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20 things you can do this week in Liverpool

17/08/2020

Liverpool is coming alive again and this year is all about rediscovering our city with #LoveYourLiverpool.

After the city’s bars and restaurants re-opened, the shops unlocked their doors and the attractions welcomed visitors once more, we’re starting to get back to where we belonged.

It might take a little while before things are totally back to normal, but there’s still so much to see and do again – and we can’t wait.

Just look at what you can do this week!

Get cultural at the Bluecoat

There’s loads of things to do at the Bluecoat, and it’s slap bang in the centre of the city. That means it’s easy to get to and you can combine it with a shopping trip or a meal out with friends.

Its Vide space is currently hosting exhibitions about Bluecoat’s history as an arts centre – the first in the UK – with new work by local artists and first shows by students and recent graduates. Early presentations by well-known artists like Yoko Ono and US musician CaptainBeefheart, whose first exhibition of paintings was at Bluecoat, are among other exhibits which reflect the support and promotion of new and emerging art by the arts centre over several decades.

Galleries are open Thursday to Saturday from 11am – 4pm (The cafe is also back open with drinks and light snacks), and entry is free – but Bluecoat is operating timed ticketing, so prebook as numbers are limited to ensure social distancing.

More info here.

Brunch or lunch at Baby E Coffee & Deli

You can find Baby E Coffee & Deli in one of Liverpool’s iconic listed buildings, The Temple – and its food is as stand out as its stunning location.

Baby E is a cool industrial deli in the business district, but you don’t need to be taking a break from the office to enjoy its amazing coffee and food. It serves both from morning till night, but its all day brunch has got to be one of the best in the city with the most amazing menu whether you want a Full Works breakfast, Fluffy Pancakes topped with streaky bacon and maple syrup, Herbed Field Mushrooms, beautiful breakfast bagels…and so the temptation goes on!

Check out the menu here.

Take the kids to the Discovery Zone at Beatles Story

Not just for older Beatles fans, followers of the Fab Four of all ages can experience interactive Beatles-themed activities in the Beatles Story Discovery Zone.

It’s a chance to learn all about their music, the times they lived in and their influential legacy in a fun, interactive way.

New this year too is the Cavern Karaoke Stage so you can test out your vocals and pick from a wide selection of Beatles’ songs and put on your very own show on the most famous stage in the world!

Get more info here.

Go on a bear hunt

We’re Going on Bear Hunt is the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, which started a publishing phenomenon more than 30 years ago with readers swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning picture book favourite, before recreating their very own trail.

And this Summer, you can join bear-lovers everywhere and celebrate Liverpool’s Year of Reading by taking part in the city-wide Bear Hunt with Liverpool ONE! Around the city, bears are hiding, and you have to spot them! When you find a bear – take a photo of the Bear and collect ten to get your very own certificate!

Visit Liverpool ONE’s website here.

Cocktails at Botanical Garden

Now back in bloom, The Botanical Garden in Liverpool is the city’s most idyllic hideaway, nestled in the backstreets of the Baltic Triangle in the shadow of the Anglican Cathedral.

With its chilled-out atmosphere and sun-catching garden, it’s the perfect place to enjoy one of its cocktails – gin-based ones a speciality – as you relax and unwind or catch up for a chat with friends.

Who wouldn’t want to raise a glass to this place, again, and again, and …

Get more info here.

Two course lunch for £10.95 at Elif Turkish BBQ on Bold Street

Good times, great company… fabulous food. What’s not to love?

Turkish food is all about sharing, although with its fresh zingy tastes, and great dishes cooked on the open barbecue, sharing isn’t always something you’ll want to do.

That said, maybe you can be persuaded with this superb value 12 noon to 5pm lunch deal with hot and cold starters and some great meat, fish and veggie dishes.

See the menu here.

Classic films at the Picturehouse at FACT including Pinocchio and Inception

Oh how we’ve missed seeing new and favourite films on the Big Screen.

This week at the popular Wood Street cinema you can enjoy a superb selection of movies from Pinocchio, the new live-action adaptation of the beloved fairytale in which woodcarver Gepetto (Roberto Benigni), fashions a wooden puppet who magically comes to life, and Inception, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Leonardo di Caprio stars as Dom Cobb, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state. His rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it’s also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he’s ever loved.

Book here

Bowling is back at PINS Social Club and Roxy Ball Room

So who cares whether you score a strike or send your bowling ball scuttling down the gutter?

Ten Pin bowling is a knock-out way to get together again with pals and have a laugh, and maybe grab a bit to eat or have a drink.

Except – you’ll always be wanting to test your skills to see who’s lord or lady of the lane. It’s sport – it’s human nature!

Visit Roxy Ball Room’s website here to book.

Check out the new Life on board exhibition at Mersey Maritime museum when it reopens on Wednesday 

New exhibition Life On Board will launch

All the nice girls like a sailor – and everyone will love Life on Board, the Mersey Maritime Museum’s new gallery exploring the moving and fascinating stories of Liverpool’s seafarers and passengers.

Life on board highlights the stories of the merchant sailors who drove the city’s prosperity, as well as tales of the people who sailed aboard leisure liners, from the 1700s to the present day and find out more about ship passengers and crews, and the lives they led on board.

It will also include the fascinating Archives Centre with National Museums Liverpool’s vast collection of maritime and slavery records.

More info here.

Tuck into the iconic Salt n’ Peppa Chicken Burger at Patterson’s 

With 100% fresh chicken ‘every damn day’ this is the place to go. Pattersons’ famous fried chicken is brined for over 24 hours in its special mix of herbs and spices, then dusted in its secret recipe flour before being fried to mouth-watering tastiness.

You can have popcorn chicken, chicken strippers, pieces and wings but if you’ve not tried the salt n’ pepa chicken (or the fries) you’ve definitely missed something off your bucket list.

A Liverpool institution for more than 40 years, it was started by two men with a love for American food with the first shop was in Gradwell Street. Now there are three shops to make sure there’s plenty to share around, and if you’ve never tried it, it’s time to tuck in.

Book here.

Brunch or lunch at Siren, Baltic Triangle

Siren can be found in the heart of Liverpool’s creative quarter, the Baltic Triangle and serves up brunch, lunch, coffee & cocktails with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal, homemade food, and offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

You can book bottomless fizz for £20 per head with any brunch dish from the Siren menu 10am-3pm Tuesday-Sunday. Next week there’s a boozy brunch event on bank holiday Sunday for £25 per head which you can pre-book right now.

Bookings can be made on hello@sirenliverpool.co.uk.

More info on the website here.

Get active at Liverpool Watersports Centre

You’ve been landlubber for weeks, so now it’s time to make a splash and get back to all the best watersports.

Liverpool Watersports Centre has reopened for customers wanting to get out and about and active again, after lockdown. Initially sports on offer will be limited to open water swimming, stand-up paddle board, sit-on-top kayaking and rafted canoeing, but the activities will be reviewed and updated in the weeks or months to come.

New measures are in place to keep everyolne safe and there’s a new timetable but while certain activities are restricted, the fun is not!

See the timetable here.

Rain or shine, the Bombed Out Church Garden Bar is open

Set in the heart of the city, it has remained one of the Liverpool’s most stunning venues, host to a wide range of music, arts and culture across the years, famously with its roof missing.

With tourism sadly setback by coronavirous, the Bpmbed Out Chuch has found a new way to save itself and attracted visitors to this popular place.

 The Garden Bar will be operated within the gardens only around the church building itself, offering a premium range of drinks, all via socially-distanced table service only. There’s food too, run by a locally-established pizza company, Turncoat Pizza, offering delicious wood-fired pizzas made onsite and ordered in the same way with the QR Code.

And from tomorrow (Tuesday, August 18) to Thursday, August 20th, it is launching its first beer festival with 48 chilled cask ales alongside a selection of traditional ciders.

All beer and cider can be ordered by the pint/half (£4/£2) via its QR code and delivered to your table (in a fresh glass each time!) by their amazing team. So all you need to do is sit back, pick your drink and let them do the hard work!

More information here.

Fazenda brings a taste of South America to Exchange Flags (back open Wednesday)

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Exchange Flags, we missed this Brazilian rodizio dining room.

But now it’s back with all-you-can-eat skewered meats, carved at the table – and they are as thrilled as we are: “We are delighted to be able to welcome you all back, Fazendeiros!”

Since the early 19th century Gaúchos pierced large pieces of meat and slowly grilled them over open flamed pits and, at Fazenda, they want to keep this tradition alive. Their gaúcho chefs roast succulent cuts of meat in the way it has been done for centuries, preserving the individual taste of each tender cut.

See what’s on the menu and book here.

Learn about Linda at Walker Art Gallery

On until November 1, the Linda McCartney Retrospective is a major exhibition of Linda McCartney’s photography, including more than 200 iconic images, from the music scene of the 1960s, to family life with Paul.

Linda captured her whole world on film, and the exhibition features extraordinary images that reveal what a prolific photographer Linda was, and how her love for the natural world, her surreal sense of humour, and an exceptional eye for capturing the spontaneous, gave her work an inimitable style.

It also includes a selection of never-before-seen images taken in Liverpool and on the Wirral.

Pre book your place here.

You can still enjoy Berry & Rye delicious cocktails delivered to your door 

One of the many saviours of lockdown, Berry and Rye started a delivery service of all your favourite drinks, and we’re glad to say they’re still racing to the rescue with some cracking cocktails, delivered straight to your door, if you don’t fancy schlepping out or you just want to chill in your own house or garden.

You can order via message on Instagram or by phoning 07557 506660, and delivery is free within seven miles.

Options include Old Fashioned (Woodford Reserve, angostura and sugar) and Lovelace (Aperol, passionfruit, raspberry and citrus, plus bottle of prosecco).

And if you need something for a great weekend brunch, add a Bloody Mary, (£8 for a serving for two).

Order your cocktails for home here.

Take the kids back in time at Liverpool’s secret war bunker museum, Western Approaches

You were once required to sign the Official Secrets Act to enter the Rumford Street building, now it’s open for visitors to freely explore the immense bunker.

Walk through hidden rooms and discover the stories locked in the WW2 bunker that protected the tactics of the British Armed Forces plotting to bulwark the Western Approaches and aid the Allied victory.

And glimpse the documents and tools the Forces used to monitor enemy convoys and inform the British government of their findings, while keeping their intelligence secret from the enemy. War Cabinet.

Open daily but, of course, you’ll need to come.

More info here.

Pints and tunes at Jimmy’s Liverpool

Good beer, good food, good music … good times.

The website says it all but you can find out for yourself – you SHOULD find out for yourself.

Opposite the Bombed Out Church in Bold Street, Jimmy’s is famous for its live music events and it’s a great place to book a breakfast or a brunch, or Sunday roast.

More info here.

Brand new menu at La Tasca, Queen Square

With lots of safety measures in place, La Tasca has also got a great outside terrace and has recently undergone a refurbishment, so now was always the time to try it out again. And, with a whole new menu – what are you waiting for?!

A genuine Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, it’s in the heart of the city centre so it’s a great place to head to after a trip into town.

It serves tapas, paella and loads of lovely desserts (there’s a brill kids’ menu if you’re out with the family) and of course lovely wines, jugs of sangria, cocktails and Spanish G&Ts.

And, at the moment, you can enjoy 2-4-1 cocktails and Spanish G&Ts plus half price jugs of Sangria Sunday to Friday, from 4pm to 7pm.

Treat yourself to a Titanic Night at the Stanley Dock Hotel and Spa

After lockdown, we’re all excited to get out and about and rediscover the city, its atmosphere, it bars and restaurants and, even, its hotels.

Titanic Hotel Liverpool might be one of the newest and most modern hotels but, created within Stanley Dock, its history goes way back to when the city’s port was the most important in the world.

Never been? So treat yourself!

You’re in walking distance of Liverpool City centre to revisit some of its fantastic attractions and you can enjoy a dining experience in its theatre-style Stanley’s Bar & Grill.

And, if you are looking for the ultimate relaxing getaway, what about a retreat at Maya Blue Wellness, its own subterranean sanctuary!

You know you deserve it…

Book here.

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