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2018 Bucket List for Things to do in Liverpool

Liverpool has so much to look forward to in 2018. Ten years on from being awarded the European capital and the city come on in leaps and bounds. There are so many new things to do in Liverpool this year we thought it best to put together a helpful handy guide to make sure you can pack it all into your visit.

We’ve gathered together the very best things to do in Liverpool for 2018 including the best places to eat and drink as well as some interesting sights to see and fun activities to get involved in.

Try Halloumi fries at Baltic Market

Halloumi fries - things to do in Liverpool 2018
source: Hafla Hafla

What is so good about Halloumi fries we hear you say?

And here we answer; its all about the cheese, the meltiness of the cheese, the crispy coating and the full on fabulous flavour in every bite.

Hafla Hafla at The Baltic Market have revolutionised the humble halloumi fry with their wide selection of toppings, dressings and dips all so you can be sure your halloumi fry expereince is nothing short of magnificent.

Take a Beatles Tour

things to do in Liverpool 2018 - Beatles Tour
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Search high and low all over Liverpool for both the well known and obscure Beatles landmarks, they’re everywhere and with some where you least expect them.

A Beatles tour of Liverpool will treat you to an immersive experience exploring the origins of the worlds most famous boy band, from childhood homes of the Fabfour to their schools and favourite drinking hangouts.

Hunt for Lambanana

hunt for Lambanana - things to do in Liverpool 2018
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Japanese in creation, the first Lambanana was made to symbolise the dangers of genetic modification.

Later when local Liverpool artists adopted the design, connections were made to Liverpool’s maritime past as popular cargo brought through the cities ports was made up mostly of sheep and bananas.

Ten years ago, for Capital of Culture, 125 individual Lambananas were made and dotted around the city each sponsored by local businesses and designed by community members.

See how many you can find during your time here.

Discover new musical talent at Smithdown Road Festival

local acts at Smithdown road Lucy Mayhew - things to do in Liverpool 2018

Once a year for the past four years running Smithdown Road has been a hotly anticipated event on the calender’s of Liverpool residents and visitors alike.

Smithdown road is a part of Liverpool undergoing a major resurgence thanks to a variety of independent businesses and heavy student population.

This year Smithdown Road Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever and is one of the top things to do in Liverpool during 2018.

Go Vegan

Vegan dishes in Liverpool - things to do in Liverpool 2018
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If you are considering a diet change in 2018, Liverpool is full of great reasons to consider going vegan.

There’s a huge selection of vegan friendly restaurants with mouthwatering dishes that could turn the meatiest of meat eaters vegan.

Give it a go with our guide to the best vegan dishes in Liverpool  or our list of the best restaurants for vegans and veggies in Liverpool.

Play a round of Ghetto Golf

Ghetto Golf Liverpool - things to do in Liverpool 2018

As far as sports go you may rank golf on the same par (see what we did there) as cricket, however add some graffiti, neon lights, beer and street food and you have the increasingly popular Ghetto Golf.

One of the best things to do in Liverpool to keep active in 2018 whilst also having a blast, a burger and a beer with your friends.

Have a peak at the Peaky Blinders Bar

Peaky Blinders bar - things to do in Liverpool 2018
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Britain’s most popular current TV series has brought with it a resurgence of some fabulous things, in main the welcome resurrection of the flat cap as a key fashion accessory for guys.

A Liverpool bar has embraced this welcome the renaissance of post war gang life in the UK, and used Peaky Blinders to inspire a stripped back yet super trendy drinking establishment.

Why not take a peak during your visit?

Be on the FROW at the British Style Collective

British Style Collective Liverpool
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In 2017 the British Style Collective moved from its long standing home of Birmingham to premier in Liverpool.

A series of seriously fashionable events took place in major venues across the city including fashion shows, workshops and shopping events.

Make sure to book your tickets to one of the most fashionable things to do in Liverpool during 2018.

Throw a pool party at Morgan’s Vault

If you have something special to celebrate in 2018 theres no better place to do so than Morgan’s Vault.

Throw the ultimate Liverpool pool party inside one of the cities most stunning hotels, 30 James Street.

Up to 60 guests can enjoy an amazing pool party in the most unique subterranean party venue in Liverpool, complete with private bar, a 40 foot pool and accommodation for the night.

Dress up for Ladies Day at Grand National

One of the best things to do in Liverpool every year is attend the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse.

Even better when its ladies day and looking fabulous could actually win you a car and a variety of other goodies if you are selected among the best dressed of the day.

Enjoy a night out on the Ropewalks

El Bandito night out Ropewalks - things to do in Liverpool 2018
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Liverpool’s famed nightlife is one of the major attractions that many people come to the city to experience.

With such a wide range of bars and clubs to choose from it can be hard to decide where to go.

There are clearly established areas to visit within the city and our favourite bars are nestled in what is known as the Ropewalks.

Anight out here is a must for those coming to the city for a short city break so check out our guide for spending a night out in the Ropewalks.

Watch Voodoo at Alma de Cuba

Alma de Cuba has always been among the top choice of Liverpool bars to visit and now with the new Voodoo night, everything from dancers to fire breathing guarantees audiences an exciting nightlife experience of Liverpool each and every time.

Defeat the Big Boy at Nolita Cantina

Ah burgers, the staple meal of any great weekend in Liverpool and so much choice.

If you are looking for the largest and think your hard enough take on the Big Boy at Nolita Cantina.

Get stuck in and let us know how you get on.

Get a Yogtail at Baltic Market

Yogtail from Yogbar - things to do in Liverpool 2018

We know where the best cocktails in Liverpool are at and where to find the best desserts in the city can be found but here’s where you can get both in one place.

Try a Yogtail at Baltic Market catering to the healthy, naughty, vegan or dairy free alike with a delightful range of fat free yogurts and flavoursome topping combinations.

Find Hidden Vintage Gems in Liverpool

Vintage shopping - things to do in Liverpool 2018

As well as being the high street and designer shopping capital of the UK, Liverpool also has a treasure trove of vintage emporiums.

Take time to trawl through endless rails of fabulous fashion and amazing antiques and see what wonders you can unearth whilst vintage shopping in Liverpool.

Take a pasta masterclass at A Tavola deli

Pasta masterclass -things to do in Liverpool 2018
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If like so many of us your love pasta, instead of simply slurping up spaghetti in Liverpool’s best italian restaurants, you could learn to make it yourself in a masterclass at A Tavola Deli.

The best things to do in Liverpool often involve food and when its Italian food paired with wine and good company you’ve hit the nail on the head.

Just save us some pasta won’t you?

Get the gang together for a pub quiz

Liverpool quiz night - things to do in Liverpool

Test your knowledge in Liverpool on everything from vintage movies to retro sitcoms in one of the numerous pub quizzes that regularly take place in some of our favourtie evening establishments.

Our guide to the best pub quizzes in Liverpool should help you find your way to one or two of the top venues with the best prizes and favoured topics or subjects.

Catch a movie in an unexpected location

Cafe Tabac - things to do in Liverpool 2018

A trip to the cinema is always fun, watching the latest releases popcorn in hand.

But what about those older movies you might have missed in the cinema, the classics you were just too young to see when they were first released.

Throughout the year Liverpool becomes one big movie screening city with cinema screen popping up on rooftops, in beer gardens and even in parks.

Check out our guide to hidden cinema venues in Liverpool and watch a favourite old movie in style during your visit.

Sit down to a game of Bingo Bongo’s style

Bongos Bingo - things to do in Liverpool 2018
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There was a time when Bingo would be something your Nan did for pleasure, in Liverpool the pastime has become popular again among the trendy and hipster crowds thanks to Johnny Bongo and his amazing Bongo’s Bingo nights.

Starting out as a weekly event hosted on Thursdays in Camp and Furnace this gaming phenomenon swept across Liverpool, then the nation and before we knew it was sought after in far off lands.

During 2018 in Liverpool you should definelty join a game of Bongos Bingo, you’ll have to be quick to get your ticktes.

Enjoy a little park life

Sefton Park - things to do in Liverpool 2018

Just because you’re visiting a major UK city doesn’t mean you cant get back to nature whilst you are here.

Liverpool is home to a collection of the UK’s most well preserved Victorian parks, a reminder of the cities past catering to the wealthy shipping merchants and residents.

Sefton Park is a stunning example the city’s most beautiful outdoor spaces a walk in the park is definitely one of  the nicest things to do in Liverpool during 2018.

Meet the Iron Men on Crosby Beach

Crosby beach - Antony Gormley - things to do in Liverpool 2018
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Get your bucket and spade and head to Crosby Beach to shake hands with Antony Gormley’s cast iron creations.

These life size figures are spread out over one kilometere of Crosby Beach and are great for snapping some memorable selfies on you visit to Liverpool but not so great for playing fetch as this poor doggy discovered.

Bring your dog along for the ride

dogs friendly places in Liverpool things to do in Liverpool
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Our furry little friends have become a part of our every day life often joining their owners on days out in the city and even popping in for a quick pint to one of the many dog friendly venues in Liverpool.

Salt Dog Slims, Baltic Market, Dead Crafty Beer Co. all welcome customers of the four legged variety and this is just to name a few.

So, when your out enjoying all these amazing things to do in Liverpool don’t leave your doggy at home bring him along for the ride.

Drink alfresco in a beautiful beer garden

The Grove Beer Tap and Grill - things to do in Liverpool 2018
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When the weather starts to warm up Liverpool’s best beer gardens are the best places to be to soak up the summer and a refreshing drink or two.

Our guide to the best beer gardens in Liverpool is ideal to find hidden outdoor havens where you can while the day away drink in hand with great company.

Drink in a secret bar

Some Place - things to do in Liverpool 2018
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It’s a well known fact that Liverpool’s nightlife is second to none in the UK and if you know where to look you could stumble across the city’s best kept secret bars and enjoy a night out in Liverpool unlike any other anywhere else in the world.

Speak easy Berry and Rye is indiscernible to the passer by and once admitted patrons will find themselves enveloped in a clandestine venue with a list of exceptional drinks to choose from.

Or, for those who prefer something exotic, Some Place specialises in the mysterious green beverage Absynthe and is discreetly located in the Ropewalks region and once you find it you’ll be glad you did.

Bubble Waffle Barley and Beans

Bubble Waffle cone - things to do in Liverpool 2018

Famous for introducing Liverpool to the Freak-shake Barley and Beans garnered quite a following among the sweet toothed diner of Liverpool.

Now in 2018 they’ve created a worthy challenger of the Freak-shake; enter the Bubble Waffle, a hand held dessert packed with all sorts of sticky goodness sure to satisfy the sugary cravings of any dessert lover.

Explore Lark Lane

things to do in LIverpool - visit Lark Lane
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Just outside the city adjacent to the stunning Sefton Park is a small bohemian paradise.

Antique shops, vinatge emporiums, restaurants and cocktail bars line Lark Lane from top to bottom.

Enjoy food from around the world Middle eastern delicacies at Medjool or pop in for a drink in the deceptively trendy Keith’s Bar, popular with the locals and a landmark among Liverpool drinking estbalishments.

Just start at the top and work your way down to see a different side of Liverpool.

Visit China

China Town - things to do in Liverpool
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Liverpool is a city proud of its wide and varied mulitcutlural heritage so, when visiting Liverpool in 2018 why not explore one of its oldest communities, China Town.

First established in Europe in 1834, Liverpool’s China Town is a close knit-community that enables chinese residents uphold traditions and cultural values.

Experience the delicious food, fabulous artwork and interesting history that makes China Town one of the amazing things to do in Liverpool during 2018.

Sail on a Ferry accross the Mersey

Mersey Ferry - things to do in Liverpool
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One of the most important things to do in Liverpool at anytime is to take a ride on the Mersey Ferry.

Shockingly enough there are some residents in Liverpool who have yet to sail the Mersey on board a floating peice of Liverpool’s history. Even the Queen and the Beatles have had a go.

Take the full round trip or  hop on and off to discover the Wirral, either way you’re guranteed a one of a kind view of the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront whilst also becomming part of the Mersey Ferry’s long legacy.

Take in the UNESCO World Heriatge Waterfront

things to do in Liverpool 2018 - UNESCO World Heritage waterfront

The iconic skyline of Liverpool is unmistakeable.

The three graces have welcommed sailors home and visitors into the city by river since 1916, when the Cunard builing was finally completed.

Now this stunning area is preserved and protected by the UNESCO organisation as a place of beauty but also to educate future generations about Liverpool’s rich heritage.

Discover the breathtaking architecture, museums and art galleries that line Pier Head during your visit to Liverpool in 2018.

Climb St Johns Beacon

things to do in Liverpool - climb St Johns Beacon

Spotting the distinctive UFO type shape of St Johns Beacon on the horizon after being away from home warms the heart of many a scouser.

In 1969 diners could enjoy a meal of fine french cuisine from the comfort of a gently revolving restaurant 450 metres up from the ground.

Today visitors can climb up the tower and enjoy unrivalled views of Liverpool from the viewing platform.

One of the most exciting things to do in Liverpool if you have a head for heights.

Visit two Cathedrals in one city

It’s not easy to come by a city with more than one Cathedral and even less simple to find both within a five minute walk from each other.

Both of Liverpool’s Cathedrals are a sight to behold.

The Anglican Cathedral is one of the biggest churches in the world with a massive collection of ancient tapestries and fabulous stained glass windows. You could even climb the tower to check out the stunning city wide views and abseil back down it on occasion.

The Metropolitan Cathedral is another architectrual marvel with the unconventional shape earning the title “paddy’s wig-wam”, you’d have to see it to beleive it.

Listen to some Jazz

things to do in Liverpool - listen to jazz

Soak up the sounds of soothing jazz in any of the stylish Liverpool jazz venues dotted all around the city.

Take advantage of our all access guide to the best jazz bars in town to be sure your expereince of jazz in Liverpool is unforgettable.

Get classical at Philharmonic

From jazz to opera, the Liverpool Philharmonic is a world renowned music venue with sweet acousitcs and a rich and interesting past.

Throughout 2018 the calender at Liverpool Philharmonic is packed with showstopping classical performances and one off movie screenings backed by none other that the world class Liverpool Philharmonic Opera.

Visit the city’s most venerated musical landmark to enjoy one of the many fun musical things to do in Liverpool at the Philharmonic.

Explore your cultural side

Victoria museum and art gallery - things to do in Liverpool
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There’s certainly no shortage of cultural things to do in Liverpool with over ten established museums to visit and another ten art galleries, you could explore Liverpool, its past and present and then the rest of the world.

Dedicate your time to the maritime history of Liverpool in the Merseyside Maritime Museum or visit Victoria gallery to marvel at the artwork on display as well as the weird and wonderful science wing.

It’s all right here for you to discover the cultural side in you.

Attend Africa Oyé

Africa Oye - things to do in Liverpool
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Now in its 26th year, Africa Oyé is part of Liverpool’s multicultural landscape inviting visitors and residents to explore everything that makes African culture what it is.

In true celebratory style thousands of people gather together in Liverpool’s Sefton Park to enjoy performances of authentic African and Carribean music, taste some afro carribean food and check out artwork from the most beautfifully exotic parts of the world.

See Liverpool illuminate on Light Night

Lightnight Liverpool - things to do in Liverpool

See the city a its best, bathed in light shows and art installations in honour of Light Night 2018.

For one night only the city becomes an artists blank canvas with acts, perfromances and installations provided by local talent free to view for the public.

The entire festival celebrates art and culture in Liverpool and gives people access to the cities best cultural spaces until late in the evening.

Taking place on May 18th Light Night is one of the best free things to do in Liverpool in 2018.


Shiverpool - things to do in Liverpool
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It’s well known that Liverpool has a truly haunting past, thanks in large part to the bustling ports of times gone by.

Explore the darker side of the city with a expert guide and learn all about Liverpool’s bewitching heritage.

Shiverpool tours operate round the clock, once the sun goes down, and tour areas, old homes and landmarks rumoured to have ghostly connections to the past.

Take a Shiverpool tour on your next visit to Liverpool, they’re frightfully entertaining.

Descend into the Williamson Tunnels

Willliamson tunnels - things to do in Liverpool

Check out an exciting ancient piece of Liverpool’s history in the Williamson Tunnels, one of the more adventurous things to do in Liverpool during 2018.

The tunnels were discovered in 1995 and have been undergoing excavation since then, with volunteer diggers finding more and more hidden channels the deeper they go.

Under the streets of Liverpool this hidden city was found to be the work of a local philanthropist, Joeseph Williamson, and various theories as to why they were built have been suggested.

Pay a visit and choose your theory as to why a larbyinth of connected tunnels were built under the streets of Liverpool by a local lord.

Get a Midnight Delivery in

things to do in Liverpool - doughnut fries

For those evenings when all you want is cake and nothing but cake will do call in the big guns at Midnight Delivery.

These guys let you have your cake and eat it to and not just cake but cookie sandwiches, brownies, wafflesand doughnit chips too.

Everything is sticky sweet and so bad for you that its good.

Call in your Midnight Delivery to satisfy those late night sweet toothed muchines.

And that’s it for a jam packed year of fun things to do in Liverpool including everything from Liverpool’s best food and drink to must see landmakrs and top cultural events. There’s always plenty to anyone entertained going on in the city and or bucket list for things to do in Liverpool during 2018 covers it all.

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