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40 Free Things to Do in Merseyside This Spring/Summer

You will never be stuck for a fun day out again – even if you are a little strapped for cash – because we have found 40 free things you can do in Merseyside this Spring/Summer. So, instead of hemming yourself in, you can enjoy a fun day out in the city, come rain or shine, and it won’t cost you a penny for the pleasure.

1. Explore the Whole World in a Day

Liverpool World Museum - free things to do in Liverpool

From ancient civilisations to the modern space age, the World Museum is a fun and educational day out for the whole family. There are hands-on workshops, live talks and special exhibitions that come and go all year round.

The museum itself is completely free as are most of the workshops and exhibitions that take place all year round.

Give the kids the chance to make something they can keep, or learn something about their favourite animal at Liverpool’s World Museum this Spring and Summer.

 

2. Take a Walk Along Crosby Beach

source: Carl Butterworth Photography

Crosby Beach is just breath-taking, whatever the weather. There’s no better place to visit in the scouse sunshine, as you can spend the day basking in the sun or walking hand-in-hand with your partner as you stroll across the sand.

When the clouds descend onto the sky and the rain starts to pour, nothing can quite compare to the drama of Antony Gormley’s Another Place, which offers 100 cast-iron figures spread along three kilometres of the foreshore, stretching nearly one kilometre out to sea. So, make sure you grab your camera to take some fantastic shots – and you can always send them to us here at Signature’s Liverpool for us to share with our readers.

3. Visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum - free things to do in Liverpool
source: Expedia

Now this one is a pretty standard family day out – but it is still as enjoyable as ever. Whether you’re a keen history lover, want to educate your child about Liverpool’s maritime history or simply want to take a look at unusual artefacts, the Merseyside Maritime Museum will be just for you.

You can view genuine items from RMS Titanic, including lifejackets and a first class ticket. You can also view various ship models, full-sized ships and maritime paintings. Your seafaring experience doesn’t have to end at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, either, as you can head on down to the third floor to walk through the International Slavery Museum, which offers an insight into historical and contemporary slavery.

4. Pillbox Vintage Saturday at Shipping Forecast

When: first Saturday of every month

Pillbox Vintage Fair happens to be just one of many retro fairs held across Liverpool throughout the year. You don’t have to have money to browse the diverse stalls, but you might want to take a little cash with you should you see anything you like.

The fair is ideal for both men and women, as you can view vintage clothing, superb jewellery and accessories, decorative items to make a house a home or even retro cakes and bakes.

5. Explore the Surface of the Moon

Museum of the Moon - free things to do in Liverpool
source: Art in Liverpool

When: 25th-28th May

Part of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta will include a visit from the moon to Lliverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. A 23-foot replica of the moon will be suspended from the ceiling.

The artist Luke Jerram created “Museum of the Moon” using footage and imagery from NASA and the entire installation is backed by a soundtrack composed by Dan Jones.

Other exciting artistic events will be taking place alongside “Museum of the Moon” including a plastic milk bottle Ship’s Cat sculpture by Faith Bebbington and a message in a bottle sculpture made from recycled plastic to highlight the effects of marine pollution.

6. Catch Liverpool LightNight 2018

LightNight 2018 - free things to do in Liverpool

When: 18th May 2016

Nothing quite compares to the magic of Liverpool LightNight. The one-night arts and cultural festival takes place annually, illuminating the city through stunning light projections, as well as street performances, exhibitions, activities, walks and talks.

There really is something for everyone at Liverpool LightNight 2018, which is delivered across various galleries, museums and public spaces across the city. So, clear your schedule on Friday 18th May 2018 to enjoy everything from science demonstrations, dance workshops or epic parties.

7. See Historic Art at The Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery is one of the most popular galleries in the city – and that’s because it is home to a wide collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts that span a whopping six hundred years. Where else can you go in the city to view works from Monet, Rembrandt, Poussin and Lucien Freud?

8. Smithdown Road Festival

Smithdown Road Festival 2018 - free things to do in Liverpool

When: May 3rd – May 7th 

You would have to be crazy to miss the Smithdown Road Festival from the 3rd-7th May. After all, you really cannot beat a bank holiday weekend of free music, art and food, spread out across some of Liverpool’s best bars and cafes. So, you will have the chance to try scrummy dishes from local eateries, whilst enjoying amazing music and art.

9. Enjoy a Picnic at Croxteth Park

source: This is Liverpool

Croxteth Park is the perfect place to spend a beautiful day in the sunshine. Not only can you grab your partner, best friend or the whole family to enjoy a picnic across the 500-acre park, but you can stroll through the grounds of the country estate, which was once the proud home to the Earls of Sefton.

In addition, the children can have plenty of fun at the adventure playground or feeding the ducks. You can also take the whole clan along an orienteering trail or you can even pay a small fee to enter the historic Croxteth Hall, which can also deliver tea parties and murder mystery evenings.

10. Little Liverpool at Museum of Liverpool

Little Liverpool - free things to do in Liverpool
source: Liverpool museums

If you have a little one under the age of seven years old, we recommend taking them along to Little Liverpool at the Museum of Liverpool. Children can enjoy free hands-on activities that last up to 30 minutes, which can encourage their creativity, interactivity and socialising skills.

The museum also encourages parents to bring along children with disabilities, who may benefit from a supported, interactive environment. You can attend Little Liverpool at various intervals throughout the day, and you simply collect a free ticket from the information desk on the day.

11. Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018

When: 25th May – 28th May 2018

In place of the usual International Mersey River festival comes the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta. A trio of celebrations that will take over the city with everything from the Liverpool Mersey River Festival, the Irish Folk Festival and the Bordeaux Wine Festival kicking off together late May Bank Holiday weekend.

Head to Mann Island, which will be serving as the Liverpool portion of the festivities, to see a fleet of tall ships make their way up the Mersey River and get up close and personal with these tall masted wonders of the sea. Albert Dock will be temporarily commandeered by all things Irish including music, food and drinks. both events are free to attend and well worth the visit.

The Bordeaux Wine Festival is a ticketed event in the city inviting a popular festival that celebrates wine. from the shores of France to the city of Liverpool.

 

12. See a Squirrel at the National Trust Formby

National Trust Formby - free things to do in Liverpool

For a fun day out in the great outdoors, look no further than the National Trust Formby. You can discover beautiful red squirrels and natterjacks that are scattered across the miles of coastal walks. You can also cycle, run or walk whilst enjoying stunning sea views.

13. View Uncommon Species at Hilbre Islands

Hilbre Island - free things to do in Liverpool

How would you like to see uncommon bird species at Hilbre Islands? You can take a stroll along to the three tidal islands that are situated on the mouth of the Dee Estuary, which are known as Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre. Since the foundation of the Hilbre Island Bird Observatory in 1957, birds migrate to the Local Nature Reserves twice per year.

It’s not just birds you can find at Hilbre Islands. You can also talk to the Friends of Hilbre who can provide helpful advice about how to go seal watching on the sandbank. However, before you pack up the car and hit the islands, we recommend planning your visit in advance, as the islands are cut off from the mainland due to the tide for up to five hours out of every twelve.

14. Take the Family to the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery - free things to do in Liverpool
source: Art Fund

Did you know you’re not too far away from one of the finest art galleries in Europe: Lady Lever Art Gallery? The 19th-century gallery offers magnificent works, including Pre-Raphaelite paintings from Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt.

There are also plenty of activities for young visitors, as they can enjoy all sorts of arts and crafts, storytelling and dressing up. The gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day and entry is completely free.

15. Make Sandcastles at Southport Beach

Southport beach - free things to do in Liverpool
source: visit Southport

Grab your bucket and spade and head to Southport Beach when the sun starts to shine. Take the kids along to the beach to make amazing sandcastles they’ll have plenty of fun creating, play a game of Frisbee with your friends or even enjoy a pony ride for a small fee.

16. Step Inside the Historic St George’s Hall

St Georges Hall - free things to do in Liverpool

St George’s Hall and Heritage Centre allows you to visit the cells used by prisoners who were once awaiting trial at the hall. You can also walk around the Criminal Court and Judge’s Robing Room, learning more about the intriguing history of the building.

That’s not all, you can walk across the mosaic floor made up of 30,000 tiles, which was uncovered in 1954 to mark the hall’s centenary. You can also view the largest tunnel-vaulted ceiling in the world, and one of the greatest brick arches on the planet.

17. Tickle Your Tastebuds at the Southport Food and Drink Festival

Southport food and drink festival - free things to do in Liverpool
source: Southport Visitor

When: 1st – 3rd June 2016

How do three days of delicious food and drink sound?

Pretty amazing, we bet! That’s why we recommend taking a trip along to the Southport Food and Drink Festival, which offers a day full of street food stalls, local and regional beer, chef demonstrations, a children’s marquee, food challenges, local and continental producer and, of course, cocktails.

The festival is free to enter but we recommend bringing some cash along for a bite to eat and something to drink. You really can bring the whole family along to Victoria Park, even the family pet, as dogs are allowed but must be kept on their leads.

18. Stroll Through Birkenhead Park

Birkenhead Park - free things to do in Liverpool

Do you dream of strolling through New York’s Central Park?

Well, why not enjoy a wander through its inspiration Birkenhead Park. Frederick Law Olmsted, an American landscape architect, was so impressed with Birkenhead Park, which he called “a model town”, that he and Calvert Voux entered and won a competition to design Central Park based on the park. With the romantic Swiss Bridge, a beautiful country landscape and a superb glass pavilion with a café, there’s no better place to enjoy the spring or summer sun.

19. Dance at Africa Oye

Africa Oye - free things to do in Liverpool

When: 16th-17th June 2018

Clear your diary for the 16th and 17th June because Africa Oye will once again return to Sefton Park. Seriously, this is one festival you won’t want to miss, as it is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture.

Entry is free for everyone, and on top of great music, you can head to the street food traders to buy and try various dishes from across the globe.

20. View Exhibitions at Tate Liverpool

TATE - free things to do in Liverpool
source: Community Living Room

 

Modern art might cost a bundle to buy, but it’s free for everyone to enjoy. Tate Liverpool offers free entry to experience their art collections for themselves, and there is a reason it is one of the most visited galleries outside of London.

You can view works from artists such as Matisse, Hepworth, Duchamp or Cezanne – and the experience won’t cost you a thing. You can also pay a small fee to attend one of their many temporary exhibitions.

For instance, in 2018 up until June Roy Lichtenstein in Focus will be free to see and Picasso Love, Fame and Tragedy will be showing for a fee until September.

21. Try and Find All the Beatles Statues in Liverpool

Beatles statue - free things to do in Liverpool
source: Washington Post

Many visitors to Liverpool will know that the city is home to one of the worlds most successful boy bands to grace the earth, The Beatles.

As a result, there are monuments and landmarks all over the city that pay homage to the FabFor. Take some time during your stay in Liverpool to try and locate as many as you can.

Hint: there’s more than one on and around Mathew Street.

22. Experience Art at Liverpool Biennial 2018

Liverpool Biennial 2018 - free things to do in Liverpool
source: Kunstaspekte

When: 14th July-28th October 2016

You don’t have to travel the world to experience international contemporary art – because it is brought to you thanks to the Liverpool Biennial 2018. A series of narrated stories will take place in ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ on this the 10th edition of the biennial.

The theme this year questions artists perceptions on todays world of economic, social and political turmoil. Showcased in museums, galleries, pubs, shops, parking lots, hotels and unused spaces over 15 weeks of modern art– and best of all this free festival is even available online!

23. View the Cumbrian Mountains from Formby Beach

Formby Beach offers the ultimate family day out, offering an amazing beach, dunes, woods and picnic areas. Not only can you enjoy the sunshine, but you can enjoy remarkable views of the Irish sea – and you can even see the Cumbrian mountains on a clear day after rain.

24. Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF)

LIMF- free things to do in Liverpool
source: aaa Liverpool

When: 21st-22nd July 2018

Music and sunshine go together like cheese on toast – and what a summer soundtrack we’re in for at LIMF 2018 – because the line-up looks better than ever before.

Some superb artists will take to the stage between 21st and 22nd July, including Sigma, Example, Danny Rampling, Trevor Nelson, Trudy and the Romance, Hacienda Classical, Greg Wilson and many, many more.

In addition to the free Sefton Park festival, you can pay to attend various events at The Palm House at Sefton Park, Buyer’s Club and the Music Room at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

25. Walk Along the Botanic Garden’s Winding Pathways

Walk along the winding pathways of the Botanic Gardens, taking in the stunning Victorian fernery, lake and arboretum. Located just two miles north of Southport, in the historic village of Churchtown, you will find the 19th-century gardens that offer an explosion of colour in the form exquisite flowers – which is why the garden is particularly beautiful during spring and summer.

26. Complete a Nature Trail in Chavasse Park

Chavasse Park Nature Trail - free things to do in Liverpool

Seek out all things natural in the heart of the city’s busiest shopping complex on Liverpool One’s Cahvasse Park Nature Trail.

Pick up a pack at the information desk then see what you can find, from bugs and beasties to flora and fauna, get the kids involved in more than just what’s in the shops during your visit to Liverpool.

Make sure you pass you completed nature trial leaflet back to claim your nature explorer sticker.

27. Play a Game of Ping-Pong

PING PONG - free things to do in Liverpool

Amongst the bustling crowds of Liverpool city centre, there are communal Ping-Pong Tables that are readily available for you to challenge your closest family member or arch-rival to a game of Ping-Pong.

Draw in the crowds as you show off your paddle skills, or simply have some fun and organise a family-friendly tournament. The are paddles available at the nearby Utility and you will need to leave deposits but otherwise, the it’s completely free to play.

28. Have Fun at Rice Lane City Farm

Rice Lane City Farm - free things to do in Liverpool

Visit various farmyard animals at Rice Lane City Farm in Walton. Both young and old will fall head over heels in love with the animals, including Ryeland sheep and Red Poll cows, as well as rabbits, geese, pony, ducks, goats and chicks. There is no entrance fee to Rice Lane City Farm, but they do welcome donations.

29. Walk Through the Japanese Garden at Calderstones Park

Japanese Gardens Calderstones - free things to do in Liverpool

As soon as the sun starts cracking the flags, you just have to take yourself along to Calderstones Park in Allerton. Spread across 94 acres of land, you can take a walk along through the beautiful Japanese garden and Harthill Botanical Gardens. You can also take a trip along to The Mansion House, which features a gallery, café, tennis courts, a lake and a child-friendly play area.

30. Take a Stroll Along Otterspool Promenade

Otterspool promenande - free things to do in Liverpool

Enjoy a fantastic riverside walk along Otterspool Promenade in Aigburth, strolling along the banks of the River Mersey, north of the Garston docks. You can wander through the narrow footpath or cycle to the Albert Dock along the cycleway. Children can also spend hours of fun at the spacious children’s playground, and you can enjoy a spot of kite flying on the hills and parkland.

31. Cycle Through Childwall Woods

Childwall Woods - free things to do in Liverpool
source: The History of Childwall

There is so much to see and do

in Liverpool – and no better way to do it than on a bike. One of the best cycle routes in the city has to be the Childwall Woods, which is free to enjoy. As you cycle, you will be flanked by magnificently tall trees and you may even spot a grey squirrel or two along the way.

32. Enjoy the Seaside at New Brighton

New Brighton - free things to do in Liverpool

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside, which is why we recommend a trip to New Brighton when the sun raises its head. Enjoy an ice cream on the beach, play Championship Adventure Golf or show off your skills at the bowling alley.

There’s also an Aviation and Archaeology Museum, a small fairground and you can even visit Vale Park that’s a little bit further along the promenade. So, while it won’t cost you a penny to stroll along New Brighton, we do recommend either taking a picnic or a little cash for some food and activities.

33. View Famous Artwork at Sudley House

source: Thousand Wonders

Sudley House is home to some of the finest masterpieces in art, as you can view the art collection that once belonged to George Holt, a Victorian merchant ship owner. View works from renowned artists such as Burne-Jones, Romney, Landseer, Gainsborough and Rossetti.

You can also experience the audio-visual displays located on the ground floor, which recreates Victorian family life, which young and old can enjoy. Once you’ve explored Sudley House, you have the option to visit the extended tea room for a cuppa, or you can take a walk along the property’s stunning grounds.

34. Experience the Beauty of Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral - free things to do in Liverpool

Sir John Betjeman once called Liverpool Cathedral “one of the greatest buildings in the world” – and us Liverpudlians have the luxury of having the cathedral on your doorstep. You don’t have to pay a penny to enter Liverpool Cathedral at your leisure, and attraction tickets are available for a small fee.

35. Love the Liverpool Waterfront

Liverpool Waterfront - free things to do in Liverpool

One of the city’s most beautiful attractions is sitting right in the city centre, and you won’t have to put your hand in your pocket to experience it. We’re talking about the Liverpool waterfront, of course. On a sunny day, there can be no greater pleasure than just walking along the Liverpool waterfront, experiencing the beauty of the Three Graces, the history of the Albert Dock or catching a glimpse of stunning buildings such as 30 James Street – which was RMS Titanic’s port of registry.

36. Broaden Your Mind at Liverpool Central Library

Liverpool central Library - free things to do in Liverpool
source: Fact

You won’t be short of books to read at Liverpool Central Library, because it is one the largest in the UK. Not only can you take your pick from contemporary fiction and non-fiction, but you can browse collections the library has built up over the past 150 years, including many rare book illustrations and fine printing.

37. Go Fishing in Stanley Park

Stanley Park - free things to do in Liverpool

Stanley Park offers the perfect place to enjoy a spot of fishing, offering some fantastic fishing lakes for you to enjoy whilst taking in the beautiful scenery. The 110 acre Grade II* listed park dates back to 1870 and also features the Isla Gladstone Conservatory.

38. Take a Photograph of the Dream Sculpture

The Dream Sculpture - free things to do in Liverpool
source: Atlas Obscura

You can guarantee you haven’t seen anything quite like Dream in St Helens. The sculpture is simply a work of art and takes the form of a young girl’s head, with her in a seemingly in a dream-like state. What’s remarkable about the sculpture is that its contours will change, depending on the time and weather. So, grab your camera and head to the former Sutton Colliery to take a photo in front of this amazing landmark.

39. West Kirby Marine Lake

West Kirby Marine Lake - free things to do in Liverpool
source: GlowHush

The picturesque West Kirby Marine Lake will make you feel like you’re enjoying a fantastic holiday abroad, as you’ll be surrounded by water on three sides. Be sure to take your camera, because you can experience breath-taking views of the Dee Estuary and Welsh Hills on a clear day.

Those with cash to spend and an adventurous nature should embark on a course with the Wirral Sailing Centre, as they’ll help you find a fantastic new hobby sailing, windsurfing or kayaking.

40. Experience the Beauty of the Sefton Park Palm House

Sefton Park Palm House - free things to do in Liverpool
The crown jewel of Sefton Park has to be the Sefton Park Palm House, which you can visit every single day of the week. The Grade II* listed Victorian glasshouse is worth a visit to during every weather, but its exquisite design is most definitely accentuated in the summer sun – and admission is free.

You can enjoy the beauty of the building and the park on a bench either inside or outside the Palm House, and you can also book tickets for one of the many events that regularly take place over the course of the year, including the Free Sunday Concert.

Liverpool has it all: beautiful architecture, amazing attractions, fun and free events and some pretty amazing people. What else does it have? Well, it’s actually the home to some pretty famous faces that you didn’t know are from Liverpool.

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