Bank Holidays, this time of year, they’re like street cleaners before elections. You wait for ages, then they all appear out of nowhere. So, what’ll it be this weekend? Near and far(ish) here are our picks:
Street food, demos, cocktails, Peter Hook, Stealing Sheep, eating sheep, shearing sheep, the best food and drink from the north west and Wales. Claremont Farm, verily, is God’s bread basket this weekend. Grab a haystack, pick a pitcher of ale, have cider with Rosie, gaze over to the Clwydian mountains and get all bucolic on yo ass.
DRIVING MISS DAISY, ANGELA LANSBURY Q&A
Alfred Uhry’s powerfully moving Pulitzer Prize-winning play crackles with energy in David Esbjornson’s sure-footed production, starring two of the world’s best loved thesps, the indefatigable Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones. This performance was recorded at The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, Australia in 2013. Broadcast from London’s BFI Southbank, this special event includes a 45-minute live Q&A with Angela Lansbury about her 70 year-career.
LIVERPOOL ART FAIR
For its third edition, the fair moved to the Baltic Triangle over the spring bank holiday weekend from 23rd to 26th May, just over the road from Camp and Furnace, at The Gallery. The four day event celebrates affordable original art (from as little as £20) by local artists – hand chosen by a panel of the city’s great and good.
BIRD ALBUM LAUNCH
The ever-wonderful Bird will be moving amongst us again, as they launch their debut album – finally! – ‘My Fear and Me’, at the Kazimier this Friday, ably supported by Bill Ryder Jones and Sankofa.
ROCK’N’ROLL MARATHON FESTIVAL
We’re unsure about this one – but the inaugural Rock ’n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon on Bank Holiday Sunday, is upon us. The event (think Mathew Street Festival that you run through) sees live bands perform at each mile of the route and runners celebrate their accomplishment with a post-race concert at the finish line. They say it’s terrifically popular in Las Vegas and Washington. Let’s see, eh?
HOBO BAZAAR POP UP
A three dayer of handmade goods, art, vinyl and retro goodness – Hobo decamps to Unit 51 for a Bank Holiday barnstormer. Expect great gifts, delicious Unit 51 food (shame they don’t serve Baltic Bakehouse bread. Its loss is noted) and acoustic sets from the city’s best. Sounds like a bit of a Baltic belter.
ANTIPOP BIRTHDAY PARTY
It’s great to see Antipop going from strength to strength – with 20 releases and 150 gigs celebrating the best of Liverpool’s under-the-radar musical mavericks. This sees them reach the five year milestone, with a bumper showcase of the label’s current artists: each highlighting the collective’s singular and essential world view.
Everyone will receive a free copy of the new Pete Bentham and the Dinner Ladies “I Heart Here”. It’s followed by a free Rock’n’Roll disco.
BANK HOLIDAY AT THE NATIONAL WILDFLOWER CENTRE
Court Hey Park, Knowsley
Saturday sees this vibrant hub for all things green and pleasant offer an introduction to bee keeping (£25), with tips and advice for new and aspiring beekeepers to learn how to get started, how to choose your hive, and what plants to choose to get the best harvest. Essential, we’d have thought. Call them on 077 4666 8258 to reserve your place.
On Sunday, it’s the brilliant Artisan Network’s Wildflower Artisan Market – with over 60 stalls offering plants, garden paraphernalia and handmade work, produce and world food.
WIRRAL WALKING FESTIVAL
The peninsula’s month-long celebration of its ancient paths, parkland, heath and coast continues over the bank holiday, with guided walks of Royden Park, Bidston Village and Parkgate. Don’t forget to stop for ice cream.
AMAZED BY SCIENCE
Tatton Park, Knutsford
24 May – Throughout June
Head to leafy Cheshire for Tatton’s kid-friendly exploration of science, technology and engineering. Enjoy activities across the site, including talks, trails, demonstrations, hands-on activities and workshops. Join a Ranger Safari in the Parkland, learn how to keep your fruit trees healthy, or follow the Tatton Rocks Geology trail in the Mansion.