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10 things to do on a rainy day!

We don’t like to admit it but every now and then it rains in Sunny Southport – only now and then mind!

As a year-round, all-weather destination there are plenty of things to do if the heavens decide to open. Here are some of our top picks to start you off: 

  1. 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 the family. The brand new Captain Pugwash & Friends exhibition is a must see!
  2. Take on a Challenge - Southport's first escape room, Puzzology is a great option if you want to give your brain a workout! In teams of up to six people you have 60 minutes to find the clues and solve the puzzles. Team up with your friends and family to take on one of two themed rooms, or if you're really after a challenge try tackling them both. How quickly can you escape?
  3. Pizzas, Pictures and PinsOcean 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 a multi-screen cinema and ten-pin bowling.
  4. Total Relaxation - You could always go into total horizontal mode and take in a spa treatment? The Vincent Hotel, right in the centre of Southport, is home to an exclusive House of Evelyn spa, or why not try Formby Hall where their on-site team will pamper you with luxury ESPA products. You’ll be ready and raring to go as soon as the sun pops out again.
  5. 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. 
  6. If in doubt eat something! - With some many places to eat and drink in Southport, there's bound to be a perfect bolthole in which to hide out until either a) the weather improves  or b) you don’t care anymore! 
  7. Go for a walk - After all, you won’t melt! Don a coat and some wellies and enjoy some of the fabulous open spaces Southport has to offer. A wander down the pier on a fresh day will blow the cobwebs away, and you can always reward yourself with a freshly made ring donut sprinkled with sugar.
  8. Shop! - Southport is packed with loads of great shops, from high street names to exclusive independents you won't find anywhere else.
  9. Pick up a jigsaw - If it looks like the rain could be around for while, why not head to Mind Games to pick up a jigsaw? With everything from bucolic scenes to 3D landmarks you're sure to find something to keep you occupied
  10. See something different - Southport Bijou Cinema is one of the town's best kept secrets. Offering a carefully curated selection of classic and new releases this volunteer-led not-for-profit cinema is well worth a look.