4 – 7 October 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What dates will the Giants Spectacular event be?

The Giants Spectacular will be from 4 – 7 October 2018 in Liverpool and Wirral.

Which Giants are coming?

We will announce which Giants will be joining us nearer to the event. Keep an eye out for any announcements on social media and at giantspectacular.com

Why are the Giants visiting both Liverpool and Wirral?

We are a city renowned for pushing creative boundaries and we always aim to achieve something different when it comes to returning events. Working in partnership with Liverpool City Region the giants will have a whole new playground as they discover the beauty of Wirral.

Why are they visiting Princes Park?

Each time that The Giants visit Liverpool, they explore a different location in our city. In 2012, Little Girl Giant and Xolo visited Stanley Park, in 2014 the Grandmother, Little Girl Giant and Xolo met crowds at Newsham Park. This year, the Giants will visit Princes Park and get to know another part of our beautiful city.

Why are they only in Wirral for one day?

The Giants are interested in finding out more about life over the water so part of Wirral will be explored for one full day, before the weekend is spent in their old stomping ground of Liverpool.

Why are they visiting New Brighton?

The Giants are always keen to explore somewhere new, and for 2018, New Brighton is on the must-visit list!

Why is the event called Liverpool's Dream if it's on both sides of the Mersey?

The name was chosen by Royal de Luxe as the majority of the event will take place on the Liverpool side of the water.

What are the routes / Where will the Giants be in Liverpool or Wirral?

The Giants will be visiting areas in and around Liverpool city centre and Wirral. We will announce the route for Liverpool’s Dream in both Liverpool and Wirral closer to the event. Keep an eye out for news on social media and giantspectacular.com

Will I see all the Giants at once?

The Giants will not always be together therefore it will not be possible to see all of the show and with increased spectator numbers it will be hard to follow all of the Giants’ route. It is important that you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the event – we advise picking times and locations where you would like to see the Giants once the route is announced.

Is this the last time that the Giants will be in Liverpool?

We see this as being the final act in an incredible trilogy. The Giants roamed our streets in 2012 and 2014 and this year is the right time to welcome them for the final time.

Where is the best place to view Giants?

The route for Liverpool’s Dream in both Liverpool and Wirral will be announced closer to the event. Keep an eye out for news on social media and giantspectacular.com

Who are the Giants?

Manipulated by dozens of Lilliputians, Royal de Luxe are famous across the globe for The Giants who are known to bring stories to life on city streets over several days. Their audacity and their poetry, mixing time and genres, with different Giants moving at the same time at various ends of a city results in thousands and even millions of spectators. Their inimitable humanity and the empathy they produce in their awe-struck audiences, have now become a signature of the company.

At the turn of the millennium Liverpool could only dream of the cultural journey it was about to embark on… and what a journey it has been! 2018 is a landmark year for Liverpool, celebrating 10 years since its designation of European Capital of Culture. As Merseyside looks forward to a new age of events and cultural happenings, it’s a GIANT year for Liverpool City Region.

In collaboration with Liverpool City Region, Liverpool and Wirral will host the largest street theatre event to take place in the UK this year which will once again see giant visitors journey around Merseyside.

Taking place from 4 – 7 October 2018, Liverpool and Wirral will welcome back the creative tour de force that is Royal de Luxe who will undoubtedly deliver a jaw-dropping visual feast.

What are the plans on each day?

Full details of Liverpool’s Dream including details on timings and route will be announced closer to the event. Keep an eye out for news on social media and giantspectacular.com

Is it free to attend / who can attend?

This event is open to all ages and is free to attend. Once we’ve announced the routes just pick a location you’d like to see the Giants and give yourself plenty of travel time to see them.

Who is paying for this event?

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is supporting the event as part of the Single Investment Fund. Arts Council England funding and sponsorship from other private and public sector bodies are all making Liverpool’s Dream possible.

I’m visiting Liverpool for this event. How can I find out more information on what to do?

You can visit our Tourist Information Centres in Liverpool Central Library, a short walk from Lime St Station or at the British Music Experience in the Cunard Building, one of the city’s iconic Three Graces, at Pier Head. More information and opening times can be found at https://www.visitliverpool.com/plan-your-visit/visitor-centres

You can also email the tourist information at [email protected] or call the team on 0151 233 0090.

How can I get involved?

We will be looking for a number of volunteers to take part in Liverpool’s Dream. We’ll be announcing more details on this shortly so keep an eye out on Giant Spectacular social media and giantspectacular.com

Will there be road closures?

Yes, with an event of this scale there will unfortunately inevitably be an element of disruption. All businesses and residents affected will be informed, and road closures will be advertised in advance of the event so people can prepare their journeys.

Will bus routes be affected?

Yes. Changes in timetables and routes will be confirmed before the event. We recommend leaving plenty of time to travel to and from Liverpool’s Dream. You can plan your journey and receive live route updates by visiting merseytravel.gov.uk

Will there be accessible viewing?

Due to the nature of the Giants, they can be seen from different locations and from long distances however we will be looking at specific arrangements for viewing and parking which we will be able to confirm when further details about the show and the routes are announced.

Stewards will be advised where possible to allow wheelchair users and other visitors will specific accessibility requirements access to viewing areas during the show where available and possible on a first come first served basis. Adapted toilets will be provided in all areas where event toilets are situated.

All Liverpool Council public car parks have allocated spaces for blue badge holders, more information on this can be found on the Liverpool City Council website, however access will be affected by road closures and crowd numbers therefore please plan sufficient time for your journey.
For information on accessible public transport in Merseyside please download the following guide.

For general accessibility information on your visit to Liverpool, head to the Visit Liverpool website who work in partnership with ‘DisabledGo’ to help you find detailed information about disabled and wheelchair access to all kinds of places including transport information, hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions. All access information has been collected in person by DisabledGo’s team of surveyors. For more details please go to visitliverpool.com

Will there be parking facilities?

There are a number of carparks in Liverpool city centre and Wirral. However, we recommend using public transport to attend the event on both sides of the water. Please allow for plenty of time to arrive and leave the event.

Will there be Giants merchandise available?

We will release details on merchandise for Liverpool’s Dream closer to the event. If you would like to purchase items from previous Giant Spectacular events in Liverpool, please visit liverpoolcitygifts.com and search for the last few items available.