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Thousands descend on Southport Food and Drink Festival

Tens of thousands of food and drink lovers descended on Southport this past Jubilee bank holiday weekend to sample the very best that the North West has to offer.

A diverse range of food such as American, Mexican, Thai, Italian, Indian, Canadian, Lebanese to name a few, were on offer from over 80 street traders, including 25 from Southport alone.

Producers came from over the north west and sold food such as cheese, pies, scones, brownies and fudge with many selling out each day and leaving with smiles on their faces.

As a family event the little ones enjoyed the children’s entertainment where there were regular magic shows, den building and face painting. Inflatables and water walking also provided plenty of entertainment.

Due to poor weather, we were forced to close on Friday but traders and visitors alike were back with a bang on Saturday and Sunday, making the festival a roaring success.

Families and groups of friends attended the event and thoroughly enjoyed their visit with many setting up a picnic area on the grass and enjoying the entire day and beautiful surroundings of Victoria Park.


Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“We were all so delighted to be able to bring the Southport Food & Drink Festival to Sefton for the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

“The sheer amount of families and food lovers who came to the festival is a fantastic testament to how popular this weekend is, which benefits the whole town and the wider borough.

“Over the years the festival has evolved into an incredibly huge and diverse event and is now one of, if not the, biggest food festivals in the North West.

“Hundreds of our amazing local traders in Southport are joined each year by some of the finest food and drink producers from across the region in the fantastic setting of Victoria Park.

“We’re now looking forward to welcoming thousands more visitors for the Southport Air Show in July.”


Sefton welcomes over 8.7 million visitors a year contributing over £518 million to the local economy.

For more information about upcoming events and tickets please visit

Sefton backs carers being visible, valued and supported this Carers Week

This week, Sefton has thrown its support behind the national Carers Week campaign making caring visible, valued and supported.

Working in partnership with Sefton Carers Centre, the Council will be sharing messages on social media throughout the week highlighting the challenges of caring and sharing the information and support that carers need.

Sefton Carers Centre is hosting a number of sessions across the week for unpaid carers in the region.

The Waterloo-based Centre is holding drop-in days on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Carers are invited to attend and get guidance on a number of topics including energy saving and legal support from industry experts.

As well as offering advice, Sefton Carers Centre is hosting a health and wellbeing exercise sessions on Friday morning to support unpaid carers physically and emotionally.

There is more information about the events happening this week in the News section of the Sefton Carers Centre website at

The Centre is also offering free PPE and Covid-19 tests to Sefton’s 34,000 carers to enable them to look after their friends and family safely. 


Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said:

“Carers Week is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the vital work done by unpaid carers here in Sefton.

“There are thousands of residents in Sefton who support a family member or friend where that help is invaluable to their health and wellbeing and without their care and support, their loved ones would struggle to manage.

“We have events running throughout the week via the Carers Centre providing emotional, physical and financial support. I hope that all carers in Sefton will get involved and seek any support they may need and I speak as someone who has worked with carers over many years.”


Vicky Keeley, CEO of the Carers Centre said:

“We are delighted to take this opportunity to recognise the thousands of unpaid carers in Sefton this week.

“The contribution unpaid carers make to the people they care for is crucial and we want to highlight the support available to carers and their rights under the Care Act 2014.

“There are so many extraordinary carers in Sefton who work without respite , their dedication and selflessness is an inspiration and deserves to be highlighted and how important it is to support our unpaid carers.”

National Carers Week runs from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th June. It aims to recognise and support the hard work of unpaid carers within the community.


Council has now made almost 80 per cent of energy rebate payments to eligible Sefton households

Sefton Council has now issued £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate payments to 78% of the Borough’s eligible households.

Over £12.5 million

Over £12.5 million has now been paid to 83,500 Council Tax Band A to D households in Sefton. Two batches of payments were made, in late April and mid-May, to those who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit.

This week a further batch of payments have been made to more than 17,700 households that responded to letters from Sefton Council asking for them register their bank details securely. These payments are expected to appear in people’s bank accounts on Monday 6th June.


Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Services said today: “I am pleased that we have now made payment to almost 80% of eligible households in Sefton and would like to thank all those who signed up to pay by Direct Debit as we encouraged or who have responded to our letters and registered so we have been able to organise their payment.”

Security codes on the first batch of letters asking people to register have now expired but Seton Council will be sending reminder letters with a new valid code that enables people to register safely. Any registrations that have been rejected will also be revisited.


Cllr Lappin added: “I would also like to thank our team who have devised the way to make these payments to over 80,000 households securely, to avoid large sums of public money falling into the wrong hands due to fraud.

“And, I would like to say again to those people who still need to register for payment, the only way we will be contacting you is by the new letters, each of which will contain a unique 14-character security key so that you can register safely.

“We will never contact you by phone or call at your door about this scheme.”


Cllr Lappin also said that people who do not have internet access or someone to help them register online can the Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845. However, she said that the online route was the quickest, and helped make sure Contact Centre staff can focus their time make that service for those who really need assistance.

Having made the overwhelming majority of payments, the Council will also now be finalising our approach to making discretionary payments. These could be for households in higher Council Tax bands, outside those specified by the Government, which are most in need.

You can find out more about the Council Tax energy Rebate scheme in Sefton here.

Sefton’s Girl Guides to light beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

It has been confirmed today, 1st June 2022, that Guides from Sefton will be lighting a beacon to mark HRH The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Thursday evening.

The event will be taking place on the Crosby seafront above the seawall off The Serpentine. This will form part of a nationwide celebration.

It is important to note that this is not a public event.

Approximately 200 Guides and their families will be arriving by coach at the Burbo Bank coastal car park from 8pm.

After activities and games on the beach, Guides will gather around a gas-powered beacon from 9.20pm and will listen to a bagpiper playing “Diu Regnare”, a unique tune written for the Jubilee before singing in tribute to Her Majesty.

The beacon will be lit at 9.50pm and extinguished ten minutes later at 10pm, when the Guides will tidy and leave the site.

Residents are welcome to witness this historic event alongside the Guides should they wish to join in.

Emergency services are fully briefed and aware of the event and Sefton Council has given its approval.

Get Outdoors in Sefton this Half Term

Whether you live in Sefton or are planning a visit, there is an abundance of beautiful outdoors spots that offer something for everyone.

Historic Parks and Greenspaces

Those planning to get out and about over the Half Term break may want to consider a visit to one of Sefton’s parks where playgrounds and sports facilities offer a space for people of all ages to spend time outdoors.

Sefton has over 30 parks across the borough, as well as 61 play areas and 183 open spaces. This ranges from the stunning Botanic Gardens in the north to the historic Derby Park in the south.

Botanic Gardens, located in Churchtown, are renowned for its community-maintained floral displays, aviary and fernery.  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. Facilities at the park include a play area, bowls green, zip wire and a multi-use games area. To learn more, head to:

Natural Coast

Sefton’s environmentally protected coastline stretches for 22 miles from Crosby in the South to Crossens in the North and is a nature haven that offers something for everyone.

In the north there is one of the largest areas of wild dune land left in Britain, the Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve. A series of trails leads visitors around the dunes which form the backdrop to magnificent Ainsdale Beach.

For directions and further information, head to:

Further south there’s Crosby Coastal Park, home to Antony Gormley’s famous Iron Men statues. The site is ideal for many informal activities such as birdwatching, flying kites, walking and picnics. Facing west, the beach makes an excellent spot to watch the sunset and there are fantastic views of the Iron Men, the docks and North Wales.

The pop-up food and drink venue, The Bus Yard, has returned to Crosby Coastal Park once more this summer. The Bus Yard is an outdoor space with a fully licensed mobile bar on the lower deck with a roof top terrace and kitchen container serving delicious street food. Check them out on Instagram – @the_bus_yard


It is also home to an incredible array of flora and fauna – from the famous Red Squirrels, to the rare Natterjack Toads and Sand Lizards. The range of dune habitats and rare species found along Sefton’s coast are unique and protected as a site of special scientific interest.

People can play their part in keeping the coast’s precious wildlife safe by taking all their litter home and by not lighting fires or BBQs anywhere at the coast.

To learn more about Sefton’s wildlife and their different activities through the year, people can read our Nature Calendar by heading to:

Travel Smart

Visitors looking to head to the coast are being encouraged to explore travel options such as walking or cycling to avoid traffic jams and delays. And drivers are being urged to be considerate to local residents when parking and to avoid fines by using official parking spaces only.

Car parking is available at both Ainsdale and Southport beaches through the summer months.

Ainsdale, which has 2,000 spaces and Southport, which has 400, are among just a handful of on beach car parks across the UK. Unsurprisingly they are closed at some high tides and there may be limited in capacity at other times.

All day beach parking costs £8 at Southport and £10 at Ainsdale. Prices are halved after 4pm subject to available space and the cost for horseboxes or minibuses at both sites is £16 per day.

This funding provides essential support to contribute to the costs to provide our services and preserve the natural beauty of our coastline for generations to come.

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