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16 things you can do this weekend in Liverpool (1-3 October 2021)


Now it’s October we can officially start thinking of all things autumn – massive cosy jumpers, hot chocolate with the works and big coat walks in the park through the conkers.

And if all that wasn’t enough, here are 16 things happening in and around Liverpool this weekend well worth checking out …

Sound City takes over Liverpool

The three-day Sound City music festival returns with a line-up of live gigs and a conference. Venues where you can catch artists and bands from Friday to Sunday include Grand Central, Arts Club, Leaf, Jimmy’s, Heebies, Jacaranda, The Kazimier and The Shipping Forecast. The Sound City+ conference, which features leading industry pros, will be at British Music Experience. 

Find out more here.

Have an autumn day out at Knowsley Safari

Picture by Martin Birchall Photography

Even if you don’t fancy doing the foot safari, Knowsley Safari is still a great family day out because you can head off on an adventure and explore the five-mile safari drive all from the warmth of your car. The animals aren’t bothered about the weather, so now’s the time to spot everything from cheeky baboons to majestic big cats. 

Find out more here.

Southport Comedy Festival

Southport Comedy Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday and this year the laughs are all under the big top in Victoria Park. It starts on Friday and goes on until October 14, with Rich Hall this Saturday and Luisa Omielan on Sunday, bringing her God is a Woman show straight from its off-Broadway run. Look out for a packed programme including Hal Cruttenden, Russell Kane, Ed Byrne and Mark Thomas.

Find out more here.

Scouting for Girls play 02 Academy

Credit: o2 Academy Liverpool

They’ve been around for 16 years, racking up millions of sales, and now Scouting for Girls are out on the road after releasing their latest album Easy Cover which, like the name says, is full of great 80s covers. Expect plenty of those reworkings, plus a sift through their back catalogue of hits including She’s So Lovely, Heartbeat and This Ain’t A Love Song.

Find out more here.

Breakfast at LEAF on Bold Street

We love a nice big brekkie on the weekend, and LEAF has an absolute winner of a menu to choose from. They do a full English with veggie and vegan versions, or if you fancy something a bit sweeter the cinnamon toast with banana mascarpone and pecan crumble is amazing. Got to be with loads of tea, obviously.

See the menu here.

Good Liverpool Market

The Good Liverpool market moves into Chapters of Us in the Baltic Triangle this Sunday, so you can get your chilled out Sunday vibes thanks to the guys from Coffee and Turntables while you shop some great independent local brands. It’s on from 11.30am to 4pm, entry is free and it’s dog friendly.

Find out more here.

Beauty and the Beast continues at Liverpool Empire

Definitely one of the most stunning shows to come to the Empire in ages, Beauty and the Beast is a real treat, especially if you’ve got kids who love the Disney film version. Seeing it live on stage is magical, so if you want to be their guest get along over the next couple of weeks because it’s on until October 16.

Find out more here.

Go and see Paul Curtis’s Toad Hall transformation

Street artist and mural specialist Paul Curtis’s work is unmissable in Liverpool and now it’s also making a huge impression on Ainsdale. Paul was commissioned by Sefton Council to brighten up Toad Hall and, 330 litres of paint later, he’s done it in style – with a gigantic colourful mural of Sefton coast’s dunes and rare sand lizards.

Take a dive at World Museum’s new even bigger aquarium

There’s always loads to do on a visit to World Museum and if you love all things underwater there’s even more of a treat because the aquarium has been super-sized. The new permanent display has bigger tanks, new species, immersive projections plus Polpo the octopus. Fans of the aquarium will be happy to know everyone’s favourite Nemo clown fish is still there too.

Find out more here.

Afternoon Tea at The Art School

Anyone looking for a really special Afternoon Tea should head to The Art School Cellars where chef Paul Askew has created a menu that’s every bit as good as the fine dining one in the main restaurant. You can take the standard, prosecco or Champagne option, and then just indulge in fancy sandwiches and some really beautiful desserts.

Find out more here.

Cocktails and good times at Red Door

Dressing up and going out is back and full-on in Liverpool again and that’s definitely true at Red Door on Berry Street where it’s wall-to-wall glamour and fabulous cocktails. Maybe go for the martini hattrick, seeing as it’s the weekend, and try their Pornstar, Espresso and Marmalade ones.

Find out more here.

See Our Lady of Blundellsands on its run at the Everyman

No surprise that audiences are filling the Everyman for this play by Jonathan Harvey. Josie Lawrence is Sylvie, the central character in a tale of a family’s birthday get together which results in unexpected revelations and recriminations. The entire cast is superb and there’s lots of funny lines but be prepared for some very moving scenes too, especially the final one. On until next Saturday.

Find out more here.

Tuck into tapas at Salt House Tapas in Liverpool ONE

For anyone who loves tapas, Salt House is the place to go for a fantastic selection of really authentic dishes whether you fancy traditional charcuteria, meat dishes like Salt House’s must-have baby chorizo with honey, fish or veggie options like the classic tortilla, patatas bravas or deep fried goats cheese. They do a great vegan menu too so everyone’s covered.

Find out more here.

See the new Bond film at FACT with multiple screenings across the weekend

After it got knocked back so many times because of Covid, the new Bond film No Time to Die is finally out and it’s all over Liverpool big screens this weekend. Catch Daniel Craig as 007 for one last time, in the city centre at the Odeon, FACT and the Everyman, on pretty much every hour so there’s bound to be a time to suit.

Try the soda bread or duck nuggets at SKAUS on Allerton Road

SKAUS has got itself a brand new autumn menu going on from this week with some little beauties on there to see us through the chilly days.  Keep it simple with toasted soda bread with honey butter and jam, or try something a bit different with the duck nuggets and cherry ketchup. And you can never go wrong with the hasselbacks.

See the menu here.

Can’t Touch This at Camp & Furnace

There’s a big night of 80s, 90s and noughties pop – everything from Madonna to the Venga Boys – at Camp & Furnace this Saturday with Can’t Touch This. Urban Cookie Collective (The Key The Secret) and JX live, plus a two-hour 90s dance special set from Lee Butler. 8pm to 2am, last entry 10.30pm.

Find out more here.


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