For Families

Information and resources for families attending Ecology Across Borders 2021.

Craig Easton


We strive to ensure our meetings are as inclusive as possible and want to encourage families to attend the Annual Meeting. We have concessionary rates available for those attending with a family. Please head to the registration page to book these ticket types.

Accompanying Person

If you are attending the meeting and have a partner, or other person who does not wish to attend the scientific programme but would like to come along to the social programme, this rate covers all lunches, coffee breaks, poster sessions and the welcome mixer. Only the dinner would need to be added as an additional cost.

Family Registration

If you are coming along to the meeting with children and both parents/carers wish to attend the scientific programme, we understand that half of your time as a parent will be looking after your child so offer a discounted registration rate for both carers. Similarly, if you are attending as a single carer and will be looking after your child for part of the time, you can register at this rate.


Little Explorers Day Nursery

Childcare for children between 2-5 years old is available on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Ecology Across Borders through Little Explorers Day Nursery. Little Explorers is part of Aigburth Training Opportunities, a registered charity with experience delivering childcare training and assessment for over 30 years. The nursery is based in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, within walking distance of ACC Liverpool, and the team pride themselves on the nursery’s multicultural ethos.

The nursery is open 8:00-18:00 (GMT) Monday-Friday and the cost of childcare is £40 for a full day and £30 for a half day.

If you wish to book childcare with Little Explorers, please get in touch with Danielle Clarke-Walsh and make sure you mention Ecology Across Borders. Please note that places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Contact information

T: 0151 708 7868

Little Explorers Day Nursery
Future House
25 Pomona Street
L3 5TL


There are plenty of family friendly things to see and do in Liverpool.

Museum of Liverpool

Liverpool boasts an impressive collection of museums and galleries that are completely free of charge. At the Museum of Liverpool, located right by the ACC, the whole family can get to know the city while the Little Liverpool gallery puts on an interactive experience for the little ones.

World Museum

The oldest of Liverpool’s Museums, World Museum, is also one of the most popular museums in the UK. Its collection covers a wide variety of exhibitions from natural history to world cultures, housing more than 1.7 million artefacts and specimens. The aquarium and bug house are particularly recommended for families.

Liverpool Christmas Market

Liverpool’s Christmas Market, taking place annually outside St George’s Hall, is returning this November with its usual mix of stalls trading local food, drinks, and crafts for all ages to enjoy.

Sefton Park

Head south to Sefton Park where the whole family can enjoy a day out exploring the 235-acre grounds and the botanical collection in the Palm House. Don’t forget to stop by the famous statue of Peter Pan, a replica of the Kensington Gardens original. Amidst the lovely greenery you will also find a large playground for the kids to roam.

Liverpool Central Library

Admire the domed ceiling of the beautiful Picton Reading Room and marvel at the collection of rare books in the Hornby Library and Oak Room, which includes one of only 120 remaining copies of Aubudon’s Birds of America. The Central Library also features a brilliant children’s space for discovering reading right below the Picton Library.

River Explorer Cruise

Board the famous Mersey Ferry for a 50-minute cruise that will take you along for a sightseeing tour of the Liverpool skyline. An audio guide is included, so the whole family can learn more about the rich history of the city while sitting back and enjoying the view.

Liverpool Ice Festival

From late November, the Liverpool Ice Festival is coming to Pier Head with an ice rink, festive rides, and seasonal treats.

Knowsley Safari and Chester Zoo

If you fancy a trip out of the city, there are two zoos easily accessible from Liverpool by public transport or car. At Knowsley Safari in Prescot, visitors can take in the 550-acre safari on foot or from the comfort of their car, while Chester Zoo delivers a more familiar zoo experience.

Restaurants and Cafés

Liverpool hosts a wide range of independent restaurants and cafés, here are some recommendations for those with families.

Lunya, Hanover Street

Located just a 10-minute walk away from the ACC, this tapas place has something for everyone, including a good selection of vegetable tapas, a separate vegan menu and a kids’ menu. A smaller branch of the same establishment, Lunyalita, is located on the Albert Dock. A free drink on the house is offered to anyone who’s breastfeeding.

Moose Coffee, Dale Street

If you’re in the mood for an American-style diner breakfast, Moose Coffee has the whole family covered with numerous options and a separate kids’ menu. Through the Moose Foundation, the café also works with charities to support vulnerable people and the environment.

Mowgli Street Food, Bold Street

Serving authentic and well-priced Indian food, this restaurant caters to everyone with an array of menus that includes gluten free, vegan, and children’s options. An optional £1 donation to the Mowgli Trust will be added to your bill, which will go to one of the restaurant’s carefully chosen partner charities.

Potts Coffee, Slater Street

A fully vegan establishment, Potts Coffee specialises in breakfasts and brunches. With a separate pancake menu available alongside evergreen English breakfasts, this café appeals to a variety of tastes. A small local business, Potts seek to source their ingredients from local producers and to give back to the community.

The Quarter, Falkner Street

The Quarter is an independent Italian restaurant with a wide selection of salads, pasta, pizza, and grilled food, as well as a separate breakfast menu. A kids’ menu is available for £6.50, including a drink, breadsticks, a main and ice cream.

Veggie Republic, Cook Street

On the menu of this fully vegan eatery, you can find a wide range of familiar favourites from Indian dhals to Cuban tacos and Greek gyros for affordable prices. The restaurant also offers a separate menu featuring vegan takes on some staple kids’ dishes, such as mac and cheese and nuggets.

Restaurants in Liverpool ONE

If you desire something tried and tested, head over to the Liverpool ONE Shopping Centre, where you will find a wealth of choice between popular chains, including Pizza Express, Zizzi, Las Iguanas, Wagamama, and Pret A Manger.