Student Guide: What to Do In Liverpool When You Don’t Fancy A Drink

Students have a reputation for doing one thing more than anything else: drinking. And while most enjoy a night on the town every now and again (or most weeks as the case may be), we also like to partake in more wholesome activities. Liverpool does have plenty of bars and a fantastic nightlife but there is also a vibrant cultural scene away from the booze. Here’s a guide from The Guide…

Liverpool_Playhouse (c) Steve Aland (2)


The Everyman Theatre enjoyed a multi-million pound makeover last year and the beautiful building you see on Hope Street as well as the fantastic programme of productions that go on there is testament to that overhaul. The Everyman’s sister theatre, The Playhouse – located on Williamson Square (the one with the fountains near the Liverpool FC shop) – also has some fantastic plays well worth seeing. Both theatres also have a fantastic deal for Liverpool John Moores students which enables them to get tickets for shows for only £5. Elsewhere in the city there is the Unity Theatre which deals in smaller scale productions which can be nonetheless enjoyable. While over next to Lime Street Station there is the Empire Theatre which show big budget productions, often direct from the West End.



There are more and more regular comedy nights springing up around Liverpool for you to get your chuckle on to. The Lantern Theatre in the Baltic Triangle has Matchbox Comedy which bring handpicked acts from all corners of the country to Liverpool for as little as £3 admission. Hot Water Comedy Club is a bit more established and gets some fantastic local acts in. They are based in the Holiday Inn on Lime Street. For some of the best names as well as special up and coming acts you usually can’t beat Laughter House (underneath Slaughter House (13-15 Fenwick Street).


In the city centre you have three cinemas catering for different needs. The massive Odeon in Liverpool One has all the major releases and also houses an Imax screen. Picturehouse at FACT has a mixture of blockbusters, independent films and world cinema and appeals to the more discerning cinema-goer. The community-ran A Small Cinema on Victoria Street is an adorably cosy place which shows a broad array of films from the mainstream to the downright strange!

Crazy Golf

Another option if you want a more wholesome day out – although, be warned there is a bar with some pretty good drinks offer! – Jungle Rumble Crazy Golf in Liverpool One is fun for everyone no matter what their handicap is!


Water Sports

For the even more active amongst you, who don’t mind getting more than a little wet and chilly, there’s Liverpool Watersports Centre. Here you can try out a range of activities such as windsurfing, kayaking and Wowball Water Roller (we don’t know what that is either!).


Williamsons Tunnels

This is a weird one, but a very enjoyable afternoon. The Friends of Williamsons Tunnels organise regular trips down subterranean trails dug around 100 years ago by an eccentric local magnate. Nobody truly knows why he dug them and it’s an altogether more fascinating trip because of that fact.

Let us know what other great activities and events you discover when you are deciding to take a day or two off the ale!

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