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Living it up in Liverpool

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Liverpool is bursting with the wildest choice of things to do; whether you are a culture vulture, music fanatic, ravenous foodie or retail queen, Liverpool will not disappoint. Les Routiers are proud to introduce some of the best highlights in and around Liverpool.

Liverpool

Visit the Echo Arena at the heart of the development of Kings Waterfront, an iconic cultural legacy of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.  The award-winning facilities sit alongside the Grade I listed Albert Dock complex and World Heritage Site on the eastern bank of the river Mersey, in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Opening in January 2008 this venue has played host to a string of international events such as MTV Europe Music Awards, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Cirque du Soleil, Davis Cup Tennis, plus concert performances from Elton John, Bob Dylan and Beyoncé.

The line-up for 2014 looks set to keep Liverpool in the limelight with the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour commencing on the 23rd of January! If you are a sports fan, then the all-action indoor dirt bike racing and gravity-defying Freestyle Motocross, will set to keep the adrenalin pumping. On the 2nd of February, Arenacross will commence – a non-stop, three-hour white-knuckle ride, taking the most spectacular elements of outdoor Motocross racing, boiling them down into a concentrated cocktail and then transporting them into arenas onto purpose-built dirt tracks.

When you think Liverpool, you automatically think The Beatles! The city is officially the World Capital of Pop, and the fab four are, of course, its most famous offspring. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour is a must for all music fans. This 2-hour live guided coach tour takes you to all the Beatles Liverpool sites including Penny Lane, Strawberry Field as well as their birthplaces and schools. You’ll be kept entertained by a fully qualified Beatles Guide as you discover the truly remarkable story of the boys who were to become the world’s best known musicians – you’ll hear some Fab Beatles tunes along the way too!

While the city of Liverpool is thriving you cannot forget that it is surrounded by some of the most monumental countryside. Travel an hour outside Liverpool to visit the beautiful landscape of Lancashire. Walking can be the very best way to explore Lancashire’s countryside, canals, coast and towns, giving you access to stunning views, quiet lanes and rare wildlife. From the flat plains in the west through to the rugged moorland of the Forest of Bowland, on to the West Pennine Moors in the east, there will be a terrain and distance to suit everyone.

Lancashire

From short, gentle rambles to long distance treks, there are walks to suit everyone, allowing everyone to explore some of the most beautiful British countryside. Walk in the footsteps of author J.R.R. Tolkien who regularly stayed at Stonyhurst College in the Ribble Valley. This walk explores the richly beautiful surrounding that inspired him and a number of names which occur in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ are similar to those found locally.

By the time you have finished your journey of discovery, why not try an establishment ready to cater for hungry explorers.  Visit the Red Cat, a Les Routiers award Nominee for 2014. Located in Chorley, 44 minutes from the Lancashire countryside – this attractive, award winning restaurant is considered one of the finest in the area. Head chef, Chris Rawlinson, is passionate about food and flavour combinations. He creates an imaginative menu with a keen French influence, cooked to perfection. Ingredients are locally sourced as much as possible, together with a selection of fine wines from the world, impeccable service and attention to detail, The Red Cat deserves its accolades! There is no better excuse to indulge in some good hearty food.

So go on, treat yourself to a few days in Liverpool and Lancashire, with the fantastic shopping, nightlife, exhibitions, not forgetting the glorious countryside, there will be something fun for everyone.

January 3, 2014 | Les Routiers UK

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