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And they're off...

Here are Heather Smith's favourites and each-way bets that have absolutely nothing (much) to do with the Grand National this weekend

Published on April 2nd 2009.


And they're off...

You shall go to the ball
Not making it to Aintree for Ladies Day? Well it’s no use moping around. Polish your stilettos, don your best frock and join Society’s Ladies Day after party with full pockets as if you’ve backed winners all the way.

And if you are hitting the races, the night need not end when the last fence has been cleared.

Jockeys (of the disc variety) on the bill for Friday’s Ladies Day Ball include Anton powers, Ian Longo, Denny Dowd and Steve Timmins.

Aintree first race 2pm, Society doors 9pm. That makes for at least seven hours of drinking, not including champagne at breakfast, before you even get there. Don't be letting the side down, now.

*Ladies Day Ball @ Society, 64 Duke Street, Liverpool, L10151 258 1230 Fri 3rd April, 9pm-3am.

'bac in time
Should Society’s synthetic boom-boom make your toes curl, you could always settle down at Cafe Tabac and wind out on Friday with some sweet jazz.

The strange café-come-club hybrid of a venue, which has long sat proudly and not so proudly at the top of Bold Street, is offering a night filled with jazz and soul anthems, spun by its very own Beaten Track DJs. Expect Miles Davies, Nina Simone and John Coltrane to lighten the chilled-out atmosphere.

As well as regular cocktail-pitcher and drinks promotions, Tabac are promising food offers, too. Also, the 11pm curfew seems a little more realistic for tired Aintree ladies.

Beaten Tracks @ Cafe Tabac, Bold Street, Liverpool 1, Fri 3rd April, 5pm-11pm, free

Young at art
Starting this weekend, there’s a whole host of free, fun Easter-themed events taking place in various museums across the city, occupying all sorts of young minds during the holidays.

Whether you take part in the Easter Rummage, Grafi-TEE design session, meet Florence Devine or Molly the Friendly Blue Whale, there’ll be something to tickle your fancy.

This Sunday, the World Museum is hosting a quirky Polish Easter workshop, that's Polish the nationality, not polish as in Mr Sheen, where as well as making cards and decorating an Easter egg a la eastern Europe, you might just come away having learned a little something. Members of Merseyside Polonia will be on hand to explain how Easter is celebrated the Polish way. Lovely.

*Polish Easter Workshop @ World Museum Liverpool, Sun 5th April, 2.30pm – 4pm, free, for more information, visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Rovers' big hope
“Yeah, right,” you might say if offered a football ticket for a fiver. Well, that would actually be right for Tranmere Rovers' game against Bristol this Sunday at Prenton Park.

Birkenhead’s favourite League One side are challenging for a play off place and having just lost their striker Chris Greenacre to a knee injury, they’re going to need all the help they can get to fight off Bristol Rovers who, although seven places below them in the table, have a notorious record of victory at Prenton Park.

OK they’re not the best team in the world but they’re all right and local-ish. Tranmere might be beatable but the price definitely isn’t. Go on, give them your support on Sunday.

Tranmere v Bristol @ Prenton Park, Sun 5th April, 3pm kick off, tickets £5 at the turnstiles, main stand (also £5) need to be booked in advance from the ticket office, for suite prices, visit www.wirral.gov.uk .

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