Huge crowds are expected as giant sized puppets go on show in Liverpool for the first time since 2014 this weekend.
The impressive Giants are the work of Street theatre company Royal de Luxe, who first came to the city in 2012 with Sea Odyssey – a story inspired by the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.
The adventures of the Little Girl Giant, her playful canine companion Xolo and the Diver attracted crowds of around 800,000.
The Little Girl and Xolo returned in July 2014 for Memories of August 1914, joined by a Grandmother whose stories brought to life the impact of preparations of the First World War had on the city.
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The Little Boy Giant will be making his UK debut on the city’s streets as he explores Liverpool, the Liverpool Echo reports .
The spectacular Giants will travel 20.6 miles across Liverpool and Wirral, with the main ‘walking’ action of the show taking place from 10am today until Sunday, October 7.
The action will kick off from St George’s Hall Plateau when the little Boy Giant wakes up.
On the other side of the water in New Brighton, another Giant will wake at Fort Perch Rock at 11am and will spend the day enjoying the sights and sounds of Wirral.
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Saturday will see all the Giants in Liverpool, coming together in the afternoon.
The Big Giant is due to ‘wake up’ up next to the lighthouse at Fort Perch Rock, while the Little Boy Giant appear at Queens Wharf.
The show finishes on Sunday with a focus on the waterfront and a parade finale at 2.30pm starting in Sefton Street.
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The full route and timetable for the Giants is as follows:
Friday , October 5
Little Boy Giant route – Liverpool
- 10am – 1pm (approx)
Wake up 10am on St George’s Hall Plateau; walk to Lime Street, Renshaw Street; across St Luke’s Place onto Berry Street, Upper Duke Street, Catharine Street; across Upper Parliament Street onto Princes Road, Princes Gate West, Devonshire Road and into Princes Park where a siesta will take place.
- 4.15pm – 7.15pm (approx)
Wake up in Princes Park; walk to Devonshire Road, Princes Gate West, Princes Road; across Upper Parliament Street, Catharine Street, Canning Street, Upper Duke Street, Duke Street, Paradise Street, Liver Street; turn onto The Strand onto Queens Wharf for an evening sleep.
Big Giant route – Wirral
PLEASE NOTE: This section of the route has been changed
- 11.15am – 1pm (approx)
Wakes up next to the lighthouse at Fort Perch Rock; walk along Marine Promenade; onto Coastal Drive towards Kings Parade to have a siesta at The Dips.
- 3pm – 4.30pm (approx)
Wakes up at The Dips; head along Kings Parade, Marine Promenade, Tower Promenade and Magazines Promenade.
Saturday, October 6
Little Boy Giant Route
- 10am – 1pm (approx)
Wake up in Queens Wharf; onto Wapping, The Strand, Paradise Street, Hanover Street, Church Street, Whitechapel, Stanley Street across Victoria Street, Dale Street, Castle Street, Derby Square, James Street across The Strand to Mann Island where there will be a stop for a siesta.
- 3.30pm – 5.45pm (approx)
Wake up at Mann Island; continue onto Canada Boulevard, Water Street, The Strand before making a u-turn returning onto The Strand, George’s Dock Gates where all Giants meet and continue onto New Quay, Bath Street, Waterloo Road and Clarence Dock for their evening sleep.
Big Giant Route
- 11am – 12.50pm (approx)
Wakes up at Canning Dock; onto Salthouse Quay, The Strand, James Street, Castle Street, Dale Street, Crosshall Street; across Victoria Street, Whitechapel, St John’s Lane, St George’s Place, Lime Street, Elliot Street, Great Charlotte Street, Ranelagh Street, Church Street, Lord Street onto Derby Square where there will be a siesta.
- 3.50pm – 5.45pm (approx)
Wakes up at Derby Square; continues onto Castle Street, Dale Street, Moorfields, Tithebarn Street, Chapel Street, George’s Dock Gates; all Giants meet up and continue onto Bath Street, Waterloo Road and Clarence Dock for their evening sleep.
Sunday 7 October
All Giants route
- 10.15am – 12pm (approx)
Leave via King Edward Street, George’s Dock Gates and onto The Strand. At this point one Giant will depart via The Docks. The remaining giants will continue along The Strand and onto Sefton Street where they will stop for a siesta.
Giants Final Parade
- 2.30pm – 4.00pm (approx)
Leave Sefton Street onto The Strand, Giants parade and bid farewell at Canning Dock.
All the times are approximations and there may be some slight changes on the day.