Until 10th August: The Corvid Collective, Egg Cafe, Liverpool. Talented local artists Pam Holstein, Nick Jones and Karen Wilson are exhibiting their art at this ever-popular cafe on Newington. Free entry and The Egg do a cracking cheese on toast too.
Until 13 October: Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan, Bluecoat, Liverpool. Shezad Dawood’s epic film series Leviathan comes to the gallery, alongside a number of textiles and neon works. Taking inspiration from both Thomas Hobbes’ book Leviathan and the biblical sea monster of the same name, Dawood’s Leviathan follows the migratory patterns of people between Europe and Africa, who are often making the crossing as refugees. The film explores the connection between mass migration and marine conservation, in particular how the turbulent journeys made by human migrants mirror the tumultuous ecological changes in the sea over which they travel.
3-4 August: BBC Summer Social, Croxteth Country Park. Following the massive success of this event last year, this family event is back. Saturday sees Busted, Pixie Lott and John Newman in the lineup amongst many other acts. Sunday is entirely dedicated to the small people and the lineup includes Mr Tumble, Dr Ranj and Janette Manrara, Nick Cope and Andy and the Odd Socks on the main stage. The farm will be open too, and there are other kid-friendly activities going on. All tickets and event information can be found here.
4-30 August: Summer on the Dock, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool. This annual event at the Dock is getting bigger and bigger and attracting more and more people as new restaurants and shops open up in the Albert Dock. This year’s 4-week event includes the floating pop-up cinema (see below), reading and storytime workshops, health and wellbeing activities and, of course, the return of the floating football pitch with free professional coaching sessions from 23-30 August. Keep an eye of the website and twitter feed for updates and details as they are announced.
4-10 August: Dock Pop-up Floating Cinema, Royal Albert Dock. Pop open your popcorn and catch a Hollywood blockbuster under the stars of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. Kick off your summer with an action-packed screening of your favourite nautical and family-themed films. Afternoon screenings are at 2pm, evenings at 7pm. Refreshments are available from local independent restaurants and bars too. The full schedule and ticket information can be found here.
6 August: Creative Studio, Tate Liverpool. Drop into this fantastic free workshop designed specifically for children with autism and other social communication needs. We invite you to play with hands-on sensory materials, taking inspiration for the bright and colourful Keith Haring exhibition. Free and suitable for all ages. No need to book. Sessions are 11-12.30pm and 1.30-3pm.
8 August: Drink and Draw: Life Drawing, Make North Docks. Fancy a new challenge? And the opportunity to try something a little bit different? Then this may be for you. Your chance to try life drawing in a friendly informal atmosphere, with the added bonus of cheese and wine. Suitable for anyone over the age of 16, whether you are a seasoned doodler or have barely picked up a pencil before. Starts at 6.30pm, ticket prices art at £8 and can be bought here.
10-11 August: Sunnycon Anime Expo, Exhibition Centre, Liverpool. For the first time ever in Liverpool, this is THE event for anime enthusiasts of all ages. There will be special guest appearances, fan meets and cosplay tournaments, as well as shopping and gaming opportunities. Tickets start at £16.50 per day or £27 for the weekend. Find out more here.
15-18 August: Southport Flower Show, Southport. Celebrating 90 years of the Southport Flower Show in 2019, this is the largest independent flower show in the country. Renowned for its spectacular show gardens and grand floral marquee, it also features the largest amateur growers and floral art competitions. And there is so much more than flowers, such as cooking displays and of course, plenty of opportunities for shopping and eating. Tickets and info can be found here.
23-24 August: Future Yard, various venues in Birkenhead. A new contemporary music festival for Wirral, reimagining unique spaces and venues over two days. Headlined by Bill Ryder-Jones (formerly of The Coral) and Anna Calvi at Birkenhead Town Hall, plus a sound and performance installation at Birkenhead Priory and much much more. Tickets are £40 for the weekend, or day tickets are available too, can be purchased here, along with the full programme of events.
7 September: Reminisce Festival, St Helens. The Uk’s biggest club classics festival is back in Merseyside. Some of the biggest names from the UK club scene will be appearing. The line up is here and tickets can be bought here. Over 18s only, 12pm – 11pm.
7 September: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Birkenhead Park. “In celebration of its year as Borough of Culture for the Liverpool City Region, Wirral is proud to present a very special evening of popular classics, show tunes and exciting film standards with something for all the family. Showcasing music from composers as diverse as Bizet, Lennon and McCartney, John Williams, Holst and others, including popular classics and songs such as ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘Ferry ‘cross the Mersey’, and music from films such as Star Wars and E.T, the Orchestra will be joined by Liverpool-born international mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Johnston under the baton of conductor, Richard Balcombe. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s only outdoor performance this year as a full Orchestra will be set against the majestic backdrop of Birkenhead Park – the first publicly funded park in the country.” Starts at 7.30pm, tickets are £15 and available here.
7-8 September: Wirral Food and Drink Festival, Birkenhead Park. “Bringing together an abundance of local producers and celebrity chefs from Wirral and beyond, the all-new Wirral Food & Drink Festival presents a two-day gastronomic experience for food and drink lovers in Birkenhead Park. With elements curated by nationally renowned Wirral-born chef, Paul Askew of The Art School Restaurant, the Festival will be a showcase of what Wirral has to offer from field to fork. Set against the backdrop of one of Wirral’s most celebrated and beautiful Green Flag parks, this is not to be missed, with something for all the family alongside fantastic art and entertainment and the mouth-watering array of food and drink on offer. Full details and line up available soon on the above link.
20-29 September: Liverpool Comedy Festival, various venues. The full line up is yet to be announced, but keep an eye on their website for more news of the performers, which will likely include household names and newcomers too.
27-29 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. Six 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.
28 September – 12 October: Wirral Arts Festival, various venues. This increasingly popular annual event is back again with even more variety of cultural events than ever. From music to poetry, storytelling to performance art, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. The full timetable is yet to be released but you can keep on the website and twitter/ facebook to find out more.
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