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Bluecoat and Castlefield Gallery announce inaugural PIVOT artists for new development programme.

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Christmas at Bluecoat 2019











Whether you’re shopping for a unique Christmas gift, searching for a pretty spot for a festive lunch or looking for something to do with the family, Bluecoat has everything you need to make Christmas 2019 the best yet. 

Festive Lunches & Festive Afternoon Tea 

Enjoy a relaxed Christmas lunch with family and friends in our beautiful Grade I listed building. Our Christmas Menu is available throughout December for groups of any size. Or indulge with our new Festive Afternoon Tea! Complete with turkey, brie and cranberry sandwiches, warm cinnamon scones with brandy cream, Christmas cake, mince pies and more!

Festive Afternoon Tea - £15.95 pp

Festive Lunches - 2 courses for £14.95, 3 courses for £17.95 

Call 0151 702 5324 to book now 

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Christmas shopping in our Creative Community

We have a number of independent retailers within our creative community here at Bluecoat, selling a variety of handmaid or unique items. If you’re looking for a creative gift for someone special, you can find it here. 

Our retailers include;

Kernaghan Books - Along with their collection of rare and collectible books, they also stock the every day classics at great prices. 

Dressology by Cristiana -  If you're looking for the perfect celebration dress this season, stop by Dressology and take a look at their stunning collection of evening gowns. 

Mary Mary Florals and Root Houseplants - Shop for a beautiful handmade Christmas wreath or hand pick a bouquet from independent florist Mary Mary. Browse houseplants large and small in Root Houseplants, located in the same shop.  

R & J Porters Jewellers & Engravings - With over 20 years experience, husband and wife team Bob and Joan’s shop at Bluecoat is full of handmade jewellery, ornaments, trinkets and more. Shop for the perfect gift or personalise a special present with their skilled engraving service. 

Bluecoat Display Centre - A haven for enthusiasts of everything exquisite in the field of contemporary craft and design, their selection of beautifully hand crafted items are sure to make a special Christmas gift. 

Click here to see the full list of retailers at Bluecoat 

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. If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the crowds of shoppers, pop in and discover Alexis Teplin’s large-scale dramatic canvases and colourful abstract paintings in her free exhibition It’s My Pleasure to Participate

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

Print Workshops

Join us in our Print Studio for a variety of workshops. We offer workshops on Linocut, Printscreen, Etching, and CMYK, suitable for a range of abilities and running throughout the winter. 

Give someone the gift of creativity this Christmas with a Print Studio Gift Card, now available to buy online or over the phone phone.   

Click here for more information or call 0151 702 5324 to buy a gift card. 

Winter Family Fun 

We have a great line-up of family events to take you through the festive season and into 2020!

You don't have to come to a special event to join us - drop into our Children's Corner in our cafe with free, self-led activities that your little artists can enjoy anytime. Make a day of it with lunch in our upstairs Bistro, complete with a children's menu and highchairs, or grab a kids lunch box from our Espresso Cafe.

Funny Looking Kids Comedy Club

Sat 7 Dec | 2.30 - 4pm 

Liverpool’s first comedy club for kids returns with more jokes and mayhem! Tickets: £5/3

Twisted Christmas Tales with Gav Cross

Sun 15 Dec | 2.30 - 3.30pm 

Join us for an hour of silly festive stories with a twist from storyteller Gav Cross. Tickets: £6/£4

Take P-Art! Family Weekend

Sat 25 Jan - Sun 26 Jan | 1 - 4pm

Save the date for our January Family Weekend! Explore our exhibition It’s My Pleasure to Participate and get creative with a carousel of activities inspired by Alexis Teplin’s ceramics, textiles, paintings and performances.  Suitable for all the family. Free, drop in. 

Gift a Bluecoat Membership

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  own Espresso cafe, plus selected Bluecoat retailers. Most importantly, they’ll become a vital 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.

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

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