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Volunteer Helen Wilson joined staff at Sourthport Hospital in receiving the Covid-19 vaccine from nurse Elenna Harden, one of the hospital's vaccinating team
People invited to get flu and Covid vaccinations before Christmas as deadline looms

People in Southport are being invited by NHS Cheshire and Merseyside to book winter jabs in time for Christmas. Thursday 14th December 2023 is the last day Online, NHS App and 119 phone service bookings for COVID-19 and flu vaccinations close on Friday 15th December making Thursday 14th December the last day to make a booking. Until Thursday 14th December,

Stars from the forthcoming Jack and The Beanstalk Christmas pantomime at The Atkinson in Southport at the Southport BID Festive Fun Day. Photo by Andrew Brown Stand Up For Southport
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Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime opens at The Atkinson in Southport this week

The eagerly awaited Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime opens at The Atkinson in Southport this week! Oh yes it does!  The panto opens this Thursday (7th December 2023) before running throughout December.  Here are the details – plus what else you can enjoy at the Atkinson this week:  It’s Time!  Jack and the Beanstalk 7 – 31 December 2023 Times

The Armed Forces Community Hub in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Stand Up For Southport
Southport’s Armed Forces Community Hub to reopen to support veterans this winter

Southport’s Armed Forces Community Hub is reopening tomorrow (Tuesday 5th December 2023).  The Hub, a vital lifeline for Armed Forces veterans, serving personnel and their families, is operated by the Southport branch of the Royal British Legion.  The facility, on Wesley Street in Southport town centre, was closed in November – just a few days after Remembrance weekend – after

Southport Santa Sprint a huge success in annual fundraiser for Queenscourt Hospice

Southport was feeling very festive on Sunday (3rd December 2023) when the 2023 Southport Santa Sprint took place.  Hundreds of runners made their way around either a 3k or a 5k course in order to raise as much money as they could for Queenscourt Hospice.  There were some fantastic costumes, including Cruella De Vil and her two Dalmatians; and lots

Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group has revealed its excitement about the revitalisation of historic Pearsall House in Windermere in Cumbria.
Name revealed for Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group’s beautiful new Lake District hotel

The new name has been revealed for a beautiful new boutique hotel being created on the shore of Lake Windermere.  The Peninsula Hotel will open its doors following the revitalisation of the derelict Pearsall House at Far Sawrey in Cumbria.  Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group is delighted to have been backed by local planning officials, councillors and local residents with

The Birkdale Christmas Lights Switch On. Photo by Andrew Brown Stand Up For Southport
Thousands enjoy Birkdale Christmas Fayre with lots of festive fun for families

Thousands of people enjoyed the Birkdale Christmas Fayre on Sunday (3rd December 2023).  The Village became a winter wonderland with visits by Santa, choirs, fairground rides, food stalls and more.  The village is famous for its wide range of quality local independent traders – not many villages still have a fishmonger, a greengrocer, a butcher and even a cheese shop! 

The Cambridge Walks Artisan Fair in Southport in November 2023. Photo by Andrew Brown Stand Up For Southport
Cambridge Walks in Southport invites Christmas shoppers to enjoy final Artisan Fair of 2023

Cambridge Walks in Southport town centre is inviting people to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy its final Artisan Fair of the year!  The Fair takes place on Saturday 9th December 2023 between 11am and 5pm, free admission, all welcome.  Christmas shoppers can find a wide array of unique gifts including festive gifts, art, fresh wreaths, cakes, and more. 

Christmas at Wayfarers Arcade in Southport
Seven magical Christmas events you’ll love in Southport this weekend

Get ready for a VERY festive weekend in Southport with lots going on for families!  Here are just 7 things you can enjoy – from ice skating, to a Christmas grotto, a Christmas parade, a Christmas Lights Switch On and more!  1 – Ice Skating Southport  Ice skating is back at Victoria Park in Southport!  The exciting family attraction is

The Bear and Reindeer and the Christmas tree in Southport
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Explore Bear and Reindeer Christmas Trail in Southport with Nintendo switch for winning entry

A special Christmas Trail is coming to Southport this December! To celebrate the arrival of the brand-new character illuminations, people are invited to take part in The Bear and The Reindeer Christmas Trail, which has been created by Southport BID. Artworks featuring the characters are being displayed in the windows of businesses across Southport town centre.   Use the clues in

Southport Charity Christmas Parade. Photo by Andrew Brown Media
Southport Charity Christmas Parade returns this Sunday with North West’s biggest light convoy

Southport Charity Christmas Parade is back in Southport this Sunday! (3rd December 2023).  The biggest vehicle light parade in the North West will take place between around 5pm and 6.30pm.  There will be celebrity appearances by Father Christmas, Mary Christmas and their elves!  The event is organised by local people, giving back to local people.  This year’s parade will start

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