What to do in Liverpool if you’re not heading to the Grand National

The Sun is out, the sky is blue, if you’re not going to Aintree, there’s still loads you can do!

Alright so not everyone is into the horses, and not everyone managed to get tickets to the three-day spectacular at Aintree this year, but fear not. The city is still bursting with other ways to soak up the race-day atmosphere and you can even wear a fascinator too! From all the live racing action on the big screen, to mini make-overs, shopping deals, boxing, food and an ice-cream on our iconic waterfront.

Here’s 12 ways you can enjoy Grand National weekend in the city.

1 – Watch all the racing action at Camp and Furnace, Baltic Triangle

For those who missed out on tickets but still like a flutter, head down to Camp & Furness as Nightgarden presents the Grand National on the big screen. With lunch, afternoon tea, bubbles and a best dressed competition….you’re practically at Aintree! More into here.

2 – Ladies Day comes to Pima Bar, Hilton Hotel, Thomas Steers Way

Pima Bar at the Hilton Hotel is the place to be if you’re not heading to Aintree this Ladies Day. Glam up and indulge on their fabulous Ladies at package which includes fizz, lunch, afternoon tea, all the racing action and a prize for the best dressed. Fascinators at the ready, click here to book.

3 – Shop til you drop at Liverpool One

Okay so the racing isn’t for everyone, in which case you’re still in for a treat this Saturday afternoon. Take a leisurely stroll around the city and make the most of the majority of people being at Aintree. With less queues, more staff on hand and (we’re told) plenty of sunshine to sit out and enjoy a coffee (or cocktail), there’s lots of Spring deals to take advantage of at Liverpool One. Click here for more info.

4 – Liverpool Print Fair, Bluecoat, School Lane

Stunning city-centre venue, The Bluecoat is hosting the Liverpool Print Fair this Saturday. This joint venture from The Print Social and Bluecoat Print Studio, gathers the very best in printmaking and design and wraps it all up in an accessible and affordable art. Revamping your living room? Sprucing up the office? Get your original artwork from talented local artists here. Click here for more info.

5 – Destination Albert Dock

Albert Dock is the perfect place to explore on a sunny, spring day. With something for everyone, tourists and locals alike can discover Liverpool’s maritime past, delight in contemporary art, feast on cuisine from Cuba to India plus good old fashioned fish & chips and pick up quality gifts and finish up with an ice-cream or cocktails on the waterfront! Find out more here.

6 – Discover the British Music Experience, Cunard Building

Liverpool is now the proud new home of the British Music Experience at the iconic Cunard Building. If you’ve not been to check it out yet, this Grand National weekend is the perfect time to revel in our nation’s musical history and to see legendary artefacts up close for the first time. Click here to find out more and get your tickets here.

7 – Watch Scouse Sporting action at Shooters Bar, Thomas Steers Way

Alongside all the Grand Nation, Liverpool’s own Liam Beefy Smith takes on Welshman Liam Williams in Manchester this Saturday night in their WBO interim world super welterweight championship class and scouse sports fans can watch all the action at Shooters Bar, Thomas Steers Way with great food & drinks deals. (including a beer and burger for £5 for every losing betting slip!) Find out more here.

8 – A Big Old Dose of Scouse Humour with Lost Soul, Royal Court Theatre

It’s your absolute last chance to see Dave Kirby’s Lost Soul this weekend. The Royal Court’s second ever production in 2007, the production returned the next year after breaking box office records in that first run. Set in the Sunday night pubs and clubs of Liverpool, audiences (including us) have been in stitches laughing at the characters, places and storylines that we all know so well. Running until Saturday 8th April , you don’t want to miss this. Tickets and info here.

9 – Treat yourself at Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols

How about this for a little Easter treat? If you’re 20 years old or under, you can ‘Pay Your Age’ for an express manicure Monday – Friday at Harvey Nichols beauty bar, Liverpool One. A great for kids who enjoy a bit of a pamper and they will also enjoy a fruit cocktail too. That’s how to start your weekend in style! Click here for more info.

10 – Mini building with the kids at Lego, Liverpool One

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Another one for the kids, and a handy pit stop to break up a few hours shopping with curly teens! Children between the ages of 6-14 are invited to take part in a monthly Minibuild event at Lego, Liverpool One. Visit LEGO on South John Street and build a set then take it home for free on Thursday 6th April between 4-6pm. More info here.

11 – Rack ’em up at Roxy Ball Room, College Lane

We’re so excited to check this place out! One for the bigger kids, especially those with a competitive streak! Roxy Ball Room, Hanover Street is the ultimate venue with ping pong, pool, pizza. craft ale, signature cocktails and wine all under one roof! Or in the case of the sun terrace – no roof at all! Click here to find out more and get your game on.

12 – You’re The One That I Want! Grease at the Empire Theatre

Iconic musical, Grease is back at the Liverpool Empire this week (3-8th April) starring Tom Parker, from the UK’s top boy band The Wanted, in his first ever theatrical role as ‘bad boy’ Danny. Also starring EastEnders’ Louisa Lytton as Rizzo and Darren Day as Teen Angel, this original, electrifying West End production lights up Liverpool this week only. Tickets here.

What are you up to this Grand National weekend? Are you hosting an event? Tweet us @TheGuideLpool or email us and we’ll share the details on our socials.

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