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Things to do in Liverpool this Summer

The summer holidays in Liverpool are here! Which also means you will be looking for ideas for things to do with friends and family in the city.

Make tons of memories, from attractions, festivals to some good old family fun, check out our guide to the things to do in Liverpool this summer!

Family

Justinos

380 Aigburth Road, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 6AE

Wednesday at popular Aigburth Italian restaurant Justinos is kids’ pizza making day! The team at the restaurant ensure your little ones devour their meal by letting them create it all by themselves. Make-their-own Justino pizza is the perfect eatery experience for all the family and the kids get to eat their own made pizza for free!

For further information visit www.justinos.co.uk

The Bluecoat

8 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

Bluecoat Platform Summer Programme Announced

The Bluecoat has launched a new programme of free events to keep families busy over the summer holidays.

The summer programme, starting from 21st July and lasting for four weeks, will consist of storytelling, music, comedy for kids, designed to engage children of all ages. 

The Bluecoat will be serving Cheshire Farm ice cream over the summer holidays.

Please note: Some activities are aimed as specific age groups, but all are welcome. 

For further information visit www.explore-liverpool.com/bluecoat-platform-summer-programme-announced

Liverpool ONE

5 Wall Street, Liverpool L1 8JQ

Liverpool ONE to increase its outdoor seating capacity by 100% in support of occupiers and visitors

Liverpool ONE gets set for summer of fun! From a Lego ‘Pop & Play Tour’ to a dog show, there is set to be plenty of fun-filled activities for young visitors in store.

Running throughout the summer is Tickle the Ivories Piano Festival, which invites both amateurs and professionals to showcase their skills.

Also filling the summer calendar is a visit by the Lego Pop Up & Play tour on 14th and 15th August, where families can unleash their creativity with four interactive play areas, including the chance to build vehicles and create music videos. 

There will be the opportunity for dog lovers to invite their furry pals to a special dog show on 5thSeptember. 

Young explorers can also take part in the Nature Trail, where families have the chance to discover plants, insects and other wildlife, as well as find out more about the Old Dock, which was the world’s first ever wet dock. 

For further information visit www.explore-liverpool.com/a-summerof-fun-heads-to-liverpool-one

World Museum

William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN

World Museum in Liverpool reopens doors to its new-look Aquarium
Picture by Gareth Jones

World Museum in Liverpool has now reopened its doors to its new-look Aquarium for the summer.

Families will learn about what they might find rock-pooling locally and across the UK, as well as viewing firm visitor favourites, the ‘Nemo’ fish and the rays, skates and sharks who seem to be smiling.

Visitors will discover more about the world the animals live in and how to protect them, as the Museum emphasises its educational role around biodiversity.

The Aquarium is on Floor 1 of World Museum and will reopen at 10am on Tuesday 20 July. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Entry is free.

For more information visit www.explore-liverpool.com/world-museum-in-liverpool-reopens-doors-to-its-new-look-aquarium/

Bridge

Breeze Hill, Millennium Green

A 72ft long and 19ft high bridge will be bringing together culture, communities and civic pride and will be located in Walton, Liverpool and will be the focal point of a three-day (5-7 August) event called Bridge.

The bridge will play host to a series of free activities, and for two nights an extraordinary outdoor performance is set to wow crowds.

The event will take place from 10am-5pm Thursday to Saturday, the community, artists and designers will come together in a series of workshops, conversations and activities which look to discover and tell the story of County ward and the people who live there.

A gravity-defying circus acrobatics, dance, comedy, theatre and live music experience, inspired by local people’s stories at 8.45pm on Friday and Saturday will create a thrilling climax. 

This will be a FREE ticketed performance and further details on ticketing will be announced on Tuesday 20 July.

For further information visit www.explore-liverpool.com/a-spectacular-bridge-is-set-to-mesmerise-north-liverpool

Fun for All

Wild Shore Liverpool

Gower Street St Dukes Dock, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD

Liverpool’s favourite Aqua Park has returned to the dock for the summer! Back bigger and better than ever, the attraction offers an inflatable water obstacle complete with huge free-fall slides, trampolines, rafts, barriers and much more.

Wild Shore is perfect for not only a fun family day out, but also fun with friends. New activities include Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Paedalos and Mini Boats.

The attraction is ideal from the age 6 years old upwards, with prices starting from £18.00 per person.

For further information visit www.wildshoreliverpool.co.uk

Boom Battle Bar Liverpool

101-110 St Georges Way, Liverpool L1 1LU

Boom Battle Bar is packed full of crazy games to ensure someone takes home the bragging rights!

From Bavarian Axe Throwing, Electric Darts, Crazier Golf, Shuffleboards, American Pool and interactive Beer Pong, let the battle commence between your friends and family.

Children are allowed into the venue up until 7.00pm, food and drinks also available on site.

For further information visit www.boombattlebar.co.uk

ArCains

31 Grafton Street, Cains Brewery Village, Liverpool L8 5SD

ArCains is the ultimate gaming experience, with plenty of games spread across three floors, the venue is the perfect games night for all.

From Arcades, PC’s, Consoles to pinball, the venue is one of Europe’s biggest gaming arcades. With pay to enter and stay as long as you like, most games at the venue are free to play. Vintage and modern arcade games mean it’s ideal for families as well as friends, children are allowed up until 9.00pm.

The venue also has two bars where visitors can enjoy drinks and music until 2.00am.

For further information visit www.arcains.co.uk

Festivals

Festathlon

Wavertree Athletics Track, Wellington Road, Liverpool L15 4LE

New, innovative and all female athletics festival, Festathlon heads to Liverpool on Saturday September 11th, 2021.

The festival will be a combination of athletics, music, and the city of Liverpool. Athletics will be brought to life in a new way through an innovative heptathlon team format that will celebrate the traditions of the sport whilst offering up something new for lifelong fans and first-time watchers alike.  Spectators will also be entertained by a mixture of DJs and live music acts that are being provided in partnership with the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) Academy. 

In addition to the athletics and the music, the festival will offer new experiences for everyone in attendance. With ticketing options including access to the infield hospitality tent, based inside the athletics track next to both the finish line, the High Jump area and the music stage. 

Festathlon will take place from 3pm – 10pm on Saturday, September 11th, 2021. Tickets are limited and expected to sell out quickly.

For further information visit www.explore-liverpool.com/new-innovative-all-female-athletics-festival-festathlon-heads-to-liverpool/

Film & Food Fest 2021

Newsham Park, Liverpool

Film & Food Fest: a brand-new touring festival for summer 2021 is Heading to Liverpool this August.

The four days of outdoor cinema with classic movies and recent releases, stand-up comedy from some of the UK’s best-loved comedians, local street food from each city and specially curated short films from regional film makers.

Guests can expect everything from gourmet burgers and bruschetta to crepes and caramel ice-cream, along with a dedicated bar, serving great beers and bespoke cocktails. 

Adult tickets start from £16.50 + booking fee. Afternoon showings, children 12 years and under, go half-price (plus booking fee). 

For further information visit www.explore-liverpool.com/whatson/film-food-fest-2021

Baltic Weekender 2021

Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

This August the Baltic Weekender returns to Liverpool and is set to be their most ambitious yet! This year the event will move to August in the heart of the summer, with new outdoor stages and their biggest line-up to date. Taking place across six stages in the Baltic Triangle, line-up includes Central Cee, Conducta, Dan Shake, Daniel Avery, DJ Q, DJ Storm, Eclair Fifi, Fracture, Hunee, Jossy Mitsu, Karima, Kaz, Leon Vynehall, Luxe, Mike Skinner and many more.

Ticket prices range from £28.00 for single days to £56.00 for full weekend tickets. Minimum age 18.

For more information visit www.explore-liverpool.com/whatson/baltic-weekender-2021

On the Waterfront

Pier Head, Liverpool

Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head will be taken over by one of the biggest shows to date this September!

Taking place from Thursday 16th September, ‘On the Waterfront’ will see artists such as Nile Rodgers & CHIC and The Zutons head back to Liverpool for a four-day long weekend of music. The event will also feature headline performances from Cream Classical featuring Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Camelphat and double platinum and MOBO award winning singer-songwriter Rebecca Ferguson.  

Ticket Prices from: £25+BF (Early Bird) / Doors: 16:00 – 23:00hrs Age: 18 and over (Challenge 21 is in operation and valid photo ID is required)

For further information visit: www.explore-liverpool.com/whatson/on-the-waterfront-presents-nile-rodgers-chic-the-zutons-more

Southport Food & Drink Festival

Victoria Park, Southport

The Southport Food & Drink Festival will return this coming September, with food vendors, pop up drink’s stalls and live entertainment.

The event will take place between Friday, September 3 and Sunday, September 5 at Victoria Park, Southport.

Southport Food and Drink Festival is a free, family friendly event and this year features a host of tantalising takeaways to suite all tastes, from sweet treats to spicy curries and much more.

For more information about the 2021 Southport Food & Drink Festival, visit www.visitsouthport.com.

READ MORE: New innovative all female athletics festival – Festathlon heads to Liverpool

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