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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Southport

A large seaside town, perfect for a quintessentially British family day out - there are many fun things to do in Southport!

There are a number of beaches to choose from in the area, the closest of which to the town would be either Ainsdale Beach or Lytham St Annes. Ainsdale is four miles out and features the oldest iron built pier in the country. The soft sand and village backdrop make for a quaint, relaxing afternoon out.

Just a couple of mile over at Lytham St Annes children will love the renovated Victorian pier, donkey rides, ice cream parlours and green spaces. All of which add to the old-fashioned charm of a Southport family day out.

Take a leisurely walk along Southport Seafront, or travel in style on the Lakeside Miniature Railway that runs alongside the Marine Lake. If you like trains the Model Railway Village will be a big hit with locomotive enthusiasts of all ages.

If the sea or lake is too chilly for a dip then Dunes Splash World offers undercover waterpark fun. Relax in the bubble spa, shoot down the rapids and pick your favourite out of the five awesome flumes.

Southport Pleasureland is home to traditional family theme park fun. Right on the beach children can dust off the sand from between their toes and step right onto their favourite ride! Have a go on a go-kart, win a prize at one of the stalls and make sure to eat your ice cream before it melts!

Find your perfect day out

Model Railway Village

  • Southport
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Since 1996 Southport Model Railway village has been attracting model train enthusiasts from all over the world. This spectacular Model Village consis...

Lakeside Miniature Railway

  • Southport
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Lakeside Miniature Railway runs alongside the Marine Lake on the Southport sea front that is open every weekend from Easter, and then daily between J...

Dunes Splash World

  • Southport
  • Indoor
  • Water Parks

At Dunes Splash World step into a balmy 84 degrees and enjoy a tropical poolside experience. This indoor all weather water park has a range of flumes...

Southport Pleasureland5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Southport
  • Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Southport Pleasureland is a fantastic family orientated theme park situated right on the golden beaches of this gorgeous fun filled seaside town. The...

Vue Southport

  • Southport
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Who doesn't love a good film? Jump into movie magic at Vue Southport, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exciting action films to hilarious...

Tenpin Southport

  • Southport
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

The game of ten pin bowling has been a favourite for all ages for many years and with good reason! A truly sociable game that literally anyone can pl...

Playtown Southport4.2 out of 5 starstotal reviews(5)

  • Southport
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Playtown is the biggest play centre in Southport catering for children from 0 to 12 years. They have an exciting large play frame including a drop sl...

The Southport Treasure Trail

  • Southport
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Can you and the kids find the answers to the clues which will solve the Southport self guided Treasure Hunt themed Treasure Trail? As you follow the...



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Hesketh Park4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Southport
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Hesketh Park is only a short walk away from Southport city centre, has had over £3 million pounds spent on it and it is free to visit, brilliant. Eve...

Churchtown Botanic Gardens5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Southport
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Churchtown Botanic Gardens These Gardens, located in scenic little Churchtown, have regulalry achieved a Green Flag Award for its excellence as a par...

Ainsdale Beach

  • Ainsdale
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Boasting the oldest iron built pier in Britain, the sandy, dune backed beach of Ainsdale is considered the main bathing beach of Southport. Land base...

Windmill Animal Farm

  • Burscough
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

There is lots of fun for the little ones down at Windmill Animal Farm. Experience the running of an everyday farm, ride pedal tractors and roller rac...

Formby FootGolf Centre

  • Formby
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

Try your hand (or foot if you like) at the UK’s latest sport trend - footgolf at the Formby FootGolf Centre. Challenge the whole family at 9 or 18 ho...

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

  • Burscough
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Fancy an escape to nature? Enjoy a great family day out in the wild at WWT Martin Mere any time of the year! From ducklings to migrating swans - you’...

Lytham St Annes Beach

  • Lytham St Annes
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

This rural Lancashire coastal gem is home to the beautiful Lytham St Anne’s Beach. A sandy beach that’s home to donkey rides, a Victorian pier and ch...

Blackpool Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Blackpool
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Two heads are always better than one, so get the whole gang together for a fact-finding mission on the Blackpool Mystery Treasure Trail. The best way...

Formby Nature Reserve

  • Formby
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Head on outdoors with the whole family and visit Formby Beach and Nature Reserve. With towering sand dunes and peaceful pinewoods lining the way, thi...

China Butterfly Craft Centre

  • Formby
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

China Butterfly Craft Centre is the ideal place to chill out and try some new crafts. There is a wide variety of activities available which are perfe...

Formby Beach

  • Formby
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Escape the boring everyday with an action-packed day of exploring at Formby Beach near Liverpool! This spacious beach has a rather rural feel. It's s...

Park View 4U Playing Fields

  • Lytham St Annes
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Park View 4U Playing Fields are situated a few hundred yards inland from Lytham's famous Windmill. If you visit the park in the evenings and at weeke...

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