Back to life, back to reality.
The Fudges and Bounty’s lay together harmoniously in an inferior aftermath of a chocolaty massacre as well as the sudden realisation hitting you that it’s been a whole year since you didn’t follow through on your last year’s resolutions. Statistically, January is the most depressing month of the year and there’s a very good reason for that. We’re all festively plump, not ready to go back to work and our floors are covered in chocolate money tinfoil. Well, it isn’t all bad, we’re here to save you from the blues and let you know a few things to do and know this January to put a jolly smile back on your face in Liverpool.
Visit A Beer Festival
Dry January, how about try-anuary? Liverpool Organic Brewery are getting 2015 off to a bang with their beer festival hosted in the beautiful St. Georges Hall. It is on Thursday 22nd till Saturday 24th so you can have a day in the foetal position Sunday. There will be 100+ breweries present from all over the UK so the tap should never run dry. There are evening and day sessions available and tickets are selling like, well, beer festival tickets. More info here.
Keep It Local Campaign
Lucha Libre are doing their annual campaign in an attempt to get people to shop local. The idea is simple, spend a minimum of £5 at an independent and present the receipt to the chaps at Lucha and you’ll be rewarded with 50% off street food. Whether you choose to save half the money or eat double the quantity is entirely up to you, we won’t judge. More info here.
Liverpool Craft Beers News
Continuing from the success of 2014, the Liverpool Craft Beer boys who have brought many a-drunken night throughout Liverpool, have made a New Year Resolution to keep our glasses full. They’re moving to even bigger premises in the ever-growing Baltic Triangle and it is going to include a brewery, a bar, a visitor centre and a bottle shop. We’ll raise a glass to that. More info here.
Picture by Gavin Trafford.
Invisible Wind Factory
You’ve probably heard of/spent a good portion of your weekend in The Kazimier but have you heard of their latest space? Probably not, that is kinda the point. An intriguing space where the square footage is filled and fuelled by the arts and encompasses what is great about The Kaz, The Kaz Gardens and more. Not so long ago The Kazimier’s future was unsure as threats of the area being bulldozed to make way for student accommodation were considered. Thankfully it seems safe for now and in a sense IWF is a middle finger to the powers that be and a sign that their eclectic community they’ve spent years growing is not only here to stay, it shows no sign of stopping. Keep up to date with their Facebook here to be in the know about events.
picture via Getintothis
Farmers and Flea Markets
Lark Lane is the gift that keeps on giving and there’s two events to put into your diary. On the 24th of January there is a Farmers Market where you’ll find local butchers, grocers, cheese and chocolate and enough cake to ruin half of Liverpool’s resolutions. The following day there is a Flea Market at the Old Police Station where there are 60 stalls. A treasure trove of discovery is upon you. More info here.
Join A Drawing Club
If you’ve always loved the idea but are lacking in confidence, or would just like a space to sketch whilst sipping on a cuppa and sharing ideas, head along to LEAF for a relaxed session this January. There’ll be someone to guide you through it and more importantly lots of tea. Tickets are £5. More info here.
Watch The Godfather
On Tuesday 13th January, The Italian Club on Bold Street are making you an offer you can’t refuse. An Italian inspired affair where two courses of delicious Italian food with wine is followed by a screening of The Godfather at FACT. Tickets are £30 and can be bought at FACT on Wood Street. Just remember to keep your friends close but your lasagne closer. More info here.
Don’t forget the free stuff available all year round to combat the blues and teach us the importance of being mindful rather than have your mind full. The Iron Men sculptures on Crosby Beach by Anthony Gormley are known as ‘Another Place’ and are a huge tourist attraction. It consists of 100 cast iron sculptures looking out towards sea in silent expectation. Don’t forget to go for a stroll along the Albert Dock and check out the love locks on Albert Dock, it isn’t exactly Paris but its close enough for us.
photo by Carl Yeates. Check out his Flickr here.