Ok, so much as though we don’t like to admit it, it does rain now and then in Sunny Southport – only now and then mind! As a year-round, all-weather destination there is any number of things to do if the heavens do decide to open when you’re here but here are ten to get you started …
Be a Culture Vulture - The Atkinson is the cultural heart of the town. The art deco building has a theatre showing a range of shows all year round, the museum with some great exhibitions including Egyptology, the Art Gallery, library and cafe - ideal for all of the family
Go for a Soaking! - Embrace the wet stuff completely and immerse yourself in the sub-tropical Splash World. At a constant 84 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s the ideal place to visit no matter what the weather. Fast flumes, river rides and a relaxing bubble spa await with a handy café for when you’ve worked up an appetite.
Pizzas, Pictures and Pins - Ocean Plaza, facing the seafront but nicely indoors, offers a great range of things to do during a downpour. Lots of places to eat & drink plus Vue multi-screen cinema and Premier Bowling & Laser.
Total Relaxation - You could always go into total horizontal mode and take in a spa treatment? Southport has lots of fabulous spas where you can enjoy a deep tissue massage, Rasul, mani-pedi or even a total body wrap. You’ll be ready and raring to go as soon as the sun pops out again.
Find out all you need to ‘mow' - A unique experience at the multi award winning British Lawnmower Museum, housing over 200 restored exhibits it’s the world’s only lawnmower Museum. See lawnmowers of the rich & famous, it’s tribute to the garden machine industry over the last 200 years.
If in doubt eat something! - With over 200 places to eat and drink in Southport, there is bound to be a perfect bolthole in which to hide out until either a) the weather improves b) you don’t care anymore. Joking aside, it is actually possible to travel (almost) the whole length of Lord Street bar hopping without getting wet.
Take in a show - Whether it's music, comedy and drama, Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, The Atkinson and Southport Little Theatre will have something for all tastes all year.
Shop till you drop! - As mentioned earlier, the glass canopies on Lord Street provide shoppers with a unique shelter from the rain. With two covered arcades and a couple of extensive department stores, you can shop in comfort. Explore the delightful selection of independent and high street stores to find unusual gifts or just a treat for yourself – you deserve it!
Have a flutter or two - Silcock’s Funland on the Promenade offers a cornucopia of traditional seaside amusement arcade style diversions with old favourites such as Penny Drop, Donkey Derby and one armed bandits. If you’re over 18 and want to try your hand at poker, Genting Casino is a sophisticated yet friendly joint with a great cocktail bar and bistro.
Go for a walk - After all, you won’t melt! Don a coat and some boots and enjoy some of the fabulous open spaces Southport has to offer. A wander down the pier on a fresh day can bring the colour to your cheeks, and you can always reward yourself with a freshly made ring donut sprinkled with sugar.