South­port ‘one of the best’ sea­side venues

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

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

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