Make the most of summer in the city with these exciting things to do.
July has been pretty damn good- major sporting, cultural and music events taking place, further easing of restrictions and some fun in the sun (or hiding from the heatwave). However, the summery month of August has got plenty in store to keep you entertained. From bottomless brunches to brand new events for you and your mates to explore, August isn’t short of things to do in the city and seems Liverpool is gradually getting back to normality!
1. Watch an outdoor performance featuring a 72ft bridge
Summer is hotting up, meaning there are plenty of things to do in the city and one event coming this August will feature a spectacular bridge and aims to bring together culture, communities and civic pride. The 72ft long and 19ft high structure will be located in Walton and will be the focal point of a three-day event called Bridge. Taking place between August 5-7, Culture Liverpool in partnership with Imagineer will host a series of free pop-up events, where Bridge becomes the setting for an extraordinary outdoor performance. The community, artists and designers will also come together in a series of workshops, conversations and activities over the three days too.
We’re finally entering post-lockdown territory and with that comes a hella-fun R&B Brunch back for an epic celebration every single month right up until the end of the year. Taking place at Liverpool’s huge Bierkeller venue, the R&B Brunch promises some of the baddest beats in town – from Ginuwine and old skool Beyoncé to more modern icons such as Lizzo and The Weekend. Dance the day away for five whole hours, with bottomless rum punch served for 60 whole minutes from 12 noon-1pm. Book your R&B bottomless brunch here.
3. Make a splash at this new open water swimming facility at Princes Dock
As the temperature rises, it’s getting harder to resist the urge to throw ourselves into the nearest body of water. Thankfully, this August an urban open water swimming facility is set to open at Princes Dock to provide a unique destination for us to take a dip in. Public swimming sessions will take place from August 2 at the new 500m course at Princes Dock and there will be an introduction to open water swimming course happening every Tuesday in August at 5.30pm.
Celebrating some of the greatest songs by the iconic people in soul, Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles, this month’s Candlelight Tribute events will see a highly talented jazz ensemble honour the beloved musicians at the renowned and unique venue that is St Luke’s Bombed Out Church. The venue will be completely bathed in candlelight, providing an unbeatable atmosphere that’ll have you feeling on Cloud 9. Expect to hear music from the 1950s combined with blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles, plus more of these musicians’ greatest hits which you may struggle to resist swaying in your seat to. Tickets are on sale now here.
5. Walk down to Royal Albert Dock for a taste of the seaside
Bringing the most-loved elements of the seaside, the waterfront at Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool will be transformed this August. From pastel striped bunting and giant deckchairs, to nostalgic seaside flavours including chip cones and ice cream tubs to enjoy in hand as you stroll around the dock’s historic waterfront, this seaside has never looked so good. Bars and restaurants at Royal Albert Dock are all getting involved by serving seaside-inspired food and drink making for a delicious day out.
Are you ready for some teenage nostalgia? Re-live the days when you would blast songs by the likes of My Chemical Romance, Green Day, Paramore and Fall Out Boy on your iPod Nano in real life! Enjoy three hours of the best emo anthems from the early 2000s up to present day. Plus, feel free to dress in all black, don the smudged eyeliner and be right in your feels at this throwback event on August 15. Sit back, sip on bottomless drinks, devour tasty brunch dishes and we’ll wake you up when September ends. Book your tickets here.
7. Head out and take in some fresh summer air at these nearby destinations
Summer is still here and it’s definitely the season of adventuring. Whether you’re looking for summer plans inspo or are simply wanting to get out of the house for a bit and see something new, we know these places in the North West are certainly worth adding to your must-visit list. So grab your shades, get your shoes on and check out our guide to the best summer day trips near Liverpool featuring beaches, forests and city breaks.
8. Follow this trail of magical birdhouses dotted around Liverpool
Locations in and around Liverpool are getting some new artistic additions thanks to an inspiring cultural campaign. Each individual project will pop up during the months of July, August and September starting with And These Birds Can Sing located in the gardens of St Nicholas Parish Church, and will be in place until August 15. This magical sound, art and nature trail of birdhouses is a celebration of women’s voices and encourages visitors to reflect, remember and be inspired. Another project will see leading artists give statues across the city a temporary makeover as part of a conversation on the role and symbolism of the city’s statues.
One of the most unique Candlelight venues, music fans will be able to experience the beautiful sounds of movie soundtracks played by incredibly talented musicians, all the while immersed in a stunning, candlelit environment and in a botanical paradise. From Harry Potter to Chicago, there’s a fantastic programme in store– as well as a fully stocked bar to enjoy throughout the event at the Palm House in Sefton Park. Get tickets here.
10. Try an extravagant 24k gold steak at this Liverpool restaurant
Just when you thought steak was luxurious enough, a Liverpool restaurant has taken it one step further (or more like 24k steps further) by given it a shiny and magnificent crust. Newly-opened steak restaurant, Bavette, in Woolton has added a boujee and extravagant steak to their menu which is covered in 24k gold leaf. The restaurant on Allerton Road describes this dish as “the most luxurious piece of meat in Merseyside” and is said to be a “Liverpool exclusive that has never been showcased in the city before”.
12. Go on a day trip to one of these fantastic flower farms
We’re so lucky in England to have such varied landscapes, from meadows to forests, and rolling hills to sandy beaches. This varied terrain provides the perfect place for so many different kinds of flowers and foliage to grow and bloom, and there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting by a stunning field of flowers. With so many of us opting to holiday in the UK this year, there’s no better time to visit these gorgeous flower fields, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite flowery spots in the UK at which you can take some time out and enjoy the natural world.
13. Take a trip up to St John’s Beacon viewing platform
Home to one of the UK’s most successful radio stations, Radio City, this tower gives you a unique opportunity to view Merseyside’s ever changing skyline over 400 feet above the heart of the city centre. St John’s Beacon offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Wirral, North Wales and Lancashire from its observation platform and after a long wait you can now see the views for yourself. If you can handle heights, being up this tower on a sunny, clear day sure sounds like a dreamy weekend.
14. Tuck into delicious Italian food at Gino D’Acampo’s new restaurant
Following the success of Gino D’Acampo’s My Restaurant Liverpool on Castle Street, beloved TV chef D’Acampo has teamed up with INNSiDE Liverpool on a brand new Italian dining experience – which is set to open later this August. The new opening will feature a new 360-degree sky bar run by the Gino D’Acampo team and situated on the top floor of the hotel, boasting unrivalled views over Liverpool and the River Mersey.