Albert Dock Liverpool Announces 2017 Event Programme

Albert Dock Liverpool - the North West’s most visited free tourist attraction - has announced its 2017 programme of free, family events - seeing the return of its Steam, Folk, Heritage and Pirate festivals, plus the arrival of British Style Collective (presented by The Clothes Show in association with Alcatel), reinforcing Albert Dock’s status as a year-round destination for people of all ages to visit and enjoy.

Albert Dock Liverpool Announces 2017 Event Programme

by Culture Liverpool

The Dock’s world-class museums and galleries – Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum – will also continue to host an array of exciting new exhibitions, events and free, family workshops throughout the year, and not forgetting to mention popular attractions, the Beatles Story and Mattel Play! Liverpool.


Clare Rawlinson, marketing manager, Albert Dock Liverpool, said:

“It is with great excitement that we can confirm five flagship events at Albert Dock Liverpool in 2017. Our event programme promises to be even bigger and better than before – and will cater for visitors of all ages and interests – whether you’re a steam enthusiast, fashionista, music lover, or a family looking for a wonderful day out.

“As well as our own schedule, the city-wide event programme will see Albert Dock at the heart of the action, including International Mersey River Festival, 67-17: 50 Summers of Love, and LightNight, and we will of course continue to work closely with our waterfront and wider city partners, including Culture Liverpool and Open Culture, to ensure these are a success and uphold Liverpool’s status as a top tourist destination who knows how to stage a premier event!”


Albert Dock events confirmed for 2017:

Steam on the Dock (May 6-7, 2017) – The UK’s only inner-city steam rally. Trains, boats and engines of the industrial age make Albert Dock their home for a weekend of toots, whistles and fun for families and steam enthusiasts alike.

Albert Dock Liverpool welcomes British Style Collective presented by The Clothes Show in association with Alcatel (July 7-9, 2017). As part of the city-wide takeover, this will be an exciting new event in the festival calendar celebrating fashion.

Folk Festival on the Dock (August 26-28, 2017) – 2016 saw BBC’s Janice Long host the inaugural event, seeing the Dock welcome over 100 folk, roots, acoustic and sea shanty acts and almost 450 performers – many of them local – over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Join us as we celebrate Liverpool’s rich music and maritime heritage.

Heritage on the Dock (September 7-10, 2017) – This is a legacy event from the HLF-funded programme that invites the local community to embark on a journey of discovery over four days, celebrating the unique heritage and unlocking the secrets of this iconic Liverpool landmark.

Pirate Festival on the Dock (September 16-17, 2017) – This now legendary swashbuckling pirate adventure brings the whole family to the Dock, dressed up as their favourite pirates and mermaids, to join in the ship-shape shenanigans of our longest-running event, with live cannon battles and thrilling action under sail.


Elsewhere at Albert Dock in 2017:

Tate Liverpool

  • Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919 – 1933 (June 23-October 15, 2017) – the new summer exhibition presenting the faces of Germany between the two World Wars, seen through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and photographer August Sander (1876–1964)
  • Tracey Emin and William Blake In Focus (showing until September 3, 2017) – at the heart of this display is one of Britain’s most renowned artworks of the past 20 years, Tracey Emin’s My Bed 1998. This is the first time My Bed has been displayed in the north of England. Also showing – a new exhibition presenting 40 major works of Yves Klein, many never before seen in the UK (showing until March 5, 2017)


Merseyside Maritime Museum

  • A brand new exhibition called In Safe Hands (showing until June 4, 2017), focusing on the Liverpool Pilotage Service – the second oldest institution in Liverpool


International Slavery Museum

  • Art of Solidarity (showing until June 18, 2017) – part of a rarely-seen, private collection, this new-for-2017 exhibition features more than 30 posters produced by the Organisation in Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAAL)


Beatles Story

  • Embark on a magical history tour and see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of worldwide fame to become the greatest band of all. Now displaying John Lennon’s draft letter to Queen Elizabeth II explaining why he returned his MBE


Mattel Play! Liverpool

  • Opening in 2016, this family entertainment centre features the worlds of Thomas & Friendsᵀᴹ, Bob the Builderᵀᴹ and Fireman Samᵀᴹ under one roof on The Colonnades, and is the first of its kind in Europe


Magical Mystery Tour

  • Step aboard at Albert Dock for a tour of Beatles’ Liverpool

For more information on this and all other upcoming events at Albert Dock, please visit the Albert Dock website. Join us on Twitter – @theAlbertDock #AlbertDock

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