UFC, tall ships and Champions League final: Liverpool set for biggest weekend ever


Liverpool is set for one of it’s biggest ever weekends as thousands of people flock to the city for the bank holiday celebrations.

The Champions League final isn’t the only major event taking place in and around the city centre between May 25-27 – bringing millions of tourists to the area.

Throughout the weekend, there will be an influx of families, sporting fans and revellers taking in the sights and enjoying everything Liverpool has to offer.

There will also be numerous historic events happening across the city, that people will be talking about for years to come.

If you are yet to plan your long weekend, we have created a handy guide to help you out.

Here are just some of the events that are happening in Liverpool next weekend;

Champions League final

Liverpool fans celebrate in Rome
Liverpool fans celebrate in Rome

Although many fans will be travelling to Kiev to watch LFC play Real Madrid on May 26, a number of events are taking place for fans who are still at home.

Thousands are expected to travel to Liverpool to soak up the atmosphere and watch the match in our city’s bars.

Here are some of the events taking place around the city in honour of the Champions League final.

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Champions League final

Match viewing at Anfield

Reds fans unable to make the trip to Rome were treated to a front-row seat to watch the game on three giant screens
Reds fans unable to make the trip to Rome were treated to a front-row seat to watch the game on three giant screens

Reds fans were invited to take a seat on the Kop or Main Stand to watch the clash between Liverpool and Real Madrid on Saturday, May 26, kick-off 7.45pm.

The match will be shown on the big screen, in association with BT Sport, for all fans unable to travel to Kiev.

According to the LFC website, pre-match entertainment will also be available for supporters, including face painting, live music and an appearance from club mascot Mighty Red.

Food and drink can also be purchased before and during the match.

Baltic Market

The Baltic Market

The match will be shown in one of the city’s favourite venues, the Baltic Market, with an all day party to accompany it.

Thousands of people attempted to get one of the £10 tickets that sold out in minutes after going on sale this week.

A small number of tickets will be released on Saturday morning through Skiddle but they will go fast.

Street food and live music will be available all day.

The event is strictly 18+.

”Open air” screening

A venue for the mystery open air arena screening of the Champions League Final has been confirmed – and tickets cost £28.

More than 11,000 football fans had shown interested in the event on Facebook but many believed it was a scam.

Tickets went on sale this evening – with more information on the location of the event.

It was advertised as taking place at city pub Tom Halls Tavern on Skiddle and as Tom Halls Arena on the poster and on Event Brite.

The ECHO contacted Tom Halls Tavern and a member of staff was unaware as to who was organising the event.

Liverpool City Council confirmed the event was genuine as a temporary event notice has been submitted.

Possible victory parade

Aerial view of Liverpool players celebrating in an open-top bus in front of St Georges Hall during a victory parade in Liverpool, Thursday May 26, 2005

If the team are successful in Kiev on the Saturday night, hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to line the street of Liverpool in a celebratory homecoming parade.

Plans for the controversial route were announced yesterday, with the parade starting at midday on Sunday May 27.

It is due to last for a couple of hours and see the Liverpool FC team parade the Champions League trophy on an open top bus, travelling along Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.

The route starts at the Parliament Street/The Strand junction, and will journey along:

· The Strand

· Up Leeds Street

· Along Hunter Street

· Along Islington

· Along Erskine Street

· Along West Derby Road

· The parade will finish near the Liverpool Olympia

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Tall Ships

The international fleet of Tall Ships makes a triumphant return to the Mersey over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta will link a trio of vibrant port cities – Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux – with some nail-biting racing across the Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay. And it all begins here on May 25..

Between May 25-28, the city will be transformed in to three cultural festivals – Liverpool Festival in the city centre, Irish Festival at the Albert Dock and French Festival on the Pier Head, each with their own unique atmosphere and cultural experience.

The Tall Ships, berthed on the Cruise Liner Terminal and in the Canning and the Albert Docks, will be open for visits from 12pm on Friday May 25.

The highlight of the event will be the magnificent Parade of Sail at 12 noon on Bank Holiday Monday, May 28, when the Tall Ships will make their way up and down the River Mersey, accompanied by a flotilla of other craft, before sailing for Liverpool Bay at the start of their race.

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Bordeaux Wine Festival

Wine-lovers can enjoy the world-renowned Bordeaux Wine Festival as it makes its UK debut on the waterfront.

There will be performances, unique entertainment, street animation and live music throughout May 26 and 27,

Now in its eleventh year, the biennial festival regularly attracts hundreds of thousands of wine lovers to the French city’s riverfront.

The festival will be part of Liverpool’s year-long cultural programme to mark the 10 year anniversary since the city was named European Capital of Culture.

Tickets are now on sale, starting from £18, and are available from www.BWFliverpool.com

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Things to do on the Waterfront

UFC Liverpool

Liverpool’s first ever UFC event will take place at the ECHO arena on May 27.

Wavetree MMA fighter Darren Till will headline the event after establishing himself as a top contender in the UFC’s welterweight division.

Liverpool favourite Molly McCann is also all on the card for the debut event, fighting against Gillian Robertson.

It is the first time UFC will host an event in the city and tickets sold out extremely quickly when they went on sale.

Fans can still purchase tickers for the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins on Saturday, May 26 at 3pm.

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