Summer is our favourite day of the year.
It feels like we spend all our time wishing the sun would come out, declaring how great it’d be to live abroad but as soon as the sun arrives we spend our days indoors using the words ‘clammy’ and ‘sweltering’. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen. The summer is a wonderful time of year – 99’ers, kickabouts at the park and alcohol in the sun. Bliss. Liverpool isn’t short of things to do and this summer promises to be brilliant. We will be updating this article throughout the summer to let you know the best things to do, see and experience so keep checking back to make this summer the best one yet.
Over 130 stalls will be propped up at St. Georges Hall for The Summer Arts Market on 25th and 26th June and there’ll be art, crafts, prints, designs and more importantly cake on offer. A wonderful chance to support handmade and heartfelt. Entry is just a couple of quid and it is on the whole weekend from 10am-5pm. Details are here.
Drink This From Santa Chupitos
Do we really need to twist your arm? We didn’t think so. Life is all about balance. The good and the bad, the highs and the lows, the pina and the colada. Refresh yourself in the most delicious way and tick this off your bucket list in the most fantastic of fashion.
Head To A Vintage Festival On The Dock
Designers, Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway MBE, return with their world-famous vintagefFestival – a celebration of 20th Century vintage cool. Visitors looking for some seriously stylish eye candy can browse the vintage marketplace, with the best traders hand-selected by keen-eyed curators, Dotty’s Vintage. It’s on 9th July and completely free. More here.
Climb Vestey Tower
The Liverpool Cathedral is one of the world’s great buildings. Beautiful from the inside and out, you can also climb to the top and see the whole of Liverpool from Vestey Tower. It is 101 metres up so expect some incredible views, a lot of wind and a dash of vertigo. The tower is open to the public most days and costs just a couple quid to go up to the top, click here to find out more.
VISIT THE LIVERPOOL ARAB ARTS FESTIVAL
Each year, the festival brings a thrilling celebration of Arab culture to venues across the city and showcases the richness of Arab culture through a packed programme of visual art, music, dance, film, theatre, literature and special events. It takes place from the 16th-24th July and they will be going out with a bang on the 24th at Sefton Park Palm House in partnership with LIMF. Expect live music, storytelling and tasty local cuisine. Info here.
BE INSPIRED BY THE BIENNIAL
Liverpool Biennial returns to the city between 9 July and 16 October this year and presents a free festival of contemporary art from around the world. From the bold to the beautiful, unassuming corners of the city are hijacked in order to provoke and inspire you. It takes place over 14 weeks across the city in public places, galleries and online. Liverpool Biennial is underpinned by a programme of research, education, residencies and commissions. More info here.
SAIL ON DOWN TO THE INTERNATIONAL MERSEY RIVER FESTIVAL
The International Mersey River Festival will once again sail into Liverpool complete with ships, stages and things for all ages – and it’s set to host the very first Northern Boat Show. For music lovers, there’s plenty on offer as Music on the Waterfront forms part of the celebrations – 2014 saw a fantastic DJ set from Craig Charles, as well as performances from The Christians, Jaki Graham, Esco Williams and the Band of HM Royal Marines to name but a few. More info here.
Tackle The World’s Largest Inflatable Obstacle Course
Gung-Ho! is a seriously fun 5k obstacle course featuring 10 giant inflatable obstacles including the largest inflatable slide in Europe and the world’s largest inflatable obstacle. Sound fun? You know it does. You will all be very pleased to hear it will be at Stanley Park on 16th July and you’re all invited to go down and take it on. More here.
SHAKE YOUR TAIL FEATHER AT BRAZILICA
Brazilica is the UK’s only Brazilian festival and Samba Carnival taking place annually in the heart of the Liverpool city centre. Expect vibrant colours, dresses as loud as the drums and some awful dancing that should never be repeated by ourselves. The festival will be taking place from 15th to the 17th of July. More info here.
WALK ALONG CROSBY BEACH
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 the sea in silent expectation. They recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary and we implore you to head down and check them out. Luckily enough they’re already in their birthday suits.
Eat Breakfast And Help The Homeless
Host a Big Boss Brekkie for your friends, customers, colleagues, and share a yummy breakfast to raise some cash to help end homelessness in Liverpool. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but even more so if you’ve just slept rough. We’ve teamed up with The Whitechapel Centre, who already serve 8,500 rough sleepers breakfast every year in the hope we can serve even more. More info here.
FIND OUT WHAT LIVERPOOL LOVES
We all love Liverpool but what does Liverpool love? A festival on the 4th, 5th and 6th of August on the Pier Head aims to find out. The aim is to showcase the best of the city under the four core themes of: Business, Wellbeing, Culture and Food. It has already been dubbed the “people’s festival” and it promises to be an awesome annual event. Expect morning raves, our very own Independent Liverpool farmers market and just about everything in between. More info here.
TAKE THE KIDS TO THE PIRATE FESTIVAL
‘Shiver me timbers’, the free family friendly Pirate Festival on the docks will be returning this year. There’ll be sword fighting, musketry and cannon fire, shanties and storytelling, free face painting and activity workshops, plus a spectacular ship-to-ship pirate battle across Albert Dock. Discover how people lived in the days when pirates terrorised the high seas and come aboard the pirate brigantine Zebu and learn the amazing true stories behind some of the real life pirates from legend. More here.
HAVE A PICNIC IN THE PARK
This is as close to The Great Gatsby as you’re going to get. Get a nice basket, a nice cloth (here’s when Mum’s come in handy, they’ve got entire drawers dedicated to this kinda stuff) and fill it with a few of your partners favourite things and watch them weep with happiness. The weather might not be perfect for it but let’s be honest, we all live in the UK, when is it ever picnic-perfect? Grab some bread, fillings and maybe a bottle of vino and you’re good to go. Head to Sefton, Calderstones, Princess or Stanley Park.
Ride A Ferry Across The Mersey
A world-class city and a world-famous ferry collide on the Mersey, making for one hell of an evening. Gerry and the Pacemakers made it famous and we urge you to go and see for yourself what they were singing about. The popular two hour evening cruises feature live acoustic music, a licensed bar and spectacular views of Liverpool’s unique world heritage waterfront. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a night out with a difference with Mersey Ferries. Book tickets here.
EAT TOO MUCH AT LIVERPOOL FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
Every foodie has this weekend marked down in their calendar. The best of Liverpool’s effervescent food and drink scene congregate in Sefton Park for a weekend of food, drink and more food and drink. On the 17th and 18th September the park will be turned into “foodie heaven” for the 8th year running and you just can’t miss it. Hopefully this year they’ll have a mattress area you can nap off all that food. More info here.
CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL BEATLES WEEK
Now we know we all take the Beatles for granted but this mini-festival is actually quite unique. It was what evolved into Matthew Street festival and what then evolved again into Liverpool International Music Festival. It was Liverpool’s prototype of a homegrown music festival. You can expect auctions, music and expert speakers from all over the world coming to Liverpool from 24th August to 30th August. Beatles mania. More info here.
JAM AT AFRICA OYÉ
Africa Oyé, the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture takes place annually in Liverpool on the 20th and 21st of June. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength to strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand. Inspired by the negative connotations associated with Africa, this event aims to highlight the culture, heritage, music and of course, the food. A must-do on the Liverpool calendar. Bring on the jerk chicken and tunes. More info here.
Head On Down To Folk On The Dock
Folk on the Dock will bring together the city’s rich music and maritime heritage in an exuberant celebration of live acoustic folk, sea shanty and folk rock over the August bank holiday weekend. Folk on the Dock will tell the remarkable story of how the ships and crews coming through Liverpool’s docks shaped the musical landscape of the city forever – further cementing its status as a UNESCO City of Music. More here.
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SING ALONG AT LIMF
Liverpool International Music Festival is like a victory lap of Sefton Park for Liverpool’s electrifying music scene. A quite literal platform to display how gifted we are as a whole with a bit of crowd-surfing thrown in for good measure. With 150 different acts from 20 different countries, Liverpool is going to be the Mecca of music from the 21st-24th July and it is not to be missed as LIMF doesn’t just help you discover the new, it inspires the next. The Beatles weren’t the only ones to strum a guitar y’know. More info here.
DRINK BEER AT A CRAFT BEER EXPO
On the 16th-19th June there’s a place where ale appreciators, cider connoisseurs and lager lovers can revel in delight. Is there a better invention than beer? Yeah, the wheel was good but it doesn’t go half as well with pizza. Expect over 250 drinks to sample in one of Liverpool’s best beer gardens. Get your tickets here and use the special code INDYLIV2016 for a whopping 25% off.
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DANCE AT SOUND CITY
An unrivalled 3-day festival of incredible live music and arts, capturing the city of Liverpool and reinforcing it as the cultural core of the UK. Taking place on the May bank holiday weekend, people can expect to see The Coral, Circa Waves, 2manydjs, Bill Ryder-Jones and so many more. Expect glasses, spirits and the occasional roof to be raised. Tickets and lineup here.
Join Us For An Outdoor Ginema
An outdoor cinema with gin? It’s a dream come true. Over the summer, we will be holding a series of outdoor cinema’s in the spectacular Botanical Garden, Liverpool’s premier gin garden where sun worshippers and juniper lovers all come together. We’ve just sold out our first session to show Grease but will have more news about upcoming films very soon. Be first in the know by clicking here.
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Eat This From Constellations
Summer is all about BBQ. There’s nothing like the sweet smell of BBQ food wafting in the air and we have found a treat for all the senses. Check out this BBQ platter from Constellations. Marvellous, isn’t it? There’s even a veggie version that looks just as delicious. Go tuck in.
As soon as a certain centigrade is hit, Liverpudlians flock in their thousands to the nearest garden with a pump full of beer. Liverpool isn’t short of interesting places to partake in these kind of activities and the sun illuminating the spaces we forget about for the remainder of the year is special. Check out our guide to Liverpool’s best beer gardens here.
WALK AROUND CLAREMONT FARM
Just over the water is Claremont Farm, acres of land that are in equal parts beautiful and essential. Over the past 10 years, they’ve created the alternative shopping and eating destination you see today, a melting pot for local produce, seasonal foods and family activities. They put on free ‘Welly Walks’ where you can walk around the farm, hear the history and maybe nibble on some produce on the way round. Free freshly grown strawberries? Yes please! More here.
Go On A Gin Journey
No need to call Specsavers or alter your screen, there is such a thing as a gin journey and you need to go on one. Ran by ‘Shake, Rattle and Stir’, the guys and girls behind it have formed a crack team of gin commandos and created a set of astounding gin events to educate and inspire and bring the finest gin fun to you. Go on a journey of your city through the wonders of gin and try exclusive cocktails at Liverpool’s best bars. Ride from each bar to in a unique gin carriage and well, need we say anymore? Get your tickets here.
RUN A ROCK & ROLL MARATHON
Ready. Set. Rock. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & 1/2 returns on May 28-29th. There’s more to love in 2016 – New Saturday 5K, New 1 Mile Fun Run, New Running & Endurance Show. There are scenic routes, historic routes and more importantly, lots of fun that’ll hopefully raise money for great causes. The summer isn’t all feet up and beer gardens you know. Sign up here.
Fancy saving money at close to 100 of the best independents in Liverpool? Check out the Independent Liverpool Membership Card. It is just £15 for a year (or £20 for two) of discounted discovery at some of Liverpool’s best independents. Shop local and save money, buy yours here.
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