Cinema nights, trainer festivals and pudding clubs – consider November sorted.

Yes it’s cold outside. And we know the temptation to swaddle yourself in a duvet and disappear under a mountain of curly-wurlys is strong. But there are so many great things happening in Liverpool this month. So here’s our November hot list. So hot it’ll sweet-talk even the most feeble out of hibernation.

ASBO Cinema – Mamma Mia

If you get upset with someone rustling a packet at the flicks, don’t go to ASBO Cinema. This is a cinema where bad behaviour is compulsory. You’ll get sing-alongs, popcorn wars, confetti cannons and dance offs. Oh and a soap opera of a storyline set on a Greek Island to a soundtrack of Pierce Brosnan murdering ABBA. Prizes for the best Mamma Mia inspired costume, good luck everyone. More here

ASBO Cinema, Camp and Furnace, 10 November

Pop-up in the Palm House

Warm. Tropical plants so you can pretend you’re in warmer climes. Oh and did we mention a Winter market and mulled wine? This ace event only happens twice a year so head down to see what some of the most talented makers in the country have been crafting. Art, jewellery, food, homewares and beauty products – there’s plenty to for you and (we’re going there) plenty for Christmas presents. And you get to meet the lovely people who made everything too.

Pop-up in the Palm House, Sefton Park, 17 & 18 November

Laces Out! Trainer Festival

Think there’s nothing better than the smell of boxfresh trainers? Did you sleep cuddling your new pair of Gazelles as a kid?  Get yourself down to Laces Out, the biggest sneaker festival outside London. Whether you’re looking for ultra-rare, deadstock or vintage, Hinterlands will be turned into a trainer heaven on the 24 November. Plus there will be music, clothes, a premiere of the UKs first feature length documentary on trainer culture and lots of chat about Keglers and Spezials. Tickets here.

Laces Out, Hinterlands, 24 November

Try out the new Hafla Hafla

It’s only right that you verify that Salt and Pepper halloumi fries taste as good on Lark Lane as they do in the Baltic Market. By all accounts the halloumi, falafel and shawarma have been flying out the kitchen at Hafla’s new residence and the rumours there’s a brunch menu on the way. With great local beers on tap and a relaxed vibe, it’s a great addition to the lane.

Hafla Hafla, 73 Lark Lane, L17 8UP

Go To The Liverpool Print Fair

Liverpool Print Fair is a biannual print fair showcasing affordable art from a variety of talented printmakers, designers and artists. The fair brings together printmakers carefully selected by The Print Social from applicants across the UK. Now in its third year, Liverpool Print Fair is better than ever and it’s a great place to treat yourself to some amazing affordable art. It’s at Constellations on 24th November, more here.

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho: News from Nowhere

See Liverpool through the eyes of a man who has travelled through space and time to arrive in the city on the eve of the apocalypse. No really, stick with us. This is a new film commission for the Tate that opens this month, it’s filmed in deserted alleyways and pubs across the city and reflects on the experience of being human today. It sounds bonkers but anything that has been filmed in Peter Kavanaghs is worth a look, and let’s be honest we’ve all been close to apocalypse in there after one too many IPAs.

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho: News from Nowhere, Tate Liverpool from 23 November

Help the Homeless

As temperatures plummet, we all cant wait to get home at the end of a long day to turn up the heating, prepare a warming bowl of comfort food, snuggle up on the sofa with a hot chocolate or relax in a steamy, hot bath before cosying up in our comfortable beds for the night. But for some this couldnt be further from the truth as for those unfortunate to be living on the streets, a long, freezing and lonely night awaits; tonight and every night for the coming months. Read our guide here on how to help this year.


Homotopia is Liverpool’s annual festival of local, national and international LGBT+ arts & culture. This year’s theme is ‘I will survive’, the festival launches on 2 November with a free bash at Hinterlands, and there’s loads of events and exhibitions all month. Grab the last few tickets to see ‘The Pope of Trash’, John Waters at the Phil, see Drag Queen Story Time at the Palm House or see some emerging talent at the Unity’s Homotopia Scratch Night.

Homotopia, throughout November, various venues.

Thanksgiving at Free State Kitchen

What’s dense, orange, and American? No not him, we’re talking pumpkin pie, just one tasty reason we’re happy to jump on the Thanksgiving bandwagon every year. And there’s nowhere better to fly your star-spangled banner than FSK. Book in for four courses of the American Dream that last year included thyme buttermilk scones, spiced butternut squash soup and a massive turkey dinner.

Free State Kitchen, 1 Maryland St, L1 9DE, 22 November, 7pm

Pudding Club at Leaf

In the dictionary under ‘regret’ should be a picture of us when we’ve ordered the wrong pudding. When the person sitting across has gone for the sticky toffee pudding and we had our head turned by a substandard chocolate torte. Pudding Club at Leaf is here to help. A celebration of the sweet stuff where you get five courses of pudding and every single one is a corker. Plus you get a perfectly matched cup of tea to wash it down with. Winner. Tickets here.

Pudding Club at Leaf, Bold Street, 27 November, 7pm

The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth

The story of Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most famous but this The Scottish Play like you’ve never seen it before. The Paper Cinema will create a captivating silent film with paper puppets as you watch, with a dramatic score delivered by live musicians. Sounds simple but this off the wall treatment gives well-known stories an eerie and atmospheric twist. More info here.

The Everyman, Hope Street, 6-8 November

Original Patty Men at Baltic Market

What do we want? Dirty burgers that are the size of our heads. When do we want them? Always. We’re spoilt for banging burgers in Liverpool but for one weekend only purveyors of filth the Original Patty Men are bringing their buns to the Baltic. Buns fully loaded with juicy patties, bacon, cheese and drool-inducing sauces. Bring your mates, your stretchy pants, and a bib, and spend a weekend with the patty men.

Baltic Market, 2-4 November

Words by Angela Barlow