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Liverpool’s back in lockdown but that doesn’t mean you have to ditch your diary until December.
There’s loads of things to look forward to and that you can do each day in and around the city, or in the comfort of your own home.
Every single day through lockdown we will give you something new to do. Whether it’s a movie you can watch at home, a walking spot you might not have conquered or a delivery idea you can tuck into. Come back tomorrow, and every day for something brand new.
So here’s our daily countdown to Christmas (and some sort of freedom)…
At the moment we can only leave the house for work, education, food or medical care. But you can still exercise out and about too and that exercise includes walking.
Sefton Park is alive with the colours of Autumn right now and arguably the city’s best loved park. 200-acres of green land with winding paths, waterfalls, the boating lake and the stunning Palmhouse. So get out for a walk, or a run today and enjoy Autumn in the King of Parks while you can.
Watch our brand new walk through above and go enjoy!
Local lads Dan Cameron and Josh Lundon set up SKAUS in 2017. Since then they have been featured on BBC’s Million Pound Menu and had pop-ups at Baltic Market, Dockleaf and Camp and Furnace. Now after four years they have set up a permanent home at 66, Allerton Road and their new store opens today.
The store will be selling fresh fruit & veg, craft beers, wines, bakes and takeaway bites, plus of course, their signature Liverpool favourite, Scouse.
Opening hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10-6pm and the cafe will be opening after lockdown.
The Nest is based at the Albert Dock and has become a real Liverpool gem in recent years. If you are looking for a gift for the proud Scouser in your life then this is the shop for you. It’s Liver Bird pins, pictures and tea towels are like nothing else you’ll find in the city. It also sells a range of beautiful Liverpool inspired prints, photographs, calendars, teas and much more.
The new online store opened just last night and is waiting for you to explore. We spoke to owner Kath Caldwell about how she has survived 2020 and what’s next for the Nest.
Sunday is the perfect day to clear your head on one of Merseyside’s many walking routes.
Taking in the Sefton coastline from Crosby to Southport, this route is well sign-posted and a great afternoon walk with plenty to see along the way. You can start the walk at Waterloo train station and head down South Road towards the Victorian villas, many of which were once occupied by ship captains during Merseyside’s golden maritime age.
The seafront offers amazing views of Liverpool, New Brighton and North Wales and of course, heading towards Crosby Beach you get the chance to wander onto the sands to see Antony Gormley’s famous iron men.
After Crosby beach, carry on along the path towards Hightown (keep an eye out for remains of war bunkers within the dunes).
After reaching the coastguard station, stop to take a look back – and, if it’s a clear day, you will be rewarded with clear views of the Welsh hills and the Wirral coastline.
Leaving the promenade, you can take a more isolated path flanked by grassed areas and stones and rocks before the reappearance of sand dunes towards the end of your journey – before reaching Lower Alt Road and Hightown station.
Yes, it’s Monday, the day that diet starts now. BUT we’re in lockdown so anything goes.
Midnight Delivery has been delivering delicious treats to the doors of Merseyside for yonks. From cookie doughs to brownies, pick n’ mix to cheesecake – the menu is a perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Just look at those white chocolate doughnuts above!
Tonight from 7pm you can watch the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2020 from the comfort of your own home. The event is hosted by the Guide Liverpool’s Jay Hynd and brought to you by National Museums Liverpool and the Growth Platform.
There are 17 categories with 74 on the shortlist, and we will crown the Best Pub, Hotel, Bistro, New Business and many many more. There will be a special ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award’ and the likes of Knowsley Safari, The Cavern, Duke Street Market, Liverpool Empire, Smuggler’s Cove, Hilton Liverpool and more are all up for the gongs.
Get dolled up, pour yourself a drink and celebrate the best of Liverpool City Region’s visitor economy.
Directed by former Brookie and EastEnders actor Leon Lopez, Out of Time stars Louis Emerick, Suzanne Collins and Lindzi Germain, and tells the story of a young person struggling to come to terms with the body they were born into.
When ex-fighting champion Danny’s eight-year sentence is over, he returns home to a revelation that not only is his beloved gym under pressure, his childhood sweetheart Sam and their only son Connor have been hiding a huge secret!
The Art School Restaurant has introduced new Experience Boxes which give you the chance to bring one of Liverpool’s finest and best-loved restaurants home. There are four boxes to choose from and four courses within each.
Yes, it’s Friday 13th, IN 2020! But banish the bad luck and spread some kindness instead. World Kindness Day is all about doing the little things that can put a smile on someone’s face. From making that phone call to a mate you have been putting off for ages, using social media to spread some love or ordering a surprise Friday night chippy in for a family member.
Did you know you can explore our city using brand new e-scooters that are now available to hire?
It costs £1 to unlock your scooter and then 20p for every minute of use and unlimited daily and monthly passes will be available.
Fast Facts: Hiring an e-scooter
Baby E Coffee & Deli on Dale Street is on the move with a brand new concept which brings the winter warmers to you. The Pimp My Drink van is filled with fancy hot chocolates with flavours including Mint Aero and Kinder Bueno, posh coffees, adult only drinks like Baileys & Cream and more. Today you can grab yours as the van stops at Court Hey Park between 10-3pm.
Bin off the Monday blues today by heading into town after work and see the City Centre sparkle on your weekday walk. The Albert Dock, Williamson Square, Church Alley, Castle Street, and Liverpool ONE are all lit up ready for Santa.
You’ll find over one million lights on the columns of the Albert Dock, the heart-filled tree in Liverpool ONE will change colours to support the NHS, you can check out the Christmas ceiling of lights on Richmond Street, and grab a selfie with the light-up Angel wings over looking Chavasse Park.
The colours of Autumn, crunchy leaves and stunning surroundings of Croxteth Park will make that daily dose of exercise feel even better. The 500 acre country park offers woodland, pastures, ponds and streams to explore on a network of paths and trails, with of course the focal point being Croxteth Hall.
You can download your map here and create your own walking or running route and don’t forget to stop off at the Croxteth Farm Cafe to grab a takeaway bite and a winter warmer.
There is also a new coronavirus test centre within the Hall, open 7am-7pm, dog friendly and you will be in and out in five minutes!
(Pic above – Liverpool City Council)
Back open today on the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, Rough Hand Made could be responsible for the best pastries, croissants and other baked goods in the city.
The aroma of the boutique bakery will hit you as soon as you walk through the door and the choice of treats you can order at the handmade counter will make lockdown life much better.
Get yourself in the festive spirit (everyone else has!) handbook a virtual wreath making class through LIDS with Booker Flowers.
Booker Flowers and Gifts is an independent florist shop based in Allerton Liverpool.
The Wreath Making Kit costs £40 and you will be sent all flowers and materials in a DIY Kit plus a link to watch a virtual step-by-step class so you can create your very own Christmas wreath.
Did you know that the world famous Cavern is streaming live music from the club seven days a week? You can watch performances from lots of talented and much-missed resident musicians, streamed on-line live from Liverpool’s iconic cellar club for ten hours a day.
The live stream has been huge success so far with thousands watching all over the world.
So bring your night out home this weekend and experience our beloved Cavern from the the comfort of your living room. Add to that a Friday night chippy from one of the following and you’ll forget the word ‘lockdown’ in a flash.
Friday Night Chippy suggestions, all still open serving up the good stuff for your weekend:
We are officially classed as a City of Music so why not spend your Saturday listening to some of the best albums produced by artists from the area. The Guide Liverpool’s Listening Party has 10 must-listen albums, all perfect for your weekend at home. From The Real Thing to the Wombats, Echo and the Bunneymen to OMD. Check it out here.
We are so lucky on Merseyside to have so many beautiful beaches on our doorstep. From Crosby Beach to West Kirby, New Brighton to Formby, there’s nowhere better than to clear your head on a sunny Sunday than on the seashore! Get yourself wrapped up and get ready to get your steps in before the week ahead.
Situated in Greenbank Park, The Watering Can has become a firm favourite for breakfast, brunch and lunch in Liverpool. The restaurant is currently closed but you can takeaway tasty treats, hot drinks, sandwiches, soups and more everyday from 9am.
Pick up a Terry’s Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate and a Club Sandwich to go and then get your steps around Greenbank Park’s beautiful lake. Monday sorted!
You could spend a full day exploring Calderstones Park and its 126 acres. Within the boundaries you will find the 1000 year old Allerton Oak, the Botanical Garden which is home to 4000 species of plants, the main fishing lake which is a firm favourite fo duck feeding and of course the wonderful Reader cafe inside Calderstones Mansion which is still open for takeaway.
Watch our walk through above and get out and enjoy one of Liverpool’s most beautiful outside spaces.
Based in Woolton Village Liverpool Cheese Company produces and serves up some of the finest local cheeses and gift hampers perfect for the cheese lover in your life.
The business was launched in 2006 by Vickie Anderson and Ian Tomlinson. Their aim is to share their passion for cheese with everyone, whether online, or in their quaint little shop in a grade 2 listed old dairy in WooltonVillage
You can choose from the new pick n’ mix selection giving you the perfect cheesy night in, chutneys, meads and more.
The shop is open throughout lockdown with maximum two customers in at once.
Allerton Towers is a real Liverpool hidden gem and within the grounds you will find the lodge, stables, former laundry and part of the orangery of the original Allerton Tower. There is also a partially walled garden and plenty of green space to explore.
The park was part of the Manor of Allerton until Hardman Earle acquired the estate and introduced the mansion based on a design by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, the architect behind St George’s Hall. The mansion was completed in 1849 and open to the public from 1927.
Watch our walk through above and get more walking routes in Liverpool here.
Head to the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and you can now embark on a magical Light Walk of the stunning Grade 1 listed buildings, the perfect family-friendly activity to brighten up winter nights on the run up to Christmas.
Before embarking on the enchanting trail, visitors can head to the albertdock.com where a downloadable map will be available, which can be printed off to follow.
The light walk begins at the Dock’s gates opposite Hilton Liverpool ONE, where visitors will be welcomed by Coat of Arms characters, Neptune and Triton, standing tall and leading the way underneath the curtain of blue lights, which are majestically draped along Salthouse Quay.
Everyone is going for it with the deckies this year with many houses on Merseyside already beaming with Christmas lights. So tonight join the early-bird Crimbo club and get your real tree sorted with our list of places selling them in and around Liverpool. And then choose from the following 10 tasty treats for the family that you can have delivered straight to your door. Perfect Saturday pre-Christmas night in!
One thing we really have missed throughout lockdown is Liverpool’s amazing food scene and its ever-impressive Sunday roasts.
There are tonnes of places now doing deliveries and takeaways of our Sunday favourite, including the Horse & Jockey in Melling, Maray and Baltic Social. Tuck into our full list here.
Liverpool is now the most filmed city in the UK outside of London with production crews popping up every single week. Already 2020 has been exciting year with Robert Pattison and Colin Farrel filming The Batman, the news of the new Littlewoods Film Studios launching and countless other productions for TV and film being spotted.
Peaky Blinders, The Crown, Captain America, Fast & Furious, Fantastic Beasts and many more blockbusters have used Liverpool as their backdrop. But did you know these 15 films were all filmed here?
So scroll through our list, get the popcorn out and enjoy a Monday movie night, Liverpool style!
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