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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. Jubilee Woods

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    Jubilee Woods


    In 2003 a project was carried out on the area now known as Jubilee Woods, a former landfill site, to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

  2. Lydiate Hall

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    Lydiate Hall


    The Ireland family that worshipped at St Catherine's Chapel (also in Lydiate) lived here after Lawrence Ireland built the hall circa 1470 and his initials can be seen carved into the doorway, from the hall.

  3. St Catherine's Chapel

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    St Catherine's Chapel


    Also known locally as 'Lydiate Abbey', St Catherine's Chapel was built circa 1500 for the private worship of the Ireland family, who held the Lordship of lydiate during this time.

  4. Old Christ Church

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    Old Christ Church


    Early 19th century development of the Waterloo area included the building of the first church on this site in 1840. Initially it was a modest building, designed by Arthur and George Williams, but a number of alterations were made to it over the next

  5. Scotch Piper

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    Scotch Piper


    Built around an Oak tree in the 14th century, the Scotch Piper was originaly known as 'The Royal Oak.

  6. Sefton Church

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    Thornton & Little Crosby Walk


    6.4km walk through Thornton and Little Crosby with key points including Thornton Village, Ince Blundell Park, Crosby Hall and The Courtyard Tea Rooms.

  7. Leeds Liverpool Canal

    Leeds Liverpool Canal

    The total length of the canal (including branches) is 141 miles with 91 locks on its main route. All the country's canals were nationalised in 1948 and the Leeds Liverpool Canal continued to be used for trade purposes up until the 1980s.

  8. Model Yacht Pond

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    Model Boating Lake


    Great sailing pond with a member's car park and toilet facility.

  9. Formby Dunes

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    Formby Walks


    Two walking routes around Formby Village, Railway In Pub and Freshfiedls.

  10. Lakeside Miniature Railway

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    Lakeside Miniature Railway


    Take a ride on the Lakeside Miniature Railway which runs from Ocean Plaza to Kings Gardens...


    Price £1.00 Per Ticket
  11. Churchtown Botanic Gardens

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    Churchtown and Botanic Gardens Walk

    Churchtown, Southport

    Walk around the historic and carefully preserved village of Churchtown and the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

  12. Another Place

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    Coast to Countryside Walking Route

    Crosby, Liverpool

    A 13.2km walk taking in the coast and countryside, including Antony Gormley's 'Another Place', Sefton Coastal Path, Little Crosby Village, River Alt and Maghull - Frank Hornby.

  13. Crazy Golf

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    Crazy Golf


    Fancy a laugh? Why not play a game of crazy golf in Southport's Kings Gardens.

  14. Trans Pennine Trail

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    Trans Pennine Trail

    Parts of the trail that can be found in Sefton are the Liverpool Loop Line and Cheshire Line. The beginning of the trail starts at the sea mark sculpture in Southport, found on Marine Drive.

  15. 007 The Voices of Bond

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    007 The Voices of Bond


    Voices of Bond’ is a spectacle like no other. Immerse yourself in the world of 007 and the legendary voices that have accompanied this story


    Price £20.00 Per Ticket