10 ways you can make this Summer in Liverpool a memorable one
Summer has officially started and it’s going to be one to remember in Liverpool with an awe-inspiring amount of festivals and events going on all over the region this (hopefully) sunny season. From Carnivals to water sports, there’s something for you.
Africa Oyè – 16th – 17th June
Sefton Park comes alive on 16th and 17th June with the sights, smells and sounds of Africa. The park will once again be taken over by the music and culture of Africa and the diaspora, for two free days of fantastic live music, DJs, dance, workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village. Here’s the kicker; it’s all free! The Oyè team do an amazing job of transporting you to an African utopia, and if the weather stays how it has been towards the end of spring, we’ll have the sun to match!
LIMF – 21st – 22nd July
One of, if not the city’s biggest festival returns to retain its title as our Summer favourite. Whether championing local talent through its Academy, bringing world stars to Sefton Park or simply just putting on a weekend for punters to remember, LIMF covers every base. The 2018 edition is the first with a set tickets price, however, with a standard advance ticket price at £5 and under 12s going in free, you don’t half get the bang for your buck; especially when you take in a line-up including Example, Basement Jaxx, Rae Morris and Haçienda Classical & many many more.
Get booking now before it’s too late www.limfestival.com
Fine Tuned at Albert Dock
Fine Tuned returns to Albert Dock for a free weekend of fun, celebrating independent designer-makers, classic styles and vintage gems. On July 14th and 15th Hemingway Design and Deco Publique are collaborating to present the very best in bespoke and vintage fashions, tailor-made wares, and classic cars. The tastiest street food, smoothest DJs and most extravagant street performers will take to the Albert Dock. There’ll be plenty to enjoy for fashion lovers at Fine Tuned, including hair and beauty makeovers and vintage shopping among other stalls and activities.
Like your fun on the slightly more extreme side? Then this one is for you! Perfect for an energy filled day out, stag do or kids party, the Adventure Dock Co is Liverpool’s newest and bounciest outdoor attraction. The aqua park is a giant inflatable obstacle course on Duke’s Dock, just next to Albert. The Adventure Dock Co course is made up of huge inflatable free-fall slides, trampolines, rafts and barriers; meaning you can bounce, splash and slide non-stop, whilst racing your family and friends around our fun-filled course. Reckon you can beat your kids? That put your bounce where your mouth is and take on this unique experience.
More info and tickets here.
CBBC Summer Social – 3rd – 5th August
Something special comes to Croxteth Country Park on the 3rd, 4th and 5th August. The CCBBC Summer Social takes up residence in the park for the weekend, gearing up to make this a summer holidays that your little ones will never forget. With Union J, Matt Terry and New Hope Club topping the bill, all of your CBBC favourites will be at Croxteth Country Park alongside a host of live music, for CBBC’s biggest ever line up!
In association with Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation, Summer Football on the Dock sees a giant, artificial football pitch come to the Albert Dock, with free coaching sessions for kids. Kicking off on Monday 24th July, the initiative is to get people outdoors, being active and taking part in the community this summer, with the free coaching sessions also including its disability team who will show off their skills in a series of demos and, a focus on integrating girls into the beautiful game with a chance to learn from the Everton Ladies and their coaching staff.
An Evening at the Races, Aintree and Haydock
This summer season is seeing an amazing series of open-air concerts come to Aintree and Haydock Racecourses. We’ve already has The Lightning Seeds and Paloma Faith, with Craig David and Plan B being the next on the list. Catching these premium artists at a premium location like this is not to be missed as tickets also include hurdle races and steeplechases. Hospitality tickets are also available to make the event even more special. Tickets available for Craig David here and Plan B here.
Folk on the Dock
A relatively new kid on the block, Folk on the Dock only took to the Albert Dock in 2016 and it looks like it’s here to stay. Now coming up on it’s 3rd year, we’re due to be treated to Robert Vincent, Chris Difford and huge line-up of artists and bands to make for wonderfully wistful summers day on the waterfront. Festival goers can lose themselves in the wonderful atmosphere and charm of local Folk musicians and big names alike as the chilled day out is gradually become a local favourite.
Returning to the city this July for the 11th consecutive year, with the main carnival day taking place on Saturday 14 July. The Brazilica main stage will take pride of place within The Pier Head Village – a family focused festival coming to Liverpool’s Waterfront for its 3rd year again this summer. The Pier Head Village will deliver a programme of world class entertainment, locally-sourced street food and artisan markets, world class high flying thrill rides and activity-based family entertainment, offering a complete day to night summer experience designed to entertain all ages. Guaranteed to create a spectacular carnival atmosphere, the site will be brought to life with a colourful celebration of the sights, sounds and tastes of Brazil on the Brazilica main stage.
If it’s old-skool nostalgia that you’re in the market for, then Reminisce Festival is the on for you. African Oyè is taking you to another continent and this one will take you to another time. Celebrating the best classics in dance music, Reminisce welcomed over 8000 dance lovers to Sherdley Park last year and is going to be building on it this year. Taking place on 8th September, what better way is there to round off your summer than dancing the light nights away?