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Social and Accompanying Persons Programme

A great list of top venues, events etc can be found on the Visit Liverpool website.

Social Programme

It's Liverpool App

Liverpool, a city like no other, now comes complete with an app that's faithful to its rhythm and soul.

Britain's most tourist-friendly city is a urban adventure zone of UNESCO-protected cityscapes, family-focused fun and after-dark exploits.

It's Liverpool taps into the real Liverpool – allowing visitors to upload their own experiences, and inviting locals to share their stories.

The result? An invaluable, authentic and honest user's-eye view of the city. Liverpool's world class attractions, bars and restaurants revealed, reviewed and rated.

It's your quickest route into the heart of the city we love.

It's Liverpool app (www.itsliverpool.com/app) is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

Accompanying Persons

We have prepared a rich and exciting programme, reserved exclusively for the Accompanying Persons - on top of which you are also invited to enjoy the general Social Programme we have tailored for all delegates (for details, please see the general Social Programme above).

Monday 17th August

Liverpool Bus Tour (1.5 - 2h) - sightseeing Liverpool with a blue badge tour guide - perfect beginning of your visit as you will get to know the city, its history and, most importantly, what these "Beatles" are all about! The tour will end with a musical lunch at The Cavern - the legendary landmark in music history.

Tuesday 18th August

Chester Tour (6-8h) - an all-day walking tour of historical Chester. Worry not - you won't have to walk all the way, as we will take you there in a luxury coach with our professional tour guide! We will stop by at a French bistro and treat you to an elegant lunch, before resuming the unforgettable sightseeing (and shopping!) experience.

For a one-stop shop for booking Liverpool attractions, please go to http://www.seeliverpool.co.uk/ We recommend booking attractions in advance, as August is a busy month in Liverpool and most popular attractions sell out fast.

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots Exhibition - Special Delegate Rate

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots Exhibition

Yellow Islands, 1952.

Limited Special Offer for WAAVP Delegates: Jackson Pollock Exhibition at Tate Liverpool

Enrich your visit to the Liverpool with this great offer, put together especially to help you unwind, and sample some of Liverpool's fantastic culture.

Entry to Tate Liverpool's special exhibition, Jackson Pollock, one of the most pioneering artists of the modern age.

Price £5.00 including entry to the Ligonexhibition (normal ticket price £10.00).

Book online using Promo Code "Conference", or buy tickets at the Box Office quoting "Conference" and showing your delegate badge.

Tate Liverpool is a few minutes' walk from ACC Liverpool, located in the Albert Dock.

Limited offer, subject to availability. Last entry 4pm. Afternoons tend to be quieter. Offer courtesy of Tate Liverpool; and Cultural Destinations Liverpool, a three year initiative funded by Arts Council England and Visit England.

Top Liverpool Pubs

By Peter Guy, Liverpool Echo, 14 January 2014.

The Dispensary - Renshaw Street

The warm and welcoming Dispensary was named Camra's Liverpool Pub of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and the Good Beer Guide singles out "the landlord's impeccable attention to beer quality".

Its seven hand pumps offer an ever-changing range of brews light and dark from breweries large and small.

The Belvedere - Sugnall Street, Liverpool

Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac off Falkner Street, the Grade-II-listed building set in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter, the Belvedere blends traditional ales with it's very own 'Ginnasium' section of around 40 different gins, including its own Liverpool Gin.

Ye Cracke - Rice Street, Liverpool

Off Hope Street lies John Lennon's famously frequented public house. With 150 years' worth of character and a healthy beer garden, there's much to lap up in one of Liverpool's oldest boozers.

The Caledonia - Catharine Street

The Caledonia is a big favourite of Liverpool's drinking community with much more than just fine ales; a popular jazz night, various alternative music nights and home to the Martin Smith Quartet.

The Pilgrim - Pilgrim Street

Down the cobbled streets just off Hope Street lies the Pilgrim. A fine mix of students, musicians and locals frequent this lively boozer which hosts gigs and is home to home to the Pilgrim Poets.

The Fly In The Loaf - Hardman Street

A great stop off if headed from the city centre to the Philharmonic, wooden clad walls make for a warm welcome after walking through the old bakery doors with stained glass. Wooden pillars from floor to ceiling and arched doorways make the inside feeling more like a church to great beers rather than a pub. One unnoticed detail to the exterior is the Royal Crest with the words 'By Appointment' and below that the former owner's name 'Kirkland' created by mosaics as you walk in.

The Ship & Mitre - Dale Street

A regular haunt for real ale purists, artistic types and folks in the business district, The Ship & Mitre blends character with homely vibes plus a top menu for whisky and rum drinkers.

The Swan - Wood Street

When it comes to hard-rocking boozers, The Swan is the definitive Liverpool pub. From the choice of hard liquor, heavy metal orientated vintage jukebox and biker clientele, the Swan is a must-visit experience.

Baltic Fleet - 33A Wapping

It's thought The Baltic Fleet has been serving ale for around 400 years while suggestions four ghosts haunt the pub only serve to add further character to this Liverpool institution.

The cellar is now used to brew house ales in traditional copper kettles, giving the Baltic Fleet some completely individual drinks on its menu. Wood burning stoves heat patrons during the winter and old pub signs decorate the inside allowing for a brief look through the pub's history while enjoying your pint.

The Grapes - Mathew Street

A must for any Beatles fan, sitting in the heart of Mathew Street and a known jaunt for the Beatles between gig the Grapes. The backroom is now filled with all things memorabilia, photos and mementos.

The Globe - Cases Street

'The Globe is a particularly expansive name for a pub which wouldn't be big enough to swing a bag of pork scratching in,' enthuses one regular about this Liverpool favourite. January 18 2014 marks a special anniversary too - it will be 40 years since the Merseyside branch of Camra was launched in its back room - a plaque on the wall marks the occasion.

Peter Kavanagh's - Egerton Street

Take a cab ride a mile out of town for one of the city's most offbeat and unique pubbing experiences at Peter Kavanagh's. PK's is rammed with all manner of objects scattered about the snug, be it TVs, transistor radios, trinkets and old clocks hanging from the ceiling.

The Casa - Hope Street

Built largely with donations from various illustrious Liverpool patrons and union organisations during the Docker's strike of the 1990s, the Casa has Liverpool written through it like a stick of rock. It's also a man's pub if ever there was one - until Salsa night that is!

Bier - Newington Temple

Just off Bold Street lies one of Liverpool's finest new watering holes, Bier. Hosting a selection of fine ales and classic continental lagers, Bier is also home to the popular Writer's Club and with a sharp ear for a tune comes highly recommended.

The Roscoe Head - Roscoe St

One of Liverpool's oldest pubs is a staple of the real ale drinkers but also hosts a popular quiz and is one of the most decorated in terms of national awards.

The Excelsior - Dale St

The Excelsior can easily be missed hidden behind the flyover between Dale Street and the Queensway Tunnel but it is a hidden treat for all who get the chance to visit.

Finding itself in a quiet, secluded corner of the city, although less than five minutes walk from St. George's Hall, the Excelsior combines great atmosphere and great beer with its open plan layout letting large groups chat freely in the bar.

Ma Egerton's - Pudsey Street

Ma Egerton's is a Liverpool institution, long established near Lime Street Station, the Empire Theatre (which gives it the full name of 'Ma Egerton's Stage Door') and St George's Hall gives it an enviable position in the city.

The walls are adorned with pictures of old Hollywood patrons - the likes of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe all visited the pub over time - and in recent years paparazzi have been seen outside waiting for the exit of Pamela Anderson during her pantomime stint in the city.

Thomas Rigby's - Dale St

Thomas Rigby's is a pub that many Scousers will know and love. Situated on Dale Street, with its wooden clad, black and white decor, it stands out from the crowd on one of Liverpool's busiest streets. The courtyard of Rigby's is a must visit during the summer months with plenty of outside seating and plenty of laughs to be had away from the hustle and bustle.

Liverpool One Bridewell - Campbell Square, Argyle Street

Visiting the Liverpool One Bridewell you get the feeling you are in good company, and you most certainly are. The former police station employed Charles Dickens for a day while researching a book and Liverpool's Frankie Goes to Hollywood rehearsed there for periods of their earlier career and was a favourite stop when writing their songs. Fancy a break from the norm? Why not find a seat in one of the old police stations' four cells, now used for seating to enjoy your food and drink in.

The Railway - Tithebarn Street

Still embellished with the Robert Cain logo high above the door, The Railway has an awful lot of character to offer that can be overlooked because of where it is. Hidden away in the business district on Tithebarn Street most who visit leave having enjoyed their time thoroughly and with little damage done to their pockets as well.

Ye Hole In The Wall - Hackins Hey

Liverpool's oldest pub is a brilliant haunt with many a great tale from bar staff and regulars alike. Unlike many pubs Ye Hole in Ye Wall has its beer cellar on the first floor rather than below ground as it is built on an old Quaker burial site, giving the pub at least two ghost stories to tell visitors.
Although small, it is not out of its league with some of Liverpool's best pubs with its pedigree, history and fantastic ranges of real ales that would make even the largest pub proud to boast.

The Lion - Moorfields

The Lion is a beautiful Victorian throwback of a pub with many of the original fixtures still in place, lending to its fantastic atmosphere and a 'built for purpose' feeling. The Lion is the oldest building continuously used as a pub in Liverpool today and save for early work in the 1900s it has remained the same since.

The varnished wooden bar and cushioned seats surrounding the entire perimeter of the bar allow plenty of room to sit and enjoy the historic pub nestled away near Liverpool's business district.

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