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      13.09.2009 21:33
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      A good day out or a nice short break.

      Southport, is a coastal town in the North West of England, approximately 22 miles from Liverpool City Centre. Southport is an old seaside town and has a lovely shopping centre, particularly Lord Street which is a very long street with a victorian feel. Along one side of the road runs some unique shops, including art shops, household shops and some high street stores. Opposite, you can sit outside an open air cafe, near the Southport Arts Centre and sip on a cool drink whilst listening to a band or two. The shopping centre has an arcade hidden away off Lord Street, full of lovely curiosity shops and a cafe serving a variety of meals and desserts at a reasonable cost. Along the promenade you will find beatifully manicured lawns, the Floral Hall theatre which hosts many stars, and the lake on which you can take boat rides, water ski, or just sit and watch the world go by. A newly constructed bridge takes you to another centre which has been recently developed. One side of the centre hosts shops such as Dunelm Mill, Matalan etc and the other side is a wonderful mixture of eateries, cinema, ten pin bowling and a pub, all of which are situated behind Southports Coast Road. The beach brings back many childhood memories as i spent many a sunny Sunday there with my large family of 6 brothers and sisters and some of the many cousins i have. However, now i feel the beach is lacking the same feel it had all those years ago. The tide never seems to be in and the sand always seems wet. Most people seem to spend their time walking along the coast road, and only the bravest with their dogs, tend to walk the beach route. Southport fair 'Pleasureland' is not so much a pleasure these days. Alot of his was closed down and then re-opened and some of the rides are in need of an update. Follow the coast road and it takes you to Pontins which is about 2 mile from Southport centre. I still visit Southport alot as it is a good day out on a sunny day.

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        01.08.2003 18:04
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        I was recently invited to a christening. The invitation was from my cousin, Catherine, and it was to be held in the beginning of July. I couldn’t wait. Not to meet the baby, I’m afraid, but because she lives in Liverpool, and I was looking forward to go there for a shopping spree! But, sadly, I was told I wouldn’t stay with Catherine at all, but here sister, my other cousin – Karen, in Southport. I’d been to Southport when I was very little, with my Uncle and Aunty, and I only remembered a beach in my memory. So, I thought the only shopping I’d be doing was in the corner shop, to buy some milk, well when I arrived I was happily surprised to see that the town was all I needed for a shopping spree… I arrived in Southport via train, which gets me started rather well on Southport with transport. **TRANSPORT** Usually transport isn’t the best thing in some places. Whether it’s trains or buses, they’re usually irregular or just plain dirty and unhygienic. I was glad to see that Southport wasn’t that bad at all. I travelled from North Wales there, so it was quite a trip, but I was glad to see it was pretty easy to get there, and not a bad price at roughly £25 for a train trip from Wales to Southport. The train from Liverpool centre to Birkdale (roughly 1 mile from Southport, the train carries on to Southport, and is only about 30 seconds longer) wasn’t rather long taking around 40 minutes. I travelled on the Mersey Rail, and it was pretty handy if, for whatever reason I did want to pop into the city, to see relatives or just to go to a different shopping destination! **THINGS TO DO** Southport has many, many things that are fun to do. There are many places you can go for fun, and many places to go to educate yourself. First of all there’s pleasureland. Pleasureland is an advent ure park very near the beach. It has arcades, a few little rides, but it also has Traumatizer, and the name couldn’t be accurate! I myself didn’t go on it, but I saw people going on it, and they looked paler than a woman out of the 30’s! It’s the UK’s tallest ride, and many rollacoaster addicts come to Southport just to have a ride of the scary thing! If rides aren’t your thing, and you’d rather just relax and take some time out, you can easily go to the cinema. The cinema is in the middle of the town, and is pretty big. You can take your pick of the variety of films on at the time, and they show at least four times a day, at sensible times! Somewhere else to go is the zoo. Southport has a rather small zoo, but it’s full of different kinds of animals. It’s not really the best you could find, and it wont take you very long to go round there, but you it’s alright for a little bit of fun. Southport is very popular for it’s Flower Show as well. Something you’ll notice when you travel through Southport town centre or onto Westcliffe Road heading out of town, you will notice that the flowers and gardens are kept immaculate. The council do a brilliant job of looking after town, and one of the roundabouts near the beach has a large dolphin crafted out of grass. Also around the dolphin are lovely flowers. It is obvious the place is looked after well. **PLACES TO EAT** Everywhere you turn in Southport there is somewhere to eat. Whether you fancy an Indian, an Italian, a Chinese, A Ready Meal or a plain old family meal together you can go anywhere and find one. I highly recommend a little Italian restaurant on the corner when you’re coming in from Southport on the East side. It has brilliant prizes and if you want to have some chips – for example, if you have kids with you who don’t like the food – th ey will provide them for you. For a good meal for four, you would probably pay about £15, including drinks. When you think about it, it’s a wonderful price, and absolutely reasonable. If you are going out for a meal at night, I recommend you head out of town to eat, rather than eating in the centre. There is a fantastic Carvery just outside Southport in a little place called Ainsdale. It’s around 10-15 minutes from Southport city centre, and you probably won’t be able to find it, so I recommend you go to the travel centre in the town. In the Carvery, you will be able to have a Sunday dinner – any day of the week – at a reasonable price. At first you are allowed to pick from meat – chicken, beef or turkey – and then help yourself to veg. You can eat as much as veg as you want, and can go back for as much as you want. But, you can’t go back for more meat, but you probably won’t want to, because you’re totally full! Even though the meal is a reasonable price, the drinks at the bar are extremely expensive, so if you’re planning to have a drink after your meal, head somewhere else! **HOTELS AND B&B’s** The main Hotel in Southport is the Prince of Wales Hotel slam bang in the centre of town. Even though it’s in the town, I don’t think it’s likely you’ll hear that much noise from outside, so don’t worry about that. I didn’t stay in the Prince Of Wales Hotel, as I was with relatives, but I was told it was an extremely nice hotel. Not too posh, and not, not posh enough, but just right! You can book a single room there for £59 for one night. That includes bed and breakfast and nothing else. Double/Twin is £65, and that inlcudes bed and breakfast as well. On Saturdays, these will be much more expensive. A single at £90 and a double/twin at £100. This is very expensive, but it's very luxurious, and it's right slap bang in the middle of the town centre. If this is too much money for you, on top of other things, there’s a wide range of B&B’s to choose from. There are a load of one’s about 200 yards from the beach and about 50 yards away from the town centre. There are about 10 of them, each without about 3 rooms. I walked past, and most looked clean, and had about 2-3 stars. Some better than others, it’s about £10-15 a night, which is rather good, but I’d recommend the hotel to have better service and a bit of luxury! **SHOPPING** This is why I went, really! I am an absolute shopaholic, and I really am dangerous with a large sum of money. So just to be careful I took about £200 to spend, thinking there wouldn’t be many shops. I was absolutely wrong, and I think I’d call Southport one of the best places to shop in the country. I don’t say this because of the range of shops it has there, but because how the atmosphere is like there. In London/Manchester/Liverpool it will be full of the perfect shops, but also you’ll have ages to queue and very little helpful shopkeepers being nice to you. Southport on the other hand has a range of shops big enough, not very large queues, and helpful shopkeepers! Some of the shop’s are – River Island, Topshop/Man, Next, Burtons, Dorothy Perkins, T.K.Max, Toni and Guy (hairdressers) etc. All the high street shops! You will find a few designer label shops, but none of the Gucci range, etc. If you’re after designer labels you should go to T.K.Max where you can buy last season’s range cheaper. I got a pair of RiP jeans for a mere £5; it had an r.r.p of £55! Also, original, not copies, Gucci sunglasses for £9. It has the biggest bargains there, and if you’re one for labels it’s the perfect place to go, and you will enjoy yourself! The male range isn’t as good as the women’s, but if you look hard enough you’ll find a bargain! I think I liked Southport so much because it had all the shops, but it was a reserved place at the same time, and if someone bumped into you they’d apologise instead of walking on. It’s probably the best place to shop, and it really has a range of shops that you can choose from that you’ll love, and if you don’t enjoy shopping, you will after going here! **THE BEACH** Even though I love shopping, I like to pop to the beach from time to time as well. So, when I’d done my shopping, I said on Tuesday to my cousin Karen that I was going to go to the beach for a sunbathe and a swim. “What?” she said in here American/Liverpudlian accent, having spent 6 years in America! “You can’t do that unless you’re planning a hike out to the sea!” Little did I know that the beach wasn’t one you could swim in! It has a large area of soft sand, and it’s a lovely one to walk along, but not one you can swim in, which is a real shame because it’s got lovely scenery, and on a nice day the sea looks very welcoming! Even though you can’t swim on the beach, you can walk along and admire the view of Blackpool tower (yes, you can see it from there!) and also the views of the sea and little islands far away. It’s got a pier you can go on, and it’s a lovely opportunity, but I’d rather be shopping than spending a day there. Even though it was nice, I had much higher expectations for it. **FINAL THOUGHTS** Southport is a lovely place to visit on a weekend, a weekday or nighttime. It does have some nightlife, but if you want real fun, I advice you go to a city, rather than coming to Southport. Southport is a lovely place for an elderly coupl e to relax, a family to relax, or anyone to relax really! And if you like it that much, you can easily go and live there! There are some lovely apartments in Westcliffe Road –the very posh part of Southport, where I stayed! – Going for £500,000! Even though it sounds a really expensive deal for an apartment, you’ll have a lovely place to live, with lovely scenery (sea view in some) and it’s about 200 yards from the town centre! Or, if you want to go a bit classier you can buy an apartment on the sea front fro between £800,00 and 2,1 million! Again expensive, but you’ll have the likes of famous footballers for your neighbours! If you haven’t visited Southport in your life, you’re missing out. I’ve just arrived back, and I’m already planning my next trip. You must visit there, and it has something for EVERYONE! Written By: Matt Roberts.

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          01.06.2001 18:53
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          I was born and raised in Southport, then went away for 15 years or so, and now find myself back living in the old hometown. Having been away, I find I see the town in a different light. There are a lot of beauty spots that I never even noticed as a child, and so much wonderful architecture that I'd never really looked at until it was pointed out by my (Canadian) wife. So I'm seeing all kinds of things that I just never noticed before, because they were always there. Growing up in the town, I took Lord Street for granted. Looking at it now, I can see what a collection of great architecture it is. It's got everything from Georgian-style housing to grand Victorian municipal buildings, to Victorian shopping arcades. It's more a place for window-shopping than actual shopping, though, unless you've got plenty of money to spare. Moving towards the sea front, there are several parks, as well as the Marine Lake, which are great for walking around. Again, these are a legacy from those Victorians who built the town. The sea front leaves a lot to be desired, being one big building site at present, but maybe when the pier's finished later this year and the new Ocean Plaza gets done sometime this centiry (maybe), then things should be a lot better. Heading away from the town centre, I'd strongly recommend visiting Churchtown. This is the oldest part o0f town, having been mentioned (under the name of Aragameols) in the Domesday book. There are plenty of cottages there dating back several centuries, and by the 17th century St Cuthberts church are 2 fine pubs - the Bold and the Hesketh. A short walk from here are the Botanic Gardens, which are great for the gardening enthusiast. Unfortunately, there's one thing about the town that really lets it down. I never noticed it growing up here, but compared to just about any north American, or continental European, town centre, Southport is just incredibly litter-strewn! E verything from cigarette butts to dog poo to McDonalds bags to old, out-of-service cars is just dumped wherever it lands. Hell, there was even a burnt-out train abandoned at the station for most of this week! Now the question is - who's to blame for all this? Is it the fault of visitors to the town, dumping their litter and not caring because it's not their town? Or is it the town's residents? Or is it the council's fault for not cleaning up enough, and not providing enough bins? I'd say it's a mix of the 3. You only have to see the debris left behind on Orange Day to see the evidence that people from out of town have a fondness for leaving their litter behind. And the fact that the litter isn't confined to the tourist areas proves that residents have to take part of the blame. And as for the council - the number of times I've seen overflowing bins surrounded by litter just doesn't bear thinking about. And the solutions? Well, I don't really have any, but I think that if more bins were provided, and they were emptied more regularly, and if people thought a little before discarding their trash, then the world would be a better place.

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            16.01.2001 19:45
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            My partner and I visited Southport in 2000 to stay for a weekend in The Prince of Wales Hotel at the top of Lord Street. It was a nice enough break and the hotel was lovely, but Southport isn’t a place to which I crave to return. The reason we chose Southport is that the hotel is part of the Paramount group and we have joined their Leisure Break club so we get discounts at the hotels in the chain. To be fair the hotel was lovely, although not quite as nice as The Imperial in Blackpool, which also belongs to Paramount. It was noisy during Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning as the clientele leaving the local nightclubs were very rowdy. Lord Street itself is a street of mainly exclusive shops together with the representatives of the major stores so it’s a shopper’s paradise. Unfortunately as I’m not a great one for shopping it didn’t really appeal to me. I’m afraid I’m not a typical woman at all! That said there were some lovely shops and we did have a good walk down Lord Street just to have a look. Southport is a resort that has a Victorian feel with a long sandy beach and sand dunes. The only problem for me was that a large park with a boating lake separates the town from the seafront. The park itself is very pleasant and made a nice after dinner walk for us both, but I prefer a seaside town where I can walk easily along a promenade and watch the sea. There is a road along the seafront but it seems very isolated with nothing but building work on the land side of the road. The pier stretches from the town, across the park and out to sea and is famous as one of the longest in the country. I can’t comment any further on this as it was under reconstruction when we went and so we didn’t get the chance to walk along it. There is a fairly big amusement park in the seafront which has cheap rides during each weekend in March (which, luckily, was when we we re there). There is a wooden roller coaster for the purists amongst us and the big ride is The Traumatizer, which is a roller coaster ridden with the feet dangling free – like Nemesis at Alton Towers. There is also a ride called Chaos, which my partner was brave enough to try while I held the coats! It consisted of double seats set around a large disk. When the ride started the seats spun on their own axes while the disk also spun and rose from the horizontal to the vertical position. I feel queasy just thinking about it. Give me the roller coaster any time! There are many more white-knuckle rides, together with plenty of children’s rides too and we thought it was one of the better seaside fun fairs we had seen. Southport also boasts the Royal Birkdale Golf Course on which the Open Golf Tournament is sometimes played. So, if you’re a golf enthusiast, this is heaven for you, but sadly golf isn’t my game! I won’t say that it’s a good walk spoiled just in case Ken reads this opinion! It’s easy enough to get to Blackpool from Southport although you do have to travel inland to Preston in order to cross the River Ribble before travelling back to the coast and on to Blackpool. If you’re a fun fair fanatic, as we both are, then it is possible to visit both resorts in the same weekend as we did and the cheap rides were also available at Blackpool during March too! As I said at the beginning of the opinion Southport is a lovely place and if you like shopping or golf (or both) I’m sure it’s an ideal place to stay. Unfortunately I wanted a traditional seafront to walk along, you know the sort of thing hotels one side of the road and the sea the other, as I love to watch the sea so I was a bit disappointed with Southport.

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              06.10.2000 04:06
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              Southport still has some good places worth a visit I live 40 minutes away from Southport and I have visited alot. As a child we used to spend summer holiday in the local Southport Pontins which is still going. The fair Idon't think it's as good as it could be, it looks run down especially when you compare it to Blackpool, though it is cheaper!. If you want to see some real nice parts of Southport then follow this advice. Shopping.......Only go to Lord street and the surrounding area to do your shopping, they have some great shops, some good designer ones too. Beach..........If you want to go to the beach here is a lovely part to visit really sandy beachesin Southport much nicer than blackpool's beaches, it's cleaned regular in summer and has facilities like toilets, snacks, info points. One good thing about it is that the tide rarely comes right up to the beach, so you can safetly drive onto it and choose your spot, it's good for beach games too as there is plenty of room for all. A secret Spot....Best of all take a day for this and drive to Freshfields, further up from Southport Pontins, it's signposted and it's run by the National Trust. It's really worth a visit here, it's too bad that so many people have now found it and every year its gets more busier. It's a nature reserve and there are red and grey squirrels, it's lovely and shadey in summer with nature walks to follow, all are marked so you can get back if you get lost, there are plenty of picnic areas too, the squirrels are quite cheeky and come up close hoping for some tasty bits. As you drive into Freshfields you have to pay for the car park, it's not that expensive for the whole day, if you are a member of the National Trust then you get in alot cheaper, you can take the car quite close to the beach, or park in the leafy shade of the tall pine trees. After you have walked in the nature reser ve you can follow the paths which lead straight to the beach, this part of Southport beach is the cleanest of all, probably as it's part of the nature reserve. I have been up here many times it's a real beauty spot, often in the summer before the schools break up its not as busy.

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                10.09.2000 22:22
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                Southport is a small seaside resort with one pier, it was built in 1859 and was the first one in Britain to be built for pleasure rather than as a landing stage. The main shopping street Lord Street is an elegant street, with regency villas and iron verandas in front of the shops. If you like a quiet holiday then this is the place for you, but if you have children the beach isn't very clean, but if you go further down southwards you come to ainsdale beach which is an ideal beach for people with a family. Southport it's self has a small funfair, a boating lake, and an amusemnet arcade. If you like it quiet you can sit on the promadade and watch the windsurfers on the Marine lake or sit in one of the many parks and gardens.

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                  03.09.2000 20:09
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                  I used to live in Southport, I can tell you about the real Southport. You will not find a lot of sand on Southport's beach the reason why is there is a sandworks situated in Marshside, this sandworks takes all the sand off the beach. You can park on the beach for a couple of quid, the reason why is it's not very often you see the tide come in. The beach is completely disgusting; it's full of rubbish in my opinion it's a health hazard it's not unusual to see used syringes, condoms and sanitary towels. Southport has a pier with a train running along it, there is a pub at the end. Southport has a fair it's a bit run down, some of the rides could do with a lick of paint. You would be lucky to see a souvenir shop, although there are plenty of pubs and take away establishments. But Lord Street the main shopping area is fantastic, it has loads of shops with plenty of specialist shops, for bargain hunters there is a big discount store called B+M bargains. Southport boasts the smallest pub in Britain, I've been in, and it's really tiny. Southport is fine for a day trip, but I definitely wouldn't recommend staying for much longer.

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                    I went with a group of friends to Southport and we all had babies under 2. It was great for us, a nice beach (that wasnt too crowded) plenty of places to eat and have a drink and there were lots of facilities to change your baby/toddler. Theres also quite a lot of shops, so if you wanted to do a spot of shopping at the same time that would be great. Southport has a flower festival in August every year, which is probably its busiest time, so if you want it a bit quieter it might be worth avoiding it then. It has its own version of Alton Towers but there aren't that many rides, so not somewhere you could spend the whole day with older children. I would say great place for a day visit but not somewhere I would go on holiday

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                    21.06.2000 23:24
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                    Southport is situated on the North West Coast, about 20 miles North of Liverpool, it is south of preston and Blackpool. Although smaller than Blackpool it has a lot to offer. Lord Street, the main shopping street with many designer shops and a couple of department stores, is very elegant and covered with a victorian canopy. Band Stands fountains and cafes flank one side and shops the other. A Victorian covered shopping arcade is well worth a visit for the arhitecture alone, and this is adjacent to Lord Street.Between the shops and the sea is a large man made lake, surrounded by pitch and putt, tennis ,bowls and crazy golf. Jet skis can be hired on the lake.Nearer the beach is a fairly large but tacky fairground ride, with an award winning wooden roller coaster,. and a free hanging modern one. The beech is very large due to the fact that the sea is almost always out. , great for walking dogs or playing football etc.Swimming is possible but the quality of the water is very dubious.

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