1 December: Winter Arkade, 10-5, 34 Regent St, L3 7BN, Make North Docks. An opportunity to meet and buy Christmas pressies from local independent makers, hosted at Make, with Invisible Wind Factory. Keep an eye on the website for more details.
7 December – Winter Arts Market, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. A favourite in the Wordscape team, and the perfect place to stock up on Christmas pressies and treats. Over 200 small traders will be touting their wares, you’re sure to find something for anyone. 10am – 7pm, £3 entry on door, under 16s go free.
8 December: A Christmas Taste of Liverpool food tour, various venues in Liverpool. Run by Liverpool Food and Running Tours, this is the perfect way of finding out a bit more about some of the food and drink available in the more hidden parts of Liverpool. Run in small groups of no more than 8, a 3.5-4 hrs guided food tour promises at least 6 food/drink stops (local independents), a passionate & experienced guide, great insight into the history of Liverpool and a variety of amazing foods and flavours. Starts at 9am, tickets are £60 (there are discounts for 2+ tickets booked) and can be booked here. Food and running tours and experiences run throughout the year too.
8 December: Introduction to Cartooning, Bluecoat Chambers. Suitable for beginners and beyond, this one day course will teach you the basics of creating your own illustrated characters, including structuring and developing characters, denoting body language and accentuating features. Hosted by our friends at Dot-Art. Runs from 11.30am – 5pm, tickets are £50 if you book direct with them on 0345 017 6660.
8-24 December: Storytime with Santa, Liverpool Town Hall. “The stunning surroundings of Liverpool Town Hall plays host to Father Christmas and his friend Buddy the Elf as they share magical stories and sing a song or two in front of their cosy log fire. Story Time with Santa is so much more than a traditional Christmas Grotto, leaving you and your little ones spellbound as each child shares their Christmas wishes with Santa and receives a special gift.” Tickets are £16.25, and there are five sessions a day so plenty of availability. Two adults go free with each child booked.
From 13 December: Vivien Suter, Tate Liverpool. The Swiss-Argentine artist Vivian Suter presents her recent work Nisyros (Vivian’s Bed) 2016–17, her largest installation to date consisting of 53 large-scale, brightly coloured paintings inspired by the tropical landscape of Panajachel, in Guatemala, Central America where she lives and works. In 2005 a tropical storm destroyed large parts of Panajachel and flooded one of Suter’s studios resulting in damage to her works. However, the artist decided to purposefully leave her canvases outdoors, allowing the tropical climate to become an active agent in the creation of the work, and incorporating natural substances such as volcanic and botanical matter into the paintings. On until 15 March 2020, free entry.
14-15 December: Sing-along with Santa, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. “He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice – and now he’s asking you to sing along! That’s right, Santa himself is leading the musical fun, and he’s going to take you on a trip to some of the places he likes to visit on Christmas Eve! You’ll need to bring your best singing voices – and that goes for the whole family – but don’t worry, the Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choirs are here to help, and this is a musical Christmas treat filled with seasonal songs that everyone will know and love. A treat for all the family – whether you’ve been naughty or nice!” Fancy dress encouraged. Tickets start from £15 for adults and £10 for children. There are two shows each day, at 11.30pm and 2.30pm and each concert lasts about an hour.
14 December: Digital Photography for Beginners, Everyman Theatre. A one day course for the uninitiated digital photographers amongst you. Run by Mark Reeve, a Wirral-based landscape photographer, the course will cover all aspects of the fundamentals need to understand and get the best from your digital camera. Hosted by our friends at Dot-Art. Runs from 11.30am – 5pm, tickets are £50 if you book direct with them on 0345 017 6660.
Until 1 March: An English lady’s wardrobe, Walker Art Gallery. “More than 70 outfits are on display in this new exhibition, which explores shopping and style in Liverpool during the interwar years. An English lady’s wardrobe offers new insight into Liverpool’s wealthy Tinne family, showcasing clothing and accessories purchased by Mrs Emily Margaret Tinne (1886-1966). The Tinne Collection is the largest collection of a single person’s clothing in any UK gallery. The Walker has displayed numerous items from the collection over recent years, but An English lady’s wardrobe is the largest exhibition yet. In addition to Emily Tinne’s clothing, it features costumes belonging to her children as well as outfits worn by the family’s servants.” Tickets are £9 (concession prices available) and can be booked here.
Until 13 April: Drawing on Nature: Taki Katei’s Japan, World Museum. “Once a celebrated artist in Tokyo, Taki Katei’s paintings were displayed in the Imperial court and his impressive works also travelled to international exhibitions. After his death the demand for delicate paintings of flowers and birds fell out of fashion and his work was slowly forgotten. The World Museum will display the first-ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside Japan as part of the UK-Japan Season of Culture.” Tickets are available here.
1 January: New Year’s Day Proms, Liverpool Philharmonic. A fantastic way to kick off 2020. Join the Manchester Concert Orchestra for recognisable rousing classics including proms favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia. Why not start the year as you mean to go on? Starts at 2.30pm, tickets are available here.
8 January: The Paint Republic Paint Party, Baltic Social, Parliament Street. “Join the Paint Republic for an evening of relaxed painting, hosted by their master artist, they’ll help you unleash your creativity by loosely instructing you how to paint a picture chosen for the event. The jokes are bad, the music’s loud, and the banter’s high. Two hours later you’ll have a canvassed painting you can take home to give to your mum… She’ll love it, she loves everything you do. Free-styling’s encouraged, beginners are welcome, get loose and get creative!” Starts at 6pm, tickets are £25.
11 January: A Brief History of Painting, Bluecoat. “Interested in art history? This informal talk looks at painting’s progression, from religious iconography to royal portraits, landscapes to abstraction, to leaving the canvas behind altogether, with artists painting directly onto walls, floors and objects. Taking place in the library, refreshments will be provided.” Starts at 2pm, tickets are £3/£2.
19 January: Photography Workshop ‘Explore your camera part 1 – Get off auto‘, Speke Hall. These guys run photography courses all over the UK, covering the use of cameras, drones and phones, as well as different types of photography, including wildlife and landscapes. This one day course concentrates on beginners with cameras, with useful advice and information about getting off the auto setting, and how to use the various settings. If you don’t have a camera, they can even loan you one for free for the day. Tickets cost £85, and the link will show you other locations and courses available too. They also sell vouchers for workshops too, possibly the perfect Christmas pressie for the budding photographer in your life?.
25 January: Do Something Saturday: Civil Rights and Freedom Fights, FACT Liverpool. “Could a card game ever do justice to the civil rights movement? Artist Hwa Young Jung’s new card game challenges players to make the most meaningful connections between people, objects and events of the civil rights struggle. Created in collaboration with the International Slavery Museum’s Young Ambassadors, this is a great opportunity to play with your family, while getting inspired by the stories and actions of people who fought for their rights. Suitable for 10 to 16 year olds and families.” Starts at 1pm, this is a free event but you must book.
30-31 January: The Railway Children sleepout, Liverpool Lime Street. This UK wide event caused quite an impact when it was held earlier in 2019, so this is your chance to join in and raise money to help protect children living on the streets. 2020 sees the event being held at none of the biggest railways stations, including Lime Street. Sleeping in the station, you’re pretty much guaranteed a cold uncomfortable night, but also camaraderie, a roof over your head, and some warm refreshments. There is a registration fee of £15 and a minimum sponsorship amount of £100. You can register for your place here.
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