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Christmas & New Year Travel Times December 11, 2008

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Don't get stuck like this little fella!

Don't get stuck like this little fella!

It’s Christmas Eve. OK, you’ve had a few. Who hasn’t? But you simply MUST get that turkey home on time. As you stand swaying amongst the crowds on Dale Street you review your travel options…

What to do? What to do?

Luckily, before you allowed yourself to dragged to the pub you had the forsight to download this handy timetable of bus, train and ferry times from Merseytravel.

Huzzah! You, and Christmas, are saved. Now your only regret is not going the loo one last time…

Get Unique Gifts For Christmas At Sparkle November 27, 2008

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wongAre you looking for something special as a gift this year?

Then check out the annual selling exhibition from the Mersey Jewellers And Metal Artists Network (MJMAN) – Sparkle 08.

The event takes place over the first and second weekends in December.

It’s a great opportunity to pick up hand-made jewellery, craft and art at reasonable prices. The event is always popular and you are sure to find something as a  gift (or even for yourself).

The exhibition is taking place in the Old Barber’s Shop on School Lane, to the left of the entrance to the Blue Coat Chambers.


Thurs 4th Dec 5 til 8pm
Sat 6th Dec 10.30 til 5.30pm
Sun 7th Dec 10.30 til 5.30pm

Thurs 11th Dec 5 til 8pm
Sat 13th Dec 10.30 til 5.30pm
Sun 14th Dec 10.30 til 5.30pm

Get directions with Google maps

A Cracker Of An Idea For Christmas November 26, 2008

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xmas-princessChamber charity member The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation have come up with a fab idea to save you time this Christmas AND support a very worthy cause. Read on, gentle visitor…

Christmas is fast approaching and no doubt there’s a million and one things to do.

So, how’s this for a great idea?

Instead of writing Christmas cards to your work mates, why not write one cheery message to all of them on a specially designed poster (supplied by the Foundation), and give the money you would have spent on cards, to their worthy cause.

So, if you and your colleagues would like to give writer’s cramp a miss this year and support The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation at the same time, contact Janine or Liz on corporate@roycastle.org or ring 0151 254 7200 and they will send you a Christmas pack which has a specially designed poster on the back which can be displayed in the workplace for everyone to write their festive messages to each other on.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town! November 10, 2008

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santa-catThere’s no stopping us now…

Here’s details on Liverpool’s 2008 Christmas Magic Moments Programme.

That’s a posh weay of saying when the shops are open and when things will be happening in and around the city centre.

November 13
(The streets will be animated every Thursday evening (5pm-8pm) from now until Christmas):
Choirs, brass bands and street theatre performers will perform throughout Church St, Lord St, Whitechapel, Clayton Square and Williamson Square. Your favourite Christmas songs will be funked up by The Red Hot Santas; acrobatic elves present a vibrant festive performance and ice-cool stilt walkabouts from The Jacks of Frost, Snowman, plus Reindeers Rudolph and Vixen.

November 20
Festive musicians and the sights of sparkling festive entertainers, including Titan the Robot, will bring you colossal Yule tide numbers; watch out for the roller skating Christmas characters and carol-singing elves will convince you ‘tis the Season to be Jolly.

November 27

The Christmas Tree in Church Street has arrived !….and there will be fun for all the family on this evening. Adults and children can mingle with real reindeer at the Met Quarter. Carol singers will also be performing traditional festive tunes, whilst a selection of street performers will also be on Church Street, Lord Street and Williamson Square to entertain the crowds. The evening’s festivities will be sprinkled with a drift of snow, keeping things suitably festive.

December 4

The festive frolics continue in the retail area including Bold Street with entertainment on virtually every street corner – real reindeers, seasonal music and drifting snow to add to the true spirit of Christmas.  Bring the family to meet the real Father Christmas. There will be lots of events in stores and opportunities to purchase that special gift.

December 7
LIverpool Santa Dash.

Sunday 7th December at 9.30am

For details go to http://www.runliverpool.org.uk

December 11
The Liverpool Christmas Market has arrived in Williamson Square (from Dec 5) selling festive food, mulled wine and crafted gifts from across Europe from a choice of over forty fabulous stalls. Street entertainment includes roller Skating Snowman, Scrooge, Snow Queen, the Bad Santas and Elves of puddings…

December 18
Reindeers on stilts, Jack Frosts, Brass Bands, Victorian entertainment on Bold Street, market in Williamson Square and many stores will stay open until late for Liverpool’s final Christmas Magical Moment.

Other Liverpool Christmas Events include:-

St George’s Hall:
A 12m by 12m skating rink will be outside the hall on the plateau and will be open daily (not Christmas Day) from Friday, December 19 until Saturday, January 4.

The new Santa grotto in the Heritage Centre from Wednesday, December 3 until Monday, December 22. (Not available on Thursdays as he is in Lapland putting the finishing touches to his gifts.)

Celebrate 08 With Santa at Lewis’s.
Santa arrives on Saturday, November 8 at 12 noon – with proceeds donated to The Lord Mayors Charity Appeal. GROTTO OPENING HOURS VARY FROM MAIN STORE PLEASE CHECK WITH STORE FOR DETAILS.

Breakfast with Santa – Sunday-Sunday, December 7 – 14 tickets go on sale from the Customer Services Department  2nd Floor from Saturday 8th November. Always a popular event so book early to avoid disappointment.

Met Quarter
Christmas choirs, wine tasting. Post your letters to Santa and special giveaways for those who visit the reindeers.  Late night shopping every Thursday also every night from 4 December.

Spirit of Christmas – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – December 18 – 21
Vampires Rock Christmas – Echo Arena – December 27
The Emperor’s New Clothes – Unity Theatre – December 2 – January 17 2009
Cinderella – Empire Theatre – December 11 – January 4 2009
Night Collar – Royal Court Theatre – December 11 – January 17 2009
Mother Goose – Everyman Theatre – December 8 – January 31 2009

So get your tiiiiny sausages wrapped in bacon ready and get festive!

Christmas Cracker Of A Rail Sale! November 10, 2008

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Let the train, not the rein-deer, take the strain this Christmas

This could possibly be our first Christmas-related post of 2008. WOO-HOO!!! Deck the halls, and all that…


Merseytravel is lining up a ‘cracker’ of a promotion in the run up to Christmas with a festive flat return fare on Merseyrail of just £1 to anywhere in Merseyside.

The aim of the deal is to set tills ringing in town centres across the region and bring Christmas cheer to thousands people.

Tens of thousands of people took advantage of last year’s Christmas Cracker, which runs every Thursday evening (for late night shopping) in the six-week run up to Christmas – beginning on Thursday 13th November.

It also runs all day every Sunday during December until Christmas – from 7th December.

Merseytravel’s annual Christmas gift to rail customers, now in its 14th year, also gives a seasonal boost to the region’s economy and helps reduce traffic congestion in urban centres.

Tickets go on sale at Merseyrail stations from 4pm every Thursday (between 13th November and 18th December), except at Liverpool city centre stations where they will go on sale from 6pm, as well as all day on Sundays in December until Christmas.

The offer is valid on Wirral, Northern and City Lines within the Merseyside boundary.

The £1 return flat fare extends to stations outside Merseyside as far as Chester, Ellesmere Port and Ormskirk. The offer means customers can travel from Southport to Chester and back for £1.

A total of 31 Merseyrail stations currently offer free park and ride facilities.

City Centre Pub Watch Tackles Crime October 31, 2008

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The Liverpool city centre Pub Watch is going from strength to strength, following a recent meeting at the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the city centre Pub Watch met to discuss issues affecting the night time economy in Liverpool, including issues of knife crime, waste, banning orders and the build up to Christmas.

The city centre Pub Watch initiative is operated by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce’s Business Crime Direct team.

Merseyside Police’s counter terrorism security advisor, Damien Worsley, was welcomed to invite those present to attend a counter terrorism training session.

Members of the Pub Watch resolved to attend the event, which will train publicans, bar managers and staff how to cope with, react to and treat customers in the eventuality of a terrorist attack on Liverpool. The session will include a simulation of a terrorist attack and will enable city centre Pub Watch members to respond as best possible to the unlikely, yet potentially devastating, eventuality of a terrorist attack.
The free event is to be held at the Chamber of Commerce in the coming months and details will be forthcoming in the near future.

The issue of knife and gun crime was raised and how ‘search arches’ could be used by police to detect whether potential offenders are carrying dangerous weapons whilst amongst the city centre’s bars and clubs.

The run up to Christmas was also discussed and how city centre pubs and bars could best handle the festive period.

Joe Curran, manager of the city centre Pub Watch said:

“The run up to Christmas is a particularly hard time for city centre pubs, clubs and bars. Those who are members of the Pub Watch scheme are able to come together with Business Crime Direct to discuss the issues facing the night time economy and how best to effectively deal with them.”

He added:

“The Pub Watch scheme is really working and we are having some great responses from our members. In the run up to the Christmas period it is particularly important that we tackle crime together to ensure that Liverpool city centre maintains its reputation as a safe environment to be in.”

Santa Needs A Little Helper! May 27, 2008

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We’re not nuts we know its May, but those guys over at L13 10K who organise the Santa Dash are joining forces with the Las Vegas Santa Run team.

On 11th July, they are holding a conference and need a place to hold it. They are looking for a small hotel venue (30 people) and rooms for delegates.

It would be fantastic to hold the first Santa Dash Conference in the City in ’08 as Liverpool are the official record holders for the event.  If you think you can help out, email membership@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Be Safe This Christmas December 14, 2007

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This cat has had one too many. Don’t be like him!The Liverpool Chamber’s Business Crime Direct Team has been working hard throughout the year to bring crime in Liverpool city centre down to a ten year low. This is thanks to close work with partners at Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council, amongst others.

Tony Jopson, the Chamber’s Business Crime Manager said: “Liverpool is one of the safest city’s in the UK, but people shouldn’t take this for granted. As the crime reduction wing of the Chamber, we’d like to us to offer some advice for the festive season to help people stay safe while they are out and about celebrating Christmas.

“Citysafe the Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership tell us that the people most likely to become victims of crime are young people between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age. They are most likely to become a victim while using their mobile phone in public, getting cash from the ATM or being drunk and incapable in the street. We’d like to remind people to be aware of protecting their valuables and emphasise that people should try and know their limit when it comes to drinking to reduce the chances of their becoming a target for criminals.”

Business Crime Direct have compiled the following advice for all members of the public, which is especially relevant at this time of year.

  • Always plan your journey.
  • If you do not now where you are going find out before leaving.
  • If you are using public transport, check timetables and connections.
  • If you are relying on public transport make a travel plan and stick to it. Do not get stuck and miss a last bus or train.
  • If you have your own transport whether it be car, motorcycle or pedal cycle it should be roadworthy and maintained and do not drink any alcohol!
  • Only carry what you really need to take with you.
  • Only travel in licensed Hackney Carriages (Black Cabs) or reputable Car Hire firms. Do not under any circumstances use unlicensed operators who may offer transport services in the street.
  • If for any reason you become detached from your group and have to take a taxi consider taking a photo of the vehicle index number and sent to a friend before commencing your journey
  • Travelling late on buses always sit as close as possible to the driver.
  • Travelling late on trains try to face the direction of travel. Sit in carriages where there are more than one group of people.
  • Avoid using mobile phones and portable music systems when you are walking along. These are items that thieves like to steal and they also reduce your awareness to your surroundings.
  • Enjoy yourself responsibly if you are going to drink alcohol.
  • Take care at cash machines.
  • Keep your belongings with you at all times. Thieves target places where people are easily distracted such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops – especially shoe shops please ladies.
  • Always let someone know where you are going.

Have a Safe & Happy Christmas!

Christmas Fun – Cooking Your Turkey December 13, 2007

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I has a flavour.Nom Nom! It’s nearly time for the slap up feed that is Christmas Dinner.

So, as a public service and an excuse to talk about Christmas again, here’s a handy link to the BBC’s guide to safely defrosting and cooking the big bird.

I’m sure we’ve all cooked one plenty of times before, but there’s no harm in taking a quick refresher in the run up to the big day. Better that than ‘turkey tummy’ on Boxing Day!

Virgin Trains Christmas & New Year Info December 13, 2007

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Those of you planning a train journey over the festive period can check Virgin’s travel info on their website here.