LIVERPOOL will turn the second visit of Cunard’s luxury liner Queen Elizabeth this Friday into a family day out.
The plan is to take advantage of it being the first time a Cunard liner has called during school holidays with even bigger crowds than usual expected.
The £350m, 90,910 gross ton ship is due to arrive on her second visit to the city on a round Britain cruise.
Her 2,100 passengers and spectators viewing the ship will be able to enjoy a day long riverside celebration including 30 arts and craft stalls, children’s fairground, food court, ukulele performance and shanty songs.
Liverpool’s town crier, Terry Stubbings, will also give children under 11 years lessons in his art form from 2pm.
Ghost tour company Shiverpool will put on a free theatre performance with a special “auld city” theme about Liverpool’s original seven streets.
The event is possible because of the extra space created by the new cruise terminal baggage handling complex.
This was built to handle “turnaround” cruise arrivals and departures, which does not apply on this liner visit.
Cllr Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for culture and tourism, said: “Whenever a cruise liner sails into Liverpool it always attracts huge crowds.
“So for the visit of the majestic Queen Elizabeth we wanted to encourage spectators and passengers from the ship to spend as much time as possible on our World Heritage site waterfront.
“This is the first time a Cunard liner has visited the city during the school holidays so we’re expecting a great turnout.
“With the added element of the entertainment we’re providing it really is a great day out for all the family.”
The arts and craft fair will run from Friday midday to 8pm. The three fairground rides and food outlets will open from about 10am.
M/V Queen Elizabeth was commissioned in October 2010. She will arrive at 5am and depart at 10pm but there will not be any farewell fireworks.