The story

Where it all began…


Strawberry Field has a special place in Liverpool’s history. Donated to The Salvation Army, its large Victorian house was a home for the city’s most vulnerable children from 1936 until it finally closed its doors in 2005.

It was during its time as a children’s home that John Lennon would play in the grounds and visit the annual summer garden party. And of course, it was the inspiration for the 1967 Beatles’ song, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

50 years since the release of that famous song, we want to open the doors to Strawberry Field once again. 

 

The next chapter


We are now the custodians of this precious heritage, and our plans for Strawberry Field are threefold...

Firstly, we want to make Strawberry Field a place that provides sustainable employment opportunities for young people with learning disabilities. A new hub offering training, skills and valuable work placements will provide real employment prospects. Both the young people and their families will be offered support, time to socialise, develop aspirations, help to break down barriers and achieve their full potential.

 

Open the gates


Secondly, we want to open the gates to the public for the very first time. Follow in the footsteps of the Beatles and visit the new, authentic exhibition dedicated to the story of the place, the song and Lennon’s early life. Or simply enjoy a new destination with tranquil gardens to visit, enjoy lunch and explore.

Christian Community


Thirdly, Strawberry Field will be a Christian Community of spiritual exploration, retreat and pastoral care. A place where you can take time to rest and refresh yourself from the busyness and demands of life that often robs you of your dreams and aspirations.

“The plans to open Strawberry Field to the public for the first time - so people can see a unique exhibition about the home, how and why the song was written by John, and allow visitors to explore the grounds as John did as a child - is very exciting.”

Lady Judy Martin OBE