Hold on, is it March already?

I think we’re too busy revelling in joy and bidding good riddance to January that we didn’t even realise February happened. March, however, is a beautiful time of the year. The dark nights turn light, the leaves start to make an appearance and Spring is officially on its way. A time of the year that we believe is severely underrated – you get all of the brightness of summer with the crispness of winter in one package. To celebrate the arrival of March we’ve compiled a list of things to do, from meandering around the stillness of a hidden Japanese Garden to planting your very own sunflowers.

Go to A Poetry Event

A Lovely Word is a spoken word poetry event on the second Monday of the month. It is in the Everyman Bistro and hosted by Patrick Hughes, an extremely talented local lad who was a finalist at the Round House National Poetry Slam in London. The next one is the 9th of March which is the first birthday party and they welcome newcomers to read poetry in front of a lovely welcoming crowd. More info here.


Go To a Trainer Festival

The first Laces Out! Trainer Festival held within Camp and Furnace back in October was a huge success, and now it’s back, bigger and better on Saturday 7th March 2015. Over 1000 people headed to Camp and Furnace for the last event and the second instalment of Liverpool’s only festival dedicated to trainers will be double the size, taking up the two main rooms in Camp and Furnace which means more stalls, more sellers and more sneakers. Plus, there will be an all day bar, a barber specialist in the form of Cutthroat Pete, live music with beats supplied by Mighty Mojo and others, competitions, games, screenings, art, and street food. More info and tickets here.


Celebrate International Women’s Day

Liverpool isn’t short of inspiring and influential women. To the baristas, barristers, bakers, cake makers, illustrators, digital techies, cleaners, bloggers, entrepreneurs and more, we appreciate you and the 8th March is the official global day we get to show it. Head the Baltic Social for a day of celebrating local females with their arts and craft fair with local musicians and food on display. Liverpool Girl Geeks are trying to get women into tech and are hosting a free all day event to network, make and collaborate over 3D printing and more. Details here. Liverpool Museum are also hosting a free tour of incredible women in history on the day, more info here.

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Go See Midsummers Nights Dream

In a dark Athenian world of law and order, the enchanted forest offers escape. But lurking in the shadows, warring fairies cause confusion and delusion in Shakespeare’s most magical of comedies. The Everyman explodes once again with an inviting riot of mischief and wonder as Associate Director Nick Bagnall delves deep into the darkness for this timeless take on the delirium of love. More info and tickets here.


Celebrate 175 years of Liverpool Philharmonic

175th birthdays don’t happen every day – and the anniversary of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s first ever concert in 1840 calls for a very special musical celebration. But then, Beethoven’s Ninth has never been just another symphony – from tragic opening to climactic, world-embracing ‘Ode to Joy’, it’s an artistic experience with the power to change lives. Vasily Petrenko, the Orchestra, the Choir and a quartet of world-class soloists will give it their all, and as The Phil look forward to the next century-and-three-quarters. Tickets here.


Plant Sunflowers

Located at the Edge Hill Train Station, there will be a drop-in at the garden on Saturday 14 March between 11am and 4pm to help with the Springtime planting. There will be music, cake and the chance to get some gardening advice. Green-fingers aren’t essential but a love of cake certainly is. It is fun for all the family and you can go back in the summer and check your sunflower in full bloom. More details here.


Visit Liverpool Festival Gardens

In 1984, a former household tip site adjacent to the River Mersey was transformed into the country’s first ever garden festival. The International Garden Festival was a concept born from the Conservative government to regenerate Liverpool and drive tourism to the city in the wake of the Toxteth riots and industrial decline. This new dawn for the Festival Gardens has been a long time coming and represents a unique opportunity to create a public park which is befitting the spirit of the Garden Festival movement. Turn your phone to silent and meander around the stillness and silence of the Japanese gardens, embrace and let the peacefulness osmose.

Address: Riverside Drive, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4ED

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Get Brunch

We all know how fashionable it is to arrive late and applying this formula to breakfast is exactly how brunch was born. There are a few hot spots in the city that are stepping up the game of brunch and providing late bloomers with a delicious way to start the afternoon. Head to Maray for their version of a full english; spicy pork sausage, turmeric eggs, falafel and all other sorts of delightful things on a plate. Lucha Libre are doing a street food breakfast tray that should be on everybody’s bucket list and their version of a McMuffin, but with spicy pulled pork, is up there with one of the best things we’ve ever tasted. Slims Pork Chop Express also have a specific brunch menu that’ll have you returning to try everything, we recommend the fried chicken and waffles or the pancakes with bacon inside them. 

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Watch The Godfather

On March 2nd and 3rd, 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. A searing film of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced film audiences to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleone family, and the powerful legacy of tradition, blood and honour that was passed on from father to son. On the Monday is the first Godfather and the Tuesday is the second. Just remember to keep your friends close but your lasagne closer. Tickets here.


Take Your Mum For Afternoon Tea

You only get one Mum and although there is a designated day on the calendar to show her your love, we recommend doing it a lot more than that. All Mum’s love afternoon tea, it is just part of being Mum. Just like how they can fix the most tangled and stubborn clingfilm and heal any cut or injury with their magic spit. A few of our favourite places to go for our Afternoon Tea fix are Oh Me Oh My, London Carriage Works, East Avenue Bakehouse and Cuthbert’s Bakehouse. LEAF are also doing a spontaneous and rather special Afternoon Tea at the iconic and idyllic St. Georges Hall, details here. For something a bit more special head to Panoramic34, not only do you get a delicious carousel of cakes and sweet things with a glass of bubbly on the side but you get to look at the whole of Liverpool and beyond as you do it.