10 ways to have the ultimate Liverpool staycation this summer
Left it too late to book a summer getaway? Don’t spend the next couple of months scrolling enviously through your friends’ holiday snaps on Instagram.
Get out there and enjoy all the amazing events, activities and locations the Liverpool City Region has to offer with our guide to the ultimate city staycation.
Words by Lawrence Saunders
Take the plunge
For many families, a trip to a waterpark is an essential part of any holiday abroad.
Luckily, if you’re planning a staycation this summer Liverpool has a new aquatic attraction ready to explore.
Located at Duke’s Dock, between The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and Kings Dock, The Adventure Dock Co is a 92-metre assault course made up of over 50 inflatable obstacles including slides, trampolines, rafts and barriers.
With a host of ‘Ninja Warrior’ inspired features including the Tire Run, Ninja Jump, Dragon Tail and the biggest blow up of them all, Mount Rainier, there’s plenty of white-knuckle ways to get wet.
Participants must be over eight years old, reasonably fit and able to swim 50m without assistance.
Hit the beach
The city region is blessed with an abundance of belting beaches, but Thurstaston beach in Wirral is one which mistakenly often gets overlooked by many sun seekers.
This charming sand and shingle stretch is home to a wealth of varied wildlife and offers panoramic views over the River Dee towards the stunning Welsh Hills – a perfect place to watch the sunset.
While you’re there why not indulge your creative side with a visit to the Shore Cottage Studio in the shadow of the imposing clay cliffs.
Featured on ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’, this family cottage-cum artists’ studio offers informative courses in photography, laser cutting and hand stitching.
Party in the parks
Keep the little ones entertained this August with a trip to the brand new CBBC Summer Social in Croxteth Park.
The one-day festival (3,4,5 August) will feature some of children’s TV’s most popular faces along with a host of kid-friendly music acts including Union J, New Hope Club and Mackenzie Ziegler.
For younger guests, CBeebies’ star Mr Tumble will be in attendance along with a CBeebies Village chock-full of activities and performances.
In the south of the city at Sefton Park, the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) returns (21-22 July) with its most high profile, and perhaps best, line-up to date.
For the first time in its six-year history LIMF will be a ticketed event, but with top artists such as Example, Wiley, Basement Jaxx and Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers, it looks set to be well worth the £5 admission fee.
Start feline friendly
Making friends with a local stray cat might not be the most hygienic holiday pastime but sometimes the little furballs are just too cute to ignore.
After years of rumours, Liverpool’s very own Cat Café is finally here and full of friendly felines just itching (hopefully not literally) to make your acquaintance.
Get over to 10 Bold Street and say hello to Dobby, Paddington, Izzy and the rest of the gang.
Grab a slice
Transport your taste buds to Southern Italy with a trip to Neapolitan inspired pizza joint Little Furnace on Smithdown Road.
Starting life a as pop-up, this two-man operation has branched out into the suburbs and now has a permanent base at the heart of one of Liverpool’s up and coming foodie hotspots.
Staying loyal to the Campania culinary code, Little Furnace serves up crispy base, chewy crust pizzas with a choice of classic toppings.
Try a panuozzo while you’re there as well. Another Southern Italian delicacy, it’s effectively a massive stuffed pizza dough sandwich. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Drink it in
Sampling a country’s native beverages is another fundamental part of any holiday so why should a staycation be any different?
Booze enthusiasts will have over 300 beers to try at the Liverpool Craft Beer Expo 2018 (26-29 July).
This five-day festival at the Invisible Wind Factory includes a gin bar, cider truck and street food stalls, alongside the extensive ale options.
Like craft beer, gin is still very much on-trend and thanks to Nile Rodgers disco is cool again as well, so the Gin & Disco Festival (30 June) makes plenty of sense.
Expect more than 20 gin brands, cocktails, plenty of funky disco classics and a boatload of biodegradable glitter at this Cunard Building shindig.
Have an al fresco feast
If the weather plays ball, head up to The Club House in Liverpool ONE’s Chavasse Park for all-American old-style rotisserie, signature hanging kebabs and premium Sunday roasts in the great outdoors.
Inspired by a New England-style Hamptons manor house, this L1 favourite boasts plenty of outdoor seating, a well-stocked drinks menu and regular live music performances.
Still hungry? Venture over to Cains Brewery Village for more open-air dining at The Parliament Street Collective (PSC).
From Chinese dim sum and Jamaican jerk chicken to BBQ and salt and pepper chicken, PSC has something to tempt every palate.