By Ade Blackburn
Southport has a wealth of things to do and see, the town has a year-round impressive cultural offer, as well as the more traditional seaside attractions.
1. The Atkinson
The Atkinson is Southport’s home for music, theatre, art, literature and history. Situated in the middle of the iconic Lord Street and just three minutes’ walk from Southport train station.
The venue is a popular destination for families and arts enthusiasts alike. The nineteenth century buildings create a welcoming and accessible multi art-form venue.
The Atkinson is open throughout the year and presents a varied seasonal programme and changing exhibitions, events and lectures, so whatever time you visit, they offer a creative and varied day out.
2. Hesketh Park
Hesketh Park is one of the largest parks in Southport. The Victorian Park has plenty to offer visitors, a mile walk away from Southport’s centre and with plenty of on street parking, this picturesque park is a perfect place to lose track of time.
The gardens and ornate fountains have been restored and reconstructed, to bring the park back to its former glory. There are numerous nature trails, varied wildlife, a large lake, and a children’s play area.
17 Park Crescent
3. British Lawnmower Museum
Southport’s British Lawnmower Museum has now become one of the world’s leading authorities on vintage lawnmowers and are now specialists in antique garden machinery, supplying parts, and valuing machines from all over the world.
They have created a unique ‘turfrific’ exhibition called Lawnmowers of the Rich & Famous including lawnmowers and garden implements by Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Brian May and Eric Morecambe.
British Lawnmower Museum
106-112 Shakespeare Street
4. RSPB Marshside
This fantastic wetland site is located north of Southport town centre and has some of the best wildlife in the region, with amazing year round viewing opportunities.
In the summer, you’ll see nesting birds like avocets and lapwings, while the skies are full with pink-footed geese and wigeons in the winter.
If you’re new to wildlife watching, they also offer special event days to learn more and help get you involved.
5. Southport Little Theatre
Southport Dramatic Club was founded in 1920 and the art deco styled Little Theatre became their permanent home just prior to World War Two.
By the 1960s, the club was putting on seven shows a season. Seasons now comprise of eight productions, including, a regular ‘Out-of-Season’ production in their bar.
They are currently presenting Gym and Tonic, a bittersweet comedy and honest commentary on the state of our times, 20-29 October, 7.30pm.
Wesley Street is affectionately known as the Village in the Town with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the street hosts a string of unique, independent shops painted in pastel colours.
The traders run family-friendly events throughout the year, such as the Wesley Street Festival and Movember. They also recently decorated the street with miles of wool in a yarnbombing spectacular!
You will find a traditional sweet shop, celebration cakes, antique jewellers, cafes and gift sellers. With 22 locally owned shops, Wesley street has a truly unique feel.
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