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17 things for your Grand National week in Liverpool

It’s one of the biggest and dressiest weeks for Liverpool this week with Aintree reopening for crowds and the big National Festival starting on Thursday.

Hopefully it will be an amazing few days and The Guide will be there on the course for all the action and Style Award judging. But there’s a lot more than just racing this week, it’s a standout race, so if you’re looking for something else to do, here are 17 ideas to put on your to-do list (and a few Aintrees too because we don’t couldn’t resist).

Oh Me Oh My’s Afternoon Tea in the Sky

You know we’re heading into summer when Oh Me Oh My’s beautiful rooftop garden, facing the Liver Building, opens up again. Goodness Gracious is back with Afternoon Tea in the Sky, which will now be available to book from Wednesday to Friday each week for £33.50 pp. What could be nicer than scones and champagne in the sun?

More info here.

Grand opening day at Aintree

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The opening day of the national festival on Thursday is always special for the city and this year it is dedicated to all NHS staff who have been so amazing during the pandemic. As well as a full day of racing, soprano Laura Wright will join the Merseyside NHS Choir to give a fabulous start to the Opening Ceremony.

More info here.

Mamma Mia continues at Empire

If you like Abba and a bit of final vocals then this one is not to be missed as its feel-good factor is off the scale. Unleash your Dancing Queen for a hit show and a story of friendship, love and a special mother-daughter relationship as a bride-to-be tries to figure out who her father is. Until Saturday.

More info here.

Breakfast/brunch at Lime Street Central

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Lime Street Central is just up the street from the train station and if you’re in that part of town it’s a great choice for freshly prepared pub fare, including brunch from 10am-12pm. There are plenty of options like Full English and a Full of Vegetables, Egg Benny, Royale and Turkish or Vegan Breakfast Crostini. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can also go bottomless from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m.

More info here.

War of the Worlds live on stage at M&S ​​Bank Arena

Jeff Wayne’s spectacular award-winning musical version of War of the Worlds is in Liverpool on Wednesday, with a star-studded cast including Kevin Clifton from Strictly, Duncan James from Blue, Claire Richards from Steps – and a 3D hologram of Liam Neeson! With a 30-foot-tall Martian battle machine, live music and fantastic special effects, it’s going to be a spectacular evening.

More info here.

Watch Liverpool in the Champions League at the Yankees Sports Bar

The quarter-final first leg is Tuesday night against Benfica, so Reds fans won’t want to miss it and the Yankees on Wood Street are showing the game live on their big screen. Watch with one of their classic sports icon cocktails or bring in the beers.

More info here.

Tasty food at GPO Metquarter

GPO at Metquarter is a great choice for food and drink as there are so many independent traders covering all different cuisines from Greek and Cantonese to dirty burgers to desserts and ice cream. Go on Ladies Day and you’ll find a bottomless brunch with 90 minutes of unlimited prosecco or beer.

More info here.

Day at Sudley House

If you are in South Liverpool and looking for a place to spend a lovely day, head to Sudley House where you can stroll through the beautiful gardens which are now in full spring bloom, perhaps have a picnic. picnic, explore the house itself and see the exhibition of paintings on display. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More info here.

Book dinner at Gino’s at the Melia on Old Hall Street

Gino’s at the Melia on Old Hall Street is fast becoming one of Liverpool’s most popular restaurants, so if you haven’t tried it yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. Sample Gino’s authentic Italian dishes in the large open-plan restaurant, then head to 18and floor for drinks and stunning views in the Sky Bar.

More info here.

Aintree Ladies Day

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For punters it’s mostly about the big race on Saturday, but when it comes to fashion and fun, you can’t beat Friday for Ladies’ Day at Aintree. We’ll be there as part of the judging team for the Style Award alongside Lucy Aylen from Never Fully Dressed, and after the whole race Craig Charles will be doing a live DJ set on the Red Rum Lawn.

Book your tickets here.

Sheila’s Island at the Playhouse

Head to the Playhouse for a show full of laughs, with new comedy from Tim Firth (Calendar Girls) Tuesday through Saturday. Starring Sara Crowe, Sheila’s Island has been described as The Office meets Lord of the Flies meets Miranda, which sounds like a three-way winner.

More info here.

Cocktails and good times at Alma De Cuba

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For a guaranteed party vibe, Alma on Seel Street always delivers – the old church never looks great, there’s a glamorous crowd and the cocktails are fantastic, whether you want classics like a strawberry daiquiri or a mojito, or something more eccentric like their watermelon sugar martini.

More info here.

Tribute to Adele at Camp and Furnace

It’s unlikely we’ll get to see the woman herself perform live in Liverpool this year, but here’s the next best option – Camp and Furnace’s Someone Like Adele Friday night features a live performance of the number tribute from the UK, more there It will be music videos, themed cocktails and DJs all night long.

More info here.

Grand National Day – the eyes of the world on Liverpool!

OK, it’s the biggie, watched by millions all over the world and right on our doorstep. Take your time as a full day of racing starts at 1.45pm and the National is at 5.15pm when a sold-out crowd will lift the roof off the Queen Mother Stand as the winner makes that famous long run-in home.

More info here.

Watch the National live at the Roxy Ball Room

And if you can’t be at Aintree in person, you can still feel the vibe of a day at the races by watching it at the Roxy Ball Room in Rainford Square. He brought seven big screens for the weekend to show the race live, then win or lose, you can grab the drinks and compete against your friends in your own games.

More info here.

Sunday Roast at the Pioneer in Crosby

Treat yourself to a delicious Sunday roast at Pioneer Bar & Brasserie on Liverpool Road in Crosby. You can choose from beef, lamb, chicken or a nut roast with lots of vegetables and Yorkshire puds, but be sure to leave room for dessert – a double chocolate gin brownie orange?

More info here.

Take the Liverpool ONE Heritage Trail

It’s a great way to learn more about Liverpool’s history – Liverpool ONE has a new Heritage Trail dotted with 16 stopping points, each with their own fascinating history. The whole trail shouldn’t take more than about an hour, and you can pick up a free trail map at the Wall Street Information Center.

More info here.