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With its costal location and established history of seaside entertainment, Southport truly has grasped how to make the most of its best asset.

It is the waters of Southport that have attracted families from the North West and beyond for decades, from its beaches to the Marine Lake, there is always an activity or two to enjoy. The annual visitors to Southport have become accustomed to enjoying the very best of British summertime, in all its ever-changing diversity. It is from this resistance to allow the unpredictable weather patterns from stopping the flow of activities, that has created their many variations that can be enjoyed regardless of the unpredictable northern climate. 

The stunning Marine Lake is at the heart of Southport's entertainment area and beautifully frames its iconic skyline. It provides a picturesque backdrop to a relaxing walk along the lake, taking visitors from Silcock's Funland right into the heart of Southport Pleasureland and Ocean Plaza. During the summer, the lake is alive with activity with visitors enjoying some classic watersport activities from a calm pedalo ride along the gentle waves to a thrilling speedboat ride. 

Alongside the Marine Lake, guests can explore manicured lawns and floral delights, with various community gardens dotted around. Children can explore the adventurous climbing frames in King's Community Garden and the miniature world of railway at the Model Railway Village.

Five Things To Do

1 Hire a pedalo

Take advantage of the calm waters of Marine Lake and hire a pedalo. Visitors can enjoy a ride along the lake taking in all the sights and sounds of Southport.

Model Railway Village

Particularly popular with the younger visitors to Southport, the Model Railway Village is a sight to behold with its beautiful scenes of thatched cottages and windmills scenes. 

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Marine Lake Café

With regular guest singers and entertainment acts, the Marine Lake Café is always bustling with vibrancy, endearing tourists and locals alike to enjoy a drink at this lakeside location.  


King’s Garden Community Garden

For those with children, the King’s Garden Community Garden with its adventure park and picnic area is a busy and popular destination during the hot summer days. 

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Marine Lake Crazy Golf

Quench your adventurous appetite at the Marine Lake Crazy Golf, where a great course awaits those who visit. A great experience for all the family, whether young or old. 

Silcock's Funland

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Having called Southport home for over fifty years, Silcock’s Funland is a seasoned regular on the entertainment scene of this Victorian gem.

The Silcock empire is a fifth-generation family business which began over one hundred years ago and has expanded into a small but mighty entertainment empire, with amusements across Southport and Blackpool. Located near to Marine Lake, Silcock’s Funland dominates the landscape with its whimsical exterior that harks back to Southport’s heyday as one of the top holiday destinations for British families. With a carousel of hobby horses, or, Golden Gallopers, outside its doors, the amusement centre is enticing to all those who pass by.

The Funland is a haven for holidaying families and a particular treat for children who can enjoy the old-school amusements from arcade games including roulette, hook-a-duck and claw machines to a casino for the older visitors. There is enough to do inside here to keep the family entertained for hours and snack bars inside the centre and outside offer guests everything from sandwiches and sugared doughnuts to fish and chips. 

Southport Pleasureland

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For many in the North West, a visit to Southport Pleasureland is a fond memory of childhood summers gone by, which is why generation after generation continue to experience its thrills.
Its exciting rides and seaside location make the perfect destination for those who want to experience a fantastic family day out. The traditional funfair rides at Southport Pleasureland would excite even the least bold and brave of the family, with the Log Flume, Dodgems and Go Karts, sparking memories for the mums and dads who will have visited the funfair as a child, no doubt.

One of the best features of the park for large families is the free admission and ability to take your own food and drink, allowing parents to save where they can. Visitors to the park pay ride tokens instead of an admission fee, coming in particularly handy for those who may be less adventure seekers and more coat-holders!