Finally, the weather appears to be turning and becoming consistently warm. I have to admit I was getting bored of the winter/summer wardrobe shuffle, and having to resort to wearing a ridiculous quantity of layers on the offchance that the day ended warmer than it started. And given that 1st June is Go Barefoot Day, the timing is pretty good. Other celebratory days to look out for during June include Hug Your Cat Day (like we need any excuse) on 4th, Ball Point Pen Day (hands up if you remember ballpoint pens) on 10th and Take Your Dog to Work Day on 22nd, although in fairness that is most days here in the Wordscapes studio (Missy!).
1-3 June: Southport Food and Drink Festival has been running for a few years and has established itself as one of the best food festivals in the North West. This year promises more celebrations of food, drink and everything related. Open 10-6 each day, entry is free.
2 June: Summer Arts Market at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. The North West’s biggest and best arts and crafts fairs, the Summer Arts Market and festive sibling the Winter Arts Market (usually held in early December), are an amazing opportunity for independent artists from right across the region to sell their work directly to the public, and for the public to support local artists, all in the stunning settings of Liverpool Cathedral. 10am to 6pm, £3 entry on the door, under 16s get in free.
12-28 June: International Business Festival. Once again Liverpool has been chosen to host the IBF during June this year. There’s an amazing array of speakers and events going on, and all are welcome. Check their website for all the information about events, exhibitions and talks.
From 14 June: ‘The Art of Football‘. Coinciding with the Football World Cup in Russia, this is a month-long season of celebratory events and exhibitions exploring the deep-rooted culture of football. Based in the Baltic Quarter, there will be something for anyone interested in football at any level.
16-17 June: Africa Oye, Sefton Park. What started in 1992 as a small celebration of African music and culture is now the UK’s largest (and best!) African music festival, and is held annually in Sefton Park. It also features artists from the Caribbean and South America. As well as gigs, there are stalls selling African crafts, arts, food and drink. 12.30pm – 9pm both days. admission free, definitely one for all the family.
17 June: TEDx Liverpool, Exhibition Centre, Liverpool Waterfront. For the 6th time, this exciting event will include speakers from a huge range of industries who will inspire and entertain. 10.30am – 5.30pm, tickets are £35-£40 and can be booked here.
7 July: The Feis Irish music festival being held at Pierhead in Liverpool, with some amazing acts, including Van Morrison, Imelda May, The Chieftains, Hothouse Flowers and Shane McGowan. All details of times, location, full line up and access restrictions can be found on their website. 11am – 11pm, tickets are £65, under 12s get in free.
14 July: Liverpool Biennial. This year’s theme, ‘Beautiful world, where are you?‘ invites over 40 artists from 22 countries and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil. The full programme of free events and exhibitions at a range of venues around Liverpool can be found here. On until 28th October.
21-22 July: Liverpool International Music Festival, Sefton Park, from 12pm each day. A massive range of music acts, including bands and DJs from around the world, including Example, Basement Jaxx, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Trevor Nelson and Tim Westwood, will showcase the very best that their music has to offer. This event just gets bigger and better every year. Tickets are £5 (under 12s go free), and available for purchase here. This is not to be missed.
28-29 July: Liverpool Pride. One of the highlights of the Liverpool events calendar, the main event is on the Saturday, with loads of fringe events going on all weekend. Liverpool Pride is now one of the biggest in the country, and is well attended and loved by all Merseysiders. Come along and share the colour and diversity Liverpool has long been known for.
28-29 July: Clipper Yacht Race, one of the biggest challenges of the natural world, which will come to a thrilling climax on 28 and 29 July at the Albert Dock in Liverpool. Free event for all the family.