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Heatwave guide to Sefton’s coast and parks

There’s more to Sefton than it’s wonderful natural coast and beaches so here are a few ideas for those wanting to visit one of Sefton’s beauty spots today.

Explore Sefton’s Parks

People may want to think about a visit to one of Sefton’s parks, where plenty of shaded areas can be found under trees, offering a sheltered space for people of all ages to spend time outdoors.

Botanic Gardens, located in Churchtown, are renowned for its community-maintained floral displays, aviary and fernery. It has a café, as well as an abundance of shaded spaces in its woodland area. For more information, head to:

South of the borough is Derby Park, an important cultural asset that was built in 1895! The park has been recognised by its designation as part of the Derby Park Conservation Area and its listing on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. To learn more, head to:

Natural Coast

People visiting the Sefton coast are asked to dispose of litter carefully in bins, or if they are full, to take litter home with them. It is important that items such as glass are disposed of correctly, as if left in strong sunshine can cause fires, like a magnifying glass.

Visitors are also reminded that BBQs and fires are not allowed anywhere along our 22-mile coastline.

We encourage visitors to also be mindful of the impact hot weather can have on our array of wildlife that live along our natural coast. One way to help our wildlife is to respect their space and ensure they are not disturbed.

Last week Sefton Council approved of a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), this will help Council officers and our partner agencies manage behaviour along our environmentally protected coastline. We recommend all visitors familiarise themselves with what is and is not acceptable at our beaches by heading to

Water Safety

RNLI lifeguards are present on a daily basis through summer in Sefton, at Formby, Ainsdale and Southport beaches. The RNLI already provides 365 days a year service at Crosby Coastal Park.

The RNLI and Her Majesty’s HM Coastguard have launched a water safety campaign, urging everyone to remember that if you get into trouble in the water, Float to Live.

To do this: lean back, using your arms and legs to stay afloat. Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.

For further advice and guidance, please visit

Plan your journey

Those thinking about visiting one of Sefton’s coastal gateways are reminded to travel safely, planning their journey ahead to avoid traffic delays and are reminded to park responsibly away from residential areas.

People opting for public transport can get the latest travel updates on the Mersey Travel website.

Beach parking is available at Ainsdale and Southport beaches. Unsurprisingly, capacity can be limited during peak times.

The facilities at Ainsdale beach include men’s, women’s, and disabled toilets. A daily cleaning regime is in place, ensuring the amenities are kept clean and replenished during busy periods through the summer.

Respect our wildlife

Thousands of migrating birds are stopping off now on Sefton coast after breeding in the far north.

If you see birds resting on the sands do not disturb them, whether you are a dog walker, horse rider, walker, jogger, photographer or even birdwatcher.

This is especially important at high tide as the birds’ feeding areas are covered by the incoming waves and they must rest and conserve energy.

Watch out for future Green Sefton events to learn more about these spectacular travellers – coming soon!