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Things To Do in Southport

We know finding things to do and attractions to entertain the whole family can be hard so we're here to help you plan the perfect trip for everyone, whether you are here for a day, weekend or a longer break.

Do you have kids and are looking for things to do to keep them busy?

We can help you create holiday memories that will stay with them forever!

Building sandcastles, paddling in the water, donkey rides and more can all be enjoyed at Southport Beach.

A trip to the seaside is something that all kids love!

And the seaside wouldn't be complete without the traditional rides and activities such as Victorian the 'Gallopers' carousel, arcade games and mini rides that can be enjoyed in Silcocks Funland, at the entrance to the pier.

Plenty of things to do in Southport on a tight budget

If you are on a budget there are still plenty of things to do in Southport!

The historic King's Gardens has a fantastic new play area for the kids, it's great for all ages and you can spend hours watching them enjoy themselves.

There is a toddler area for the little ones, a challenging climbing area for the older kids and a sandpit where you often find families all having a play.

It almost makes you want to drop everything, jump in and be a kid again!

King's Garden play area

A short walk away is the only outdoor Model Railway Village in the UK.

Children are enthralled with the picturesque miniature landscape, gardens and train tracks and can spend the day walking around with the trains and you can relax knowing they are in a secure environment.

A bike ride along the promenade with the family, turning your little ones into explorers in our parks and gardens, visiting the prehistoric footprints at Formby, or head off to the pinewoods and see if you can spot one of the endangered Red Squirrels - the entertainment can last all day long! 

Perfect for bringing out the adventurer in you and your family

Are you the more adventurous type?

Are the kids looking for thrilling things to do?

They will love the fast flumes in Splashworld, standing under the tipping buckets, running through the fountains.

And all the while you can relax in the bubble spa - Splashworld is a constant 84 degrees Fahrenheit so guaranteed entertainment whatever the weather!

Or how about the dips and tummy flips of the fairground at Southport Pleasureland?

This is fun for all ages and is free to enter so you only pay for the rides you go on, which means you can keep control of the cost. 

When sometimes all you want to do is chill-out!

If you want to wind down, you can feel wind in your hair and sand under your feet, without being too far away from the city.

The coast of Sefton stretches for 22 miles, from Southport beach to Crosby beach, home of the Antony Gormley statues installation - 'Another Place'.

You can enjoy long leisurely relaxing walks, and if you've brought the family dog, there is plenty of space to give them a good run out.

Sefton's coast is a great place to explore in many ways, for all ages.

Either cycling or walking, there are many routes where you can spot one of the one of the many species of wildlife. 

Last but not least, if your a golfer and are looking for a relaxing round of golf, you will be amazed at the quality of golf courses in Southport - theres a reason why Southport is known as England's Golfing Capital!

Another Place

Get up to speed on local history, heritage and culture

If you enjoy culture and appreciate local history, you can easily while away the day in The Atkinson.

Thexhibitions throughout the year, plus fine art, ceramics, prints, drawings and of course the Egyptology collection.

Why not pop over to the Waterfronts Art Centre where you can view exhibitions from local artists and photographers?

Or for something a little quirky, the British Lawnmower Museum is a unique experience and the only one of its kind in the world!

Make sure you download the audio guides, the interactive tours will help you uncover Southport's heritage, plus there is a family friendly trail so everyone can get involved.

From day to night, there are plenty of things to do in Southport for everyone!

When the day draws to an end you can drink in the beautiful scenic views, whilst taking the take the mile long walk down the oldest iron pier in the country which stretches across Marine Lake and out over Southport beach?

If the walk seems like a little too much effort (after all you are on holiday!) then hop on to the pier tram which takes you right to the end where you can sit and enjoy a coffee!

You can also grab a ticket for one of The Atkinson shows, or indulge in a musical at the Southport Theatre and enjoy a pre or post show meal at one of Southport's quality restaurants.

And if you are looking for something for the whole family - Ocean Plaza has a bowling alley, cinema and plenty of places to eat for everyone.

Why not stay the night and enjoy Southport for longer?

With so much to see, do and whats on, one day simply won’t be enough, so why not stay over?

We boast a wide range of accommodation providers such as luxury hotels, cosy bed and breakfasts and even plenty of self-catering options if you prefer to cook for yourself.

Southport is also a great base to explore the region - you can take the kids to local farms, Martin Mere Wildfowl Sanctury or simply enjoy the coastal views and walks.

Southport is also perfect for a little bit of retail therapy with a raft of shopping, markets, restaurants, pubs and plenty of parking, all within walking distance from the main train station - you will be able to shop in your stride.

Whatever you choose to do in Southport, you will be amazed by how much this lovely seaside town has to offer, it will make your trip truly unforgettable!

Highlights

Red Squirrel

The National Trust Formby

Red squirrels, natterjacks, prehistoric footprints and miles of coastal walks are just waiting to be discovered - part of National Trust Formby's...

Red Squirrel

The National Trust Formby

Large area of beach, sand dunes and pine woods which is part of the National Trust...

Crosby Beach, with a Another Place statue

Crosby Beach

Crosby Beach has been awarded the Quality Coast Award by Keep Britain Tidy, and is...

King's Gardens Shelters

King's Gardens

King's Gardens is a 17 acre garden located in the centre of Southport Town Centre,...

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King's Gardens Shelters

King's Gardens is a 17 acre garden located in the centre of Southport Town Centre, on the Promenade. The gardens are a hive of activity all year...