Summer In Southport

Summer In Southport

Southport is synonymous with summer. Ever since the Victorian era, holidaymakers have flocked to our stunning coastline to enjoy everything sunny Southport has to offer. Each summer provides a new opportunity to make memories with the whole family. So, grab your bucket and spade and join us for a season of delight!

You cannot discuss summer in Southport without mentioning Southport Pleasureland. Offering a mix of exhilarating roller coasters, a log flume and firm family favourites like the dodgems and waltzers to the masses for over 100 years, Pleasureland is premier attraction for families looking for thrills, spills and a lot of fun.

Speaking of Pleasureland, The Atkinson is celebrating the past, present and future of the iconic amusement park with an exhibition in its galleries aptly named Barnum In The Blood. From 25 June onwards, this exhibition tells the story of the sixth-generation showman who is now at the helm of Pleasureland and promises all the fun of the fair with an awesome local history lesson thrown in.

Alongside Barnum In The Blood, The Atkinson is also displaying a number of exciting new exhibitions across the summer in Southport. Other upcoming exhibitions include The Poetry Of Trees (from 4 June), Zarah Hussain: Light Upon Light (11 June – 24 September), Built on Sand: 200 Years of Southport’s Changing Street Scene (18 June – 17 September) and Southport’s Victorian Visitors (2 July – 17 September).

For even more cultural summer in Southport activities there is always Bijou Cinema. Screenings include classics old and new, independent films and dynamic world cinema. Showings this summer include The Sound Of Music (7 May, 2:30pm), The French Dispatch (16 May, 7:30pm) and The Other Boleyn Girl (31 May, 2:30pm). They also host evenings of stand up comedy on the last Friday of every month.

The comedy doesn’t stop there as Taskmaster’s finest Mark Watson ponders the meaning of life in his side-splitting stand up show at The Atkinson on 3 June. Also in this summer’s comedy roster is Gary Delaney with his Gary In Punderland show (23 July); full of one-liners only a master could craft. If you’re hunting for snark, Gary’s got it covered!

Want to dance the night away? With performances like The Counterfeit Sixties (25 June), 24K Bruno (20 May), China Crisis (12 August) and Soul Train (20 May) all coming up, you are bound to find something to enjoy so let the toe-tapping begin!

Enjoy all Southport’s eateries from around the world. From traditional British cuisines, to a taste of the Mediterranean, American and Asian, you can start your culinary journey across the world right here. Wash it all down with a cocktail or two at some of Southport’s gin, whiskey and rum, themed bars to name a few. Don’t forget to leave room for some ice cream on the beach for dessert.

Look to the skies on the 9 & 10 July for this year’s annual Air Show for a weekend packed with family fun. You can enjoy a jampacked flying programme, flight simulators, assault courses, aircraft to explore and military talks. The Air Show truly is the jewel in the crown of summer in Southport. This world famous event is one that will have you coming back again every year.

To learn more about Southport’s links with speed and flight; the Between Land and Sea exhibition at The Atkinson’s Museum is perfect. Free entry for all the family and a wealth of knowledge and history to explore. Result!

Posted on 21 April 2022 under General news

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