Spring has officially sprung and with the days getting longer and the nights getting lighter, it’s the perfect time of year to get out in the city and find out what’s on in April in Liverpool.
There’s plenty of events and things to do in the city to put a spring in your step as the flowers start to bloom and we see the return of the elusive sunshine.
Whether you’re looking for a party like no other, a sophisticated experience or something to do with the kids, there’s no denying that there’s something for everyone in Liverpool this April.
Grand National Weekend
When: 12th April – 14th April
Where: Aintree Racecourse
It’s finally time for the biggest event in Liverpool’s calendar, it’s the weekend where everyone comes together, dresses to the nines and has an incredible time full of laughter and good times.
Yes, the coming of April means one thing – it’s time for the Grand National. Aintree Racecourse will soon be filled with thousands of people, all clamouring for a piece of the action over three incredible days of festivities.
Tickets have been hot off the mark this year, so you’ll have to act fast if you want a chance to attend the best horse racing event in the world. The day of the Grand National race is set to be the biggest yet and we can’t wait to see the glitz and the glam hit the green.
White Rabbit Tea Party
When: 2nd April
Where: Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre
Go down the rabbit hole this Easter Monday and take an afternoon to help donate to an amazing cause, while enjoying activities and food. Freshfields Animal Rescue has been saving beasts of all size for years and they do an amazing job of taking care of all who come to them.
Entry is just £1 for adults and 50p for children and all funds raised will be going straight to the cause. So dig deep for the tombolas, food, games, fun and crafts.
All your favourite characters from the famous book will be there to guide you on you way, so keep an eye out for Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts!
Whitley Neill Gin Tasting
When: 5th April
Where: Lock and Key KitchenBar
Whitley Neill has been amazing gin drinkers over the past few years and the first week of April sees a connoisseur take to the stand at Lock and Key to help guide Scousers through the world of juniper, fruit and tonics.
Darren Gilligan from Halewood International will be dropping into the trendy bar to talk guests through the full Whitley Neill gin range, giving an in depth look into the different flavours, the perfect pairings and the suggested garnish.
Of course, you’ll also get a taste of the range, so whether you’re into no-frills original, something sweeter like raspberry or the unusual like blood orange, quince or rhubarb & ginger, you’ll get a little tipple of the good stuff.
Abandoned Tunnel Rave
When: 7th April
Where: 8 – 10 Glegg ST L3-7DX
Taking you back to the days of underground raves and sneaking around to get your party fix, go all out for the occasion and head literally underground to a disused tunnel in the heart of Liverpool. Watch the derelict space come alive with House and Techno music, lights, lasers and people.
No fancy gimmicks or clever marketing ploys, this event is for the pure love of the music. So grab your mates and head to a rave with a difference in the centre of the city.
When: 17th April
Where: Claremont Farm
Beer isn’t just for football lads and older gentlemen in the corner of the pub. Brewing is an art form these days and to truly taste and enjoy beer is a skill within itself.
Claremont Farm is inviting the people of Liverpool to join them and Adam William, head brewer at Brimstage Brewery, for an evening of hoppy tipples and bitter sips. Williams is one of only 100 accredited beer sommeliers in Europe, so his expertise is unparalleled.
The evening kicks off at 7pm, with tasting, bar snack and tunes ongoing until closing time at 11.
Kazimier’s 10th birthday
When: 20th – 22nd April
Where: The Kazimier Garden
Everyone’s favourite quirky and lovable production team and venue experts celebrate turning ten years old this month with not one, not two but three incredible events at the end of April. Head to summertime favourite Kazimier Gardens on Friday 20th April for the exhibition opening where video and sound monatges will be projected across the venue, taking you back to a decade ago.
Saturday sees the big irthday bash and it’s not going to be one you should miss! Help them ring in their second decade with live bands, DJs and food.
For the morning after the night before, Sunday invites all those who partied (and everyone else!) for an all day brunch with live jazz and hair of the dog.
Liverpool Spring Festival
When: 28th – 29th April
Where: Sefton Park
The time is here for one of Liverpool’s most favourite festivals. Bringing together food, drink, music and (hopefully) sunshine for the Liverpool Spring Festival. There’ll be vendors from all over the city joining forces to bring delicious tastes and smells to Sefton Park for a weekend of fun and feasting.
This year, there will be plenty of activities going on as well. From yoga to flower crown crafts to fitness workshops, you’re sure to not be bored! There’s even a pop-up farm which includes a cow-milking challenge and donkey rides.
Tickets are cheaper if you book in advance but even on the day, you don’t have to dig too deep at £12.50 a ticket.
Carnival of Light
When: 14th April
Where: Mountford Hall
The Carnival of light has gathered hardcore fans from across the country and it’s clear to see why. Introducing a club concept like no other, Carnival of Light presents a show of lights, lasers, lanterns and incredible live performances.
Expect a psychedelic atmosphere where costumes are encouraged, and puppets and characters are amongst the norm. Pair these with performances of fire and house, garage and techno music and there’s no other party like the Carnival of Light
Disney on Ice
When: 11th – 15th April
Where: Echo Arena
This April, join the Disney family as they introduce you to Worlds of Enchantment. Four of everyone’s favourite stories will take to the ice for a non-stop extravaganza of fun.
The high-speed cast of Cars will be racing across the ice for a jaw-dropping show while Ariel takes you under the sea for an enchanted adventure. Hold on tight for the toys to arrive as Buzz, Woody and Jessie strap on their skates to amaze kids and grown-ups alike.
What’s an icy adventure without the famous Anna and Elsa? The Arendelle natives will take audiences on a journey through the chill with friendly pals Olaf and Kristoff for a truly heart-warming story.
If you’re looking to take advantage of the upcoming nice weather, why not have a read of some of the best beer gardens in Liverpool and plan for your month of sitting in the sun, beer in hand.