Get your diary ready – it’s about to get filled. We’ve picked 77 things (plus a few extra chucked in for good luck, of course) happening in the region over the next couple of months – deliberately jumbling things up, it means you can dive in, mooch around and take your pick. Over half the events are free as well, so no excuse to stay indoors with a box set of Stargate and Dominos on redial. Go learn about asparagus, marry Julian Clary, or explore the hidden tunnels of St George’s Hall. Spring is busting out all over the city region. It’d be rude to miss any of it.

Downy Ducklings and Baby Otters

OH MY GOD
When: All spring
Where: Martinmere, Burscough
What: Visit the baby otters at Martinmere (well, they’re 1 year old now, but still incredibly cute), take a guided walk, a beaver stake-out, a canoe-safari or visit for Downy Duckling Week – from 25th May, for cuteness overload.
More: www.wwt.org.uk

The Art Of Pop

EXHIBITION
When: Til 26 May
Where: FACT
What: FACT’s eye poppingly brilliant spring show features hundreds of music videos, from the pioneers to present day, and a peek at the future. And, yes, a Bjork runs through it. Artists featured also include Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Fred Astaire, Man Ray, Madonna, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga and Radiohead. Don’t miss.
More www.fact.co.uk/projects/the-art-of-pop-video

The Wilson Trophy

SPORT
When: 3-5 May
Where: West Kirby Marine Lake
What: Watch world class sailors compete in this, the largest, most prestigious event in the international dinghy team racing calendar.
More: www.wilsontrophy.co.uk

Lamplight Tours

TOUR
When: 15 May
Where: Croxteth Hall
What: Live out your Downton Abbey dreams at Croxteth Hall, as characters from the city’s past appear as you’re guided by lamplight around the rooms.
More: www.croxteth.co.uk

Liverpool Craft Beer Expo

ALE
When: 14-16 June
Where: Camp and Furnace
What: Keg and Cask ales, whiskey lounge, street food, art and music curated by the Baltic’s brilliant Brown Bear Beer boys. All in the excellent confines of the Camp and Furnace space.
More: www.liverpoolcraftbeerexpo.com

Against Modern Football

DISCUSSION
When: 10 May
Where: Static Gallery
What: As part of Writing on the Wall Against Modern Football with Brian Reade, Sheila Coleman, Peter Hooton, David Conn and Steve Lees. A discussion on the issues of clubs, commerce and community, with a follow on VJ/DJ event with David Jaques/Phil Thornton/Ste Connor.
More: www.writingonthewall.org.uk

Secret Gardens of Oxton

LOVELY
When: 12 May
Where: Oxton Village
What: The glorious gardens of Oxton are opened up, for one day only, for a touch of horticultural envy. Take high tea at the vicarage, or a sneaky cutting from a particularly fine wisteria. Village shops, plant and craft stalls, cafes and pubs will all be open on the day.
More: www.oxtonsociety.org.uk

Wirral Walking Festival

OUT AND ABOUT
When: Throughout May
Where: Across Wirral
What: A series of exciting and varied walks in the parks, open countryside, coast and heritage sites in Wirral throughout the month, taking in history, food and drink, and habitats and wildlife.
More: www.visitwirral.com

Liverpool Art Prize

ART
When: 26 April – 8 June
Where: Grand Hall, Albert Dock
What: The shortlisted local artists’ works are on display at this new space in the Albert Dock, ahead of the awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 29, at which the People’s Choice Award winner will also be revealed. Go and have your say.
More: liverpoolartprize.com

Spread the book love

READING
When: 23 Apr-19 May
Where: Throughout the city
What: Liverpool publisher Wordscapes are giving out special bookplate stickers (at Albert Dock, Radio Merseyside, Metal at Edge Hill Station and Liverpool’s commercial district). Early birds can stick it inside a book, leave it for someone else to find and read – just keep your eyes peeled for books left by others, and pass it on.
More: www.wordscape.org.uk.

The Rite of Spring

CLASSICAL
When: 23-24 May
Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
What: We don’t predict a riot, but Stravinsky’s brave, pounding, physical score for Diaghilev’s ballet is every bit as thrilling today as it was when it was premiered, to famous consternation, in 1913. Expect Vasily Petrenko and and the Orchestra to get your sap rising.
More: www.liverpoolphil.com/?lid=9047

Big Voice at Bluecoat

SINGING
When: 17 May
Where: The Bluecoat
What: Sense of Sound present Big Voice at Bluecoat. Your chance to road test your vocal skills, and work with a choir to create an amazing, harmonious sound. Or mime.
More: www.thebluecoat.org.uk

North West Guitar Show

SIX STRINGS
When: 19 May
Where: Haydock Racecourse
What: The UK’s longest established guitar show returns with more than 100 dealers and exhibitors with guitars old, new and vintage and, no doubt, a constellation of plectra.
More: www.guitarshows.co.uk

Liverpool Art Fair

ART
When: 24-27 May
Where: Camp and Furnace
What: Affordable, home-grown art for all at this colourful, Camp and Furnace-based art fair, part of Liverpool Art Month, in conjunction with Dot Art and the city’s vibrant independent galleries.
More: www.liverpoolartfair

Danish Improvisation

WORKSHOP
When: 12 May
Where: Lantern Theatre
What: The Danish Cultural Institute brings physical theatre troup Arrieregarden to give a workshop in the ‘Devising’ technique, using musical and physical methods to bring out a ‘deeper understanding’. Of what, we’re not too sure.
More: www.thelanterntheatre.co.uk

5 Live’s Big Day Out

EVENT
Where: Echo Arena
When: 1 June
What: Colin Murray, Robbie Savage and Mark Chapman, with Primal Scream, bring their ‘banter’ to our waterfront. Panel show Fighting Talk, with Bob Mills and Justin Moorhouse will be broadcast live from the arena.
More: www.echoarena.com

Arab Arts Festival

EVENT
When: 7-16 June
Where: Throughout the city
What: Liverpool Arab Arts Festival brings talented artists from across the Arab world – from photography to music, theatre to film – to the city. This year, LAAF focuses on the question of identity, the many faces of Arabs today.
More: www.arabartsfestival.com

Spring at Sefton Park

LOVELY
When: Throughout the season
Where: The Palm House
What: Sing-a-longs, country dancing, jazz concerts, tea dances and murder mysteries… there’s a lot going on in the steamy under-canopy of Sefton Park’s gorgeous greenhouse.
More: www.visitliverpool.com

Wirral Folk on the Coast

MUSIC
When: 6-9 June
Where: Whitby Social Club
What: This popular, home-spun festival offers a weekend of family entertainment, sea shanties, local folk acts, and up and coming singers and musicians.
More: www.wirralfolkonthecoast.com

Archiving the Arts

ART
When: 24 April – 6 May
Where: the Bluecoat
What: Over two weeks, the archive of the country’s oldest arts centre is pored over, to reveal more of the Bluecoat’s incredibly rich history of past exhibitions and events. Expect a greatest hits including Monet, Ono and Picasso. Not bad, eh?
More: www.thebluecoat.org.uk

Beautiful Thing

THEATRE
When: 28 May – 1 June
Where: Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
What: Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, and direct from the West End, Jonathan Harvey’s life-affirming play comes to the Liverpool Playhouse for one week only.
More: www.everymanplayhouse.com

Kite Runner

THEATRE
When: 13 June – 6 July
Where: Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
What: Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel and film, this Matthew Spangler-adaptation offers a haunting tale of friendship that’s as devastating as it’s beautiful. Another brilliant addition to the Playhouse’s programme-busting spring season. Get along.
More: www.everymanplayhouse.com

Light Night

FUN STUFF
When: 17 May
Where: Throughout the city
What: Over 50 of the city’s cultural spaces and venues will stay open late, staging a city-wide promenade of exhibitions, activities, installations and events.
More: www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk

Kitty Wilkinson Tours

TOUR
When: 21 May, 27 June
Where: Liverpool Cathedral
What: Actress Lucy Fiori as Kitty Wilkinson (an early pioneer of public health in the city) takes you on a tour of the Cathedral, weaving stories from her life, and of the city’s turbulent 19th century history.
More: www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

Blue Remembered Hills

THEATRE
When: 14 – 18 May
Where: Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
What: The story of seven children one wartime summer, whose growing pains lead them headlong into sudden and unexpected tragedy. A warm and wise Dennis Potter play.
More: www.everymanplayhouse.com

Rent, The Musical

THEATRE
When: 27 April
Where: The Auditorium, Echo Arena
What: Celebrating 20 years since its first staged performance, West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis stars in this iconic concert of the smash-hit, pop-culture phenomenon, Rent, following a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city under the shadow of HIV.
More: www.echoarena.com

Walking with Dinosaurs

JURASSIC
When: 22-27 May
Where: Echo Arena
What: 20 life-size dinosaurs, including the bad boy Tyrannosaurus-rex roam the stage in this £10,000,000 arena spectacle. Hear them roar, see them fight for survival and watch your kids wee their pants.
More: www.echoarena.com

Southport Food and Drink Festival

EATING AND DRINKING
When: 31 May-2 June
Where: Lord Street, and throughout Southport
What: Locally grown, fresh produce, the region’s finest chefs demonstrating their kitchen skills, lots of tastings, drinks, shows and entertainment.
More: www.visitsouthport.com

Butterfly Park

LOVELY
When: All spring/summer
Where: New Ferry
What: Originally abandoned railway sidings, coal yard and water softening site, New Ferry Butterfly Park has since been put to good use as a home for wildlife. Carpets of wild flowers and fertile grasslands are host to up to 26 species of butterfly, with 18 species breeding on site. May/June is the best time to visit.
More: www.facebook.com/NewFerryButterflyPark

Pillbox at Victoria Gallery

FAIR
When: 1 June
Where: Victoria Gallery and Museum
What: If you love vintage and retro or you’re a virgin, Pillbox Vintage Fairs is a great introduction – with a mix of stalls selling men and women’s vintage and retro clothing, jewellery, homeware, collectables and retro cakes and bakes. Stalls consist of local and predominantly online traders, so expect original, interesting stock at a great price.
More: www.pillboxvintage.com

National Wildflower Centre

LOVELY
When: All spring
Where: Court Hey Park, Roby Road
What: The National Wildflower Centre promotes British wildflower heritage and conservation – and offers help in creating new wildflower landscapes of your own. Regular events over spring include birdwalks, outdoor events for families, and Knowslsey Flower Festival. This year, thanks to the cold, the best month to visit is likely to be May.
More: www.nwc.org.uk/

Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

TOUR
When: April – October
Where: Cruises from Seacombe, Wirral and Pier Head, Liverpool, or from Salford Quays, Manchester
What: These all-day journeys on the Manchester Ship Canal between Merseyside and Manchester showcase how the region has changed over the decades, passing historic buildings, industry and fields on refurbished barges with drinks, refreshments and snacks available for sale throughout the cruise.
More: www.merseyferries.co.uk/

Bruce Molsky

MUSIC
When: 31 May
Where: Rodewald Suite, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
What: One of the most influential old-time fiddle players around, Molsky is also a remarkable guitarist, banjo player and singer. His high-spirited music melds the archaic mountain sounds of Appalachia, the power of blues and the rhythmic intricacies of traditional African music. An After 8 folk and roots event at the Phil’s brilliant Rodewald Suite.
More: www.liverpoolphil.com

Liverpool Calling

MUSIC
When: 16 June
Where: Bombed Out Church
What: British Sea Power, yes, really, at the Bombed Out Church. Check out their new album – it’s every bit as good as everything they’ve ever done. Which, in SS’s eyes, is high praise indeed. They’re supported by Amsterdam and a host of good to moderate bands. See what we did there?
More: Facebook event

Liverpool Festival Gardens

LOVELY
When: Year round
Where: Otterspool Drive
What: Liverpool’s International Garden Festival has risen from three decades of neglect and is now an attractive park with water features, Oriental-themes gardens and wildflower pastures, all set by the Mersey and Otterspool Promenade. Try your hand at Tai Chi, on World Tai Chi Day, April 27!
More: www.liverpoolfestivalgardens.com/

Spaceport

EXHIBITION
When: All year
Where: Spaceport, Wallasey
What: Billed as the ultimate journey through time and space, Spaceport boasts galleries, interactive and multimedia exhibits that tell the story of the universe. A long-running Wallace & Gromit exhibition and a new planetarium show voiced by Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint make it a popular family day out. New for spring is the Time Travellers’ exhibition.
More: www.spaceport.org.uk/

Warriors and Washerwomen

EVENT
When: All year
Where: National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
What: The Warriors and Washerwomen Living History Fair will see re-enactments from many periods of British history taking part in firing demonstrations, drills and other shows of ancient skills – plus children’s activities, trails and boat trips.
More: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Africa Oye

EVENT
When: 22-23 June
Where: Sefton Park
What: Famous for its friendly atmosphere, stunning surroundings and energetic music, the largest free African music event in the UK will this year feature Mokoomba, ZongZing All Stars and Atongo Zimba. Africa Oye, staged in the vast open spaces of South Liverpool’s Sefton Park, will also feature African crafts, clothes and food for sale over the two-day event
More: www.africaoye.com

Habitat Architecture Symposium

EXHIBITION
When: the Bluecoat
Where: 2 May
What: This exhibition looks at collaborative design approach adopted by its Rotterdam architect, Biq, and the wider context of urban development and cultural life – and marks the publication of Habitat, a new book about Biq projects, including the Bluecoat. With Biq lead architect, Hans van der Heijden, Dr. Paul Jones and Mark Pimlott.
More: www.thebluecoat.org.uk

Late Night Vintage

FAIR
When: 2 May, 6 June
Where: The Shipping Forecast
What: Late-night shoppers should enjoy browsing vintage accessories, jewellery and clothing within The Shipping Forecast, the relaxed, multi-beered Slater Street bar. Shop ’til you drop – or at least until the bar closes.
More: www.pillboxvintage.com/

Cycling in Formby

OUTDOORS
When: Throughout Spring
Where: Formby coast
What: The Cycle the Asparagus Route takes you from the National Trust’s dunes across the landscape using paths and roads into Formby village and back to your starting point. En route you’ll learn some fascinating Asparagus facts and a stop at an Asparagus field to have a little pluck.
More: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Chagall at Tate

EXHIBITION
When: 8 June-6 Oct
Where: Tate Liverpool
What: Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is one of the great artists of the last century. Bringing together more than sixty paintings and a selection of works on paper from across the world, Chagall: Modern Master takes a fresh look at this compelling artist in the first major exhibition in 15 years. (pic: Museum of Modern Art/Scala, Florence)
More: www.tate.org.uk

Looking Back, Thinking Forward

AMAZING
When: 25 Apr-6 May
Where: St George’s Hall
What: The never-before-seen tunnels of St George’s Hall will stage a major new exhibition featuring twenty six diverse community-based arts projects, looking at how photography, poetry, music, dance, film and visual arts are used to promote physical and emotional health.
More: www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk

Tudor May Day

EVENT
When: 5 May
Where: Speke Hall
What: Discover how the Tudors lived, worked and played. Kitchen demonstrations, games in the garden, quill writing, birds of prey demonstrations and a farmer’s market with sizzling hog roast. History with a twist. Sounds great: plus, an excuse to go to the fantastic Speke Hall.
More: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/speke-hall/

Lovesongs and Strawberries

MUSIC
When: 15 June
Where: Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt
What: A special price of £12 includes a concert of vocal and piano music from the great romantic composers (Brahms, Beethoven and co), buffet supper and a glass of wine or juice with spring strawberries.
More: www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk

Moby Dick on the Mersey

EVENT
When: 24 April – 22 May
Where: Maritime Museum
What: A month long celebration of whaling lore, Melville and maritime history, Moby Dick on the Mersey includes a marathon reading of the great American novel, talks and exhibitions on Liverpool’s whaling history and lots more.
More: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Merseystyle: Photographs by the Caravan Gallery

EXHIBITION
When: 10 May – 27 October
Where: Museum of Liverpool
What: Brilliantly chronicling the gap between the tourist board spin, and the grim reality, the keenly curated photographs by the Caravan Gallery reflect the state we’re in with humour and an unflinching eye for the bizarre in our midst.
More: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol

Look 13

EVENT / EXHIBITION
When: 17 May – 15 June
Where: Galleries throughout the city
What: From Rankin’s Walker Art Gallery show (pic), focusing on death and mortality, to the heritage and beauty of Hong Kong at the Victoria Museum, LOOK/13: Liverpool International Photography Festival will see dozens of photographic exhibitions and events taking place across the city. Independent, fringe festivals continue the festival’s theme, which this year is ‘Who do you think you are?’. More on this soon.
More: www.lookphotofestival.com/exhibitions/

Telling Tales

EVENT / EXHIBITION
When: 24 May – 8 Sept
Where: World Museum 24 May – 8 Spet
What: India is a land of epic stories and great storytellers. Showcasing the art of seven artists from India, ‘Telling tales’ explores their work and the stories they’re telling in 21st century India.
More: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Battle of the Atlantic

EVENT
When: 24-28 May
Where: Waterfront, Cathedral
What: The 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic (BOA 70) will be commemorated with a series of events in the city. Sunday 26 May will see a march through the city by current Naval and Merchant Naval personnel as well as veterans, and a flypast of Fairey Swordfish. Twenty five warships will be at the Cruise Terminal, Albert and Canning Docks, with some open to visitors.
More: www.royalnavy.mod.uk

Mersey River Festival

EVENT
When: 7 – 9 June
Where: Pier Head
What: The return of the Mersey River Festival with tall ships, historic vessels, street theatre and shanty music. And women on very tall stilts, if we remember rightly. It’s a popular weekend, so if you’re looking to beat the crowds get there in the morning.
More: www.itsliverpool.com/

Music on the Waterfront

MUSIC
When: 7-9 June
Where: The Waterfront
What: Welcome return of the live Music on the Waterfront weekend, with Smooth Radio concerts on the outdoor stage in front of the Royal Liver Building.
More: www.itsliverpool.com/

Liverpool Open

SPORT
When: 20- 23 June
Where: Calderstones Park
What: The 12th Liverpool International tennis Tournament takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Calderstones Park. The International has attracted many current and former number one players such as Novak Djorkovic, John Mcenroe, Bjørn Borg, Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis making it the biggest exhibition tournament in Europe.
More: www.liverpooltennis.co.uk

Snap Happy at Chester Zoo

LEARNING
When: 4-5 May
Where: Chester Zoo
What: Photography workshops offering a fantastic opportunity to learn more about your camera and capture great wildlife photos around the zoo, with award-winning wildlife photographer Sue Flood, who’s worked on the BBC series The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, alongside Sir David Attenborough.
More: www.chesterzoo.org

Sportsmans Dinner

EVENT
When: 3 May
Where: The Florrie
What: Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy and Everton legend Kevin Radcliffe share stories over a meal, with comedian Mark Langley, games, auction and raffle. All proceeds will go back into the heritage and youth activities of the ace Florrie.
More: www.theflorrie.org

Port Sunlight 10k

SPORT
When: 19 May
Where: Port Sunlight
What: Run around the village (in a 5k or 10k road race) or cheer the participants on, visit the newly spruced up Port Sunlight Museum, the splendid Lady Lever Gallery and its excellent refectory, and generally soak up village life in this picture-perfect model village.
More: www.portsunlightvillage.com/page.asp?pageid=NEWS

RIBA Tours

TOUR
When: May – October
Where: Throughout the city
What: RIBA Liverpool City Tours tell the story of Liverpool past, present and future through the buildings and spaces that make up the city. Join the RIBA guides on one of two tours, both of which put the spotlight on key buildings and spaces that form part of the contemporary city landscape.
More: www.architecture.com

Realism

EXHIBITION
When: 17 May- 28 June
Where: The Gallery Liverpool
What: Exhibition of paintings in the realist/photorealistic genre, with some of the UK’s most distinguished artists within the genre exhibiting.
More: www.thegalleryliverpool.co.uk

Physical Fest

EVENT
When: 24 May – 1 June
Where: Unity Theatre
What: Workshops and performances over eight days, from internationally renowned practitioners, centred on the Unity Theatre. Expect an improvised jam and ‘Fest Live’ an open platform showcase for new physical work from established and emerging artists.
More: www.physicalfest.com

Albert Dock Birthday Celebration

EVENT
When: 31 May – 2 June
Where: Albert Dock
What: To celebrate Liverpool’s most visited free tourist attraction turning 25 (who’s gonna mention Margaret Thatcher’s role in its Renaissance?) the dock’s hosting a birthday weekend of family fun and entertainment, which will showcase the best of the dock’s attractions. Using a new app, people are invited to share their memories of the Albert Dock with the world. Tate Liverpool will give you the opportunity to share their memories on the app from a special station from 17-27 May.
More: www.visitliverpool.com

The Beatles Story

EVENT
When: 31 May – 2 June
Where: The Beatles Story
What: Free family fun, revolving around some band called the Beatles. Never heard of ’em.
What: For the Albert Dock’s birthday celebrations Beatles Story will have free family workshops and kids go free with a paying adult to see this ace visitor attraction. Never been? Do.
More: www.beatlesstory.com/

Woodvale Transport Festival

EVENT
When: 22-23 June
Where: Victoria Park, Southport
What: Vintage cars, classic cars, car boots, model railways, trade stands, model boats, remote control cars, the lot. We hate to say ‘fun for all the family’ but, really, it is – there’s stuff for reminiscing pensioners right down to patience-busting children. Everyone loves a classic.
More: www.woodvalerally.com/

The Merchant of Venice

THEATRE
When: 24 -26 June
Where: Hillbark, Frankby
What: The always sure footed promenading Hillbark Players will be performing ‘The Merchant of Venice’ Open Air Theatre in Royden Park, Frankby, with all seats under cover. Which is nice.
More: www.hillbarkplayers.co.uk/

Electrified Yoga

ENERGY
When: 7 May
Where: Leaf
What: A DJ weaves songs together, creating a curious hybrid between chilled out club room and asana workout. They’re calling it a unique yogic journey. We’re not sure how far off your mat you’re allowed to wander. Each session will be finished with making new friends over a cup of Chai and Tiffin.
More: www.thisisleaf.co.uk

Capstans Bazaar

FAIR
When: 19 May
Where: Leaf
What: Expect a quirky mixture of handcrafted and lovingly made goods – from bespoke jewellery and textiles, leather to ceramics and limited edition prints.
More: www.thisisleaf.co.uk

Writing On The Wall

EVENT
When: 1-31 May
Where: Throughout the city
What: Writers, ranters, artists and thinkers at this, the city’s biggest literary festival: This year taking Under Pressure as its theme. Expect big names from Janet Street-Porter to Melvyn Bragg, a competition for new novelists, flash fiction and Dragon’s Pen – with ‘Dragons’ selected for their expertise in the fields of prose, script and screen. Participants will pitch their ideas and hope for the best.
More: www.writingonthewall.org.uk

Liverpool Tattoo Convention

EVENT
When: 3-5 May
Where: Britannia Adelphi
What: Stars of the ink world converge at the Adelphi for all things tattoo. There’ll be artists, art, people showing off, and all manner of things inky and tatt-y. And yes, you can finally get that big ‘MUM’ design you’ve always wanted on your left bicep.
More: www.liverpooltattooconvention.com

Ping Social

EVENT
When: 5 June
Where: Camp and Furance
What: Following on from 2012’s Ping Liverpool festival on the first Wednesday of every month Camp And Furnace will host a Ping Social event in the venue’s Furnace space. Combining Ping-Pong with live music, friendly tournaments, games, djs, food and drink.

Jane’s Walks

TOUR
When: Dates throughout May
Where: Throughout the city
What: Celebrating the life, and philosophies of the great American urbanist Jane Jacobs, these new walks, organised by Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) North West Young Planners will coincide with the anniversary of Jane Jacobs’ birth and will centre around the Hope Street, Baltic Triangle and Stanley Street Quarter areas. ‘Jane’s Walks’ provides a chance for Liverpool’s top urban planners to explain how Jane’swork has influenced, and will continue to influence, Liverpool’s development. Contact: kim_cooper@hotmail.co.uk

Tour one: 2nd May, at 6.00pm, Hope Street
Tour two: 4th May, 11.45am, Baltic Triangle
Tour three: 9th May, at 6.30pm, Stanley Street Quarter

Baltic Art & Craft Fairs

FAIR
When: 4 May, 1 June
Where: Camp and Furnace
What: Recycled jewellery, photography, ceramics and glass, handcrafted carpentry, retro and contemporary, homeware, stationary, gifts & cards, craft workshops, live acoustic music and food & drink. What’s not to like?
More:
www.campandfurnace.com/

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

JASON DONOVAN
When: 20 – 25 May
Where: Liverpool Empire
What: The cocks in a frock on the rock are heading this way, sequins, dance floor classics, innuendo and, erm, more sequins. And Jason Donovan being rather brilliant.
More: www.priscillathemusical.com

Evita

THEATRE
When: 24 – 29 June
Where: Liverpool Empire
What: The greatest musical of the 70s, definitely. Of all time? There’s a good argument for this powerful, tune-crammed bio of the Argentinian iron lady. Marti Pellow as Che? We’re not so sure, but the hits keep on coming, nonetheless.
More: www.atgtickets.com

Accelerate

EVENT
When: 27 June
Where: ACC Liverpool
What: All eyes are on the city this June, as Britain’s first festival for high-growth business, Accelerate, takes the baton following last year’s hugely successful Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Speeches (from the likes of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales), panel discussions and interactive Q&As from industry big hitters and inspiring leaders alike. A fringe programme will take place over the threedays leading to the main summit.
More: www.accelerate2013.co.uk

Floating

THEATRE
When: 28-30 May
Where: Unity Theatre
What: Everyone has a story to tell about the NHS – terrible food, waiting lists, infections and complaints. But what are the unheard stories of compassion and kindness from the caring face of our national health service? Floating presents the beating heart of your NHS.
More: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

Age of Confidence

EXHIBITION
When: Until June 30
Where: Sudley House
What: For half a century the London firm of Bedford Lemere & Co was the leading architectural photography company in England. After London, Merseyside was the firm’s second-most photographed location. Their photographs captured an age of confidence when prosperity and civic pride gave rise to a wave of new buildings across the region.
More: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/sudley/exhibitions/age-of-confidence

Furnace Social

FOOD
When: 11 May
Where: Camp and Furnace
What: Break bread, and more, together, in the convivial atmosphere of C&F, when the kitchen will be hard at it, creating its famous roasts, veggie plates, and a selection of inventive dishes highlighting the best of the region’s produce.
More: www.campandfurnace.com/ai1ec_event/furnace-social/

Celebrating the Bookshop/Book Fair

READING
When: 5 May/ 10-11 May
Where: The Bluecoat
What: Collectors’ and bargain second hand books at the fair, and at the Celebrating the bookshop day, join Jessica Fox; who swapped NASA and the US for a bookshop in Scotland, Sarah Henshaw; who sells books aboard a barge she lived, worked and travelled on all last year; Jen Campbell; a bookseller whose books are about the odd things people say in bookshops and Mandy Vere; of independent bookshop News from Nowhere for a discussion on why we love a bookshop, why we need them and why the future is bright for them even in the age of the e-reader.
More: www.thebluecoat.org.uk

Caz and Britney: Scottie Road The Musical

THEATRE
When: 11 May
Where: Epstein Theatre
What: Premiered at last year’s Homotopia, this is a warm, witty and wise homage to the great road’s twisted history. With a bag of great tunes too! The Epstein Theatre’s got some great stuff coming up – both homegrown and from further afield – so make sure you head along to at least one of their bookings. We highly recommend this one.
More: www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk

Julian Clary, Position Vacant

COMEDY
When: 25 May
Where: Royal Court
What: The rejuvenated comedian tours the land in search of a new husband. And, every night, finds the perfect man, and marries him live on stage. His best show in years, we hear.
More: www.julianclary.co.uk

Tate is 25

EXHIBITION
When: 17 May – 27 May
Where: Tate Liverpool
What: Celebrating a quarter of a century, Tate is 25 features memorabilia from the gallery’s past, including exhibition posters presenting some of Tate Liverpool’s exhibition highlights. Photographs, scrapbooks and exhibition catalogues from past to present will also be on display.

Chester Folk Festival

MUSIC
When: 24-27 May
Where: Kelsall Village
What: Bank holiday folk at this free festival, in deepest, loveliest Cheshire.
More: www.chesterfolk.org.uk

Wirral Spring 2013

EXHIBITION
When: 23 April – 30 June
Where: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
What: The annual celebration of Wirral visual artists of all ages, amateur and professional, contemporary and traditional, 2D, 3D, digital… you name it; the newly refurbished Williamson has it. Enjoy lunch in the new cafe, or buy the work of local artists and crafts workers in the shop.

American Woman

DANCE
When: 16-18 May 2013
Where: Paul McCartney Auditorium, LIPA
What: Student performances are top notch at LIPA. This is the story of a young songwriter in the late 1960s, who dreams of playing Woodstock and writes a song called American Woman. This is a devised dance production featuring a part live, part pre-recorded musical backdrop of songs from the era.
More: www.lipa.ac.uk

Beastie Boys Block Party

AMAZING
When: 5 – 6 May
Where: Brooklyn Mixer
What: 24 hours celebrating three MCs and musicians: Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz. We know them, and love them, as the original saboteurs, the Beastie Boys.
More: Facebook event

Electronic Voice Phenomena

EVENT
When: 15 May
Where: St George’s Hall
What: Following their tantalizing Biennial weekend, Nathan Jones’ excellently curated exploration of the intersection of human voice and electronic machines sees Outfit, Ross Sutherland and Hannah Silva in the ‘man’ corner, with ‘machine’ represented by tape loops, vocoders, synths and circuit boards.
More: Facebook event

Ten Bands, Ten Minutes: David Bowie

MUSIC
When: 15 June
Where: The Kazimier
What: The man of the moment, with his best moments lovingly recreated by ten of the best Liverpool bands, artists, thin white dukes, and spiders from Mossley Hill.
More: Facebook event

Central Library Opening

EVENT
When: 16-17 May
Where: William Brown Street
What: Expect a night of a thousand stories, as Liverpool Central Library re-opens after a major, multi-million quid refurb (check our preview piece below for more information). It looks amazing. Expect mammoth digital projections over two nights (one of them as part of cross-city shinding Light Night), and the sort of party you just couldn’t ever get with a kindle.
More: SevenStreets preview

River Crafternoons

DIY
When: 28 May
Where: Museum of Liverpool
What: A drop-in event, get creative and make fun stuff linked to the River Mersey, for children aged 10 and under. Check out the Museum’s other events, such as curator talks, time quests, free screenings and Tiny Liverpool parent and baby mornings.
More: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Liverpool Sound City

MUSIC
When: 2-4 May
Where: All over the place
What: Great line-up this year (of speakers, panels and bands), digital and music expo, keynotes from Andrew Loog Oldham and Tracey Thorn, and three days of great music from essential bands: if you don’t agree Everything Everything have released the album of the year so far, see us afterwards.
More: www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

Main image: Ian S

3 Responses to “77 Things To Do In Liverpool This Spring”

  1. Thanks for including New Ferry Butterfly Park, we’re having our annual Open Day this Sunday 5th May 11-4pm, Free entry and all welcome 🙂 Lots to see and do, including seeing our re-vamped art trail, pond dipping, spider hunts and countryside crafts.

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