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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 and are home to plenty of wildlife.

May be you'll spot one of the elusive Natterjack Toads which make the dunes their home, or the endearing Red Squirrels as they scurry through 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 & Wetlands Trust is a haven for wintering waterfowl and is home to a 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 and try to spot some of the local flora and fauna - butterflies, Asparagus, Lapwings and swans to name just a few!

Love the beach in the summer? There are so many great beaches along the Southport and Sefton coast. Crosby beach where you can see the Anthony Gormley statues staring out to sea, Formby beach, which is a naturally beautiful beach, Ainsdale beach for water based sports and Southport beach for the pier and expansive 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 Farmer Teds gets ready for the nationally acclaimed Farmageddon Halloween event.

Blow the cobwebs away on Southport pier, the oldest iron pier in the UK. The views will take your breath away once you reach the Pavilion 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 to enjoy some quality time.

The outdoor life goes beyond Southport and 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. Nutcracker Trail

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    Nutcracker Trail


    Can you find the 12 Nutcracker Kings who have appeared all over Southport?

    Explore Southport this Christmas as you hunt for each statue.  Complete the trail and find the names of all twelve Nutcrackers and you can be in with a chance of winning an…

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  2. Heywood & Condie: This Land

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    Heywood & Condie: This Land


    This Land is an ambitious multi layered portrayal of Tony Heywood’s and Alison Condie’s experience and time spent within Sefton’s constantly evolving coastline.


  3. Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search!

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    Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search!


    Join the search for Wally with your family at The Atkinson during October half term.

    We are part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books, to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally?…

  4. Fatal Attraction: Lilith and her Sisters

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    Fatal Attraction: Lilith and her Sisters


    Ancient cultures have bequeathed to us a legacy of female characters in art, history, and literature who have been described as ‘femme fatales’. The femme fatale is beautiful and dangerous in equal measure. Like the sirens of Homer’s Odyssey, she…

  5. Salfordian Hotel

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    Salfordian Hotel


    The Salfordian Hotel is a Grade 2 listed building set in its own grounds overlooking Hesketh Park. Within easy reach of all local attractions and amenities, it has TV’s and tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms along with free wi-fi.


    Price £45.00 Per person (breakfast included)
  6. Cats on the Page

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    Cats on the Page


    Cats and their capers are celebrated in rhymes and stories familiar to us from childhood. Whether raising a smile, solving a crime, wreaking magical havoc or even performing in theatre, cats take centre stage in this free exhibition.

    Exuberant and…

  7. Brick Wonders: Around the world in LEGO bricks

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    Brick Wonders: Around the world in LEGO bricks


    Brick Wonders transports you around the world to ancient, modern & natural wonders, recreated from half a million LEGO® bricks by Warren Elsmore and his team.

    From the building of the pyramids to the invention of the internet, journey around…

  8. The Atkinson

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    The Atkinson


    The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer.

    We are open throughout the year and present a seasonal programme of exhibitions, talks, music,…

  9. The Triumph of Art

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    The Triumph of Art


    This exhibition celebrates the restoration of a painting given to The Atkinson in the late 19th century. The Triumph of Art by Nicolas Pierre Loir was created as an allegory of the arts, a celebration of music, architecture, sculpture, portrait and…


  10. Eagle: 1950-2020

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    Eagle: 1950-2020


    The ‘Eagle’ children’s comic was created here in Southport 70 years ago, with characters including Dan Dare, Captain Pugwash, PC49 and Riders of the Range.With the help of David Britton of the Eagle Society we have created an exhibition to celebrate…

  11. Rufford Old Hall

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    Rufford Old Hall

    Rufford, ORMSKIRK

    Visit one of Lancashire’s finest Tudor houses to discover stories of romance and wealth or to explore glorious gardens buzzing with wildlife and colour. With its charming Victorian Tea Room and plenty of family activities, Rufford Old Hall has…

  12. Hickory's Smokehouse

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    Hickory's Smokehouse


    Southport’s Favourite Smokehouse Are Back …For anyone who has been missing out on a Hicks fix you will find all your favourite BBQ dishes will be back on the menu. Rest assured the smokehouse classics such as Texas style brisket, ribs and wings will…

  13. Cake & Classical -The Guitar at Lunchtime

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    Cake & Classical -The Guitar at Lunchtime


    By popular request, classical sensation Jon Gjylaci returns to bring us another lovely, sunny programme of music for solo guitar.


    Price £12.00 Per Ticket
  14. Birkdale Village

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    Birkdale Village

    Birkdale village is home to several restaurants and bars as well as a number of independent retailers, including a bridal shop, fusion art photographer and the Birkdale Cheese Centre. The village is just a five minute drive from Southport town centre

  15. Meanders Around Melling

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    Meanders Around Melling

    Maghull, Liverpool

    A 7.5km walk with key points including Melling Village, Church of St. Thomas, Bootle Arms Pub and Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

  16. Southport Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

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    Southport Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival


    Solid Entertainments present the Southport Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival.


    Price £29.00 to £33.00 Per Ticket
  17. Herman’s Hermits: 55th Anniversary Tour

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    Herman’s Hermits: 55th Anniversary Tour


    .Herman’s Hermits are one of the biggest selling bands of the 60’s, not just in the UK, but around the World.
    From their early beginnings in Manchester in 1964, the band have chalked up 23 Hit Singles, 10 Hit Albums, appeared in 3 Major Movies and…


    Price £24.00 Per Ticket
  18. The Best of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

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    The Best of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons


    The Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is a spectacular high-pitched celebration of timeless music from one of the biggest selling groups of all time. This nostalgic musical journey pays tribute to the life and career of those four boys from…

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    Price £23.50 Per Ticket
  19. Outside Edendale

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    Edendale House


    3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars Guest Accommodation

    Charming family run small hotel with an excellent reputation. Warm friendly service in a relaxed comfortable atmosphere. No smoking hotel.

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    Price £40.00 to £160.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  20. Showaddywaddy  - RESCHEDULED

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    Showaddywaddy - RESCHEDULED


    Rescheduled : The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title for the last 4 decades!


    Price £22.00 Per Ticket