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5 useful tips on spending the day in Southport

PUBLISHED: 00:00 21 April 2017

Wesley Street Southport by Stephen Cheatley

Wesley Street Southport by Stephen Cheatley

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The seaside town of Southport has something for the whole family, whether you want a relaxing visit or a day packed full of fun. We’ve put together a short guide with some of our top picks and tips.

Parking

There is plenty of easily accessible parking around the town, whether you are visiting the town centre or Southport beach.

There is parking on Southport Beach, however this is only accessible at limited time of the year and is closed if there are high tides, so be sure to double check before your visit. If you are planning a visit to the town centre, the there is street parking in along Lord Street which is the main boulevard. Its great location is close to many central restaurants, hotels and the highstreet.

Day at the beach

If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle, then explore Southport’s beautiful coastline and soak up the views. Build sandcastles, fly a kite or even take a paddle - weather permitting of course - on one of North of England’s finest coast lines. The beach is also perfect for keen nature lovers, in particular bird watchers as it is a haven for species like avocets and pink footed geese. You can also spot some more beautiful wildlife along the Queens Jubilee Nature Trail, where the old dunes are now covered in willow scrub and are home to different orchids and wildlife.

Southport beach is also within close walking distance to the town centre, lots of B&B’s and plenty of attractions if you want to extend your beach day for a little longer.

Cultural pick ‘n’ mix

Known as Southport’s home for music, arts, poetry and culture, The Atkinson is the perfect place for a family visit packed full of exciting and varied discoveries. Located on Lord Street, The Atkinson has recently undergone refurbishment turning the 19th century building in a stunning, contemporary hub for culture.

Whether you’re a family, art lover or cultural enthusiast, The Atkinson has activities and exhibitions for everyone including performances from some of the musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, an in-house bakery and shop, family activities and much more. It aims to be Southport’s centre for visitors to enjoy and appreciate arts, culture and heritage, where you will be entertained, develop inspiration, learning and wellbeing. www.theatkinson.co.uk

Retail therapy

Shopping in Southport is varied, as there are many different areas for you to indulge in some serious retail therapy. The iconic Lord Street is home to some of the best-loved highstreet brands as well as the odd independent retailer. Also located on the street is the Victorian Wayfarers Arcade which is home to a whole host of shops, restaurants and cafes for you to stroll around. If you want a more quirky shopping experience, then head to Wesley Street which is lined with quaint independent retailers.

Market lovers will also be fans of Southport’s Indoor Market as it is a great place to seek out something different or local. The market extends every Tuesday with the Southport outdoor market held on Chapel Street, stocking delicious local produce and so much more. For book-lover, lose yourself in the treasure trove that is Broadhursts of Southport on Market Street.

Foodie heaven

Southport has a vibrant dining scene that will delight any foodie. There really is something for everyone’s tastes, from delicious bistros to vibrant food markets.

The Vincent Hotel brings an Asian vibe to Southport with its V-Cafe and Sushi Bar, while the Vincent Pacific restaurant serves an array of Chinese, Thai & Southeast Asian dishes.#

For those with a sweet tooth, head over to Lilibets of Paris on Lord Street for some confectionery delights or even an afternoon tea.

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