Forget back to school, back to business and back to Brexit, this lot will keep the happy holiday vibes going strong.
There’s a whole heap of brilliant goings on this month: Grand beer festivals, life-changing burgers, a free pass to the city’s best kept secrets, Harry Potter like you’ve never seen him before and a glimpse of Swayze under the stars. Here’s our top picks:
St George’s Hall Beer festival
Beer festival venues don’t come more impressive than St. George’s Hall. Apparently the Baths of Caracalla were the inspiration for the Great Hall and we’re pretty sure the Romans would have got stuck into the 200 real ales and ciders that will be on offer over the three days. To soak it all up there will plenty of Peninsular Pies and the Liverpool Cheese Company will serve you up a platter fit for an emperor.
Go Visit The New Arcade Bar
Inside the arcade will be a game for everyone – retro 80’s lovers can try their luck on Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and the classic Space Invaders. For the 90’s cool kids, consoles such as the N64, Megadrive and SNES come with a range of old school games to take you on a trip down memory lane.
After the success of their big May bash, 24 Kitchen Street and Abandon Silence are hitting it hard on the last weekend of September. Expect a weekend of house, techno, grime, bass and everything in between from a stellar line-up including Egyptian Lover, My Nu Leng, Joy Orbison, No Fakin DJs, Mike Skinner, Helena Hauff, Horse Meat Disco and Kornél Kovács.
photo by Hannah Metcalfe
Find out more: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/Baltic-Weekender/
Eudaemonia health and wellbeing festival
If yoga, HIIT and eating clean are more your scene, the city’s healthiest festival is back. Try out a new fitness class, chill out in with some new mindfulness techniques, or watch a health eating demo. Picnic, Indigo Greens and The Nakery will be pitching up at Hinterlands too so you can rest and refuel with some healthy treats.
Find out more: https://www.liverpoolhealthandwellbeing.com/eudaemonia/
Heritage Open Days
We’re blessed with some of the best architecture in the world but have your ever wandered past one of our beautiful buildings and wished you could have a nosy inside? For one week only, some of our city’s best kept secrets are opening their doors for you to do just that. You can check out the Ancient Chapel of Toxteth, High Park Reservoir, Abdullah Quilliam Mosque, The Athanaeum, Georges Dock Building, Waterhouse Building, and get a rare glimpse inside Knowsley Hall.
Speke Hall outdoor cinema
Can’t get enough of watching films under the stars? Speke Hall are giving you the chance to watch four films in their stunning surroundings as part of the Summer Nights festival. Go wild for Goose and Maverick at Top Gun, revel in Freddy’s finest moments at Bohemian Rhapsody, marvel at Swayze’s barnet at Dirty Dancing or take on the robot uprising at Terminator 2.
Nigel Slater’s Toast at the Playhouse
Nigel Slater reckons it’s impossible not to love someone who makes you toast, and we think he’s got a point. This play vividly recreates his childhood through the tastes and smells he experienced, and during the performance the audience will be invited to try some of the foods that formed one of the country’s most-loved cooks. It’s funny, touching and gives you an insight into the childhood of the man with possibly the most coveted kitchen on weekend telly.
Constellations Garden Takeover
Constellations Garden is for life, not just for summer. Rain or shine, it’s a place that’s got vibes. Melodic Distraction will be taking over the space with a little help from The Honey Pot, DJ Jimmy Allen and DJ Gemma Arnott on 13 September. Get down early for food from 4pm before dancing till late in the outdoor oasis.
Original Patty Men @ Baltic Market
You’ve not had a burger until you’ve had an Original Patty Men burger. And on 13 September, for one day only, they will be returning to the Baltic Market with their buns of glory. Patties made of aged longhorn beef, smothered in cheese and stacked high with drool-inducing slaws, sauces, and maple-coated bacon. These patty pimps aren’t called the purveyors of filth for nothing.
Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/BalticMarketLiv/
The UK’s biggest gin festival
The Gin to My Tonic Show is the biggest in the country and it sounds pretty gincredible. Head to the Exhibition Centre and you can meet the makers behind some of your favourite gins, get hands-on in a gin and tonic workshop, master the perfect serve in a cocktail masterclass and, of course, try a couple along the way.
Watch Harry Potter with a live orchestra
Thought Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone couldn’t get any better? Think again. The brilliant Czech National Symphony Orchestra are coming to the Philharmonic Hall to play John William’s score live alongside Harry and his crew facing the dark wizard on the big screen. Sounds incredible.
Find out more: https://www.harrypotterinconcert.com/
Albert Dock book signing
We can’t promise JK Rowling will be in town but there will be a whole host of international authors descending on the docks for a mammoth book signing this month. Confirmed authors include Bella Rose, DE McClusky, Gabriel Pearson John Lynch. There will be the chance to meet and greet your favourite author, chat with fellow book fans and the event will be supporting Claire House Hospice.
Independent Liverpool digital launch
The Independent Liverpool card has gone digital and we’re officially live in your app stores! It’s now easier to get your hands on the best deals, search based on where you are and what you’re interested in and find new independents in secret corners of the city. We’re mega excited about this one!