What's on, when it's on, in Merseyside
The metropolitan county of Merseyside is inevitably defined by the world famous city at its heart, but it is actually a larger area than just Liverpool. Merseyside covers the metropolitan area on both banks of the Mersey and the five boroughs of Liverpool city, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley. It spans over 250 square miles and borders the Irish Sea is to the west, Cheshire to the south, Greater Manchester to the east and Lancashire to the north.
The landscape is almost entirely urban although there are pockets of natural beauty that break up the sprawl. The Wirral Peninsula is a fascinating and varied area, for example, with the eastern side having been industrialized for ship building in the 19th century and still industrial to this day, whilst the inland area of the peninsula offers some startling areas of natural beauty, consisting of country parks, rustic villages, hiking and biking trails and over 75 miles of rights of way.
There are also beaches at Hoylake and West Kirby and the Neston Botanic gardens are worth a visit too. North of Liverpool in Prescot there is the wonderful Knowsley Safari Park, on the Knowsley Estate and in Sefton to the north there are 22 miles of sand dunes and an abundance of bird and wildlife. Lastly, there is Southport, a famous resort with endless sandy beaches and Royal Birkdale, a championship golf course.
That said however, Merseyside is still about Liverpool, famous the world over for the Kop, the Beatles and the music scene, the waterfront and docks (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the wonderful sense of humor of the locals. Recently declared a European Capital of Culture, Liverpool has been on the up for years now and its mix of architecture (from classical to modern new buildings), its nightlife and music scene and the new museums and galleries all make for a wonderful city. From the neo-Gothic Cathedral to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, and from Tate Liverpool to the Merseyside Museum theres enough to keep you busy for days.
Days out and Attractions
Discover museums, art galleries, historic houses, castles, attractions, theme parks and much more in and around Merseyside to keep families entertained whatever the British weather.
Events in Merseyside
From world-class live music, festivals and exhibitions to shows, sports events and gigs, Merseyside has it all.
Use the list of event categories below to find events to suit your mood, as well as your pocket!
Chinatown in Liverpool
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Grand National - world's greatest steeplechase?
Watched by more than nine million people across the globe, The Grand National is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar. BritEvents takes a look at this iconic race, widely recognised as the greatest steeplechase in the world.
The history of pantomime
The Pantomime season is upon us - Oh, no it's not! Oh, yes it is! - and BritEvents looks at the history of pantomime, the traditions behind it and some of the best shows around Britain this winter.
Forthcoming Events Diary
|CastLiverpool band Cast were one of the major success stories of the 90s Britpop phenomenon, combining strong songwriting skills with some of the best melodies of the era. Cast initially formed in 1992 led by John Power,…||21 Dec 2013O2 Academy LiverpoolLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|André RieuAndre Rieu is a rather revolutionary force within the world of classical music, from a very young age his father (a conductor of the Maastricht Symphony Orchestra) taught him the ways in which someone could make music. L…||22 Dec 2013Echo ArenaLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Wedding FairSummary: Our first wedding fair of the 2014 season returns at Chalon Court Hotel, St Helens from 12 noon! We have a great day in store for you all with catwalk shows, ideas and inspiration galore. Description: Over th…||5 Jan 2014Chalon Court HotelSt HelensExhibitions|
|Union JThis English four-piece boy band formed through the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, in which they finished fourth. Signing up with Sony in 2012, their debut single was released in June 2013 and charted at number s…||6 Jan 2014Echo ArenaLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|James ArthurAfter winning X Factor 2012, James went on to score the biggest selling X Factor single of all time with the BRIT Award nominated â€˜Impossibleâ€™ and has recorded a stunning debut record writing and collaborating with s…||11 Jan 2014Liverpool Empire TheatreLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Paul CarrackEnglish singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist 'Paul Carrack' has seen major music success as a band member and solo performer since the 1970s. Playing with 'Ace', 'Roxy Music' 'Squeeze', 'Mike and the Mechanics' he…||17 Jan 2014Philharmonic HallLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Del AmitriDel Amitri performs live at Liverpool Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Merseyside on Sunday, 02 February 2014. Buy and compare your tickets for Del Amitri at Liverpool Empire Theatre now.…||2 Feb 2014Liverpool Empire TheatreLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Mayday ParadeFormed by a member of five youngsters Derek, Alex, Brooks, Jake and Jeremy, Mayday Parade had been soaring high with their creative and meaningful pieces of music originals that ranges from soft rock to hardcore rock to …||2 Feb 2014O2 Academy LiverpoolLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|London GrammarLondon Grammar appears live in Liverpool, Merseyside at O2 Academy Liverpool on Friday, 07 February 2014. For ticket prices to watch London Grammar at O2 Academy Liverpool, see the list of tickets available for London G…||7 Feb 2014O2 Academy LiverpoolLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Dappy 4SakenDappy 4Saken at O2 Academy Liverpool live on Saturday, 08 February 2014 in Liverpool, Merseyside. For tickets to see Dappy 4Saken at O2 Academy Liverpool, see the list of ticket prices.…||8 Feb 2014O2 Academy LiverpoolLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Mike PetersMike Peters at O2 Academy Liverpool live on Friday, 14 February 2014 in Liverpool, Merseyside. For tickets to see Mike Peters at O2 Academy Liverpool, see the list of ticket prices.…||14 Feb 2014O2 Academy LiverpoolLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Rizzle KicksRizzle Kicks are a hip-hop duo from Southend in London. The duo consists of Jordan 'Rizzle' Stephens and Harley 'Sylvester' Alexander-Sule . They released their debut album 'Stereo Typical' on 31 October 2011. Rizzle Kic…||15 Feb 2014O2 Academy LiverpoolLiverpoolMiscellaneous|