Oh, you are in for a treat this August – as there are so many amazing events taking place across the city. As your go-to guide for everything amazing in Liverpool, here are 22 events you won’t want to miss this month.
1. Where There’s a Will – Much Ado About Nothing
When: Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th August 2016
Where: St George’s Hall
To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, St George’s Hall will host four of the Bard’s most popular plays, which will be held in their magnificent Concert Room.
You can therefore catch the unforgettable Much Ado About Nothing from the 3rd to 5th August, as part of the Where There’s a Will season. St George’s Hall’s stunning interior and flexible space will perfectly complement the drama and scale of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.
2. Liverpool Loves
When: Thursday 4th to Sunday 6th August 2016 (9am – 9pm)
Where: Pier Head
Liverpool is a melting pot of culture, which is why you just have to take yourself along to Liverpool Loves this August. The annual event is a celebration of everything wonderful about our city: business, food and culture.
There will be music, street food, entertainment, conferences, and so much more. So grab your partner, best friend and/or the kids and enjoy a great day out at the Pier Head.
3. Tickle the Ivories
When: 1st July to 4th September 2016
Where: Liverpool One
It’s time to tickle those ivories at Liverpool One, as you have an opportunity to play one of six pianos for the public. Whether you class yourself as a rookie or Beethoven, you can take to the piano by booking a free time slot to perform on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Tickle the Ivories is also open for free play sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, which means you don’t have to book to play for the public.
4. Sounds Familiar
When: Friday 5th August 2016 (7pm-9pm)
Where: Camp and Furnace
Camp and Furnace’s Sounds Familiar will make its return on Friday 5th August. It’s a quiz with a difference, as it offers a disco format that’ll have you laughing and dancing from start to finish.
Playing over 100 tracks from every decade, it’s the only music quiz you’ll want to play this year. So, after a long hard day at work, grab your friends or colleagues and put your pop knowledge to the test. Entry costs just £10 per team and you’ll receive a bottle of prosecco.
5. Peppa Pig at Knowsley Safari Park
When: Sunday 6th August 2016
Where: Knowsley Safari Park
Knowsley Safari Park is filled with some pretty amazing animals, but none are more famous than Peppa Pig – who’ll be visiting the park on Sunday 6th August. The kids will love to meet everyone’s favourite children’s TV character, as well as the 700 exotic animals who live in Knowsley Safari Park.
6. Garden Grooves
When: Saturday 6th August
Where: Oh Me Oh My
We don’t know about you, but we love a good BBQ here at Signature’s Liverpool – which is why we’re sure you won’t want to miss Garden Grooves at Oh Me Oh My. Add to that a disco, with an amazing set from Derek Kaye, Pooky and Chris Shennan, and you are in for the ultimate summer’s day out in the city centre.
7. Acoustic Underground
When: Thursday 11th August 2016
Where: Everyman Theatre
Do you have a voice that deserves to be heard? Class yourself as a talented musician? Or are you just looking for a great night of local music? Either way, you should definitely stop by Acoustic Underground at the Everyman, then.
Acoustic Underground is an open mic night, which will also feature special performances by Seafoam Green, Reid Anderson and Ellie Smith. So, don’t be afraid to step up to the mic and show the theatre just what you’re made of.
8. The Flimflam Jam Slam
When: Saturday 13th August 2016
Where: The Baltic Social
The Baltic Social don’t do things by halves – especially their events. That’s why you need to make your way to The Flimflam Jam Slam on 13th August. Guest presenters JaZZ RiOT will host their first night at The Baltic Social, and will feature bands formed on the night with the help of a tombola machine. Did we mention there will be free jam and scones?
9. Tri Liverpool 2016
When: Sunday 14th August 2016
Where: Echo Arena Liverpool
Back for its fourth year, Tri Liverpool will make its return to the Echo Arena on 14th August. Entrants will be required to swim, cycle and run past numerous Liverpool landmarks, such as the Albert Dock and Pier Head, proving they have what it takes to complete this superb challenge, which will feature beginners to elite triathlon sporting stars.
10. West Side Story
When: Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th August 2016
Where: Liverpool Empire
It’s time to click those fingers and pull out your dancing shoes, because West Side Story is coming to the Liverpool Empire. The modern day Romeo and Juliet retelling offers the story of the street gangs the Jets and the Sharks in New York City.
11. Wedding Open Evening at 30 James Street
When: Thursday 18th August 2016 (5pm – 9pm)
Where: 30 James Street
30 James Street undoubtedly offers one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Liverpool. After all, it once served as the White Star Line’s Headquarters and was RMS Titanic’s port of registry. So, if you are planning to say “I do” in the city, you should definitely come along to the free Wedding Open Evening at 30 James Street.
You can step inside the exquisite White Star Grand Hall, which provides a stunning backdrop to a happy couple’s big day. You will also have the ideal opportunity to chat with 30 James Street’s wedding coordinators and suppliers, and you can also enjoy some canapes and prosecco.
12. Hendricks Gin Tasting
source: Red Door Liverpool Facebook
When: Thursday 18th August 2014
Where: Red Door
It’s gin for the win at Red Door this August, as they are offering the ultimate Hendricks Gin tasting session. For just £25 you can enjoy a G&T on arrival, along with two delicious cocktails – all in celebration of their new Hendricks menu. Spend an evening on the terrace from 7pm, enjoying a fantastic atmosphere, drinks and music.
13. Noctua Launch Night
When: Saturday 20th August 2016
Liverpool’s most exclusive and safest bar will launch on 20th August. This stylish members only venue will change the way people socialise in the city, offering a strict vetting process, as well as an eclectic menu of champagnes, cocktails and spirits. Membership is limited, so apply soon to avoid disappointment.
14. Family Funday Fundraiser for Claire House Hospice
When: Sunday 21st August 2016
Join Circo from midday on 21st August, as they will be hosting a Family Funday Fundraiser, with the aim of raising as much money as possible for Claire House Hospice. Expect face-painters, princess makeovers, circus acts, cake-eating competitions and mocktail masterclasses, plus so much more.
15. International Beatleweek
When: 24th to 30th August 2016
Where: Various locations
They say all you need is love, but we say all you need is The Beatles. Can you believe it’s been one whole year since International Beatleweek? Well, the annual festival is back and will have you singing Fab Four songs eight days a week.
Cavern City Tours once again hosts this fantastic event, which is a celebration of the world famous Liverpool band. 70 bands from over 20 countries will take to the stage, with fans from over 40 countries coming together to watch them in the crowd.
16. Liverpool Biennial 2016
When: 9th July to 16th October 2016
Where: Various locations
Liverpool Biennial continues its run in the city until 16th October – so there’s plenty of time for you to catch some marvellous exhibitions, events, performances and films in the city this month. Head to FACT to see exhibitions from Lucy Beech, Yin-Ju Chen and Krzysztof Wodiczko, enjoy a curator tour of Cains Brewery or take the children to Bluecoat Summer School.
17. Arthouse Hotel Opening
When: 26th August 2016
Where: Arthouse Hotel
For accommodation unlike any other in Liverpool, you just have to book a stay at Arthouse Hotel, which open its doors on 26th August for three days – offering a fantastic preview into this movie-themed hotel.
The hotel will reopen once again on 9th September, offering people from all corners of the globe with a relaxing, stylish stay in one of the many movie-inspired rooms, such as Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Chicago, Grease and so much more.
18. Summer at Liverpool One
source: Liverpool One Official Facebook
When: All month (10am-6pm)
Where: Liverpool One
For a fun and active summer, enjoy a summer of sport at Liverpool One, which offers a mini sporting village every single day (well, if the weather is sunny, anyway). In celebration of the upcoming Olympic Games at Rio, you can channel your inner Olympian on one or more of the activities, such as the long jump, triple jump, artistic gymnastics, basketball, cycling, football, picnic sailing boats and much more.
19. Folk Festival on the Dock
When: 27th to 29th August 2016
Where: Albert Dock
It’s fair to say Liverpool’s maritime heritage and music put our city well and truly on the world’s map, right? That’s why we cannot wait for Folk Festival on the Dock, which brings together music and maritime to create one sweet sound at the Albert Dock.
Not only can you enjoy live acoustic rock, sea shanty and folk rock, but you can enjoy the incredible story of how ships and their crews entered the city’s docks, which shaped our musical landscape forever.
BBC Radio 2 DJ Janice Long will play host on the event’s main stage, and modern folk acts Laura J Martin, Blair Dunlop and The Lost Brothers will perform for your enjoyment, plus so much more.
20. Look Into My Pies
source: The Merchant Facebook
When: 27th to 28th August 2016
Where: The Merchant
Look Into My Pies offers so much more than just an excellent pun, because it is a superb pie and cider festival taking place this bank holiday weekend. Whether you’re a steak and kidney or chicken and veg type of pie-eater, there will be a pie to suit your taste at The Merchant, as you can take your pick from 40 different pies from across the UK. Whether you’re a meat-eater, vegetarian, vegan or have a gluten intolerance, there will be a tasty pie and glass of cider with your name on it!
21. Sarah Millican
When: 27th & 28th August 2016
Where: Echo Arena Liverpool
The UK’s funniest comedienne will be visiting Liverpool this August for one funny-bone tickling show. You can guarantee you’ll be grinning from ear to ear once Sarah hits the stage for her fourth stand-up tour.
22. The Asylum
source: The Asylum Liverpool Facebook
When: 28th August 2016 (11am-6pm)
Where: Newsham Park Hospital
Are you a little bit in love with The Walking Dead? Aren’t we all. Well, if you want to find out if you could survive when faced with a zombie, you just have to book The Asylum. Taking place at Newsham Park Hospital, you will have to fight through free roaming zombies to see if you can survive the experience.
As soon as you enter the abandoned factory, you’ll have to find a way to survive over a three hour period, with the hope that somewhere, anywhere, is safe from the zombies. You’ll also be trained to use replica airsoft weapons, which will provide you with the tools to fight any zombie. A true test to your endurance and nerves.
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