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Nature & Outdoors

Time for the great outdoors

Southport is a excellent canvas if you love the great outdoors. The largest area of wild dunes left in Britain run along the coast, home to plenty of wildlife.

Watch the natterjack toads run through the dunes, or the red squirrel climb the trees in the coastal pinewoods.

Spot one of the 300 different bird species recorded at Marshside Bird Watching area, or see the wildfowl on the flooded marshes in the winter.

Nearby Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is a haven for wintering waterfowl and rare wildfowl collection. And in the February half term you can join in on their puddle jumping competition - that's what wellies were made for!

Get your bikes out and try one of the cycle routes through Southport or along the coast. Explore the different areas all specialising in different parts of the area. Butterflies, asparagus, lapwings and swans to name a few!

Loving the beach in the summer, there are great beaches along the coast. Crosby beach where you can see the Gormley statues staring out to sea, Formby beach which is naturally beautiful beach, ainsdale for water based sports and Southport for the wildlife, pier and extensive views. All of these beaches will have families on the hottest days and walkers wrapped up on the coldest of days.

Farm life is never too far away from Southport either and a short drive means the kids can be feeding animals on a working farm in either WIndmill Animal Farm or Farmer Teds. And once the summer comes to an end the farm gets ready for the nationally acclaimed Farmageddon.

Blow the cobwebs away on Southport pier, the oldest iron pier in the UK will take your breath away once you see the views at the end. And let's not forget the parks in and around Southport, they are a haven of tranquility and the perfect setting for the whole family.

The outdoor life goes beyond Southport, yet the coast is a tranquil place to stay. Dunes that go one forever, miles and miles of coast. This is the time to enjoy the British landscape, no matter what the weather.

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  1. The Atkinson

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    The Atkinson


    The Atkinson is home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history.

  2. Independents Week

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    Independents Week


    Southport’s very first 'Independents Week' will take place March 20th-26th and will be a celebration of our fabulous independent businesses packed full of great offers and promotions.

    Here's an interesting fact for you: did you know that recent...

  3. Dune Path, Ainsdale National Nature Reserve

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    Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve

    Ainsdale, Southport

    Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve is a 508-hectare site comprising rare dunes, beach and woodland habitats.

  4. Martin Lane Farmhouse

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    Martin Lane Farm Holiday Cottages


    4-5 Visit England Stars 4– 54-5 Visit England Stars Self Catering

    Four delightful, award winning, country cottages nestling in the rich arable farmland of West Lancashire, just 4 miles from Southport. Friendly, relaxing, family atmosphere.

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    Price £315.00 to £630.00 Per unit per week
  5. The 146th Open Championship

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    The 146th Open Championship


    Royal Birkdale will host The Open for the tenth time in 2017.


    Price £240.00 Per Ticket
  6. Wayfarers Shopping Arcade

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    Wayfarers Shopping Arcade


    Wayfarers Arcade is a gorgeous, Grade II listed Victorian Shopping Arcade, packed with over 30 stylish individual shops and cafes set on two floors situated in the heart of the town's famous shopping boulevard, Lord Street.

  7. Taj Mahal

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    Taj Mahal


    The Taj Mahal is one of Southport’s most popular venues for customers seeking authentic Indian cuisine using the finest and freshest ingredients and spices.

  8. Pizzeria Mamma Mia

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    Pizzeria Mamma Mia


    Pizzeria Mamma Mia is a well established Italian restaurant/pizzeria. We incorporate an authentic Italian cuisine with a Sardinian twist, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

  9. Southport Lord Street Heritage Trail

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    Southport Lord Street Heritage Trail


    The character of Lord Street and the resort however was established during and after the 1840’s with the policy of the new landlords, especially Charles Scarisbrick, of encouraging planned residential development. The trail begins at the centre of...

  10. Wingbox

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    WINGBOX, plain and simple amazing American Buffalo Wings! 

  11. Natterjack Cycle Route

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    Natterjack Cycle Route


    This ride begins on the old Cheshire Lines Railway and follows a circular route through Ainsdale, Birkdale and Southport Town centre.

    You will pass Birkdale Nature Reserve, the home of the rare Natterjack Toad and Sand Lizard, Birkdale Sands,...

  12. One Night of Elvis

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    One Night of Elvis


    In this brand new show for 2013, Europe's most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist - Lee Memphis King, presents the ultimate tribute to The King - celebrating the entire career of the musical legend. This spectacular show will take you from the...


    Price £26.00 Per Ticket
  13. Kings Gardens Tea Rooms

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    Kings Gardens Tea Rooms


    A stunning vintage tea room in an amazing Victorian building, which sits proudly on the town side of the 17 acre Kings Gardens. The new tea room is located just meters away from the Victorian Horse Carousel and 2 minutes walk from Lord Street.

  14. Butterfly Cycle Route

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    Butterfly Cycle Route


    This circular route, from Freshfield Railway Station, goes along the north of Formby and then passes through or near several Nature Reserves.

    You will pass through the home of butterflies, sand lizards and natterjack toads at the Ainsdale Sand...

  15. Barons Bar

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    Barons Bar


    Traditional pub decorated in the style of a Baronial Hall with an excellent collection of real ale on offer.

  16. Trattoria 51 italian restaurant

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    Trattoria 51


    Trattoria 51 is located directly opposite Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.


    Trattoria 51 brings a true taste of Italy to the North West with a beautiful bar and terrace that is perfect for relaxing with a bite to eat and a drink,...

  17. The Rag Tag Misfits

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    The Rag Tag Misfits


    The Rag Tag Misfits are well know travelling troubadours, captivating audiences worldwide with percussive foot stomping music, heartfelt lyrics on life, and how it is, inspired by life on the road. A great chance to see them in concert.


  18. kasturi indian restaurant

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    Kasturi Indian Cuisine


    At Kasturi we bring authentic Indian cuisine to the heart of Southport. Our strengths are our experience, creativity and efficiency.

  19. Ho Lee Chow

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    Ho Lee Chow


    This independent, family run restaurant welcomes you by a friendly and professional team. The grand historical building on Rotten Row encases the restaurants’ luxurious classic chinese settings which is infused with a contemporary modern twist, just

  20. Tribute to the Legends of Soul

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    Tribute to the Legends of Soul


    Josh Adams presents Legends of Soul

    Three course dinner also included in the price.

    Josh has put together a Tribute show covering some of the legends that have graced us over the past 55 years, legends such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder,...


    Price £25.00 Per Ticket