Birkenhead’s history has been shaped by its people and their experiences. And this small corner of Merseyside has more than its fair share of takes to tell. At Future Yard Festival, we’ll be looking to lift the lid on some of the odder, more mysterious happenings that have helped to shape the place and people of Birkenhead today.
Join author and local historian Gavin Chappell on a walking tour from Birkenhead Priory around the immediate dockside area on a journey through time.
This tongue-in-cheek trail will chart the rise of Birkenhead, from its medieval monastic beginnings to its industrial expansion of the nineteenth century – and beyond.
Along the way we’ll be hearing tales of tunnels and treasure, monks and pirates, ferries and shipbuilders, explorers and rebels, and possibly the only combined barbershop and pub in the world — all making their own unique contribution to the fascinating history of Birkenhead.
How to take part: Walk On The Weird Side is open to all Future Yard ticket holders. The tour will leave Birkenhead Priory at 1pm. Please arrive at the front entrance on Priory Street at 12.45pm. The walk be a leisurely 1.5 hours so please bring shoes you’ll be comfortable in and any water/refreshments as necessary.