Halloween Treats & Tricks

As All Hallows’ Eve is creeping just around the corner, it’s time to start upping the fright factor and getting into the spooky mood. With loads of things going on all around the city, we’ve made a list of the best Halloween events happening in Liverpool.

Golem‘ at the Everyman Theatre
>Wednesday 18th October to Saturday 21st October
>Price: £5 LJMU student tickets
It’s not about ghosts or skeletons or zombies, but this play by theatre company 1927, is about a different sort of monster. Within Golem, animation, claymation, live music and performance are used to frightening effect to ask questions about technology and how much it controls our lives. A dark tale which explores impact of one of the scariest monsters of our time.


Pumpkin Picking

>Throughout October
>Price: Differs per location (£1-£10!)
Get your wellies and your woolies on because is the absolutely dreamy autumnal event; head out with your mates to one of Merseyside’s many pumpkin farms! There are plenty to choose from around the area including Poplar Farm just on from Maghull, Kenyon Hall Farm near Warrington and a few over on the Wirral. This article from the Liverpool Echo will give you a good few to start with.



>October (and all year)
>Price: £12 for students (bring your NUS card)
Throughout October, the people behind the original Liverpool history/ghost tour are putting on three different city tours for those wanting to get spooked. Take your pick between ‘Hope Street Shivers’, ‘Auld City Vaults of Doom’ and the ‘Ghost Bus’ for a history lesson on the dark side of Liverpool that you’ll never forget.


Wake the Dead Halloween Parade

>Saturday 28th @ 8pm
WakeTheDeadParade_LiverpoolOne_291016_LucyMcLachlan_03If you’re struggling to get into the spooky party spirit, this is the event for you. Led by 70-strong drum troup Katumba, this carnival of the dead will be sure to get you moving and grooving as it rips through the city centre. Starting at the top of Bold Street at 8pm, people of Liverpool are encouraged to dress up and join in the party – good luck not going out after this one!

Spooktacular!‘ at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

>Sunday 29th October @ 2:30pm
>Price: FREE LJMU student tickets
The perfect spooky event for little ones, the Orchestra will play a collection of haunted hits from The Devil’s Galop to Phantom Fairground, and not forgetting the Ghostbusters theme! Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween garbs, and with a chance to have a go on the instruments half an hour beforehand, it’s a great way to introduce your children, neices, nephews, brothers or sisters to classical music.


Liverpool’s Halloween Lantern Carnival

>Sunday 29th October @ 6pm
>Price: FREE
The Lantern Company’s creepy carnival will be returning to Liverpool on Halloween weekend, but this time it’s going to take over the city centre. The family friendly event promises to be “a whopper once-only whirlwind of a night” where underworld inhabitants such as beasts, skeletons and ghosts will light up the streets as they dance through in a carnival of chaos!

Lantern Parade

The Limehouse Golem‘ at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

>Tuesday 31st October @ 7:30pm
>Price: FREE LJMU student tickets
How better to spend Halloween than with a spooky Victorian murder mystery? Starring Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth, The Limehouse Golem revolves around a series of murders which are LimehouseGolemconsidered to be so gruesome, the people of Limehouse feel they can only be blamed on legendary creature of death……. The Golem! (Cue screams). Join the Student Opps team beforehand for a spooky twist on our City Social…. there may or may not be dressing up/apples on a string. Look on Facebook for info nearer the time!

Songs for the End of the World‘ at the Everyman Theatre

>Tuesday 31st October to Wednesday 1st November
>Price: £5 LJMU student tickets
>”Welcome to New Albion, a near-future dystopia of suffering and exploitation. While some predict armageddon, many are simply preparing for the end.” Lead by the sounds of Dom Coyote and the Bloodmoneys, you’ll forget whether you’re in the theatre or at a gig! Set in a post-apocalyptic world, this is the perfect play to send off the spooky season in style.




From Page to Stage

By now you’ll probably know that this semester’s Student Opportunities offers provide an abundance of top quality events to attend. However, you might not know that a lot of these plays and performances come from historic or modern world-renowned novels or local folk tales. We’ve drawn up a list of all the stories which have been adapted to stage or screen for this semester; you might find a few surprises.

The Suitcase – Weds 4th to Sat 7th October
Originally written as a short story by Es’kia Mphahlele in 1954, this tale follows a young newly married couple who seek a better life for themselves in the city of Durban. When things go wrong for the pair, the husband, Timi, steals a suitcase left on a bus entirely unaware of the frightening consequences this brings. Es’kia has authored many stories and thoughts around race and South Africa’s changing society. Full of movement, emotion and lyrical music, this piece epitomises African storytelling and brings Es’kia’s tale to life.
VENUE: Playhouse Theatre
PRICE: £5 tickets

Fingal’s Cave – Friday 27th October at 1:30pm
Located on the uninhabited island of Staffa off the West Coast of Scotland, Final’s Cave is named after Fingal or Fionn mac Cumhaill, the hero of Scottish poet-historian James Macpherson’s Ossian cycle of poems. Legend has it that Fionn or Finn created the Giant’s Causeway which connects Ireland and Scotland. This event, featuring the music of Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Brahms, provides some truly stormy symphonies and will take you on your own adventure across the oceans.
VENUE: Liverpool Philharmonic
PRICE: FREE for LJMU students

Around the World in 80 Days – Fri 27th to Sat 28th October
The classic adventure novel written by French author Jules Verne is one of the world’s much loved stories. It tells the tale of Phileas Fogg and his French valet Passepartout, who set off on a journey to circumnavigate the world in just 80 days under a wager for Fogg’s life’s fortune. Since the book was written in 1873, it has been made into numerous films, documentaries and, of course, plays. Coming up to us from the West End, this version will be performed by an incredibly talented cast of 8 playing over 125 characters – tickets will go fast so don’t miss out!
VENUE: Playhouse Theatre
PRICE: £5 tickets

Songs for the End of the World – Tues 31st October to Weds 1st November
Whilst it isn’t quite an adaptation of a novel, Dom Coyote’s ‘Songs For the End of the World’ is heavily inspired by post-apocalyptic novel ‘Dr. Bloodmoney’ written in 1965 by Philip K Dick. Taking on the book’s themes of politics and exploitation, the play uses music by the multi-instrumentalist band The Bloodmoneys to ‘obliterate the line between epic theatre and rauscous gig‘. Sounds like a lot of fun to us!
VENUE: Everyman Theatre
PRICE: £5 tickets

The Limehouse Golem – Tues 31st October
The Limehouse Golem starring Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth is an adaptation of the 1994 novel ‘Dan Leno & The Limehouse Golem’ by Peter Ackroyd. Set in Limehouse, in Victorian London, the murder mystery is centred around a collection of murders considered so dark,that the people of the town can only blame them on a legendary creature; the Golem. Before the film’s screenwriter Jane Goldman became involved in films she read the book and reportedly claimed ‘Gosh, I hope somebody makes a movie of this’; little did she know at the time it would be her!
VENUE: Liverpool Philharmonic
PRICE: FREE for LJMU students

Victoria & Abdul – Tues 21st November
Based on a true story, the biographical novel of the same name was written by Shrabani Basu in 2010. The book was created as a historical novel, meaning the characters, relationships and stories have been well researched and highly detailed, although it’s safe to say the film adaptation could have a little more creative license. Starring Judi Dench as the elderly Queen Victoria, and Ali Fazal as her young Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim the film boasts a number of other famous faces such as Eddie Izzard and Michael Gambon.
VENUE: Liveprool Philharmonic
PRICE: FREE for LJMU students

The Scouse Nativity – Mon 27th, Tues 28th & Weds 29th November
Okay so we may be clutching straws on this one, and it’s fair to say this is a very VERY loose adaptation of one part of one of the world’s most famous books. But put scousers and songs into the nativity mixer and you’ve got an absolutely brilliant (and free) Christmas night out lined up.
VENUE: Royal Court Theatre
PRICE: FREE & £5 tickets

Baskerville – Sat 9th December to Sat 13th January
One of the world’s most famous fictional detectives is brought to life in this fantastic Everyman & Playhouse production. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle over a century ago, The Hound of the Baskervilles was the third of Doyle’s novels featuring Sherlock Holmes. ‘Baskerville’ brings the marvellous, moor mystery to life with just 5 actors playing a total of 42 characters! Another one not to be missed.
VENUE: Playhouse Theatre
PRICE: £5 tickets

For more info about all of these plays and how to access tickets, have a look at our booklet online or send us an email at studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk.

City Socials

Getting to know Liverpool with LJMU Student Opportunities…

Looking for something to do in Liverpool that’s FREE?… come along and join the team on one of our ‘City Socials’ listed below.

City Socials are about getting together with other students to find out more about Liverpool and what exclusive offers are available to you as an LJMU student to help you make the most of your time in this incredible city.

So whether you are new to the city or want to know more about it, join the Student Opportunities Team to have the best possible student experience in Liverpool!

When: Every Tuesday at 6:30pm meet at the LSU Social Zone in John Foster for refreshments before. Check our social media as some times or days may differ for further special events offered.

If you would like to go to any of the events, please just contact studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk or follow us on social media to keep updated @LJMUStudentOpps. Use #SOCitySocial if you come along!


Wk Event Date/Time
4  THEATRE: ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ at The Everyman Tues 17 Oct, (6.30pm)
5 FITNESS: Lifestyles Millennium ‘Grit’ class

CULTURE: Culture Crawl – City Tour plus ‘Twilight Thursdays’ trip to top of the tower of the Liverpool Cathedral

MUSIC: ‘Fingal’s Cave’ at the Liverpool Philharmonic

Tues 24 Oct, (6.30pm)

Thurs 26 Oct, (3.30pm)

Fri 27 Oct, (1.30pm)

6  FILM: ‘The Limehouse Golem’, (15) at the Liverpool Philharmonic Tues 31 Oct, (6.30pm)
7 CULTURE + ART: Culture Crawl – City Tour plus Tate Liverpool ‘Tate Trip’

CULTURE: Cathedral Tower Experience at Liverpool Cathedral

FITNESS: Lifestyles Fitness Sessions (meet at Lifestyles Millennium)

Tues 7 Nov, (4pm)

Weds 8 Nov,          (4pm)

Thurs 9 Nov, (1-4pm)

8 THEATRE: ‘People, Places & Things’ at The Playhouse Tues 14 Nov, (6.30pm)
9 FILM: ‘Victoria & Abdul’ 12a at the Liverpool Philharmonic Tues 21 Nov, (6.30pm)
10 FULLY BOOKED THEATRE: ‘The Scouse Nativity’ at the Royal Court Theatre FULLY BOOKED Tues 27 Nov, (6.30pm)
11 THEATRE: The Little Mermaid‘ at Playhouse Theatre Tues 5 Dec, (2.30pm)
12 THEATRE: ‘Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ Mystery Event Mon 11 Dec, (6.30pm)

Culture Crawl – City Tour

Join the Student Opportunities team for a tour around the great city of Liverpool. Be prepared to see some of the best city sites.

Culture Crawls consist of a journey across the city which includes your Student Opportunities offers and other key points of interest across Liverpool (GPs, Walk-Ins, supermarkets etc.). The walking tour can take up to 60 – 90 minutes but will ensure you’ll be updated with fun facts and cultural hot spots.

Tours will be running throughout the year so if you would like to come along  please contact the team studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk or follow on social media @LJMUStudentOpps .

Please check out ‘Let’s GO’ events for the upcoming tours and also other Student Opps events you can go to including FREE films, theater and art exhibitions.

For further information please contact:

studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk or call 0151 231 3714