EDITOR’S PICKS: 10 things not to miss this weekend in Liverpool
By Jay Hynd
Don’t you feel like you are living in a dream at the moment with this weather?
Touch wood the heatwave is set to continue for many more weeks and this weekend is no exception as temperatures are hitting 27c in Liverpool on Saturday, perfect World Cup winning weather.
But what can you do with your couple of days free from work in the sunshine? I’ve nailed down a few ideas for you below, but if I could offer you only one tip for the weekend, sunscreen would defo be it! (I’m ginger and trust me it’s been a painful few weeks!)
To watch the footie…
I’m not the biggest of footie fans, but there’s something about World Cup games that really makes me wish I was. That adrenaline waiting for one more penalty to smash through the net on Tuesday night was incredible and we will no doubt all be feeling it again Saturday afternoon from 3pm.
But where can you watch the match in town? Tuesday night’s penalty shoot out was the most watched TV moment of the past six years, so of course Saturday’s in the sunshine is going to be on par, if not bigger. So if you’re heading out, get there early or phone the venue and try and book your place! On Air is huge and based at Cains Brewery Village, the screen they have is probably one of the biggest in the city. Grand Central’s Dome also has the biggest screen outside of London and Camp and Furnace also has a massive capacity. As well as that places like the Hatch on Mathew Street, The Old Bank on James Street, Fletcher’s Sports Bar at the Old Stables in Allerton and Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill are all showing the game.
To be taken to a Galaxy far, far away…
Star Wars Gathering, Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Our Exhibition Centre Liverpool will whisk you off to a Galaxy far, far away on Saturday as it hosts the city’s first ever Star Wars Gathering. From the same team that was behind this years hugely successful Comic Con Liverpool event, SWG will bring you three decades of Star Wars actors, props, memorabilia and galactic market stalls from far and wide. The man behind Yoda, a real Darth Vader and Ewoks from all over the universe will descend on the city, if you love the movies, this really is not to be missed.
To kick-off the weekend in style…
NYL, Aloft Liverpool
This place is surely one of the most stunning venues in the city. Located in the old Royal Insurance Building, NYL is part of Aloft Hotel Liverpool on North John Street. Its restaurant and bar bring a touch of the Big Apple to the heart of Liverpool City Centre. Bottomless Gin & Tonic brunch is available at weekends and after work is all about ‘Fizz Fridays’. You get 2-4-1 on selected cocktails, which are hand crafted and beautifully prepared by their expert bar staff, live music and stunning surroundings – what more could you want to kick start your weekend?
To have a mellow one…
Baby E Cofee & Deli, Dale Street
You can’t miss the baby elephants on the side of the road as you are walking down Dale Street now, this weekend make sure you stop and say hi as they lead you into their luxurious basement bistro and deli. Baby E is brand new, and already in my opinion, one of the classiest coffee shops in the city, serving up delicious brunch and deli items as well as a range of gins, wines and beers, perfect for a weekend chill in the heart of the city. Get involved!
To dine in the sunshine…
Gusto, Albert Dock
I can’t shout about Gusto on the Albert Dock enough! It never ever lets you down in terms of fantastic service and delicious food. It also helps that when the sun is out it is situated in probably the best spec in the city. Menus are constantly updated and the most recent update includes an incredible starter platter, perfect for sharing, which includes calamari, fried prawns and Arancini. The new Chocolate Mouse is also a must. Tuck in!
For a street party…
Bold Street, Sunday
This Sunday will see some of our beloved Bold Street stores spill out on to the cobbles for the Independence Week Street Party. Places like Mowgli, American Pizza Slice and LEAF will be serving up some of their finest dishes and samples in the sunshine. Expect street entertainers, market stall, arts and crafts and lots more.
For an Irish jig…
Liverpool Feis, Pier Head, Saturday
We’ve been shouting about Liverpool Feis for ages now and the day that we welcome the likes of Van Morrison, Shane McGowan and Imelda May has finally arrived. It’s all part of our Liverpool 2018 celebrations and will be the biggest celebration of Irish music and culture the city has ever seen. Fun starts at 12pm on the Pier Head on Saturday with Van the Man taking to the stage at 8pm. There are three stages and you can’t get in without a ticket, so get booking before it’s too late!
To keep the kids entertained…
BIG Picnic in the Park, Calderstones Park
There’s a free, family fun day taking place at Calderstones Park on Saturday 7th July from 10am til 4pm. The BIG Reader Picnic is celebrating 10 years of story time and bringing communities together through the joy of reading. Lots of activities to do on the day including crafty workshops, outdoor games and heritage tours of the beautiful Calderstones Park. There’s free reading adventures for kids at The Story Barn plus special guest, Liverpool Poet, Frank Cottrell Boyce will be giving a talk too.
For a classy Sunday…
30 James Street
I hosted the Training Strategies awards with Claire Simmo this week at the stunning 30, James Street Hotel. We were celebrating the best employers and apprentices in the area and the venue was absolutely perfect for it. This Sunday you can experience it for yourself as the home of the Titanic, 30 James Street is hosting a White Star Grand Hall Afternoon Tea like no other from 1pm. For £29.95 a head you can enjoy a lavish, tiered afternoon tea spread plus live entertainment in one of the city’s most historic buildings. Make sure you take in the view from Carpathia on the top floor too, especially stunning during the sunset!
For fun on the farm…
Bonsai Hi-Fi Sound System, Saturday, Claremont Farm
After a hugely successful Bonsai Hi Fi Sound System launch party we are hugely excited to hear about the second instalment. Described as the ‘most magical musical adventure’, Claremont farm offer an escape from the city centre accompanied by an “exquisite mix of soul, funk, disco, reggae and afro with a side order of deep house, 80’s pop 12′ mixes, all played on incredibly rare and beautifully maintained 12 inch vinyl pressings on this magnificent world class system.”