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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. Cycle Hire - Southport Train Station

    Cycle Hire - Southport Train Station


    Why not explore Southport by bike - the ideal, cost effective and environmentally friendly way to see the sights! Available for hire from the Southport Cycle Centre in partnership with Merseyrail

  2. Mallard Cycle Route

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    Mallard Cycle Route


    This circular route boasts spectacular panoramic views that include North Wales and the Lake District.

    You will pass the Marine Lake and Bird Reserve at Marshside, a popular nesting spot for many birds including avocets and lapwings.


  3. Peaky Blinders Bar

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    Peaky Blinders Bar


    Peaky Blinders Bar - a 'must visit' venue set in historic Victoria boulevard - Lord Street. With 15 draught beers and a large bottle selection don't expect to see the usual brands, but instead discover new delights carefully selected for you.

  4. Marine Retreat

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    Marine Retreat


    A stylish elegant 3 bedroomed one bathroom apartment by Marine Lake

  5. Ho Lee Chow

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    Ho Lee Chow


    This independent, family run restaurant welcomes you to a luxurious classic chinese setting which is infused with a contemporary modern twist.

  6. Meols Cop and Kew Retail Parks

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    Meols Cop and Kew Retail Parks


    Visit Meols Cop and Kew Retail Parks, just outisde of Southport town centre. Here you'll find a variety of supersize stores including an Argos, B&Q and Homebase.

  7. Bistrot Verite

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    Bistrot Verite



    Bistrot Vérité, owned and run by acclaimed chef Marc Vérité, has gone from strength to strength since its opening in 2009. The restaurant has been awarded an AA rosette and is featured in the 'Which Good Food Guide' for the third year running...

  8. Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

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    Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club


    A true championship links course set among the dunes, this former Ryder Cup venue is another of James Braid’s great creations.


    Price £100.00 to £150.00 Per Ticket
  9. Asiatique Restaurant & Bar

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    Asiatique Restaurant & Bar


    Offering Thai and other authentic Asian dishes, with food prepared the traditional way.

  10. Spooktacular October Half Term

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    Spooktacular October Half Term


    We've got an action-packed week of spooktacular activities planned for October Half Term!

    Broomstick Flight Training - Hop on your broomstick and experience the incredible journey Whooper swans make from Iceland to Martin Mere with our...


    Price £6.81 Per Ticket
  11. Hickory's Smokehouse

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    Hickory's Smokehouse


    Serving smoked brisket, burgers, ribs, desserts and a 2-course lunch menu for £10 there is something for everyone. Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner, and serving breakfast Friday to Sunday.

  12. Victoria Park

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    Victoria Park


    In Southport’s town centre is Victoria Park, home to the famous Southport Flower Show and many other events.

  13. Ainsdale Village

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    Ainsdale Village

    Ainsdale village offers a mix of independent retailers plus a number of bars and restaurants. Also nearby is Ainsdale beach which is a favourite with kite surfers, Ainsdale Discovery Centre as well Pontins holiday camp.

  14. Hillside Golf Club

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    Hillside Golf Club


    Neighboured by Royal Birkdale and set within sand hills, a challenging layout with a back nine that lingers long in the memory.


    Price £110.00 to £190.00 Per Ticket
  15. Marble Place

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    Marble Place


    Marble Place is one of Southport's undercover arcades, where you'll find TK Maxx and Bay Trading amongst others. It's bright and spacious so perfect for retail therapy, whatever the weather.

  16. Formby Red Squirrel Reserve

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    Formby Red Squirrel Reserve


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


    Price £5.70 to £50.00 Per Ticket
  17. Squirrel Cycle Route

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    Squirrel Cycle Route


    This linear route links Southport to Formby and passes several Nature Reserves.

    You will travel along the line of the old Cheshire Lines Railway, passing the Queens Jubilee Nature Trail, Birkdale Nature Reserve, the Sands Lake Nature Trail and...

  18. Pavilion Restaurant

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    Conservatory Bar & Bistro


    The Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa is renowned for its two eateries; the Conservatory Bistro and Pavilion Restaurant, both situated in the hotel and serving an appetising variety of dishes seven days a week. The hotel has ample parking and is just 100...

  19. KidsFest 2018

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    KidsFest 2018


    This February Half Term take part, watch, see and learn in kidsfest; a jam packed week-long celebration for families of all ages.

  20. Andrew Doyle: Friendly Fire

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    Andrew Doyle: Friendly Fire


    Andrew Doyle is one of the UK’s foremost political satirists. Friendly Fire is his seventh solo stand-up show. It follows the critically acclaimed Thought Crimes, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year and later transferred to the...


    Price £8.00 to £11.00 Per Ticket