Watch the Eurovision handover, take the Peaky Blinders tour or eat the new Crazy Churros at GPO – 14 things you can do in Liverpool this week
2 months ago
After dragging on forever, the end of January’s finally in sight and if doesn’t deserve a celebration then nothing does.
If you’re wanting to get out and about, especially if you’ve been doing Dry Jan and can’t wait for it to be over, here are 14 things to do in Liverpool this week …
Eurovision handover show
This really is the start of all the build-up to Eurovision – on Tuesday, the Mayor of last year’s host city Turin will officially hand over the keys of the contest to Liverpool’s Mayor Joanne Anderson and places will be allocated for the semi-finals. In Eurovision land, this is big deal so it’s being shown live on BBC2 and iPlayer from 7pm, with presenters Rylan and AJ Odudu.
The Overlap Live at M&S Bank Arena
If you’re a footy fan, this is one not to be missed. Gary Neville is taking The Overlap out on tour and it’s coming to the Arena on Thursday with some special guests. Top telly pundits Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane will be joining him on stage, and the Liverpool date’s got Jamie Webster and Darren Farley too.
Hey Duggee at Liverpool Empire
Kids love CBeebies Hey Duggee and for the first time ever the big lovable dog is heading out on a live adventure along with the Squirrels and loads of other favourite characters from the show. It’s an all-singing, all-dancing fun theatre trip for little ones – on at the Empire from Thursday to Saturday.
Cocktails at Tonight Josephine
Put January right behind you and get out out for a glam night at Tonight Josephine on Hanover Street. Line up the cocktails for a night with the girls, or head into the weekend with Josephine’s Abba-tastic Mamma Mia brunch on Friday or a hits-packed Now That’s What I Call Brunch on Saturday.
Take the Peaky Blinders Tour
If you’ve got serious Shelby withdrawal, get your Peaky Blinders fix by going on the official tour. Liverpool played a part in the series as one of the main filming bases, and these half or full-day tours dig into the history of the real-life Peaky Blinders as well as visiting some of the most recognisable locations.
Sunday roast at Castle St Townhouse
You can’t beat a roast as a weekend treat and Castle St Townhouse does an absolutely gorgeous one from 12pm every Sunday. There’s a choice of chicken or beef with Yorkshire pud for meat lovers or a veg wellington that’s vegan, and they all come with seasonal veg and lovely crisp roasties.
Explore Ness Botanic Gardens on the Wirral
Nature’s really starting to come back to life now after winter so it’s a lovely time to wrap up and head to Ness Botanic Gardens to see all its beautiful plants and wildlife. It’s in 64 acres and has some fabulous views of the River Dee and North Wales so you can make a full family day of it.
Tainted Love at Camp and Furnace on Saturday
Who doesn’t love a bit of 80s pop nostalgia and Tainted Love at Camp and Furnace is packed with it. It’s always an amazing night and it’s coming back this Saturday with nothing but 80s legends belting out all night, dancers, retro decor and even some massive Rubik’s Cubes to take you back to the day.
Walk the 1,000-metre long Southport Pier
Here’s a unique way to get your steps in if you’re still trying to do more exercise for the New Year and you’ll get fantastic views as a bonus. Southport’s got the second longest pier in the country, it’s Grade II listed so it’s a piece of history and it’s free to walk any time from 11am until 5pm, Monday to Sunday.
Try new BBQ grill STOKE at Radisson RED
Radisson RED opposite St George’s Hall is stunning and it’s not just the design that’s a wow, the food at its Stoke restaurant is too. On the ground floor, Stoke is a barbecue-style restaurant with robata grill specialising in a menu of seasonal locally-sourced dishes and small plates plus lovely cocktails.
Art of the Terraces continues at the Walker
Art of the Terraces at the Walker brings football, art and fashion together to tell the story of the casuals and how sports brands, trainers and music defined sports culture in the 70s, 80s and 90s. The exhibition runs until mid-March and includes work by Turner Prize winners Mark Leckey and Mark Wallinger.
Tuck into Derek’s on Allerton Road or in Crosby
If you’ve ever been to New York and had a super-sized sub sandwich then you’ll feel right at home at Derek’s because theirs are just as massive and just as tasty. Crammed with delicious fillings, sourced from local suppliers, and on bread baked fresh every day they’ll definitely make lunch a bit special.
Feed the animals at Croxteth Park Farm
Croxteth Park Farm, in the grounds of Croxteth Hall, is the perfect chance for all the family to get up close with animals without leaving the city. There are lots of rare breeds and farm animals, including lambs born last April, cattle, pigs and ponies, as well as Surprise the donkey – the farm’s oldest resident.
Check out the new Crazy Churros at GPO, Metquarter
We’ve slogged it through to the end of January so that deserves a treat and desserts are always high up on the treat list. Crazy Churros at GPO specialises in churros, crepes and waffles with all kinds of gorgeous toppings and sauces including Biscoff, Dulce de Leche, Nutella and white choc and strawberry.