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19 family events you need to book this Summer in Liverpool

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19 family events you need to book this Summer in Liverpool
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Liverpool is bursting with family-friendly events this Summer, offering everything from theatre performances to outdoor adventures.

Here are 19 must-book activities to ensure your Summer in Liverpool is filled with fun and excitement.

Eonarium Enlightenment at St George’s Hall

Eonirium Enlightenment - St George's Hall - Exhibitions - The Guide Liverpool Calendar
Eonirium Enlightenment – St George’s Hall

Experience an immersive light and sound show like no other. This spectacular event promises to dazzle the senses and captivate the whole family.

The 30-minute immersive show combines Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with stunning visual effects, creating a breathtaking journey through spring, summer, autumn, and winter. 

After its success in Zurich, this unique event is set to enchant Liverpool audiences within the grandeur of St George’s Hall.

When: 6 July – 29 September

Price: £8.50 (age 5-9), £10.50 (age10-17), £13.50 (18+)

Tickets: Available Here


Bluey’s Big Play at M&S Bank Arena

Blueys Big Play - M&S Bank Arena - Family
Credit: M&S Bank Arena

Watch Bluey, Bingo, and all their friends in this delightful live theatre adaptation. Perfect for young fans of the beloved cartoon.

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! They pull out all of the games and cleverness at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag.

Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life in this UK premiere.

When: 12 – 14 July

Price: from £12.50

Get your tickets here.


Southport Air Show

Southport Air Show
Picture – Jill Jennings

Witness breathtaking aerial displays and ground entertainment at this thrilling event. It’s a day out that will leave everyone in awe… and The Red Arrows will be at the air show on both days. 

Okay, so things didn’t go to plan last time, but this year Southport Air Show has made all sorts of arrangements to iron out issues and make sure everyone has a great time in 2024.

New traffic management, queuing systems and display times have all been put in place at the Southport Air Show so that all you need to worry about is enjoying the fantastic displays and a host of amazing attractions and activities both in the air and on the ground.

When: 13 & 14 July

Price: £12.90 (under 16’s go FREE)

Get your tickets here.


The Gruffalo at Knowsley Safari

Credit: Knowsley Safari
Credit: Knowsley Safari

Kick off the summer with a one-off guest appearance by the mythical and beloved Gruffalo!

This children’s favorite will make regular appearances on the Foot Safari between 10am and 4pm.

When: 21 July

Price: from £15.00 (children under 3: FREE)

Tickets for Knowsley Safari are available here.


Unique Dinosaur Experience at Knowsley Safari

Credit: Knowsley Safari
Credit: Knowsley Safari

Travel back in time with this incredible experience, and encounter some of the most lifelike dinosaurs you’ll ever see.

Kids will love seeing these prehistoric creatures come to life.

These huge creatures will bring Jurassic memories to life with live dinosaur shows and plenty of photo opportunities.

When: 22 – 26 July & 29 July – 2 August

Price: from £15.00 (children under 3: FREE)

Tickets for Knowsley Safari are available here.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

The Wonderul Wizard of Oz - Grosvenor Open Air Theatre - The Guide Liverpool Calendar
The Wonderul Wizard of Oz – Grosvenor Open Air Theatre

Embark on a magical journey to the magical land of Oz with Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz walkabout theatre experience!

The youngest audience members are in for a treat as the show parades through Grosvenor Park meeting a cast of characters along the way, concluding with a magical finale in the open-air theatre.  

Join them for a unique adventure designed for little children. 

When: 27 July – 22 August (dates and times subject to availability).

Price: from £7.50

Tickets are available here.


Trotters Dog Fest

Credit: Trotters Dog Fest
Credit: Trotters Dog Fest

Liverpool can look forward to its very own dog show this July.

Celebrate our furry friends with dog shows, activities, and more at this fun festival for dog lovers of all ages.

When: 27 July

Price: from £7.50

Tickets available here.


Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Debbie’s

Teddy Bears Picnic - Dobbies - The Guide Liverpool Calendar
Teddy Bears Picnic – Dobbies

Join Dobbies Garden Centre for their brand-new event with the chance for children to create their very own teddy bear, while enjoying a picnic box, storytelling and family-friendly activities

This event is for children aged 3-10 and here’s what you can expect:

  • Create Your Own Teddy Bear: each child will receive a soft bear to stuff, fluff and name. Plus, they can take their new furry friend home!
  • Storytelling Corner: gather round for storytelling time all around bear adventures
  • Teddy Bear Games and Activity Sheets: colour-in, solve puzzles and enjoy in bear-themed activities and games
  • Picnic Boxes: kids get their own picnic box with tasty treats. Adults can enjoy cake and a hot drink
  • Bring Your Own Blanket: spread out with your picnic blanket, beach towel or a comfy cushion

When: 27 July, 3 & 4 August

Price: Over 3s: £15.99 (includes the teddy bear to take home, picnic box and all activities), Under 3s: £7.99 (create your own teddy bear is only suitable for over 3s, we encourage under 3s to bring their own favourite teddy. Price includes picnic box and activities), Adults: £7.40 (includes hot drink and cake).

Get your tickets here.


Bluey & Bingo at Chester Racecourse

Bluey at Chester Racecourse - Family - The Guide Liverpool Calendar
Bluey at Chester Racecourse

The loveable Blue Heeler puppy and her sister, stars of the award-winning animated series Bluey, will be heading to the racecourse for Liverpool John Lennon Airport Family Fun Day. 

The immersive, activity-filled event, which is free to attend for children, is expected to be in high-demand, as Bluey and Bingo pop up at intervals throughout the day on the Open Course.

Ranked as the number one show on CBeebies in the UK, Bluey has been streamed over 450 million times since it launched on BBC iPlayer and become a huge international success, broadcast in more than 60 countries.

When: 4 August

Price: prices vary

Get your tickets here.


Bubblefest at Knowsley Safari

Credit: Knowsley Safari
Credit: Knowsley Safari

Prepare to be amazed as Bigbubbleman fills the safari with enormous bubbles and torrents of tiny bubbles. The whole family will be gasping in amazement, and kids will have the chance to create their own bubbles too.

When: 4 & 18 August

Price: from £15.00 (children under 3: FREE)

Tickets for Knowsley Safari are available here.


Raver Tots Presents: Family Day at BOXPARK

Raver Tots. Credit: BOXPARK Liverpool
Raver Tots. Credit: BOXPARK Liverpool

Dance the day away with family-friendly tunes, face painting, and more at this energetic event.

Raver Tots is the ultimate indoor family dance party, featuring the best in house, garage, and drum and bass, and is suitable for all ages!

When: 4 August

Price: from £12.00

Get more info here.


Dragon Takeover at Knowsley Safari

Credit: Knowsley Safari
Credit: Knowsley Safari

Step into a magical realm where fire-breathing dragons and fairytales come to life! Meet charming princesses, brave knights, and of course, majestic dragons. Don’t miss out on this thrilling experience!

Featuring live shows and interactive activities it’s perfect for adventurous families.

When: 5 – 9 August & 12 -16 August

Price: from £15.00 (children under 3: FREE)

Tickets for Knowsley Safari are available here.


Deva Fest

Family-friendly Deva Fest is returning to Cheshire this summer with a fantastic weekend filled with amazing music, comedy, food, and entertainment.

Last year’s Deva Fest saw more than 15,000 festivalgoers heading to the beautiful surroundings of Cholmondeley Castle.

There’s loads to do for the kids too, like a free fairground!

When: 8 – 11 August

Price: prices vary

Get your tickets here.


Afterglow at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo

Experience the zoo in a whole new light with this enchanting after-dark event.

Brand new for 2024, get ready to GLOW with summer evening entry to Chester Zoo. Join Chester Zoo for AFTERGLOW and experience tons of incredible entertainment whilst you explore the zoo in a whole new light

It’s a magical night out for all ages.

When: 13 – 25 August

Price: from £13.00

Book your experience here.


The Realm at Knowsley Safari

The Realm. Credit: Knowsley Safari
The Realm. Credit: Knowsley Safari

Are you ready to face the challenge and be crowned King or Queen of the Realm?

Get ready to tackle the UK’s LARGEST inflatable obstacle course, as you take on challenging obstacles like slides, tunnels, and more.

When: 19 – 30 August

Price: £3 for children and £1 for adults per go, or with a wristband for unlimited attempts. Entry into Knowsley Safari from £15.00 (children under 3: FREE).

Get your tickets here.


The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Floral Pavilion Theatre

The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Everyman Playhouse - Family
Credit: Everyman Playhouse

Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Don’t miss this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised.

When: 19 – 21 August

Price: £18.50

Book your tickets here.


The Wirral Monster at Floral Pavilion Theatre

The Wirral Monster - Floral Pavilion - The Guide Liverpool Calendar
The Wirral Monster – Floral Pavilion

The friends are having a sleepover…and all is going well. There are marshmallows and Maltesers, and monster stories to tell.

But more and more as things get strange and their favourite things are plundered; could there be some truth to these tall tales, could there be, we wonder…

When: 29 August

Price: from £8.50

Get your tickets here.


Sing-a-Long-a Matilda at Liverpool Empire

Matilda the Musical - Liverpool Empire - The Guide Liverpool Calendar
Matilda the Musical – Liverpool Empire

Calling all revolting children and their parents – come and be a little a bit naughty at Sing-a-Long-a Matilda the Musical From the producers of Singalonga Sound of Music and Singalonga Frozen.

Now is your chance to interact with this incredible tale of a little girl making her great escape!

Find the “magic” inside of you and join the gang at the latest film to get the singalong treatment, the Tony and Olivier Award winning Matilda the Musical based on Roald Dahl’s novel.

When: 30 August

Price: from £18.75

Get your tickets here.


Peppa Pig’s Fun Day Out at Liverpool Empire

Credit: Peppa Pig Live
Credit: Peppa Pig Live

Join Peppa, along with her family and friends as they go to the zoo and also the beach for a special party- it’s going to be an exciting and fun packed day. 

Prepare to sing and dance with colourful scarecrows, feed the penguins, build big sandcastles, and even swim in the sea!

When: 11 – 12 August

Price: from £13.00

Get your tickets here.


For more events happening this Summer in Liverpool click here.

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