Southport Air Show, School of Rock, summer cinema and more – here are 14 things you can do this week in Liverpool
11 months ago
Summer is just about here which means there’s even more for you to do in our favourite city.
While it starts to warm up, there’s plenty going on to get out and about. Here are 13 things to do this week in Liverpool…
Southport Air Show this weekend
One of the best family days out of the year is back on Saturday and Sunday, with incredible action in the air from display teams including the world-famous Red Arrows and Republic of Korea’s Black Eagles. There’s a military village featuring ‘Lucy’, a replica Spitfire, and re-enactors showing what life was like in the Battle of Britain as well as mini tanks, bungee trampolines, land zorbs, bumper cars, and a paintball range on the beach.
Watch One Man, Two Guvnors at the Playhouse
James Corden made this laugh-out-loud farce famous when he starred in it at the National Theatre and on Broadway, but now there’s a chance to see the show closer to home and it’s as funny as ever. Set in 1963, it follows the hapless exploits of Francis Henshall, the one man trying to juggle – and keep apart – his two bosses. On until Saturday July 16.
Try the One O’Clock Gun at the Albert Dock
If you’re down at the Albert Dock and looking for a proper pub to eat in or just for a few drinks then give The One O’Clock Gun a shot. It’s just celebrated its first birthday, and as well as cocktails and beers – including locals from the likes of Black Lodge and Handyman – it’s got a really tasty menu with pies from Great Northern Pie Co or grab some oysters out on the benches in the sunshine.
School of Rock is on at Liverpool Empire
For a massive feelgood musical which is absolutely bouncing with energy and great original songs, you can’t go far wrong with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock, on at the Empire until this Saturday. Can wannabe rock star-turned substitute teacher Dewey Finn really turn his students into a winning band?
Summer days out at Knowsley Safari
You can’t beat a family day out at Knowsley Safari for some close-up animal magic, and from this Saturday until September 4 there’s an added attraction: the Endangered Species Brick Expedition. Bricklive is back and bringing 27 hand-built brick animals – that’s well over a million bricks! – to the Foot Safari so you can spot an amazing life-sized panda, gorilla, cheetah, orangutang, panther and more.
Breakfast, coffee, cake and more whilst supporting a great cause at Paper Cup Coffee
Here’s the best way to treat yourself and do some good for other people while you’re at it – get to Paper Cup Coffee in Queen Square for a coffee and delicious pastries from Liverpool’s Butterholic bakery. It’s a not-for-profit café which supports the Paper Cup Project and helps people who’ve been homeless in the city to get into the hospitality industry.
Secret cocktails at Berry & Rye
Berry & Rye up on Berry Street is always a top place to go for cocktails, plus you get the added bonus of it feeling like a bit of a secret because it’s tucked away behind the black door, you just need to knock, and there’s only room for about 40 people in there. Great atmosphere and music, even better drinks, can’t say better than that.
Summer cinema at the Bombed Out Church
The open-air cinema with Independent Liverpool is back at the Bombed Out Church until this Thursday and it’s the perfect way to spend an evening with some real classic films. This week there’s a line-up including When Harry Met Sally, the Truman Show, School of Rock and everyone’s favourite 50s high school musical Grease.
See the city from above as St John’s Beacon is now open 7 days a week
If you’ve never seen our city from up St John’s Beacon then you really should, the views are amazing from the waterfront right across to Wirral and North Wales. And now you get even more time to do it because from this Saturday the viewing platform is open every day until 6pm.
There’s a Summer Festival at Hotel Anfield with loads of dance classics
Anyone who loves their dance anthems should head to Hotel Anfield, right by the ground on Anfield Road, because this Saturday it’s having a Summer Festival from 1.30pm to 1.30am, with 12 hours of old school tunes, massive live PAs and DJs including Mark Simon, Paul Smith Jr, Paul OH, Gary Bates, ADF, and Danny Gee. Over 18s only.
Gary Barker is performing live at Tres on Friday
Liverpool singer Gary Barker – remember him from X Factor? – is fantastic live and he’ll be performing at Tres in Temple Court this Friday from 4pm. It’s free admission so the perfect way to end your week, with a few cocktails and then heading to the dancefloor and into the weekend under the Tres chandeliers.
Rooftop drinks at Tempest on Tithebarn Street
Fingers crossed for some nice long sunny days and evenings now to make the most of one of the best rooftop places in the city – up on the top level terrace of Tempest of Tithebarn, where they keep their bees (they’re in hives, don’t worry) and make some gorgeous spritzes.
Take the kids on an underwater adventure at Blue Planet Aquarium
Kids, and parents, will love a day at Blue Planet with its famous underwater shark tunnel which lets you experience up-close sharks, fish and other creatures as they swim over your head! There are so many incredible creatures to see from Caiman crocodiles to the world’s most colourful frogs and all kinds of tropical fish – plus outside there’s a pond with pelicans and a nature walk.
Sip on Liverpool’s most famous pint at Cains Brewery
One of Liverpool’s oldest and best-loved breweries has taken off the towels for a long-awaited revival. Cains Brewery is back in business!
Cains has four bars to choose from, set across three floors right where the original ale was brewed. There’s a huge glass viewing wall so you can see the brewing process and, as well as Cains there’s a selection of craft ales carefully curated under the watchful eye of expert manager and head brewer Andy Hayes, and a menu of hop cocktails – or ‘hoptails’ too!