We can’t predict whether it’ll be cable-knits or flip-flop season, but we do know that March is shaping up to be an absolute belter.

Tis the season for not knowing what the hell to wear and not understanding what the hell’s going to happen next. So throw on some layers, screw Brexit stockpiling (your nan’s probably got enough tins of peaches for half the city anyway) and stick these on your to do list.

Big Spring Makers Market

The Makers Market is win-win: support for small local businesses and pick up some great artisan produce and products. It’d be criminal not to head down to the Old Police Station on Lark Lane March 3rd from 11am onwards for a good look around – there’s even a pop-up vintage tearoom with some cracking cakes on offer.

St Patrick’s Day Festival @ Baltic Market

The ultimate St Patrick’s Day party is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever. Four days of shenanigans including a Guinness bar takeover, Jameson’s pop-up and plenty of quality food to soak up your pints of the black stuff. Expect loads of live music over the weekend, a few spins of Bewitched, and the best Irish spirit this side of Dublin. More details here

The Unbelievable Football Quiz with Chris Kamara

If a well-known beer brand made football quizzes, this would be it. The man, the myth, the moustache Chris Kamara and stand-up/footie impressionist Darren Farley will be at the helm and there will be some pretty special prizes on offer. So bring your mates and your encyclopaedic knowledge to Camp and Furnace on March 20th and prove those many hours playing football manager and watching Soccer AM weren’t for nothing. Tickets here.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh @ The Walker Art Gallery

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an architectural genius and a highly influential designer and artist. This new exhibition at the Walker explores The Glasgow Style, a movement that he was at the heart of. The display will feature more than 250 objects, ranging from furniture to embroidery and stained glass to architectural drawings created by Mackintosh and his contemporaries. Details here.

Get tickets to go cruising

If you’ve been inspired by the genius that is Cruising with Jane McDonald (if not, why not? It’s Bafta winning stuff…) you can get a taste of life on the ocean wave with Mersey Ferries night cruises. The cruises aren’t till May but tickets for the Spice Girls, Rocky Horror and Abba cruise nights are sailing fast so grab them while you can here

Celebrate British Pie Week @ Love Lane Brewery

Delicately crumbling pastry, rich oozing fillings and big hearty flavours – is it just us that wish every week was pie week? At the Love Lane Brewery they are putting pastry goodness centre stage for the whole week with a special menu – look out for the beef and ale and the limited edition beetroot and berry stout. Pies and beer? A match made in heaven. More here.

Join In On The St Patrick’s Day Parade

The 2019 Liverpool St Patricks Day Parade will be taking place on Sunday 17th March 2019. Bands include:
Liverpool Katumba Drummers, Liverpool Irish flute band, Corduff Pipe Band Monaghan, Batala Merseyside. Cambria Drum Band, Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band. It’ll be starting from The Old Irish Centre on Mount Pleasant from 12pm onwards.

Crowd @ The Playhouse

Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) provides unique opportunities for young people aged 14-25 to get involved in the arts. Now the YEP is making its Playhouse main stage debut in a piece devised by 50 young people on the programme. Crowd examines the power of crowds and what it takes to stand up. Grab a ticket and see the story Liverpool’s youth want to tell – you could even see a star of the future as YEP helped launched the careers of the likes of David Morrissey and Cathy Tyson. More here.

Head To The 1920’s Speakeasy Themed Gin, Bourbon & Cocktail festival At The Crypt

1920’s glamour awaits as you’re swept back 100 years to an era where mobsters mingled with movie stars, the liquor was wet and the good times roared. Follow in the footsteps of Al Capone and Bugsy Malone as prohibition fever sweeps the country, and savour the very finest gigglewater including world gins, bourbons, American IPA’s and more. When ordering at the bar be sure to keep your voice low and ‘speak easy’. Tickets here.

Life Drawing @ Leaf

When Spring is in the air it makes you want to try new things. And whether you’re a seasoned artist or curious doodler, all styles and all abilities are welcome at Leaf’s life drawing classes. You’ll be given all the materials and guidance you need, just bring yourself and an open mind and get creative. More here.

Diggers Anthems @ Handyman Brewery

With Belzan, Little Furnace and Evil Eye still smashing it out the park and Picnic preparing their new falafel palace, The Smithdown Road resurgence continues. If you’re in that neck of the woods a visit to The Handyman Brewery is a must and it’s worth a special trip on Friday 29 March to enjoy a serving of rare soul, funk, exotic disco and electronic oddities alongside your pint of IPA.

Get Tickets For Cream Classical In The Park

Following the overwhelming success of the brand’s series of sell out Cream Classical shows at Liverpool Cathedral, which  brings together the amazing 50 piece Kaleidoscope Orchestra to perform some of the legendary club’s biggest tracks, Cream HQ are now taking it to the next level for their biggest show to date, taking the ‘Cream Classical’ concept outdoors with the city’s stunning Sefton Park as its setting. Sign up here for tickets.

Volunteer @ The Palmhouse

We’re lucky to have lots of amazing venues in the city but many depend on the help of volunteers. One of those venues is Sefton Park Palmhouse and they are looking for more hands on deck. So if you’ve ever whiled away an afternoon gawping at its beauty, proudly shown it off to visitors, or enjoyed a film under its majestic roof and you want to give something back drop by on Wednesday 6 March and find out more.

Celebrate Pancake day

Can you believe how quickly pancake day has crêped up this year? Sorry about the pun, it was flipping funny though! Tuesday 5th March is pancake day and to celebrate its half price pancakes ALL DAY at The Tavern Co. The Interesting Eating Co and Moose Coffee also have deals on all day.

Head To The Return Of The Granby Four Streets Market

The Granby Four Streets story is one that represents the whole city. It’s so moving and we are delighted to hear the much-loved Granby Four Streets Market returns this weekend on March 2nd from 10am onwards. Offering a fabulous array of stalls both new and old plus a great street party atmosphere, head on down and thank us later. The market will be held on the main high street of Granby Street in Toxteth featuring stalls selling bric-a-brac and second hand clothes to arts, crafts and henna painting. 

words by Angela Barlow