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A guide to organising events in Liverpool’s Parks


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Take a walk through our city Bursting with a rich cultural heritage, filled with energy, life and humour, Liverpool is a world-class city, with an incomparable offering. A UNESCO world heritage site, a cultural capital, a port city, a melting pot with a famous welcome; Liverpool is internationally renowned for hosting hugely successful events. Liverpool City Council’s dedicated, award-winning events team support clients and partners to deliver events of all shapes and sizes. Culture Liverpool and its Parks and Green Spaces team work together

seamlessly when one of Liverpool’s magnificent parks is to be the setting. We have experience of delivering some of the city’s most spine-tingling moments together, and of providing the highest quality support to event organisers, whatever their individual needs and ambitions. Beyond the event itself, Liverpool’s attractions, assets, atmosphere and infrastructure combine to make the whole visitor experience magical. The City Region has the fastest growing UK economy outside London and is ranked in the top 5 most popular UK destinations for international visitors.

It’s brimming with restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs and is home to Liverpool ONE, one of the most impressive retail destinations in Europe. It is serviced by excellent transport links, including Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and Liverpool City Region was the first in the UK to achieve the prestigious WorldHost customer service accreditation. Liverpool is a city with magic in the air and warmth in its heart, a place like no other, and undeniably the home of events.

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Take a walk through our parks Our beautiful parks will fuel your imagination, whilst the comprehensive knowledge and experience available through Liverpool City Council will provide all the support you need to realise your creative ideas. When selecting the setting for your event, or choosing your filming location, Liverpool’s Parks and Green Spaces provide abundant choice and variety. Each park is distinct from the next, with its own catalogue of characteristics, facilities, and benefits, playing host to its own programme of events and film projects. 6 From intimate historic locations to large open spaces, Liverpool’s parks provide ideal locations for events and filming projects of all sizes, whilst the city itself provides the perfect mix of infrastructure, atmosphere and expertise to make your project a success.

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1. Liverpool International Music Festival 2. Liverpool International Music Festival 3. Tour of Britain 4. Halloween Lantern Carnival 5. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 6. Giant Spectacular: Memories of August 1914 7. Channel 4 Racing Advert 8. Liverpool International Music Festival

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Ringed with mysterious ancient landmarks, exotic botanical collections and handsome historic buildings; elegant and family-friendly Calderstones Park has its own extraordinary story to tell. Six ancient megaliths and the thousand-year-old Allerton Oak can be found amongst the 94 acres of Green Flag parkland. Calderstones Park incorporates expansive open fields, generous woodland spaces, ornate lakes, picnic areas, beautiful walled gardens, children’s play facilities, a miniature railway and a recently renovated cafÊ. These spaces have hosted events of all shapes and sizes over the years, from the famous Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, which has welcomed legends including John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Martina Navratilova, to Bark in the Park, a fun day organised by Merseyside Dogs Home. The Mansion House, stable block and Coach House Gallery are operated by The Reader Organisation, and are home to an international flagship project for shared reading. Frequent events, workshops and performances are hosted in and around the iconic Mansion House and its adjoining outdoor stage, including recent productions of Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear by the Globe Theatre. Left: Power Plant

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Calderstones Park

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• The Calderstones - Six neolithic sandstone boulders remaining from an ancient dolmen

Walk: Access via Calderstones Road, Harthill Road and Yew Tree Road

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Bus: Frequent services to Menlove Avenue, Green Lane, Rose Lane, Mather Avenue and Allerton Road

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Liverpool International Tennis Tournament For more than ten years, Calderstones Park played host to the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament. In that time it became the largest exhibition tennis tournament in Europe, welcoming over 15,000 visitors to the park each year. The event has become a staple of the North West sporting calendar, retaining visitors and attracting new crowds year-on-year. The week-long tournament saw top names playing in men’s and women’s main events, alongside a series of exhibition matches, where legends lit up the courts. John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Pat Cash, Greg Rusedski, Michael Stich, Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis and Virginia Wade are just some of the legends who have graced the courts at Calderstones. The tournament also incorporated a Kids Day offered free to local schools and lots of interactive playing opportunities for local players of all standards.

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Once a grand country estate stretching hundreds of square miles, this lively and well-loved country park now hosts an eclectic programme of events, from regular murder mystery events and fun fairs, to special events such as the World Firefighter Games and everything inbetween. The 500 acres of Green Flag parkland is Grade II listed, and provides the setting for Croxteth Hall; ancestral home to the Earls of Sefton and one of Liverpool’s most important heritage sites. The park boasts a bundle of historic attractions, including the working Home Farm and a Victorian Walled Garden, a hidden treasure concealed by high walls and almost untouched by time, home to Liverpool’s Botanical Gardens. Wildlife, wildflowers and birdsong make it easy to forget you are only six miles away from Liverpool city centre, while children’s play facilities (including an adventure playground, and jungle park), a café and extensive free parking add to the range of facilities at this beautiful park. Left: Croxteth Country Park - view to the village

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Croxteth Country Park

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Steeped in history and the ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton, Croxteth Hall is one of the major heritage centres of the North West. The original house was built in about 1575, and has been expanded in several stages in Tudor, Georgian, and Queen Anne styles. Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and their children stayed at Croxteth Hall in 1851 before visiting Liverpool the following day. An ideal setting for weddings and conferences, concerts and exhibitions, it is now a licensed wedding and function venue, managed by Liverpool City Council, and available to hire for filming and events. liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk/croxteth-hall


The Wind in the Willows Last summer, the Liverpool Young Everyman & Playhouse, performed a production around the grounds of Croxteth Hall.

Woofs and Wellies All the staff, patients and volunteers would like to send a massive thank you to the events team and the team at Croxteth Park. We have worked together to organise the Starlight Walk for the last seven years, with great success. The excellent service, support and wonderful parkland facilities are the reasons we keep coming back for more. The new Woofs & Wellies event, our 6k charity dog walk went very smoothly - we have already booked a date for the next one! Neil Beadman Events Manager Woodlands Hospice

From my first meeting with Neil, I knew it was going to be a successful new partnership in the city. We were excited to explore new ways in which to take theatre into different areas of Liverpool. All staff were extremely welcoming to all of our young people. There was a level of professionalism running through the whole organisation, that partnered with our theatres perfectly. During production week, Derek, looked after all our needs, from dressing room and facilities to security and support around the park itself. ‘Wind In The Willows’ was a great success on several levels, and a major part of that was down to the co-operation of the venue and all its staff. We couldn’t of booked a slot for next summer quick enough!! Chris Tomlinson Young Everyman & Playhouse Associate Director

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21 This modern, Green Flag haven lies at Liverpool’s highest point, and boasts an unrivalled view over the ever-changing cityscape to Wirral and Wales beyond. Local community groups and Liverpool City Council are driving plans forward to make Everton Park Liverpool’s equivalent of Barcelona’s Parc Guell, with a proposed Sky Pier expected to attract up to 150,000 visitors a year. Everton Park is already home to wetland, woodland and meadow habitat, an award winning Nature Garden, two small ponds, an accessible sensory garden, a wild edible spiralling garden, children’s play facilities, and a Heritage Trail. Left: Kite Festival

Proposals for a brand new skate park could see even more recreational facilities being added to this already impressive list. Popular with heritage visitors, adrenaline junkies, fitness fanatics, bird watchers and amateur geologists alike; this community-based park provides a lively programme of events and festivals. In recent years, Everton Park has welcomed everything from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to the Channel 4 racing advert for the Grand National. Everton Park also welcomed the Little Girl Giant during the city-wide performance of Sea Odyssey by French theatre company Royal de Luxe in 2012.


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Channel 4 Racing Advert I do not think it would have been nearly as easy nor retained the look and feel the director was after had we shot it elsewhere - Having had plenty of experience shooting throughout the UK, I can say that the integrated structure of the Film Office within the council makes a real difference- streamlining the whole process and ensuring that you get all the information you need clearly and quickly which was especially important in this case. I will certainly be returing to Liverpool and will be recommending it for any project on this scale. Hugo Smith-Bingham Location Manager Channel 4, Racing Advert 2013 24


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This Grade II listed Victorian park provides 121 acres of event space, peppered with landmarks and fringed with magnificent period housing. Frequently the scene of lively community events, fun fairs, sports and arts festivals and spectacular city firework displays; Newsham Park has also hosted some of the city’s most ambitious productions. The jaw-dropping Giant Spectacular: Memories of August 1914, saw 60,000 people descend on Newsham Park to watch the Little Girl Giant, Grandmother Giant and Xolo the dog lay their heads down for the night after an emotional journey around the city. The Emperor and the Tiger, a free large scale outdoor theatre show, incorporated over 150 cast and crew, a 100m long stage, a mechanical tiger and firework effects in 2008. The park itself is home to several impressive buildings, including the Grade II listed Seaman’s Orphanage and Newsham House, once visited by Queen Victoria herself. Visitors will also find an original cast iron Victorian bandstand, a boating lake, a well-stocked lake for fishing, and children’s play facilities. Left: Giant Spectacular: Memories of August 1914

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Emperor and the Tiger Walk the Plank are proud to have worked across two of Liverpool’s major parks. By developing outdoor shows, like The Emperor and the Tiger at Newsham Park, we challenge some of the key barriers to arts participation - offering performance in an inclusive, accessible and family friendly setting that appeals to a broad range of communities. Liz Pugh Producer & Co-founder Walk the Plank

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Giant Spectacular: Memories of August 1914 August 2014 marked the centenary of the start of the First World War and Liverpool hosted one of the UK’s landmark commemorative events. The creative tour de force that is Royal de Luxe returned with a poignant and spectacular piece of street theatre. Once again Liverpool saw giant visitors embark on an emotional journey around the city. Newsham Park played an important part in the wildly successful event, with the beautiful Grade II Victorian Park acting as the sleep-over location for the giant visitors on the Friday night, before they headed back to the city centre on Saturday morning. Over 60,000 people, and the world’s press, descended on the park, as the three Giants assembled in a large arena. The crowd were entertained by musical performances and Xolo the dog’s antics. The Grandmother sat down next to the Little Girl Giant and told the tale of how the Giants made mankind. They then all bedded down while John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ played into the twilight on an old fashioned gramophone.

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A dramatic coastal backdrop and views across the Mersey to the Clwydian Hills, make Otterspool Park an incomparable location for filming and events. The sweeping Green Flag spaces are accompanied by a popular riverside promenade and footpath, which can be followed from South Liverpool’s Garston Docks, all the way to the iconic Pier Head. Adrenaline fuelled youth festivals, family-friendly fun fairs, kite festivals and cycle cross competitions, have all graced the picturesque hill and parkland locations, which are a stone’s throw from the city centre and accessible from the magnificent Festival Gardens. Otterspool Park has played host to an impressive list of successful events, including Hub Festival which welcomed around 26,000 people to watch skaters, graffiti masters, BMX-ers and bands celebrate street culture whilst participants showed off their skills on Europe’s largest vertical ramp. Otterspool Park is well serviced by public transport and parking, and is handy for nearby bars and restaurants. Left: Otterspool Promenade by night

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Hub Festival Otterspool Park hosted Hub Festival 2011, one of the most adrenalin-fuelled, action-packed weekends the city has ever produced. Around 26,000 people took part in the event, which brought together skaters, graffiti masters, BMX-ers and bands for a celebration of street culture. Those taking part showed off their skills on Europe’s largest vertical ramp, which measures 13.5ft. Crews from France, Belgium and Asia battled it out in Europe’s biggest graffiti competition while visitors enjoyed live music from hip-hop and metal to indie, funk, soul and rock. 36


Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon We were very pleased to be able to take the Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Marathon through so many of Liverpool's spectacular parks. The support we have had from Liverpool City Council along with the fantastic marathon course has us on a firm footing to make this one of the UK's premier marathon events. Jason Dolman Development Manager Liverpool City Council

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Beautiful and spacious Princes park sits just 2 miles south east of Liverpool city centre. Characterised by its stunning sunburst entrance gates, it recently had its status upgraded to a Grade II* Historic Park by English Heritage. This popular Victorian park has proved itself to be a perfect outdoor event space, often hosting lively community arts festivals, with participants dancing, drumming and masquerading around the serpentine lake and circular carriage drive. The park is home to events large and small, from the largescale extravaganza that is the Brouhaha Liverpool International Carnival and the energetic Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, to regular community picnic days, tree walks and park runs. The pleasant urban green space features a fishing lake, children’s play facilities and historic foundations of the former Grade II* listed boathouse. It has long been recognised and replicated as a model of ambitious and accomplished Victorian park design.

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Cilla Liverpool has a wealth of beautiful landscapes to offer filmmakers, from quaint bandstands to tranquil lakes. One of our strongest pitches to filmmakers has always been the large amount of green spaces that Liverpool can offer, with interesting flora and fauna and one of a kind statues. The parks are a great benefit to the filming side of the city, with great parking for production vehicles and diverse architecture for period dramas like the recent series of Peaky Blinders and Cilla -to modern soap operas such as Hollyoaks and even to commercials like the Channel 4 Racing promotion.

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The sheer quantity and quality of the parks we have in Liverpool make it easy to facilitate quiet reflective scenes between two characters or even a day at the races. We work closely with the Parks and Greenspace team to make sure that the parks get their time to shine onscreen. The draw of all our green spaces is also not just the wonderful vistas, but the easy transport links to and from the parks as well as their prominent locations within the city – so a film crew is never far away from their next location. Lynn Saunders Manager Liverpool Film Office


Brouhaha Liverpool nternational Carnival We choose to work in Princes Park, as the park is under used for large scale events such as the World In Princes Park Festival that Brouhaha international organise annually. It’s an ideal location for us as it brings together the diverse communities that surround it, has excellent access and public transport. It’s important to us that we promote and market, through our events, the fantastic green space and history that Princes Park has to offer international and national visitors at our event. Uma Ramanathan Project Manager Brouhaha Liverpool International Carnival 43


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Set in leafy South Liverpool and dubbed ‘the Hyde Park of the North’, Sefton Park boasts six distinctive location options in one. Invariably packed with music fans, food lovers, festival-goers and families, these green spaces and secret spots play host to a crammed calendar of events throughout the year. Liverpool International Music Festival incorporates four days of free outdoor concerts featuring some of the leading and most innovative artists in the world, whilst Liverpool Food

and Drink Festival brings together more than 160 talented local chefs and producers to serve up a giant feast. High-profile sporting events, such as the Tour of Britain have graced the space, with the Liverpool Sky Ride seeing Bradley Wiggins, Ben Swift and Ian Stannard circle the park alongside thousands of enthusiastic cyclists. The magnificent park is home to a host of treasures including the iconic Sefton Park Palm House, the historic Shaftsbury Memorial/ Eros Fountain, and the Victorian bandstand, said to be the inspiration for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts

Club Band. The boating lake, Peter Pan statue, fairy glen, children’s playground and “Old Nick’s caves” provide magical places to explore for visitors of all ages. Two onsite eateries, the Aviary and Lakeside cafés, mean event-goers don’t need to go far to find refreshment, and the park is within a short walking distance to some of Liverpool’s most popular bars and restaurants, including the buzzing and bohemian Lark Lane and Lodge Lane. 


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Liverpool International Music Festival Liverpool is no ordinary musical city and Liverpool International Music Festival is no ordinary music festival. At its core, the festival is a series of diverse music events and performances that reflect the city’s ever evolving relationship with music. The beating heart of the festival, LIMF Summer Jam, brings four days of free outdoor music concerts to five performance spaces within one of the nation’s most awe-inspiring parks. LIMF sees Sefton Park transformed into a fun, free, and family-friendly alfresco party. The park’s acres of rolling fields play host to world-first collaborations and the best in world and international sounds. A funfair and stalls dotted around the main stage selling food, drink and merchandise add to the fun. Hundreds of thousands of music lovers enjoy contributions from the world’s coolest singers and sets from the biggest names in pop. Festival goers find their space, stay all day, and dance ‘til dusk.

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Sefton Park Palm House The Palm House is a Grade II three-tier dome conservatory palm house, dating back to 1896, which contains plant specimens from around the world and statues commemorating Liverpool’s creative and trading history. The spectacular Palm House is a licensed wedding and function space managed by Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust. It is available to hire as an additional facility for events in the park or as a stand-alone venue. palmhouse.co.uk 50


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Stanley Park is famous for dividing the home grounds of Liverpool’s two Premiership football clubs; Anfield, home of Liverpool Football Club, and Goodison Park, home of Everton Football Club. Sitting just north of Liverpool city centre, the Grade II listed park comprises 111 acres of huge open turfed areas, grand sandstone pavilions, rose gardens, lakes and children’s play facilities. The park features the historic Stanley Park Evangelical Church and the Grade II listed Isla Gladstone Conservatory. Dating from the Victorian era, the Isla Gladstone has been completely restored and is now a magnificent example of its type. It plays host to a packed calendar of events, including weddings, corporate events and matchday hospitality for Liverpool Football Club. Just outside, Stanley Park’s beautiful bandstand hosts musical events throughout the year. The park itself boasts a busy programme of events large and small. The eyes of the city have fallen on the park for some of Liverpool’s most high profile happenings, including Giant Spectacular: Sea Odyssey and the Liverpool International Music Festival. Left: LIMF Bandstand

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North West Food Lovers Festival Our first time to Liverpool, we chose Stanley Park after being approached by the events team at Isla Gladstone. We received a lot of support from all parties and the site was ideal for the NWFL Festival. Starting off with a wash out on the Friday, the sun shone all the rest of the weekend, over 3,000 people attended. We are now gearing up for NWFL 2015! Briony Scwirrel Events

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Isla Gladstone Conservatory The Conservatory was first erected in 1870 as a later addition to designer Edward Kemp’s vision for Stanley Park. Converted with much care, and re-opened in 2010, the breathtaking Victorian conservatory is set amidst picture-perfect rose gardens, surrounded by historic stone pavilions and adjacent to a fairytale bandstand. It is also home to the award winning Kemps Bistro. The Isla Gladstone Conservatory is a licensed wedding and function space available to hire. theislagladstone.co.uk


Holi One This was the first time we brought the festival to Liverpool and we couldn’t have been happier with the experience. Everyone was so helpful and made bringing the event to Stanley Park virtually hassle free. We knew a festival like this would be well received in Liverpool, a city known for its vibrancy and culture. The weather wasn’t the best but that didn’t stop a crowd of over 1,500 turning up. Everyone from the police to the Council to the events team at The Isla were on hand to answer any questions we had. We cannot wait for Holi One Liverpool 2015! 59 Rob Dudley MBII Senior Production Manager Big Cat Group


Event Support Liverpool has a long history of hosting world-class events on the international stage, welcoming over 15 million attendees at cultural events and attractions in one year alone. Some of the UK’s top events have been hosted in Liverpool including the Turner Prize, MOBO’s, MTV Music Awards, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, BBC Showcase Exhibition, the Clipper Round the World race and the 2014 Tour of Britain Grand Depart & Sky Ride to name a few.

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Culture Liverpool has a dedicated Events Team that take responsibility and undertake all aspects of the planning and implementation of large scale outdoor events across a variety of environments including heritage sites, parkland, maritime and urban areas. Culture Liverpool were the team responsible for the award winning National Battle of Atlantic 70th Anniversary Commemorative event and for bringing into Liverpool the hugely successful Giant Spectacular: Memories of August 1914 as one of the flagship events in the 14-18 NOW Commemorative programme. This award winning team are asked to advise and speak on events-related issues and changes in legislation, to government bodies, industry conferences and various educational establishments around the world. Some of the incredibly successful events managed by Culture Liverpool include:

Chinese New Year

Giant Spectacular

Working in close partnership with the Chinese community, this event celebrates the city’s unique relationship with its Chinese community attracting 15,000 visitors every year.

2012’s Sea Odyssey and 2014’s Memories of August 1914 large scale street theatre events with renowned international artists, Royal de Luxe attracted almost 2 million people to the city over the 2 events. Both events saw the giants take an emotional journey around our parks, city centre and waterfront landmarks.

Liverpool International Music Festival Taking over from the internationally famous Mathew Street Festival, the Liverpool International Music Festival shines a spotlight on the city’s musical heritage with four days of free outdoor music concerts in one of the nations most awe-inspiring parks featuring some of the leading and most innovative artist in the world. Featuring more than 1,000 live performances in the city parks, this event continues to grow year on year and attracts around 120,000 visitors to the weekend alone with partners including Classic FM and Juice FM.


Health & Safety The health and safety of the public and those who are participating in the event is the responsibility of the event organiser and/or the landowner. However, our knowledgeable and experienced events team can offer guidance and support.

The International Mersey River Festival The city of Liverpool is famous for its maritime history and in recent years has played host to the Tall Ships Race and the continuing “On the Waterfront’’ series. Popular with residents and tourists alike, the event attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year.

As well as city originated events, Culture Liverpool also lend support and guidance to external event organisers in an array of areas including:

Music On the Waterfront

5th November Fireworks

Now in its fourth year, this outdoor festival features three days of concerts alongside the International Mersey River Festival attracting more than 25,000 visitors and continues to grow in popularity with recent collaborations with Smooth FM and BBC Radio 6 featuring artists such as Katie Melua, Russell Watson, Paul Carrick and Craig Charles.

Taking place in two parks across the city, this free annual event attracts more than 40,000 residents to witness a spectacular musical fireworks show.

• Event Management

• Security and Steward Management

• Health & Safety

• Traffic and Parking Management

• Licensing

• Location Advice

• Local Services Procurement

• Media, PR & Marketing

• Feasibility Studies

• Public Transport Co-ordination & Liaison

• Calculating Capacities

• Concession & Market Management

• Crowd Management and Dynamics

• Local Accommodation

• Emergency Evacuation and Contingency Strategies

The Liverpool Safety Advisory Group (SAG), which is chaired by Liverpool City Council’s Licensing unit, will assist you to ensure that your event is as safe as possible. We will work with you to prepare written submissions to the Safety Advisory Group, assessing any potential risks. As an event organiser you are responsible for ensuring that your event meets all recommended guidelines and statutory obligations.

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Filming & Photography Liverpool City Council have a dedicated film liaison team, Liverpool Film Office, who work in close partnership with the events team and Liverpool City Council Parks and Green Spaces to ensure that all filming is conducted successfully, while being sensitive to the nature of the environment and those who utilise the spaces. If you wish to film or photograph an event, the Liverpool Film Office and Parks & Green Spaces teams can work with you to assess your filming needs and to support you with the process for gaining permission.

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When filming or photographing events, all event organisers are requested to complete a “Filming and Photography Application” form, which can be found at liverpoolfilmoffice.tv/filming-in-liverpool This is then submitted for consideration by the Parks and Green Spaces team with proof of Public Liability Insurance. Recent productions in Liverpool parks include: • ITV’s Cilla • ITV’s Foyle’s War • BBC’s Peaky Blinders • Channel 4’s Grand National 2013 Advert • Channel 4’s Hollyoaks Enquiries: If you would like further support with filming and photography or have any enquiries, please contact Liverpool Film Office: Tel: 0151 233 0178 Email: film.office@liverpool.gov.uk /Liverpool Film Office @FilmLiverpool


Transport Links Liverpool is a premier visitor destination with global transport connections. With two international airports on the doorstep, one of the busiest ports in the world, good connections to the UK’s motorway network and just a two-hour train journey from central London, Liverpool is extremely accessible from just about any destination. Air Liverpool John Lennon Airport is only nine miles from Liverpool city centre and offers over 60 inbound UK and European routes. liverpoolairport.com Manchester Airport is only 45 minutes from the Liverpool city centre and offers many direct long haul routes into the North West and connections to London Airports. manchesterairport.com Rail Virgin trains operate a regular service between London and Liverpool taking just 2 hours 4 minutes. virgintrains.com London Midland Trains, First Transpennine Express and Northern Rail also run routes into Liverpool from all major UK cities. nationalrail.co.uk

Road There are major motorway links to the M62, M57, M58, M56 and M53 and all are within easy reach of the City Centre. Coach travel National Express operates regular services from all major towns and cities in Britain to Norton Street Coach Station, Liverpool. nationalexpress.com Sea Ferry routes operate between Liverpool and Belfast, Dublin and the Isle of Man operated by Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries, P&O Ferries, and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company respectively. stenaline.co.uk poferries.com steam-packet.com Liverpool Cruise Terminal The City of Liverpool Cruise Terminal is located on Liverpool Waterfront, part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Magnificent cruise vessels frequently berth in the city bringing both UK and international visitors. cruise-liverpool.com Port of Liverpool The Port of Liverpool is one of the busiest and most diverse ports in the UK handling over 30 million tonnes of cargo every year and serves more than 100 destinations around the world. peelports.com/ports/liverpool

Travelling around Accommodation Merseyside There are a range of accommodation options Liverpool is served by a well-established and accessible urban public transport network. Liverpool City Centre has two major bus stations - Paradise Street and Queen Square. The Merseyrail train network offers an extensive service throughout the Liverpool City Region. Route and timetable information can be found on the Merseytravel website - merseytravel.gov.uk or you can use the journey planner.

within Liverpool to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you prefer to be centrally located amongst the city buzz, enjoying the view from a sky scraping coastline apartment or enjoying the scenery out in the suburbs – we can accommodate all needs from bed and breakfast to five-star luxury and private rentals. Further information on accommodation can be found online at visitliverpool.com. Alternatively, there are a range of accommodation providers ideally located in close proximity to the parks throughout the city. 63


Contact us: Tel: 0151 233 2008 Email: events@liverpool.gov.uk Web: itsliverpool.com/culture /cultureliverpool @Culturelpool Culture Liverpool flickr.com/photos/liverpoolparks

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A walk in the park  

A guide to organising events in Liverpool Parks with Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Council

A walk in the park  

A guide to organising events in Liverpool Parks with Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Council

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