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Family Summer Spots on the network

We are lucky to have so many wonderful beaches and attractions within easy reach of Merseyside and close to a rail station, so it’s not too far to take the kids and enjoy some family time. Take a look at the very best family summer spots our region has to offer.

Formby beach

With its golden sands, picnic areas and excellent views across the Irish sea, Formby Beach is ideal for families looking for a great day out!

Enjoy a picturesque walk through Formby Pinewoods, home to the protected red squirrels, before hitting the dramatic sand dunes and settling in for a sunbathing session or swim in the sea.

Interestingly, Formby beach is currently undergoing erosion and the tides often reveal prehistoric mud layers, some of which contain human and animal footprints. Look out for these the length of Formby Beach from Lifeboat Road northwards of the National Trust property.

Nearest Station: Freshfield + 20 minute walk

Southport Pleasureland

Clean, bright and bursting with activities for all ages, Southport’s primary leisure attraction is sure to bring fun and laughter to every visitor. So whether its teenagers looking for thrill rides or something gentler for the littlest members of the family, you will be sure to find it here.

Nearest Station: Southport + 16 minute walk

New Brighton beach

After undergoing a £60 million redevelopment this beach is well worth a visit. This seaside resort in the North East corner of Wirral also has plenty of attractions to see including Perch Rock Lighthouse and a park for further adventure! Grab an ice-cream from the kiosks and take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque promenade.

Nearest Station: New Brighton + 10 minute walk

Rice Lane City Farm

This urban gem provides a fantastic chance for children to learn all about animal husbandry, farm skills and crafts and meet farmyard animals – all within 24 acres of countryside hidden away in the heart of Walton. From Ryeland sheep and goats to saddleback pigs, visitors can learn about the residents and find out what life is really like down on the farm.

Nearest station: Walton + 4 minute walk

Ainsdale beach

Ainsdale beach has been awarded the international Blue Flag on numerous occasions, so rest assured it is a beautiful setting to kick back with friends and family.

Ainsdale beach is also a nature reserve with one of the largest backs of sand dunes in Britain, there is plenty of wildlife, flora, and fauna! As well as being a popular choice among power kite professionals, Ainsdale beach will certainly provide fun for all ages.

Nearest station: Ainsdale + 19 minute walk

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A Family of 5 travel for just £13!*

A Family of 5 travel for just £13!*

*A Merseyrail Family Ticket covers up to a family of 5 for unlimited travel after 9.30am weekdays and all day on weekends and bank holidays. The ticket covers children aged 5 - 15 travelling with 1 or 2 adults.

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