25 Reasons to visit Liverpool in July

If you needed an excuse to visit the best city in the world this summer, we’ve got you covered.

Pack your camera, dancing shoes and sense of humour and prepare for to kick start your summer in a city so packed with culture, music and laughter, you wont want to leave. We’ve got something for everyone this July in Liverpool. From foodie treats, gigs that will make your ears ring, cultural celebrations that will open your eyes and you can even take a walk with dinosaurs!

2008 Capital of Culture celebrations don’t feel like that long ago when you realise just how much the city has to offer. From family friendly days out, to laugh out loud comedy, brand new music and carnivals of colour, there’s never a dull moment here. Oh and you can bring the dog too!

Here’s 25 reasons to visit Liverpool in July 2018……

1 – LIMF 2018

Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) returns to Sefton Park on 21-22nd July and the line up is superb! Two days jammed full with local and international acts including Hacienda Classical, Example & DJ Wire, Basement Jaxx DJ Set, Trevor Nelson, Tim Westwood and so much more. Tickets are just £5 here.

2 – Liverpool Summer Gin Festival

The UK’s biggest and best gin festival comes to Lutyen’s Crypt at the Metropolitan Cathedral from 26th to 29th July and you’re invited to sample gins from around the world, chat with distillers and learn how to concoct the perfect blend with masterclasses. More info and booking here. 

3 – Adventure Dock

Who fancies taking on 50 different obstacles on a 92m long course on our stunning waterfront?! Adventure Dock gives you the opportunity to slip and slide your way around the dock to be crowned king or queen of the inflatables. All you need is your swimming kit and plenty of energy to take part. Find out more here. 

4 – Liverpool PRIDE

Liverpool Pride returns to the city on 28-29th July and is back in its original home on Tithebarn Street. This weekend long celebration of LGBT+ communities includes various stages, live music, brilliant cabaret and of course the annual Pride Parade which will start from St George’s Hall. Find out more and plan your Pride weekend here.

5 – Paul Smith ‘Hiya Mate’ Echo Arena

You can’t deny the Scouse sense of humour is unbeatable, and Liverpool’s own Paul Smith takes his ‘Hiya Mate’ show on tour to the Echo Arena Auditorium with dates throughout July. If you haven’t seen the video clips from his Hot Water Comedy performances, check them out on YouTube and prepare to be in stitches as he rips into the audience like he’s known them all this life. Tickets available here.

6 – Liverpool Cathedral Twilight

Did you know every Thursday night you can climb the colossal bell tower of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral until 9pm? Twilight Thursdays allow you to get a 360 degree view of our amazing city, but we warned, once you’ve experienced a sunset over the Mersey, you’ll never see another one like it! Tickets are just £5.50 and are available here. 

7 – Liverpool Feis

Just scour that event poster above and plan cancel whatever plans you had because Liverpool’s biggest and best celebration of Irish music and culture is bringing none other than Van Morrison to the Pier Head. Liverpool Feis (pronounced Feh-shh) is going to be one heck of a party, and you’d be mad to miss it. See you on the waterfront on Saturday 7th July. More info here. 

8 – Judith Hill, Shipping Forecast

We love to champion new music here in Liverpool, no content with taking the world by storm, our world class venues also attract stars from around the globe and we can’t wait to head Judith Hill play at The Shipping Forecast on Monday 16th July. Dubbed the ‘Prince Protege’, Judith has performed with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson and produced her album with Prince himself. Find out more here.

9 – Liverpool Craft Beer Expo

Oh we love a good expo in Liverpool and when it concerns beer, all the better! The Craft Beer Expo returns on 26-27th July at Invisible Wind Factory and promises 300+ craft beers, cider and gin. Well you had us at Expo! Tickets and more info here. 

10 – Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Echo Arena

Fresh from a playing a host of American dates, Roger Water’s brings his ‘Us & Them’ tour to the Echo Arena on 2nd July 2018. The show features songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (The Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here) plus some new songs from his new, best-selling album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”. Get your hands on tickets here. 

11 – Star Wars Gathering

Exhibition Centre Liverpool is hosting a fundraising event that is out of this world and you’re invited. Celebrating 40 years since the iconic film burst onto our screens, and the incredible cult following it has amassed, Star Wars Gathering is calling all super fans, young and old to don their best costumes and props, and enjoy a day dedicated to the force. Get your tickets here. 

12 – Festival at The Florist, Hardman Street

Liverpool’s newest and most Instagrammable venue, The Florist is holding its own summer festival this July in support of two fantastic local charities. If you’ve not yet experienced the stunning restaurant and bar, which is festooned with beautiful blooms and modern artwork, this is the perfect opportunity. Enjoy a three course dinner, a charity auction and entertainment throughout the afternoon. Get your tickets here. 

13 – Dogs of the Caribbean, Baltic Market

There’s a fantastic swashbuckling dog day out at Baltic Market on Sunday 22nd July. Dogs of the Carribbean invotes you to dress up, dress down, have your picture taken with Captain Dog Sparrow (Doggy Depp) and check out the Dog Market, treats, food and drinks in the Baltic Market! What’s not to like? More info here. 

14 – Walking with Dinosaurs, Echo Arena

Fancy walking with Dinosaurs? The dazzling $20 million production comes to the Echo Arena on 31st July and  features new, state of the art technology, making this the biggest and best dinosaur show in the world. International designers have worked with scientists to create 18 life-size creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Raptors and the terrifying Tyrannosaurus-rex! Get your tickets here. 

15 – Bombed Out Church – Culture Series

Our beloved Bombed Out Church, (St Luke’s) Berry Street is hosting a culture series consisting of 10 markets on the last Sunday of every month. From 11-6pm you can wander around the artisan market, sample street food, have a go at craft and well being workshops and soak up at the atmosphere at this historic venue. More info here. 

16 – Titanic the Musical, Liverpool Empire

We loved the film (I’ll never let go Jack!) and the soundtrack and now Titanic the Musical comes to the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Based on real passengers on board the legendary ship, this Broadway and Tony award winning production will make your heart soar. Don’t miss your chance to see this epic musical in the home of Cunard. Tickets and more info here.

17 – Fine Tuned, Royal Albert Dock

Fine Tuned is a free festival of all things vintage. Expect a kaleidoscope of bespoke and vintage fashions, tailor-made wares, and classic cars on 14th-15th July at Royal Albert Dock, with the freshest street food, slickest DJs and surrealist street performers, this free weekend of fun for old and young will be one to savour. Find out more here. 

18 – Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

Returning for another packed programme of events from 5th-15th July, and celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival combines arts, music, dance, film, literature and family events from across the Arab world to multiple venues across Liverpool. Click here to check out the full line up. 

19 – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Finale

Following an challenging 12 months at sea, racing around the globe, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to the Mersey for a thrilling finale on Saturday 28th July with a programme of family friendly events. The fleet will include Liverpool’s very own yacht Liverpool 2018 which, thanks to its eye-catching pink design, has been making waves at each port it has visited around the world. Click here to find out more. 

20 – Brand New Dockside Dining

With so many events being held on our beautiful waterfront, you’ll be able to sample some of the absolute best in independent food producers as Dockside Dining Club opens its Mann Island doors this July. As well a number of exciting food concepts which are brand new to Liverpool, Dockside Dining Club is also bringing award-winning gelato manufacturer Cafe Cream will be at the launch for a taste of summer in a cone! More info here. 

21 – Liverpool Biennial

Yep, there’s even more creative fun to be had in the city this July as Liverpool Biennial bring more than 40 artists from 22 countries to present new works of art. Kicking off on 14th July and running until October, be one of the first to check out the public spaces, galleries, museums and civic buildings displaying the theme ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You?’. Full line up here. 

22 – Bark in the Park, Otterspool

Calling all dog owners, grab your pooch and make a beeline for Otterspool on Sunday 15th July as Mersey Dog’s Home presents, Bark in the Park. Expect all manner of stalls, displays and treats plus your chance to pet as many four-legged furry friends as possible. More info here. 

23 – Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave, Constellations

Family friendly fun is in abundance in Liverpool and it doesn’t get more fun than at the Big Fish, Little Fish Family Rave at Constellations on 1st July. John Kelly will be providing the (grown-up) dance tunes for family raving together on a dancefloor with confetti cannons, bubbles, giant balloons and our awesome parachute dance finale. There’s also craft tables with themed crafts, large colouring-in mural and playdough tables. Find out more here. 

24 – Summer Evening Cruise on the Mersey

You can’t visit Liverpool and not experience the Ferry Across the Mersey! How about doing it after dark when the city lights twinkle and the ferry ride is accompanied by great live music. The Mersey Ferry Summer Evening cruises are back with 5 dates in July. The two-hour cruise gives passengers the chance to see Liverpool’s famous UNESCO World Heritage waterfront, as they take in the views from a vantage point on the water as the sun sets. Book your spot here. 

25 – Liverpool Prosecco & Fizz Festival

We’re ending our guide to visiting Liverpool in July with a whole load of fizz! The Prosecco & Fizz Festival is popping some corks at our stunning St George’s Hall on 14th July with afternoon and evening sessions. Sample more than 20 different types of Prosecco, sip a free glass on arrival while listening to the live music and raise a toast our fabulous city. Tickets available here. 

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