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Take the train over the water in search of pleasure

By Mary Wells

Those helpful people at Merseyrail have come up with some things to do in Liverpool during August and September.

Merseyrail hopes of course that we’ll take the train, which means catching one from Heswall and changing at Bidston; or getting to West Kirby for a direct service.

It doesn’t help that, as reported in Heswall Today, the local railway station leaves something to be desired (which isn’t Merseyrail’s fault), but these suggestions could be ways of spending some typically sunny British days and evenings – ahem – in a great city.

International Beatles Week, 23 – 29 August

This is truly an international event with 70 bands from over 20 countries and fans from over 40.

Live music is the focus of International Beatleweek with three stages at The Cavern Club, in Mathew Street, all day, every day (with a different band on every hour), but the festival also goes out into the city to various venues so you can get a real feel of Liverpool.

This year, Beatleweek will be at the Royal Court, Alma De Cuba, St. George’s Hall and it’s back to the Adelphi Hotel for late night parties and the Annual Beatles convention.

Nearest Merseyrail station: Moorfields for The Cavern, Lime Street for the Royal Court, St George’s Hall & the Adelphi, Central for Alma De Cuba

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Folk Festival On The Dock, 26-28 August

The Albert Dock’s Folk Festival on the Dock began in 2016, presented by the BBC’s Janice Long.

The event welcomed over 100 folk, roots and sea shanty acts making almost 450 performers. With last year’s inaugural event being so successful, the FREE event is back over August Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate Liverpool’s rich musical heritage

Nearest Merseyrail station: James Street

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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, 20 August

The biggest round-the-world ocean race is to return to Liverpool with the start and finish of this unique global challenge moving from the capital back to the River Mersey, 10 years since it last came.

The 2017-18 edition of the famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will set sail from Albert Dock, returning approximately 11 months later in Summer 2018.

The 40,000-nautical mile Clipper 2017-18 Race will mark the fourth-time Liverpool has hosted the Clipper Race in its eleven editions, making the city the event’s most frequented start and finish port ever.

Nearest Merseyrail station: James Street

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Visit the new look Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Liverpool

The celebrity chef’s restaurant has just has just had a radical makeover.

Boasting a chic new look that pays homage to the rich industrial heritage of the restaurant’s location on Chapel Street – once home to the city’s cotton trade – and Liverpool’s enduring music legacy, Marco’s is a place where guests feel welcome and relaxed to unwind and enjoy great food and impeccable service, at an affordable price.

As part of the reinvention is a brand new menu, designed by Marco, featuring classic dishes made using a range of seasonal ingredients, with steak remaining very much at the heart, all sourced from Royal Warrant appointed butcher, Campbell Brothers.

Marco is the Godfather of modern cooking, a true original, and this new look steakhouse will re-establish his rightful place at the top of Liverpool’s restaurant scene.

Nearest Merseyrail station: Moorfields (Old Hall Street exit)

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Enjoy a family day out at the Pier Head Village

This summer festival on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront runs until September 10.

It includes three of Europe’s tallest and most thrilling adrenaline rides, an inflatable village for the little ones, live acoustic music at the Sound City bar, a beach club and artisan & farmers’ market. Now that the Wirral loop line is open again, a family of up to 5 can get there for just £11 with a Merseyrail Family Ticket.

It is open seven days a week from 11am-11pm.

Nearest station: James Street

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