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Canalside: Tell us what you think!

We want to hear your thoughts on Bootle Canalside!

We want to know how we can make the site better, how we can use it in future and how we can make it work for the people of Bootle.

Fill in your feedback cards and pop it into a drop box before you leave, we appreciate your feedback!


But first, let us tell you the story so far…

Sefton Council purchased the Strand in 2017 and since then it has been at the heart of transformation and regeneration plans for Bootle.

The area adjacent to the Strand alongside the Leeds-Liverpool Canal has been put aside to house a multi-functional, open air food, drink and events space while the longer term ambitions for the Strand are developed.

Demolition works to clear the site started in December 2020. This opened up the space for new uses and our team submitted a planning application in Summer 2020.

The site was granted planning permission for this use in July 2021.The site has the name ‘Bootle Canalside.’


Bootle Canalside hosted a temporary, five day, pop up event over the August Bank Holiday.

Local food and drink traders served food and drink from around the world from refurbished shipping containers in a nod to Bootle’s industrial history.  The event was an opportunity to test the site with the community and gather feedback on what people in Bootle want to see from this exciting, new venue.

We saw thousands of local people attend the site of the Bank Holiday and hundreds of feedback cards were filled out.

We took everything you said on board and made some improvements to the site ready for Christmas!

We hosted our Christmas at Canalside gingerbread extravaganza event over two weekends in December.

Bootle Canalside was decorated for the festive season, featuring a Christmas tree, cosy tipis and gingerbread people on stilts.

Food and drink was served in a cosy, covered tipis surrounded by barrels and benches in true Bavarian style.

There were activities for all the family including crafts and storytelling to bring Christmas to Canalside. A gingerbread trail through the Strand lead out onto the Canalside.

The Bootle Canalside site is intended to grow organically in response to community feedback so we want as much feedback as possible!

We will continue to run our ‘You Said, We Listened, We Did’ feedback programme at all our events to give you as many opportunities as possible to tell us what you think!

Bootle Canalside, once completed, will include an urban garden, food and drink offer, leisure uses and events spaces. It will be a vibrant recreation and leisure area that makes full use of its fantastic setting and brings a new element to Bootle’s local economy.