Summer is fast approaching, and we’ve nearly made it through possibly one of the toughest academic years of our lives (thanks a lot, corona). Like me, you might be thinking of staying in Liverpool over the summer, so you can make up for lost time this past year. If this is your current mindset, then we’ve got some inspiration for how to make this a summer to remember. From visiting the beach to perfecting the back garden barbecue, with our help, your summer will be up there with the best! Just check out these summer activities in Liverpool…
1. Beach day
Nothing makes you feel like you’re on a summer holiday like a good trip to the beach. As a student in Liverpool, you’re literally surrounded by beaches, all of which you can get to easily on the train. My personal favourite at the moment is New Brighton, it has the vibes of a cute seaside town, and you can swim in the sea while looking over to the Liverpool skyline. However, Formby beach also has a forest full of red squirrels right next to the beach, perfect for if you fancy a bit of squirrel spotting post-beach day! Crosby beach, though, is home to a permanent art installation of iron men on the beach called ‘Another Place’, which will certainly make for a quirky day out. Whichever beach you chose, don’t forget your swimming costumes and picnic!
2. Take a tour of the city with Voi Scooters or City Bike
There is so much to see and do around Liverpool, whether you’re a Beatles fan, you want to tour the quirky graffiti of the Baltic Triangle, or zoom along the docks. It might just be me, but it seems like everywhere you move in Liverpool, there are Voi electric scooters or City Bikes at the side of the road. I’d definitely recommend making use of these abundant scooters and bikes, if you’re looking to see more of the city this summer. I can guarantee that nothing will make you feel like the main character of your own coming of age movie,
like scootering at full speed along the docks at sunset!
3. Sample the many delicacies Lark Lane has to offer
One of the best things about being a student in Liverpool, is the many restaurants, cafes and bars. A particular foodie hotspot not too far from Smithdown is Lark Lane, a road filled with various food and drink places. Whether you fancy Mexican food from La Parilla, tapas from Milo Lounge or just want to grab an ice cream from Gelato, there is somewhere for even your fussiest friends! With Lark Lane it’s a nice evening out with that a stroll through Sefton Park to get there and back, which I think gives it almost a holiday-ish feel. If it’s good weather, why not grab some drinks from the Co-Op at the end of Lark Lane to share in Sefton as the sun sets, for the ultimate UoL student summer experience.
4. Impress your besties with a back garden BBQ
Something I always associate with the summer holidays is the smell of barbecues coming from all the gardens surrounding yours. Why not join in the fun by hosting a barbecue with your housemates to impress the friend group? You could either chip in for a reusable barbecue or simply buy a few cheap disposable ones. Whether you decide to buy it all yourselves or ask people to bring their choice of BBQ food (to cater to any dietary needs), this is such a fun way to spend the evening outside making memories!
5. Get Great British Bake Off ready
One of my favourite past times at the moment is scrolling through all the dreamy cakes on Pinterest, and planning which ones I’m going to eventually bake one day. The summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to brush up on your baking skills, just in time for the Great British Bake Off starting in Autumn. Perhaps you could do a bake-off style competition in your friend group, or maybe you’d rather bake all together and create a group masterpiece to take on a picnic – the possibilities are endless. You could even go one step further and use wine glasses to cut into it like you’ve probably seen countless times on TikTok! Not a pro baker yet? Why not ease yourself into things with some cornflake cakes, which are super easy and perfect for all chocoholics.
As we get closer and closer to the end of exams, why not start making a bucket list of things you want to do over the summer holidays (hopefully with some inspiration from us). If you’re looking for more ideas of places to visit, why not check out our post about Liverpool’s hidden gems? Another top summer tip: use film cameras to document your memories from what’s going to be the summer of our lives!