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After 70 years as a former Salvation Army children’s home and following an extraordinary renovation, Strawberry Field is unveiled as a must-see attraction for Beatles, music and history fans alike. Since closing its doors in 2005, the Woolton based site – which served the local community and its young people for decades – is now ready to unveil its incredible new look.
The Victorian house and grounds – once the play ground of the city’s most famous son – has been transformed into a visitors attraction with something for everyone. A community cafe, shop and beautiful landscaped gardens are all free for visitors to explore, while a state of the art, must-see exhibition provides fans with an awe-inspiring look at John Lennon’s childhood and the secrets of his historic site.
Alongside the visitor attractions, Strawberry Fields has taken inspiration from its past endeavours to develop an amazing legacy programme. Steps To Work is a collaboration with The City of Liverpool College and aims to support young people with learning disabilities to gain skills, experience and gainful employment.
Your visit or donation to the new Strawberry Field will positively impact the lives of local people – just starting out on their journey. We can’t help but think John would be thrilled.
— Jay Hynd (@JayHynd) September 10, 2019
The most famous gates in the world (as far as we’re concerned) have been on the move this week. Completing a tour of the city from their temporary Beatles Story home and making their way to the original Woolton site. If you haven’t got your picture taken at the Strawberry Field gates, are you even a Beatles fan? Get snap happy and cherish the memory of your visit.
A never-before-seen interactive exhibition, which charts John Lennon’s childhood and the history of Strawberry Fields, will thrill and delight all visitors. Featuring memorabilia, interviews and multimedia exhibits, the exhibition is a must-see for Beatles and history fans alike. Every wondered what happened behind those famous red gates? Then get your exhibition tickets here and step back in time.
Did you know that all proceeds from the Strawberry Field exhibition, shop and cafe will directly fund the Steps to Work Programme? This amazing project offers young adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills and find meaningful employment. A true legacy project which will positively impact local communities. Find out more here.
The Strawberry Field Cafe is open to members of the public, local community, visitors from near and far – basically everyone is guaranteed a warm welcome. There’s a range of refreshments on offer, from teas and coffees, sandwiches, cakes and an early dinner menu. The cafe is also staffed by some of the Steps To Work trainees as they work towards gaining qualifications and experience in hospitality. Looking for a unique meeting place, date idea or get together with friends, choose Strawberry Field.
It has been an honour to be part of such a wonderful project with a fantastic team, we can’t wait for the gates to be opened!#GatesOpenForGood@RobertsonGroup @MaxFordhamLLP @GleedsGlobal @salvationarmyuk @lpoolcouncil https://t.co/RCz523yEJs pic.twitter.com/brQ86cCN3t
— Hoskins Architects (@Hoskins_Arch) September 12, 2019
Something of a pilgrimage for Lennon fans, the gardens at Strawberry Field offer a chance to wander the tranquil space where the man himself whiled away the hours as a youngster. Having penned the very song that attracts millions of fans to the famous red gates, you’re invited to follow in John Lennon’s footsteps and enjoy your own moment of peace.
The valuable work of The Salvation Army has seen this project come to fruition. To ensure it’s a lasting legacy, Strawberry Field needs you. There are volunteer opportunities available in the cafe, shop, training hub, exhibition and more. Head this way to find out more.
To ensure Beatles and Lennon fans can access and enjoy the full Strawberry Field experience, a brand new, branded mini bus will be in operation between the Woolton site and the Jury’s Inn Hotel at King’s Dock, Liverpool. Go the whole hog and arrive in style. Tickets and information here.
Finish up your trip to the incredible new Strawberry Field visitor centre with a memento or two from the on-site shop. From Strawberry Field gate mugs to t shirts, tote bags and more – there’s a little piece of merchandise to make sure Strawberry Fields really does last forever.
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