Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JE
Tel: 0844 871 3017
Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated Frank Wildhorn's Wonderland receives its UK and European premiere in this brand new British production. Based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Wonderland is described as “an enchanting” musical adaption of Lewis Carroll’s works Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, which is “a timely and touching story of love in all its forms” and the power of everyday magic in our lives.
Friday 26 May – Saturday 3 June
Various locations around Liverpool City Centre
The festival hosts 10 days of unique workshops from internationally renowned practitioners, performances, street theatre, events, debate, networking and ‘Fest Live’, a showcase for new physical work. The festival also hosts the Young Fest Weekend in May, a weekend of performances and workshops for young people, and runs participatory projects throughout the spring as well as Tmesis Theatre Graduate Company: a graduate physical theatre training and performance project.
Physical Fest is the only festival of its kind in Europe that specialises solely in physical theatre, attracting participants and artists locally, nationally and internationally.
It has a mixture of work from local, national and international artists with an emphasis on work that hasn’t been to Liverpool or the UK before. To find out more visit:
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Sunday 20 August
Albert Dock, The Colonnades
Liverpool L3 4AA
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 on the tenth anniversary of its last partnership with the region.
The 2017-18 edition of the famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will set sail from Albert Dock, Liverpool, on Sunday 20 August and return approximately eleven months later in Summer 2018.
World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool
Tel: 0151 478 4393
Ancient Egypt is much more than just pyramids, mummies and hieroglyphs. Join in on a 5,000 year journey to discover what life was really like. Explore the mummy room to find out how people achieved eternal life.
Thursday 8 June
Delamere Forest Park, Cheshire. Tel: 0300 067 4340
Run Challenge is a recreational running activity combined with a fun question and answer challenge such as once you reach marker 4, take a selfie with the Gruffalo. These sessions are aimed at individuals or groups of friends who are active. Meet at the Whitefield Car Park, entry £1
7 - 9 July
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire, Sk11 9DL Tel: 01477 571 766
Set against the backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope, Bluedot combines a truly stellar line-up of music with a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments and exhibits, family activities, expert talks and immersive artworks.
Young DaDaFest - Perform
Thursday 13 July
Everyman Theatre, 5-11 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BH
Tel: 0151 709 4776
DaDaFest develops young disabled and deaf artists by providing a platform for them to showcase their creative talent at these Young DaDaFest events; these events are coordinated by Young Leaders. Young DaDaFest - Perform includes performances from: YEP and The Champions.
A New Cathedral 1960
24 July - 3 September
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ
This exhibition will bring together for the first time a selection of submissions from the 1960 architectural competition for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. The international competition attracted 299 entries from around the world.
The Tinybop Collection - The Earth
Verdict: HHHHH By Andy Kelly
Our planet is always changing, right under our feet. But how do you make these concepts meaningful to our pupils? Here's the perfect app. The Tinybop’s ‘Explorer’s Library’ series is also one of the best. You start with a translucent model of the earth that spins with a swipe. You can cut it in half with a cross section tool, and there's a geological time line, so you can see how the Earth looked when it was first forming. As with the other Tinybop apps, your finger drives the concepts (not the other way around). The good stuff happens when you zoom in to a detailed depiction of our planet's surface, and touch one of 12 magnifying glasses or windows that zoom into a detailed scene. My favourite - the volcano where you can change the shape and height in real time, and tap the lava to make it erupt.
Birthdays the Beginning
Release date: Tuesday 9 May
Developed by: Arc System Works
PS4 and PC
Verdict: HHHHH By Andy Kelly
This is a vibrant, charming god game that focuses on simple, easy-to-understand mechanics. In the game, you create a cube-shaped world on a grid, manipulating its temperature by adjusting the topography of the land. This gives rise to a diverse array of creatures ranging from single-celled organisms to dinosaurs, which you can document in a findings catalogue as you slowly shape the world you wish to create.
The game is divided between two modes: Build mode and Macro mode. In Build mode, you shape the world's geography, forming mountains, valleys, and more. After that, you switch to Macro mode, where you advance the passage of time to accelerate the birthing process of lifeforms. You constantly switch between these two modes as you play, adapting the environment to the changes that occur as time progresses and new life grows.