You won’t boo-lieve the events in store this month.
Autumn is fully underway as the sun starts to set earlier and the temperature drops but that doesn’t mean there’s little fun to be had. With awesome events such as Oktoberfest and Halloween taking place this month, it means we needn’t have to stay indoors- after all, we’ve got a bit of making up to do after last year! Plus, October is bursting with exhibitions and performances for you to indulge in, let alone the food and drink. So, without further ado, here’s our guide to the best things to do in Liverpool to make for an epic October.
1. Get the chills with this spooky séance held at a Liverpool speakeasy bar
Set to shake up your usual ghoulish plans is the 1900’s style speakeasy bar, The Oracle, by inviting you to join them in their historic Victorian parlour room for a séance like no other as they contact the spirits this Halloween. The Oracle on Duke Street is a one of a kind cocktail bar which features close-up magicians who visit your table. However during the week of Halloween, The Oracle will be making contact with the dead rather than the usual living that frequent the bar by hosting a séance similar to that of the Victorian era. Find out more here.
Something wicked this way comes: a Halloween Candlelight concert, dedicated to spooky season. Candlelight Halloween: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions will take place on October 28 and we’re frightfully excited. On the night, a talented string quartet will play modern Halloween tunes, such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and This Is Halloween, alongside sinister-sounding classical numbers. A selection of eerily familiar theme tunes will also be on the agenda, so listen out for the likes of Stranger Things and Psycho. To increase the fear factor, the concert will be held by candlelight in a centuries-old Neoclassical building. Get your tickets to this spooky candlelight concert here.
3. Devour an array of cheese from Liverpool’s first ever revolving cheese and wine bar
Liverpool’s largest food hall located in the Metquarter has welcomed the city’s first revolving cheese and wine belt and it’s serving some brie-lliant cheeses. The 11,000 square foot space, known as GPO Liverpool, pays homage to the building’s past as the city’s General Post Office, and brings a new wave of independent food and drink traders all under one roof. And the latest arrival to join GPO Liverpool’s street food traders line-up is The Carousel Cheese Co. who will be serving a selection of the finest cheese, charcuterie, and wine across the British Isles on a revolving sushi style conveyer belt. Damn gouda, right?
Why go to Germany when Germany can come to you? Celebrate a day of beer-fuelled fun at Liverpool Bierkeller by donning your dirndl or lederhosen and filling your steins to the brim. Enjoy authentic Bavarian food like brats, hog rolls, schnitzel, pretzels, kraut and wursts as part of the Oktoberfest celebrations. Taking place on both 8th and 22nd October, there will be DJs, live music, bands, and so much more that’s bound to get you singing, stomping and dancing the night away from 8pm to 2am. Prost! Find your Oktoberfest tickets here.
5. Explore the outdoor illuminated River of Light trail coming to Liverpool’s waterfront
The city’s waterfront is about to get a glow up once again with an outdoor illuminated art gallery set to take over the area for 17 nights as part of the River of Light Trail. This autumn, the people of Liverpool can experience a series of spectacular audio and visual installations along the Mersey, which will showcase the work of leading local, national and international artists. From October 22 to November 7, light installations with the theme Rhythm of the Light will take over the city centre, with each artwork inspired by Liverpool’s musical heritage, the majority of which will have an accompanying soundtrack. Find out more information about the River of Light Trail here.
6. Cosy up or cower at home with one of these spine-tingling movies or series
This year’s Halloween celebrations have to make up for last year’s sitting-in-the-house-avoiding-others, but there’s always space for some spooky films and popcorn. So, whether you’re going out or staying in on October 31, there’s plenty of times to squeeze in a few of these fantastic films. Check out our picks from the top streaming services in the UK, then bust out those skull-shaped sweets you bought on a whim from the supermarket and start chomping!
A woodland trail inspired by the Forbidden Forest from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series is set to open at Arley Hall & Gardens in Cheshire from this October. Taking fans on a journey that will quite literally illuminate some of their favourite Forbidden Forest moments, the incredible experience makes for a perfect getaway if you’re looking to escape the city, just in time for Halloween. With illuminating sets, atmospheric lighting and magical creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, there is plenty to discover along the way. Find your tickets here.
8. Sip on a warming mug of delicious hot chocolate
With autumn in full swing, it means hot chocolate season has arrived. From sophisticated mugs of rich, chocolatey heaven, to goblets of milky goodness with gooey marshmallows and cream, there are plenty of places in Liverpool to grab a hug in a mug that is hot chocolate. Just what the doctor ordered! Check to out our guide to Liverpool’s dreamiest hot chocolates where you can sip on the hot drink happily and escape the unpredictable British weather.
9. Go pumpkin picking
It’s October which which means seasonal events like Halloween and Bonfire Night are creeping our way, plus the huge countdown to Christmas. But first on the agenda for autumn has to be Halloween. Whether you’re doing it for the ‘gram or just absolutely love getting your carve on, there are a number of pumpkin patches near Liverpool you can visit this autumn. From the start of October through to Halloween, pumpkin patches near Liverpool will not only be brimming with pumpkins but also plenty of activities to get involved in from carving to photoshoots with your produce. Check out the best pumpkin patches near Liverpool where you can pick your own pumpkins here
Violin soloist Eva Þórarinsdóttir, pianist Warren Mailley-Smith and the incredible musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta are heading to the beautiful St George’s Hall for one night only this October to perform a stunning selection of classical pieces centred around Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Enjoy some of the world’s greatest classical music with timeless works by monumental composer Vivaldi with countless flickering candles illuminating the venue. This sensational evening of candlelit music will be one to remember! Grab your tickets here.
11. Indulge in sensational sweet treats at this drive-in dessert restaurant
If you find yourself frequently driving over to the local Tesco at 11pm in your PJs for ‘just a little treat’, you’ll be pretty chuffed to hear that those days are finally over, thanks to the opening of the UK’s first-ever drive-in dessert restaurant: Your Girl Can Bake. Becoming a foodie phenomenon in just a few short weeks, the humble bakery has seen people from all over the country driving to there to test out the innovative drive-in restaurant – which boasts a super sweet menu packed full of sugary goodies. And with it being just an hour away from Liverpool, who doesn’t fancy a dessert road trip?
12. Take a trip to these Liverpool museums as part of Black History Month
National Museums Liverpool has announced a number of not-to-be-missed events taking place across its museums and galleries to mark Black History Month. Highlights from the events programme, which runs throughout October, include thought-provoking displays, topical talks and discussions, a series of film screenings and author-led storytelling for children. For example, visitors can discover the collection of artefacts that are carriers of history and inspiring examples of resilience and activism at the International Slavery Museum. Plus, you can listen to the fascinating stories of some of the many inspirational Black British people connected to Liverpool and view the Liverpool 8 Against Apartheid display at the Museum of Liverpool.
The labyrinthine streets of Liverpool hide many dark secrets just waiting to be discovered. On this frightfully fun tour you can put your brains to the test solving a series of clues to uncover the haunting true stories of various places around the city. You’ll dig into the distant past, revealing hidden details about familiar buildings and seeing the city through the eyes of a detective on the hunt for answers. Be prepared to encounter the unexpected and keep an open mind when you set off on this ghostly journey. Grab tickets here.