GRAND NATIONAL: Get Set for Aintree 2013

The eyes of the world will once again be focused on Aintree Racecourse as the Grand National meeting takes place on 4th-6th April 2013. The greatest Steeplechase in the world may pose it’s problems to horse and jockey but there’s no need to worry about where to eat, drink, get dolled up and party, as we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know. Aren’t we lovely!

Liverpool Day is gone this year replaced instead with ‘Grand Opening Day’ (4th Apr) and features a headline performance by everybody’s favourite girl group The Saturdays. Friday 5th April is of course Ladies Day and the biggest day in Liverpool’s social calendar. Get your best togs on to be in with a chance of scooping £5000 in the Matalan style competition. The weekend is topped off with the biggest single horse race in the world the Grand National and Katherine Jenkins performs (6th Apr). Tickets are available for all three days at

Take a look below then switch off your brain and enjoy the thrills of race day…

hooka250HAIR: Hooka

Ladies’ Day wouldn’t be complete without the towering ‘do’s atop the perfect tans and outrageous dresses. Head to Hooka’s salons on either Wood or Button Street for expertly coiffed curls, while the men are also welcome to get groomed to within an inch of their lives. Call 0151 708 0302 to make an appointment

Hooka Website


city-dental-250SMILE: City Dental

Guarantee your pearly-whites are gleaming when the paparazzi yell “CHEEEEEEESE!”. City Dental Liverpool offer everything from Teeth Whitening and Veneers to Botox and Dental Implants. Visit their clinic at 44 Old Hall Street to glam your grin. Mention ‘Liverpool Live’ to receive a 50% discount on home teeth whitening kits.

City Dental Website


larry-adams-image-250LOOKING SMART: Larry Adams

Footy Kit and trainers is a big no-no, but Larry Adams Formal Attire are here to save the day with menswear and formal hire to smarten you up. Visit their website at or pop in to the shop at 7a Banks Road West Kirby.

Larry Adams Website


felicity-hat-250LOOK THE PART: Cricket

It’s the outlet of choice for the city’s WAGs and fashionistas so a visit to Cricket in Cavern Walks will certainly make sure you get noticed on Ladies Day. Just make sure you don’t wear the same dress as Coleen.

Cricket Online


DON’T FORGET YOUR HEAD… Felicity Hat Hire have an extensive range of hats and fascinators available, for hire or purchase. Facinating!

Felicity Website


champagne-250PRE RACE REFRESHMENTS: MPW Steakhouse

Want to arrive at the course feeling a million dollars and without a care that tomorrow you could be making the headlines in the Daily Star after a catastrophic wardrobe malfunction.. MPW Steakhouse in Hotel Indigo are offering Grand National Champagne Breakfast. Running 10am-1pm on the Thursday/Friday and Saturday.

The price is £20 for a full breakfast buffet, complementary copies of The Racing Post and glass of Champagne. Guaranteeing you start your day off in style

MPW Website



Save yourself a load of hassle and valuable drinking time by placing your bets before you go to the course.

Many bookmakers have free bet offers for new customers including Paddy Power who will give you £20 in bets when you spend a tenner.



aintree-station-250GETTING THERE

If you don’t already know how you’re getting to the races it’s best to start planning ahead, as booking in advance will save headaches on the day. The easiest option is to book a package deal like the ones below, or if travel is your only fear then public transport is definitely the way to go. Finding a parking space at Aintree will be nothing short of a miracle, but Aintree train station is just over the road. Merseytravel are putting on extra trains and you can book your tickets in advance to avoid the queues. Visit their website for more details.

Merseytravel Website


TAXI!!!.. If taxi travel is more your thing then Alpha Taxis have a top-up payment card system to make sure you don’t spend your cab fare home on one last flutter

More Details


whats-cooking-250PACKAGES: Whats Cooking?

Looking for a package to make arrangements flow smoothly? WHAT’S COOKING? at Albert Dock are offering their VIP packages on each day of the races. Enjoy a Champagne breakfast, coach travel to and from the racecourse at Aintree and a 3 course evening meal for just £49.95pp (not including race tickets).

What’s Cooking? Website


newz-250STAY IN TOWN

Many city centre bars are offering the race day experience without the hustle and bustle of the betting ring. NEWZ on Water Street is offering a £20 package which includes a pre-race meal, glass of beer or wine, late afternoon tea, live entertainment and all the racing on the big screen.

To make a reservation call Newz on 0151 236 2025 and quote ‘Liverpool Live’ or email for more details. Newz require a £10 per person deposit at the time of booking

Liverpool Live have a table for 4 to give away in our exclusive competition. Click here to enter 



If you’ve won big you’re going to want to sing and shout about it so why not visit city centre karaoke joint L1KTV at 40 Victoria Street. They have VIP rooms available for parties from 6 – 30 people, all fitted with state of the art karaoke systems to make sure you’re ‘hoarse’ by the end of the night. The rooms are free to hire but a minimum spend applies on food/drink. Call Dean on 07788 847452 for more details

Those with bulging purses and wallets should head out to celeb hangouts NEWZ or Mosquito to celebrate but if the bookies have cleared your pockets wounded punters should head to the Ship and Mitre (133 Dale St) to drown their sorrows with a massive selection of beers

Don’t feel sorry for the horses and jockeys after completing the gruelling 4 miles and 4 furlongs of the big race, spare a thought for Liverpool improvisation theatre company Impropriety who embark on a 33 hour and 33 minute improvathon. If you’re on the look out for some culture then The Kazimier is the place to be. Starters orders 1pm Sat 6th – Finishing with a wet sail at 10.33pm Sun 7th. Tickets from £5 – MORE INFO



Co-operative travel have a number of hotel packages including breakfast, transfers and badges for the Steeplechase Enclosure. Call 0151 342 0500 for more details

For last minute tickets, online marketplace Viagogo will have availability right up to Aintree weekend – BUY TICKETS

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