sea-Honest MumLast week we spontaneously escaped for a few days away in Southport and Formby by the coast in Merseyside.

Liverpudlian friends had recommended the unspoiled beaches there and pretty National Trust red squirrel forest and it’s safe to say we had a total blast.

Returning utterly relaxed having switched off (literally)-no phone or laptop for three days meant soaking up the British sunshine (we were lucky), relishing every moment together from running through sand dunes on the beach in the breeze to forest walks and feasting on fresh seafood overlooking the sea. Utter and total bliss!

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Huge thanks too to the incredible service we received at The Garden Court Guest House, a pretty family run B&B (below) by the coast with luxurious rooms and the best full English I’ve ever had!

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Pull up a chair and a cup of tea and enjoy this picture-heavy post full to the brim with happy memories!

…The Southport pier was stunning as was the adjacent bridge, it reminded us of when we lived in Bristol! It was at least a mile to the end of the pier but we enjoyed the walk (my legs still ache from all the walking) and you could ride along a little train if you liked too!

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Pretty pier time!

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view from the pier-Honest MumThen onto beach time for collecting pebbles and building sandcastles!

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And a foot selfie-felfie for you! Nothing like feeling your toes in the sand! Nature’s pedicure!

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We also enjoyed a quick stop off at the nearby Miniature Railway Village-

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…Foodies that we are, over the three days we enjoyed many family meals, picnics on the beach and lots of ice cream (hopefully burned off with all the activity)!

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The only family picture we have as one of us was always behind the camera! Thanks to the lovely waiter at fab Italian Trattoria 51 Pizzeria for the shot!

Tasty, authentic Italian food was enjoyed there too!

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And more ice cream for good measure the following day…

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We also headed to the breathtakingly beautiful Formby to enjoy the National Trust beach there as well. You can follow the path to the sea front through an enchanting forest and as the sun shone through the branches, it felt pretty magical…

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Natural playgrounds had been created deep in the forest for children to explore and play in-what kids’ dreams are made of!

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Oliver balances on a log here-

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Then at the top of the hill on a sand dune we built a castle before heading for the sea!

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After hours of taking in the salty sea air, we stopped by surrounding pinewoods on the way out to spot red squirrels hiding nuts!

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The following day back in Southport, we hit the shops on the celebrated Lord Street, a Victorian canopied boulevard edged in scenic gardens-hanging baskets went as far as the eye could see…

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My husband spotted his surname and possible ancestors on one of the arcades!

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A quaint old fashioned sweet shop Sweet Memories in Wayfarer’s Arcade for more sugary treats! (Detox in full swing on our return)…

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And Oliver made a familiar friend!

Oliver-Honest MumThen as night fell, we headed back to Leeds, the kids soon in deep sleep from all the fun…such a fabulous time was had by all!

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Have you been to Southport or Formby?

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65 Responses

  1. TheBoyandMe

    A fabulous selection of photos, really showcasing what a wonderful time you had. Can’t believe the length of that pier, it’s crazy!

  2. Sonia Constant

    WOW fantastic photos. You look beautiful in the dresses and your children are so cute – how fantastic is the squirrel shot. 🙂

    Loving the waiter shot too! x

  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Fabulous! That just looks like such a special few days. Your photos are gorgeous, especially of the boys, and everyone looks so happy. Amazing what a bit of focused family time can do for you x #CountryKids

  4. Tina Mansfield

    Love your pictures especially the one of your boy running along the pier! I don’t think we have been to this part of the country, but I do love the good British seaside especially an ice cream!

  5. Louisa

    You’ve got some fab shots there. The pier is magnificent. Nothing quite beats a proper old fashioned sea side town #whatsthestory

  6. Iona@Redpeffer

    I love the sea but we live about as far away from it as you can get so it’s always a great to visit. Looks like a lovely time and I do,like the look of the pier too.

  7. Maria

    Perfection in pictures! What a lovely time with your family. I love the fact that you completely unplugged–no phones or laptops! That’s the best way to unwind–leaving the world completely behind for a little while. Lovely photos! Thank you for sharing them.


  8. Ebabee

    Stunning photos of a stunning family. You all look so fresh and energised. Beautiful. The places look fabulous too. I am not good at taking holidays in the UK, always instinctively go abroad. But your posts are inspiring me to check out more of the UK.

  9. Super Busy Mum

    What a GORGEOUS collection of photos. It looks like you all had a wonderful time, endless smiles from you all. You’re boys are also so delicious, those brown eyes are going to bowl over ALOT of girls if not already, when they get into those teenage years!! x

  10. brummymummyof2

    Oh what a fantastic get away! I just love the British Seaside. We are going away to the countryside next week for a week and I am enforcing a social media ban for the week. Can’t wait! I will be visiting lots of National Trust places too. Yay for holidays! Beaut pics as per xxx

  11. You Baby Me Mummy

    I used to live in Cheshire but I have never been to either. Your photo’s are wonderful. I especially love the ones of the boys (Oh and the squirrel! 🙂 ) It looks like you had an amazing time and a relaxing break x #WhatsTheStory

  12. Karen

    This looks so lovely. Don’t really know that part of the country but this has inspired me to try and get up that way soon. Gorgeous photos too!

  13. Katie Haydock

    Really does us justice! It’s nice that others agree there are some lovely parts of Merseyside. Unfortunately, we take it for granted because we live here.
    Glad you had a lovely break-away xx

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Katie, we live in Yorkshire and it’s so true, you often forget how lucky you are, love your part of the woods (literally) x

  14. Potty Mouthed Mummy

    Oh I adored reading this. So much love jumping out of the page. Looks gorgeous and can tell you have made some amazing memories. Such a pretty place. As usual the boys (well all of you actually) look gorgeous! Made me smile reading this xx

    • honestmum

      Aw thanks so much beauty, it was such a gorgeous time away, memories we will always treasure, just us four having fun! Thanks for your lovely, touching comment x

  15. Franki | Little Luca & Me

    Looks like you’ve had an absolutely fantastic, fun filled family break. The beach at Formby looks beautiful and the red squirrel forest. Think I’ll be adding this to my list of places to visit! X

  16. Triona

    Wow the pictures are gorgeous! Looks like ye had a fab time! I take it for granted living by the sea sometimes! It always helps to have nice weather xxx

    • honestmum

      Oh you are lucky Triona, we are in the countryside but absolutely love how relaxing the sea is-really nourishes the soul x


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