019. Experience everything from the powerful rings, graceful floor routines and nerve wracking beam work as the talented gymnasts treat the audience to extraordinary performances. 

Tickets are on sale now and it always proves popular so make sure you don't miss out. 


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.


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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