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Where to Live Find out why Woolton is Liverpool’s ideal destination for a village lifestyle
The Interview Travel writer and TV presenter, Simon Reeve prepares to bring his first live tour to the city
Keep Your Cool Chic fans for your home
Flower Power Fabulous interiors with a hint of floral style
Summer on a Plate Vibrant additions for serving up your food
28 The ultimate Liverpool Staycation
Ten ways to enjoy the holiday season right here in the city region Photo: Luke Gribble / © Shoot and Scribble
Can you believe we’re already half way through 2018? Well if the year has been flying by much quicker than you’ve had chance to think about summer plans then worry not, our July issue is filled with inspiration. From soaking up the holiday season without venturing out of the (hopefully) sunny city region, to keeping the whole family entertained once school’s out, we have tips and ideas to ensure the weeks ahead are fun-packed. And if you’re looking to balance the busy city with a quaint village lifestyle, our latest guide to where to live has just the place for you. We bring you the lowdown on why you should set up home in Woolton to achieve the best of both worlds. TV’s Simon Reeve takes time out of his travel adventures to tell us all about his career success, scariest experiences and preparing to bring his first live show to Liverpool. Plus our restaurant reviewer has been trying out the menu at Marco Pierre White’s waterfront fish restaurant, Wheeler’s of St. James’s, and we’ve also been back out onto Liverpool’s streets to track down the standout looks and fashion trends in Style Counsel. If that’s not enough, there’s also bags of interior inspiration for your home. Enjoy!
Life’s a Picnic Everything you need for a summer hamper
Style Counsel We hit the streets to find Liverpool’s top summer looks
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Restaurant Review Our reviewer tries a seafood feast at Wheeler’s of St. James’s
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School’s Out: Family-friendly attractions The best events and activities to keep all ages entertained during the holidays
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MSB Solicitors reaps rewards of Liverpool’s booming property sector Fast growing Liverpool law ﬁrm MSB Solicitors has generated fees worth more than £2m from the North West region’s property sector over the past 12 months and has become the ‘go to’ practice for local developers. The ﬁrm, which employs over 100 people across three oﬃces in the city, is playing a key role in the ongoing regeneration of Liverpool, advising on projects worth tens of millions of pounds. Areas of development, including the city’s historic Water Street and the £1bn Knowledge Quarter, are helping to drive forward the local economy and the expertise of MSB’s property team is making a signiﬁcant contribution to the eﬃcient delivery of a number of schemes. Water Street was long the heart of Liverpool’s central business district but, as new oﬃce developments appeared in the Old Hall Street area, many of its buildings started to empty.
Now, thanks to the dynamism of local developers, a number of historic buildings on the street are being converted to luxury residential developments and MSB’s oﬀ-plan sales team has worked on schemes including 8 Water Street, Colonial Chambers and Reliance House - projects worth a total of £30m. MSB’s plot sales team has also worked closely with X1, one of the North West’s most successful residential developers. In particular, X1 The Tower, a £25m scheme comprising 196 apartments. It is the ﬁfth and ﬁnal phase of X1 The Quarter development, close to the vibrant Baltic Triangle and, standing at 77 metres it will be one of the tallest buildings in Liverpool and a stunning addition to the world class waterfront. It is worth around £75,000 in fees to MSB. One of Liverpool’s most successful hotel developers in recent years is Signature Living and MSB has handled the plot sales of rooms worth a total of almost £5m at the Shankly Hotel in Victoria Street.
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Liverpool Staycation Left it too late to book a summer getaway? Don’t spend the next couple of months scrolling enviously through your friends’ holiday snaps on Instagram. Get out there and enjoy all the amazing events, activities and locations the Liverpool City Region has to offer with our guide to the ultimate city staycation.
Take the plunge For many families, a trip to a waterpark is an essential part of any holiday abroad. Luckily, if you’re planning a staycation this summer Liverpool has a new aquatic attraction ready to explore. Located at Duke’s Dock, between The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and Kings Dock, The Adventure Dock Co is a 92-metre assault course made up of over 50 inflatable obstacles including slides, trampolines, rafts and barriers. With a host of ‘Ninja Warrior’ inspired features including the Tire Run, Ninja Jump, Dragon Tail and the biggest blow up of them all, Mount Rainier, there’s plenty of white-knuckle ways to get wet. Participants must be over eight years old, reasonably fit and able to swim 50m without assistance. 8
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Hit the beach The city region is blessed with an abundance of belting beaches, but Thurstaston beach in Wirral is one which mistakenly often gets overlooked by many sun seekers. This charming sand and shingle stretch is home to a wealth of varied wildlife and offers panoramic views over the River Dee towards the
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stunning Welsh Hills – a perfect place to watch the sunset. While you're there why not indulge your creative side with a visit to the Shore Cottage Studio in the shadow of the imposing clay cliffs. Featured on ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’, this family cottage-cum-artists’ studio offers informative courses in photography, laser cutting and hand stitching.
Party in the parks Keep the little ones entertained this August with a trip to the brand new CBBC Summer Social in Croxteth Park. The one-day festival (3,4,5 August) will feature some of children’s TV’s most popular faces along with a host of kid-friendly music acts including Union J, New Hope Club and Mackenzie Ziegler. For younger guests, CBeebies’ star Mr Tumble will be in attendance along with a CBeebies Village chock-full of activities and performances. In the south of the city at Sefton Park, the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) returns (21-22 July) with its most high profile, and perhaps best, line-up to date. For the first time in its six-year history LIMF will be a ticketed event, but with top artists such as Example, Wiley, Basement Jaxx and Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers, it looks set to be well worth the £5 admission fee.
Start feline friendly Making friends with a local stray cat might not be the most hygienic holiday pastime but sometimes the little furballs are just too cute to ignore. After years of rumours, Liverpool’s very own Cat Café is finally here and full of friendly felines just itching (hopefully not literally) to make your acquaintance. Get over to 10 Bold Street and say hello to Dobby, Paddington, Izzy and the rest of the gang.
Grab a slice Transport your taste buds to Southern Italy with a trip to Neapolitan-inspired pizza joint Little Furnace on Smithdown Road. Starting life a as pop-up, this two-man operation has branched out into the suburbs and now has a permanent base at the heart of one of Liverpool’s up and coming foodie hotspots. Staying loyal to the Campania culinary code, Little Furnace serves up crispy base, chewy crust pizzas with a choice of classic toppings. Try a panuozzo while you're there as well. Another Southern Italian delicacy, it’s effectively a massive stuffed pizza dough sandwich. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
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Sampling a country’s native beverages is another fundamental part of any holiday so why should a staycation be any different? Booze enthusiasts will have over 300 beers to try at the Liverpool Craft Beer Expo 2018 (26-29 July). This five-day festival at the Invisible Wind Factory includes a gin bar, cider truck and street food stalls, alongside the extensive ale options. Like craft beer, gin is still very much on-trend and thanks to Nile Rodgers disco is cool again as well, so the Gin & Disco Festival (30 June) makes plenty of sense. Expect more than 20 gin brands, cocktails, plenty of funky disco classics and a boatload of biodegradable glitter at this Cunard Building shindig.
If the weather plays ball, head up to The Club House in Liverpool ONE’s Chavasse Park for all-American old-style rotisserie, signature hanging kebabs and premium Sunday roasts in the great outdoors. Inspired by a New England-style Hamptons manor house, this L1 favourite boasts plenty of outdoor seating, a well-stocked drinks menu and regular live music performances. Still hungry? Venture over to Cains Brewery Village for more open-air dining at The Parliament Street Collective (PSC). From Chinese dim sum and Jamaican jerk chicken to BBQ and salt and pepper chicken, PSC has something to tempt every palate.
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Heâ€™s travelled to over 100 countries, been targeted by shooting, survived malaria and was arrested for spying by the KGB, but how does Simon Reeve feel about stepping out in front of a live audience? Ahead of bringing his first ever theatre tour to Liverpool, the acclaimed TV presenter tells us about the show, almost meeting his maker in Mogadishu, and the places he still wants to visit.
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Interview by LAWRENCE SAUNDERS
How did this theatre tour come about? It’s just a really fantastic opportunity to be honest. The guy who came up with the idea is a bit of a big name in the industry. He organises the Royal Variety Performance so you’ve got to know what you're doing. I was a bit skeptical but he seemed keen and said people would be interested. To my surprise, people are buying tickets at quite a rate and I’m just really looking forward to it. If someone had said to me, even a year ago, that I was going to do a stand-up tour of theatres around the country, I’d have thought they were bonkers. I’m quite excited by the idea. You’ve been in some prey dangerous situations ﬁlming your TV shows but are you nervous at all about being on stage in front of an audience? I’m not really. The most nerve-racking aspect for me is if nobody turns up. But the idea of chatting away about things doesn't bother me too much. As you say, I’ve been in some fairly tricky situations so I think that helps me get things into perspective. I’ve also faced some of the most embarrassing moments a person can endure. My parents had a Reliant Kitten car when I was growing up. It doesn't get worse than being driven around in that!
“I would have been completely shredded if it all went south. Everybody was screaming and yeah, absolutely, I felt ‘this is the end’.”
What can people expect from the theatre show? There will be footage from my TV shows and I'll talk about them and explain what we do and why we do it. It will give people a sort of behindthe-scenes take on how these shows are made. I think people are generally quite interested in the process that goes into them and whether there are 30 Oompa Loompas carrying my bags and make-up kit around. I’m happy to set people right on it. Hopefully I’ll be able to tell people a bit about the programmes, the adventures I’ve had and, I suppose, my own little journey as well. I’m not a posh boy who went through public school and the army and then got this gig thanks to mummy or daddy. I started out on the dole and I had quite a difficult beginning in many ways. I just sound a bit posh because I’ve had to. I hope that’s a bit inspiring for people who don’t know what they’re going to do in life. I had no idea [what I was going to do] and I’ve done okay thanks to a bit of luck and some hard work. You’ve been making TV programmes for 15 years now. How did you ﬁrst get into the business? I wrote books on terrorism before I got into TV and I’ve got the dubious distinction of having written the first book in the world on Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
Nobody took any notice of the book when it came out in the late ‘90s, and then obviously it became a best seller when the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened. I was pushed onto TV screens to talk about what had happened, and to try and explain what was going on in the world. Let’s be honest, TV is pretty shallow and I had my own hair and teeth and I was an author, so the BBC started talking to me about making TV shows. That’s really how it started.
Have you ever been in genuine fear for your life whilst on your travels? Yes, in truth that’s happened once or twice but I do think it’s worth saying that one of the big surprises for me since I’ve started travelling a lot is actually how safe and welcoming the planet really is. A lot of the media get off on suggesting there are medieval perils out there and I just don't think that’s true – it’s not been my experience. Having said that, part of our gig is to go to places where foreign travellers don't often rock up and there can be occasional risks involved with that. I thought my time was up in Mogadishu once. We arrived at a crossroads at the same time as an enemy gang. My gang of bodyguards had turned their guns on the gang, and the other gang was pointing an anti-aircraft gun at us. I was sitting in the back of a technical vehicle, which is like a sort of poor man’s tank. I had my little flack jacket on, I was sitting on another one, and I had another up against the side of the vehicle to try and stop any small arms fire. I would have been completely shredded if it all went south. Everybody was screaming and yeah, absolutely, I felt ‘this is the end’. I just sat there, like a total plum, and waited for our fate to be decided. Luckily everyone decided they fancied life more than death and the other gang went first.
You’ve been to over 100 countries but is there anywhere else you still want to visit? God, yeah! I’d be mad as a TV presenter to say ‘no, I feel like I’ve done it all’. I’ve never been to Japan and I haven’t really travelled in Canada. I want to go to Senegal, explore Mali and Bolivia. I’ve been to Brazil once or twice but you could go there a dozen times and have completely different adventures. But as well, and this might be a bit of cliché in some ways I’m sure, I live in Britain. I’m born and bred here and I’ve got no desire to leave, but I could if I was motivated to. I could go and live in the sun somewhere and just head off on these TV journeys, but I do love this island and I think it's easily one of the most beautiful places in the world. The rest of the world is fascinating and wonderful but Britain isn’t too bad either! YM Liverpool 15
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C U R AT E D BY N ATA S H A YO U N G
A floral burst brings these rooms to life.
Bakewell Gardens, Liverpool, L25 A poppy-filled picture sets the tone, with the petal red adding vibrancy throughout this beautiful bedroom. Set within ‘The Victoria’ style new build home, which is coming to the Bakewell Gardens development, the room combines the colour with black patterned soft furnishings for a luxurious look. A ‘less is more’ approach has been taken with the décor, as the attention-grabbing shades are accompanied by neutral flooring and walls.
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£228,995 Radley Park, St Helens Delicate flowers are scattered across the white bedspread in this relaxing bedroom, helping to bring the space’s mellow colour scheme together. A brushed effect on the feature wall, teamed with floor to ceiling draped curtains, plumped cushions and a textured carpet give the room a soft, comforting look. The addition of bird ornaments and artwork works well alongside the natural green tones.
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W O R D S BY N ATA S H A YO U N G
Living in a city doesn’t have to be all bright lights and hustle and bustle. Venture out of Liverpool’s lively centre and you could set up home in a quaint village setting just a stone’s throw from the action. If a hub of independent shops and eateries, sites steeped in history and a rallying community tick all of your boxes, here’s why you should head to Woolton.
Woolton People do seem to value having local independent businesses and I think it’s a selling point in Woolton.” Connectivity Flo u r is h in g co m m u n ity The village looks particularly fabulous thanks to green-fingered Woolton in Bloom volunteers. Established in 2001 as a means to bring the community together, the group has since been successful not only in garnering support from local residents and businesses, but creating national award-winning floral displays and staging popular events. Horticultural manager Kerry Peacock, said to be the “driving force” behind Woolton in Bloom’s flowerfilled creations, has also been honoured for her efforts with a British Empire Medal. “Every member of our little committee has a role,” says Barbara Mace, chair of the group which is always on the lookout for additional volunteers. “We have one person who does the money side and fundraising, and other people who produce merchandise like the calendar. “We also have a stall at the farmers market every month and we have a lady who, every two years, organises the Open Gardens event.” Approaching on 8 July this year, Open Gardens showcases stunning gardens and uses the Bishop’s Lodge as a focal point for stalls, crafts and this year’s addition of music, and also welcomes assistance from fellow community organisations such as the Women’s Institute to serve up refreshments. “People come from all over for the event,” says Barbara. “We get a lot of people from outside the area and people who’ve been before always want to come back again because we add a couple of different gardens each time – there’s always new things to look at.” 28 YM Liverpool
“If you’re going to live in South Liverpool, [Woolton] is the best place to go because it’s an urban village so you get the best of both worlds,” says Vickie Anderson, owner of Woolton’s Liverpool Cheese Company. “You get beautiful leafy lanes and little Georgian cottages, cafés and a farmers market, but you’re a bus ride from the city centre.” Arriva’s number 75 bus service will take you from the village directly to the city centre and, easier still, the commute is just 25 minutes via Menlove Avenue if you drive.
Uniqu e ch ar m In true village style, quaint shops and historic attractions add bags of character to Woolton. Built in 1926, the Woolton Picture House, for one, certainly puts the area on the map as the place to enjoy a big screen experience in the traditional way. Liverpool’s oldest remaining independent cinema, the L.A.G. Prichard-designed building makes for a stunning change from modern multi-screen complexes and continues to delight film fans with the latest blockbuster releases. And if you prefer to spend your spare time scouring boutique shops for trinkets you can’t find anywhere else, Woolton has the answer there too with the likes of the recently launched Hollomby’s on Allerton Road providing an Aladdin’s Cave of antiques and curiosities.
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F O O D I E H E AV E N Whether you’re packing up a picnic to enjoy in the conservation area’s stunning 14-acre Reynolds Park, dining al fresco or stepping out for a sociable coffee, Woolton Village certainly holds its own on the food and drink front. Independent traders including the Scotch Beef Shop butchers and Liverpool Cheese Company make it easy to shop locally for supplies and their produce has become popular with residents around the village and beyond. Vickie Anderson moved to Woolton 12 years ago to set up the Liverpool Cheese Company which is fittinglyPhoto based in a Grade IIcourtesy of Blackberry Grove listed former dairy, and says the village has proven to be the “perfect” location from day one thanks to its high footfall of locals, foodies and day-tripping Beatles fans. “People do seem to value having local independent businesses and I think it’s a selling point in Woolton,” she tells YM Liverpool. “It’s the main shopping area for a much wider area – places like Tarbock, Halewood and Hunts Cross. It’s got a good nightlife as well but it’s quite a different place at night.” The area has also drawn in celebrity chef and ‘Sunday Brunch’ host Simon Rimmer, who breathed new life into The Elephant Pub in 2014 to relaunch it as Elephant Pub & Bakehouse, and also launched the neighbouring American-style eatery Liberty Tavern. “When we first came to look at the Elephant I couldn't believe what a lovely village Woolton was,” recalls Simon. “Great houses, a cheese shop, a butchers, a church where The Beatles played and friendly people. “Since we opened we've been welcomed with open arms by all the locals and in return we've hosted firework parties, carol concerts, summer fetes and even taken 50-odd customers away to reintroduce the Elephant Charabanc from years ago. “Woolton is a great place to have a business and, I'm sure, a great place to live.” Once a month Woolton Village is also a top spot to pick up quality fresh produce from traders who have grown and reared it themselves, as a farmers market sets up on the second Saturday from 9am-2pm.
• LEGENDARY LOCATION • Matthew Street may be renowned as a hub of The Beatles’ musical history but venture out of the city centre and Woolton is filled with pieces of the legendary band’s past. A fete at the village’s St Peter’s Church Hall on 6 July, 1957 proved to be a landmark moment, as John Lennon first met Paul McCartney. These days the church, which also has the grave of Eleanor Rigby in its churchyard, welcomes visitors from around the world to see the spot where it all began. Another site of significance is Mendips at 251 Menlove Avenue, where John spent his childhood with his Aunt Mimi. Now taken care of by the National Trust, the semi-detached house is preserved and a hotspot for fans making the pilgrimage to see where some of The Beatles’ early music was written and practiced. Then there’s the Salvation Army’s nearby Strawberry Field site, where a young John found peace and a place to play as a child, and it later inspired him to write the famous song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. Strawberry Field has an exciting future ahead thanks to the Salvation Army’s approved vision to create a new visitor centre where people can learn about John and his connection to the site and explore spirituality. There’ll also be a training hub for young people with learning difficulties.
Woolton’s homes According to Rightmove, homes in Woolton’s L25 postcode sold at an average price of £259,714 in January 2018, with the majority being semi-detached and detached properties. The area features an abundance of large family homes, combining converted characterfilled properties and period cottages with newer builds which are sympathetic to the area. YM Liverpool 29
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LIFE'S A PICNIC Enjoy the sunshine this summer with friends, family and fabulous food
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Geo ﬁlled picnic backpack £40, Next
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YM Liverpool ventured out onto the city’s sunny streets to seek out the latest trends and standout summer looks. EET STYLE LE STREET STYLE STR Y T S T E E R T S E L Y T S T STREET STYLE STREE
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spotted on Hope Place Where is your outﬁt from? I’m wearing second hand/vintage clothes with the Converse shoes from eBay, trousers and shirt from Oxfam and a bag from Marks & Spencer. Who is your style inspiration? David Bowie. What is your favourite shop? Oxfam.
Where is your outﬁt from? Sandals are by Birkenstock, sunglasses are vintage, dress is from Bik Bok, bag is from Pop Boutique and the top is from H&M. Who is your style inspiration? No one in particular, I buy what I’m attracted to. What is your favourite shop? I love vintage shops - Cow on Bold Street and Pop Boutique are great.
Diana spotted on Paradise Street Where is your outﬁt from? Shoes are by Converse, jeans are from River Island, vest is by Calvin Klein and the jacket is from Forever 21. Who is your style inspiration? It depends where I’m going and what I’m feeling, there is no one person. What is your favourite shop? Hollister, Zara and River Island. YM Liverpool 33
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Restaurant Review By Lawrence Saunders |
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Liverpool was enjoying an inexplicably prolonged period of gorgeous weather, the sun was perched low over the River Mersey and I was heading down to the waterfront for a slap-up meal with my wife-to-be. The perfect setting to sample one of the city’s ‘most rewarding dining experiences’ I’m sure you’ll agree. Wheeler's of St. James's became Marco Pierre White’s second restaurant in the city when it opened in the second half of 2017 – joining his Chapel Street Steakhouse Bar & Grill. Wheeler’s, which is modeled on an original fish brand dating back from 1856, is located within a hotel – the four-star Pullman Liverpool, a stone’s throw from the Echo Arena. Given the restaurant’s lineage you would expect to find a menu dominated by seafood, but there’s a significant smattering of pub grub standards to match the seafood selection. Shepherd’s pie, steak, ham and eggs, and roast chicken are some of the homely options for non-fish fans. As the sign outside broadcasts, this is an oyster bar so I thought it best to sample the famous delicacy to start. Having never tried the crustacean before, Oysters Rockefeller (£8.50) - based on the original recipe created in 1899 at a New Orleans restaurant - sounded like the ideal way to begin my oyster odyssey. Three oysters baked in their shell, topped with finely chopped greens and Parmesan cheese – surely a winning combination? I’m afraid not. Oysters are known for being somewhat of an acquired taste but this was just plain unpleasant.
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“Given the restaurant’s lineage you would expect to find a menu dominated by seafood, but there’s a significant smattering of pub grub standards.” Each mouthful was dominated by the pungent vegetable garnish which stubbornly overpowered any sea born savour. My partner, meanwhile, wasn't exactly wolfing down her starter - Marco’s Lobster Macaroni (£16.50) with black truffle, sauce lobster bisque and Gruyère cheese. Despite its fancy sounding title, it was a decidedly desperate dish. Bland and thoroughly uninspiring – this would have just about passed for a Tesco ready meal. Moving onto the mains and my date and I were hoping things picked up for the better, sharpish. Wheeler’s built its reputation on serving the finest Dover sole, so it seemed prudent to give the kitchen a shot at redemption by ordering a menu standard. Whilst it didn't make up for the first course false start, the fish dish (sold at market price) was a marked improvement in every department. Bathed in a creamy white sauce and served with a bowl of new potatoes, this was a light, tasty, and skilfully seasoned dish – exactly what I’d been expecting from Wheeler’s.
Unfortunately my other half wasn't as enamoured with her Mr. Lamb’s Shepherd’s Pie (£15.50). Just like her starter, she struggled to get enthusiastic about what was another bog standard plate of passionless food. Time for afters and eager to end on a positive note I plumped for the most decadent sounding dessert on the menu. My Banana and Caramel Mess (£6) was the definition of a guilty pleasure. A twist on the classic Eton Mess, crammed with chunky meringue pieces smothered in cream and lashings of caramel sauce, it was a proper pud. Equally as indulgent was my date’s Cambridge Burnt Cream (£6) which was essentially a huge crème brûlée. Again, it wasn't exactly subtle but it got a definite thumb’s up. A jack-of-all-trades and master of none, if Wheeler’s plans on sticking around longer than some other recently departed chain eateries it needs to decide what it really is. For a pricey restaurant keen to trade off its illustrious seafood heritage, a menu serving up sub-standard dishes which wouldn't look out of place on a Beefeater specials board just doesn’t cut it.
LAWRENCE RECOMMENDS Dover sole – just the sumptuous ﬁsh dish I’d been hoping for at Wheeler’s.
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As the end of the school term approaches, thoughts turn to how to keep the kids entertained during the six-week holidays. Let YM Liverpool be your guide with our top six family-friendly summer events and attractions across the Liverpool City Region.
CLIPPER ROUND THE WORLD YACHT RACE CLIMAX WHERE? LIVERPOOL WATERFRONT WHEN? - JULY WHAT’S HAPPENING? Thousands are expected down on the waterfront to witness the climax of the epic Clipper Round the World Yacht Race on Saturday 28 July. Alongside the aquatic action, families will be able to enjoy street theatre, arts and craft activities to make national flags of the port countries visited, and face painting at The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.
BOMBED OUT CHURCH’S SILENT DISCO WHERE? ST LUKE’S CHURCH LEECE ST | WHEN? JULY WHAT’S HAPPENING? Family event provider Our Kids Social (OKS) is bringing its silent disco extravaganza to one of Liverpool’s best-loved landmarks. Open to anyone aged from four to 104, the event provides attendees with headsets which have two channels so the little ones can choose their own tunes or you can have the whole clan listening together in harmony. Before you hit the dancefloor, grab a wig and some silly spectacles from the dress up trunk for an alternative family photo.
CHINA’S FIRST EMPEROR AND THE TERRACOTTA WARRIORS WHERE? WORLD MUSEUM WHEN? UNTIL OCTOBER WHAT’S HAPPENING? If you haven’t seen it yet, don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to catch one of the world’s greatest historical marvels right here in Liverpool. Children under five go free at this exhibition which is still wowing visitors months on from its grand opening in February.
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WHERE? ECHO ARENA LIVERPOOL WHEN? JULY - AUGUST WHAT’S HAPPENING? After thrilling almost 10 million people around the world, this stunning $20 million state-of-the-art animatronic production returns to the UK. Featuring 18 life-size creatures including the Stegosaurus, Raptor and Tyrannosaurus Rex, the show will see TV’s Michaela Strachan transport audiences back to a time when giants roamed the earth.
FORMBY FESTIVAL WHERE? DUKE STREET PARK FORMBY WHEN? - JULY WHAT’S HAPPENING? This not-for-profit family festival returns with its biggest line-up yet, featuring live music, food stalls and a fireworks display. Free child-friendly attractions include kids’ cooking classes, an outdoor disco, art school and a magic show. There’s also a special Bongo’s Bingo session for the adults on the Friday night.
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CALDERSTONES SUMMER BEACH WHERE? CALDERSTONES PARK WHEN? JULY- SEPTEMBER WHAT’S HAPPENING? South Liverpool’s only urban beach is back for the summer holidays and is once again giving families another reason to visit one of the city’s most picturesque parks. Open daily from 10am, this year’s free sandy spectacular will feature live entertainment, hot food, fairground rides and magic shows. If that wasn't enough, during weekdays there will be free kids’ activities including discos, beach parties and special character appearances.
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Food & drink latest An array of food and drink will be oﬀered alongside events and other market stalls
VENDORS ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF FOOD HALL’S SUMMER OPENING Some of the food concepts and events coming to a new venue at Liverpool’s Mann Island have been revealed. Dockside Dining Club is heading towards the final stages of planning and is nearing its summer launch date. The new multi-vendor casual food hall and social space will feature a mix of events, market stalls, food traders and beverage offerings Regular events will see Dockside Dining Club host a variety of classes including yoga, meditation, pilates, mindfulness, exercise classes and a number of wellbeing workshops. Meanwhile market stalls will have independent traders offering a selection of products which will consist of vintage, vegan prints, crystal jewellery, boho clothing and accessories, naturally handmade beauty products, skin care, candles, fresh bread, homemade chutneys, jams, preserves and more. As well a number of food concepts which are brand new to Liverpool, Dockside Dining Club has a number of independents joining it. Award-winning gelato manufacturer Cafe Cream will be in attendance when it opens its doors in July. Cowfish Smokehouse, KO Grill, Lucky Fish and Liverpool sushi specialist Izakaya have also been confirmed. The venue will also have Dockside Café serving up brunches and lunches, superfood smoothies, handmade juices, locally roasted neighbourhood coffee and artisan teas. Andy Duckworth, who is behind the Dockside Dining Club, says: “When considering where to position DDC (Dockside Dining Club) we wanted somewhere that would draw people to us. “The right location was vital because it contributes in making the whole experience awesome. Although it is ambitious we want to offer the very best in dining solutions for brunch, lunch and dinner. “We’ve visited the best street food markets in the country; Altrincham, Pop Brixton, Camden Market, Sheffield’s Peddler Night Market, Dockyard Social, Platform in Glasgow and many, many more. “We know the demand is there, we know what people expect and I’m looking forward to showcasing what we’ve got to Liverpool, in full view of our iconic skyline and Three Graces.”
Pier Head Village to bring bars and street food Pier Head Village will return to Liverpool’s waterfront this summer for the third year running, bringing bars and street food operators. Set against the backdrop of the ‘Three Graces’ the attraction also promises art, music and ‘thrill rides’. The Sky Swing, which towered over the Pier Head Village last year, will make a return when the summer-long festival opens on 14 July alongside a host of other rides. In 2017 Pier Head Village is said to have attracted more than 500,000 visitors, and a recent study suggested it grew the city’s daytripper market with almost 50% of attendees extending their visit to other waterfront museums and attractions. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “We know that the festival is helping to attract and retain visitor interest in the city, supporting the tourist economy and helping to showcase our iconic waterfront. It will be a fantastic addition to the Liverpool 2018 line-up of events.”
Village creator Martin O’Shea adds: “We want the festival to continue to play a major role in attracting and retaining visitor interest in the city, supporting the local tourist economy as well as providing more than 100 new summer jobs for local people every year.”
The Three Graces will provide a backdrop for the food, drinks and festivities
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