The tall ships will once again grace the River Mersey with beautiful vessels from Ireland, Denmark, France and Belgium.
If the ships are not for you then, the entertainment in and around the Albert Dock will be exciting and electric. I’ll definitely be donning the wet suit and gracing the Albert Dock trying my hand at the sport of ‘wake’ boarding.
This is a real thrill, skimming across the dock surface at jet speed.
Originally an American idea and modified over the years; it’s taken off literally all over Europe and can be seen near all the major theme parks as an attraction.
It’s a sort of Jackass, daredevil, dangerous form of water skiing….but fun, fun, fun!
On Saturday, fourteen of the world’s best wakeboarders will descend on Liverpool for the Red Bull Harbour Reach. This will be a truly exciting event which the kids will enjoy and judging by the last event, will have the visitors bursting to view the aerial acrobatics.
The Albert docks will play host to the most challenging setup yet, using Liverpool’s industrial features, to create a competition that places the rider’s agility and creative thinking to the limit.
The River Festival is one of Liverpool’s showcase events which highlights the historic waterfront to visitors from all over the world.
So, don’t miss the spectacular World Music Stage with Indian, African, and Arab music and dance; not forgetting the traditional sea-shanties sung in and around the beautiful sailing boats.
Don’t miss the Liverpool Shanty Kings at the Museum of Liverpool atrium on 8th June at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
The whole weekend will be a hive of activity and entertainment with those super eateries tempting you at every turn.
Watch the street theatre and entertainment unfold before your eyes and it’s all free. Pick up a schedule of events from the tourist information office and plan your weekend.
Weather forecast predictions are for super weather this weekend so expect thousands of people to descend on the Albert Dock, Pier Head and the waterfront.
Will I be there……You bet!!!!
Why not take a trip to the Liverpool Watersports centre and check out the activities you could take up next year.
I’ve just had a fantastic time sailing at the centre all autumn and I’m still amazed at the number of activities families can take part in, at very reasonable prices.
Power boat trips around the docksides, canoeing, Kayaking, Leeds Liverpool canal safari trips by kayak, dragon boat races, and sailing in a variety of low level craft built for excitment and speed after just a few lessons.
All this can be capped off after a few hours with a delightful coffee, burger, full English breakfast or just a cup of tea seated in the Watersports cafe, right in front of a glamorous waterfront backdrop.
Around the corner, and within walking distance, you will reach the Liverpool Marina or Yacht Club, with its fantastic schooners featuring, a luxury Steven Gerrard schooner or a Shirley Bassey yacht surrounded by other such extravagant floating enterprises. The Yacht Club is another thing well worth an experience, with its superb menu’s and ideal for Sunday lunch. Never miss the massive cod and chips with mushy peas!
Sit, and admire the views and sip your cafe latte and perus your newspapers.
Within a short drive, try the Crosby Marina Watersports centre for a similar experience and enjoy some festive food at their bistro.
But, the ultimate Christmas deal is to join Santa for a magical boat trip and journey to see his enchanting Grotto at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Children will be captivated by a special story read by Santa himself and thrilled to receive an early Christmas present!
Try something different with the family this Christmas.
Cruises run December 8, 9,15,16,21,22,23, and 24 at 11am, 12.45 and 2.30pm.
The whole event is rounded off with refreshing tea, coffee,juice,mince pies and biscuits for all.
Santa Cruises cost £8 for children and £7 for adults -visit the museum or call…….. 0151 355 5017 to book your places .
When the sun shines like today, the bikes get folded up and put in the boot for another trip to the brilliant seafront that stretches from Wallasey practically right around the peninsular as far as Moreton, Hoylake and West Kirby.
On bikes, it’s a superb flat riding tour but we sometimes stop off at delicious watering holes dotted along the trail such as Moreton Castle; great for lunch.
Buisness here in New Brighton (and I am a great fan of this place even before the upgrade) has enjoyed a £60 million redevelopment and a bumper summer season.
The story of New Brighton is a phenomenal success story.
Investment has changed the face of the area for the better.
The Floral Pavillion theatre has had a quarter of a million visitors a year and is one of the most successful new theatres in the country.
I use this theatre alot because of the ease of parking, the variety of adult and child friendly entertainments…the coffee and the cakes with a wonderful view from the piano bar where you can sit like Captain Kirk looking out of the large windows, surveying the Mersey from the lush deep carpeted circular lounge. More coffee Sir!
It’s a destination I can go to with confidence, park the car, find a restaurant…….and with Prezzo now taking a further 3,000 sq ft of waterside for its Mexican restaurant brand Chimichanga..what can I say.
Plans are afoot. One of the restaurant managers I was speaking to tells me that they will include a massive ‘lido’ adventure play area for youngsters and a Championship Miniature Golf course based on famous golf courses around the world.
Marine Point though just gets busier every time I go there, so the whole area is definitely tempting people back, lets hope they keep on coming with some more variety to sustain the community planning vision of….lovely beaches…..fort….lighthouse….promenade……..
It’s another Merseyside regeneration success with visitors flocking to the supermarket, new restaurants, hi-tech cinema, casino, Floral Pavillion and above all the beaches.
I took a stroll along the shoreline from Wallasey, around the fort with its rockpools and onto the Moreton stretch. The beach was a delight to walk on and are at their cleanest.
Work is underway building the biggest indoor play area of its kind in the UK. The new £1.8m “family entertainment centre” Bubbles ‘World of Play’ will occupy a massive space at Marine Point.
The developers plan to install an innovative play frame five tiers high with an area play room for more than 450 children. This is being described in the press as being “The Best Play Area in the World”.
Gloplay plan to offer a large baby and toddler section, and four party rooms offering a variety of food and drink and outdoor activities, opening in early 2013.
If you haven’t ventured across the water then do, you will not be disappointed. I’ve just had a great afternoon.