With slick new developments, a bourgeoning independent quarter and oodles of seaside charm, a day (or night) out in New Brighton is an absolute must this summer.
Here’s our guide to the best this seaside gem has to offer.
The development that kick-started New Brighton’s resurgence, Marine Point is a super-modern shopping and leisure hub offering a great mix of activities for the whole family. From drinking and dining to its award-winning cinema and shopping options, it has become the jewel of New Brighton’s waterfront.
Dubbed the ‘Notting Hill of New Brighton’ this once neglected road just a short stroll away from the promenade has undergone a major facelift. Driven by local developer and hospitality supremo Daniel Davies and his team at Rockpoint Leisure, the street has been brought back to life and now boasts a super-cool refurbished pub, The James Atherton, a fabulous Middle Eastern inspired bar and bistro, Habbibi and a quirky independent clothing shop. Filled with funky street art and a host of original architecture it’s a hipster paradise just waiting to be discovered.
Channel your inner Captain Jack Sparrow and check out the Black Pearl! Made entirely from driftwood, the kids will be entertained for hours pretending to be pirates while you enjoy a bit of beach time.
Add a bit of magic to a stroll along the prom and follow the Mermaid Trail. Designed by local artist Barry Canning-Eaton and decorated by local schools and arts groups, the trail of colourful, life-sized mermaid statues can be followed around New Brighton Promenade.
A true gem, this beautifully tended park leads directly onto the promenade and commands epic views of the River Mersey. There are a variety events throughout the summer, most of which centre around the traditional bandstand and its even home to its very own Fairy Glen!
If the weather is a bit dodgy head inside for some blockbusting action at the super-cosy Light Cinema. Weekend, prices start from £8.95 per adult and £6.95 per child and along with the must-have popcorn there is a full bar and you can even take your tipples into the cinema with you!
Wirral’s leading live entertainment hub, The Floral has an exciting and varied range of shows suitable for the whole family. From the Lady Boys of Bangkok to the Russian State Ballet and just about everything in-between; there is literally a show to suit everyone.
Step back in time to the seaside of yesteryear and let the kids enjoy the simple pleasure of sailing a boat. For some professional action check out Wallasey Model Boat Society who have scale model boats in the lake on Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays plus special event days throughout the summer.
Load up on homemade ice cream at this multi-award winning, independent ice-cream parlour. With a mesmerising range of flavours, all the ice-cream is hand made on site using traditional Italian techniques and the sunny terrace is the perfect spot to refuel on your day out.
Enjoy all the fun of the fair at New Brighton’s original fun-fair attraction. Spend a few pennies in the arcade or take a ride on the teacups from some traditional seaside fun with the kids.
Channel your inner Tiger Woods and check out the two 18 hole courses at this brilliantly designed attraction.
Try the Championship course to have a go at holes inspired by Royal Troon, Pebble Beach, Augusta and the Belfry or stay local and play the Wirral landmark course which features holes based on new Brighton lido, Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton dips and New Brighton lighthouse.
Join the street food revolution at New Brighton’s very own drinking and dining Mecca! The stunning roof-terrace commands epic views across the Mersey and you can indulge your taste buds at the ever-changing street food market in the main hall. They have a packed line-up of live music, sports and socials across the summer and the drinks are every bit as good as the view.
Is your kid even from Merseyside if they haven’t visited Bubbles World of Play. Bubbles is host to the biggest play frame in the UK with, perfect for 0-11 year old, all year round. Children are encouraged to learn and explore over 30 different countries and zones, from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Northern Lights, stopping for fun in India, Dinoland, Italy and many other ‘countries’ along the way.
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