THERE’S a range of fun activities for the whole family at the free Heritage on the Dock event during the Easter school holidays (April 5-8) – celebrating 172 years of Albert Dock history and heritage.
There’ll be four days of walks, talks, live music, song and entertainment over the Easter break. Children can even go in search of the “Dock Ness Monster” Join Lancashire Wildlife Trust to see what lies beneath the waters of the Dock and with your “Dock Safari” guide look for eels, jellyfish, crabs and more – and then enjoy the experience of using an aquascope for amazing underwater views.
Embark on one of several fascinating guided walks under the expert guidance of the Blue Badge Guides and Liverpool City Walks, RIBA and Tate Liverpool. Walks are not confined to just Albert Dock either, and will take intrepid explorers further afield, including along the Liverpool Waters central docks, up to Stanley Dock, the Anglican Cathedral and Liverpool Parish Church. Some elements of the tours will even give the public behind-the-scenes access to areas usually off limits.
Back at the Dock, Merseyside Maritime Museum will be hosting fun workshops and storytelling get-togethers for the kids based around the legend of the ill-fated Titanic, while children can embrace Victorian culture at the Museum of Liverpool at the Pier Head, with craft and hands-on sessions devoted to this iconic period in history.
While on your travels, make sure to look out for Typhoon & The Pedal Players, a steam-powered time machine, currently stuck in a time continuum, and needing your help to make it back to present day. Hear their hidden stories, myths and legends of Albert Dock through captivating performance, music and song.
Clare Rawlinson, marketing manager, Albert Dock Liverpool, said: “Albert Dock is 172 years young – with a compelling story to tell. People may think they know all there is to know about the Dock – but Heritage on the Dock will surprise and enlighten all who take part with revelations about the Grade-listed architecture, the intricate dock mechanics and the unusual wildlife that lives underneath our waters.
“Some of the city’s most treasured cultural attractions, such as Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool and Tate Liverpool, itself celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, are also getting in on the act with a host of fun and factual events for all ages to enjoy.”
Other highlights of the event include an architectural tour of Tate Liverpool, a Chinese tea tasting experience with tea expert Alison Appleton – a nod to the Dock’s trading past – and boat tours of our historic docklands aboard the Floating Grace.
For details about the full Heritage on the Dock programme (booking is required for select elements), and all other upcoming events at Albert Dock, please visit the website http://www.albertdock.com. Or follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – @thealbertdock #AlbertDock