Good grief. How did that happen?! You know what I’m talking about. The kids are back at school, next thing, the shops will be loaded up with Christmas decorations and the festive season will be in full swing before we know it. So that’s something to look forward to.
Longtime readers of this page (all 8 months of it) will know of my love of cats and September doesn’t disappoint. As well as being Happy Cat Month, it also kicks off with Ginger Cat Appreciation Day on 1st. Another notable cute animal day is International Red Panda Day on 19th and should the red panda or cat in your life need a fashion accessory then you’ll be interested in Felt Hat Day on 15th. Really, who wouldn’t need one of these their life? And, because we’re always interested in books here, we’ll be celebrating Read a Book Day and Buy a Book Day on 6th and 7th respectively. Happy September!
Until 7 September: This is Shanghai, various venues on Liverpool Waterfront. Part of the 2018 China Dream programme. The event will bring together the work of ten leading contemporary artists from China, reinforcing a creative link between the two cities which are often compared due to their recognisable waterfronts and shared architectural and emotional characteristics. Entry to all venues is free.
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.
22-23 September: Mystery Literary Festival, Holy Trinity Church, Wavertree. A brand-new festival celebrating mystery literature in all its forms, lands in Liverpool this September. The Mystery Literary Festival (MLF) will be a family-friendly event, which welcomes bookworms and literature lovers from Liverpool and beyond to come together to read, write, learn and play. This is a free event but you need to register to attend here.
22 September: Life in Motion: Depicting the Human Body, Tate Liverpool. Join artist Jai Chuhan for a practical workshop exploring expressionistic and provocative depictions of the male and female body. Taking inspiration from Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/ Francesca Woodman, participants will be guided to engage in critical dialogues and creative drawing. On from 10.30am – 4.30pm, tickets start from £40 and include entrance to the exhibition.
From 25 September: The Lovely Bones, Liverpool Everyman. The first stage presentation of Alice Sebold’s bestselling novel about young Susie Salmon watching over her family after her untimely death. A coming of age play about life after loss. Tickets start from £17 and can be purchased here. On until 6th October.
28-30 September: British Musical Fireworks Championship, Victoria Park, Southport. From 6pm each evening, be amazed and astounded by the best musical firework displays in the country. Seven competitors battle it out over the three evenings, who will take the crown this year? Tickets start from £5.50, under 5s go free, more details and the timetable, along with info about tickets can be found here. Car parking is available for £5.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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