Because of its proximity to Manchester and Liverpool, Southport caravan parks are always popular. There’s plenty here to keep kids entertained, from Southport Splash World to the rollercoasters of Pleasureland.

Pack with surprises

Boasting more than 20 miles of beautiful coastline, Southport is packed with surprises. Crosby Bach hosts Anthony Gormley’s famous art installation, while ` The Ribble and Alt Estuaries boast dunes and spectacular pine woods. Southport Model Railway Village also makes for a great day out.

Couples should make a beeline for The Atkinson, a beautiful home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history. This stunning 19th-century building is based in the middle of Lord Street and houses an interactive museum displaying 10,000 years of Sefton’s Coast.