This half-term there’s plenty to do for the whole family in Southport. From muddy escapades at Martin Mere to tranquil squirrel spotting in Formby Pinewoods and more. Here’s what you can get up to this February.
Mudfest at Martin Mere (10-18 February)
Get stuck into February half term with Mudfest! Enjoy a mud obstacle course, mud kitchen, wild crafts – and mud, mud more. The annual North West Puddle Jumping Championships will also be returning (only 50p per entry). With hands-on activities for all ages and abilities, everyone can connect with nature and discover the magical powers of mud for wildlife and play.
WWT Martin Mere, Fish Lane, Burscough, Lancashire, L40 0TA
Cost: Children under 4 go free, juniors £11, Adults £16.95
Squirrel spotting in Formby Pinewoods
A coastal nature haven, red squirrels, natterjacks, prehistoric footprints and miles of coastal walks are just waiting to be discovered in Formby. Enjoy breathtaking sea views, head out on a bracing coastal walk or find out about Formby’s fascinating coastal history. Formby is within the North Merseyside and West Lancashire red squirrel stronghold – one of a few refuges left for red squirrels across the UK. See if you can spot one jumping through the pine trees! There’s something for everyone at Formby, the perfect place to get outdoors and active.
Formby Beach, Victoria Road car park, Liverpool L37 1LJ
Cost: Free admission to members on production of a valid National Trust membership card
King’s Gardens – a park on Southport’s Promenade
Situated on the Southport Promenade is the beautiful 17-acre, Victorian Town Centre Park. King’s Gardens house Grade II listed shelters, an ornate Venetian Bridge, unique play areas including mini golf within the stunning landscape. For visitors who are looking to stay a while, the Victorian garden also features a visitor centre and café.
The Promenade, Southport, PR8 1QY
Cost: Entry to park and play area are free
The Atkinson – discover Ancient Egypt
Southport’s stunning Egyptology museum takes visitors on a journey through what life was like in ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs, showcasing Anne Goodison’s personal and wide-ranging collection in an interactive display. Visitors can see an intricately decorated coffin lid, the Mummy of Nes-Amun, a wooden Ba-bird and rare paddle dolls, amongst many other artefacts.
The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB
For more details on days out, events and places to stay, visit visitsouthport.com