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8 reasons you should visit Formby this summer

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8 reasons you should visit Formby this summer

Summer is just round the corner, so it is time to start planning some days out around the city region.

Here is our look at Formby, with a few suggestions you might not have heard about.

History: More than just a beach resort

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Most people associate Formby with its miles of gorgeous golden sands but there is another side to the history of the town.

A History of the County of Lancaster from 1907 indicates that Formby had a population of nearly 6,000 at the time and there was a thriving agricultural trade in rye, wheat, potatoes, and asparagus which was described as a “a speciality in the district”.

The development of the railway between Liverpool and Southport meant the crops could easily be transported to the city, increasing the fame of Formby asparagus. The 1930s is regarded as its heyday but it is still possible to buy local asparagus in May and June in Formby.

Read more about the history of the area here, including the historic footprints on the beach and shipwrecks visible when the tide is low.

Walk: From Freshfield Station to the beach.

Credit: Merseyrail
Credit: Merseyrail

Escape the crowds and the parking chaos and take the train to Freshfield with Merseyrail.

When you come out of the station, turn left past the chip shop and head along Fisherman’s Path. Taking care at the level crossing and being respectful of the players, cut across the golf course on the path and make your way through the woodland trails.

There are markers along a variety of paths to the beach or follow the path all the way to Ainsdale. 

Views: From North Wales to Blackpool

On a clear day, the views on Formby beach are spectacular.

From the hills of North Wales to the south to the northern view of Blackpool, this really is a sight to behold and the sunsets take some beating.

You might even spot an oil rig on the horizon of the Irish Sea.

Fish and Chips: The Good Catch

The Good Catch Fish and Chip Shop Formby
Credit: The Good Catch Fish and Chip Shop

The big queues on Friday nights tell you all you need to know about this popular, quality chip shop. Ideally situated on Victoria Road and within easy reach of the beach, the Good Catch serves traditional meals as well as seasonal specials. 

Find them right next to Freshfield Station. Open until 8pm weekdays, and until 8.30pm Friday and Saturday, Sunday opening is limited to the summer but check first before you visit as they didn’t open on Sundays in 2023.

See the menu here.

Ice Cream: Delish

As well as great breakfast and coffee and cake all day, Delish has a wide range of ice cream.

There is a massive selection of flavours, and you can enjoy your ice cream in the café or to take away.

There also shakes, waffles and toasties to choose from.

Find out more on their Facebook.

Brunch or an evening meal: Emily’s

Emily's Formby

With its gorgeous exterior, all freshened up for summer 2024, and a delicious menu Emily’s has earned a reputation for great style and excellent food since it opening in late 2023.

Whether it’s a brunch classic like steak and eggs or a pancake stack, Sunday roast or the evening selection featuring lamb shoulder, salmon fillet or gnocchi you will be spoiled for choice.

Well behaved dogs are welcome until 5pm, so perfect if you’ve built up an appetite during a walk.

You’ll find Emily’s in a tastefully converted bank in Brows Lane (often called the village). Bookings are recommended. 

See the full menu and book a table here.

A good pub: The Tin Shed or Beer Station

The Tin Shed Formby
Credit: The Tin Shed

You’re spoiled for choice for pubs in Formby, so we have picked two family run micro pubs that we love to visit.

The Tin Shed is in the village in Brow’s Lane and nestled in a row of shops. Once inside you are treated to a good selectin of guest ales and a friendly welcome. Perfect for a pre-drink if you are going to Emily’s for an evening meal.

The Beer Station is a mile away in Freshfield, right opposite the train station and down the road from the beach. With tables outside you can enjoy a guest ale while you watch the world go by before jumping on the train home. And if beer isn’t your thing don’t worry, there is a great selection of wines and soft drinks too.

Tapas: Geee’s  

Geee's Coffee

This popular brunch spot has just started tapas evenings at the weekend, and the reviews are great.

With plentiful options for both meat eaters and vegetarians, with everything from BBQ ribs to chorizo potatoes and Tuscan beans to choose from, there is also a small selection of beers, spirits and wines to choose from.

Tapas evenings vary so check before you arrive by calling 07301 440223.

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