Published: 21 December 2017

Looking ahead to 2018

Events in Liverpool - Albert Docks

As the New Year looms, we have been looking ahead to what is going on in Liverpool from now until the summer. 2018 is set to welcome a packed schedule of events to the city as Liverpool gears up to celebrate 10 years since it’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Here are just a few of the events you can check out this year:


  • The Royal Court’s Scouse Nativity – Running until 13 January, with its 16+ advisory, this play promises to be a great evening for you and your friends:
  • The Pier Head’s Ice Festival – Boasting an impressive triple-lane ice slide, ice rink, giant Ferris wheel and 50 traditional German market stalls, the Ice Festival has returned to the waterfront again this year. The event also sees the return of the Ice Bar, a spectacle not to be missed, with its exquisite ice sculptures and a bar, seating and tables all carved from ice. The festival runs until 7 January and more information can be found at the website:
  • Liverpool Anglican Cathedral – A venue not to be missed this Christmas! With its world renowned architecture and ambience, the cathedral is worth a visit at any time of the year, but is especially magical at Christmas:
  • Cains Brewery – Situated in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, Cains has been transformed into a Home Alone themed Christmas bar that celebrates the classic Christmas film and all things festive. They’re also hosting a NYE ‘Glitter Ball’ which promises to round the year off in a shower of sparkle and glitter. Who can say no to that?


  • Bongo’s Bingo – The Bongo’s Bingo team will be returning to Liverpool Guild of Students on the 28 January to transform the Mountford into a bingo hall like no other. Get ready for a night of rave rounds, unicorns and singing Westlife at the top of your lungs:
  • Making Himself Claire: Grayson Perry’s Dresses – This special exhibition at the city’s Walker Art Gallery will run until 4 February, featuring a selection of dresses worn by Grayson Perry and designed by students at Central Saint Martins. The exhibition includes the dress worn by Grayson when he won the Turner Prize in 2003:
  • Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins –  The Singh Twins and the University of Liverpool have collaborated to exhibit new work which explores India’s role in the fashion industry and its history of Empire, conflict and slavery. The exhibition will be on at the Walker Art Gallery and run from 19 January until 20 May 2018. For more information, please visit:


  • China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors – Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, this unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history; from the conflicts and chaos of the Warring States period, to the achievements and legacy of the Qin and Han dynasties. The exhibition is running from 9 February until 28 October 2018 at Liverpool’s World Museum:


  • Feast of Fire – The team behind Liverpool Capital of Culture’s incredible opening and closing ceremonies returns to the city in 2018 with Feast of Fire; a festival experience which will allow visitors to get up close and feel the heat of spectacular fire-fueled sculptural installations as they promenade through the historic gardens of St George’s Hall. Add to this a live performance soundtrack and flaming food and drink, and you have a must-see spectacular during the Easter break:
  • Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money – A powerful new exhibition by 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid MBE features works selected by Lubaina from the Arts Council Collection, along with 20 figures from her major installation, Naming the Money. The exhibition will run until 18 March 2018 at the city’s Walker Art Gallery:


  • The Grand National Festival – Watched by more than 600 million people on live television, the Grand National takes place 12-14 April on our doorstep in Aintree. 40 horses and jockeys will once again line up to race around the course and take on famous fences including Becher’s Brook, Canal Turn, Valentine’s and The Chair. For further information and to book tickets please visit the website at:


  • Liverpool Sound City – Running 5-6 May, Liverpool Sound City is the largest international music, digital and film festival and conference in the UK. Previous years have seen the likes of Florence and the Machine, The Maccabees and Ed Sheeran take to the stage. For an updated list of this year’s performers and to book tickets please visit the website:
  • Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 – The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta will link a trio of vibrant port cities – Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux – with some nail-biting racing across the Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay. And it all begins here over the late May Bank Holiday weekend (25 – 28 May) at Liverpool Waterfront and Wirral. More information is available at:
  • Light Night Liverpool – Liverpool Light Night is the city’s one-night (18 May) arts and culture festival which takes place annually in May. Each year, the doors of more than 60 museums, galleries and heritage sites stay open late into the evening to welcome thousands of visitors to over 130 special events. For further information please visit the website:


  • Africa Oyé – The UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture, Africa Oyé festival takes place annually in Sefton Park and features a host of top performers as well as stalls trading food and drink, arts and crafts, clothes and accessories from Africa and the Caribbean. Further details will be available closer to the event, which takes place 16-17 June, on the website at:


  • Liverpool Biennial – Liverpool Biennial presents a free festival of newly commissioned contemporary art from around the world. It takes place over 14 weeks every two years across the city and public spaces, galleries and online. This year the festival will run from 14 July – 28 October 2018. The collection is organised as a story narrated in several episodes: fictional worlds sited in galleries, museums, pubs, unused spaces, stations, hotels, parking lots, shops and supermarkets. Further information is available on the website at:
  • Liverpool International Music Festival – Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is now entering its sixth year and will see household names and up and coming acts perform at the free event across various venues in the city from 20-22 July. For the latest LIMF information please visit the website at:
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