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Exciting Events and Fantastic Festivals Southport’s famous event season will return in 2011, with Jazz on a Winters Weekend from 4-6 February. Other highlights in Spring & Summer 2011 include the Food & Drink Festival in May, Southport Air Show in July (new date!) and the Southport Flower Show in August.
Coming Soon - a new Centre of Culture for Southport
See page 5 for a full listing.
Christmas in Southport
Southport’s own Christmas Festival takes place on Chapel Street on the 11th & 12th and 18th & 19th December and features stalls, amusements, local producers market and Christmas themed entertainment, meaning fun for all the family. For more details on Christmas in Southport, see page 3
Opening in 2013, Southport’s new Cultural Centre – The Atkinson – will be home to a large contemporary art gallery, a 430 seat theatre, a concert venue for up to 500, a new museum, a Design Centre and bistro and wine bar, along with Southport’s central library and a new media centre. For more information see full article on page 6
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Christmas Festival...Page 3
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Southport’s Oscars...Page 6
Southport Restaurateurs...Page 8
Get on your bike...Page 12
Dear Delegate... I’m pleased to offer you a warm welcome to Southport. This is my first welcome message to you as Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism here in the resort. We are delighted that you are coming to Southport for your event and hope that during your stay in the town you have time to take in the sights, our beautiful Lord Street, picturesque parks and gardens and our seafront and meticulously restored Pier. We are very lucky to have a stunning coastline, world class golf courses and some of the most popular restaurants in the North West, as well as some wonderful shops. We wish everyone involved with your event every success and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Councillor Mike Booth Cabinet Member for Leisure & Tourism Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
VisitSouthport.com The official guide to Southport VisitSouthport.com has just been relaunched as your one stop shop for researching and arranging a short break or day trip to Southport. It contains a comprehensive range of accommodation which is easily bookable through the website, from our cosy family run guest houses to our large 4 star establishments, plus lots of ideas for your itinerary, and the best places to shop.
If you are visiting Southport as a delegate, there are details of what’s on while you are in town, and information on our superb restaurants, including special discount offers. There’s also information on our world class golf courses, where you can even book tee times through our sister organisation, englandsgolfcoast.com. Not forgetting our fantastic events schedule, VisitSouthport.com has everything you need for your visit, why not take a look?
Southport - England’s Classic Resort! Southport is a great place for a day trip or short break at any time of year!
COMPETITION WIN TICKETS TO THE GRAND NATIONAL Liverpool Day is the first day of the world famous John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on Thursday 7th April 2011 and features a full line up of Liverpool inspired entertainment, sport and music running alongside top flight racing including the BGC Liverpool Hurdle. To win two grandstand tickets to Liverpool Day, including one night’s accommodation and dinner at the Alexandra & Victoria in Southport on Thursday 7th April, email your details to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to the following question:
Southport’s Red Rum historically won the Grand National three times. In what years did he win? A: 1973, 1974 and 1977 B: 1973, 1977 and 1979 C: 1971, 1974 and 1976
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World famous events such as the Southport Air Show, Southport Flower Show and the Food & Drink Festival are in abundance (see page 5 for a full list and features). There’s also some great attractions including Merseyside’s only water park, Splash World. The resort boasts 22 miles of beautiful coastline, plenty of beaches and the UK’s oldest pier. Together with the awesome Marine Way Bridge, these all blend together seamlessly to create stunning views. Southport is widely regarded as England’s Golfing Capital with seven championship courses including the world-famous Royal Birkdale, nine-time host of The Open and host of the 2010 RICOH Women’s British Open. There are plenty of places to “shop till you drop” in Southport. Along with the renowned Lord Street and Chapel Street,
Wayfarers Arcade boasts a fine glass domed roof and an impressive choice of boutiques and jewellers. High Street names are also on offer in Central 12 retail park, only five minutes walk from the town centre. Also only a short distance away is Ocean Plaza, which offers an excellent mix of retail and leisure. Over 200 restaurants, cafes and pubs offer a fantastic choice of cuisine, warm welcomes, excellent service and great value for money. Finally there are also cocktail bars, the theatre, a casino and nightclubs in plentiful supply to round off the evening. You don’t have to jam it all into one day – Southport has over 1,000 beds, including luxury boutique accommodation, cosy family run guest houses and large sea front hotels. Southport’s Tourist Information team are more than happy to assist with any enquiries. Call +44 (0) 1704 533333 or go to visitsouthport.com
Southport’s Marvellous Market
The long-awaited redevelopment of Southport’s classic Victorian market will be completed and it will re-open in Summer 2011. Set in the heart of Southport, the new Southport Indoor Market will house 48 units including fresh food stalls with locally sourced produce and non food retailers trading side by side, together with cafes, toilets and convenient parking. New glazed elevations onto Market Street will create a light and airy interior and some space will be dedicated to local artists creating and selling arts and crafts.
Follow the Sefton Trail! The Sefton Trail map has been designed as a fun and informative look at Sefton and its choice of great places to visit. It includes a map of the borough with information about many of the areas of interest within the area including the “Another Place” installation on Crosby beach, Aintree Racecourse and Southport. There’s also a brief history about all the towns and villages which make up the borough. The trail highlights just how much there is to see and do in Sefton. Happy sightseeing! To obtain your copy call Southport Tourism Centre on 01704 533333
Take a Walk down Wesley Street Festive Fun in Southport Christmas comes early to Southport when the annual festive lights switch on and parade takes place on Sunday 21st November. Thousands of people young and old alike enjoy the festive build up as the town twinkles into light. Free entertainment takes place in the Town Hall Gardens from 2pm, followed by an illuminated procession led by Father Christmas through the town, with the big switch on at 4pm approximately. The Christmas celebrations don’t end there! Later in December the International Christmas market comes to town from 16th – 19th December, featuring stall holders and unusual and quirky fayre from across the world. Wesley Street is proud of its unique status as a “village within a town”. Pastel painted buildings house a quaint selection of independent traders including toy stores, antiques, jewellery, book shops, cafes and food outlets. Located just off Tulketh Street and a couple of minutes stroll from Chapel Street, why not take a look and experience for yourself the wonderful atmosphere of this unique thoroughfare.
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Wait, there’s more! Southport’s own Christmas Festival takes place on Chapel Street on the 11th & 12th and 18th & 19th December and features stalls, amusements, local producers market and Christmas themed entertainment, meaning fun for all the family. For more information on any of these events, go to visitsouthport.com.
Have a Splashing Time at Splash World!
Southport Ambassador Awards
Ambassadors of Excellence
Southport’s annual Ambassador Awards recognises and rewards those in Southport’s hard working tourism, hospitality, leisure and retail sectors who consistently give exceptional levels of customer service. Nominations for the 2011 awards are now being accepted, the categories can be viewed at www.visitsouthport.com in the Useful Information section, where also the nomination form can be downloaded. Forms can also be picked up from most establishments in the town, including hotels and restaurants.
The closing date for 2011 nominations is Friday 28th January 2011. If someone has helped make your Southport experience memorable, why not nominate them for an award? Last year’s winner of winners, Stuart Cockburn from Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa went on to win the Outstanding Customer Service award at the Mersey Partnership awards and represented the region at England’s Northwest Tourism Awards which were held in September before going to press.
Walking & Cycling in Sefton
Dunes Splash World is Southport’s own fantastic state-of-the-art all weather Leisure Pool and Recreation Centre. Whatever your preference there is something for everyone with an exciting array of water features including a Tube Ride, Multi Slide, Lazy River and Water Curtains. The attraction has been designed to cater for families and children of all ages with a shallow water children’s area, large central play feature and water cannon. There is also a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi / spa bath. After the fun and games you can relax in the poolside cafeteria which offers a tempting range of freshly prepared food, snacks and drinks.
Sefton MBC have compiled a new version of their popular Walking & Cycling Guide to the borough. This free guide has been designed to encourage residents and visitors alike to get out and about in Southport and Sefton and discover the area’s fascinating history and wonderful flora and fauna.
Splash World is the largest attraction of its type on Merseyside and no matter what the weather is like outside or whatever time of year, Splash World is always a tropical 84 degrees inside. Splash World forms part of the Dunes Splash World complex. As well as the leisure pool there is another 25 metre main pool, a toddler pool, a sauna cabin and steam suite and large sports hall. There is also a fantastic Fitness Suite with a massive range of state-of-the-art equipment and an activity studio offering a wide and varied class programme.
There is a full range of walks and cycle routes contained within the guide ranging from easy through to leisurely, moderate and challenging. To get a copy, just call in at Southport’s Tourist Information Centre or Eco Centre while you’re in town, or download a version from seftonsnaturalcoast.com.
For more information on Splash World go to www.splashworldsouthport.com. Splash World is open all year round Friday 4pm – 7.30pm (term time only) and Saturdays & Sundays 10am – 5.30pm. For School Holiday opening times check the website or call 01704 537160.
PLACES TO STAY IN SOUTHPORT
• H: Hotel • GA: Guest Accommodation • SC: Self Catering • THH: Town House Hotel
18 Bath Street
3 Star GA
28 Bath Street
4 Star GA
39 Bold Street
3 Star GA
23-25 Portland Street
2 Star H
Alexandra & Victoria
38 The Promenade
4 Star GA
Southport Old Road
13 Bath Street
4 Star GA
52 Avondale Road North PR9 0NE
3 Star GA
25 Bath Street
3 star GA
39 Bath Street
3 Star GA
4 Queens Road
4 Star GA
37 Leicester Street
5 Star GA
18 Albert Road
4 Star GA
37 Saunders Street
3 Star GA
4 Bath Street
4 Star GA
17 Alexandra Road
4 Star GA
Martin Lane Farmhouse
5 Martin Lane, Burscough
L40 8 JH
4 Star SC
Carlton Lodge Hotel
43 Bath Street
4 Star GA
154b Smithy Lane
01695 584284 2 Star SC
6 Bath Street
3 Star GA
Sandy Brook Farm
Wyke Cop Road
3 Star SC
27 Bath Street
3 Star GA
4 Star SC
83 Avondale Road North PR9 0NE
3 Star GA
83 The Promenade
3 Star GA
43 Bold Street
3 Star GA
1 Sussex Road
9 Castle Street
01484 722400 3 Star SC
Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa Southport old Road
4 Star H
46 Talbot Street
4 Star GA
62 Bath Street
4 Star GA
Ocean Plaza, Marine Drive
08701 977071 Budget Hotel
24 Leicester Street
4 Star GA
69 Bath Street
3 Star GA
11a Leicester Street
4 Star GA
70-71, 78-79 The Promenade PR9 0JJ
0844 801 3580 4 Star H
11 Talbot Street
4 Star SC
34 Bold Street
2 Star GA
Prince of Wales
3 Star H
3 Star H
17 Bath Street
4 Star GA
12 Talbot Street
4 Star GA
98 Lord Street
4 Star THH
21 Bath Street
3 Star GA
3 Star H
4 Star GA
Listed above are a wide selection of Southport’s accommodation establishments, all of which are members of the Southport Tourism Business Network and who pride themselves on providing a level of quality and service which is second to none. For more information and advice on accommodation please call: Southport Tourism Information Centre on 01704 533333 or go to www.visitsouthport.com
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7th, 8th & 9th April
4th to 6th February
Jazz on a Winters Weekend
John Smiths Grand National
12th - 15th May Southport
26th - 29th May Southport
Food and Drink Festival
International Jazz Festival
25th & 26th June Southport Veterans Day Charity Carnival Southport British Armed Forces Day Parade
23rd & 24th July Southport
6th & 7th August
18th - 21st August
Southport Flower Show
30th September - 2nd October
21st - 29th October Southport
British Musical Fireworks Championships More information: o 01704 533333
visitsouthport.com y Tourist Information Centre, Lord Street
Dates are subject to change
Help’s at Hand Whether it’s for advice as you plan your visit to Southport or need some recommendations while you are here, the Southport Tourist Information team are ready to help. Located on Lord Street in the town centre, the TIC is the perfect one stop shop for accommodation bookings,
information on attractions, events and places to eat or drink, local trip and excursion bookings, maps and guidebooks, souvenirs and a selection of confectionery and beverages. They can also be reached by telephone on 01704 533333 or by email at email@example.com. The TIC is open all year round except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Southport Air Show 23rd - 24th July in association with Liverpool John Lennon Airport
NEW DATES FOR 2011! Contrary to popular opinion, the tide does come in at Southport, twice a day, and sometimes so far in that it was deemed necessary for a seawall to be built on Southport’s seafront! So it is due to the tidal conditions that Southport’s famous Air Show will be held 23rd and 24th July in 2011, and not September as it is usually.
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As ever, alongside the fantastic flying programme there is plenty of activity on the ground including the Air Show trade village, Aviation marquee, simulators, and other entertainment. For more information, go to southportairshow.com or sign up for our e-newsletter.
13th to 16th May Southport
Ricoh Women's British Open
Southport’s annual Comedy Week ends the events season with a fantastic line up of famous acts, including Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, 7th & 8th August Dara O’Briain, Milton Jones and local favourite Brendan Riley.
Woodvale International Rally
The week opens with Marcel Lucont, “France’s premier misanthropist and 18th & 19th September lover” who performs his show Encore Southport at the Scarisbrick Hotel following highly acclaimed sell-out festival seasons in Edinburgh and Australasia.
appear include Greg Cook and Jason Manford!
27th to 30th May
Sean Lock, one of the UK’s most highly Southport acclaimed and original comedians brings his show Lockipedia to Southport on 25th October where you will witness stand up combining surreal 30thhilariously & 31st July imagery and insightful observations on the human condition.
Food and Drink Festival 29th July to 1st August
International Jazz Festival Summer Classics Music in the Park
Award winning Dara O’Briain, host of BBC2’s “Mock the Week” is appearing 19th to 22nd August at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre on 27th October. Colleague Jimmy Carr brings his Laughter Therapy Tour to the same venue the following day, celebrating his tenth year as one of Britain’s favourite comedians. Fellow 24th to 26th September “Mock the Week” star Milton Jones is also appearing at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre on 29th October, where Just Fair Laughs 22nd 30th October presents the All Star to Comedy Show.
Southport Flower Show
1st takes to 3rdplace October Thrill the World on 23rd Southport October in the Town Hall Gardens. If Following her Edinburgh Fringe run you are in town come and witness a and sell out shows at the Camden record breaking attempt at creating Fringe and Liverpool Comedy Festival, the biggest re-enactment of Michael More information: o 01704 533333 visitsouthport.com y Touristfinalist Information Centre, local Funny Women Rosie WilbyLord Street Jackson’s Thriller video! presents her award winning show “The Science of Sex” which closes the Local wit and raconteur Brendan Riley seventh Southport Comedy Week on hosts “Southport Comedy Week New 30th October at the Scarisbrick Hotel. Act of the Year” on 24th October at the Fox & Goose where you may see For more information on any of these one of the comedy stars of tomorrow events and how to book tickets, visit plus the Fox and Goose Comedy Club www.visitsouthport.com on 27th October. Be sure to get your ticket for this gig, you never know who might turn up as past names to
British Musical Fireworks Championships
Food & Drink Festival 12th - 15th May
Southport’s next Food and Drink Festival will take place 12th – 15th May 2011 and will once again be a food lovers paradise...the festival runs across Lord Street & Chapel Street, with the main centre of activity taking place in the Town Hall Gardens. With so many eating and drinking venues, plus local businesses involved, this festival is a true celebration of what Southport has to offer. The festival incorporates chef demonstrations, food and drink stalls, restaurant offers, special food events and a food court, and is an ideal day out for the entire family. If you want to be the first to receive the latest news and offers, plus be in with a chance to win with our competitions, sign up for the VisitSouthport e-newsletter (remember to check Food and Drink as your area of interest). www.visitsouthport.com
Welcome to Southport
Southport aims higher with MIA Accreditation Southport is pleased to announce that its conference bureau, Southport Conferences, and all of its venues including the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, the Ramada Plaza, Vincent Hotel, Scarisbrick Hotel, The Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa, The Prince of Wales Hotel and Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa are now fully accredited by the Meetings Industry Association’s (MIA) conference and meetings industry standard Associated in Meetings, through their high quality level of service delivery in business tourism. The industry-wide benchmark recognises destinations and venues that are operating to a high standard in the provision of conferences and events, both legally and ethically.
We’re delighted that you are here and hope you enjoy your time in Southport. We’ve worked closely with each conference organiser to ensure that every delegate has an enjoyable stay. There is so much to see and do if you
have the time and if not, lots of reasons why you should come back again and again!
Pathways research for summer 2010 stated that 80% of buyers asked were aware of the AIM accreditation and the entire 100% stated that they would be influenced by such an accreditation.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
The resort is proud to be recognised as an emerging destination in the meetings and events industry and will continue to do so with continuing investment and commitment to its business tourism product, which will be reported in future issues of Conference Times.
a new Centre for Culture in Southport
Moving with the times at the Scarisbrick Hotel The historic Scarisbrick Hotel, situated on Southport’s picturesque Lord Street boulevard, is currently undergoing a series of improvements and upgrades to enable it to continue to meet the demands and expectations of today’s leisure and business visitors. Fifteen of the hotel’s 88 bedrooms have already been earmarked for refurbishment which will be followed by the instigation of a rolling programme of refurbishment for all the hotel’s bedrooms thereafter, along with improvements to the hotel’s public areas.
Southport’s new cultural centre, The Atkinson, will bring together the former Southport Arts Centre, Atkinson Art Gallery and Southport Library, into a new, contemporary multi use centre, comprising three new museum galleries, theatres, extended café and bar facilities, community activity space and event, meeting and conference facilities.
commercial hire as performance, meetings, event and conference space.
The new library will include a state of the art IT suite with internet access, message stations and download points while the main library will hold an improved range of audio and video collections, reference and specialist collections and a diary of reading promotions and events.
Finally, there is community workshop space available, suitable for youth theatre and dance, school use, training and courses, improved gallery storage, a local studies centre holding archives, a genealogy centre, civic history and geography collections, and a craft gallery, showcasing hand made crafts produced locally including ceramics, jewellery, glass, furniture and textiles. The Atkinson is set to be one of Southport’s major tourism and community attractions, not to be missed while you are in town. Check visitsouthport.com for regular updates on opening dates and launch programme.
There will be two theatre spaces with popular music, comedy, contemporary dance and performance art in the Studio, while the Cambridge Theatre will host drama, classical performances, film screenings, comedy and ballet. Both theatres will be available for community and
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Three new gallery spaces will host major contemporary art exhibitions, artists residencies, historic, scientific and community displays. Watch out for future issues where we will be reporting on the exciting launch events planned for 2013.
In addition to the bedroom improvements, the Scarisbrick’s gym and leisure amenities have also been upgraded, which will ensure that one of
the resort’s favourite hotels will continue to endear itself to business and leisure guests alike for years to come.
New hotel for listed building Work is set to commence later this year on Southport’s iconic Ribble Buildings. The Grade II-listed disused former bus station, located at one of the main gateways to the town centre, is to be developed into a 92-bedroom hotel and restaurant complex. The hotel will be operated by ‘Express by Holiday Inn’ – described as a “modern hotel for value conscious travellers”. A six-storey extension is also to be built along with car parking spaces. Architects for the new hotel are acclaimed firm Falconer Chester Hall, whose portfolio of work includes Liverpool’s Hope Street Hotel.
The contractor Denizen’s developments include West Tower in Aughton and Hilton Double Tree in Chester. Look out for more news on this development in future issues of Conference Times.
Rotary Returns Southport has a rich tradition of hosting Rotary events and is proud that more Rotary Clubs hold their conference in Southport than anywhere else in the UK. The resort is looking forward to welcoming Rotary International District 1210, from the English Midlands, which has a rich Rotary history dating back to 1921 with the Charter of the Rotary Clubs of Wolverhampton and Walsall. District 1210 currently comprises 59 clubs extending from Ludlow to Ellesmere in the West, and from Leek south to Rugeley and across to Walsall in the East. The conference takes place from 8-10 October at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, and promises to provide some excellent entertainment and speakers over a packed weekend.
Unions United in Southport
Aglow in Southport Southport is delighted to welcome back Aglow International for their National Conference 15-17 October 2010 as they celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Aglow International Britain. The weekend is themed ‘Sound of the Kingdom’ and will include celebration, teaching and worship with guest speakers and musicians. Aglow spans the globe, reaching out to women of every creed, colour, and culture, and, through women, to families worldwide. Over 4,600 Aglow groups meet worldwide, with more than 21,000 Aglow leaders worldwide ministering in their communities and nations, to an estimated 17 million people each year. Speakers at the event include Nonnie McVeigh, President of Aglow International Britain, Rev. Dr. Robert Stearns, the founder and executive director of Eagles’ Wings, Evangeline Weiner, Generations Director for Aglow International , Julie Meyer who is a worship leader and intercessor at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City and finally Raul D’Oliveira, an anointed and professional musician who performs internationally with many Christian artists. Aglow returns to Southport less than six months later with the Leaders & Members Conference taking place 11-13 March 2011.
Keep Fit in Southport!
Southport Conferences has a long and proud history of hosting union conferences in the resort, and this year is no exception. Southport is pleased to welcome the UNISON Retired Members Conference, Police & Justice Conference and Police Seminar to the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre between the 12th and 16th October 2010. UNISON is Britain and Europe’s biggest public sector union with more than 1.3 million members. UNISON members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and in the essential utilities. They include frontline staff and managers working full or part time in local authorities, the NHS, the police service, colleges and schools, the electricity, gas and water industries, transport and the voluntary sector. In 2011, Southport welcomes back the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) who will hold their annual delegate meeting at the STCC 6th – 10th April. Approximately 300 journalists will be in town to debate and agree ongoing policy, objectives and campaigning priorities.
The Keep Fit Association are holding their 2011 KFA Championships in Southport on the 19th & 20th February. The Keep Fit Association (KFA) was established in 1956 and is dedicated to the provision of safe and effective exercise, movement and dance. All KFA movement is based on Rudolph von Laban’s principles.
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Rudolf von Laban was a dance artist and theorist whose work laid the foundations for Laban Movement Analysis and other more specific developments in dance notation. Known as the father of modern European dance, he devised a clear and concise movement language that gives teachers the tools to provide a holistic workout with functional fitness through creative choreography. The KFA Association provides the opportunity to meet in a spirit of fun while exercising together. Through its classes, it has introduced a huge number of people to achieving fitness through movement and dance, becoming as a result more energetic, healthier and happier. Categories in this year’s KFA Championship include movement and dance, exercise, fitness freestyle, apparatus and rope movement & skipping. Most categories are available to enter on a solo, duo or team basis. For more information check out the KFA website www.keepfit.org.uk
Labour Returns to Southport Southport has once again been selected as the host destination for the Labour North West Party’s Regional Conference, when it comes to the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre from 5th–7th November 2010. The event will attract about 400 delegates to the resort and will feature policy discussions, a series of keynote speeches from attending Shadow Cabinet Ministers in addition to an exhibition, conference dinner and reception. Louise Baldock, chair of Labour North West’s Regional Board, said; “We’re delighted to be returning to Southport for our regional conference for the fourth time. Southport will provide an excellent venue for Labour shadow ministers and party members to shape Labour’s solutions to the challenges that the North West faces.”
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If your event organiser has arranged online booking for your conference, go to conferenceBOOKINGS.com and submit your unique event reference number. If you do not have a reference number, please contact your event organiser or check the event website for a link. If you are organising an event in Southport and interested in using our ConferenceBOOKINGS system for your attendees, please call us on +44 (0)151 934 2436 for information on how you can utilise this facility free of charge.
Southport Restaurateurs Association – the Mark of Quality Look out for the Southport Restaurateurs Association logo to find many of the best eateries in Southport. Members pride themselves on serving fresh, local produce and ingredients wherever possible. Add to this their pledge to offer the warmest welcome supported with great customer service, delicious food and value for money and you’ve a recipe for a great meal. Check individual restaurant’s websites for great deals and menus. BEST OF BRITISH Forge Brasserie Queen Anne St, PR8 1EH 01704 500522 www.forgebrasserie.co.uk
A TASTE OF EUROPE Auberge Brasserie 1b-3 Seabank Rd, PR9 0EW 01704 530671 www.auberge-brasserie.com
Knightsbridge Restaurant Scarisbrick Hotel, Lord St, PR8 1NZ 01704 543000 www.scarisbrickhotel.com
Bistrot Verite 7 Liverpool Rd, Birkdale PR8 4AR 01704 564199
Marine Brasserie - Ramada Plaza Hotel, Promenade, PR9 0DZ 01704 516220 www.ramadaplazasouthport.co.uk Nostalgia Tea Rooms 215-217 Lord St, PR8 1PF 01704 501294
Cloisters Dining Rooms Bank Passage, Lord St PR8 1NZ 01704 535153 www.cloistersrestaurant.com Fifty One The Promenade 51 The Promenade, PR9 0DX 01704 510051 www.thepromenade.co.uk
Pudding & Pie Wayfarers Arcade, Lord St, PR8 1NT 01704 543943
Gusto Trattoria 58-62 Lord St, PR8 1QB 01704 544255 www.gustotrattoria.co.uk
Tree Tops Restaurant Southport Old Rd, Formby L37 0AB 01704 572430 www.treetopsformby.co.uk
Lords Café Bar 659 Lord St, PR9 0AW 01704 543814 www.lordscafebar.co.uk
Tyndalls & Lansdowne Bar 23 Hoghton St, PR9 0NS 01704 500002 www.tyndalls.co.uk
Nando’s Ocean Plaza, Marine Drive, PR8 1SB 01704 537315 www.nandos.co.uk
Recognition for Excellence
One of Southport’s finest establishments for real ale drinkers, the Barons Bar, has once again appeared in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for the eleventh consecutive year. The Barons, situated within the Scarisbrick Hotel, is renowned for its excellent selection of real ale, including ales from Southport’s own brewery. It also regularly stages real ale festivals and is well worth a visit while in town. Southport’s Bistrot Verite in Birkdale Village has appeared in the coveted Good Food Guide for the second time. Restaurants and bistros up and down the country compete for a place in the guide every year, which is voted for by customers and anonymous judges who score eateries out of ten.
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Owner and chef Marc Verite was singled out for his “rustic food with big flavours”. For more information on these establishments, go to visitsouthport.com.
Pavilion Restaurant The Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa, Promenade, PR8 1RB 01704 533771 www.royalclifton.co.uk The Barking Frog 137-141 Manchester Rd, PR9 9BD 01704 545132 www.thebarkingfrogrestaurant.co.uk The Dining Rooms on West Street Alexandra & Victoria Hotel, 38 The Promenade, PR8 1QU 01704 548549 www.diningroomsweststreet.co.uk The Wine Cellar Eastbank St Sq, Lord St, PR8 1NY 01704 530002 www.the-wine-cellar.biz Volare 613 Lord St, PR9 0AN 01704 546232 www.italianrestaurantsouthport.co.uk
Lal Qila 133-135 Eastbank St, PR8 1DQ 01704 530111 www.lalqilasouthport.co.uk Lings on Kings 52 King St, PR8 1JX 01704 530169 www.lingsonkings.co.uk Taj Mahal 35 Bath St, PR9 0DP 01704 544991 www.tajmahalbalti.co.uk V Café & Sushi Bar Vincent Hotel, 98 Lord St PR8 1JR 01704 883800 www.thevincenthotel.com The Warehouse Kitchen & Bar 30 West St, PR8 1QN 01704 544662 www.warehousekitchenandbar.com
AROUND THE WORLD Kasturi Indian Cuisine 40 Eastbank St, PR8 1ET 01704 533102/513400 www.kasturirestaurant.com
Southport has much to see and do during the day but it doesn’t stop there as there’s hot nightspots, loads of pubs, trendy wine bars and traditional cosy pubs dotted throughout the resort. Both Maloney’s and The Wine Cellar, situated right in the middle of town on Lord Street, are consummates of “flair” bartending – sometimes known as extreme or performance bartending - the skilled practice of entertaining by throwing/juggling bar tools, e.g. glassware, shakers and bottles. Immerse yourself in English and Irish culture with a visit to one of Southport’s traditional pubs in and
around the town centre. Nearby Churchtown is home to the Bold Arms, with wooden beams, open fires and a selection of real ales. Prefer something more cutting edge? McGees Bar, situated in the Vincent Hotel on Lord Street has a moving design, ubercool ambience and a chic wine and cocktail list. McGees was named after the internationally acclaimed photographer Tony McGee, whose work adorns the walls of the bar. Finally to round off the evening there’s a selection of buzzing nightclubs around town to take you through to the wee small hours…
Southport Theatre & Convention Centre Autumn/Winter 2010/2011 Southport Theatre & Convention Centre has a packed and exciting schedule of music, comedy and performance for Autumn / Winter 2010 / 2011. Comedy highlights include Sean Lock with “Lockipedia” on 25th October, “Laughter Therapy” with the return of Jimmy Carr on 28th October and the All Star Comedy Show with Milton Jones of Mock the Week fame and friends, on 29th October, all part of Southport’s Comedy Week. Sixties legends The Hollies are appearing on 31st October and one of the best Pink Floyd tributes, In the Flesh: The Pink Floyd Show bring their seven piece band and stunning light show on 10th November – a must see for Floyd fans. Star of Loose Women Jane MacDonald is performing complete with her own orchestra on 11th November which is set to be a fabulous evening of music and laughter. Grammy Award winning Roberta Flack is also coming to Southport with her unique ability of story telling through music to perform her greatest hits including “Killing Me Softly” and “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” on 14th November. Elkie Brooks performs some of her classic hits, blues and jazz as part of her 50th Anniversary Show on 3rd December. In the New Year, highlights include Sarah Millican, star of Mock the Week on 12th February with her popular debut tour “Chatterbox” which opened to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Finally the ever popular Lenny Henry brings “Cradle to Rave – A Musical Journey” a brand new tour to Southport on 27th April which is sure to be a sell out. For more information on these or any other performances listed here, go to www.southporttheatre.org.uk or call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 2380
Village Focus - Formby
OCTOBER 19th 25th 26th 27th 28th 28th 29th 29th 31th NOVEMBER 1st 3rd 4th 10th 11th 12th 14th 15th 18th 20th 21st 23rd 24th 25th DECEMBER 3rd 9th Dec until 2nd Jan
Talon: Hotel California Tour 2010 Sean Lock: Lockipedia Born to Rock n Roll: Marty Wilde, Eden Kane & Jet Harris Dara O’Briann Jimmy Carr: Laughter Therapy American Superslam Wrestling Johnny Cash Roadshow All Star Comedy Show: Milton Jones & Friends The Hollies
£18.50 £19.50 £19.50-£23.50 SOLD OUT £26.00 £12.00 £17.00 £14.00 £23.50 & £19.50
David Gest’s Soul Spectacular £26.00-£96.00 John Bishop SOLD OUT Sally Morgan £20.50 In the Flesh: The Pink Floyd Show £19.50 & £18.50 Jane McDonald £20.50-£28.50 Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Show £25.50 Roberta Flack £37.50 & £32.50 Tell Me on a Sunday £20.00 & £18.50 Magic of Motown £21.50 Ken Dodd £19.50 & £17.50 Paul Carrack £28.50 Beyond the Barricade £13.50 - £19.50 Halfway to Paradise: The Billy Fury Story £19.00 The Chuckle Brothers in the Twelve Days of Christmas £17.00 Adults, £16.00 Children
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Elkie Brooks 50th Anniversary Show Aladdin
£22.50 £18.00 & £16.00
FEBRUARY 5th 12th 15th 23rd
One Night of Queen £19.50 Sarah Millican £15.00 Rumours of Fleetwood Mac £23.50 Fireman Sam £14.00 Adults, £12.00 Children
MARCH 4th 5th 9th - 10th 17th
Mary Wilson of The Supremes Essence of Ireland Chinese State Circus Charlie Landsborough
As well as being known for its wildlife and nature reserve, picturesque Formby, just five miles away from Southport and easily reachable by road or rail, is also a great spot for shopping and eating out, centred around its “Village”. Formby Village is home to a number of high street names as well as independently run outlets. Well known stores include Marks & Spencer Simply Food and Waitrose
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and there’s a great range of cuisines available in Formby’s plethora of restaurants, including Italian, Indian, Chinese, Mediterranean and traditional British pub fayre. Independent stores include a bridal retailer, a traditional ironmongers, card and gift stores and florists. There’s even a state of the art brand new swimming pool and leisure facilities, including gym and fitness classes.
The Chuckle Brothers Barry Potter & His Full Blood Brother Lenny Henry: Cradle to Rave – A Musical Journey The Furey’s & Davey Arthur
JUNE 4th JULY 8th
£28.50 & £25.00 £23.00 & £21.00 £13.00 - £24.00 £18.50 & £16.50
£13.50 £24.50 £18.50
Roy Chubby Brown
AUGUST 26-27th Jason Manford
The North West and surrounding areas The Wonder of Wirral The Wirral Country Park stretches along the Wirral Peninsula’s coast-line overlooking The River Dee. Thurstaston Visitors Centre itself is a part of the Country Park and is a very popular tourist attraction and family day out in the Wirral. There are numerous leisure activities available at Thurstaston, an open expanse of grass to sit and picnic on, and the Visitors centre itself which houses a refreshment stand, a shop, a nature exhibit and tourism leaflets and information on Thurstaston and the rest of the Wirral Peninsula. Head to Hilbre The Hilbre Islands are designated as Local Nature Reserves and are an important stopping-off point for the twice-yearly migration of birds along the West Coast of Britain. You can also look out for seals on the sand-bank and there is an exhibition in the Lookout. The Islands are cut off from the mainland by the tide for up to five hours out of every twelve and so, before planning a visit to the Islands it is advisable to contact the Wirral Country Park Visitor Centre (after 10am 7 days a week) on 0151 648 4371. There is no charge to visit Hilbre Islands. Festive Foodie Frenzy The Port Sunlight Christmas Food Festival looks set to be everything you would expect from a major food festival, with an added yuletide flavour and a fitting finale to Wirral’s Year of Food. The two day event, on 4 & 5 December will also feature tasting opportunities, chef demonstrations and live seasonal entertainment.For more information go to www.portsunlightchristmasfayre.com Magnificent Malham Malham Cove is just an hours drive from Southport, a natural limestone formation 1 km north of the village of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. On the west side of the 80 metre (260 foot) high curved limestone cliff face are about 400 irregular stone steps: well worth the climb, these form part of the route of the Pennine Way and lead to a fine area of deeply fissured and fretted limestone pavement at the top, together with outstanding views of the area. Malham Cove, along with nearby Gordale Scar, is considered one of natural wonders of Yorkshire and is worth the challenging walk to experience its views. For more information on the area, go to www.malhamdale.org.uk
• Hadrians Wall Whitehaven
• Grasmere • Windermere
Trough of Bowland
Wirral Caernarfon Castle Snowdon
• SOUTHPORT • MANCHESTER • • LIVERPOOL • CHESTER
The Beauty of Bowland The Forest of Bowland is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AOB). It features magnificent views above wild and dramatic sweeps of open moorland, together with gentle and tidy lowlands, criss-crossed with dry stone walls and dotted with picturesque farms and villages. The area is huge and significant, covering 803 square kilometres (300 sq miles) of rural Lancashire and North Yorkshire. Thirteen per cent of the area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its habitats and geological features. Southport is an ideal base to stay for exploring the Forest of Bowland. For more information on this beautiful part of the country, go to www.forestofbowland.com
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YORKSHIRE • DALES
Drivetimes Southport to...
The Lake District (approx) Carlisle (Hadrians Wall) ..................................2 hours Kendal ..............................................................2 hours Whitehaven.......................................2 hours 30 mins Coniston..............................................1 hour 45 mins Windermere .......................................1 hour 30 mins Grasmere ............................................1 hour 45 mins Lancashire and Yorkshire Malham ............................................................. 1 hour Bowland ............................................................ 1 hour North Wales (approx) Snowdon ........................................... 2 hours 15 mins Caernarfon Castle ..........................................2 hours Best of the North West Liverpool ................................................... 30 minutes Manchester ....................................................... 1 hour Chester .............................................................. 1 hour Wirral ................................................................. 1 hour
Getting around Southport
everything’s within walking distance! J31 Preston
A570 Ormskirk Formby
From the South, take the M6 to exit 26; the M58 will take you to Ormskirk and then take the A570 to Southport. From the North, follow the A59 from Preston (exit 31 from the M6) then follow signs to Southport.
Taxi SOUTHPORT INDOOR MARKET
Fast and frequent trains link Southport with Liverpool and Wigan/Manchester (including the Airport). Contact details for information: Merseytravel 0870 608 2608 www.merseytravel.gov.uk National Rail 0845 748 4950 www.nationalrail.co.uk
Many local bus services terminate in the centre of Southport from Preston (Stagecoach) and the Liverpool and Wigan areas (Arriva). Contact details for more information: Traveline 0870 608 2608 www.traveline.org.uk Arriva 08701 20 10 88 www.arriva.co.uk/bustimes
Southport benefits from being close to two international airports, making access to the town easy from almost anywhere in the world. Contact details for more information: Liverpool John Lennon Airport 0871 521 8484 www.liverpooljohnlennonairport.com Manchester International Airport 0161 489 3000 www.manchesterairport.co.uk
SOUTHPORT INDOOR MARKET
Parking in Southport Southport’s “Park & Ride” schemes provide easy edge of town parking with a regular and frequent bus service into the town centre. Esplanade Park and Ride (Southport Eco Centre / Splash World) 1100 cars/50 coaches £1.00 per car on entry Opening Times: 1st April to 30th September (summer) 7.30am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat) 1st October to 31st March (winter) 7.30am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat) 9.00am - 6.30pm (Sun) Fairways Park and Ride 890 cars £1.00 per car on entry Opening Times: 1st April to 30th September (summer) 7.15am-7.00pm (Sat) 9.45am-7.00pm (Sun) 1st October to 31st March (winter) 10.00am-6.30pm (Sat)
Shopmobility If mobility is a problem then Southport Shopmobility Link can help you to explore the resort. Battery powered wheelchairs & scooters and manual wheelchairs are available for hire by people with a mobility impairment. Contact the dedicated team for more details, tel: 01704 500996 or visit the web site at: www.southportshopmobility.co.uk
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Evangelical Pentecostal Church
Argyle Road, Southport 01704 535989
Boots the Chemist PLC
First Church of Christ the Scientist
25-29 Chapel Street, Southport
31/39 Chapel Street, Southport, PR8 1AL
Lord Street West, Southport
Castletown Chemist Ltd
Grace Baptist Church
13 Union Street, Southport, PR9 0QF
Market Street, Southport 01704 531751
Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall,
169 Lord Street, Southport
265-267 Lord Street, Southport
Lord Street, Southport, PR9 OAP
2 Chapel Street, Southport
34 Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AB
331 Lord Street, Southport
10 Eastbank Street, Southport, PR8 1AF
Lord Street, Southport
Duke Street, Southport 01704 536648
New Age Spiritualist Centre
Portland Street, Southport 01704 542057
Southport New Synagogue
Portland Street, Southport 01704 539859
Southport Muslim Society
Sussex Road, Southport 01704 539859
Southport Hebrew Congregation
Yellow Top Taxis 01704 531000
Arnside Road, Southport 01704 532964
Southport Unitarian Church
23 London Street, Southport
Kwik Cars 01704 547000
Royal Bank of Scotland
Central Cabs 0800 544414
269 Lord Street, Southport
All White 0800 537777
London Street Southport
Places of worship
Christ Church, Church of England
22 London Street, Southport.
25 Eastbank Street, Southport
Portland Street, Southport 01704 229177
St. Maries on the Sands
Seabank Road, Southport 01704 531229
St. George’s United Reformed Church
Lord Street, Southport 01704 533353
The Salvation Army
Southport 01704 531756
Shakespeare Street, Southport 01704 547805
Elim Pentecostal Church
Victoria Methodist Church
Rufford Road, Southport 01704 544419
Sussex Road, Southport 01704 544028
Amazing Aintree The 2011 John Smith’s Grand National will return to Aintree Racecourse on Thursday 7th April to Saturday 9th April 2011. All three days of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting are a great excuse for a social occasion.
National course in the Foxhunters’ Steeple chase. Entertainment taking place on this year’s Liverpool Day will include...
Thursday 7th April - Liverpool Day
The ever popular Ladies Day sees the return of the Style competition with huge prizes available for Aintree’s most stylish racegoers. Big feature races include the John Smith’s Topham Steeple chase, run over the National course, with the John Smith’s Melling Steeple chase and the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle completing an exciting race card.
Liverpool Day at the John Smith’s Grand National is a celebration of Liverpoolinspired entertainment, sport and music. Top flight racing returns to the course with the totesport Bowl, the John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle and racing over the Grand
Formby Golf Club & Formby Ladies Golf Club
Friday 8th April - Ladies’ Day
Saturday 9th April - John Smith’s Grand National Day All eyes are on Aintree as forty of racing’s biggest stars set off at 4.15pm in front of an audience of 70,000 in a bid to win the world’s greatest Steeplechase. Take your place in the stands and be part of history as another chapter of the most famous race in the world is written. All 2011 John Smith’s Grand National tickets, grandstand badges and hospitality are now on general sale online at aintree.co.uk. There is a wide range of tickets and passes at all prices available but if you’re looking for something extra special then why not try one of the hospitality packages? Full details are available at www.aintree.co.uk
‘A course of contrast and a hidden beauty amongst the dunes and pines...’ One of the most attractive courses on England’s Golf Coast, Formby Golf Club is aptly regarded as a classic British links course and it is also unique in that within its boundaries lies the completely independent Formby Ladies Golf Club. Situated amongst sandhills and pinewoods 5 miles south of Southport, Formby is a course of contrasts with its opening holes differing markedly from the subsequent holes amongst the sand dunes. On a good day the visitor can see the Welsh mountains to the south west from tees 9 and 10. Formby has hosted many important events including four Amateur Championships (the most recent in 2009), the Home Internationals, the English Amateur, the English Ladies and the Curtis Cup in 2004.
Formby Ladies’ narrow fairways, lined with heather and small greens guarded by well positioned pot bunkers, demand that golfers play with precision rather than rely on brute force. Gentlemen are most welcome to play this hidden gem, and double Open Champion Greg Norman is full of praise for this beautiful course, stating that Formby Ladies “…clearly shows that courses do not need to be 7,000 yards to be formidable.” Even if your scorecard is looking grim, there are spectacular views over the course towards the Irish sea and a splendid contrast to be found, with flat, landward side holes being misleadingly straightforward in appearance while the picturesque, adventurous holes amongst the sand hills and pinewoods pose more obvious physical hazards which need to be avoided. For more information on both of these exquisite courses and England’s Golf Coast, visit englandsgolfcoast.com
Southport is proud to be a designated Cycling Town and as such aims to encourage more of our visitors and residents to enjoy cycling around the town. To further encourage cycling in the town a high quality cycle network has been developed around the seafront area, together with improved access to the Sefton coast and the development of links to the town centre. Cycles are available to hire across the resort, from the cycle hire centre based at the Eco Centre, Esplanade and the recently opened second centre based at Southport Railway Station, London Street which has been set up in partnership with Merseyrail. This centre also includes secure cycle parking. Cycles can be hired for £6.00 per day and £4.00 for up to 4 hours. Use of helmets, security locks, lights and other accessories are also included in the cost. Various other accessories are also available for hire. Or if you are staying in one of Southport’s hotels, several are involved in the cycle hire scheme and guests staying at those hotels are able to hire bikes direct from the hotel. Ask at reception for details or check www.southportcycletown.gov.uk
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, located in Crosby Coastal Park, just 30 minutes from Southport, is the North West’s newest and most accessible Water Sports and Visitors Centre. The £10 million state of the art centre offers something for everyone, from Water sports, fitness suite, conference and banqueting to overnight accommodation, Crosby Lakeside has something for everyone plus a fantastic Lakeside Bistro & Bar. For more information go to www.crosbylakeside.co.uk
Designed by Champion Media Group, Edited by Rachel Ford. A Sefton Council Tourism Publication. Information is correct at time of going to press.
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