Ironically, 1st August is both Respect for Parents Day and International Childfree Day, but also World Wide Web Day without which you wouldn’t know that you should be celebrating any of these holidays. Alliteratively, Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day on 7th is especially notable, and we will, of course, be putting out the bunting for Book Lovers Day on 9th, as we are all huge fans of the smell, touch and feel of books, old and new. In the spirit of transparency, I should admit that I do own a Kindle and read books on it, but I also read actual paper books too from time to time. Don’t judge me. And finally, Middle Child Day is on 11th. Cards, presents, money etc can be sent to the normal address for my attention. Thanks.
Good news parents, only a few weeks until the kids go back. But never fear, there is still plenty going on around the city to occupy you and them. We only tend to feature specific events here, but hopefully some of the links will lead you to other activities going on too. Other websites to keep an eye on, especially in connection with activities for children, include National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Girl Geeks, RIBA North West and Make Liverpool, who are all regularly releasing information about upcoming activities and events.
Ongoing throughout the year: Old Dock Experience, starting at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Royal Albert Dock. Run by National Museums Liverpool, these free tours explore Liverpool’s revolutionary Old Dock – the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock. This is the bed of the Pool, which gave Liverpool its name. It was discovered during excavations in 2001 under what is now Liverpool One. The tours run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and the first Saturday of the month at 10.30am, 12pm and 2.30pm. Suitable for children. Places are limited and must be booked on 0151 478 4499.
Until 25 August: New Brighton Revisited, The Sailing School, Marine Point, New Brighton. Renowned local photographers Martin Parr, Tom Wood and Ken Grant have collaborated in an exhibition of photos exploring the different perspectives of New Brighton since the late 1970s to the late 1990s. Some photos are iconic, some never seen before. Open 12pm-7pm Wednesdays to Sundays, free entry.
Until 25 August: Much Ado About Nothing at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre will provide the magical setting for William Shakespeare’s much-loved and high-spirited play this summer. Think balmy warm nights, the sounds of popping corks, pre-show picnics and happy audiences. High-quality performance, good company and fresh air – summer in Chester really couldn’t get better than this. Tickets start from £22.50, available here.
1-22 August: Summer Football on the Dock, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool. Perfect for the school holidays, let the kids try out their football skills with professional coaches from Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation.Free daily sessions from 10am – 6pm.
2 August: Liverpool Short Film Festival, Oh Me Oh My, Liverpool. A brand new festival showcasing the outstanding film work that has been created by emerging filmmakers both in and outside of the city. Starts at 7pm, tickets are £3 and are available on the link above.
3 August: The Big Baltic Summer Clean, outside Baltic Creative, Liverpool. Something a bit different for your lunch hour. If like many, you’re fed up with seeing litter around the area, this is a great opportunity to get outside and do something about it. Even if you can only spare a few minutes, you will be welcome. You can register on the link above, or just turn up. Equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own too. Starts at 12pm.
3-5 August: CBBC Summer Social, Croxteth Hall. If your little ones are fans of CBBC or CBeebies, then you can win Parent of the Year award by taking them along to this fabulous fun festival. This is a first for CBBC, and we’re lucky enough to have it coming to Liverpool. The line up includes some great names from the world of kid’s TV, including Mr Tumble and Mr Bloom, Hacker T Dog, Sam and Mark, Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler, as well as musical acts like Union J, Bars and Melody and Matt Terry, as we as world-class orchestras. Tickets are £28 (plus booking fees) per day and can be booked here.
3-12 August: Minton Floor – A NIght on the Tiles, St George’s Hall. An opportunity to walk on the world-renowned Minton tiled floor in the Great Hall of St George’s Hall. Comprising of over 30,000 tiles, this is amongst the finest examples of an encaustic tiled floor. Various times are available, various types of ticket are also available.
9-18 August: World Boccia Championships, Exhibition Centre, Liverpool. Following the success of boccia at the Paralympics in 2012 and 2016, the sport continues to grow in popularity, with countries from all over the globe competing to be crowned world champion. The target ball sport is designed for athletes with impairments affecting all four limbs and is an amazing spectacle to watch. Simon Barnes, a well-known sportswriter wrote, ‘You haven’t seen sport until you’ve seen boccia’. Tickets are £1.90 (plus fees) and are available here.
11-12 August: Lost Castles, various locations around the Liverpool City Region, including Williamson Square, Knowsley Safari Park and Norton Priory. Marseille-based artist Olivier Grossetete creates amazing buildings using only cardboard boxes and a lot of sticky tape. For this installation, he recreates some of the region’s ‘lost’ castles in the exact place they once stood. And for this weekend only, they will be transformed into venues for free events and performances. And once it’s all over, the castles will be recycled, making it environmentally friendly too.
14-24 August: Liverpool Town Hall Silver Tour, with Steve Binns MBE, City Historian. Presented as part of the Liverpool Biennial, this is a rare opportunity for visitors to see the amazing civic silver and hers the stories behind it all. You will get a tour of this historic and beautiful building. Tours start at 11am, tickets are £5.50, under 16s go free, and can be booked here.
16-19 August: Southport Flower Show is the largest independent flower show in the country, attracting 50,000 visitors across the 4 days. The theme for 2018 is ‘Once Upon a Time’. As well as the show gardens, exhibitors and a marketplace, the show includes a food festival, various forms of entertainment, a theatre hosting celebrity talks (lineup still to be confirmed) and cooking demonstrations. There is something for everyone, tickets start from £20 a day. kids 16 and under go in free with an adult.
18-19 August: Shout About It Live, Constellations, Baltic Triangle. A hybrid festival bringing together live music and gig photography featuring photographers who are part of the global ‘Shout About It‘ collective. This promises to be an interesting and fun weekend, celebrating live music and those who photograph it. Tickets start at £16.75 a day for adults and £11.25 for children and families.
23 August: Best of British: The Last Night of the Proms, St George’s Hall. A chance to show off your patriotism and wave your flags in the company of the Allerton Brass Band and the Chester Bach Singers, along with Mezzo Soprano Danielle Louise Thomas. Tickets start at £13.75.
25-26 August: Cain’s Brewery Village Music Festival, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool. A completely free festival, pulled together by the lads at Independent Liverpool / Baltic Market, at venues in and around Cain’s Brewery Village. There’ll be acoustic sessions, disco DJs, folk bands and much much more. And lots of places will be open to eat and shop too. Runs from 11am until the early hours each day.
25-27 August: Folk on the Dock, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool. A celebration of all things folk at one of the most iconic spots in Liverpool. 3 days of live folk, roots and acoustic music on 10 stages, featuring over 200 artists. New for 2018 is a headline act on a stage inside the Museum of Liverpool. And it’s all completely free from 10am-6pm every day.
25-27 August: The Great Brick Adventure, Exhibition Centre, Liverpool. For fans of Lego, whether young or old, this for you. Featuring three interactive zones (The Safari Zone, Mythical Beasts and Warriorbots) this exhibition showcases some of the world’s best Lego brick models. And of course, there are lots of other things going on besides. Advance ticket prices start at £11.95 for children (under threes go free) and can be bought here.
Until 30 September: Tickle the Ivories, Liverpool One. The popular annual street piano busking festival is back for another year. Perfect for professionals to show off their work, or amateurs to just have a go. To register for a time slot, click here. Open to everyone – who will be this year’s viral sensation?
8 September: Liverpool Casefile: Live Mystery Game, Liverpool City Centre. Twelve secret locations across Liverpool City Centre will be taking part in this thrilling live mystery game. This is truly a one of a kind day out for players of all ages. Collect the case file, piece together clues, question real live witnesses and solve ingenious puzzles. Suitable for everyone 8 years and up (younger participants get a trail game to play alongside), perfect for families, with prizes for various accomplishments. Under 12s go free, tickets are £12 (plus fees) for 12+ and teams of up to 6 can enter for £50 (plus fees). You can buy tickets here.
14-15 September: The City of Liverpool Tattoo, Echo Arena, Liverpool. The first time this event has ever been held in Liverpool, audiences will be treated to some spectacular performances from military bands, massed pipe and drums and highland dancers, amongst many others, including performers from Europe. Of course, there will also be the novelty acts tattoos are traditionally known for. Tickets start at £39 (plus fees) and are available here.
14-30 September: Liverpool Comedy Festival, various venues in the city centre. With all sorts of comedy genres featured in different locations around the city, there’s sure to be something to suit every taste.
14-16 September: The Good Life Experience, Hawarden Estate, North Wales. Co-founded by Cerys Matthews, this is a weekend of discovery, adventure, music, books, ideas, workshops and the great outdoors. Now in its 5th year, this festival attracts an astonishing array of speakers, experts, performers and acts for all the family. Under 12s go free – and there is plenty for children as well as adults, tickets range from day ticket prices to camping, and are available here.
From 14 September: Rewire by FACT, Toxteth Reservoir. Rewire will take over the grand, iron-pillared interior of the building to create a playful and immersive participatory event which harnesses the Internet of Things. Tickets are £15 for adults and £8 for children for the participatory event, but there is also a free unticketed spectacle. On until 6th October.
15-16 September: Pirates on the Dock, Albert Dock. Fantastic free family entertainment all weekend at the Albert Dock. Enjoy swashbuckling pirates, live cannon battles and many other things for kids and adults alike. Runs 10am-6pm both days.
20-30 September: Smash the Keys, Sefton Park. This 10-day music festival puts a single instrument centre stage in a celebration of all musical genres, from classical to swing and jazz to grime. The piano and its majestic versatility are on show here through unique performances, band new commissions and public interventions. And there’ll also be 10 pianos returning to pubs in the city.
Would you like to see your event featured on a future ‘What’s On’ page? Or do you know of an event that we haven’t mentioned which everybody should know about? Then tell us! We try and pick a variety of events from a multitude of organisations across the city and beyond throughout the year. Send info and links to email@example.com.