Tourist Attractions in Sefton - Liverpool City Region
Sefton boasts some of the greatest tourist attractions in the whole of the North West.
The coastal borough is an ideal place to visit for a traditional day at the seaside,
with long sandy beaches and exquisite views to die for.
It's rich with entertainment, with both Pontins Holiday Park and Pleasureland in Southport boasting amazing fun-filled family rides.
You can take a stroll along Southport pier and sample the oxygen rich seaside air, whilst marvelling at the panoramic spectacle.
Likewise, further down the coast you can explore Crosby Beach. With its modern art exhibition from the award-winning British sculptor, Antony Gormley. Here people are intrigued, amused and sometimes very moved at the 100 man-sized iron sculptures adorned along the award-winning beach. It really is a sight to behold and one that needs to be seen to be believed.
There are also a few outstanding yearly events that Sefton has up its sleeve too.
First on the annual calender is the Aintree Grand National, not much needs to be said about this event. It is one of the most popular races in the world, with over half a billion viewers watching world-wide. It's watched in over 140 countries and is the most eagerly antisipated race on the horse racing calender.
Next up is the Southport Flower Show held at Victoria Park. First blossoming in 1924, it is the largest and longest running independent flower show in the United Kingdom. It's held annually for four days in late August with over eighty thousand visitors, with many celebrities from all over the world in attendance. The show is operated by the 'Southport Flower Show company', they're a registered charity that have overseen the event since 1986.
Last but not least is the fantastic Southport Air Show. It's a two day event held along Southport Beach in September. As well as breath-taking flying displays from the likes of Eurofighter Typhoons, Civilian Aircraft, Classic Jets, Parachute Displays, Helicopters and Aerobatics from the famous Red Arrows. There are also Interactive Displays, Educational Displays, Trade Stands, Military Displays, Simulators and Children's Activities available. The Southport Air Show attracts tens of thousands of spectators and is the North West's largest Air Show.
Many tourists flock to Sefton each year, below are just a few of the places you can visit in the coastal borough.
Southport Pleasureland - Southport Town
Southport Pleasureland is a fun-filled amusement park in Southport that's rich with rides and
Originally built way back in 1912, the park has been regenerated many times since.
Today, it is home to some premier attractions like The Waltzers, The Teacups, Jungle River,
The Flumes, The Pirate Ship, Morrocan Golf, The Twister, Superbob, Speed Buzz,
Piggy Ride, The Dodgems, Go Karts, Dune Bugs, Junior Quad Bikes, The Dominator, Mini Wheel,
The Devistator, The Rock 'N' Roll Express and much more!
For those super thrill-seekers amongst you, there's also a variety of different Rollercoasters including The Big Apple, Circus Clown and Wildcat.
If it's entertainment you're after, check out the resident magician Russ Brown. He can be found in and around the park every day, with free live magic shows between 1.30 and 3.30.
There are also plenty of amusement stalls in the park too, with Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos, Hook a Duck, The Arabian Derby, The Rifle Range and Personalised Caricature Portraits.
When you're feeling hungry, you can visit one of their top-notch food outlets serving hot and cold food, or alternatively, you can even bring your own snacks and enjoy the clean grassy picnic areas available.
The amusement park is jam-packed with things to do for the whole family, there really isn't much places that can match Southport Pleasureland for top quality entertainment at such an affordable price.
So what are you waiting for, go and enjoy a family day out where memories are made!
Click here to go to the Southport Pleasureland website.
Southport Pier - Southport Town
Built in 1860, Southport Pier is not only the oldest iron pier in the country,
it's also the second longest pier in Great Britain.
It took around a year to construct the super long structure, with the grand opening being witnessed by large crowds along the beach.
The completely open pier was listed as a Grade II building in 1975. It stands at over 1 kilometre in length with a modern Pavilion designed by Liverpool architects Shed KM, at the pier head.
Visitors to Southport are invited to stroll along the magnificient pier and take in the picturesque panoramic views that the idyllic seaside town has to offer.
Click here to find out more about Southport Pier.
Pontins Southport - Southport Town
Located a stones throw from the beautiful Ainsdale Beach,
Pontins Southport Holiday Park is an amazing resort to visit.
There are plenty of rides and activities for the whole family to enjoy, including: Crazy Golf, Play Parks, Giant Connect 4, Kids Cinema Corner, Gamezone, Amusement Arcades, Snooker Tables, Darts, Giant Snakes & Ladders, Trampolines, Kids Canoe Rides, Fun Bikes, a BMX Track, a Skate Park, Go Karts and Krazy Kars.
There are also lots of water fun to be had at the indoor, heated Swimming Zone, with Water Slides, Water Walkerz and a Huge Inflatable Assault Course. As the night draws closer there are many events available for young and old, with a variety of live entertainment from Cabarets, Magicians, Comedians, Pop Groups, Tribute Acts, Wrestling, Puppet Shows and Bingo. If that's not enough for you, there is a 3G football pitch for those budding football stars of the future. Two hour football classes are available every Thursday from noon, where you can test your skills and even compete in one of the SCI football festival tournaments.
Visitors to the park are hosted by their friendly approachable team of Bluecoats, who are at hand to assist you with any needs, information or guidance you require.
There are a range of holiday homes available, from small apartments to luxury family sized bungalows. Disabled access in the park is excellent with a number of apartments that have been specially adapted for wheelchair users, with walk-in showers, emergency pull cords, free electricity, remote control television, low level kitchen surfaces and cookers.
Pontins Southport Holiday Park have special offers running throughout the year, please check out their website for a more details.
Click here to go to the Pontins Southport Holiday Park website.
Crosby Beach - Crosby Town
Crosby Beach stretches about 3 miles along the coast of Sefton,
from the Seaforth Dock in the Port of Liverpool to the River Alt estuary.
It is the permanent home of Antony Gormley's art exhibit, 'Another Place'.
The 100 man-sized statues on the beach are made from iron and are a site to be seen.
The distinctive pieces are a peculiar picture and are attracting tourists from miles around.
Visitors will also see the high standards of care that the beach has, as it's maintained by Sefton Council's Coast & Countryside Service.
It was awarded the 'Quality Coast Award' by Keep Britain Tidy in 2009, in recognition for its cleanliness and facilities. The Judges highlighted the facilities at both the Crosby Leisure Centre and the new Sefton Water Centre as being 'excellent'. Other criteria that was used included: parking, access, waste disposal, toilets, dog control, signage, benches, information boards and safety - including lifeguard and ranger patrols. Crosby Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the North West and an ideal place for a day out.
Click here for more information on Crosby Beach.