Liverpool – a great city with even better things to do.

We’re officially half way through 2016. Terrifying, isn’t it? Soon, the sun cream will be replaced with selection boxes and we will mourn the days we claimed it was too hot. August is a beautiful time of the year. The light nights, the family BBQ’s and it becomes socially acceptable to eat Mini-Milks in large amounts. We’ve compiled a list of things to do, from free festivals to pudding clubs and just about everything in between.

Do Yoga In Sefton Park Palm House

Re-balance your heart and mind in the most beautiful of surroundings. Enjoy the harmony and beauty of Hatha (Thurs) and Yin (Tues) Yoga in the tranquil environs of the Palm House bringing your practice close to nature while enhancing the experience with breath-taking sights and sounds. Everyone is welcome. There is no need to book, just turn up with your mat and we look forward to seeing you. More info.


Outdoor Cinema

The stars of Hollywood under the stars of Liverpool. An outdoor cinema? In Liverpool? With fancy dress and even fancier drinks? Oh, tell me more, tell me more. We’re back. So far we’ve hosted four sell out shows of Grease and Pulp Fiction and we’re back with three more shows with special themed cocktails and food at Botanical Garden. We’re launching with 80’s classics – the first is Back To The Future (9th August) the second is Labyrinth (23rd) and you can grab the tickets from either Bold Street Coffee or Botanical Garden. All info here.

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Go To A Music Quiz

Camp and Furnace are teaming up with quizmasters Sounds Familiar, to bring the nation’s most eclectic pop-quiz to Camp. Playing over 100 tracks, from every decade of the pop era, this is the disco in a pub quiz format. Rolling on from post-work drinks, Sounds Familiar starts at 7pm with The Lobby kitchen open all evening to feed your grey matter. For those who like to do their homework, the rounds will include – Feel The Power Ballad, Indie Disco, I’m No Fool – I Know My Old Skool, Live Forever, Couch Potato, Mash It Up and more. More info.

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Oh c’mon, we had to get this in. Steins, brines and bloody good times. Interested? Of course, you are. On the 23rd September till the 25th September we’re throwing our very own Oktoberfest. We’re bringing Munich to Merseyside in the name of good beer, great food and even better company. Bavaria meets Baltic Triangle in the Great Baltic Warehouse and you simply cannot miss out. Expect the best from Liverpool and Germany, from Smithdown to Stuttgart, all under one roof. Ticket here.

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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.


Try This Banana Split From Chicha

Bold Street has exploded with venues lately and has confirmed its name as the foodie quarter. It’s well documented you can eat all over the world on one street and now you can go to Peru thanks to Chicha. They’ve got some intriguing, exciting and incredible plates of food we’ve never seen or tried before but we can’t get enough of their take on a banana split. Foodgasm.


Go On A Crime And Punishment Tour At St George’s Hall

Delve into Liverpool’s dark Victorian history with our new Crime and Punishment tours. From 1853, prisoners awaited trial in the holding cells at St Georges Hall.  On our walking tour, you can experience the cells where prisoners condemned would wait for their impending punishment. Disciplines were severe, prison cells were overcrowded and under ventilated and Victorian prison life oozed cruelty. Tickets are £4.95 and available in the Heritage shop.

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Photo credit City Halls


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.


Try out Liverpool’s New Theatrical Experience

MI5 are recruiting. A criminal mastermind has acquired the use of time travel and is going through Liverpool’s famous 800 year history erasing its past from the history books. Your mission is simple. Travel through time, collect evidence, solve puzzles, crack codes, discover secrets, and interact with real life characters (including a 14th century Grave Digger and a Victorian Criminal) to piece back together the city’s rich, exciting past. You have 90 minutes to complete your mission before Liverpool’s past is deleted forever. The city’s future is in your hands. More here.

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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.



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.


Check Out The John Moores Painting Prize

Established in 1957, the John Moores Painting Prize is the country’s longest-established prize for artists working with the medium of paint. Organised in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, it has championed contemporary British painting for almost 60 years. Entries are judged anonymously by an esteemed panel of judges, who will select a final shortlist of five paintings from which the £25,000 first prize-winning work will be chosen and four prizes of £2,500 will be awarded. A selection of shortlisted works will be displayed in the exhibition, forming part of Liverpool Biennial 2016 festival of contemporary art. More here

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Photo by ArtInLiverpool

The Jam: About The Young Idea

A new interactive exhibition charting the rise and influence of The Jam – one of the most important British bands of the last forty years. About the Young Idea will be the most comprehensive exploration of the music, background, political and social impact of the band who were the voice of a generation About the Young Idea  takes music exhibitions to the next level, with visitors able to interact with exhibits using a new, free, user friendly app on their smart device. Tickets for the show will cost up to £9.50, with discounts at off-peak times, and are limited each day to ensure the best possible experience for audiences. They are on sale now from here.

Join A Book Club

Modern life can sap the soul. The clogged up timeline, the never-ending snapchat stories and the claustrophobic daily commutes. It can all be very tiring on the brain and body and we’re here to offer some precious rebooting time. Luckily for you, The Garden At Fact host a monthly book club. Head down and discuss the latest page turner. More here.


Or Even Better, A Pudding Club

From books to brûlée. LEAF are hosting a pudding club on the 26th August that is bound to satisfy more than just your sweet tooth. Expect 5 courses of puddings that’ll leave you in the foetal position of your couch wailing out “it was worth it”. Considering they’re kinda tea enthusiasts it wouldn’t be a proper LEAF club without matching tea throughout. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. Book tickets here. The Garden at Fact are also doing a vegan and gluten-free pudding club, get tickets here