A quick poll in the office concluded that October was our favourite month of the year. Apart from November, of course. And in fairness, someone did say December. I digress. Team Wordscapes loves this time of year, cold days, dark nights, time to put the heating and autumn duvet on, Strictly back on the telly, not having to come up with excuses to eat marshmallows in large quantities, and four-fifths of the team have birthdays. And, as ever, Liverpool and the surrounding areas don’t disappoint with things for everyone to do.
Notable days (apart from 7th which sees the return of Doctor Who and this time, she’s female!) include International Coffee Day on 1st, Random Acts of Poetry Day on 3rd, one for fellow Excel geeks – Spreadsheet Day on 17th, Black Cat Day on 27th, followed swiftly by Cat Day on 29th. A good day to be born if you also love cats 🙂
Until 28 October: Your last chance to see the fabulous China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the World Museum in Liverpool. This has proved a huge success since it opened in February with thousands of people from all over the country and beyond coming to see his beautiful show. Tickets start from £13 and are available here. Members of National Museums Liverpool go for free, book your tickets here. Have you been to see the new 3D Terracotta Warriors artwork at Liverpool ONE?
Until 28 October: 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. If you’re overwhelmed by how the many offerings of the biennial, Creative Tourist will help you out including helpful tips on where to eat and drink on your way around Liverpool.
4-7 October: The Giants return! For the final part of the trilogy which first featured in 2012, then again in 2014, comes ‘Liverpool’s Dream’. Details are being released very slowly so keep an eye on the website and social media for more information as it’s released. The routes have been announced, as have several community initiatives involving picnic blankets and dreamcatchers. It is believed that this is the last time Liverpool will see the Giants so this is not to be missed.
4-24 October: Southport Comedy Festival, various venues in Southport. Now in its 8th year, this festival just gets bigger and better every year. Headliners his year include Phill Jupitus, Zoe Lyons, Hal Cruttenden, Dave Gorman, JO Caulfield and Jason Byrne, amongst many others. The full line up with all details and tickets can be found here.
10 October: ‘A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War, University of Liverpool. Dr Patricia Fara, President of the British Society for the History of Science and lecturer at Clare College Cambridge is the speaker at this event celebrating the lives of women in science during the suffrage period and beyond, including mental health pioneer Isabel Emslie, chemist Martha Whiteley, a co-inventor of tear gas, and botanist Helen Gwynne Vaughan, who paved the way for all scientists. This event is free and open to all and starts at 5.30pm but you must book your place on the link above.
10 -14 October: Liverpool Mental Health Festival, various venues around the city, run by the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium. 10th October is World Mental Health Day, and kicks off a series of events including workshops, exhibitions, performance art, films, spoken word, advice, music, dance, drama and much more. All events are free, some need to be booked as they will be popular and places are limited. There is something for every age and ability.
12 October: Whodunnit Mystery Cruise, River Mersey. Enjoy an evening of super sleuthing on-board the Mersey Ferry and solve the case that will unfold before your eyes whilst you sail along the River Mersey. Tickets are £25 and include some food, available on 0151 330 1003 or via the Mersey Ferries online shop. Not suitable for children.
13 October: The Smithdown Crawl, Smithdown Road, Liverpool. A first for the Smithdown Road Festival, this is a fundraiser to ensure the festival continues in the future. Eight stages at different venues, featuring a variety of genres and promoters. Tickets can be bought here, over 18s only. Runs from 2pm to 4am.
18-28 October: Liverpool Irish Festival, various venues. Bringing Liverpool and Ireland closer together through arts and culture, the LIF is back once more. Through Liverpool’s reputation as a vibrant and cultural city, the annual event focuses on celebrating the Irish contribution to Liverpool’s heritage and identity, and the important part Irish culture continues to play in our city. The full programme of events and booking information can be found here.
26 October: Honouring Sacred Kin Relations in Contemporary Indigenous Art, Tate Liverpool. Indigenous artists are giving visual form to our deep continuity with the animal relations we have relied upon for countless generations. Visitors are invited to this talk which will further explore some of the most prominent works within this year’s Liverpool Biennial: Beautiful world where are you? Starts at 6pm, tickets are £5, advanced booking recommended.
Until 24 February 2019: 40 years of Grange Hill, Museum of Liverpool. Probably the most iconic and groundbreaking children’s programme which ran from 1978 to 2008. This display explores the programme’s direct link to Liverpool through Phil Redmond and the impact and influence of sometimes controversial storylines to generations of children. Open to all, free entry.
Until 5 July 2020: Op Art in Focus, Tate Liverpool. Op art – short for optical art – emerged in the 1960s. Its leading figures included Bridget Riley, Jesus Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely. They combined lines, geometric shapes and eye-popping colour to create artworks that fool the eye. Images could be subtle or disorientating, giving the illusion of movement. The display moves beyond the typical period of op art and includes works by more contemporary artists such as Angela Bulloch. Included is a rare installation of Jim Lambie’s Zobop which floods the entire gallery floor with psychedelic patterning. Free entry, suitable for all.
From 3 November: Homotopia 2018, various venues around the city. An annual festival of local, national and international LGBT+ arts and culture, Homotopia is a Liverpool-based arts and social justice organisation making art, interventions, and participation that inspires and unites communities. The Festival programme and tickets for the various events can be found here. This year’s theme is ‘I Will Survive’. Finishes on 1st December.
3-4 November: Celebrating Day of the Dead, World Museum, Liverpool. A free drop-in event for all the family, 11am – 4pm, this is an opportunity to find out more about how death is celebrated in Mexico. During the celebrations they fill their cemeteries and streets with skeleton and skull decorations, bright flowers and candy. People prepare special foods, play music and dance to honour the spirits of those who have died.
4 November: River of Light, Liverpool and Wirral waterfronts. This hugely successful event returns again this year. Half the population of Merseyside will line the waterfronts to see spectacular fireworks from the same company behind London’s and Edinburgh’s new year displays, a well as hearing the specially commissioned music list. The entertainment starts at 5pm on both sides of the water (on Wirral, the focus will be on New Brighton). Free for all.
5-11 November: Brittle Heart, various venues around Liverpool. Brittle Heart marks both the centenary of the end of the First World War – the ‘war to end all wars’ – and of women over 30 winning the right to vote, in a programme which will look back to the world of 1918 and consider comparisons with our world now. At the heart of this autumn’s Brittle Heart will be a very special performance of Benjamin Britten’s mighty War Requiem, featuring the poetry of Wilfred Owen. Tickets for the Requiem on 10th November at Liverpool Cathedral are available here.
10 November: Not Your Granny’s Cross-Stitch!, Make Liverpool. Learn the art of cross stitch under the guidance of Curious Twist’s Melody Rule. Melody, the founder of A Curious Twist Etsy Shop, has been stitching since she first learned in Girl Guides, and hasn’t stopped since! Now she has a successful business creating… well… let’s say BLUNT messages with beautiful designs. 12-3pm, ticket are £25 (including all materials needed to create your own cross-stitch) and available on the link above.
Would you like to see your event featured in the future? Do you know an event happening 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 protected]. Thanks.