#CleanerSeas for Sefton

Whether you swim, paddle, or simply enjoy a stroll on one of the Sefton beaches, you can be assured, once again, that the quality of the water is cleaner than at any time in the last 30 years.


For the second year in a row the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that all 31 of the North West’s bathing waters meet the government’s required standards for water quality.

The 2017 classifications of bathing waters in Sefton are;

  • Formby beach has been rated Excellent – the highest, cleanest class;
  • Southport and Ainsdale have been rated Good – generally good water quality.

Full classifications can be found here: www.environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

A range of stakeholders have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local community.

You can continue to help maintain, and improve, these standards by making small changes at home and at the beach:

• Only flush the 3P’s down the toilet – poo, pee and paper. Everything else goes in the bin!
• Pour cooled kitchen fats in the bin, not down the sink – it can cause blockages and sewage to overflow.
• Pick up after your dog and put it in the bin.
• Don’t feed birds at the beach and keep outdoor areas free of food waste.
• Always put litter in the bin or take it home if it’s full.

Formby Festival 2017 (14th-16th July 2017)

Formby festival is more than just a festival. There is food, drink, live music and entertainment over 3 days from the 14th to the 16th July 217.  With cuisines and delights from across the globe there’s something to satisfy each person’s taste. Italian? Thai? Indian? Real ales, fine wines and everything in between.

There will be a selection of home-made gifts, specialist snacks and much more .There will be chef demos throughout the Saturday and Sunday with celebrity BBC Fusion Chef of the Year; Aazam Ahmed with guest chefs as well.

From Friday night right through to Sunday evening there will be local bands, choral groups and even performances from TV stars. There is plenty to keep the little ones busy too, inflatable’s, archery, climbing wall, water bumper boats, paint balling, archery, the cave, rodeo bull, steam train, donkey rides to name but a few. Free activities for the kids include a cooking zone, magic shows, balloon modeling, circus school and a craft marquee. Why not watch the dog display team or other displays in the arena. You can even enter our bake off competition.

Every year the Formby Festival is even better than the last, and this year we’ll be having a tribute night on Friday 14th July!

  • ROBBIE WILLIAMS The World’s No. 1 Robbie Tribute.  Recognized as one of the leading Robbie Williams Tribute Acts, this superb tribute act has appeared on Channel 4 and ITV and has performed in 15 countries!
  • CILLA BLACK – The Cilla Show: Step Inside Love. Step inside Love is an authentic, respectful & professional tribute thatwill take you back to the golden musical era of 60s & 70s!

The Saturday night musical firework and laser display will be a highlight of the Festival that you won’t want to miss, this is accompanied by live entertainment. Sunday brings a carnival atmosphere to the event with the fantastic KATUMBA BAND, described as a walking wall of sound.

You can find out more about whats on at www.formbyfestival.co.uk