Strawberry Field, Liverpool – new, authentic and unique addition to Beatles tourism opens in September 2019
Responsible tourism arrives on Merseyside
With the opening of Strawberry Field, Liverpool now offers a unique and exciting attraction to members of the travel trade. Strawberry Field, a responsible tourism offering with a difference, opens its iconic red gates in Liverpool in September 2019. Catering for both FIT’s and group tours, Strawberry Field makes a visit to Liverpool even more compelling for the hundreds of millions of Beatle fans around the world. This new heritage attraction complements other significant Liverpool Beatles venues such as the award-winning The Beatles Story, the Cavern Club, and the Magical Mystery Tour. However, the appeal of this destination is wide, a place of tranquillity as well as history, with a socially responsible function. At its heart is the training hub, which will offer opportunities to local young people with learning disabilities and other barriers to employment.
Strawberry Field, the iconic location immortalised by John Lennon in The Beatles hit, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, is the site of the former Salvation Army children’s home where John Lennon, who lived near by with his aunt, found solace as a child playing in the grounds.
Strawberry Field includes an authentic inter-active exhibition where “nothing is real!” complete with Media Guides in multiple languages, exploring stories new and old of the site’s history and heritage, John Lennon’s childhood, and the writing and recording of the famous song as told by John’s close friends and family. At the heart of the new visitor experience are the gardens, where John played as a child – “no one I think is in my tree”. Your visitors will be following in John’s footsteps. The Imagine More Café provides light refreshments as well as lunch and early dinner menus. The shop stocks an exciting and unique range of Strawberry Field merchandise.
UNIQUE AND RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
In addition to the Visitor Exhibition Strawberry Field houses “Steps to Work”, a significant training centre for young adults with learning disabilities and other barriers to employment, enabling them to learn a trade and find meaningful employment. The Visitor Experience offers these young people vital work experience in catering, retail and visitor management. All funds generated by the Visitor Experience will go into supporting the operation of this much-needed training centre.
EXPLORE, UNWIND, DREAM, BE INSPIRED
Strawberry Field will also be a place of spiritual exploration and discovery, offering the visitor a thought-provoking tour of the gardens John Lennon knew and loved, a place where he could escape the problems of his young life. The benefits of spending time in fresh air, and with nature, are a bonus for all types of visitor, whatever their reason for coming to Liverpool. Explore, unwind and dream in the place, which inspired one of the 20th century’s greatest songwriters.
Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister and Honorary President of the Strawberry Field project, said: “I am sure that John would have been thrilled that Strawberry Field is to become a bastion of hope for young adults as well as an inspirational Visitor Experience.”
Strawberry Field is owned and operated by The Salvation Army. The church and charity hopes to continue inspiring future generations to come.
Julius Wolff-Ingham, Fundraising and Marketing Director for The Salvation Army, said: “Strawberry Field will weave together educational, cultural, heritage and spiritual exploration in one bold, imaginative site. It’s going to be a vibrant visitor experience, which we hope will inspire people today as much as the place inspired the young John Lennon.”
Chris Brown, Director of Marketing Liverpool, said: “The Beatles are and will remain a huge draw for our international visitors, underlined by the phenomenal level of interest we continue to receive from media and travel trade contacts across the world. That is set to increase even further with the opening of Strawberry Field. In knowing the concept and experience that will be delivered there, we have no doubts that this is going to be a fantastic new addition to the city’s offer, and that it will have a significant economic and social impact.”
Strawberry Field is around 15 minutes’ drive from Liverpool city centre. Drop off and pick up parking spaces will be available as well as nearby coach parking. Travel trade professionals will have access to dedicated staff who will organise all aspects of group visits and group organisers/tour leaders will get free access to the exhibition.
More information including group features, booking details and prices can be found at www.strawberryfieldliverpool.com/travel-trade