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7 Southport things to do families will love on last weekend of school Easter holidays

It’s the final weekend of the 2024 school Easter holidays – and there are lots of fantastic things that families can enjoy in Southport!  Here are some of the things happening this weekend – head out and enjoy!  1 – DinoTown Southport  Have you seen the famous Southport dinosaurs yet? You’d better hurry as the brilliant DinoTown attraction, created by

Hesketh Park Conservatory in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Stand Up For Southport
Generous £850,000 donation from Southport couple sees Hesketh Park revamp begin

Improvement works to Southport’s popular Hesketh Park, made possible by a generous bequest are underway. In 2023, Sefton Council was notified of a generous bequest of £850,000 for improvements to the park from long-term neighbours and supporters Louis and Anita Marks. The contract has been signed and sealed with the trustees meaning the Council can start on elements of the

Chocolate Whirled owners Laura and Simon Stevens with one of the gigantic eggs
Southport BID
Southport hosts world’s biggest chocolate egg hunt with SIX giant eggs to be won

Southport BID feature by Tony McDonough, LBN News  Southport is hosting the “world’s biggest chocolate egg hunt” over the school Easter holidays – and you could win one of SIX giant eggs to take home! DinoTown organiser Southport BID has carefully hidden gigantic dinosaur-themed eggs in places around Southport town centre.  Can you find all six?  The giant hunt features

DinoTown in Southport. Photo by Bertie Cunningham Southport BID
Southport BID
Seven Southport DinoTown activities that you and your family will love

Southport BID feature for Stand Up For Southport Have you seen the famous Southport dinosaurs yet? You’d better hurry as the brilliant DinoTown attraction, created by Southport BID, is here until Sunday! (14th April 2024). Thousands of families have enjoyed walking through Southport town centre to discover the series of incredible brick-built dinosaur models and hunting giant chocolate eggs. Local

The site of the proposed new McDonald's restaurant and takeaway at Central 12 retail park in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Stand Up For Southport
New McDonald’s in Southport opening date revealed as restaurant seeks job applications

The opening date has been revealed for the new McDonald’s restaurant and takeaway in Southport.  The eatery at Central 12 Retail Park on Derby Road, near Southport town centre, will welcome its first customers on Wednesday, 17th July 2024.  It will be the third McDonald’s in Southport, adding to the existing sites near Kew Retail Park and at Ocean Plaza

Thornton Crematorium
Thornton Crematorium rated ‘Excellent’ in all areas after continuing improvements

Thornton Crematorium has been rated as ‘Excellent’ by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FCBA). A recent inspection carried out by the Federation gave the ‘Excellent’ rating to all areas of the Crematorium’s services, including cremation and burial processes, care for the bereaved and deceased and memorialisation. In line with the Federation’s recommendations, the Council is working to modernise

Central 12 retail park on Derby Road in Southport including the vacant Unit 11 to the left of the picture (next to Costa Coffee)
Central 12 retail park in Southport announces two hour free parking

Visitors to Southport’s M Park Central 12 now enjoy a welcomed boost to their cost of living, thanks to the provision of up to two hours of complimentary parking at the retail park.  This marks the first instance of free parking since the park’s construction 20 years ago.  Commencing this week (Monday 8th April), patrons of the shopping park located

Queenscourt Hospice in Southport
Queenscourt Hospice seeks new Trustees to support charity’s vital work

Queenscourt Hospice, a beacon of care and compassion in West Lancashire, Southport, and Formby, is continuing to embark on its journey of growth and impact. To support this journey, the hospice has announced it is extending an invitation to dedicated individuals from the local community to express an interest in becoming integral members of its esteemed Board of Trustees. Some

Jemma Melvin
Southport Flower Show
Platinum Pudding winner Jemma Melvin creates special dessert to celebrate 100th Southport Flower Show

To celebrate 100 years of Southport Flower Show, Southport baker Jemma Melvin, creator of the Platinum Pudding, the official dish of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, has created a special dessert for the centenary celebrations. Honouring all things floral, the dessert is an Elderflower, Honey & Lemon Posset, served with Lemon Custard Biscuits, a dessert that celebrates the

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