Southport ‘one of the best’ seaside venues
SOUTHPORT is among the UK’s 10 best seaside towns, according to a national newspaper. The Guardian published its list of the best coastal resorts, with Southport praised for having “the right combination of modern town bustle and buckets and spades”. Although no ranking is given, the town is described as “one of the best”.
The paper highlighted the Lakeside Inn, the Bottle Room and A Great Little Place as good spots to visit, while recommending that visitors stay at the Bold Hotel in Lord Street.
The review was written by Jon Bounds, co-author of Pier Review: A Road Trip In Search Of The British Seaside, who found a lot to love at the resort.
He wrote: “The huge beach is great for walks and wildlife, although walking to the sea itself might take a while. Even the second-longest pier in the UK doesn’t, for most of the time, reach the water: Southport has one of the biggest tidal ranges in the world, and the sea is often away in the distance. Even the locals get excited when there’s a high tide.
“The pier itself is the hub of seaside activities, a fab retro arcade at the pier head, with love testers, penny falls and a terrifying automaton called Laugh with Jolly Jack. At the land end, there’s a great hall of mirrors, which doesn’t reflect badly on the town at all.”
The Guardian’s sister title, The Observer, was also full of praise for the area a day later as it featured Formby as the best beach within an hour of a town or city.
According to the Observer: “Few parts of England are as blessed with wildlife as the Sefton Coast.”
“There are all kinds of birds but also red squirrels, rare moths, ferns, even fossils. Freshfield Squirrel Reserve is the best place to see tame red squirrels, and buy nuts to feed them.”
Southport Pier: hub of seaside activities according to Jon Bounds’s review in a national newspaper
Formby beach was praised in a Sunday paper The Bottle Room also drew favourable comments