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 & amongst the highlights are the internationally accaimed Terracotta Army exhibit at the Museum of Liverpool & a brand new Interational Christmas Market at the Pier Head. Bookmark this page and our news links for news of the return of the Giants in 2018.
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 2017 saw 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 now heading in to winter our city stays open for visitors with events including the Homotopia Arts Festival in November and the Santa Dash 5km charity run in December & there's lots planned for 2018 with a huge surprise!
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 2017 to Katy Perry in 2018. 2017 highlights included the Horse of the Year Show & The Clothes Show is moved to a its new home in Liverpool as part of British Style Collective.
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 will see a fabulous exhibition by Roy Lichtenstein in 2018.
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 which are set to return in 2018 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 & 2018, to which more are being added all the time.
- 9th November 2017 - Liverpool Christmas Lights Switch-on
- 17th November to 6th January 2018 - Liverpool Ice Festival at Liverpool Pier Head
- 17th November to 6th January 2018 - Liverpool Interntional Christmas Market Liverpool Pier Head
- 3 December 2017: Santa Dash Charity Run
- 5th & 6th December 2017 - Coca Cola Truck in Liverpool One
- 29th to 31 December 2017 - Liverpool International Horse Show
- 1 January 2018 - Sees the launch of the Year long celebrations called Liverpool 2018 Festival
- 9th February to 28th October 2018 - Terracotta Army at Museum of Liverpool
- 12 to 14th April 2018 - Grand National at Aintree
- 5th to 6th May 2018 - Liverpool Sound City Festival
- 18th May 2018 - Liverpool Light Night Festival
- 25th to 27th May 2018 - Mersey River Festival
- 1st to 3rd June 2018 - Southport Food & Drink Festival
- 2nd June 2018 - Summer Arts Market - Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
- 21 June 2018 - Katy Perry World Tour at Echo Arena
- 14th July to 28th October - Liverpool Biennial Art Festival - "Beautiful World Where are You?"
- 20th July to 22nd July - Liverpool International Music Festival LIMF 2018
- 28th -29th July - Liverpool Pride - LGBT Festival
- 16th August to 19th August - Southport Flower Show
- 22nd August to 28th August - Liverpool International Beatles Week
- 28th to 30th September - British Music Fireworks Competition - Victoria Park Southport
- Please bookmark and revisit this site for upcoming details of the return of the Giants in 2018!