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!
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Forthcoming Events Diary
|MetronomyMetronomy at O2 Academy Liverpool live on Thursday, 13 March 2014 in Liverpool, Merseyside. For tickets to see Metronomy at O2 Academy Liverpool, see the list of ticket prices.…||13 Mar 2014O2 Academy LiverpoolLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|The WantedAs far as boy bands go one of the newest and most talented groups on the scene is The Wanted, a group of British guys who have taken the pop genre by storm. Their debut self-titled album came out in 2010, and ever since…||14 Mar 2014Liverpool Echo ArenaLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Nearly DanNearly Dan in concert The Spirit and Sound of Steely Dan Reelin' in the Years Anniversary tour 2013 Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticul…||15 Mar 2014The CitadelSt HelensMusic/Gigs/Concerts|
|Sarah MillicanSarah Millican is a successful English stand-up comedienne from South Shields. Her profile on the comedy scene first increased after winning the 'if.comedy award' in 2008 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She is now a r…||15 Mar 2014The Philharmonic HallLiverpoolTheatre & Performing Arts|
|Russell HowardAward-winning comic Russell Howard and regular on BBC's Mock The Week hits the road to bring his unique comedy style to a discerning crowd of fans. Born in Somerset, England, Russell's awards include Zoo magazine's top …||20 Mar 2014Liverpool Echo ArenaLiverpoolTheatre & Performing Arts|
|DrakeAubrey "Drake" Graham, had always an idea of what fame is and what its like to be in the public eye at a very young age. As a Canadian television actor from Canada’s high-school drama Degrassi , Drake has over the …||22 Mar 2014Liverpool Echo ArenaLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|InterpolInterpol appears live in Liverpool, Merseyside at O2 Academy Liverpool on Saturday, 22 March 2014. For ticket prices to watch Interpol at O2 Academy Liverpool, see the list of tickets available for Interpol.…||22 Mar 2014O2 Academy LiverpoolLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Susan BoyleSusan Boyle performs live at Liverpool Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Merseyside on Saturday, 22 March 2014. Buy and compare your tickets for Susan Boyle at Liverpool Empire Theatre now.…||22 Mar 2014Liverpool Empire TheatreLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Miranda HartEnglish actress, writer and comedienne Miranda Hart, award winning Queen of Comedy is on stage doing stand-up for the first time since her hit series â€˜Mirandaâ€˜ aired on the BBC. Grab a chance to see Miranda's l…||25 Mar 2014Echo ArenaLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Jack SavorettiJack Savoretti at Liverpool East Village Arts Club live on Friday, 28 March 2014 in Liverpool, Merseyside. For tickets to see Jack Savoretti at Liverpool East Village Arts Club, see the list of ticket prices.…||28 Mar 2014Liverpool East Village Arts ClubLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|Dan CrollDan Croll performs live at Kazimier in Liverpool, Merseyside on Saturday, 29 March 2014. Buy and compare your tickets for Dan Croll at Kazimier now.…||29 Mar 2014KazimierLiverpoolMiscellaneous|
|The OrbThe Orb performs live at Liverpool East Village Arts Club in Liverpool, Merseyside on Saturday, 29 March 2014. Buy and compare your tickets for The Orb at Liverpool East Village Arts Club now.…||29 Mar 2014Liverpool East Village Arts ClubLiverpoolMiscellaneous|