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10 top places perfect for summer holidays in and around Liverpool

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10 top places perfect for summer holidays in and around Liverpool

Summer Holidays have arrived and there’s plenty to do in and around Liverpool City Region.

Here are ten top places for Summer Holidays in and around Liverpool.

1. WWT Martin Mere, Burscough

It’s always an action-packed day out at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

This summer, too, between Thursday, July 22 and Sunday, September 3 you can explore arts and crafts throughout the ages as part of its ‘Drawn to Water’ partnership with illustrator, Quentin Blake, highlighting how wetland materials were used for food, textiles, crafting and more. 

More info here.

2. Gravity MAX in Liverpool ONE

Get set for the launch of a new adrenaline-pumping venue that’ll have you absolutely buzzing. Gravity Max is set to open in Liverpool ONE on August 9th with a staggering 100,000 sq ft of amazing activities including a high-speed multi-level E-Karting track, urban street golf, batting cages, an immersive gamebox, and AR digital darts. There’s going to be six food outlets, three bars, and Liverpool’s largest roof terrace with regular DJs and live musicians ready to make sure you have the best time.

Find out more here.

3. Knowsley Safari

Not only can you come face to face with the real animals on the Amur Tiger Trail, the Bird of Prey Display and the 5-mile Safari Drive this summer, but you can also experience Jurassic Summer.

The dinosaurs are taking over Knowsley for six weeks this summer so brace yourself for face-to-face encounters with gigantic, life-like prehistoric giants. The animated puppets roar, blink, and move just like the real thing – and the Jurassic adventure’s all included in the normal admission cost. Between Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, September 3, there’ll be live dinosaur shows throughout the day; you can meet Bruce, the incredible six-metre-long T-Rex, and younger visitors can stroke cute baby dinosaurs in the ‘petting zoo’ 

Find out more here.

4. Southport

There’s more to this sunny seaside resort than just its beach – although that’s a good enough reason alone to pack your bucket and spade and head for the coastal gem, especially with the weather we’ve been having.

But you can also dive into Splash World and ride the fast flumes and water slides, or if you’re looking for adventure, make a beeline for nearby Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre which has watersports – including windsurfing, sailing and power boating.

You could take your bikes and cycle along one of the specially-created routes, or take a trip to Southport Pleasureland for all the fun of the fair. And more!

Don’t forget Southport Flower Show too where you’ll find lots of activities for all ages this August.

More info here.

5. The Beatles Story, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

Picture – Philip Brookes /

Even if you’re not a fan of the Fab Four now – you will be by the time you leave this great attraction. Constantly changing and growing, it’s the biggest Beatles Exhibition in the world and you can learn all about John, Paul, George and Ringo, from the music they created to the styles they adopted and the fashions they wore.

There’s a replica Cavern, a fab shop, the Fab Four Café and the upgraded Discovery Zone – the family friendly space where there’s a NEMS Record Shop (the family business of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein), and kids can dress up in outfits from the 60s, do their own pop art or have a go at karaoke with their favourite Beatles song.

More info here.

6. Albert Dock

The best bits of the seaside – including over-sized deckchairs which are perfect for selfies – are back as Royal Albert Dock celebrates summer.

There are plenty of family dining options on the dock whether it’s all American cuisine at What’s Cooking or make your own pizza at Gusto.

Attractions include Tate Liverpool, the Maritime Museum and plenty of activities throughout August too.

More info here.

7. Liverpool ONE

If you think it’s just about shops think again, because there’s tons for kids and families to do in the heart of this city area. You can watch a film on the big screen with ODEON Kids’ Club, have a game of ping pong at Roxy Ball Room, test your putting skills at Junkyard Golf, or just chill or picnic in Chavasse Park.

Running throughout summer is the Tickle The Ivories Piano Festival so you can listen to some of Merseyside’s great musicians. And as mentioned above new entertainment complex Gravity Max is about to launch too!

More info here.

8. World Museum, Liverpool

There’s always loads going on at National Museums Liverpool from Liverpool Museum to the Walker Art Gallery, to Merseyside Maritime Museum and more, with hand-on events and activities throughout the summer. But one place you must make a stop at over these holiday weeks is World Museum Liverpool and its new-look Aquarium.

There are bigger tanks, different species of fish and you can even get a behind the scenes tour on selected dates throughout August.

Plus Return of the Gods continues to wow. From Wonder Woman and Thor to Captain America, Hercules, and more, our TV and cinema screens have been dominated by chiselled superheroes wielding their power – and this family-friendly exhibition dives into ancient Greek and Roman mythology to find out where the inspiration came from. 

More info here.

9. Speke Hall, Garden and Estate

There’s always loads of fun for families at Speke Hall with its the giant hedge maze, interactive Giant Childe of Hale trail, its woodland play area and 30-foot zip wire, but this summer there’s more to do than ever. The National Trust’s Summer of Play means from Monday, July 24, to Friday, August 25 you can take part in sports day style races, archery, wild art, Tudor dancing, carnival games, traditional garden games, and more.

More info here.

10. New Brighton

In the north-east corner of the Wirral, New Brighton boasts a three-quarter stretch of golden sand so it’s a go-to summer destination for day-trippers – and kids love playing on the Black Pearl, a community-built driftwood boat.

Beyond the marine lake is the 19th century Grade II listed Perch Rock Fort, once part of the sea-defences system, and Perch Rock lighthouse, and it’s also had a refurb which saw the building of the Marine Point leisure complex.

 Bubbles World of Play will save the day if the weather turns to rain, as will the Light Cinema with all the latest blockbusters. Wander round to Victoria Road to check out the new bars and restaurants before catching a show at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion or dancing the night away at Marine Street Social.

More info here.

Get 23 Summer Holiday day out ideas for 2023 in Liverpool HERE.

Get the latest new son days out across the city region HERE.



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