His & Hers investigates a summer of events that all add glamour, shimmer and sparkle to the Royal Albert Dock

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Aether, at the edge of Liverpool ONE, overlooking the Royal Albert Dock is renowned for its lovingly crafted cocktails and opulent interior. Guests will be able to enjoy their drinks with a menu of Chinese-inspired donuts and Dim Sum, from Liverpool based, street food brand, Yu Donut. 

From June throughout the summer, Yu Donut offers savoury donuts, noodle bowls and Dim Sum, with vegan and vegetarian options. Highlights of the menu include a selection of savoury donuts: Char Sui Pork, Hoi Sin Duck, and Szechuan Beef and the vegetarian Char Sui Seitan. Aether has launched a brand new summer cocktail menu, comprising aromatic signature mixes that are inspired by each of the elements; Earth, Air, Fire, Water, The menu is designed to delight the senses, and perfect for enjoying al fresco on the Aether terrace. 

The iconic Royal Albert Dock has announced the film line-up for Liverpool’s first ever Pop-up Floating Cinema from 4th-10th August 2019. The Pop-up Cinema, in association with Independent Liverpool, has day-time showings from 2-4pm with children’s films, such as Finding Nemo, Shark Tale and Lady and the Tramp. Evening films from 6-9pm, include Grease, Titanic, and Castaway. An over-head canopy will ensure comfortable viewing, in a magical setting, regardless of the weather.

Refreshments are on hand, with Dock restaurants taking it in turn each day to provide front row treats. Cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks will also be on offer from the pop-up bar.  Show times will be published on the Dock’s website and tickets are available to purchase from Skiddle.

Royal Albert Dock activities

Peaberry Coffee House and Kitchen, on the Dock, has expanded to open an Italian-style gelato parlour. Guests can choose from twenty-two different flavours of homemade ice cream, including dairy, vegan and sorbet varieties. Breakfasts and lunches are still served in the original 40-cover café. The adjoining coffee shop and Gelateria specialises in luxury ice creams and homemade cakes. There are a choice of bases to the ice cream, including waffles, doughnuts and Eton Messes. Ice cream flavours range from the classic Mint Chocolate Chip to the more adventurous Blue Bubblegum, Vegan flavours include Salted Caramel and Vanilla Bean.

The events programme, from 4th August to 8th September 2019, will see a host of inspiring collaborations taking place at the Dock. Each is centred on a floating pontoon which will provide a versatile and unique setting for a range of activities.

Children will love the four days of reading story time workshops from 11-14th August. Storyteller Cathy Roberts will present two days of Maritime children’s stories. Beyond Books will host two days of music, arts and craft sessions.

Health and fitness enthusiasts can enjoy five days of wellbeing activities from 16-20th August. The Dockside provides the perfect setting for yoga and Tai Chi sessions. Sporting fans will also have the chance to play netball, cricket or table tennis.

Football fans will love it that the floating football pitch will be returning for 2019, and available from 23-30th August. The Liverpool Football Club Foundation will be delivering free football coaching, football and multi sports activities, with pitch takeovers and numerous five-a-side games.

Exciting news, save the dates for the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool Food and Drink Festival. It takes place from 6th-8th September. It will celebrate Liverpool’s impressive food and drink scene. It will be a weekend of masterclasses, tasters, food and drink demos, and much more.

Maray launches its new restaurant on the Dock on 7th July 2019. Maray serves small plates inspired by the flavours of the Middle East alongside great cocktails and wine. The menu is varied, and has been a great success in Bold Street and Allerton Road restaurants. Our editor will relish scallops and monkfish being on the menu.

So much to do, so little time. If you do not live in Liverpool, now could be the time to plan a visit.


Related read: HRH The Prince of Wales pays a visit to the Royal Albert Dock.

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