IT'S 50 years since Love Me Do catapulted The Beatles to worldwide fame, writes VICTORIA LISSAMAN
To celebrate this pivotal anniversary, International Beatle Week Festival 2012 is to hold events, live gigs, exhibitions and sightseeing tours in the boys' home town of Liverpool from August 22-28.
Here's a selection of the city's best attractions which pay tribute to the Fab Four. See visitengland.com for details.
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Magical Mystery Tour Step aboard the Magical Mystery Tour bus for a fascinating two-hour tour of the Beatles' Liverpool.
It includes places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.
Tickets from £15.95. See cavernclub. org/the-magical-mystery-tour/item/ magical-mystery-tour.
The Cavern Club The Beatles played the Cavern Club nearly 300 times and it is still a thriving live music destination.
The three venues - the Cavern Club, Cavern Live Lounge and the Cavern Pub - showcase the incredible legacy of The Beatles, other established artists and upand-coming bands. There is also the Paul McCartney 70th Birthday Tribute at the Philharmonic Hall and the 20th Mathew Street Music Festival, an annual event with five stages.
Admission to The Cavern Club is free until 8pm, then pay £3 on the door, Sunday to Friday.
On Saturdays admission is free until 2pm, £2 on the door until 8pm, and £4 after 8pm.
Buy an adult ticket for the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and get free general admission to the Cavern Club in the evening on the date of your tour.
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The Beatles' Childhood Homes Tour This is a combined tour of Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road, the childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul Mc-Cartney where the Beatles composed and rehearsed their earliest songs.
Tours run Wednesday to Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays. Adult tickets cost £20 (£8.30 for National Trust members) and £5 for children.
The Beatles' Story takes visitors on an atmospheric journey into the life, times and music of the Beatles and includes an amazing 4D experience.
Admission for adults costs £15.95 and £7 for children.
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Hard Day's Night Hotel This boutique hotel is the world's only Beatles-inspired hotel.
Located at the heart of Liverpool's Beatles Quarter, all 110 rooms are individually adorned with specially-commissioned Beatles-inspired artwork. Luxury rooms cost from £95. See great2012offers.com or harddaysnighthotel.com.
Ferry Across The Mersey Experience Liverpool and Merseyside from the deck of the world famous Mer-sey Ferry. Combine a 50-minute River Explorer Cruise, which departs hourly from the Pier Head, with a visit to The Beatles Hidden Gallery.
See beatlesstory.com/special-exhibition/thebeatles-hidden-gallery. This exhibition presents a series of forgotten photos discovered by a photographer in his attic after almost 50 years.
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The images show John, Paul, Ringo and George in unguarded moments, rehearsing and relaxing. River Explorer Cruise tickets cost £11.95 for adults, £7.15 for children. See merseyferries.co.uk.