Things to do in Liverpool
LIVERPOOL is a city of diversity which is reflected in the wide variety of things to do in Liverpool that will appeal to all ages and all tastes: music, concerts, sport, food, horticultural, nautical, aeronautical and even a major comic convention. Below you will find out lots of Things to do in Liverpool.
World famous for hosting international events like the biggest horse racing event of the year, the Grand National at Aintree and the Golf Open, these are now complemented by newer, equally colourful occasions like the Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art, Africa Oye, Brazilica Festival Samba Carnival and two food festivals! There are lots of Things to do in Liverpool.
LightNight is a special evening when leading arts venues are creatively illuminated and keep their doors open late. Steam on the Dock celebrates the steam engine on sea and land, including a temporary track laid by the Ffestiniog Railway at Albert Dock.
Among an incredible carousel of sports events are the 146th Open Golf Championship at Southport’s Royal Birkdale, the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust’s Apprentice Ship Cup (part of the new Three Cities Festival of Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast) and the Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament.
Even when summer fades the city stays open for visitors with events including the Homotopia Arts Festival in November and the Santa Dash 5km charity run in December.
This is a city known for its extrovert nature, the birthplace and home of so many performers and sports stars, who have emerged from a place that loves to welcome visitors and put on a great show for all to enjoy.
Having been awarded the title of UNESCO City of Music, Liverpool offers a huge range of music to suit all tastes – classical, folk, rock and pop. As home-town of the world’s most famous band The Beatles, with events and activities centred around International Beatleweek.
The city is very proud to have one of the best symphony orchestras in the world, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (RLPO), currently led by its acclaimed Russian conductor Vassily Petrenko. Its home base of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall also schedules an extensive range touring music concerts of all genres and even stand-up comedy performers.
The Echo Arena attracts the biggest bands and shows, ranging from Sir Paul McCartney to recent addition of the Horse of the Year Show. In what promises to be the fashion and beauty event of the year, after 27 years in London, The Clothes Show is moving to a new home in Liverpool as part of British Style Collective, in July. Set across five city locations including the ACC Convention Centre and the magnificent St George’s Hall.
Liverpool has five major theatres: Empire, Epstein, Everyman, Playhouse, Royal Court and Unity. These venues present a continuous mixture of national touring shows, repertory and original drama. There is also the FACT arts centre and cinemas, plus mainstream cinemas.
Liverpool is second only to London in boasting more museums and galleries than anywhere else in the UK, led by the flagship collection of the National Museums Liverpool, which includes the Walker Art Gallery, Mersey Maritime Museum, World Museum, Museum of Liverpool and Lady Lever Art Gallery at Port Sunlight. The Tate Gallery also stages temporary exhibitions of the top names in the artworld and is currently displaying contrasting works by William Blake and Tracey Emin until September.
These regular events are in addition to other one-off headline-making events, with stunning past examples such as the puppet figure Giants parading around the city and Cunard Line’s 175th anniversary celebration with its three Queen liners together in the River Mersey, attracting a million and a half spectators.
Here is a run-down of the main events and things to do in Liverpool and the City Region during 2017, to which more are being added all the time.
- 16 September 2016 - 3 September 2017: Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus
- 6 - 8 April 2017: The Randox Health Grand National Festival 2017
- 12 April - 15 July 2017: Tonight at Noon - Celebrating the Mersey Sound
- 13 - 19 April 2017 Spectacular and rarely seen Minton Tile floor uncovered at St Georges Hall
- 15 - 16 April 2017: Liverpool Food, Drink and Lifestyle Spring Festival
- 6 – 7 May 2017: Steam on the Dock
- 8 May 2017 Bob Dylan at Liverpool Echo Arena
- 19 May 2017: LightNight Liverpool
- 27 - 28 May 2017 Liverpool Rock & Roll Marathon
- 27 - 28 May 2017: Liverpool Sound City
- 17 - 18 June 2017: Africa Oyé 2017
- 3 – 23 June 2017: Apprentice Ship Cup Tall Ship Regatta
- 23 - 25 June 2017: International Mersey River Festival
- 27 June - 1 July 2017: Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament 2017
- 7 - 9 July 2017: British Style Collective 2017
- 14 – 16 July 2017: Brazilica Festival Samba Carnival
- 16 - 23 July 2017: The 146th Open Golf Championship
- 20 - 23 July 2017: Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) 2017
- 29 – 30 July 2017: Liverpool Pride LGBT Festival
- 17 - 20 August 2017: Southport Flower Show
- 23 - 29 August 2017: International Beatleweek 2017
- 24 – 27 August 2017: Creamfields Dance Music Festival
- 26 – 28 August 2017: Folk Festival on the Dock
- 7 – 10 September 2017: Heritage on the Albert Dock
- 15 – 17 September 2017: Southport Air Show
- 15 September – 1 October 2017: Liverpool Comedy Festival
- 16 – 17 September 2017: Pirate Festival on the Dock
- 16 – 17 September 2017: Liverpool Food & Drink Festival
- 29 September - 1 October 2017: British Musical Fireworks Championship
- November 2017: Homotopia Arts Festival
- 3 December 2017: Santa Dash Charity Run