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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. 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...

  2. The Atkinson

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    The Atkinson


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

  3. Marine Retreat

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    Marine Retreat


    A stylish elegant 3 bedroomed one bathroom apartment by Marine Lake

  4. Cathy Cassidy

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    Cathy Cassidy


    British author of young adult fiction, Cathy Cassidy will be reading and talking about her work in the children's library. Nominated the Queen of Teen award in 2008, Cathy has writted 23 books and has also been the agony aunt for Shout magazine.

  5. Southport Contemporary Art Painting Demos

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    Southport Contemporary Art Painting Demos


    Saturday 6th May- An opportunity to talk to several SCA artists about their varying styles and techniques in the Atkinson Gallery.

    Sunday 7th May- Join SCA artist David Johnson as he takes you through the fine art of spray painting. A great...


  6. Southport Market

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    Southport Market


    Local Produce, Local Traders & Unique Products!

    Do you like sampling local and regional produce from independent traders?

    Well look no further than Southport Indoor Market , the hub of independent traders in Southport.

    Along with Wesley...

  7. Roberto's Restaurant

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    Roberto's Restaurant


    Roberto's Restaurant & Bar is an Award Winning contemporary-modern Restaurant operating with an emphasis on home cooked and locally sourced fresh foods, plus authentic Italian products, so serving Authentic Italian dishes with Passion.



  8. Muse

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    As an independent boutique Muse prides itself on providing customers with a unique and memorable shopping experience.

  9. Jean Sprackland & Henry Normal

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    Jean Sprackland & Henry Normal


    Join us for this excellent double bill where both guests will be speaking for 45 minutes.

    Jean Sprackland has published four collections of poetry. Sleeping Keys, published by Cape in 2013, is “a book distinguished by rueful but unembittered...


    Price £12.50 Per Ticket
  10. Curlew Cycle Route

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    Curlew Cycle Route


    This circular route begins at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and will take in the sights of the Crosby Coast.

    You will pass through the Crosby Coastal Park with views of Wirral and North Wales coasts and Antony Gormley’s 'Another Place'...

  11. The Sandgrounder

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    The Sandgrounder


    Perfectly located on Southport’s iconic Lord Street, you can be sure of a warm welcome from our award winning staff.

  12. Murder Mystery Dinner

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    Murder Mystery Dinner


    Murder Mystery Night - Saturday 4th March 2016

    Follow the clues, quiz the suspects, solve the crime... If you can

    Dinner & Entertainment £25.00

    Overnight package including event, overnight stay and breakfast for 2 just £160...

  13. 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.

  14. Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

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    Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

    Burscough, Ormskirk

    The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is the largest international wetland conservation charity in the UK.


  15. Southport Flower Show

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    Southport Flower Show


    Located in Victoria Park and within easy walking distance of the town centre, Southport Flower Show, the UK’s largest independent flower show and a great day out. Children under 16 go free.

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  16. The Gables Bridge Club

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    The Gables Bridge Club


    Monday to Friday 1.00pm-5.00pm

  17. Live Music at Remedy

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    Live Music at Remedy


    Head to Remedy Gin Bar for an afternoon of love music, good food and great gin!  Enjoy love folk and rock from 2pm - 6.30pm

    The line up includes

    The Coram Boys - Beautifully crafted traditional songs from David Hirst and Jai Brierley



  18. Maloney's Bar

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    Maloney's Bar


    During the day Maloneys is a great place to have value for money meal and in the night it comes alive as an Irish themed cocktail bar complete with flairing . Allegedly some of the bar staff were trained by same person that trained Tom Cruise for the

  19. Wesley Street

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    Wesley Street


    Welcome to Wesley Street, affectionately known as the “A Village in the Town”....with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, there is something for everyone. Accredited with numerous awards for floral displays, community spirit and best Neighbourhood awa