I’ve been waiting for summer since boxing day. OK maybe not literally but I’m winters no 1 fan right up until Christmas, get the big event out of the way however and I’m pining for beer gardens and sun burn (after 21 years I’ve grown used to spending June-September a slight shade of pink)
Once we get to the cusp of summer I’m suddenly very aware of my lack of plans for the (hopefully) warm weather. If you’re like me and panic last minute over spending the only hot days of the year inside then read on for your ultimate guide to summer in Liverpool.
Attend a music event
There’s a reason that Liverpool is so well known for its music. Music lovers can unite across the summer with various events, both ticketed and free. Sound City returns for it’s 10th year on the May bank holiday with a weekend full of acts from The Kooks to The Human League and White Lies. The docks are transformed into a booming bonanza and I’m heading down on the Sunday after missing out on a ticket for the past 3 years and can’t wait to move in my own way to The Kooks…
2 of my absolute favourite summer events make their comeback this year and the best thing? They’re both free! Sefton Park plays host to LIMF in July, Europe’s largest free festival and with acts such as Kate Nash, Jax Jones, Fleur East and my personal guilty pleasure; Fuse ODG, it’s one not to be missed. This year also see’s ticketed events across the city as well as a VIP area within the park.
Sefton Park (the place to be this summer, clearly!) is transformed into a Caribbean carnival in June with the return of Africa Oye. Some of the world’s best Caribbean inspired acts descend on Liverpool and along with family entertainment and food and craft stalls it’s a great way to pretend you’re somewhere much more exotic.
Enjoy an outdoor drink
There is nothing I love more about the summer than sitting in a beer garden for hours on end and, you guessed it, going home much pinker than when I left. There are loads of outdoor spaces across the city to pick from: enjoy the hustle and bustle with a cocktail on tap at The Clubhouse, if gin is your thing then try the Botanical Garden or for a potentially quieter afternoon drink head to my all time favourite, Kazimier Garden. For more places to enjoy an outdoor beverage check out this.
Check out a local beach
This is the one that is definitely at the very top of my bucket list for summer 2017. Despite being surrounded by local beaches from Crosby to New Brighton I am yet to make the trip out of Liverpool. I’ve got dreams of enjoying an ice cream and some fish and chips on Crosby beach or playing mini golf on the New Brighton seafront…let’s just hope they live up to my expectations! With pretty frequent and easy trains on the Merseyrail from Liverpool Central I’ve got no excuse not to tick this one of my list.
Take in the views
On a clear day rumour has it you can see as far as Wales so there’s no better time than the summer months to take in Liverpool’s skyline. If heights aren’t your best friend then maybe you should re-think some of these but there are loads of places across the city that offer great vantage points. On a slightly less windy day you can head to the top of the Anglican Cathedral or if you’d rather stay inside why not try the tour of the Radio City tower? Panoramic 34 offer some of the best views of the city and the waterfront which you can enjoy with a cocktail in hand..what’s not to love?!
Hire out the city bikes
The city is your oyster once you’ve signed up to the city bikes. It’s a simple process which means you can take out a bike any day and time and your account will simply be charged. You can find the bike points located across the city and providing your pretty stable on two wheels it’s up to you where you head. Explore a part of the city you’ve never been to before or else pack up a picnic and head to Sefton Park to laze away an afternoon…just don’t forget you’ve got to cycle back!
Watch the world go by on Chavasse Park steps
Granted it might seem like an odd one but sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting back and watching the world go by. I’ve spent many hours on the Chavasse Park steps, which this year have been given a green makeover with the addition of some surprisingly comfy turf, and simply chilled out and enjoyed the sun. Mark my words you’ll sit down for 5 minutes and still be there 2 hours later.
And if it’s a little wet outside…
The British weather can be somewhat unpredictable and it’s always good to have a couple of indoor options up your sleeve just in case the heavens open and you don’t fancy spending the day outside. July see’s the British Style Collective roll into town. What was formerly known as The Clothes Show is set to take over Liverpool with the main event down at the exhibition centre as well as St George’s Hall. The largest fashion and beauty event it’s one not to be missed and you can get your tickets here
If you were planning an outdoor activity and the weather just isn’t playing ball then Ghetto Golf could be your answer. You might not have the seafront view but the graffiti, cocktails and hot dogs more than make up for it. Dubbed mini golf for the cool kids this is one not be missed any time of the year.
With a list this long it’s probably time we got started on ticking some of them off, what are your must-do plans for Summer 2017?