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Ten reasons Bluecoat is your one-stop shop for all things Christmas this festive season

Whether you’re shopping for a unique Christmas gift, searching for a quiet spot in the city centre for a festive lunch or just looking for something to do with the family, here’s ten reasons why you should make Bluecoat your one-stop shop for all things Christmas this festive season.

1. Festive Lunches

Enjoy a relaxed Christmas lunch in our beautiful Grade I listed building. Our Christmas Menu is available throughout the festive season for groups of any size. It includes a traditional Christmas Dinner with garlic butter basted turkey, crispy roast potatoes, cheesy cauliflower bake, carrots, and rich homemade gravy. You could also opt-in for starters and desserts, and we have a Vegetarian Christmas dinner option available too.

Two-course meal - £13.95, three-course meal - £17.95.

Click here for more info

2. Christmas shopping in our Creative Community

We have a number of independent retailers within our creative community here at Bluecoat, so if you’re looking for that unique gift for someone special, you might just find it here.

Our retailers include;

Kernaghan Books - Specialising in rare and collectible books whilst also stocking your everyday classics.

Lalligrass -  A family business who specialise in the arts and crafts of the Himalayas. Including anything from rugs to statues, their shop is full of handmade items.

Mary Mary Florals and Root Houseplants - The latest addition to our community and already a hit with the locals, they sell bouquets, houseplants large and small and everything in between.

They’re also hosting a hand-tied bouquet workshop on Tuesday 18th December at 6pm.

Spellbound Hair & Makeup- Look your best this Christmas and visit our onsite salon Spellbound, or book that special someone in for some much needed pampering.

3. Visit Our Exhibitions

Our gallery and exhibition spaces are open throughout the Christmas period, closing only for Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year's day. So if you’re looking for something to do when your Christmas shopping is done and dusted, pop in and browse our free exhibitions. Or, whilst the family is over and you’re looking for something to do between Christmas and New Year’s, bring them to Bluecoat for an afternoon of coffee, cake, and art.

Open daily, 11am - 6pm. Click here to find out more about our current exhibitions

4. Print Workshops

Our Print Studio host a variety of workshops that could make a great gift for that creative someone in your life. They offer workshops on Linocut, Printscreen, Etching, and CMYK, suiting all skill levels and across a range of dates in Jan, Feb and March. So if someone you know has a New Years resolution to get creative, this could be the perfect Christmas present. Click here to find out more about our Print Studio and the workshops on offer.

5. Telling Tales with local Storytellers - Saturday 8th December

Bring the family for some weird and wonderful tales at Bluecoat on Sat 8 December, 5pm | Free. Suitable for children aged 2-5 years.

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6. Host your own Christmas Celebration at Bluecoat

Fancy having a stunning venue to host your own private party for up to 80 guests?

With free room hire, a selection of lite bite menus and canapes to choose from, this unique package is available from 6pm - 12.30am throughout the Festive season.

For more information click here or get in touch with our Events Coordinator Janine on 0151 702 5324 or email:

7. Christmas at Espresso

Stop by our Cafe and grab something from our Christmas menu. Starting Saturday 1st December we'll have festive sausage rolls, mince pies, shortbreads, turkey sandwiches and Christmas dinner pies at selected times throughout the festive season. Open Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm and Sun 11am - 5pm. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

8. Gav the Grumpy Snowman - Saturday 15th December

Join storyteller Gav Cross for an immersive and interactive seasonal storytelling session. You’ll become a part of the story with your own festive hand puppet characters.

Drop in at 1.30pm, 2.30pm or 3.30pm | Free. Click here for more info

9.  Become a Bluecoat Member this Christmas  

Give the gift of history and art to someone you love this Christmas by gifting a Bluecoat Membership. Your lucky friend or relative will receive invites to exclusive Member-only experiences and receive a 10% discount in our Creative Community of retailers listed above, plus our own Espresso cafe. Most importantly, they’ll become a part of Bluecoat’s story, helping us continue to support new and emerging artists whilst engaging people from all walks of life with the arts. Plus they’ll play a huge part in our ability to maintain our beautiful and iconic building. Click here to find out more

10. Take a break in our upstairs dining area

Braving the crowds to get your Christmas shopping done can get a little stressful, so why not take a break with a coffee and some delicious homemade food in our upstairs dining area. We’re right in the city centre, so you can get straight back to it once you’ve refueled, but just far enough away from the hustle and bustle to catch your breath. Open daily. Click here for more info


Whatever your plans are this festive season, relax, shop and celebrate with Bluecoat!

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