Holiday Park Profile: Willowbank Holiday Home & Touring Park, Merseyside
An elegant Victorian resort, miles of birdwatching opportunities, golf courses aplenty, a Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre, intriguing and spectacular sculptures on a beach…
The little-known Sefton Coast, in south Lancashire, has a multitude of attractions. It’s also home to a prestigious holiday park, bordered by woodland and nestling close to the largest dune system in England.
Willowbank Holiday Home and Touring Park is near to the village of Ainsdale and five miles from Southport. The resort has an air of quiet sophistication. It has a pier, a lake, many miles of beaches – and a charming Victorian canopied boulevard shopping street, tree-lined and with gardens and fountains.
If you like golf, this region is a place to be, for there are 14 of the finest-rated golf courses in Britain along this coastline. This gives rise to the region being known as England’s Golf Coast. Nine of these golf courses are within a few miles of Willowbank Holiday Park.
Walking and cycling opportunities abound here; much of the terrain is flat or nearly flat, making for easy cycling and walking.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s Martin Mere Wetland Centre is half an hour from the park. There are flamingos and otters to watch, plus reedbed and woodland walks, during which you can see and hear bitterns, grebes, warblers, goldfinches, long-tailed tits, blue tits, redwings, fieldfares and more. Martin Mere is very much a family attraction, complete with adventure playground.
So, too, is another of this region’s day-out places, Farmer Ted’s Farm Park, just 15 minutes from Willowbank. Attractions here include Guinea Pig Village, Shetland ponies, ferrets – and ferret racing – plus an adventure maze. It all makes for a great kids’ day out.
Just down the coast from Willowbank is Crosby Beach, home to the famous and spectacular series of 100 cast iron sculptures by Antony Gormley. These are life-size figures of a man, all identical, facing out to sea.
While there are many places of interest and activities away from the park, Willowbank is a special place on which you’ll want to spend lots of time. The park is set in 30 acres and is entirely fenced. It has its own lovely dog walk, taking you along one side of the woodland edges of the park. And, because the park is flat, less-able people will find it easy to move around. The roads are well surfaced and illuminated, and the park is landscaped to create interesting areas of lawn and foliage. Each plot has its own parking area.
There’s a selection of new and pre-owned holiday homes here, at a variety of prices to suit most budgets. The park is open for 50 weeks of the year.
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