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Heritage Open Days

  • Sun, 09 Sep 2018 - Sun, 16 Sep 2018
  • 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, all for free!

Celebrate the festival here at Bluecoat as we step back in time and open our doors for several days filled with heritage-inspired events and activities for all the family.

At Bluecoat you can embark on free tours of our hidden histories and uncover the secrets of our iconic Grade One listed building, the oldest in Liverpool City Centre.

Open Days / Sun 9, Fri 14, Sat 15 & Sun 16 Sep

My Bluecoat Presentation / Sun 9 Sep / 1:30pm

On Sun 9 Sep, join Bluecoat Artistic Director Bryan Biggs as he presents on our new Heritage Lottery-funded My Bluecoat website.

Free, drop-in.

Bluecoat Heritage Tours / Fri 14 Sep 2pm, Sun 16 Sep 11.30am & 2pm

Uncover our hidden histories with a private building tour with our Artistic Director Bryan Biggs.

Free, booking required. Please click here to book.

Family Heritage Afternoon / Sat 15 Sep / 1 - 4pm

Then on Sat 15 Sep we will be providing heritage activities for all the family. Travel back in time and learn about Bluecoat’s rich history through creating and making.

Free, drop-in.


Take a break in our Upstairs Bistro or Espresso Cafe

As well as being a centre for the contemporary arts, Bluecoat is the perfect location for fresh, local food and drink, right in the city centre. Our Upstairs Bistro serves hearty, warming comfort food, with a menu inspired by Bistro Classics; a return to the most popular dishes we have served over the years, including Fish & Chips, Sausage & Mash and Scouse:  

Please click here to see our current Bistro menu / View our special menu for children 

The Bistro is located on the first floor. The lift to the Bistro can be found in the Vide exhibition display area. 

If you are in a bit more of a rush, drop by to our Espresso Cafe located in the ground floor Hub. We offer barista coffee, leaf teas, craft ales, wines and soft drinks. We have a wide selection of freshly made sandwiches, salads, homemade cakes and biscuits.  If the sun is shining take your food and drink outside and relax in our beautiful garden, which offers a peaceful retreat from the summer crowds. 


Family Friendly

Bluecoat is a family-friendly venue with ground floor baby-changing facilities and we are a registered Breastfeeding Welcome venue.  Visit our exhibition, play in the garden, follow our gallery trail and join in our family-friendly activities. Every Saturday Explore offers free, fun, creative activities for all the family. Plus our Children's Corner provides activities to keep you and your little ones happy with self-guided activities and storybooks. 

Image credit: Brian Roberts

About the Bluecoat

Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, the oldest in the UK. Our landmark building, located in the ...

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Mon - Sat 9.00am - 6.00pm
Sun 11.00am - 6.00pm

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