Southport is packed with great things to see and do throughout the year. So if you’re thinking of making a trip to the town or you live there and just want some ideas for new things to do, check out some of these great options.
Go For a Walk in Victoria Park
Victoria Park is one of the biggest open spaces in the town and is used throughout the year for events like the Southport Flower Show, the British Musical Fireworks Championships, and the RAF Woodvale Rally.
Outside of this though, Victoria Park is great for spending time outdoors. Whether you want to walk, run, cycle or rollerblade, the park’s 34 acres give you plenty of room to enjoy the greenery.
In the summer, you can enjoy a picnic or sunbathe on the large grassy areas, while in winter it’s a great place for a walk that’s sheltered from the sea breeze.
Enjoy Some Amusements
Southport, like other seaside resort towns, has plenty of amusement arcades that are great no matter the weather.
If you enjoy emptying the 2p coins from your change jar to see what you can knock off in the coin pusher machines or trying to grab a prize from one of the claw machines, you have several options in Southport. The biggest arcade is run by Silcock Leisure and is located at the entrance to the pier.
You can’t miss it thanks to the giant merry-go-round outside and the flashing lights on the front.
The company operates several other amusement arcades in the town, as well as a Casino on Neville Street. The casino offers a range of different electronic gaming machines, including many that are similar to the slot games you find online, though online casinos typically offer much larger jackpots than you find at Silock’s.
Most of the amusement arcades and casinos offer a range of refreshments, with some customers able to get complimentary coffees.
Head to the British Lawnmower Museum
With more than 300 restored lawnmowers from the last 200 years, including some owned by members of The Royal Family, the British Lawnmower Museum will surprise you.
Located on Shakespeare Street, the museum is open Monday to Saturday and entry is just £3 per person.
The museum also offers a spare and repair service to lawnmower owners to help keep older equipment alive.
Inside, you can learn about the lawnmowers owned by the rich and famous, including Princess Diana and Jean Alexander. There’s also an in-depth exhibit about lawnmower racing, a form of motorsport that’s been taking place in the UK since 1973.
WWT Martin Mere
A short drive outside of the town is the WWT Martin Mere nature reserve. Open every day between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Martin Mere is home to a wide range of different birds.
While you can visit year-round, ornithologists recommend going to Martin Mere during the winter, where you’ll see large flocks of wigeon, pink-footed geese, and whooper swans. You may also get to spot snow geese, and peregrine and merlin.
As well as getting to see the birds in their natural environments, you’ll have the opportunity to hand feed some of the friendlier residents like ducks and geese.
Photographers will also enjoy Martin Mere as it offers a selection of lesser-found birds with great spots to set up your camera equipment.
The Marine Lake is located between the seafront and the main shopping area of the town. Filled with ducks and swans that swim around on the tranquil waters and plenty of green space to walk through and benches to sit down on, Marine Lake offers a year-round escape from the busier parts of Southport.
With easy access from the pier, Pleasure Land, Splash World, and Ocean Plaza, it’s the perfect place to rest and relax.
No matter what you’re into, Southport offers great options for indoor and outdoor activities throughout the year.