7 ways to make the most of summer outdoors in Liverpool
There’s nothing like a summer in Liverpool – and being holed up in a stuffy office or glued to a Netflix box set is nothing like summer! So get outside and enjoy the outdoors with our top ways to make the most of the sun.
Words by Christine Toner
There are few places in the UK that look as pretty as Liverpool in the sunshine.
With the stunning waterfront glistening in the sun, quirky beer gardens and terraces and several beautiful parks, the city really comes to life in the summer months. If you don’t get outside and enjoy the outdoors though, you’ll miss out on the magic.
From joining an outdoor exercise class to taking a sunset cruise, we’ve rounded up the best activities out in the open in Liverpool this summer.
Party at the Pier
Pier Head Village
What’s your idea of a perfect summer day out? Sipping cocktails in the sun? A trip to the beach? Thrill seeking at the fairground? Well, at Pier Head Village you can do all three.
With hair-raising rides, an urban beach, bars, a farmers market and a food court among its attractions, there’s plenty to keep you occupied during the summer months.
The village is open daily from 11am until 11pm until 10 September.
Summer evening cruise
Liverpool folk have a lot to be grateful for. Two cathedrals, gorgeous architecture and more museums and galleries than anywhere outside London to name a few examples.
But perhaps the brightest jewel in our crown is the River Mersey and the waterfront. Make the most of it this summer with an evening cruise along the river on the famous Mersey Ferries.
The ferry sets sail from Pier Head at 7.40pm on selected dates and guests can enjoy live music and a licensed bar. The cruise lasts for two hours and costs £13.95 per person.
Make a splash
Liverpool Watersports Centre
Whether you’re sporty and adventurous and looking for your next thrill or just keen to try something a little different, a trip to the Liverpool Watersports Centre could be just what you’re after.
Situated just a short walk from Albert Dock, the centre offers a range of activities from canoeing and kayaking to sailing and windsurfing.
Instructors are on hand to help so whether you’re a watersports expert or a brand new starter, as long as you’re confident in water there’ll be something for you here. The centre is situated on Mariners Wharf, Queens Dock and prices vary depending on the activity.
Music? Check. Dancing? Check. Sunshine? Check. What more could you need?
Well the Outdoor Summer Bassline Day Rave is a nightclub meets festival event that’s taking the UK by storm with events planned for Nottingham and Leeds, and now organisers have announced plans to come to Liverpool.
Taking place on 12 August at a yet to be revealed outdoor location, the event promises the biggest bassline anthems, massive headliners and surprise appearances. Keep your eyes peeled for this one!
Outdoor theatre at Knowsley Hall
Who doesn’t love a trip to the theatre? And if you’re going to see a play, you may as well aim for the best and watch one of the works of the Bard himself.
Luckily this summer in the Liverpool City Region you get to do just that without missing out on the great outdoors.
On 10 August theatre company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will bring its touring production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ to the grounds of Knowsley Hall.
Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £10 for children, and attendees are welcome to bring picnics, rugs and low backed seats.
Let’s be honest, while we’d all like to feel fit and in shape for summer the idea of sweating it out in a gym on a sunny day when you could be lazing in the park is hardly appealing. But what if you could take the fitness class outside and have the best of both worlds? Well, thanks to Yin Yan Yoga you can.
The group currently has classes taking place in the secret roof garden at Capital & Centric’s Tempest building on Tithebarn Street. Classes are held at various times, including at sunrise, and cost £7 a session.
Get on your bike
Liverpool loop line
If we suggested cycling along a railway line you might not be too keen – the idea of riding alongside the Merseyrail train to Kirkby is hardly up there as one of the great cycle routes of the UK countryside.
However, there’s a disused line in Liverpool that actually provides a stunning cycle route through pretty woodland and it’s known as the Liverpool Loop Line. The popular route runs from Halewood to Aintree, is traffic free and is around 13 miles long.
There are no hills – so it’s ideal for beginners – and there’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way.