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Beatlemania

By Rachel Nash

Posted: 29th October 2012 09:57

By Rachel Nash

Who doesn’t love the famous four?  OK, so we understand The Beatles were defiantly more popular with your parents in the 1960s but where do you think your beloved One Direction and Coldplay get their inspiration from?  To learn all about John, Paul, George and Ringo you have to head to their hometown, Liverpool for a Beatles-filled afternoon.  All together now ‘We all live in a yellow submarine...’

The Beatles Story

‘The Beatles Story’ exhibition is award-winning so you know it’s going to be good.  Upon your arrival you’re given a pair of headphones and handset which provided extra information as you walk around the exhibition that explains how The Beatles met, formed and their rise to fame.  The exhibition also features a ‘Fab4D’ experience based in the museums state-of-the-art theatre.  ‘The Beatles Story’ experience also includes a special hidden gallery that holds numerous never-seen-before black and white shots of the band and a Fab4 store where you can pick up all The Beatles tee-shirts, posters, mugs, vinyl’s (you get the idea) you want for reasonable prices.  If you fancy a coffee break then the exhibition also holds a Cavern-style Starbucks and is the perfect place to chill out after all the tour. 

Admission into ‘The Beatles Story’ is £14.95 per person.  Visit the official websitefor further prices, opening times and to book online. 

The Cavern

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for most of your life (or your parents and grandparents were hardcore heavy metal fans instead of Beatles fans) you’ll have heard of the ‘Cavern’.  The Beatles performed at this club nearly 300 times so it’s worth visiting even if it’s just to stop for a beer or two.  It’s open from 10am every day so you can pop on over anytime.  Live music is booked every evening and admission is free, but the club charges a small fee for weekend performances. 

For a full schedule of all upcoming performances and to book online visit the official Cavern website here

The Magical Mystery Tour

Hop on the real-life magical mystery tour round Liverpool!  The colourful bus runs a 2 hour tour of Beatles locations and stops for photos along the way.  Stops include the band member’s childhood homes, birthplaces, Penny Lane, the church where John and Paul first met amongst others.  The tour ends with a stop at the ‘Cavern’ and a complimentary free entry pass. 

For the full itinerary of the tour visit the official website here

Beatles Festivals

Held every August, the annual International Beatle Week festival pays homage to the band with several tribute musicians and as well as live gigs, conventions and memorabilia sales, the festival also features guest speakers.  With surprises every year who knows who could turn up?  Cynthia Lennon?  Ringo Starr?  Paul McCartney?

Christmas is a good reason to celebrate so why celebrate with the famous five?  Well, maybe not the famous five but close enough.  Head on down to the Cavern on December 7th for the Christmas Beatles festival to watch the ‘Cavern Club Beatles’ sing to raise money for Claire House children’s hospice.  The Beatles classics are played all night and other tribute bands have a go at re-enacting the bands famous songs.    

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