Photo: Christmas shopping in Southport

The Christmas market sheds came to Southport town centre on Friday 11th and finished Sunday 19th.

This year it was run by Sefton Council which may explain why it was such anti climax, some sheds never even bothered opening.

On Thursday 17 the regular Chapel Street traders turned up only to be told “you’re not allowed to open”.

When we spoke to traders they were not happy, one quoted: “I was warned by a friend who traded last year not come….I wish I had listened”.

Resident, Gary Ellis said: “I was expecting a bit more to be honest, maybe the expensive parking puts people off, I have already been to the Trafford Centre to sort all my Chistmas presents”.


On the other hand we still have and Ice rink which is open until Sunday, January 3

People can enjoy the real ice skating rink which has been set up in the Town Hall Gardens.

It has been provided by Southport BID.

The ice rink is located directly in front of the Atkinson on Lord Street.

It is open every day until Sunday, January 3 (except Christmas Day).


For spectators the Festive Parched Bar.

Skating sessions are 45 minutes and start on the hour, please arrive 10 minutes early to collect your boots and be ready to skate.


Adults (Over 16s) £8.50

Children (five-15) £7

Skating Aids £3

The ice rink ticket office is open daily from 11am, cash only.

For more details about the ice rink call 0115 807 7900 (Monday to Friday, 9am -5.30pm).


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