Formby In Merseyside
Located near the Irish Sea just short of 11 miles from Liverpool, Formby in Merseyside is within the metropolitan borough of Sefton. It is a popular tourist destination for day trippers due to it's beaches, Sand Dunes and as the main habitat for red squirrels in England.
Whether you are planning a daytime visit, or planning on spending a couple of nights near Formby getting there is not much of a problem as it simple to reach this town by car, coach or rail.
Activities in Formby
While Formby isn't exactly a hot bed of activity many tourists enjoy spending a day or two in this English village as there are a few things of interest worth seeing or doing. Lifeboat road is a must, for those who love nature, There is a wide beach, sand dunes, and pinewoods with footpaths taking you down to the beach or to the woods, there is a picnic area, and the ruins of an old lifeboat station on the beach. (Formby was the home of the first lifeboat station)
The National trust forest offers visitors a rare look at what remains of England's red squirrel population and there is horseback riding and golf.
For those who love old buildings with a wealth of history a visit to Formby hall which was built in 1223 is a must. There is also a shopping area known as the Village that has a few higher class shops.
People looking for an exciting nightlife are better off hoping in a car and driving to nearby Liverpool where they have a choice of theatre, night clubs, and other night time entertainment. Formby's night life, such as it is is far quieter and less exciting than what nearby Liverpool can offer. There are however, a few pubs worth visiting.
The Pinewoods ( http://www.thepinewoodspub.co.uk/ ) is a somewhat quiet and family place that offers a few varieties of good ale and excellent food. This pub is clean and the staff is friendly making for an enjoyable place to stop for a meal or a few pints.
The Village Inn
The Village Inn is more of a drinking establishment than any thing else. The patrons and staff are friendly and it is a great place for watching football with friends.
The Freshfield Inn
The Freshfield Inn offers a bit more in the way of entertainment with a dart board and quiz night as well as traditional pub food and of the coarse ales. This pub also holds it's own annual beer festival. The entire pub was refurbished in 2012.
If visit Formby at just the right time, visitors can enjoy the 2 day Formby Festival at Duke Street held each summer. There is plenty of food and drink and music as well as children's entertainment.
While not the most exciting place in the world, Formby offers those who are looking for a bit of quiet or simply feeling a squirrelly (red squirrel that is) to stop and recharge on their tour of the Merseyside area.