Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…

One thing you learn to appreciate when living in Britain is sunny days. Once the sun comes out and it gets warm you can smell BBQs everywhere and everyone is out and about.

And so am I. So as it was a gorgeous day I decided to visit the seaside town of Southport. It has the oldest surviving iron pier which is also the second longest pier in the UK, beautiful beaches, big gardens with an even bigger lake, Pleasureland Amusement Park and even offers a tempting range of shops for some retail therapy. And all of this in walking distance. It was the perfect day.

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Yes, they have a tram driving up and down the pier. Southport’s pier tram is the only one of its kind in the world.

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The beach. Quite a long way to the water at low tide.

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Marine Way Bridge and Southport Pier.

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The Marine Lake with the Southern Belle, a Mississippi style paddle boat.

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Loving these retro style signs.

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Lord Street. In leaflets likened to a Parisian boulevard. I remember Paris differently but can see where they’re coming from. Definitely more delightful than your usual high street.

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And there are some nice shopping arcades too.

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Town Hall and war memorial.

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