We can’t guarantee it’ll be a scorcher but things are hotting up in the city this month.

It’s been incredible seeing our favourite places open their doors again and watching the Liverpool we know creep back to life. If you’re ready to get out and about, here are our top picks for where to fall back in love with the city again.

Linda McCartney @ the Walker

From family shots by the Mersey to the Rolling Stones by the Hudson River, The Beatles in Belgravia to Stella in Scotland, head to the Walker to see this major retrospective of Linda McCartney’s photography. Some of the local shots have never been seen in public before and there are some iconic depictions of the 60’s music scene and fascinating insights into McCartney family life. More here.

Eat out to help out

Our independents need your support. So take the national pledge and make it count at a local level. If you’re ready to venture out take advantage of 50% off at your favourite independent – it’ll put a smile on your face and theirs. Find out which places have signed up here.

And say the animal responded @ FACT

If you’ve found a new connection with the natural world recently you’ll love this new display at Fact. It’s all about what animals would tell us about their world and presents work from five international artists who have captured animal voices through human technology. Head down to hear dolphins ‘singing’, leafcutter ants turned into scratch DJs and experience the quiet presence of a wolf pack. More here.

Head to Woolton Village Market

Local hubs have kept us going through lockdown with Woolton Village being one of the city’s finest. And on 8th August you can check out local businesses and give them a little boost at a week-long village market. There will be food, arts and crafts and loads of other stalls – show them some love and get your hands on some local goodies. 

Get Your Gaming Fix At ArCains

It’s game on at Cains Brewery Village as one of Europe’s biggest ever gaming experiences ArCains reopens in Liverpool. Arcains is back open at Cains Brewery Village with lots of new safety measures in place including one-way systems, sanitiser stations and social distancing measures. There is now need to pre-book but please see the website for a list of facts about the new measures designed to keep you and your party safe. 3 floors, 2 bars and 100s of games. Let’s do it.

Friday night chippy tea @ Constellations

The Constellations outside space is perfect for the times we’re living in. And it’s also perfect for a chippy tea served with a side of the best drag queens the city has to offer. Scouse queens Brenda LaBeau, Shania Pain and Miss Tiara will provide the sauce, the deep fryer will provide the scran, and let’s hope the weather gods provide the rays. Tickets here.

Get your spook on

It’s all about the staycation at the moment so get out there and see the city from a different perspective with a Shiverpool ghost tour. You’ve probably seen them skulking about Hope Street and Derby Square, scaring tourists and causing mayhem and you’re guaranteed to learn something new about the city and get a fright along the way. Tickets here.

Dine Al Fresco On The Docks

Welcoming over six million people every year, from locals to national and international visitors, The Royal Albert Dock is committed to being progressive and ever-evolving since its official opening in 1846. Over the years they’ve spruced up their tenants and there is some pretty fantastic places to eat, drink and shop. They’ve adapted super well to the demand for al fresco dining  and there’s fewer places better than Madre to gorge on tacos and margaritas at Madre. More here.

Have A Drink At The Bombed Out Church Garden

The Garden Bar will be operated within the gardens only around the church building itself, with ample space. It will offer a premium range of drinks, all via socially-distanced table service only. All customers will order and pay for drinks using a smartphone by scanning a QR code which will display a drinks and simple food menu to order from. Circular happiness comes from Turncoat and their wood-fired pizza oven.

Visit The Secret Garden at Calderstones Park

Throughout weekends in August, you’ll be able to share in the pleasure of relaxed outdoor eating with those close to you, in socially-distanced dining plots with bench-seating and table service thanks to national charity The Reader. Choose from a specially crafted menu of homemade pizza, fresh salads and favourites like halloumi fries during the day across the weekend, and on Saturdays, continental meats, Spanish olives and artisan cheese boards from the Liverpool Cheese Company into the evening. Book here.

Movies at the Manor

Want to see a classic film on a massive screen from the comfort of your own car? No-one to tell you to shhh, no-one munching popcorn at 100 decibels, and no-one distracting you with their phone glare – we’re in! Clatterbridge Cancer Charity are staging a month of drive-in movies at the Thornton Manor Estate to raise money for local people with cancer. Book in to see Moana, Back to the Future, Alien or get your Danny and Sandy on with drive-in classic Grease. Tickets here.

Visit The New Ghetto Golf

Searching for things to do in Liverpool? Well, Ghetto Golf, Liverpool’s 18 hole crazy golf experience, just revamped their whole site and it’s more bonkers and twisted than ever. Not only that but there’s an exceptional cocktail bar, top local DJ’s and captivating graffiti artwork. The fun doesn’t stop there, there is a cosy outdoor bar and they have delicious BBQ street food. And it’s all housed within the old Cains Brewery, so go and join the mini golf party in Liverpool. Book here.

Get your chops around some gyros @ Baltic Market

Has the pandemic dashed your dream of watching the sun go down with a pitta stuffed with chicken and fries? Fear not, Christakis has your back. The new trader on the block at Baltic Market can make your Grecian dreams come true this summer with Gyros worth dislocating your jaw over, loaded fries, Greek salads and the best souvlaki this side of Athens. Bring. It. On.

Love Your Liverpool

Summer isn’t cancelled. It’s just different. It’s still the Liverpool we know and love. This year, let’s explore closer to home. Experience Liverpool like a tourist – discover the places you’ve always wanted to go and those you didn’t even know existed. Our world famous waterfront and endless coastline are still here. Our museums and galleries are re-opening with safety measures in place – so you can get lost in history, art and music all over again. And our bars and restaurants can’t wait to serve you the best cuisine from around the world, socially distanced of course!

With shoppers making a beeline for the high street, shopping in the city centre is back. Fancy a post lockdown shopping spree? Liverpool is the perfect destination. We all want to be part of the city’s recovery. So let’s support the local economy and remember why this place is loved around the world. More here.