Freedom is on the horizon this month.
The wait has been long and the weather ever-changing (but that’s Liverpool, right?) but this month could be our month. Finally! July brings hope and a possible return that’s closer to normality as the remaining restrictions are lifted. This month, we will see the return of some fun events in the city as well as new and exciting ones for us to get stuck into post-lockdown. So, make space in your diary as things are about to get busy with our guide to some of the best things to do this July in Liverpool.
1. Get down to this Liverpool street food market for some baking delights
It might feel like an age since The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) was on our screens, as it was back when we were deep in a second lockdown. Another lockdown and easing of some restrictions since, one Liverpool street food market has decided to celebrate it’s fourth birthday with a pop-up bakery themed around the popular cookery programme, including a guest from the series. Baltic Market is hosting a five day fiesta from June 30 to July 4 to thank its visitors, with each day featuring plenty of events, live music and even some freebies.
Celebrating some of the greatest songs by the iconic people in soul, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, this month’s Candlelight Tribute events will see a highly talented jazz ensemble honour the beloved musicians, under the roof of The Grand Central Hall. 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 the musicians’ greatest hits which you may struggle to resist swaying in your seat to. Tickets are on sale now here.
3. Watch the Euros at one of these brilliant Liverpool bars
Beer and footy on the big screen are back with the Euros 2020 now here- and it’s kicking off! With the sun making an appearance in beer gardens and newfound freedom, things are getting booked up ASAP. Whether you’re after multiple screens or a massive projector, craft beer or cokctails, post-match burgers or bowling- there’s a place in Liverpool to meet your needs. Check out our round-up of the best places to watch the Euros in Liverpool during July.
The Sausage and Cider Festival is billed as “the UK’s biggest food, drink, and music festival” and will come to Southport’s Victoria Park on June 25. Taste a range of different sausages as well as sample refreshing craft ciders, alongside live music from the best bands in the country. Start your summer off with a bang-er and grab your tickets here.
5. Get involved in the Pride in Liverpool’s virtual march
Although Pride Month is officially in June, the celebrations and awareness of LGBTQ+ rights are not stopping any time soon. On July 31, the LCR Pride Foundation is inviting individuals, groups and businesses to join the MarchOnline by submitting videos and images, calling on those participating to also make specific pledges to enact change ‘From Now On’, in line with the organisation’s 2021/22 theme. The virtual march will comprise videos of speeches from local leaders and short interviews, combined with individuals marching, cheering and holding placards in their own homes, submitted by the members of the public, charities and businesses supporting the LGBT+ community. The deadline for video and image submissions for the MarchOnline is midnight on July 14. For full details of how to submit your video can be found here.
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 July 4. Sit back, sip on bottomless drinks, devour tasty brunch dishes and we’ll wake you up when September ends. Book your tickets here.
7. Dance again!
Ok, so let’s try this again. Clubs and dance floors are finally coming back. Currently expected to return on July 19 under the government’s lockdown exit plan, night clubs will be opening their doors for the first time in 16 months – allowing us to dance, meet with friends and finally enjoy absolute freedom. It’s been a long time coming, but it’ll be well worth the wait.
If hip hop and RnB are more your style of music as opposed to emo get yourself down to this bottomless brunch at Boxyard in Liverpool. Experience this blast from the past with three full hours of all your favourite RnB and Hip Hop jams. Prepare to hear from the likes of Drake, Post Malone, Eminem, Jay-Z, Mac Miller and more. Here you can experience plenty of good vibes whilst enjoying bottomless booze and cocktails as well as some enjoy sensational slices of pizza from the brunch menu. So go on get practising your moves once again and grab your tickets here.
9. Visit this brand new food hall at the old General Post Office
From tacos and Thai food to bubble tea and burgers, you’ll now find it all in Liverpool’s largest food hall which has opened in the Metquarter. The 11,000 square foot space, known as GPO Liverpool, pays homage to the building’s past the city’s General Post Office, and is bringing a new wave of independent food and drink traders all under one roof. GPO Liverpool’s street food traders line-up features the likes of Japanese-Scandi mash up Konjo Robatayaki Kitchen, quirky coffee blenders Monkey Board Coffee and Instagrammable ice cream purveyors ICE. Discover more info and the full food trader line-up here.
10. Enjoy incredible open-air performances by candlelight at Liverpool’s Isla Gladstone Conservatory
One of the most unique Candlelight venues so far, music fans will be able to experience the beautiful sounds played by incredibly talented musicians, all the while immersed in a stunning, candlelit environment at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park. From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Aretha Franklin’s greatest hits, there’s a fantastic programme at these open-air events– as well as a fully stocked bar to enjoy throughout the event. Get tickets here.
11. Try the brand new summer menu at Panoramic 34 and take in incredible views of the city
Liverpool is brimming with bars offering insane views of the city and beyond, but this restaurant not only boasts an impressive panoramic viewpoint but has a new menu to match. Executive chef of Panoramic 34, Elliot Hill, has been updating the restaurant’s a la carte, tasting, lunch and afternoon tea menus by adding a series of expertly crafted plates. And now, you can finally get a taste of both freedom and fantastic food. With a summery menu that features local and seasonal produce where possible, guests can try new, fresh and beautifully presented dishes which are perfect for a special occasion (does dining out again count as one?) Find out more about Panoramic 34’s summer menu here.
Sadly not all of us are able to go to Ibiza this summer, so luckily Boxyard is bringing an Ibiza-themed bottomless brunch to the city. So throw on your best Ibiza inspired outfit and head down to Boxyard for an Ibiza Bottomless Brunch. Get your rave on as the resident DJ plays all the classic hits from your favourites, such as Carl Cox, Annie Mac, Duke Dumont, Fat Boy Slim, Disclosure, and many more. Plus, you can get all the beach vibes here without the need to buy a plane ticket, but get booking your tickets to this event here.