The elusive leap day. As rare as an Olympic Games, or a European Football Championship. Where “leaplings” finally get to celebrate a birthday, and the rest of us ponder over what to do with our extra day.
In 2020 Leap Day falls on a Saturday, so we’d like to spend a rare 29 February enjoying ourselves, thank you very much! A city like Liverpool is full of things to do with an extra 24 hours – whether that’s resting, experiencing culture or shopping till you drop.
What is a Leap Year?
Now not to get too philosophical about it, but humans have found many ways throughout history to organise time in a way that makes sense to us. Our calendar asserts that the Earth turns around the sun 365 times in a year. But as each year is technically about a quarter of a day short, every four years an extra day is added to make up for this. Got that?
Old Irish tradition has it that women can only propose marriage in a leap year, whereas in Greece couples tend to avoid marrying in a leap year, considering it unlucky. And those who remember the “Millennium Bug” will cringe at the thought that leap years often cause havoc with computer systems. Remember that when you see a frazzled-looking IT Manager in need of a cup of tea!
So what should we do with our extra day?
Get some R&R
In a world where it feels like nothing ever stops, spend your extra day doing easy-breezy calming activities. Pamper the day away with a spa experience at Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols. Book in with Elemis for a facial that’ll leave you looking bright and gorgeous, and we promise you’ll forget there’s a bustling city centre on the streets below.
Partake in some afternoon tea! Head to Brownsand enjoy delicious sandwiches, scones and desserts alongside a selection of warming teas. Afternoon tea is performed in the opulent surroundings of Browns every day from 3pm – 5pm. Make it special by adding a glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial champagne.
Then head to Aetherfor a relaxing cocktail, with slow soul tunes from their in-house bands and DJs. Work your way through their menu of marvellous creations while enjoying views of Chavasse Park.
Liverpool is a city bursting with things to do. Therefore, spend the weekend catching the last days of An English Lady’s Wardrobe at Walker Art Gallery, exploring shopping and style in Liverpool during the interwar years. Or head to the famous Pier Head to learn about city life at the Museum of Liverpool. Wander around hundreds of exhibits depicting “The People’s Republic”, exploring what it means to be a Liverpudlian.
Or maybe 29 February should be a day for doing all of those things in the city you’ve never quite got round to? Take a ferry ‘cross the Mersey (bonus points if you sing along to Gerry Marsden for the whole trip) or head up to the dizzying heights of Liverpool Cathedral to take in the city in its entirety. Newer activities in the city, like RLB 360, are also a must-do; head to the Royal Liver Building to book onto one of their incredible audio-visual tours of the iconic Liverpool landmark. Get up-close and personal with the famous Liver Birds, and the largest electronically driven clock faces in the UK.
Make it fun
Make it a day to remember: grab a few mates and head to Junkyard Golf Club at Liverpool ONE. Take up residency at their fun crazy golf courses for a few hours, perfecting your swing and aiming for that hole-in-one!
If something a bit faster-paced is more your style, challenge your pals to a game of ping pong at Roxy Ball Room on Hanover Street, and here’s a tip for you: their pizzas and burgers are certainly worth remembering. In other words, work up an appetite!
Or if it’s strictly family activities you’re after, take the kids to watch their very own special bear being made at Build-a-Bear Workshop, with your child able to record their voice to mark the day. Then, head up to The Galleria to catch Sonic the Hedgehog at ODEONas he tries to stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik. There’s plenty of nostalgia in it for parents who loved the original Sega game.
An extra day means an extra outfit, surely? That’s our logic, anyway! Therefore, take advantage of free Personal Shopping appointments at Liverpool ONE to inject some creativity and inspiration into your wardrobe. Head to John Lewis & Partners’ Style Studio to meet Sabrina, Joanne and team, who’ve got plenty of ideas for occasionwear, workwear and weekend wardrobes. The Personal Shopping team at Topshop, found on the top floor, will expertly pull new outfits together from all the best new high street styles.
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