It’s getting to be an exciting time of year for Liverpool, with the days getting warmer (slightly) and the nights getting longer, Liverpool is going full steam ahead with making the most of being able to make the most of the city. The highlight of the spring calendar is, of course, the Liverpool Spring Festival.
Previously renowned for being the premium place to fill your stomach to bursting with Liverpool’s best tastes and flavours, this year, Liverpool Spring Festival has expanded to be an all-inclusive event that provides an experience like no other in the city.
Bringing together food and drink with wellness workshops, craft opportunities and animal experiences, Liverpool Spring Festival is set to be the biggest and best yet. The festival is now in its fourth year and has become a beacon for celebrating the city’s incredible independent food and drink scene.
When and Where
Once again, Liverpool Spring Festival takes over Sefton Park in South Liverpool, in the picturesque area by the lake on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of April 2018.
On Saturday 28th April, the gates will open at 10:30 am, get there early to browse the stalls and features before the crowds come flooding in around lunchtime. The festival will be operating until 7:30 pm, giving you plenty of time to eat and drink everything in sight while taking advantage of all the amazing sideshows.
The next day, you’ll still be able to enter Liverpool Spring Festival at 10:30 am, but gates close a little earlier, meaning you’ll have to be out of the area by 5:30 pm. Don’t worry, we’re sure you’ll still be able to get your fill in that time!
Getting to the south of Sefton Park is easy, with plenty of bus routes passing nearby from the city centre and St Michael’s train station being only a short walk away. Private hire taxis average between £6 and £12 from the city centre but be wary of surge charges when using Uber.
Advanced tickets for Liverpool Spring Festival come at a discounted price, with day passes costing £7 and weekend passes £11.50 if you book before you arrive. Prices on the gate go up to £8.50 and £12.50, but children under 14 get free entry all weekend!
Food and Drink at Liverpool Spring Festival
Taking Liverpool Spring Festival back to its roots is the incredible offerings of food and drink for you to fill your belly. Featuring some of the very best in Liverpool’s food and drink scene, there’s one thing for sure when you attend Liverpool Spring Festival – you won’t be leaving hungry!
Street food, healthy eats, sweet treats and free samples will all be making an appearance on the shore of the boating lake. The iconic Piggie Smalls will be back again with their hip-hop-centric hot dog offerings as well as city centre restaurant Neon Jamon’s small plate fiesta. If Pizza is more your style, I Knead Pizza will be on hand to make sure you don’t go without your pie fix, while Treaty Pie will be treating festival goers to the very best in guilty pleasures.
We’re all hoping for a splash of sunshine on the weekend and what’s better than having a little tipple in the rays of sun? Liverpool Spring Festival is set to seriously deliver on their drink offerings yet again this year, with a dedicated prosecco tent and gin garden to make sure everyone is cared for. Remember to stay hydrated!
The festival has expanded to be a driving force for creativity in Liverpool and this year, even more workshops and experiences are on offer throughout the weekend. Celebrating the birth of spring with plenty of opportunities to learn more about being more eco-friendly and spiritual.
There is set to be stalls designed to inspire you to turn green-thumbed, with Herb Society teaching guests how to grow, keep and use a whole range of herbs and plenty of others selling tools to get you on your way.
Pair this with health and wellbeing stall with crystals, aromatic oils, beauty products and advice on elevating the mind, body and spirit and you’ll be leaving the festival feeling like a whole new person. The highlight of the lifestyle aspect of the festival can be found in the Good Life Tent, where local business will be flocking to teach yoga classes, massage and exercises classes to everyone who wishes to clear their mind and re-energise their body.
Liverpool Spring Festival Family Fun
While food and drink may be the main name of the game at Liverpool Spring Festival, with under 14s going free all weekend, there’s plenty of activities on that are just perfect for the little ones. The part we’re most excited about is the animals that are making a comeback.
The donkeys will be back for rides and photos as well as spring favourites lambs, goats, chicks and bunnies! Prepare for cute overload!
If the kids get on a hype, let them channel their energy into some of the incredible arts and crafts workshops, where they can make dog origami with Dogs Trust or get their face painted with glitter with Wish Upon a Sparkle.
There’s also plenty of activities to keep them going, with a vintage funfair and bug bingo. It will certainly be a day to tire them out!
Join in the Fun!
Liverpool Spring Festival is undoubtedly one of the very best events to attend in Liverpool in the year. With plenty of food, drink, music and good times, it’s the quintessential offering of everything that’s great about the city and the people who live here.
Book your tickets now and be prepared for an incredible weekend of fun and food!
Planning an exciting April like no other in Liverpool? If you want an exciting run of things to do in Liverpool this year, topped off with the Liverpool Spring Festival, take a look at our What’s On Guide to April 2018.