Take In The City From The River
I’ve grown up on Merseyside my whole life and do a lot around the city. Yet I’m still always discovering new things to do.
Liverpool never fails to surprise me.
The Summer Evening Cruise’s hosted by Mersey Ferries is something I’d never heard of before, and now I don’t know how I missed them.
They have been running this year since May, sail out weekly, and last for 2 hours. The Evening Cruises even have live music aboard. It’s one of the most unique experiences the city has to offer.
I bet you have seen the colourful Ferry heading up and down the River Mersey, but never knew what was aboard.
The Ferry was designed by Sir Peter Blake. It was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and the Tate Liverpool in partnership with Merseytravel and National Museums Liverpool.
The design of the floating artwork is to represent war ships from WW1. Rather than traditional camouflage, the dazzle camouflage works to baffle the eye, so an enemy can’t tell it’s speed or range properly. It is like an optical illusion.
Sir Peter Blake is no stranger to the Liverpool art scene, it is he who designed the world famous Sgt Pepper’s album cover for The Beatles.
Have you ever noticed the name of the restaurant inside the Hard Days Night Hotel? Blake was honoured again in the city here with Blake’s Restaurant.
Back To The Boat
You board the ferry boat via the Ferry Terminal within the Pierhead Beatles Museum, Shop and Cafe. Once aboard you’ll have time to pick your spot for departure.
As soon as the ferry sets sail you are free to move around from lower to top deck, and back to front throughout your journey. There is a good selection of food and drink on board too.
The bar serves up wine, beer and soft drinks. Perfect for all ages and preferences of passengers.
We grabbed a beer and wine and headed for a seat overlooking Liverpool.
On the way out of the terminal, you will head down the Mersey for an hour. You’ll stay on the side closest to the coastline of Liverpool.
The ferry will pass right along the Pier Head, towards Stanley Dock. You’ll see the old Tate and Lyle and Tobacco Factories. Then you’ll see Liverpool’s Industrial Docks.
Eventually you will head as far as Crosby, and have great views of Antony Gormley’s “Another Place” – The Iron Men.
You will start to see the sand dunes of Blundellsands and Formby, before turning round and heading back.
The journey back in is roughly an hour, and heads down the coastline of The Wirral. On a clear evening you can see over to the Welsh Hills.
You’ll be able to spot Fort Perch Rock and the New Brighton Lighthouse. You sail right beside Wallasey, and finally towards Woodside. Eventually looping back across the River and docking under the Liver Building.
The waterfront lit up at night is magical to come back to.
Experiencing Liverpool On The Water
The on board entertainment from the Live Music really adds to the atmosphere and puts everyone in a great mood. There are different signers each week, and all have great reviews. Our singer played a good mix of new and old songs.
By the end of the journey after quite a few people had enjoyed the bar, and ABBA came on, no one wanted to depart. The atmosphere was buzzing, and it spread out in to all of the city when we were back on solid ground.
The Summer Evening Cruises really did appeal to all kinds of people. Tourists loved taking in the waterfront. Hen Parties were loving the singer. Groups celebrating big birthdays were loving a new experience. As were we and a few others that had never done anything like this before.
For 2 hours of a great time, and great views, for £14.95 pp you can’t go wrong. I’ve raved about this night since we went on it, and I really hope you guys love the sound of it too.
Let me know if it’s something you’d fancy, or have done before.
*Thank you to Mersey Ferries for inviting us on this evening. All views, opinions and images used in the post are completely my own.