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What to do in Liverpool this summer

As much as we might like you to stay inside and drink coffee all day, we can’t deny the joy of roaming around during an optimistic British summer’s day. Time to whip out those short shorts, slap on some sun lotion, and get out to enjoy some rays.

Liverpool may be one of the best cities in the entire world (you don’t need us to tell you).

There’s always something going on, so it’s a wise move to plan ahead and see what you can do in the sun. Here’s a selection of some of the best summer goings-on around this super city.

A weekend of musical madness in the sunshine at Sefton Park. Bringing a mixture of globally recognised names and emerging talents, this promises to be a treat. Genres covered range from hip-hop, jazz, pop, disco, classical, house and more, and you’ll find familiar names heading up the stages like De La Soul, Kenny Dope, Sister Sledge, Ella Eyre, Little Boots and Yxng Bane.

There’s also a fabulous academy for younger musicians wanting to break into the industry where they can network with important movers and shakers.

This summer, the official women’s Netball World Cup is coming to Liverpool. Sixteen teams from across the world are taking part, with England having qualified along with other top teams such as New Zealand, Jamaica, Australia, South Africa and Malawi. There’ll be 60 different matches played through the 10-day tournament, along with spectacular opening and closing ceremonies. Tickets are selling out swiftly, so make sure to snap up yours ASAP. It’s all happening at the M&S Bank Arena (formerly the Echo Arena0.

This much-loved festival celebrating mankind’s second finest invention (after coffee) promises “over 300 beers, on both keg and cask, spread across 20+ bars and 100+ beer taps.” With a veritable who’s-who of the country’s craft beer scene, you’re sure to find a brew that’s perfect for you.

Head down to the Invisible Wind Factory in June and be ready to get merry.

The city of culture turns its hand to horticulture in August, taking over Court Hey Park in Huyton for the 21st annual Knowsley Flower Show. Celebrating both the Year of the Environment and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, there’s bound to be some fascinating floral arrangements on show. Music, crafts, fairground rides, a farmers’ market and more activities will also be available, with a gigantic floral exhibition marquee at the centre of the show.

The following day you’ll find the Feelgood Festival in its place, a gathering of goodness focused on health and wellbeing. There’s absolutely loads of stuff to get involved in, such as drawing, painting, knitting, crochet, dancing, mindful yoga and martial arts. Whatever you choose, you’ll walk away a better version of yourself. Namaste.

True to Liverpool’s reputation for producing incredible female pioneers in the fields of art, science, business, sport and politics, RISE is a series of events and installations all across the city, celebrating the achievements and potential of girls and women in the city.  

We couldn’t possibly list all of the happenings here as there’s so many – but do check out this brilliant project by heading over to their events page.

Taking over Croxteth Country Park at the start of August, this family-friendly fest brings the best of the Beeb to Merseyside for a weekend.

Pop superstars Busted will headline the musical offerings alongside a variety of household names, and you’ll see some familiar faces from CBBC and CBeebies, including Mr Tumble, Yolanda, Hey Duggee and more.

BBC Sport, Blue Peter and Horrible Histories should also make an appearance.

There’ll be immersive activity zones, theatre shows, workshops, indoor and outdoor activities, and live appearances from popular children’s authors.

It’s enough to make even the grown-ups excited.

Coffee - all over, all the time

If you’re going to be running around the city hitting up all the culture spots, you might need a pitstop along the way. We’re happy to name a few joints around the neighbourhood that serve our very own blends.

Firstly, you must pop in and see our friends at Framework. Tucked away on the ground floor of the RIBA North National Architecture Centre (the angular black building near the Albert Docks – see pic below), it’s a cosy and cool café with loads of great brews, plus food with vegan and veggie options available.

Try a cup of El Salvador and a Biscoff sponge cake if you’re feeling indulgent.

We also supply Press Bros Coffee, a small but perfectly formed coffee bar at the wonderful Baltic Market on Stanhope Street. Close enough to the Arena, you could fill up before going to a Netball World Cup game – along with fantastic coffee, this street food market has frozen yoghurts, Greek gyros, fried chicken, Neapolitan pizzas, and loads more. And speaking of Biscoff, you could try a Biscoff and Brownie Shake along with your espresso at Press Bros. It’s a masterpiece of a milkshake.

You could also find Neighbourhood Coffee at The Quarter on Falkner Street, an Italian-inspired independent restaurant on the cobbles near the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, they serve a range of beautiful Italian cuisine (with an entire gluten-free menu) and if you want to watch the world go by as you sip a lunchtime Americano, the outdoor seating is a must on sunny days.

Other local places you might find us in are FOLK (formerly Hus), The Climbing Hangar, The Watering Can, Lucy in the Sky, and Coast in Woolton Village.

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