The world-famous Strawberry Field will open to the public for the first time this weekend, from Saturday, September 14.
Immortalised by The Beatles in John Lennon’s song Strawberry Fields Forever, the site has been derelict for 70 years, but The Salvation Army has brought it back to life.
Now a visitor attraction, the site commemorates John Lennon’s link with Strawberry Field with an exhibition, cafe and peaceful gardens.
The original red gates, that have not been on site since 2010, are also now on display.
he site will be open every day and it’s free to see the original gates, visit the café and explore the grounds.
The interactive ‘Strawberry Fields Nothing is Real’ visitor exhibition costs £12.95 (£8.00 concessions).
Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister and Honorary President of the Strawberry Field project, said: “I’ve been really impressed by The Salvation Army’s vision and now there is huge potential to make a real change in the lives of young people who will grow in the precious soil of Strawberry Field.”
The new Strawberry Field site includes:
- The original red gates that have not been on site since 2010.
- An interactive visitor exhibition, ‘Strawberry Fields Nothing is Real’, where visitors can explore stories with help from characters including Elvis and John’s school friend Mike Hill.
- A virtual Mellotron where visitors can recreate the famous opening chords from ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.
- A community café stocked with local produce.
- A garden space
- A gift shop