THREE QUEENS: Schedule and Essential Information | 23-26 May 2015

three-queens-liverpoolFor the first time, the Three Cunard Queens – Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 – will sail into Liverpool together as part of the One Magnificent City celebrations, marking the 175th anniversary of Cunard. Here’s our essential guide to the biggest weekend of the summer.

This unforgettable spectacular, which is a salute to the company’s spiritual home, will take place during the May bank holiday. The three ships will only be together for a short time on Monday 25th, but activities will take place across the weekend including music, fireworks and projections. WATCH LIVE ON MON 25th at 12.30

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool is a city well-versed in staging huge events with an international focus, and this May bank holiday weekend will be no exception. Although the ships will only be together for a short period of time on the Monday, there is a whole programme of events taking place across the weekend to keep the expected huge crowds entertained.

I have no doubt that Liverpool will shine under the international spotlight and this will be an unforgettable moment in the city’s history for all the right reasons.”

Just announced will be a spectacular fly-past of the Red Arrows on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May. The nine jet formation team will add a coup de grace to the event, performing the fly-past at 1.50pm as the fleet completes its manoeuvres. The world famous aerobatic team will follow the Mersey in from the sea, flying in formation over the three ships to create an extraordinary spectacle on the river.

Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Red 1 and team leader of the Red Arrows said:
“The Red Arrows are pleased to be able to play a part in the Three Queens celebrations on the Mersey and we look forward to creating a special moment for the crowds on both sides of the river.”

Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday 23 May

10pm – Amazing Graces – state-of-the-art projections on the Three Graces exploring the spirit of Liverpool.

Sunday 24 May

9am – Queen Mary 2 arrives in the city and berths at Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal
10pm – Amazing Graces projections
10.30pm – Firework display

Monday 25 May

10.45am – Queen Mary 2 leaves the berth to greet her two sisters at Brazil Buoy (on the river between Crosby Beach and New Brighton)

3queens-schedule1
12pm to 2pm – Three Queens meet and sail in formation south towards the Liverpool Echo Arena, and then north along the Mersey

3queens-schedule2
1.50pm – Red Arrows fly-past
2.10pm – Queen Mary 2 leaves the city, Queen Elizabeth berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal and Queen Victoria anchors in the middle of the Mersey

3queens-schedule3
10pm – Amazing Graces projections
10.30pm – Firework display, after which Queen Elizabeth leaves the city and Queen Victoria berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal

Tuesday 26 May

4.30pm – A special musical sail-away performance to say goodbye to Queen Victoria
5pm – Queen Victoria sails out of the city
Further information and any changes to the schedule can be found at www.onemagnificentcity.co.uk


Travel Advice

Across the weekend it is anticipated huge numbers of people will head to the city to be part of the celebrations, with the main focus being on Monday 25 May, when hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to both sides of the Mersey to experience a bit of maritime history.

To see your options and for help in planning your journey, visit www.mersytravel.gov.uk call Traveline on 0151 236 7676 or 0871 200 22 33. You may also want to follow @Merseytravel on Twitter and look out for #3queenstravel.

Free event parking in Wirral will be provided at the Dips, Coastal Drive, New Brighton. Follow the signs from junction 1 of the M53.

Walking and cycling may be the fastest and easiest way to get to and from the event.

Be prepared. As this is an event of national and international significance, so it goes without saying that it will be extremely busy and there will be queues. Plan ahead, leave plenty of time to get where you want to go and please be patient. If you’re visiting from further afield or have mobility issues, car parking will be available.
If you can’t make it to the waterfront to witness the spectacle first hand – don’t panic – Liverpool Live is showing live footage from the event on Monday 25th May. Starting at 12.30pm the 90 minute show will bring the action and atmosphere from the afternoon. WATCH HERE

The Three Queens weekend forms part of One Magnificent City – a seven week programme of events celebrating Liverpool’s internationally renowned maritime history and transatlantic links. For more information visit www.onemagnificentcity.co.uk or follow @OMCLpool on Twitter and One Magnificent City Liverpool on Facebook.

 

One Comment

  1. Pingback: THREE QUEENS: Live from the Mersey | Liverpool Live TV

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.