15 things to do this summer on the Wirral
1 year ago
If you’re looking to enjoy some days out in Wirral over the next couple of months, there’s lots going on whether it’s gorgeous and sunny or not.
To give you a few ideas, here are 15 things happening in Wirral this summer …
Open-air cinema at Claremont Farm
Moonlight Flicks are back at Claremont Farm in Bebington with three big outdoor film screenings on Friday nights in August – West Side story on August 5, 10 Things I Hate About You on August 12 and Jurassic Park – Lost World on August 19. There’s food and drink available, you just need to bring along a chair or a picnic rug and enjoy movies under the stars.
Nature trails and dress-up at Birkenhead Priory
The 12th century Birkenhead Priory has plenty of things to do this summer including a Nature Trail in the gardens which includes a pack with mini magnifying glass, pencils and trail booklet; and free historical dress-up selfies in the monk’s refectory where kids can be a medieval lord or lady, a monk, a Tudor princess, a bishop, a Victorian servant or WW2 Fire Guard! There are yoga sessions on August 12 and a jewellery making workshop on August 31 too.
Days out in New Brighton
New Brighton really is the perfect summer destination with an amazing food and drink offering at Marine Point, sand castles on New Brighton beach, ice cream from Caffe Cream and of course the eye-catching new street art that has brightened up the area. As well as all of that you can take on the Mermaid Trail, enjoy the latest blockbuster at the light Cinema or take in a show at the Floral – there really is something for everyone this summer.
Puddles at Bubbles World of Play, New Brighton
Puddles Outdoor Splash Park is situated outside Bubbles World of Play in New Brighton and offers up the perfect summer’s activity for kids aged 11 and under. The attraction is open 11am-5.30pm during summer holidays (weather permitting) and a selection of food and drink is served outside.
August Family Fun at Port Sunlight Village
Port Sunlight has a programme of events for kids on this summer including workshops and theatre shows. On August 10 there’ll be four Alice in Wonderland workshops for 5-9-year-olds, and on August 17 Teeny Tiny Theatre presents four Magical Shakespeare Creative Play workshops for ages 4-9. Little fans of Julia Donaldson’s The Stick Man will enjoy special storytelling and making sessions on August 24.
Gin ‘n Jazz at Tappers Distillery
On Saturday August 6, Tappers Distillery & Bar in Upton will be combining two great ways to spend an evening – gin and jazz! There’ll be chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at the independent distillery, then listen to a jazz band while you sample their award-winning gins.
Off The Ground Theatre company will be heading to Wirral in August for outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about romantic fun and games Love’s Labour’s Lost. It’s at Birkenhead Priory on Thursday August 4, Royden Park in Birkenhead on Friday and Saturday August 5 & 6 and Gordale Garden Centre in Neston on Sunday August 7. Picnics are welcome, just bring your own seating.
Future Now Weekender at Future Yard in Birkenhead
Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, on 26 & 27, Future Yard on Argyle Street in Birkenhead is celebrating some of the best emerging local music talent at the Future Now Weekender. There’s a massive line-up of artists across indoor and outdoor stages. Doors 5pm Friday and 1pm Saturday.
Local art in Birkenhead Park
Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre is showcasing the work of local artists from August 6-20 in collaboration with Tate Aisle Gallery in Birkenhead. The Summer 22 exhibition is on show every day from 10am until 4.30pm. On Saturday August 20, 10am-4pm, The Liver Sketching Club will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a day of open air painting and drawing in the park.
New Brighton Summer Festival
If you’re looking for a day out then head to New Brighton between August 24 and 29 because there’s going to be a Summer Festival with a Continental Market along the prom. Expect lots of different food stalls, craft and makers, plus fairground rides for the kids. From 10am each day.
Al fresco food & drinks on the terrace at Woodside
You get a fabulous waterfront view from the newly-done up outside terrace at Woodside Ferry Terminal food & market which has just been named as one of the top food markets in the UK by Visit Britain. There’s regular live music at weekends and great local vendors including Pausha Wine Bar and Murphy’s Gin, Greek gyros, burgers and fish and chips, sushi, Afro-Caribbean dishes, vegan wraps and loaded fries.
A bit of The Bard at West Kirby Arts Centre
Purple Coat are bringing two Shakespeare productions to West Kirby in August – a reworking of King John, brought into Thatcher’s Britain and set against the backdrop of the miner’s strike, on August 19 and a Scouse shell-suited version of Two Gentlemen of Verona which is set in 90s Liverpool on August 20.
Mini Figures & Pokémon swap meet at Waterstones in Birkenhead
Waterstones bookstore on Grange Road is having a Mini Figures & Pokémon swap meet on Saturday August 6 between 12 and 1pm where kids can bring along their spares and trade to complete their collections. There’ll also be a week of dragon-themed activities from Sunday August 14 to Saturday August 20 including a free story time session on Thursday at 10am.
Heswall Farmers’ Market
You can’t beat fresh produce straight from the source, and on Saturday August 20 Heswall Hall is holding its latest Farmers’ Market from 10am to 2pm where you can pick up some lovely locally-grown and made things including fruit and veg, cheeses, pies, jams and chutneys, cakes, pizza, ice cream and street food. Free admission.
Japanese prints at the Lady Lever Gallery
If you’re a fan of Japanese culture then this exhibition is a must-see – Kunichika: Japanese Prints at the Lady Lever until September 4 focuses on the work of one of the most important 19th century print makers in Japan. In a first for a gallery in the UK, it features 60 of his prints in a ‘pay what you think’ exhibition.