Things to do in Liverpool this autumn
What's on in October
Leap Dance Festival
During this time, venues across the city will be hosting dance shows as part of Liverpool's LEAP festival. Some events are free, and some cost up to £12. For more information, take a look at the Visit Liverpool website.
LJMU students are entitled to £5 tickets for selected shows at Liverpool's Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, and the Playhouse's new show Amélie is one of them! A live theatre production of the well-loved French film arrives in Liverpool on the 14 October. Sign up to get your discounted tickets.
City Tour: Films and Theatres
15 October, 6-7:30pm
If you're still learning your surroundings in Liverpool and want to know where you can access your exclusive cultural discounts, join one of Student Opportunities' free walking tours. This one shows you around the city's theatres and cinemas, sign up to take part.
You might have to travel outside of the city centre for this, but it's a great autumnal day out with your flatmates. Travel to Claremont Farm or Hightown Pumpkin Patch (you might need to get a taxi from the train station) and pick out the best pumpkins to take home and carve however you see fit.
Selected evenings from 4 October - 1 November
Farmageddon is for those of you who love horror movies and anything Halloween themed. It's an interactive experience just outside of Liverpool where you're chased by monsters - not for those easily frightened! You can book your tickets online. Please note, this is in the countryside, so you will have to get a taxi from Town Green or Formby train station.
Liverpool Irish Festival
As you may know, Liverpool has a close connection to Ireland, and many locals are proud of their Irish heritage, so each year, we celebrate with the Liverpool Irish Festival. This year there are loads of events including film, art, food and drink, music, poetry and talks. All are welcome to join and celebrate Irish culture. Find out more.
Thursday 24 October, 5-6:30pm
Did you know LJMU students get free tickets to the top of the Anglican Cathedral? During certain months of the year, you can visit during sunset for a spectacular view, and the Student Opportunities team are taking you up for the final 'Twilight Thursday' of 2019. Join for free.
24 and 27 October
Make the most of your exclusive offers with LJMU and get free tickets to some classical concerts at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. On 24 October see 'Glorious Gershwin' and 'Sunday Afternoon Dances' on 27 October. All you have to do is show your student ID at the Philharmonic Hall's box office.
Floating Cinema at the Albert Dock
24 October - 1 November
During the Halloween season, Independent Liverpool will be returning with their pop-up floating cinema on the Albert Dock to show an array of scary and slightly less scary films throughout the afternoons and evenings. See the full list of screenings and purchase your tickets.
Augmented Reality Zombie Hunt
This spooky season, Liverpool One have released their very own app, Zombies Unleashed, which takes you on an augmented reality zombie hunt throughout the city's shopping centre. This is definitely one to enjoy with your friends next time you're shopping in town!
Fright Night Film Screenings
In the days before Halloween, Sefton Park's Palm House will be transformed into a pop-up cinema showing scary classics such as The Shining and 28 Days Later. You can buy your tickets online.
If you prefer period dramas rather than horror films, good news. The new Downton Abbey movie is being screened in Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall, and LJMU students get two free tickets. All you have to do is show your LJMU student ID at the box office.
Haunted Theatre Tour
31 October, 4-5pm
Get into the Halloween spirit (haha) with a tour of one of Liverpool's most haunted buildings, the Royal Court Theatre. The team will guide you through the haunted corridors and tell you tales of the theatre's ghosts. Who knows, you might even see one yourself...sign up.
Monster Mash Ferry Cruise
31 October, 7:30-10:30pm
If you haven't ticked 'ferry across the Mersey' off of your Liverpool bucket list yet, now is your chance. This Halloween, there's a special Monster Mash cruise where you can dance the night away whilst overlooking Liverpool's spectacular skyline. Tickets are £16 and can be bought on the Mersey Ferries website.
What's on in November
To celebrate Bonfire Night (otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Night), on 3 November a huge, spectacular fireworks show will light up the river Mersey. You will be able to see the fireworks show from both Liverpool and New Brighton on the Wirral, and it is a must-see each year. Just make sure you get a spot early, as the city gets extremely busy for this event, but it's a great chance to bond with your flatmates over a cup of hot chocolate!
River of Light Festival
1-9 November, 5-10pm each night
Each night in early November, Liverpool's Waterfront will light up with a series of light installations. Head down to the docks to see and get involved.
Halloween Feast at Baltic Market
31 October - 3 November
For those not a fan of horror but who still want to celebrate, why not head down to Liverpool's favourite street food market to eat some spooky snacks, enjoy some music and get dressed up in costume? Entry is free, and there are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available. More details.
Free exhibitions at Tate Liverpool
On a rainy autumn day, one of the best things to do is explore the city's many museums and art galleries. Luckily, LJMU students get free entry to all of the exhibitions in Tate Liverpool. Current exhibitions include Sol Calero's El Autobús and Keith Haring's retrospective which are on display until 10 November.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Monday 11 November, 6:30-8pm
For a spooky, not scary, Halloween experience, why not join LJMU Student Opportunities for a free showing of Frankenstein at the theatre? Sign up.