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The weekend what-to-do: Bike love, lantern love, butterfly love and then a rest in the woods

Fritzi Wemheuer comes up with stuff that's happening right here in the next coupl'a days

Published on August 17th 2009.


The weekend what-to-do: Bike love, lantern love, butterfly love and then a rest in the woods

Bike-ophilia or loving your machine
Are you a bit ashamed that the puddle under your bike has become a sad sea of rusty tears? Are you stood looking helplessly at those limp tyres, that blinded eye?

Fret not, help is nigh. Shoulder the corroded fella and carry it to the Bluecoat where it'll receive some love from more caring hands.

Afterwards you can make up for the neglect by inviting blinged-up Bobby the Bike, or whatever its name is, to the evening entertainment provided by Sophie's Pigeons and Action Hero. You don't want to tell Bobby you got in for free because you brought him, though.

Now. Can anyone lend me a bike? I need a 'plus one'.

The Bluecoat bike-in, The Bluecoat, School Lane, Friday 14th August, 7.30 - 10pm, 5quid, (free if accompanied by bike).

Art tried in the dock
Colour will be splashed across the waterfront this weekend. No matter if you prefer to take part in the creative bit or wander through the day's artistic oeuvre at night, this promises to be beautiful.

Make a lantern, mess around with paint, or just admire your Saturday night date while he or she is gazing at the light show in amazement.

If that's still not enough, maybe because you have an extraordinary short attention span, there'll also be street artists, music and art performances.

But beware. A plain white shirt might be considered a provocation. It'd be art, though.

Art on the Waterfront, Albert Dock, Canning Dock, Salthouse Dock, Pier Head, Friday 14th - Sunday 16th August, free.

Walk out with nature
"Being up there makes you realise how green Liverpool actually is," a friend said to me recently after I'd proudly told her I'd climbed the Cathedral tower. How right she was.

But apparently we have to be reminded of this from time to time. So, to catch up with all the green sprouting around town, you could start with a stroll through beautiful Bluebell Woods this Sunday.

You'll also learn something, which I'm sure will make you feel all warm inside. Shame the Bluebell’s aren’t out at this time of year but there’s loads of other wonderful nature to adore and discover.

Wonderful Woodland, Bluebell Woods (meeting point: St Emmanuel Church, Higher Lane), Sunday 16th August, 11am, free.

Take wing at Sudley
If the bustle of the city centre brings out the curmudgeon in you, why not escape to Sudley House to make your own butterfly? Honestly, I'm not just suggesting this because the thought of a curmudgeon in a butterfly workshop is pretty amusing.

After all, you're invited to be inspired by 'A Sunny Corner' by Frederic Leighton which gives you the dose of highbrow you need after a Saturday morning spent in the River Island sale or McDonald's.

And those of you who aren't put off fashion by the ubiquity of Coco Chanel this summer could have another look at the exhibition of the wardrobe of one Emily Tinne, Liverpool's very own early 20th century fashion victim.

Butterfly Workshop, Sudley House, Mossley Hill Road, Saturday 15th August, 1 - 4pm, free.

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