The weather might say otherwise, but a new season is heading our way – and the city is springing into life this month.

We’ve taken a battering, but we’ve soldiered on through cold dark nights – and we’re about to be rewarded with more than just daylight hours. This month there’s shenanigans and celebrations, new music, poetry, gin parties, oh and zombies will take over a shopping centre. Just another month in the pool of life…

Gin Garden Blooms Again

It’s a little piece of escapism in the city, a sublime sanctuary tucked away down a narrow street in the shadow of the looming Anglican Cathedral in the background, which has cultivated a following not only across the city and region but for visitors seeking to find a different side to Liverpool’s resplendent cultural scene. It’s an idyllic home for a variety of flora and fauna which adds to the relaxed ambience and sense of being a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, which is only a ten minute walk away but feels like much further. It’s Botanical Garden – and it reopens mid-March.

Comic Con

If you go down to the docks next weekend, you’re in for a big surprise. Hobbits, Avengers, Power Rangers, oh and Tara Reid, they’ll all be there. Comic Con is back, and it’s bigger and crazier than ever. Genuine Hollywood stars like Elijah Wood and Mickey Rourke will be there and the place will be crammed with gaming stations, breakout rooms, live artists, DC props and loads more. More here. If you don’t want the party to stop there head to NQ64 after for more games!

Drink Cocktails and Play Arcade Games

NQ64 is an underground drinking den where you can find the best retro arcade games and classic consoles. Alongside the games is a drinks list with specially selected beer and themed cocktails. All of the nostalgia of your childhood and all the booziness of your adulthood – there’s no wonder this place is so popular. Fancy an old fashioned whilst you play Mortal Kombat? A Princess Peach alongside Guitar Hero? Of course you do. Read our guide here.

Gin Party @ St Georges Hall

It’s hard to remember the days B.G. – Before Gin. Those days when really only your nan drank it. The gin juggernaut keeps on rolling and there are more varieties, serves and places to get your hands on a drop of mothers ruin. But gin parties do not get more spectacular than this. In the stunning surroundings of one of the city’s most beautiful buildings you can sample more than 25 boutique gins and enjoy live music, magicians and a proper festival atmosphere. You’ll even get your own gin glass to take away – just beware the curse of the home measures… click here for a 20% discount code.

Zombie Nightmare

You might need a stiff drink if you venture in St Johns on the last weekend in March… If you thought shopping centres pre-Christmas were terrifying this is another level. Zombie Nightmare is an award-winning experience that will see the centre on lockdown and you’ll have to navigate zombies, escape room style clues and ultimately run for your life. Not for the faint hearted. Tickets here.

St Patrick’s Day Weekender at Baltic Market

It’s back. Four days of shamrocks shenanigans and showers of Guinness. The Baltic Market is turning into a little slice of Dublin as the guys from Guinness take over the bar and the roof will be well and truly raised by loads of local bands playing some traditional Irish tunes. Throw in loads of quality food, the six nations on the 14th, and a few spins of Bewitched and you’ve got one hell of a party. More info here.

St. Patrick’s Ceilidh @ The Palm House

For a slightly different pace of Paddy’s Day party head to the Sefton Park Palm House for a traditional Ceilidh. Celtic Knot Ceilidh Band will be leading a traditional Celtic evening full of dancing, laughter and fun.  You’ll be guided through the moves so even if you don’t know your jigs from your polkas you’ll have a ball. And if you need to rest your feet there will be plenty of refreshment on offer from the Palm House bar.

Spoil your ma

We think mums are worth spoiling all year round but tis the season to go the extra mile. Treat her to an afternoon tea at The Reader in Calderstones and then take a stroll to walk it off; take her for a wander around the Walker Art Gallery or Tate Liverpool; splash out on a special Mothers Day Celebration at the Art School or hit the Baltic Market where there will be a big party with special cocktails and half price prosecco. Because she’s worth it.

Frances Disley @ The Bluecoat

Liverpool-based artist Frances Disley creates large-scale performance installations and her work is always striking and thought-provoking in equal measure. Her latest display at The Bluecoat will merge community aerobics class with tracksuit colourways and dance performances. She’s interested in the things we do to feel better about ourselves and the elitism in the self-care industry. Check it out from the 13th March.

Mossley Hill Makers Market

On March 7th 10.30am-3.30pm there’s going to be a makers market at the beautiful Mossley Hill Church. Loads of local and independent sellers. Expect gifts, homeware, jewellery, art, food and more!

Drawing On Nature – Taki Katei’s Japan

Once a celebrated artist in Tokyo, Taki Katei’s paintings were displayed in the Imperial court and his impressive works also travelled to international exhibitions. After his death the demand for delicate paintings of flowers and birds fell out of fashion and his work was slowly forgotten. World Museum will display the first-ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside Japan as part of the UK-Japan Season of Culture. More here.

photo by Gareth Jones

This is Vinyl Tap @ Camp and Furnace

Are you ready to rock? There’s a new classic rock night in town and it’s going to rock you like a hurricane. The Amazing Kappa Band will be in town and you can expect non-stop classic tunes all night long. BYO rock arm, shaggy perm and air guitar. Grab your tickets here.

Words by Angela Barlow