So if January is all about starting over with a fresh new outlook, a healthier approach to life and a bit of self-love, there is no better place than Wirral to find the new-you!
From wonderful bracing works to its cool café culture scene, Wirral can help you find a little bit of ‘Hygge’ as the Danish call it and inspire you to enjoy the simple side of life.
The best loved walk on Wirral and a rite of passage for many families over the New Year period, a walk to Hilbre Island has it all.
From awe-inspiring coastal views and magnificent wildlife, to interesting photo opportunities and winter picnic opportunities, it’s well worth the four-mile round trip.
You MUST check the tides before you go as its only safe to walk at certain times of the day but stick on some sturdy footwear and prepare to have your cobwebs well and truly blown away.
TOP TIP – Take some binoculars and prepare to be amazed. There is a whole colony of grey seals basking on the sandbank just out in the Dee estuary.
Billed as the Wirral’s answer to Notting Hill, the Victoria Quarter is helping put the ‘rock’ back into New Brighton. The brainchild of local entrepreneur Daniel Davis and his regeneration company Rockpoint Leisure, the whole of the Victoria Road area is undergoing a massive overhaul with once derelict buildings transformed into thriving independent businesses.
With over 15 murals from some of the UK’s leading street artists now on display, visitors can grab a map to make sure they don’t miss any part of this free cultural experience.
From belly busting burgers to classic Italian treats, there are a host of tasty deals available at some of Wirral’s most loved eateries this month.
After a brisk walk up the prom why not grab 50% off the food at local favourite Salty’s in Parkgate or join the Cheshire set for a glass of fizz (and 50`% food) at Gusto in Heswall. For soul food junkies, the Smokin’ Deals are back at Hickory’s West Kirby and its 3 mouth-watering tapas for just £12.95 at Wirral’s ‘Restaurant of The Year’ The Tapas Kitchen in West Kirby.
If dry January is not for you, wrap up warm and head down to the coast and enjoy a winter sunset with a tipple or two. There are loads of great pubs dotted around the coast but we particularly love The Ship in Parkgate.
They’ve got a great covered terrace, an amazing selection of cask ales and wines, superb food and there’s usually a roaring fire inside if you need your cockles warming.
Over the other side, head to the Marino Lounge in New Brighton for a Mersey view and the best latte on the Wirral!
Head to the Lady Lever Art Gallery (Until 15th March) and immerse yourself in the work of the iconic French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse. Matisse is undoubtedly one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour and his spectacular paper cut-outs were his final triumph.
Matisse: Drawing with Scissors features 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs that the artist produced in the last four years of his life, when confined to his bed, including many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.
Keep your new year’s resolution and get your blood pumping with an exhilarating cycle on the traffic-free Wirral Way. This stunning coastal path, which has a designated cycle lane, runs all the way along the estuary from West Kirby to Hooten. With 12 miles of stunning views and fairly easy riding conditions it’s a great way of getting back on the saddle and kicking off your new year fitness regime.
Spanning the border of Wirral, Cheshire and Flintshire, Burton Mere is a unique marshland habitat managed by the RSPB. The stunning wetlands are home to a myriad of bird species and you are very likely to spot anything from visiting Pink Footed Geese and the resident Marsh Harriers to rarer varieties including Kingfishers and even Great White Egrets.
Whether you are a committed ‘twitcher’ or simply fancy a nice refreshing stroll, Burton Mere is hard to beat for natural beauty and incredible sunsets.
If you are not a member of the RSPB there is a £5 entry fee but its worth every penny.
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