Hesketh Park is situated right in the heart of Victorian Southport. There is a lovely lake that resides in the centre of the park with ample foot paths winding around the banks. Don't miss out on the beautiful rose garden, the greenhouse, the outdoor exercise equipment, and the outstanding playground for children.
Hesketh Park makes babysitting easy, just have a mosy on over in the morning and set the kids off at the playground which is fenced in for yours(and their safety). Once they are bored of the playground you can have a stroll through the rest of the park before looping around to the cafe, that's right, cafe. After a spot of lunch you can head back to the playground to repeat the whole process. Babysitting done. What other park can offer you that?
Hesketh Park is one of the largest parks in southport. It dates back to the 1800s. The park has recently celebrated its 140th birthday. There were lots of celebrations during its birthday.
There are lots of places to walk around. Many nature trails lead off from the main path. There is a beautiful rose garden, with weaping willows in it too. This is ideal on a hot summers day to go and sit, or lay on the grass.
In the park is a HUGE duck pond. No matter what time of day you go, there's always ducks or geese waiting for bread. At the top of the duck pond is a water fountain, which has just been rebuilt in the same style it was 140 years ago. There are many ways to walk around the duck pond, with walls to climb or steps leading off to other parts.
The play area is great for children. There is a wide range of things to do for many different ages. Next to the play area is a crazy golf course, although this is only open during the Summer. There is also a lovely gcafe situated right next to the play area. It sells lots of food, soft drinks, tea and coffee. It's perfect for parents to sit in whilst the children play on the slide.
As well as all of this there is many more! An Aviary, which doesn't have many birds left, great for in Spring time when the chicks are born. A huge conservatory boasting many different plants and flowers blooming. An Observatory, which isn't open that much. A giant flower clock that tells the time, which is over 50 years old!
In my opinion this is the best park in Southport, as it's very spacious and safe. My 2 year old loves it, we try and go at least twice a week.
Hesketh Park is a great place to stroll on Summer Evenings and there are lots of open spaces for children to run about. As of our favourite parks we often spend hours here with the camera as there's always things to photograph in either the gardens of the large Duck Pond.
There is an outdoor play area for children. The play area is in very good condition. The park itself is relatively flat so easy to walk around and ideal for those visitors using pushchairs, wheelchairs, etc. It does have some slight steps but nothing challenging for people who may find this difficult and there are alternative routes to avoid these. The park is adorned with a fantastic array of wildlife and foliage as well as the most wonderful Willows.
We recommend this park to everyone as it has something to offer people of all ages.
From the roundabout at the northern end of Lord Street (by the Fire Station and Law Courts), continue straight on along Albert Road, to reach the park entrance, at Park Road. Hesketh Park really is one of my favourite parks since its refurbishment. As you walk around the park you will find ornamental lakes, fountains and at this time of year very colourful flowerbeds. If you are lucky you might even come across a red squirrel - they haven't come out for me yet - but they may for you. The park also features a historic observatory; a conservatory; aviary; waterfalls and cascade; American, herbaceous and mixed flower gardens. There is also a clock garden, where a carefully restored floral cuckoo clock 'calls' the hours. Awesome! There's also a café and large play area for children.
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