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Five things to do in Southport

PUBLISHED: 00:01 14 April 2014 | UPDATED: 20:57 21 October 2015

Staff at Broadhurst's Booksellers in Market Street; Ashley Simmons,  Kate Chesterton and Gill Riley, gathered around their Victorian fireplace

Staff at Broadhurst's Booksellers in Market Street; Ashley Simmons, Kate Chesterton and Gill Riley, gathered around their Victorian fireplace


Southport is no longer just a seaside resort, we picked five alternative places to visit in the town

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1. Broadhurst’s is the second oldest antiquarian bookshop in northern England, established in 1920. Based on Market Street, this old building dates back to 1875 and retains many of its original features including a cast iron fireplace. Here you’ll find upwards of 50,000 new and antiquarian titles.

2. Southport Market has a major renovation in 2012, and the Victorian complex now offers fresh food, alfresco dining, household goods, gifts, fashion. More than £3 million was invested into the revamp, transforming it into a light and airy space which is home to 48 traders. Deputy Manager, Steve Hughes, said: ‘We have people visiting on coach trips telling me they wish they had this facility in their home town.’

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3. The Atkinson is the cultural jewel in Southport’s crown. It’s home to live music, theatre, art, literature and history. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century building on Lord Street. April visitors include Ruthie Henshaw and Suggs, from Madness. Check www.theatkinson.co.uk to view what’s on.

4. The Wayfarers’ Arcade is a s Grade II Victorian arcade and destination shopping centre on Lord Street. It opened in October 1898 and still houses an array of shops underneath its glass roof with intricate iron work and stained glass.

5. The Master Barber’s Shop is run by father and son team, Robert, 66, and Dan Rix, 40. Robert has been in the business for 50 years, and was trained under Vidal Sasson at his academy in London. This master craftsman was also mentored by Roger Poirier, the private hairdresser to the late Duke of Windsor, previously King Edward VIII.


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