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Plan your Christmas with Liverpool’s Magical Experiences.


This Christmas, a magical experience comes to Liverpool’s City Centre for the whole family, with even bigger and better events planned than last year!

Liverpool is pulling all the stops to make this Christmas extra special.

Plan your festive adventure now, and take advantage of some of the free entertainment on offer around the city.

Share some Christmas cheer, with fairy-tale characters, music and scrumptious food in the next few weeks.

Go ‘out and about’ aboard the Santa Express.

Step inside Liverpool’s wonderful Christmas world, a world which will take you on a city centre journey encountering fantastic processions, elves, reindeer and all their friends. Take a journey which will see Liverpool city centre transform into a wonderland of festivities and fun for all the family.

Become ‘alive after five’ with a yuletide plan to go with a bang and enliven those damp, dreary dark evenings ahead. Don’t miss out on the fun………. plan and enjoy the feast of offerings.

Nativity Procession with real camels……… Thurs 27th Nov 5.45pm
Reindeers Parade with Santa and Snowflake unveiling… Thurs 3rd Dec
Coca Cola Truck………. 3rd Dec in Church Street
Reindeer Parade with Santa………. Thurs 11th Dec
A Blue Christmas with Santa and Everton in the Community….. Thurs 18th Dec

All processions will begin at 5pm from the Royal Court to Williamson Square, Whitechapel, Church Street, Clayton Square and back to Queens Square.

Reindeers and camels will be on display in Queens square after the procession across the city centre, so cameras at the ready!. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these wonderful animals and make sure Father Christmas gets your letter by giving it to him yourself.

Additional attractions worth a visit this season -
Christmas Grotto at Rapid Discount Outlet
The Snowflake Trail at various City Centre locations
Holiday Sleigh Ride @ Liverpool Cathedral…….. 1st Dec
Sat 6th Dec………. Swedish Lucia Service 7pm Anglian Cathedral
Winter Arts Market @ St George’s Hall 6th Dec

And……. after all the thrills of the night, head up to the Ice festival on Chavasse Park and enjoy the return of the ice rink, ice bar and the UK’s only real ice slide! This is an urban ice experience that will put you in the Christmas spirit. Talking of ‘spirit’, the new and enhanced Apres Café bar is crammed with a fantastic selection of Alpine themed drinks and snacks. This was doing pretty well this weekend when I entertained friends with a few schnapps.

Isn’t it great to be part of such a vibrant city with something happening almost every day of the week!
A great range of high street stores and independent shops, a thriving market, quality restaurants, pubs and bars.

What delights….late night shopping, street entertainment and the hardest thing to do is deciding which events to go to and which new eaterie to try next.
Can’t wait for next weeks theatreland offerings.

What have you got planned?

The Secret at Christmas – St George’s Hall until 13 December 2014


‘The Secret at Christmas’ who knows the answer.  Well the scientists Dr When, Dr How and Dr What will take you down to the marvellous catacombs of St George’s Hall and show you, through a 90 minute walk-through, what the traditions and festivities of Christmas are and where  and when they came from.  They will perform experiments to see why Christmas is so exciting and special.

The 300 volunteers of ‘In Another Place’ that brought the ‘Narnia Experience’ to St George’s Hall, have again successfully transformed the atmospheric catacombs to a winter wonderland. The actors and helpers have pulled out all the stops to make this interactive experience become relative and thought provoking.

There are so many different Christmas pantos, grottos and events taking place over the Christmas period but this one is different, it is atmospheric and leaves you with a warm glow inside at the end, although you need to wrap up on the outside as it is authentic winter temperatures in the Catacombs.

Well done to all involved for their hard work they have put in.  This event is for all ages, with schools visiting Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, opening to the public is Friday and Saturday with tours every 15 minutes from 6pm and 8pm.

For further details visit or telephone 0151 924 4468.

it’s Liverpool at Christmas!

Happy Days!

Champion is nominated for Community Personality Award.

Wow! Couldn’t believe this one when it landed. Nominated for the ‘Echo Pride of Merseyside Award’….shine in your community.
Shortlisted for the Award of Community Personality!

Well, I do smile a lot,
chat a lot
and I do go on a bit about the Culture Champions and all the brilliant things happening in Liverpool.

But, when something like this happens, Captain Paranoia tends to be on your shoulder, tapping away with……..
Who was it? Who nominated you?
Why did they nominate you?
This tends to follow you around and it’s constantly on your mind and in your head; and then you start to look closely at people and wonder, was it you….or you….but in the end, you just give in and begin to think about the other things that might have contributed to the nomination, then it all begins to make sense.

This summer, I spent time networking and giving talks at Liverpool’s International Festival of Business, working with Santander on conferences, and gaining valuable publicity for the Liverpool Culture Champions, which was highlighted on the ‘Business Festival Culture’ site during those summer months.
Networking in those Festival weeks was close, with local business partners and Internationally with the different delegates attending the conferences.
The Business Festival was important many-fold; but from a cultural perspective, being in Liverpool, it saw the potential as I did in ‘heritage tourism being important to our economy’, what with the ‘Giants’ link to Titanic and WWI…… it does bring in valuable interest and revenue to promote and support other projects in the city.

I was pleased to support and see ‘Resonate’ the Liverpool music school for talented pupils go from strength to strength, with its own choir performing at the Echo Arena, and both senior and junior orchestras pulsating with talent around Liverpool waterfront venues.

LCVS Liverpool had its fair share of my input with attendance at several meetings to support and drive projects across the region. The recent work supporting NW NHS Academia Education in research into e-learning, and the new technology’s to enhance patient care through ICT will impact gradually throughout the UK, and I fully support the initiatives such as LJMU using ‘Culture’ in digital learning to delay dementia in patients.

Projects with LJMU have been supported and have included ‘diversity’ studies, language and education with……. ‘Culture’ always on the agenda.

Throughout my travels, I found that Liverpool culture generally and its brilliant involvement with the Merseyside people, has become a perfect example in Europe, of how to ‘get it right’.
While I was supporting work in the EU at Bruges University Belgium, Krakow University Poland and numerous projects in Eastern Europe developing literacy and ‘reader’ type organisations, I found that the people I met, saw the city of Liverpool as a perfect example of the way forward in cultural initiatives.
I applaud the organisations and events in Liverpool that take people on a journey of heritage, art, sport and music each year to enhance our well-being and give a role to the many cultural representatives in the city.

My work in education spans 35 years in mainstream, in both Merseyside and Greater Manchester, but there has been 15 years voluntary work in establishing and contributing as an educational consultant to the Liverpool Polish School. This now has over 200 pupils on a Saturday; learning a language and culture which has supported many costumed Festivals in Liverpool. But, the outreach work here has also contributed to the high results in mainstream education in Liverpool schools, with Polish children gaining high ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level language grades along with good L5’s in primary children’s attainment.
This year has given me another Award from the British Academy of Schools Languages to compliment last years, with another trip down to London and all the media attention that goes with it. This was an initiative I devised using the artist L.S.Lowry’s paintings to teach languages, in a cross-curricular manner using software animation techniques and digital books and digital ‘speech bubbles’ to raise standards of literacy in foreign languages.

I have been involved in health related activities this year which have supporting Knowsley’s ‘Great Outdoors’ Project. They have certainly kept me busy and healthy each week, and I thank the great friendships drawn up over the past year, friendships which are lasting and memorable.

The other week at the Jaguar Land Rover Conference Centre, a millionaire staged a show telling us how he achieved the position of financial stability at the age of seventeen. I enjoyed networking at that event especially meeting delegates from Hull, future European City of Culture. Well, couldn’t resist singing the praises of Liverpool’s success over the years……. and they were all ears!

I suppose someone in the above mentioned activities I’ve been involved with, nominated me and I haven’t even mentioned all the theatre and musical events which have given fantastic opportunities to network and promote Liverpool’s offerings .

The Culture Champions in Liverpool are unique, and something Merseyside, I am sure, is proud of. It’s a great team oozing with enthusiasm.
We all celebrate the Echo Pride of Merseyside Awards.
Being shortlisted for the award is brilliant, receiving the award would be an honour.

All nominees I am told will feature in the Echo and online over the coming weeks and the winner will be announced on Friday 21st November at the Isla Gladstone, Liverpool.
Can’t wait!!!!


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