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Things to do in Merseyside this half term

Half term can be more eventful than ever with loads of activities and things to do around the city region.
Here’s just a few ideas:
Fiesta of Fire – Royal Albert Dock
February 12-17
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool is welcoming the return of Fiesta of Fire, which is back bigger and hotter than ever. Taking place from 12-17 February to provide the ultimate half-term programme, warm up this winter with unmissable fire performances and thrilling experiences on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

Bringing a spectacle of fire and light to the Martin Luther King Jr. plateau, Fiesta of Fire will welcome back fire shows from Bring the Fire Project. Showing off their pyro-skills throughout the week, expect dazzling martial arts-inspired routines, flaming sword fights, and more. 

New for this year, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a fire walk on Thursday 15th February. Those looking to put their bravery to the test can experience temperatures of more than 1200°C, with only 70 spaces available on a first come first serve basis via Eventbrite here –

Creating a fiery finale on Saturday 17th February, spectators will see the three-meter-high fire-breathing dragon from 2pm-6pm. Roaming around the dock, from the Martin Luther King Jr. Building and along Hartley Quay, enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience as the sky becomes illuminated with roaring flames. Adding to the atmosphere will be a Comic Con parade with a series of favourite superhero and TV characters, including Game of Thrones. 

Visit for a full timetable of events and locations.  

Shrek The Musical – Liverpool Empire
February 12-17
Join Shrek and his trusty sidekick Donkey as they set out on a quest to defeat the fearsome dragon and rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. With a heart-warming story and a cast of unforgettable characters, this musical extravaganza is a journey you won’t want to miss. Set to a toe-tapping soundtrack featuring fabulous family sing-a-longs like ‘I’m A Believer’, ‘Big Bright Beautiful World’ and ‘I Know It’s Today’, Shrek The Musical will have you humming all the way home and is the perfect award-winning night out for big kids and little kids alike.
12 February – 17 February, Liverpool Empire, info and tickets here:

Take a ferry across the Mersey
Mersey Ferries are a ‘must see’ in the Liverpool City Region.

The River Explorer Cruise has been touring the Mersey for many years, introducing passengers to landmarks across Liverpool City Centre and the Wirral from a unique vantage point. But it’s not just tourists that are attracted to Cruise, regular visitors also include residents and local people keen to share in the delight of travelling along the Mersey on the most recognisable boats on the river, the Royal Iris and Snowdrop.

The 50-minute River Explorer Cruise, which runs year-round, currently operates from Seacombe and Liverpool Gerry Marsden terminals. For more information about the River Explorer Cruise,  the weekday Commuter services and special cruisesplease visit Mersey Ferries River Explorer Cruise | Mersey Ferries

Follow the Yellow Brick Road
February 8-10
Following their record-breaking Christmas pantomime Aladdin, Regal Entertainments are back at St Helens Theatre Royal with the first of four pantomimes in 2024, a totally wizard treat for all the family from this weekend with a trip to the merry old land of Oz.

Audiences at the popular town centre venue in St Helens are being invited to follow the yellow brick road to the Theatre Royal to see The Wizard Of Oz live on stage from Saturday 10 – Sun 18 February 2024.

Relaxed Performance: Thu 15 Feb – 12pm
Time: Various times
Tickets: From £17

Book in person at the Theatre Royal Box Office, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
Telephone ticket booking line 01744 756000, lines open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Book online at

Pic by David Munn Photography

Pirates Revenge returns to Imagine That!
Liverpool’s Imagine That! is calling on young swashbucklers to set sail to its Pirates Revenge this February half-term.

The science and discovery centre, located on Wavertree Technology Park, has some ‘arr-mazing’ activities to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.

Children aged 10 and under can join in the fun across its four zones – the Imagination Village, Artbeatz and Bright Sparks areas before ending the visit in the Slime Factory.

Swashbuckling youngsters, with the help of their grown-ups, can join the crew and help solve puzzles as they navigate through all four zones looking for hidden treasure.

There will be prizes along the way and plenty of pirate-themed activities for all the family.

Imagine That! Pirates Revenge is a three-hour journey that runs at weekends and every day during February half-term (February 10 to February 25). Tickets must be booked in advance.
For more information including a 60 second walkthrough video, visit or call 0151 228 2175.
Gravity Max
Thrill the kids with a day of adrenaline-filled fun entertainment this half term with multiple experiences including 9 immersive activities all under one roof. Take action to the extreme at Gravity MAX with something for everyone.

Families can go head-to-head on the high-speed electric, multi-level E-Karting track, enjoy augmented reality (AR) bowling or darts, or take on 18-holes of Urban Street Golf, plus many more activities for all ages. Gravity MAX makes planning a day out easy reducing the need for multiple trips, with a guaranteed full day of family activities that all can enjoy.

Keep everyone refuelled with fantastic food options from the very best in NYC-inspired burgers from Dirty Bones to Italian pasta classics from Coco di Mama; there’s something for everyone.

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