The first sign of summer and us Brits have pulled out the BBQs, whipped out the beers and the music is well and truly flowing. The sun never seems to shine for long in Blighty, which is why we want to help you milk it for all it is worth. Check out the 18 best ways to enjoy the sun in Liverpool.
1. Sip cocktails on the rooftop Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant
We don’t know about you, but all we can think about as soon as the sun is shining is a delicious cocktail. The rooftop Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant is the perfect destination to embrace the warm weather, as you can sit out on the terrace, enjoying delicious cocktails or a chilled glass of champagne, whilst looking out at the wonderful views of the Liverpool Waterfront.
2. Build sandcastles at Crosby Beach
Beach days are the best days, right? Whatever your age, grab your bucket and spade and hit Crosby Beach to build sandcastles in the sun. You’ll feel like you’re sitting on a beach abroad, whilst surrounded by 100 cast iron men, designed by the British sculptor Antony Gormley.
3. Take a tour on the top deck of City Explorer
Whether you’re a tourist or a Scouser, the City Explorer offers the perfect way to explore the amazing landmarks Liverpool has to offer. To embrace the sunny temperatures, sit on the top deck of the bus to catch the sun and see the very best sights in Liverpool. Don’t forget your SPF!
4. Feed Squirrels at The National Trust Formby
The summer seems to bring out the best in nature – and activities don’t get much better than feeding squirrels at The National Trust Formby. Call us easily pleased, but nothing makes us smile quite as much as watching the red squirrel, which is in serious decline, enjoying their natural habitat.
5. Step aboard a Mersey Ferry
Stepping aboard a Mersey Ferry offers the ideal day out in the city. It might be an oldie, but it’s definitely a goodie. The reason the Mersey Ferry is so iconic is because it offers magnificent views of the Liverpool Waterfront, including the best views of the Three Graces and Pier Head in the summer sun. You can even ditch the car for the day and climb aboard the ferry to enjoy a sunny day out in New Brighton.
6. Have a Picnic at Croxteth Park
Make up some sandwiches, grab some juice boxes and head on over to Croxteth Park. Sit on a bench or the grass to relax in the sun with a packed lunch, whilst viewing the beautiful Croxteth Hall, which dates back to 1702. Take your children along to the activity play area, enjoy a romantic stroll through the woods or use some of your leftover bread to feed the many ducks.
7. Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the sun at Oh Me Oh My
You’re bound to say “oh my, oh my” when you experience Oh Me Oh My. We could eat at this fantastic Liverpool restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but our favourite time to visit has to be during the warmer months, as we can sit outdoors with scrumptious afternoon tea, taking in the historic beauty of the Liver Building.
8. Sunbathe at Chavasse Park
We’re not ones to tell you how to live your life, but you just have to spend a sunny day enjoying the summer buzz of the city centre. Grab a deckchair and soak up the sun and atmosphere of Chavasse Park. The daily stresses of everyday life will melt away, as you chill with friends – and you will never be too far away from the finest bars, restaurants and shops in the city. Lazy days don’t get much better than this!
9. View our beautiful city on The Wheel of Liverpool
There’s no better way to experience the stunning Liverpool skyline than on a clear, sunny day. You can step inside one of the 42 capsules to view mesmerising panoramic views of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Albert Dock, 30 James Street, Pier Head and the Radio City Tower. If you’re really feeling fancy and want to make the most of the sun, you could hire a luxury VIP capsule that can even come with champagne.
10. Grab a summery smoothie from 92 Degrees Coffee
92 Degrees Coffee is changing the way we drink coffee, offering the first combined coffee shop and micro roastery in Liverpool. However, their drinks don’t just stop at a good cup of joe, as they’ve now moved on to offering delicious smoothies – which taste just like summer. So, if you’re out and about in the city, be sure to grab a summery smoothie from their coffee shops located on Hardman Street and Bold Street.
11. Sit on the terrace at The Club House
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If taking a seat on a deckchair at Chavasse Park doesn’t take your fancy, enjoying a scrummy meal and chilled drink on The Club House’s terrace just might. You can overlook the buzz of Liverpool One, whilst enjoying the music and atmosphere in the popular Liverpool restaurant.
12. Enjoy a walk along Otterspool Promenade
Enjoy a casual stroll along Otterspool Promenade to breathe in the beautiful riverside. You can walk hand-in-hand with your partner, take the dog for a walk or can even grab your bike to experience the amazing views South Liverpool has to offer. There’s also a playground for the children to enjoy, which offers climbing frames, swings and a see-saw.
13. Explore St John’s Gardens
For a quiet spot in Liverpool city centre, head to St John’s Gardens. Located behind St George’s Hall, the garden is bursting with colour, offering beautiful flowers complemented by the greenest grass in the city. You can sit on one of the many benches dotted around the garden, watching the world go by in the sun.
14. See the Albert Dock from a new perspective
If you’re looking for a fun new way to see the Albert Dock, how about joining a canoe tour? You can paddle your way through the centre of the Queen’s Dock all the way through to the South Liverpool Docklands, towards the Albert Dock before making your return.
15. Discover Liverpool on a CityBike
You don’t have to own a bicycle to enjoy a bike ride in Liverpool – because you can just hire one with CityBike Liverpool. You simply rent the bike for an allotted time from one of the many stations across the city, and return it once the ride is over. Grab your family and friends to take a ride to your local park, across Liverpool city centre or to just head off on an active adventure.
16. Grab a Beer at Ma Egerton’s Stage Door
Almost everyone will feel like an ice cold beer when the sun cracks the flags – and one of the best beer gardens in the city has to be Ma Egerton’s Stage Door. Not only can you enjoy a chilled beer in the sun, but you will be surrounded by glitz and glamour – because it was in this very pub that stars such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tom Jones and Judy Garland once grabbed a drink.
17. Have a British BBQ at Constellations
Summer might not have arrived yet, but it will feel like it has at Constellations this weekend! That’s because they are offering BBQ, sunshine and good music. So you can enjoy a salad, flatbreads and burgers at this amazing venue, whilst enjoying some fantastic live music.
18. Stroll Through Sefton Park
One of the most popular parks in Liverpool has to be Sefton Park. That’s because it’s filled with gorgeous scenery and the fantastic Palm House. You can therefore head off on a casual stroll through the park, and you can even take a break down the road with a bite to eat or a drink at Lark Lane.
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