While there are lots of things to do near Southport and in the town itself when it’s sunny, what about when the weather is less clement?
Hence this Southport to do list for rainy days out with the kids. One thing that can never be guaranteed in Britain is pleasant weather, but there’s no need to despair when dark clouds are looming.
These Southport attractions are open during all seasons. If you’re planning a holiday or day trip to the area, these are the hottest Southport points of interest that don’t require clear blue skies or sunshine.
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7 of the best things to do in Southport in the rain with kids
British Lawnmower Museum
Say what? A museum dedicated to lawnmowers? Yes indeed, this is one of the places to see in Southport when you’re a kid or adult that’s into machinery.
Whatever you might think, TripAdvisor reviews confirm that children – on the whole – love this place. Even though they may not care that it’s a leading world authority in vintage and antique garden machines.
Apparently the inventor of the lawnmower had to try out his creation by night, as everyone thought him quite mad at the time (around 1830). Now, you can see all the biggest and best lawnmowers here, including one that once belonged to Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Southport Bijou Cinema
Run by volunteers, Southport’s little local cinema is not-for-profit and specialises in showing films not normally seen at multiplexes.
Whether there are currently things on in Southport you really want to see or not, it’s really worth a visit anyway to witness the traditional movie theatre experience, complete with moving curtains, a rake auditorium, surround sound and a top spec projector.
At the site there is also a licensed cafe bar, an events space and a media room.
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Shopping in Southport
When the weather’s gloomy and the kids’ faces are equally downcast, it’s surprising how much a little retail therapy can lift the spirits. Especially if you’re the parent of a teen or tween.
Lord Street is the main thoroughfare, and all manner of retail outlets can be found along its length. Plenty of trees and wrought-iron detailing make it easy on the eye too.
Wesley Street is adorned with colourful bunting and offers a range of more quirky, one-off shops, or you could head to modern Central 12 retail park near the town centre.
Located on Lord Street in the heart of Southport, The Atkinson is a dynamic centre of all things arty, cultural, musical, literary, historical and theatrical.
It’s a top pick among places to visit around Southport on a rainy day, as there is plenty to see and do under cover. With a regular programme of events, your visit may even coincide with Kidsfest or a music festival.
There are dedicated exhibitions centre on subjects as diverse as the local coastline and Egyptology, and a cafe and library can also be found on site.
When inclement weather strikes, one of the best things to do in Southport today is to spend time at Ocean Plaza. This large complex by the seafront is packed with eateries and activities as well as shops.
From McDonald’s or Roberto’s Italian to ten pin bowling, a Vue cinema and Play Town, Ocean Plaza is one of the top things to do in Southport at night or by day. Come rain or shine.
Sometimes getting out there in the elements is just the best way to deal with unpleasant weather, and a stroll along Southport Pier on a rainy day can be something to do that feels atmospheric and daring.
As long as you pack a mac for everyone, there’s no reason not to get out there and face the stormy seas. Think of the photographs you may be able to take – just make sure your phone or camera doesn’t get soaked if it isn’t waterproof.
The pier has been in situ for over 150 years and at a kilometre, it’s the country’s second longest. If you do need to hide, you can always hop on the tram to be whisked directly to the cafe at the end. If all else fails, the amusement arcades may work wonders, as long as you don’t mind being parted from your spare change.
Take a train from Southport station
If all else fails, why not take pot luck and head to the train station and see where you could travel to? Located in the centre of Southport, the local and national rail network can take you all over the area.
Ideas for days out near Southport include the cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Chester, all of which have undercover attractions of their own to keep the kids busy.
You can travel directly into Liverpool, for instance, via the Northern Line that begins and ends in Southport. Other interesting stops along this route include Formby, Crosby and Waterloo, all of which are good if you fancy a wet walk along the sandy shore.
**IMPORTANT NOTICE SPLASH WORLD CLOSED**
Sefton Council is working hard to ensure Dunes Splashworld, Southport is reopen as soon as possible for its communities and visitors to once again enjoy.
The water park was temporarily closed in December 2019 in order for the building to undergo essential remedial works but were unfortunately set back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.