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If you’re lucky enough to get the full three-dayer, or even if you’re just looking forward to the usual time off, there’s loads going on around Liverpool so here are 25 ways to make the most of 2021’s last bank holiday weekend …
You can travel this weekend with Merseyrail where a family ticket can be used for a family of up to 5 for just £13.
And don’t forget Arriva Buses continue their £1 after 7pm deal, but it stops on Tuesday 31 August!
What better way to celebrate not having to get up in the morning than with massive club anthems on the roof? Big Luv takes over the Shankly’s for the weekend, with a fabulous DJ line-up including Lee Butler, Ste Cocky and more on the decks, live PAs from Julie McKnight and Juliet Roberts – and it’s live on In Demand from 4pm. Over 21s only.
Find yourself some unique pressies and gorgeous locally-made things to eat – plus you’ll be supporting independent local businesses too. Peninsula Artisans Market will have more than 20 stalls including makers and bakers, it’s on at Grosvenor Ballrooms in Liscard on Sunday from 11-5pm, and it’s free entry.
You can’t beat a chilled glass of rosé in summer, and this Bank Holiday the dock is hosting a Rosé Weekender as part of its Great British Seaside celebrations. Lots of the bars and restaurants are getting involved so expect pop-up bars, rosé slushies, frosés, bottomless brunch with rosé sangria and a frosé afternoon tea. Maray has even created a rosé dessert for the occasion.
Bank holidays should be all about the craic so head to Liverpool’s biggest Irish bar Punch Tarmey’s in Cain’s Brewery where they know all about that. There’s always a fantastic atmosphere with live music on every weekend and this Saturday’s line-up should be a belter, topped by The Troubadours frontman and singer/songwriter Mark Frith.
If you fancy a fun couple of hours with a group of mates or family, then grab a club because Junkyard Golf’s got it. Test your swing on three different crazy golf courses – Bozo for the fairground freaks, Pablo for jungle adventures and Gary for a scrapyard scrap – then try out Junkyard’s Slush Putties, frozen daiquiris and margaritas.
This Bank Holiday Monday from 11am you can join a Beatles themed celebration on the Pier Head and get yourself on telly too! Statues Redressed has been reimagining some of Liverpool’s most iconic statues and Culture Liverpool together with Sky Arts are inviting you to create your own Beatles themed hat, take it to the pier Head on Monday morning and be art of the Sky Arts documentary that’s due to air later this year. There will be live music and plenty for the kids to see too!
This has been one of the most beautiful must-sees of the summer, but the Peace Doves installation is only at the cathedral until August 31 so don’t miss it. Thousands of paper doves with messages of hope, peace and love have been suspended by artist and sculptor Peter Walker, backed by a specially-composed soundtrack by David Harper. No need to book.
Future Yard in Birkenhead is celebrating the best new music around with a two-day festival, Future Now. Doors open 4pm on Friday and 12 noon Saturday, with artists including Nuha Ruby Ra, James Righton, Yard Act, PVA, Folly Group, Deep Tan, Brad Stank, Podge, Stores + loads more plus special guest headliner on Friday night, Gruff Rhys.
More big bank holiday festival vibes over at Baltic Backyard on Blundell Street in the Baltic where there’s an all-dayer on Sunday featuring a top line-up of Liverpool DJs including Billie Clements, Ian Longo and Mick Willow. It’s on from 2pm right through to 11pm, last entry at 6pm, and it’s over-18s only.
The Florrie in L8 does some amazing work supporting vulnerable people and families, especially during the past 18 months of Covid. This Saturday it’s got a fund-raiser festival on, so you get a live music line-up and you’re helping out a really good cause. Red Rum Club are headlining with an acoustic set, plus there’s lots of other artists and DJs. It’s 2pm to 11.30pm and tickets are only £15.
Anyone with a family of Reds who love live music needs to get on this BOSS Kids Bank Holiday special at the Olympia. After a long time away, this Sunday afternoon BOSS nights is bringing Jamie Webster and the show to the Olympia for a kids’ special packed with Liverpool songs and fun. On from 3pm to 7pm.
Steins at the ready because the best bits of Bavaria are coming to Camp & Furnace this Sunday, like Oktoberfest but in August! Expect German beers and steins, a live Oompah Band, huge beer hall with Bavarian trestle tables and benches plus German grub and tunes. And you’re encouraged to dress up. 1pm until late.
Feelgood musicals don’t come much bigger or better than Hairspray, that’s why it’s always such a huge audience favourite whenever it comes to Liverpool. Catch this latest touring production with comedian Norman Pace and Brenda Edwards and go back to the 60s for the night where, like Hairspray heroine Tracey Turnblad knows, You Can’t Stop The Beat.
Lots of people have got into yoga in lockdown so if you were one of them, or you were already a fan, then the Liverpool Yoga Festival is one for you. Get your mat and head to the Isla Gladstone in Stanley Park on Monday for all-day yoga and meditation, hippie and holistic markets and healthy food. 10am until 5pm.
Bank Holiday Sunday’s the perfect time to get your dancing shoes on for LDF’s garden party at Invisible Wind Factory garden, 2pm to 11pm. DJs including James Morgan, Zacharia Ssoul, Jimmy Allen and J Disco will be bringing all the grooves and donations on the door will go to Action Asylum Liverpool. Food by Invisiburger too.
Feel the force on Saturday at Liverpool’s brilliant virtual reality centre The VRVE because it’s celebrating Star Wars Day. There’ll be gaming from 12 to 4pm at The VRVE on Water Street and a chance to meet characters and get a pic in return for a donation to help children with cancer through charity North West Garrison.
The hugely popular King Street based Market will temporarily extend its opening hours to include Bank Holiday Monday (August 30th) to allow both residents and visitors to Southport to take advantage of the amazing dining offer.
In its first month of opening Southport Market has welcomed tens of thousands of people through its doors in the town centre, with traders serving up dish after dish from around the world.
Everyone knows Falkner Street’s the Toxteth Riviera and the outdoor tables are the hottest (literally) in town when the sun’s out. See if you can get there early and nab one for a great bank holiday brekkie – they do an amazing regular or vegan full English, pancakes, eggs benny, avo toast and lots more plus there’s a kids breakfast menu too.
The South East Asian dishes at Mamasan, Liverpool ONE are incredible, and the rooftop is always a top pick for after or pre-dinner drinks, but now there’s even more reason to go this bank holiday weekend because it’s got a Rooftop Terrace Disco on Saturday and Sunday. DJs on all day from 12noon through to 3am, and it’s free entry.
Give yourself a daytime foodie treat by heading to Organico on Bold Street where they’ve got great healthy plant-based breakfast, brunch and lunch options. Go for hot sandwiches, salads, bowls or maybe a fish finger burger, but remember to save some room for one of their gorgeous cakes for dessert.
Fancy something fun and outdoorsy to do with the kids this bank holiday? Get to Martin Mere where they’ve lost quite a few ducks (bright yellow ones) and need some help finding them! Join in the Giant Summer Duck Hunt, look out for 25 giant ducks hidden around the wetlands then identify their names in order to win a tasty prize.
An extra day off means an extra chance for a night out with no early start the next day so make the most of it by going out for dinner and cocktails. Castle St Townhouse’s all-day menu is full of classics, they’ve got lots of speciality gin serves and the cocktail list is immense so French and pornstar martinis all round.
This is definitely one that could need a major lie-in afterwards – get together with mates over the bank holiday for Bottomless Bevs at Red Door on Berry Street. They’ve teamed up with Moet & Chandon to offer two hours of unlimited Champagne, prosecco, cocktails or beers and margherita pizza. Saturday 12 noon–9pm and Sunday 3pm-9pm.
It’s so good to see Liverpool’s international celebration of the Fab Four back. It’s all brought to you by the team behind the Cavern and there’s lots you can see, do and listen to this bank holiday weekend. From the Beatles Convention at the Adelphi to the Paul McCartney tribute, Wings Over Liverpool on the Shankly rooftop – get out there and celebrate Liverpool’s most famous export!
There’s just one week to go to catch a glimpse of some seriously cool sea creatures, all made of LEGO and all on display across Knowsley Safari. While you are there check out the new Bush Dogs enclosure, visit the Amur Tigers and of course, you can’t not say hello to those lovable baboons on the 5-mile safari drive.
This weekend will see some of Liverpool’s favourite bands and musicians take to the stage in Concert Square as the annual Concert in the Square returns for bank holiday. Conleth McGeary, Songbook, Daisy Gill and loads more will perform this Sunday 12pm until 10pm with the likes of McCooleys, MODO and Einstein all involved.
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