Sefton MBC and Southport BID prepare for Summer of Golf

Sefton Council and Southport BID are busy preparing a ‘Summer of Golf’ as hundreds of thousands of people head to the borough as part of the 146th Open Golf Championship.

There will be attractions, activities and exhibitions across Southport and the borough to entertain both visitors and residents during The Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale.

The ‘Summer of Golf’ is designed to appeal to everyone with events taking place while the golf is on along with activities in the evening to capture fans that have been at Royal Birkdale.

The Princess Diana Gardens in front of The Atkinson in Southport town centre will be the hub of the events with activities taking place daily between Saturday, 15 July and Sunday, 23 July.

Some of the interactive attractions will include ‘The First Tee Experience’, where visitors can drive off from a simulation of the first tee at Royal Birkdale. There will also be a bunker for visitors to chip out of as well as the ‘Longest Putt Challenge’.

More attractions have just been added including a ‘coaching zone’ which will offer visitors of all abilities the chance to improve their game. And there will be a golf simulator which will enable players to tackle some of the world’s most famous holes.

All these attractions will be free to experience and open to visitors young and old. You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy them either as there will be experienced staff on hand to provide help and guidance.

Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said:

“Hosting The Open is a major occasion for Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region with so many people seeing what a great borough we are.

“We really want to make it accessible and interesting for residents and those visitors who are not at Royal Birkdale by getting into the swing of things. This nine-day event will provide a fun way to enjoy golf for people of all ages and experience.

“There is a lot more to be announced over the coming weeks – including a major first for Southport, so watch this space!”

Hugh Evans, Southport BID Chief Executive, added:

“The eyes of the sporting world will be on our town next month, the ‘Summer of Golf’ will be a great addition that will act as a hook to attract thousands of visitors back to the town centre ensuring all businesses benefit.”

Sefton MBC & Historic England: Waterloo & Southport Heritage Trails

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Historic England together with Sefton Council are working on a new series of new Heritage Trails for Waterloo and Southport.  As part of this we intend to use pictures of the Conservation Area and of selected sites within the Area, to go onto the final product.  Most importantly we wish the images selected to come from the community rather than commissioning from a professional photographer.

Three trails will be produced;

  • Waterloo (Covering Christ Church and Waterloo Park conservation areas)
  • Southport Historic Parks
  • Lord Street

The final trails will be 2 sided, be both paper (50,000 copies) and digital hosted on the Visit Southport website (and hopefully interactive as part of an app in the future).  The first side will be a general history of the area, and include general scenes and hopefully some older images.  The other side will include a map with a selection of highlight sites – each to have some text and an image.

How can you help ?

  1. Find one of the key views in the Conservation Area and take a photo of it and send it in
  2. Have a look for any old images that you might have – perhaps from the 1960s ? 1930s etc. (convert to digital format) and send them in
  3. Look at the list of highlight sites (overleaf) and take an interesting photo of one or some of these and send it in
  4. All images should have a file name in the following format – name of site, name of photographer, date taken

Where to send them …

Please upload your photos to the Visit Southport flickr page at Please upload all phots by Friday 22 April 2016

What happens next …

  1. A working group chaired by Historic England will select the most suitable images to populate the trail.
  2. A selection of the images will be printed and on display at the Atkinson Gallery as part of their exhibition on Southport
  3. The images sent in will be used as part of a rolling presentation at The Atkinson

Image Issues

All images need to be digital

The selected images would be credited to the photographers on the trail, but by sending them in you would be relinquishing the copyright and agreeing to the reproduction and use of these on the trails.

Photos should be of a reasonably high quality/size (a very general rule of thumb would be that the higher the MB the higher the image size, or the higher the DPI (dots per inch) the higher the image size)


General Views to include

Marine Terrace Waterloo Road (around Christ Church)
Adelaide Terrace St Mary’s Terrace
Beach Lawn South View
Wellington Street Walmer Road
The 4 seafront gardens Waterloo Park

Highlight Sites 

The Royal Hotel The Old Bank Pub, South Road
No 2 Marine Terrace Liver Hotel, South Road
No 17 Marine Crescent Former Conservative HQ, South Road/Curzon Road junction
No 13 Beach Lawn St John’s Church, St John’s Place
12 Wellington Street Cinema, Crosby Road North
9 Wellington Street Bank, Crosby Road North/St John’s Road
Schoolhouse on Wellington Street St Faith’s Church, Crosby Road North
Welsh Presbyterian Church, Crosby Road North Potter’s Barn, Crosby Road South/Cambridge Road
Waterloo Town Hall Victoria Hotel
Christ Church National School The Cenotaph, Great George’s Road
St Mary’s Church, Waterloo Park Christ Church, Waterloo Road
Ennis Cottage, Waterloo Road The Volunteer Canteen, East Street

Southport Classic Parks

General Views to include

Hesketh Park Southport Flower Festival
The Botanic Gardens Marine Lake
Victoria Park  
Princes Park  
Kings Gardens  

 Hesketh Park

Conservatory Lake (Fountain Feature)
Observatory The Floral Clock Garden

Botanic Gardens

Lake Fernery
Bridges Entrance gates

 Victoria Park

Bandstand Victoria Park General

Kings Gardens

Information Centre/Tea Rooms (Former Ladies toilets) Lifeboat Memorial
Arts & Craft Shelter Venetian Bridge
Shelters Fountain & Community Garden

 Lord Street Gardens

General Views Mermaid Fountain

Rotten Row

Rotten Row General  (Flower displays)  

Lord Street

Grand Casino 180 Lord Street 253 Lord St currently Pizza Express
The War Memorial incl. obeslisk and colonnades National Westminster Bank
Waterstones Post Office
Canopies No156 Lord Street, The Cottage
 No158 Lord Street The Bold Hotel
Jaegar Building 357-355 Lord Street
Albany Buildings HSBC Bank
325-319 Lord Street Wayfarers Arcade
Scarisbrick Hotel The Town Hall
The Atkinson Civic Garden
215-219 Lord Street (opposite Starbucks) Bandstand
Pavilion (former Tourist Office) Town Gardens Cafe (pavilion)
Prince of Wales Hotel 37 Lord Street (Royal Building)
Wellington Terrace Morrison’s roundabout – Inscription

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