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Here are some free ideas to entertain the family

 

Whatever the weather there's still so much to see and do on Merseyside.  It doesn’t have to cost a fortune – Merseyside has some amazing beaches, parks and woodland all in easy reach of public transport. The kids will have an amazing day out and so will you. And you won’t have broken the bank.

Formby Beach is ideal for families, with picnic areas and way marked paths to the beach, dunes and woods. There are excellent views from the dunes across the Irish Sea and on clear days after rain, even the mountains of Cumbria can be seen. 
  • Getting there – Formby Station is on the Northern Line between Hunts Cross and Southport.  Formby Beach is in area D.

 

At Freshfield Squirrel Reserve there are red squirrels, natterjacks, prehistoric footprints and miles of coastal walks are just waiting to be discovered - part of Formby's amazing and ever changing landscape.

  • Getting there - Freshfield Station is on the Northern Line between Hunts Cross and Southport.  Freshfield Squirrel Reserve is in area D.

 

Southport Pier is a recognisable landmark of Southport.  The Grade II listed Pier at Southport beach is the oldest iron pier and second longest in the country. Hop on board the one-of-a-kind road train to the end pavilion or if you’d rather stretch your legs you can stroll the Pier’s full length. In the Pier's Pavilion there's a licensed cafe, a small exhibition on Southport history as well as traditional penny slot machines such as pre-decimalised one-armed bandits.

  • Getting there - Southport Station is at the end of the Northern Line from Hunts Cross.  Southport is in area D.

 

Leasowe Lighthouse was built in 1763 by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, and is the oldest brick built lighthouse in Britain.  It stands one hundred and one feet (27 metres) tall on Leasowe Common in Wirral and was one of four lights on the North Wirral Foreshore, used to guide ships into the entrance to the Rock Channel and the port of Liverpool.

  • Getting there - get the train to Moreton on the Wirral Line between Liverpool and West Kirby. The Lighthouse is in area B.

 

Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight is a beautiful building housing one of the UK's finest collections of fine and decorative art and is free to enter.

  • Getting there - get the train to Bebington or Port Sunlight on the Wirral Line between Liverpool and Chester or Ellesmere Port. The Gallery is in area B.

Crosby Beach is now the permanent home to ‘Another Place’, the sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist, Antony Gormley.  You can walk along the Coastal Path and take in views of the sea, the Wirral and North Wales.  The 22 mile Sefton Coastal Path starts here and a section of the national cyclepath network runs the length of the Park.
  • Getting there - Waterloo, Blundellsands & Crosby and Hall Road Stations on the Northern Line from Hunts Cross to Southport are all near to Crosby Beach.  In area C.

 

At Croxteth Country Park you can enjoy a peaceful stroll in the country, surrounded by magnificent woodland, grazing livestock and traditional cottages. The landscape here has changed little in over a century.  Take the kids to the adventure playground or for a horse riding lesson. Older children (1.05m and above) will love Jungle Parc.

  • Getting there - bus service 18 runs from Liverpool – Croxteth Park, in area C.

Sefton Park is a magnificent 235 acre park and is Grade II historic park in south Liverpool. There are many free events during the year.

  • Getting there - bus services 60, 61, 68, 75, 76, 80, 80A, 82, 82A.  Sefton Park is in area C.

 

Calderstones Park is a stunning 94 acre family Green Flag park in South Liverpool boasting woodland, lake and fields, with botanical and historical interest.

  • Getting there - bus services 61, 75, 76, 86C.  Calderstones Park is in area C.

 

Otterspool Prom, with beautiful views across the River Mersey, the promenade is an ideal place to go for a stroll, walk the dog, cycle or just relax. Great for flying kites.

  • Getting there - bus service 82A or train to St Michaels Station on the Northern Line between Southport and Hunts Cross stations.  In area C.

 

Childwall Woods, a hidden gem in the city, this woodland and open area is an important feature in Liverpool’s urban landscape, and is home to mature trees and remnants of ornamental gardens and woods. There are great views overlooking the Lancashire and Cheshire plain.

  • Getting there - bus services 61, 81, 81A, 86C, 173.  The Woods are in area C.

  

Court Hey Park, the home of the National Wildflower Centre holds the prestigious Green Flag Award.  Cycle along the Liverpool Loop Line, or catch a train to Broad Green station.
  • Getting there - Bus routes include 6 and 61 on Roby Road or 14, 79, 79C and 165 on Childwall Valley Road.  The park is in area C.

Liverpool Waterfront is a great place to visit with a whole host of things to do in a breathtaking and iconic setting. And there are lots of free events on this summer plus the Museum of Liverpool and Maritime Museum so you don’t have to spend a fortune. 

This Christmas, The Albert Dock website becomes a canvas for a fabulous 4D projection mapping spectacular. From the hours of dusk until 11pm, the Grade 1 listed Dr. Martin Luther King building (originally the Dock Traffic Office) will showcase a spectacular festive illuminated display. Watch in wonder as the Albert Dock clock-keeper invites you to take a peak inside at the intricate workings of a Christmas clock.  

Getting there - buses to Liverpool City Centre or train to James Street station, in area C. 


World Museum Liverpool displays treasures from the seas to the stars that will entertain the whole family! As well as an amazing aquarium and a planetarium, the museum also gives you a chance to get hands on with everything from animal skulls and skins, to prehistoric tools in the fascinating Clore Natural History Centre and Weston Discovery Centre. The museum also has a range of free events, activities and exhibitions.

  • Getting there - buses to Liverpool City Centre or train to Liverpool Lime Street station, in area C.


Walker Art Gallery is home to one of Europe's finest art collections. Featuring works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin, Gainsborough, Rossetti, Turner and Monet plus a collection of contemporary art which includes works from Lucien Freud, Hockney and Henry Moore. The Decorative Arts gallery also contains 500 pieces of ceramics, glass, pottery, fashion and furniture. Entry is free except for major exhibits.

  • Getting there - buses to Liverpool City Centre or train to Liverpool Lime Street station, in area C.


Tate Art Gallery at the Albert Dock is the home to the National Collection of Modern Art in the north, and is one of the most visited galleries outside of London. The Tate is home to works by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt and René Magritte. The perfect place to discover your new favourite piece of art, or just to enjoy some stunning views of the Albert Dock. Entry is free except for major exhibits.

  • Getting there - buses to Liverpool City Centre or train to James Street station, in area C.


Merseyside Maritime Museum is the place to learn more about Liverpool's maritime history. Learn about life at sea in the Merchant Navy, find out about Liverpool's role in the Battle of the Atlantic and the great liners that are forever linked with the city. There's also a chance to visit the International Slavery Museum, located within the museum. The museum takes visitors on a thought provoking and moving journey, examining the horrors of slavery and impact that the trade had on modern day society and cultures in America and Europe. Entry to both museums is free.

  • Getting there - buses to Liverpool City Centre or train to James Street station, in area C.


Musuem of Liverpool is the world's first national museum devoted to the history of a city. Visitors can learn about Liverpool's heritage and history, with over 6,000 objects that bring the city's story to life. Find out more about the region's sporting achievements and, of course, the impact that Liverpool has had on world music. Take a seat on the Overhead Railway, see a lifesize Liverbird or book a place in Little Liverpool to introduce your little ones to the museum of Liverpool. Entry is free.

  • Getting there - buses to Liverpool City Centre of train to James Street station, in area C.

Before Stadt Moers Park was established, Tushingham's Brickworks was built on the site in the 1890s.  In 1983, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council began cleaning up the area and turned the site into a country park known today as Stadt Moers.  The Green Space Ranger Service for Prescot, Whiston and Cronton are based at the environment centre here and run many public events throughout the year.

 

  • Getting there - bus services 139, 248, and 61 and 99 also stop close by.  Stadt Moers Park is in area A or C.

 

At Carr Mill Dam, angling, powerboat racing and waterskiing are just some of the activities taking place this summer. And the Sankey Valley Country Park starts at the side of the dam making Carr Mill an excellent starting place for a full day’s outing or to take your dog for a walk.
 
  • Getting there - Bus services 352, 137/138.  Carr Mill Dam is in area A.

 

The Dream is the spectacular, internationally significant, landmark sculpture sited on the former Sutton Manor Colliery in St.Helens.The 20 metre-high artwork takes the form of a young girl's head with her eyes closed in a seemingly dream-like state.

  • Getting there – take the 17, 33 or 33A bus from St Helens Town Centre  or the 33 or 33A from Lea green Station on the City Line between Liverpool and Manchester.  Sutton Manor park is in area A.
     

Birkenhead Park was the first publicly funded civic park in Britain. New York’s Central Park was based on its design.
  • Getting there - train to Birkenhead Park station on the Wirral Line between Liverpool and West Kirby or New Brighton or bus services 12, 18, 38, 40, 40A, 47, 93, 407, 410, 411, 418, 419, 437.  The park is in area B.

 

New Brighton makes for a great day out for all the family and anyone looking to experience traditional pleasures and fun with all the benefits of limitless fresh air and miles of free promenade. 

  • Getting there - train to New Brighton on the Wirral Line.  Buses 10, 10A, 11, 410, 411, 414, 432 and 433 go to New Brighton.  New Brighton is in area B.

 

West Kirby, this busy little beach is only 300 metres long but it lies between a kilometre of sand dunes and a further 2 kilometres of vast sand flats exposed at low water towards Hoylake and the popular marine lake.  The Hilbre Island Local Nature Reserve is just a kilometre off shore and can be reached on foot at low water.

  • Getting there - train to West Kirby on the Wirral Line.  Buses 38, 38A, 83, 83A and 437 all go to West Kirby.  West Kirby is in area B.

 

Hooton marks the start of the Wirral Way. The more energetic of you may want to walk the 12 miles to West Kirby, where you can catch a train home. Alternatively take your bikes for a brisk ride along this safe route. Bikes can be taken onto Merseyrail trains, free of charge.

  • Getting there - train to Hooton on the Wirral Line between Liverpool and Chester or Ellesmere Port.

How to work out which Saveaway you will need. 

Find out which area you live in by looking at the map below then check the list to see which area your chosen destination is in. If they are both in the same area you will need a one area Saveaway, costing £3.90 for an adult and £2.30 for a young person. If they are in different areas your Saveaways will cost £5.20 adult and £2.70 young person.
You can use any bus or train, or a mix of both, as many times as you like on the day in your chosen areas.

If you are only using the bus and your young people are 18 or under you can buy them a MyTicket. MyTicket is a one-day young person’s tikcet that can be used on any bus, anywhere in Merseyside and Halton as many times as you like. It costs £2 and you can buy it on the bus. If young people prefer to use a MyTicket to go out with their friends, we have given them some ideas here.
 

 

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