If you’re lucky enough to be spending some time in our beautiful town, you might wonder what you can do with some Southport down-time? Whether you are with your friends, a partner or family, you can always discover something new in Southport all year round. Spring and Summer are our best times for beach life in Southport; with 22 miles of coastline and plenty of beaches, it’s a perfect place to relax and unwind. We think it’s a classic British seaside resort and within walking distance of the hotel; there’s scenic parks and gardens, fabulous shopping, exciting nightlife and a mouth-watering array of restaurants.
1. The Southport Seafront Air Show
The annual Air Show is recognised as the North West’s largest Airshow attracting up to 150,000 spectators over two days in September. Combining a spectacular air display with a host of ground activities, the Southport Airshow is an exhilarating and fun-filled experience that the whole family can enjoy. The event promises to be one of the aviation calendar’s most spectacular events, providing stunning views of the best jets, fighters, bombers, helicopters and aerobatic aircraft. We are putting together a Corporate Hospitality Package for 12 guests to enjoy the exclusive use of one of our Executive Marine Lake Lounges with balcony access with wine, beer and afternoon tea all included, plus much more – we think it’s the Club Class version of watching the air show.
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The Southport Air show runs from 15th-17th September 2017. We’ve got two great packages to watch the airshow, the Ramada Plaza Southport Air Show is priced individually and we also offer a great Ramada Plaza Southport Air Show Corporate Offer for up to 12 guests, please see the documents and get in touch.
2. The 3,650 foot-long Southport Pier
The second longest pier in Britain, Southport Pier was first opened in 1860 with an original length of 3,600 ft. In 1868 it was further extended to 4,380 ft. The Pier has had several setbacks in its history, suffering from vessel collisions, gales, and fire but none were as close to destroying the pier as in 1990 when Sefton Council applied to have it demolished, only to be defeated by a single vote. Now thankfully a Grade II listed structure, Southport Pier, under the Pier Trust gained sufficient funding to totally re-develop the pier with financing from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Merseyside Objective. The pier now it stands at 3,650 ft in length and is open every day except Christmas Day. A boxing day stroll down the pier is actually quite a tradition locally and you can always call in for a warming drink in our hotel, which you can always see in the distance!
3. Crosby Coastal Park & Formby Point
The Sefton Coast enjoys over 22 miles of coast and foreshore areas with a range of facilities and nature reserves. The area around Crosby beach, and Crosby Marine Park stretches from Waterloo to the estuary of the River Alt at Hightown. The Coastal Park is currently home to Antony Gormley’s Another Place. The site is ideal for many informal activities such as birdwatching, flying kites, walking, picnics. Facing west, there are fine views of the Iron Men, the docks, North Wales and excellent sunsets. During the summer beach car parking is available at Ainsdale (PR8 2QB) and Southport (PR9 1RX), while at Lifeboat Road, Formby Point (L37 2EB) disabled access to the beach is provided from the car park. Only Formby, Ainsdale and Southport are designated bathing beaches. During the summer water samples are taken and there are RNLI Beach Lifeguards on duty.
4. Southport Pleasureland
With heaps of great things to see and do, rides to suit everyone and free entry, Southport Pleasureland is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Clean, bright and bursting with activities for the whole family, Southport’s premier leisure attraction is sure to bring fun and laughter to every visitor. There’s lots of rides to experience, a Go Kart track, a fabulous family amusement arcade, fun and games on the stalls, gift shop, plenty of food and drink outlets and the park is totally free to enter! The grounds are very well maintained all year to ensure the flower beds are blooming and our lawns are green so that you can enjoy the colour and spectacle whether you are riding or not. And you can also bring your own food, and use the grassed areas for your picnic.
5. The Southport Botanical Gardens
Just a few minutes walk out of the Southport centre in Churchtown is Southport’s Botanic Gardens. Originally opened in 1874, these Victorian gardens are bursting with floral splendour and colourful displays. Winding through the park is the garden’s lake and a multitude of pathways. There is an aviary, gift shop and café too, so there’s plenty to see and explore. Situated in the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Churchtown, the Botanic Gardens Cafe is a favourite with their well established regular customers as well as visitors. The cafe specialises in homemade food and snacks as well as selling a variety of unusual gifts and toys. They also sell wholeslae goods to schools for events such as summer fetes and Christmas fairs. The Botanic Gardens has achieved a coveted Green Flag award for its excellence as a park. The park is open 7 days a week, every day of the year.
And in order to see all of these great attractions that Southport has to offer, you’ll need to book a room and that’s where we come in – The Ramada Plaza Southport is a Luxury 4-star hotel is set in the heart of the town’s glamorous waterfront development. As one of the leading hotels in Merseyside, we also boast the Marine Brasserie – a top Southport restaurant offering mouthwatering menus, a modern fitness suite, four top class meeting rooms and lake view function suite catering for up to 220 people. Ask about our competitive rates and do ask the booking team whether there’s any offers when you speak to us.