Places we go- for free

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Mere Sands Woods

We go here about 2-3 times a month. This is a small nature reserve consisting of woods surrounding a huge lake. There are about 3 routes to take with bird hides along the way to view the lake and its wildlife. Kids love the hides and its great for walking dogs aswell. There is wheelchair routes meaning prams can go aswell. On site is a shop where you can buy chocolate , drinks and gifts as well as the use of a toilet.

Parking charges do apply not making it free but you aren’t obliged to park and could park locally and walk up.

Ainsdale/Formby Pine Woods and Beach

Formby Pine woods does require an entry fee of around £5 however you can park locally for free and walk up or park at Ainsdale and enter at a different area. The pine woods are trees, paths and sand dunes that cover a huge area. They end up on Formby Beach which connects to various beaches sweeping the coastline. In summer ice cream vans park up and if you can find it in the maze of trees there is a play area.

 

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Once upon a time we lived a street away now we have to travel to get there. This building isn’t overly exciting for children but it is beautiful. The grounds slope down almost into a valley the perfect place to play and explore. Inside the cathedral is huge ceilings, gorgeous windows and various prayer rooms. The cathedral provides a trial for children to follow. There is a shop and cafe also with full disabled access. During half terms there is usually activities on for children including messy church.

Fairy Glen, Parbold

This place is amazing we didn’t walk the entire route as arrived a little late in the day. This place is hard to describe and not suitable for prams so take your sling. There are step stairways, ground level bridges to clear mini bogs, big bridge, fallen trees and amazing water ways deep in crevices. It is located at the top of Parbold hill and you can park opposite the entrance in a lay by. It’s breath-taking.

Liverpool City Centre

Liverpool is fantastic for kids and so many free things to do! Within the city centre you have the world museum, maritime museum and the world museum. The art gallery has a children’s area also. There is fun shops to visit too, the Disney store, Lego store where you can play and build a bear workshop!

 

Atkinson Centre 

The Atkinson houses the towns library with a large dedicated ares for children complete with a pirate ship and various groups held through the week.

Upstairs is the museum and art gallery. The museum is all about local history and includes computer to send old postcards of Southport, dress up area and a meccano display. You can follow a trial to find things along the way.

The gallery contains a children’s art area and recently held a Star Wars Toy display (pictured above)

Botanic Gardens, Churchtown

This is a local park originated from the Victorian era. There are birds to see which includes a peacock, rabbits and guinea pigs. You can walk round and feed the ducks, visit the play area, play mini golf or go to the cafe. You can also visit the shop there, buy plants and look inside the fernery. Every Christmas the fernery is transformed into a fairy wonderland and if you’re lucky Santa pays a visit too.

Throughout the year there is various things on including Victorian fairs, craft fairs and spooky Halloween activities. Through the summer the local brass bands come to play with chairs being set out and the ice cream hut opened,

Tarleton Boatyard and Canal

I grew up in Tarleton and we always visited the boatyard and walked along the canal. Further up is permanent boat moorings and a bridge to cross over and you can see the River Douglas. Keep walking and you end up in the next village. Great for taking a nice picnic but remember if you drive there you have to walk back.

Our Allotment

Last but not least we visit our allotment where we dig, weed, rest, plant and grow. We have a small pond which house 4 frogs, a lovely plum tree and raspberry canes to snack from.

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