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Southport Beach & Ocean Plaza

The seaside town of Southport is defined by its golden shoreline, where stretches of sandy beaches merge with the cool Irish Sea, enticing the locals and tourists alike who all want a piece of this traditionally British pie.

Home to the oldest iron pier in the country, Southport is a town that has long held the secret of understanding how to entertain locals in the most simplistically whimsical of ways. The pier, which still stands strong after over one-hundred-and-fifty-years, continues to delight all those who take to its ancient structure, transporting them from the promenade right into the doorway of the Irish Sea.

The beach plays host to an array of events throughout the year, including the world famous Southport Air Show. For over twenty-five years, thousands of spectators take to the coast to watch as an array of aircraft take to the sky to perform breathtaking stunts and displays. From military aircraft to classic jets, guests can watch as their favourite aircraft fly overhead including the Red Arrows, Eurofighter Typhoon and the Vulcan XH558. 

Integrating the past with the present, the Ocean Plaza meets with the beachfront, allowing locals to enjoy the best of both worlds, perfect for Southport's eclectic mix of residents. From bars, restaurants and shops to entertainment complexes, this new addition to Southport has brought a new cosmopolitan dimension to a town which is steeped in much-loved tradition. 

Five Things To Do


The Pier Pavilion

Step back in time during the seaside town’s heyday and enjoy playing on the traditional penny arcade machines at the Pier Pavilion, they operate on pre-decimalised pennies! 


Southport Air Show

Enjoy an amazing show high up in the skies above the town as Red Arrows, Army Parachute Display Team and Aerobatics entertain the crowds below. 

Image Credit: Visit Southport 

Walk Along the Pier

Take a walk along the country’s second longest pier that stretches from the promenade right up to the depths of the stunning Irish Sea. 


Pier Tram

If walking along the 1,000-metre pier is not tempting your touristic taste buds, then take the trip on the pier tram, especially fun for the younger members of the family. 

Image Credit: Visit Southport


Donkey Rides

No trip to the beach is complete without a ride along the shore on one of the beautiful donkeys, which are available from March to September.

Eat & Play

Image Credit: Visit Southport

Ocean Plaza sits in the heart of the entertainment district and offers visitors a chance to enjoy an array of cosmopolitan dining and high-tech entertainment. 

Guests can explore some of the country's most favourite restaurants from Nando's fiery Portuguese influence to Frankie & Benny's classic Italian cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

A Vue Cinema sits at the heart of Ocean Plaza and shows all the latest films and much-loved classics throughout the week. For those who enjoy a little more action and adventure, Premier Bowl & Laser offers a fantastic experience for groups of friends with some friendly competition in a game of Bowling or Laser Quest. 


With a large shopping area separate from the food and entertainment complex, locals can enjoy shopping with some of the largest household names in the country.

Discover some stylish clothes in Matalan's store, with an array of hidden gems and affordable fashion for all the family. Guests can also discover inspiring interiors at Dunelm to create their own haven, from plush furnishings to essential items to make every house the perfect home. 

With Pets at Home and Vets 4 Pets having venues at Ocean Plaza, even the fluffiest members of the family can join.