There’s a wide range of things to see and do in our region this summer, including some great events for children. Many are free or relatively cheap and ideal for a family day out.
1. Children’s workshops and events
Children’s events can be a real lifesaver and help to keep the children occupied and entertained over summer.
The Reader’s Storybarn has workshops to get the kids reading and there’s a range of family films showing at Crosby’s Plaza Cinema, such as current Marvel blockbuster Thor (12A). Williamson Art Gallery also has a full day of drop-in art and craft activities.
The World Museum has a host of Dr Who workshops linking to their new Worlds of Wonder exhibition, from building a TARDIS to making your very own sonic screwdriver.
Bluecoat have a special exhibition for children and adults this summer, Are you Messin’? features work by leading UK artists that are designed to be touched and explored.
2. Scenic walks
Merseyside has an abundance of trails and walks for a great family day-out. Some of the most scenic are on the coast, with walks and cycle trails along the Sefton Coastal Path, Otterspool Park and the Wirral Way.
The Dream statue loop walk in St Helens is a great day out, with easily-accessible paths and it’s suitable for any fitness level. The 20-metre high Dream sculpture was commissioned by ex-miners and St Helens’ Council to reflect the aspirations of the community.
If you prefer something more urban, there’s also some great historic walks around Liverpool’s city centre that cover key sites such as Mathew Street and the waterfront.
3. Summer festivals
There’s an excellent selection of festivals happening in the region over the summer, from local music and family festivals to larger events such as Liverpool International Music Festival. LIMF features sets this year from De La Soul, The Zutons and a host of upcoming local talent.
Brazilica Festival returns to Liverpool with a spectacular street parade on 6 August. Brazilica is the UK’s largest celebration of Brazilian culture. Creamfields, one of the biggest electronic music festivals, is also back this year from August 25 – August 29.
There’s plenty of one-day festivals worth checking out, Convenience Gallery are holding their Summer Festival in August, with a day of arts and culture at Bloom in Birkenhead.
4. Museums and galleries
The city’s museums and galleries are free for most exhibitions and a low cost way to spend a day out with the family.
Museum of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool all host free workshops as well as their regular exhibitions. The Wondrous Place Gallery at Museum of Liverpool is especially worth checking out for its showcase of the city’s cultural heritage.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery in scenic Port Sunlight is also excellent for a visit and explorer day. Their current Inspired by Lady Lever exhibition celebrates 100 years of the gallery and its history.
5. Get creative
If you feel like getting creative over the summer there’s plenty of inspiring adult art classes at a range of venues.
Classes include Life Drawing with Convenience Gallery, painting your own Starry Night over Liverpool at Shipping Forecast and weaving workshops from LazyKate Textiles at John Archer Hall.
Make. also have Introduction to Tie Dye and Beginner Mosaic workshops for a chance to explore something new and discover a new hobby.
For more events happening over the summer and beyond check out our What’s On section.