International Business Festival 2018

LIVERPOOL 12-28 JUNE

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25 Unique Liverpool Experiences

Liverpool has a deserved, global reputation for showing visitors a good time.

The city has been awarded both UNESCO World Heritage and UNESCO City of Music status and put on one of the most successful Capital of Culture events ever produced. Travel Bible Rough Guides added to the chorus of praise for Liverpool, naming the city as the best place to for a night out in the world, but they didn’t stop there, going on to select Liverpool as their no 3 global city to ‘see before you die’.  High praise from the people who would know best.

But still, the accolades keep coming. Friendliest place in the UK? Liverpool. Most generous city? Liverpool. Best UK city break? Liverpool. We could go on but to put it simply, Liverpool is a city that shines. It’s a lively entrepreneurial place where the people have a true entrepreneurial spirit as famous as the warmth of their welcome. 

As you can tell, we’re proud to host our Festival in Liverpool. 2018 will quite a year for the city and we’re honoured to be part of the celebration. Our Business Festival and Liverpool are forever intertwined and we both can’t wait to welcome you. Read on for a mere selection of 25 things you can only do in Liverpool. Enjoy. 

EXPERIENCE BRITISH MUSIC LIKE NEVER BEFORE

British music is and has always been the best, so we’re kicking off our list with Liverpool’s immersive, crowd-pleasing and stage storming ‘British Music Experience’. Forget dusty displays and dodgy audio sign-posting. This experience is altogether more modern, punk influenced and totally new wave, rock ‘n’ roll.

Holographic recreations of career defining music moments merge with up-close, behind the scenes, scene stealing memorabilia, to create the most modern, retrospective of British music possible. Every ticket is front row, and access all areas. Come in and feel the force of the talented artists and musicians that made British Music the greatest on earth.

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STROLL, SUNBATHE OR STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION IN SEFTON PARK

You know those days when you want to do something, but you’re not sure what and you don’t want to spend a lot of money? When you just want to go somewhere nice and relax? Sefton Park is the perfect place for you, when you feel like this.

Ancient oak trees, lush greenery, café’s, lakes, joggers, dog walkers, kids playing ball, causal strolling and people watching is what this perfect park was made for. Getting away from it all in Sefton Park feels like heaven and doesn’t cost the earth. Hands-down, the best place in Liverpool for quiet contemplation and breathing space away from the hustle and bustle of being in business.

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THROW SOME MOVES TO GREAT LIVE MUSIC

Queueing up to get your ticket, waiting as the band warms up, watching the crowd become mesmerised by the tunes and feeling the energy as the beat kicks in. There’s nothing like live music and few cities do live music quite like Liverpool.

One of the best and most atmospheric live music venues is the Arts Club. Established or undiscovered, chilled out or ramped up. Left field or chart-topping, The Arts Club is a cool place for live music, no matter who’s on the bill.

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MARVEL AT THE TRUE MASTERS

Now, we like modern art. It makes you think. It’s interesting. It’s got something to say. But for true passion, sheer, unshakable talent and pure emotion you have to let yourself wonder at the ‘classics’ and Liverpool is simply awash with classical art. From the decorative and distinct beauty of Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau to WF Yeames candid and almost uncomfortably emotive oil paintings, Liverpool’s collection of classical art is globally recognised and a sight to behold. See as many galleries as you can. If you can only see one, make sure you see our wondrous Walker Art Gallery. They certainly don’t make art like they used to.

 

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GO ALL OUT ‘GHETTO’ ON GOLF

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Wait. Hang on. Before you scan past this, thinking golf isn’t your thing, here’s a little secret. Liverpool’s Ghetto Golf isn’t about golf. Not really. Well, it is, but it’s also about just having a good time.

Don’t think of this place as a mini golf course. Think of it as an adult wonderland, with cocktails, party-people, neon graffiti artwork and immersive, shared experience.

Yes, the golf is crazy, but so is the atmosphere, the people and the drinks. Live it up a bit, let your hair down, but don’t expect to improve your handicap. Not after all those shots. 

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EXPERIENCE THE TOWER

We’ve been inside some pretty impressive buildings, all over the world, but Liverpool Anglican Cathedral floors us every time we enter. But one sight in the city tops even this and that’s the unrivalled 360 degree view from the Anglican’s 500ft tower itself.

See all of Liverpool’s greatest landmarks in one go, learn how the majestic building was built, witness the world’s heaviest and highest peak of bells and feel what it’s like to actually ring one. All these things are possible when you take part in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral’s toweringly tremendous tower experience.

 

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GO CLUBBING, ONCE MORE

 Liverpool was made for a night on the tiles and this opportunity cannot be missed. So, whether you’re a sprightly young thing or seasoned player, dress up, get out and go a bit wild in Liverpool. Revolution, Medication, Mansion, Krazyhouse, Kazimier Garden, the list goes on and on, but there’s a club for you out there, trouble is, you might have to try one or two or ten to find it. Your Saturday morning will be a write-off and you may not remember a thing, but it will all be so worth it. Trust us, you’ll have the night of your life in Liverpool.

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OGLE AT A FEW NAKED MEN AT THE BEACH

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Now, plenty of us are on the hunt for a strong, silent man, who looks good with his kit off. We can’t promise you that, but we’ve (sort of) got the next best thing. Anthony Gormley’s Another Place is an incredible public art installation that ponders the big questions. Who are we? Where do we come from? Why are we all here? Investigating the relationship between the human body and space, evoking the shifting dynamics between the natural elements and society and posing the very biggest philosophical questions, Gormley’s Iron Men have been a permanent fixture at Liverpool’s Crosby beach since 2005 but they remain one of the most enigmatic and existential sculptures our nation has ever produced.

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HAVE A GOOD BELLY LAUGH

You won’t have to travel far to have a good laugh in Liverpool. But for something less off-the-cuff and a bit more in-your-face, you should definitely head to one of Liverpool’s lively comedy clubs. We tried to pick one. We came back with four. Comedy Central, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Comedy Cellar, or Laugterhouse. Best thing to do? Visit the websites, check out the set-list and go see the comedian that tickles your fancy (and funny bone) the most. Savour the experience, take a seat, order a drink and then proceed to spill it, having the best laugh you’ve had in ages.

 

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TRY SOME REAL LOCAL ALE

Liverpool leads the real ale resurgence and the city also has hundreds of proper, old-school pubs to savour the perfect pint. Places with personality, that turn a swift half into a late-night shut-in without you even realising.

THE BALTIC FLEET

First up, The Baltic Fleet. This historic Grade ll bar was built to serve Liverpool’s dock workers around 1853. It’s colourful history (including secret tunnels to a long gone, red light district) tends to be outshone these days by its quality, traditional pub grub kitchen, summer patio and roaring fireplace. But the best thing about Baltic Fleet is the fact that it’s Liverpool’s only brew pub. With fine, handcrafted ale produced in cellars, just meters beneath the bar. 

 

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DEAD CRAFTY BEER COMPANY

If you’re one of those people who has trouble making up their mind, you might want to give Dead Crafty Beer Company a miss. Overflowing with choice, the staggering international beers available in this bar will make your head spin, before you’ve even taken a sip. This bar boasts 20 rotating taps and over 150 bottles of craft beer, many making their very first appearance in the UK, in the fridges of this well stocked, well served and much loved Liverpool bar.

 

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THE BLACK LODGE

 

We could also tell you about The Black Lodge’s excellent craft beer selection, open setting and super-chilled atmosphere. But it’s the food that makes this place stand out for us. Serving up salivation inducing selections of meat and cheese, to compliment your beer of choice, is a stroke of genius and pubs should do it more. Go for the beer, stay for the charcuterie, start the diet tomorrow.

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CONSTELLATIONS

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‘Let’s go outside’ is the most commonly heard request from patrons of Liverpool’s Constellations. An open courtyard, events space, outdoor bar and studio all help make Constellations a perennial summer hot-spot for cool, trendy, creative types. Offering up a music festival vibe, in the heart of Liverpool’s creative quarter. Constellations is a totally zen den, perfect for after work reflection and relaxation.

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THE SHIP AND MITRE

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You can’t talk about craft beer in Liverpool without talking about the mighty Ship and Mitre. The place has more than 30 keg and cask lines and a hefty book, not a menu, a book of imported beer to choose from. There’s more choice with your toby jugs too, as tiny, one-third pint glasses permit patrons to pick out and try more beers per pound. (Try saying that after a few pints). Try one, try all. Here’s to your health!

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JOIN A GIN JOURNEY

Let’s stick with drink for a bit, we’ve got a taste for it now. Fresh, zesty and full of flavour, gin has steadily rose up the ranks to become one of our nation’s top tipples. Liverpool was well ahead of the craze and has even developed a tour to take gin fans on a trip, to soak up the many tales of Liverpool and gin as they down a few cocktails and see the sights.

There may be a few hiccups along the way, but they’re all part of the fun. Don’t think of Liverpool’s Gin Journey as a pub crawl. It’s much more sophisticated than that. Say ‘chin-chin’ to some great gin at Liverpool’s much loved Gin Journey.

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BASK IN THE GOOD LIFE AT BALTIC MARKET

Baltic Market is what every food court in the world should be. It rounds-up the best things in life, with ample servings and fantastic variety. It’s about global cultures, food fusions and sampling something new.

A giant food hall, dedicated to the best street food, artisanal drink and live, underground music, it’s easy to see why Baltic Market was named the fourth hippest area in the UK (Travel Supermarket’s ‘Hip Hang-out Neighbourhood Index 2017).

We know this sounds right up your street. Save some room, go in and grab a bite. Eat, drink and be merry.
 

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PICK A SIDE. RED OR BLUE. 

Football is a religion in Liverpool. There are many places of worship. But the two biggest and most well attended are, of course, Goodison and Anfield. Holy grounds, steeped in history, drama and pure, contagious, heart-racing passion.

No football fan, no matter what team you support, should visit Liverpool without seeing these stadiums. If you can only see one, it looks like you’ve already picked a side. But, if you can, see both and make an informed decision. Liverpool and football are inseparable. Don’t do one without the other.

GO GAGA FOR THE GAY SCENE

Liverpool’s close-knit gay quarter offers plenty of choice, for all types of people. Ease yourself in, with a quiet drink at the Poste House or Lisbon, move on to the more animated surroundings of the The Navy Bar or Masquerade, then make a full-on, fabulous transition to late night outrageousness at The G Bar or Curzon clubs.

Liverpool’s LGBT scene is concentrated around the City Centre’s Stanley Street Quarter. If you're visiting of a day, look out for the little rainbows on the street signs. If you're visiting of an evening look out for the fierce and feisty transsexuals, beckoning you in, on the door. Whatever type of evening you’re after, Liverpool’s liberating and lively gay scene can accommodate.

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SAVE SOME TIME FOR A SERIOUS SPA

Now with all the late nights and over indulges Liverpool presents, it’s important to find the time to take better care of yourself. And we don’t mean slapping on a home face-pack whilst doing your nails in front of the TV.

We mean a good, proper relaxation session to make you feel and look like a million bucks. Luckily, Liverpool loves luxury pampering almost as much as we love sport. Two places we can wholeheartedly recommend are Maya Blue Wellness and The Spa at Suites Hotel. Two top of the range spas with treatments and thermal suites aplenty. Relax, detox, swim, steam, whirl, curl and unwind – whatever you feel like. Be sure to take some time to relax, between days doing business and nights on the tiles. You deserve a little TLC. 

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SHOP, BY THE SEA AND HAVE A LITTLE SPLURGE

The best way to follow up a spa is with some retail therapy. Liverpool ONE is the retail and leisure destination of choice and it’s home to all the big-name brands, department stores, and leisure facilities, you’d expect from a major European shopping destination.

But Liverpool ONE isn’t like every other big, faceless shopping complex. It has its own cultural events programme and its innovative design has banished that hemmed-in feel you get from most indoor ‘shopping mall’ type centres; literally and figuratively blowing the roof off retail. 

Liverpool ONE presents a cooler, fresher leisure and retail experience than most major cities and it’s seamlessly connected to the rest of Liverpool City Centre. Does retail therapy really work? We have a coat, new shoes, a bag and a shiny-new watch that says it does.

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GO BOHO ON BOLD STREET

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/RestaurantsNear-g186337-d3676353-Bold_Street_Coffee-Liverpool_Merseyside_England.htmlCosmopolitan, independent and international eateries, bars and boutiques line Liverpool’s brilliant Bold Street. Named one of our nation’s best shopping streets by Lonely Planet, Bold Street presents a great alternative to Liverpool ONE’s more commercial, big-brand offering.

A hub for edgy, bohemian stores, a world of cuisine, vintage clothes and vinyl records, a browse down Bold Street is bound to make you feel like a carefree, happy hippie or honorary hipster. Top tip: To extend this feeling even further take a left at the top of Bold Street and head to Quiggins at Grand Central, for an even quirkier shopping experience.  

Take a look at some of their best Bold Street restaurants, according to TripAdvisor here.

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DETOUR INTO BLUECOAT

Non-stop shopping can be a bit relentless, but nestled in the very heart of Liverpool ONE is The Bluecoat. It’s Liverpool City Centre’s oldest building and the place just gives off great, positive vibes (which isn’t always the case with 300-year-old structures).

Tranquil, creative, open and engaging, the arts centre is a true haven, almost hidden within a bustling shopping district. Visit the galleries, gardens, café or restaurant, put the shopping bags down for a bit and unwind for a while. 

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DIVE INTO THE DOCK

Not literally, that’s dangerous. But you should definitely head to the Albert Dock when you come to Liverpool.

Home to The Beatles Story, the International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool, The Albert Dock is one of the North West’s most popular attractions with a fine selection of restaurants, cocktail spots, coffee shops and souvenir stores. 

In many ways, The Albert Dock exemplifies the city, It’s like Liverpool’s mini-me. On one hand, it’s wistfully wind-swept, historic and nostalgic, on the other it’s vibrant, creative, warm and colourful and it’s just meters away from our Festival venue, so perfect for a spot of lunch.

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GO SEE A SHOW

Liverpool is full of drama. The good kind. The kind that keeps you on the edge of your seat and ends in rapturous applause. The theatre scene in the city presents a diverse cast of key players, for lovers of music The Philharmonic is a must, but for theatre darlings, there’s plenty of productions to vie for your attention.

The Playhouse, Royal Court and Empire are the big-name, headline acts in town, but don’t forget to take a look at the programmes for smaller, independent productions from Unity or Lantern theatres. 

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MAKE TIME TO DISCOVER MORE

Liverpool is a city that has been shaped by more than 200 years of surprising cultural circumstances and fateful historical factors.

The locals will surely tell you a few Liverpool facts, but for an even more immersive guide to the history and heritage of Liverpool, there’s only one place to go. The purpose built, official museum of the city - The Museum of Liverpool - tells a story of a remarkable place of culture, sport, music and people. A passionate place where a lively chat and a warm welcome are as certain as a Scouse accent. Being in Liverpool makes you want to learn more about the place. The best place to do this is in The Museum of Liverpool.

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