Ah, July already. Thoughts naturally turn to holidays. But if that’s not on the cards for you this year, Liverpool can offer plenty of things to keep you and the kids busy, with just a selection of events that have caught our eyes below.
One celebration we can really get on board with is International Plastic Bag Free Day on 3rd July, but there’s also International Kissing Day on 6th, my favourite day of the year – Ice Cream Day on 19th July and, of course, Milk Chocolate Day on 28th.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, May to September: RIBA North run 2-hour walking tours in Liverpool, six different ones so pretty much the whole city centre is covered across the week, including one to the newly named Royal Albert Dock on Saturdays at 2pm. Prices start at £6.50.
Throughout July: The Liverpool Everyman Theatre presents various productions in July including ‘The Big I Am‘ (a retelling of ‘Peer Gynt‘), ‘Othello’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘Paint Your Wagon’. The Everyman and Playhouse have some great productions throughout the year, so keep an eye on their programme, especially during the school holidays.
30 June-14 July: Wirral Festival of Firsts, various locations on Wirral. This 100% volunteer-led community festival is fast becoming an annual celebration of all things creative on Wirral, having been first established in 2011, and receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2017. Th festival aims o celebrate the arts, inspire creativity, encourage participation by all, showcase local talent, bring outstanding performers to Wirral and offer something for everyone. The full schedule can be found here, along with further details and ticket information.
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.
8 July: Celebrating Bold Street. A takeover festival by local businesses on Bold Street from 10am to 6pm, a culmination of Independents’ Week, and will include a farmers market, arts and crafts stalls and street entertainment.
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.
14-15 July: ‘Fine Tuned‘, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool. A mix of shopping experiences, classic cars, DJs, catwalk shows, makeovers and street theatre. This is all about independent traders, designers and performers. Something for everyone in the family, this free event is on from 10am – 6pm each day.
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.
From 21 July: Op Art in Focus, Tate Liverpool. A free exhibition of ‘optical art’ from the 1960s, when it emerged, onwards. Bringing the movement right up to date with Anela Bulloch and Jim Lambie, this promises to a fun exploration of images that fool the eye into illusions of movement. On until 16th June 2019.
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 July: ‘Food Fermentation: Sauerkraut & Kimchi‘, Make, North Docks, Liverpool. For a mere £10 per person, you can join Keith Matthews for a workshop on food fermentation, including the best ingredients you can use, how to pack jars and how long to leave food to ferment for to create different flavours. 12pm to 3pm.
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.
1-22 August: Summer Football on the Dock, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool. Perfect for the school holidays, let the kids try out their football skills with professional coaches from Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation.Daily sessions from 10am – 6pm, free.
3-12 August: Minton Floor – A NIght on the Tiles, St George’s Hall. An opportunity to walk on the world-renowned Minton tiled floor in the Great Hall of St George’s Hall. Comprising of over 30,000 tiles, this is amongst the finest examples of an encaustic tiled floor. Various times are available, various types of ticket are also available.
11-12 August: Lost Castles, various locations around Liverpool. Marseille-based artist Olivier Grossetete creates amazing buildings using only cardboard boxes and a lot of sticky tape. For this installation, he recreates some of the region’s ‘lost’ castles in the exact place they once stood. And for this weekend only, they will be transformed into venues for free events and performances. And once it’s all over, the castles will be recycled, making it environmentally friendly too.
16-19 August: Southport Flower Show is the largest independent flower show in the country, attracting 50,000 visitors across the 4 days. The theme for 2018 is ‘Once Upon a Time’. As well as the show gardens, exhibitors and a marketplace, the show includes a food festival, various forms of entertainment, a theatre hosting celebrity talks (lineup still to be confirmed) and cooking demonstrations. There is something for everyone, tickets start from £20 a day. kids 16 and under go in free with an adult.
18-19 August: ‘Shout About It Live‘, Constellations, Baltic Triangle. A hybrid festival bringing together live music and gig photography featuring photographers who are part of the global ‘Shout About It‘ collective. This promises to be an interesting and fun weekend, celebrating live music and those who photograph it. Tickets start at £16.75 a day for adults and £11.25 for children and families.
23 August: ‘Best of British: The Last Night of the Proms‘, St George’s Hall. A chance to show off your patriotism and wave your flags in the company of the Allerton Brass Band and the Chester Bach Singers, along with Mezzo Soprano Danielle Louise Thomas. Tickets start at £13.75.
25-27 August: ‘Folk on the Dock‘, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool. A celebration of all things folk at one of the most iconic spots in Liverpool. 3 days of live folk, roots and acoustic music on 10 stages, featuring over 200 artists. New for 2018 is a headline act on a stage inside the Museum of Liverpool. And it’s all completely free from 10am-6pm every day.