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An ice skating rink, run by Ice Skating Southport, has opened at Victoria Park in Southport.
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Review: Ice Skating Southport brings Bavarian style Christmas to Victoria Park

Review: Ice Skating Southport by Andrew Brown  The Germans are rubbish at World Cup football (oh, the joy!)  But when it comes to ice skating, Christmas celebrations and bouncing oompah music, they’re really rather good.  We were excited to hear that a new Bavarian Christmas themed ice skating rink was coming to Victoria Park in Southport this Christmas courtesy of

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New Occulo Lounge café bar to open on Lord Street in Southport creating 30 new jobs

Proposals to open a new Occulo Lounge café bar on Lord Street in Southport. Creating 30 new jobs, have been approved by Sefton Council.  The new venture, operated by Loungers UK Ltd, will open on the corner of Lord Street and Nevill Street, in the building previously occupied by Waterstones bookshop.  Waterstones relocated to its new home on Chapel Street

Jack Bainbridge was voted Southport FC November Player Of The Month by our supporters.
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Southport FC score dramatic 94th minute equaliser in draw with Scarborough Athletic

Southport FC 1 Scarborough Athletic 1 Southport FC snatched a late point equalising in the 94th minute in a game they dominated but looked like they were going to run out of time. Scarborough were very solid in defence and until the late equaliser it looked like they were going to complete a classic smash and grab and go away

Kevin and Nicola Peet owners of Peets Plaice fish shop in Churchtown in Southport. Peets Plaice sells fresh fish and seafood. Photo by Andrew Brown Media
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Opening date revealed for new Peet’s Traditional Fish and Chips in Hesketh Bank

The opening date has been revealed for a top quality new fish and chip shop in Hesketh Bank in Lancashire. Peet’s Traditional Fish and Chips will open at 19 Station Road, opposite Booths supermarket, on Tuesday, 13th December 2022. The final preparations are being put into place at the old bank venue with owner Kevin Peet looking forward to welcoming

Two families are coming together to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice by taking part in this year’s Santa Sprint in Southport. The team of 14 are running in memory of Jan Reed’s husband Nick, and their close friend Barbara who were both cared for by the hospice
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Two families come together to run Southport Santa Sprint for Queenscourt Hospice

Two families are coming together to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice by taking part in this year’s Santa Sprint in Southport.  The team of 14 are running in memory of Jan Reed’s husband Nick, and their close friend Barbara who were both cared for by the hospice.  Taking part alongside Jan is her daughter Fiona, Aidan, Evie (and Milly (6),

Martin Hovden
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Tributes paid to campaigning Southport journalist and live music champion Martin Hovden

By Andrew Brown  Tributes are being paid to campaigning Southport journalist, newspaper editor, radio presenter and live music supporter Martin Hovden.  People have spoken of their shock after Martin died at his home at the age of 70.  For many years he was a campaigning local newspaper editor at Champion Newspapers, taking the word ‘champion’ to heart, later becoming a

An ice skating rink, run by Ice Skating Southport, has opened at Victoria Park in Southport. The Amazing Bavarian Stompers. Photo by Andrew Brown Media
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In Pictures: New Christmas Bavarian themed ice skating rink opens in Southport

The new ice skating rink in Southport has now opened!  People can enjoy a German themed Christmas experience at the specially-built ice rink – with real ice – at Victoria Park in Southport, home of Southport Flower Show.  The Ice Skating Southport rink has been built inside a huge heated marquee, adjacent to another marquee which acts as a Bavarian

The Southport FC WalkIng Football Community Group
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Southport FC Walking Football Community Group invites new players to join

By Rob Urwin  Our Southport FC Walking Football Community Group have been running (or walking) for over two years and the sessions have been joined by well over 100 people in that time. Some people have come along for just one session and found it’s not for them, others have been with us since it started up. New friends have

Snow White will be performed at the Atkinson Theatre, Southport between January 12th and 22nd 2023
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Snow White pantomime brings a magical journey to The Atkinson in Southport

After the amazing spectacle The Snow Queen in January 2022, All Souls are preparing for their next epic pantomime.  Members of All Souls Dramatic Club are currently rehearsing hard for the next magical show, Snow White that will be hitting the Atkinson Theatre in Southport in January 2023. After a gruelling eight hour audition process, the team had the unenviable

The Lake House in Waterloo
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Free places for Invest Sefton’s next Economic Forum running out fast

Free places at InvestSefton’s next Economic Forum and Growth Hub Marketplace at The Lake House, Crosby are disappearing quickly. Open to local businesses, the free event on Thursday 8th December is filling up fast. Guest speakers for next week’s event include Bank of England Deputy Agent Ken Clark and Robin Tudor, Head of PR at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Irina

The Grand in Southport at Christmas. Photo by Abdrew Brown Media
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Enjoy Christmas at The Grand in Southport with party nights festive afternoon tea and more

December has arrived and the countdown is on for the biggest day of the year!   Southport’s hottest new venue, The Grand on Lord Street,  has put together a festive programme of fun to make your Christmas celebrations stress free and fabulous!   Steeped in twinkly lights, and opulent trees and garlands The Grand exudes festive grandeur for added sparkle. The stunning,

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