Live the beach life in Southport; with 22 miles of coastline and plenty of beaches, it’s a perfect place to relax and unwind.
Southport’s extensive events programme includes the British Musical Fireworks Championships, Southport Food and Drink Festival, Southport Air Show, Southport Flower Show, Southport Festival and Southport Comedy Festival. Something for everyone!
And all the while you can relax in the bubble spa - Splashworld is a constant 84 degrees Fahrenheit so guaranteed entertainment whatever the weather!
We can help you create holiday memories that will stay with them forever!
From 1894 to 1912 Birkdale and the adjoining village of Ainsdale were separate from Southport and administered by Birkdale Urban District Council before becoming part of the county borough of Southport in 1912. This was a huge expansion of the town.
In June 2008, Cycling England announced Southport as one of the 11 new cycling towns. These 11 towns shared £47 million from the government to be spent solely on cycling schemes in the towns. Southport's Cycling Towns programme aims to encourage tourism and leisure cycling, create regeneration opportunities and significantly increase cycling to school. There are now many cycle lanes in Southport and more are planned, to encourage cycling in the town.
Southport is also perfect for a little bit of retail therapy with a raft of shopping, markets, restaurants, pubs and plenty of parking, all within walking distance from the main train station - you will be able to shop in your stride.
Take a ride on the Lakeside Miniature Railway which runs from Ocean Plaza to Kings Gardens...
With so much to see, do and whats on, one day simply won’t be enough, so why not stay over?
Parts of the parish were almost completely surrounded by water until 1692 when Thomas Fleetwood of Bank Hall cut a channel to drain Martin Mere to the sea. From this point on, attempts at large-scale drainage of Martin Mere and other marshland continued until the 19th century, since when the water has been pumped away. This left behind a legacy of fine agricultural soil and created a booming farming industry.
The classic seaside resort has scenic parks and gardens, fabulous shopping, exciting nightlife and a mouth-watering array of restaurants.
Whatever you choose to do in Southport, you will be amazed by how much this lovely seaside town has to offer, it will make your trip truly unforgettable!
In 1925, the RNLI abandoned the station at Southport and left the town with no lifeboat. In the late 1980s, after a series of tragedies, local families from Southport started to raise funds and bought a new lifeboat for the town stationed at the old RNLI lifeboat house. The lifeboat, operated by the Southport Offshore Rescue Trust, is completely independent from the RNLI and receives no money from them. Instead it relies entirely on donations from the general public.
Southport Holiday Park is one of the most vibrant of our Holiday Parks with so many FREE Activities you will be spoilt for choice – full of fun and entertainment! With Crazy Golf, Giant Connect 4 and Snakes & Ladders, all great family fun or you can save your energy for amazing evening entertainment – every night! So if you’re wondering what to do in Southport then visit Pontins Holiday Park!
They will love the fast flumes in Splashworld, standing under the tipping buckets, running through the fountains.
The Seaview in Southport is family run guesthouse close to Southport’s Lord Street and the promenade and Pier.With great links to the attractions in Southport and a short train journey to Liverpool city centre this is a excellent base to enjoy...
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Whether you are looking for an active holiday with the family exploring the dunes and nature reserves and delights of the coast, a place to relax and recuperate with a loved one, Southport is the perfect destination.
Lord Street is the main shopping street of Southport. It is one of the great shopping streets of Northern England and is said to be the inspiration for the tree-lined boulevards of Paris. In the 2000s Chapel Street was pedestrianised and is home to some of the UK's most famous brands. Southport also has a newly renovated indoor market situated on King Street and Market Street as well as a farmers' market held on the last Thursday of every month on Chapel Street.
Southport is also a great base to explore the region - you can take the kids to local farms, Martin Mere Wildfowl Sanctury or simply enjoy the coastal views and walks.
Southport has a railway station with a frequent service of trains to Liverpool and a regular service to Wigan, Bolton, Manchester and Manchester Airport.
An east-west bypass for the A570 at Ormskirk is planned to relieve congestion on Southport's main access route to the motorway network, although the effectiveness of the proposals are still under debate.
If you enjoy culture and appreciate local history, you can easily while away the day in The Atkinson.
Family attractions include Southport Pleasureland, Splash World waterpark, Martin Mere and Farmer Ted’s.
Southport today is still one of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK. It hosts various events, including an annual air show on and over the beach, and the largest independent flower show in the UK, in Victoria Park. The town is at the centre of England's Golf Coast and has hosted the Open Championship at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.
The town's commercial radio station Dune FM closed during August 2012. On a regional level Southport is covered by several local and regional radio stations, including Radio City 96.7, City Talk 105.9, Magic 1548, 97.4 Rock FM, Magic 999 and BBC Radio Merseyside.
Make sure you download the audio guides, the interactive tours will help you uncover Southport's heritage, plus there is a family friendly trail so everyone can get involved.
Traditional seaside amusements await; stroll down the UK’s oldest iron pier and try the old penny slot machines in the Pavilion at the far end, or ride traditional carousels at Funland.
Southport has so many things to do including attractions, restaurants and pubs, where you can combine a family holiday with a game of bowling or an evening at the theatre
Due to its position by the coast, Southport is a linear settlement and as such can only be approached in a limited number of directions by road.
Children are enthralled with the picturesque miniature landscape, gardens and train tracks and can spend the day walking around with the trains and you can relax knowing they are in a secure environment.
Southport is now a premier destination for conferences in the north west following the multimillion-pound investment programme for the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre. Recently it has hosted the United Kingdom Independence Party national conference as well as the regional Labour Party conferences for the past few years.
You may think you have seen one firework display, you have seen them all? No! The British Musical Fireworks Championship is an entirely different fireworks experience, and we explain why here!
Southport is one of our great traditional seaside resorts with miles of open beach and great shopping in the town, there is a vibrant and busy nightlife, there’s also a great choice of things to do in Southport for the whole family! The town itself is a scene of tranquil Parks and Gardens by day and a vibrant buzz of outstanding nightlife in the evening.
This is why Southport is regarded as one of the best seaside locations in the UK and is fast becoming the 'go to' location for business and corporate conferences and exhibitions.
The United Kingdom Census 2001 showed a total resident population for Southport of 90,336. Approximately 19,000 were aged 16 or under, 60,000 were aged 16–74, and 10,000 aged 75 and over. According to the 2001 census, 96% of Southport's population claim they have been born in the UK.
Old Southport newspapers now out of print are as follows: Independent 1861–1920s; Liverpool & Southport News 1861–1872; Southport News (West Lancs) 1881–1885; Southport Standard 1885–1899; Southport Guardian 1882–1953; Southport Journal 1904–1932; Southport Star; Southport Advertiser.
Southport is home to Southport F.C. who play in the National League, the fifth tier of English football, after winning the Conference North title in the 2009–10 season.
Southport's location by the coast also lends itself to some more specialised sporting activities – Ainsdale Beach, south of the town, is popular for kite sports, including kite-surfing.
There are several other high schools prominent in the town, including Stanley High School, which is a specialist Sports College and whose former students include comedian Lee Mack and world-famous chef Marcus Wareing. There is also Christ the King which is the highest achieving high school in Southport.