Hold on, it’s March already? Right now? Right here? Like this, in front of everyone?

I think we were too busy revelling in joy and bidding good riddance to January that we didn’t even realise February happened. March, however, is a beautiful time of the year. The dark nights turn light, the leaves start to make an appearance and Spring is officially on its way. A time of the year that we believe is severely underrated – you get all of the brightness of summer with the crispness of winter in one package. To celebrate the arrival of March we’ve compiled a list of things to do, from meandering around the stillness of a hidden Japanese Garden to drinking Guinness and dancing the night away.

Go To A St Patrick’s Day Party

Oh c’mon, we had to get this one in! On March 17th and 18th we are bringing a bit of Dublin to The Baltic Triangle when we once again takeover the Great Baltic Warehouse for two days of shamrocks, shenanigans and showers of Guinness. Expect boss food, boss drinks and even better memories. Tickets here

Drink All The Gin At The Botanical Garden Re-opening

Spring is upon us which means Liverpool’s premiere gin garden will blossom once again. The pop-up urban wonderland celebrating all things gin will deliver much of the same but expect some surprises up their sleeves. They’re even offering a free gin and tonic delivery service in a portable truck the day before they open. Dreams do come true.

photo by Amy Faith

Test Your Knowledge At A Harry Potter Quiz

Calling all Witches, Wizards, Half-bloods & Muggles alike! Constellations will be transformed into the Great Hall where they won’t just be testing your knowledge of the books & films…but also your wisdom in a variety of other magical classes! Hint; you’ll want to dust off your spell book…and maybe your broomstick. More info here.

Have A Dance At Ditto Music

Award-winning independent distributor Ditto Music has announced the launch of Ditto Live, a live music event which will take place in Liverpool on Friday 24th March 2017. Hosted by BBC Introducing’s Dave Monks, Ditto Live will take place in Liverpool’s Camp and Furnace. Get your tickets here

Go On A Business District Pub Crawl

The Business District – a place where people work hard and play harder. We’ve created a beer bible of sorts that will navigate you through the labyrinth of Liverpool’s bolstering boozer scene. Along the way you won’t only drink some great beers in some fine establishments but you’ll stumble past some of Liverpool’s most beautiful architecture. Read it here.

Get Quizzical At A UK Office Quiz Night Hosted by Keith From The Office

The Office captured the heart of the everyday in cringe worthy covered gold and on the 21st of March it’s getting the quiz it deserves. As if that wasn’t good enough, the special host for the evening will be Keith from The Office, the scotch-egg eating legend amongst men. Tickets have sold out but join the waiting list for any that come spare here.

Take Your Mum To A Secret Diners Club

Liverpool’s foodies are in for a treat this March with the city’s renowned pop-up restaurant organisers Secret Diners Club announcing a three-night pop-up. On 24, 25 and 26 March, Secret Diners Club will be taking over a stripped back lock-up on Love Lane where they will be serving up a stunning three-course menu. Grab your tickets here.

Spend A Night At The Theatre – Fiddler On The Roof

1905. For a father in rural Russia, the times are moving on. Is it his daughter or his faith, his village or his life? When those he loves pick away at the thread of tradition, his choices are more and more impossible to make. With glorious songs such as If I Were a Rich Man and Miracle of Miracles, this classic musical follows the fate of Tevye and his daughters in a story of family, belonging and the dangers of a changing world. More here.

Get Your Geek On At Comic-Con

Cosplay, computer games and comics – The Exhibition Centre in Liverpool is set to welcome back MCM Liverpool Comic Con on 11-12 March and open its doors to everyone in all sorts of wonderful and weird garments. Expect Flash Gordon, Starsky & Hutch, Huggy Bear and more as special guests. More here.

Follow Your Art At Open Eye Gallery’s Exhibition On The North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion explores the way the North of England is depicted, constructed and celebrated in select photographs, artworks and fashion collections. The show brings together collective visions of the North, unpicking themes that appear regularly in design and media. Don’t miss it, more here.

Attend A Book Club At LEAF

Books are a uniquely portable magic that transfer us to a world much more interesting than our own. Each month LEAF host a wonderful book club with literary, tea and cake. The golden trio. This one is on March 27th at 7.30pm and is free. All info can be found here.

Join A Beginners Photography Group At The Bluecoat

Develop your photography skills in this introductory one day course, covering the basics of digital cameras and an overview of Exposure and Composition with a practical workshop of People and Place. Photography is an ever evolving practice of technical craft and creative flair. The basis of a good image lies in combining both the art and science. In this workshop we will aim to balance the theory with practical. More here.

Feast At Camp and Furnace’s Nightgarden

Designed to disorientate and delight, NIGHTGARDEN combines food, drink, art and performance, where nature meets technology head on. Free to enter and running every Friday night NIGHTGARDEN sees the venue’s Furnace room combine with Northern culinary powerhouses. Foodies, it’s worth checking out. More here.

Make Your Belly Hurt From Laughing At A Comedy Club

Liverpool’s first purpose-built comedy club; Hot Water Comedy Club opened just off Seel Street and with a city famed for its humour, it’s about time. Opposite Grove, the hidden cul de sac now has an injection of comedy as they opened their doors just before Christmas. Check the shows here.

Carve Your Dream Ring With A Glass Of Fizz At CAST

An unmissable evening with bespoke jewellery makers, CAST. The evening will be a mix of creativity, mouth-watering food and divine drinks. Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed with a glass of fizz before sitting down to mouth-watering food and carving your dream ring. Booking is essential, click here to buy tickets from CAST’s website.

Brunch at Lucha

But first, brunch. Brunch is breakfast for the late bloomers and Lucha Libre’s Mexican twist has to be tasted to be believed. From breakfast burritos to their Mexican-inspired full English, there’s something for everyone and they all go pretty darn well with their margarita. Well, it’d be rude not too, wouldn’t it? Read more here

Attend Liverpool’s First Ever Pop-up Dance Venue

Make Liverpool’s warehouse in the North Docks has been completely transformed into a pop-up dance house for the LEAP 2017 Festival.  The 5,000 square foot Warehouse event space is the perfect space to make MDI’s dream of creating a pop-up dance house a reality. The flexible space has been outfitted with a sprung dance floor, tiered seating, dressing rooms, and access to the newly finished bar and beer garden.

International Women’s Day Screening of Frida

Join Love Thy Neighbour on Bold Street for this special International Women’s Day screening of ‘FRIDA’, the 2002 American biopic drama film depicting the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Tickets have sold out but keep an eye out here for any that come available.

Clear Your Mind On A Spring Stroll

You thought that said spring roll, didn’t you? As great as spring rolls are, sometimes the simplest things in life are the best and there’s nothing better than a good walk around the city. We’d recommend The Japanese Gardens, Caldies Park, Sefton Park, Princess Park, Stanley Park or Otterspool. All have their own charm and hopefully you’ll see some daffodils.

photo by Mark Phillips

Dine At A Pop-Up

Liverpool is in the midst of pop-up mania. Here today and gone tomorrow, what is it that attracts us so much to the world of pop-up? Part of it is the excitement of being apart of something that wont be here for very long. We recommend trying out Oktopus and Xiringuito.

Go On A Tour Of The Old Dock

The internationally-important Old Dock has been carefully preserved under the new Liverpool ONE. For the first time in centuries the bed of the Pool – the creek that gave Liverpool its name – can be seen.
The Old Dock was discovered during excavations in 2001 after being buried since 1826. Developers Grosvenor preserved the dock and are making it publicly accessible as an important reminder of Liverpool’s historic status. Tickets are free, info here.

Shop Local At A Lark Lane Arts & Craft

Lark Lane’s Old police Station is on Sunday 19th March is open 11-5pm for an amazing arts and craft market and is free to enter. More than 20 stalls of handmade fabulousness for sale directly from the makers and a pop up vintage tea room. An ideal Mother’s Day shopping opportunity and chance to shop local.

Special thanks to Brian Mckay for the featured image.