Should you wish to escape from the bright lights and buzz of Liverpool, there are lots of award winning beaches and coastal walks nearby, plus stunning parks, botanic gardens and countryside spas where you can blow away the city cobwebs.
Head across to Wirral Peninsula and stride out to Hilbre stands Local Nature Reserve et West Kirby, not forgetting to check the tide timetable before you got Explore the endless sand dunes along Sefton’s coast, be rejuvenated by refreshing winds as you stroll along Southport Pier or the Wirral Way with its fabulous views across to the Welsh hills, ducking the golf balls off the nearby golf course on your way. If that’s a little too energetic for you, opt for a relaxing day at the state of the art luxury spa at Formby Hall, a sumptuous oasis of peace and tranquillity. Their immaculate treatment rooms are fitted out to the highest standards imaginable, and offer an extensive range of treatments and holistic therapies for both men and women.
Gardening enthusiasts might like to learn alt about wildflowers at the National Wildflower Centre, set in the tranquil Victorian Court Hey Park. Both Southport and Knowsley hold annual flower shows, too, with giant floral marquees as well as an array of attractions including crafts demonstrations, arts workshops and even dog obedience classes. Birkenhead Park is also worth a visit-this green oasis was the first public park in the country and its design provided inspiration for Central Park in New York.
There are also numerous pretty villages to visit, from Brimstage with its attractive sandstone hall courtyard full of arts and crafts shops, to historic Port Sunlight with its Victorian cottages built by Lord Lever for the workers in his soap factory.