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Event Lineup

Sail the south docks, go behind the scenes at Tate, dip for sea creatures, ride a classic bus, taste exotic teas, take a heritage tour, enjoy an architectural exhibition, and much much more.

Albert Dock Heritage Walks

Take an hour’s stroll through the fascinating history of Albert Dock with Blue Badge Guides from Liverpool City Walks, for a rich insight into the UK’s largest collection of Grade I listed buildings.

Tours are available Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Use the following codes when booking:

Thurs 11am – ADHW711
Thurs 7pm – ADHW719
Fri 11am – ADHW811
Sun 11am – ADHW101
Sun 12.15pm – ADHW101215

 

From Albert to Stanley

This new tour follows in the footsteps of Liverpool’s most famous dock engineer, Jesse Hartley. It takes you from Albert to Stanley Dock via Pier Head, Princes Dock and the Dock Road. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Titanic Hotel, before returning in style on a classic bus from Merseyside Transport Trust.

Tours are available Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Royal Liver Building Tours

Visit the magnificent Grade I-listed Liver Building, to see the antique clock mechanisms, the Royal Liver Assurance Board Room, and fantastic views of the city.

Tours are available Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Meet the Engineers Aboard The Danny

The Daniel Adamson is a 1903 steam ship, once owned by the Manchester Ship Canal Company and used as a VIP passenger vessel. Steam enthusiasts have worked for more than 13 years on its restoration, and will be on hand to share stories of its renovation.

Available Friday 8th- Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for further information.

Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker

With drawings, models and watercolours from the RIBA Collections, this exhibition looks at Liverpool’s architectural audacity, and how this has resulted in the celebrated skyline we see today.

Available Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

The Old Dock Experience

Tours of Liverpool’s revolutionary Old Dock – the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock. Meet in the foyer of Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Tours are available on Thursday 7th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

*Picture credit: National Museums Liverpool

Visit the Docklands Trail Information Centre, exhibiting details of this new attraction. When complete, the Trail will feature six exhibition centres within the north Liverpool docks, telling the story of Waterloo, Stanley, Huskisson, Canada, Gladstone and Seaforth docks.

The Docklands Trail is available Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

The Edmund Gardner: Tours

This award-winning tour takes visitors back in time to when the Edmund Gardner was a working pilot cutter. See behind the scenes on the ship from the wheelhouse to the engine room, which was transformed into a dazzle ship in 2014. Tours start from the Museum of Liverpool.

Tours are available Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

*Picture credit: National Museums Liverpool

The Leather Satchel Co.

The Leather Satchel Co. are Master Craftsmen that create satchels using traditional techniques. From 60s Liverpool market stalls to global brand, this talk uncovers the family business’ history, and celebrates their unique style of leathercraft. Look out for demonstrations through the day!

Available Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Tales on the Tug

All aboard for the amazing story of the historic Yarwood tug, France-Hayhurst. From VIP vessel, to derelict, and back again, hear a tale of sea dogs, whirlpools and more, with storyteller, owner, and Radio Merseyside regular, Cathy Roberts.

Available Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Bascule Bridge Open Days

The Bascule Bridge dates from 1932, and allowed ships to enter Stanley Dock. Constructed from steel girders with a timber-clad engine house, it was originally operated by hydraulics, and later by electric turbines. Both power systems are preserved within the engine room. Access via external steps.

Available Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Guided Tours of Stanley Docks

Join a special tour of the principal docks of the Liverpool Waters development site, taking in the Bascule Bridge, Victoria Clock Tower, Dock Master’s House, and the river wall. The tour lasts two hours, over rough ground. Suitable footwear advised.

Available Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Tate Liverpool: Architecture Presentation & Tour

This tour begins with the history of Liverpool before the docks were created, before moving on to the development of Albert Dock and the regeneration of the buildings that now house Tate Liverpool. The gallery has gone through several transformations since opening in 1988, and this tour reveals its secrets.

Tours are available on Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

*Picture credit: Tate Liverpool © Tate Liverpool, Rachel Ryan

 

How To Save a City: The Remaking of Liverpool 1976-2016

A Liverpool businessman once described his city as ‘a cross between Hiroshima and Gdansk’. Yet visiting American scholars could not get over the city’s vibrancy and culture. This talk explores Liverpool’s journey back from the brink… and its extraordinary revival.

Prof. Ian Wray is the author of ‘Great British Plans: Who Made Them and How They Worked’, and was chief planner at Northwest Development Agency.

This talk is taking place Thursday 7th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Albert to Stanley: An Illustrated Talk

Stanley Dock has many similarities with Albert Dock as an historic warehouse ensemble. This talk explores its history, restoration, and aspiration to be a catalyst for the heritage-led regeneration of North Liverpool.

John Hinchcliffe coordinated Liverpool’s successful World Heritage Site bid, and has been heritage consultant on the restoration of Stanley Dock since 2012.

Talk is taking place on Thursday 7th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

*Image credit: John Hinchcliffe

Through the Keyhole: Living in a Heritage Building

This talk is an invitation from residents of the Colonnades, Albert Dock, to learn what it’s like to live in a Grade I-listed heritage building, and be in with a chance of visiting an apartment. Organised by Engage Liverpool. Numbers visiting apartments may be limited.

Talk is taking place on Thursday 7th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

*Image credit: Right Move

Waterfront Walk of Art

Based on Tate Liverpool’s Walks of Art publication, this new walk explores the waterfront’s collection of public art from its earliest days as a medieval port, through the boomtown Victorian days of industry and commerce, to pop art and 21st century regeneration. Meet outside Tate Liverpool.

Tour is taking place on Friday 8th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

*Image credit: Walks of Art Liverpool © Tate Liverpool, Connah McCarron-Roberts

Docklands Boat Trips: The Floating Grace

View the waterfront from a unique perspective aboard The Floating Grace, Liverpool’s only floating restaurant, as we cruise through the south docks, providing exceptional views of this historic maritime location. Cruises last 50 mins. Refreshments to purchase on board, with a licensed bar.

Trips are available Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Mersey Tunnel Tours

George’s Dock Building was completed in 1934 as the headquarters and ventilation station for the Queensway Tunnel. One of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the UK, the building will be open to the public, including a ground floor exhibition of photographs and artefacts, as well as free taster tours of the old Control Room and the tunnel itself.

Tours are available Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

*Image credit: Merseytravel

Liverpool Parish Church Guided Tours

Liverpool Parish Church is the oldest surviving institution in the city, and its Lantern Tower has been a waterfront landmark for 200 years. This year, visitors can see the underground ‘Dead House’, as described by the 19th century writer Herman Melville. Refreshments available.

Tours are available on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Wildlife at the Dock

Join Lancashire Wildlife Trust to take a closer look at the vast array of marine life at Albert Dock. Nets at the ready as we head onto the pontoons, attempting to catch eels, moon jellies and crabs, before examining the catch under the microscope. Ages 12+ only.

Available on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Choirs at the Dock

Local choirs bring you shanties, maritime songs, and familiar favourites – including Albert Dock’s very own ‘Our Liverpool Song’, written by Jason Ellis and Kathryn Rudge. Performances from the Royal Court Community Choir, Mersey Wave Choir, and Singing Our Socks Off.

Performances take place at numerous times and locations on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for performance times and locations.

The Brocklebank Tours

Join the crew of the tug Brocklebank for a behind the scenes look, including the wheelhouse, engine room and mess.

Tours are available on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

*Image Credit: National Museums Liverpool

Chinese Tea Tasting & Talk

At its peak, Albert Dock was Liverpool’s chief port for Chinese and East Asian trade. Its fireproof warehouses were ideal for valuable cargoes like tea. Join tea specialist Alison Appleton for a unique tasting event.

Try a selection of teas from southern China and learn how the flavours developed to suit Western tastes.

The Chinese Tea Tasting & Talk takes place on Saturday 9th September.

Visit the ‘what’s on’ section HERE for times and booking information.

Travel back in time aboard classic buses from the Merseyside Transport Trust collection. A half-hourly service calls at the Albert Dock throughout Sunday afternoon.

 

Heritage Open Day Events at Merseyside Maritime Museum

Events include guided tours of Albert Dock and the museum’s galleries, whilst Liverpool Women’s History Group will be on hand to share wartime memories.

At Seized! look out for the Temperance Society, and youngsters can enjoy All Hands on Deck – an interactive session handling seafaring objects – as well as having Fun With Felt, and making their own miniature Albert Dock at Wondrous Warehouses. And don’t miss Dave Walker’s Rope Challenge at the Cooperage.

Events take place at various times on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. Further details from Merseyside Maritime Museum reception.

 

Get hands-on with imports and exports at Dockside Handling, whilst youngsters can create their own ship to take away at Dockside Crafternoon. Delve into the filth of Liverpool’s Georgian underbelly with Fanny and George Strike Again!, or join curator Alison Brown to remember Liverpool’s cart horses. And at What Can You See…? gather at the museum’s award-winning window to learn more about the amazing view across the Three Graces and the River Mersey.

Events are taking place at various times on Saturday 9th September. Further details from Museum of Liverpool reception.