A gingerbread extravaganza is coming to Bootle Canalside with two pop-up events scheduled for this weekend and next.
Over the weekends of Friday 10th to Sunday 12th and Friday 17th to Sunday 19th December, Bootle Canalside will be decorated for the festive season, featuring a Christmas tree, cosy tipis and gingerbread people on stilts.
Food and drink will be served from Bootle Canalside’s trademark shipping containers in a nod to Bootle’s industrial past, and people will be seated in a cosy, covered tipis surrounded by barrels and benches in true Bavarian style.
There will be activities for all the family including crafts and storytelling to bring Christmas to Canalside. A gingerbread trail through the Strand will lead out onto the Canalside.
So here’s what you need to know before heading down to Bootle Canalside…
What days is it open?
Friday 10th December- Sunday 12th December
Friday 17th December- Sunday 19th December
What time does it open?
Sundays: 12pm- 4pm
Where is it?
The new Bootle Canalside site is next to the Strand and can be accessed via Washington Parade, through the Strand or down the brand new steps on Stanley Road.
It it a 5-minute walk from Bootle New Strand Station and a 2-minute walk from the Strand Bus Station.
Is it free?
Yes, entry is free onto the site as is all the entertainment.
Is the site wheelchair accessible?
Access to the site is wheelchair accessible from Washington Parade and the Strand however, parts of the site are uneven in places and caution is advised for wheelchair users.
Is it child-friendly?
Yes. We have child friendly food stalls and entertainment and Bootle Canalside Pop Up is designed to be a place for all the family. We also have some fun craft and storytelling activities on all weekend.
Is it dog-friendly?
Yes, provided dogs are kept on a short lead and any mess is picked up.
What food stalls do you have?
We have all things Christmas served from our shipping containers as well as waffles, sweets and more tasty treats
We also have a bar serving coffee, beer, mulled wine, soft drinks and more…
What activities are on?
We have crafts and storytelling running every day delivered by local community groups and watch out for out Gingerbread People walking through the site every now and again. You won’t miss them!
How can I give my feedback?
There will be feedback forms and drop boxes dotted around the site…
We really want to hear what to local community want from this fantastic space
Do I have to wear a mask?
No, as per current COVID guidelines at this outdoor event you do not have to wear a mask although people are free to wear one if they like. We would encourage everyone to sanitise their hands often and be mindful of others. It may be a good idea to take a lateral flow test before so you know that you are not unwittingly spreading COVID-19.