Things to do in New Brighton

New Brighton is a beautiful sea side town on the Wirral, perfect for a day out if you live in the North West, or even a staycation if you live further a field. Whether you are there for just one day or longer there are plenty of things to do in New Brighton to keep the whole family entertained and lots of them are totally free.

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Free things to do in New Brighton


New Brighton is known for its lovely sandy beach that stretches 3/4’s of a mile and looks across to Liverpool. You can stay for the day, build sandcastles, sunbathe or even swim in the sea under the watchful eyes of the lifeguards. There is also free parking right next to the beach entrance on the side of the promenade.


Next to the beach on the waterfront is the Marine which is perfect for crabbing. You and your family can sit on the edge with your string and bucket and see how many crabs you can catch with your bait. Just remember to release the crabs at the end of the day.

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Vale Park

Opposite the beach is Vale park. A wonderful space for children to play and families to relax. There are two play parks, one at the front that has the gym style play equipment that is suitable for older children and adults as well as the more traditional play park towards the back of the grounds where you will find swings, slides and play equipment. Vale Park is spread across a large area of land meaning you can also enjoy a walk around the grounds admiring the gardens. There is also a coffee shop and public toilets on site as well as the fairy graden.

Fairy garden

Inside Vale Park there is the most magical fairy garden. This is free to explore and draws people in from all over the UK. There are several models to look at, some are interactive and your little one can sit down and play with them, others are just for looking at but they are all incredible and fun to explore. There is so much detail that every time you go you notice something new.

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Mermaid trail

Spread out across New Brighton there are 6 life size mermaid sculptures, all slightly different in design and colour. Trying to spot each one is a great way to explore New Brighton and will also help to keep the children occupied whilst out walking from one area to another. If you want to add a bit more excitement to this trail then ask you children to research the reason why these Mermaids have appeared!

Things to do in New Brighton that you can pay for


Although free to enter the arcades are rarely a free attraction. Situated on the sea front opposite the beach you will find New Palace and Adventureland arcades, inside are the traditional 2p machines as well as numerous other games, slot machines and attractions. Towards the back there is also a play area where your child (up to the age of 12) can enjoy soft play whilst you relax with a hot drink.

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Fair ground rounds

If you go through the arcades you can access a fun fair that has rides for children of all ages. You pay per ride so no need to buy wrist bands and you can just walk through and see what you think first.


Riverside bowling is situated on the sea front and benefits from the free local parking. If your family are competitive then this is the perfect activity for you as you go head to head to see who can knock down the most pins. Here you can also enjoy some nice food and a couple of drinks and make sure you book online for their best prices.

Aqua Park

During the warmer months Wild Shore opens up on the marina. This is a giant obstacle course that floats on the water where you and your family can don a wet suit and challenge each other to complete the course without falling in! Good luck

They also organise other water sports throughout the year such as SUP’s and wakeboarding depending on just how adventurous you are feeling.

Crazy Golf

If crazy golf is your thing then head to Championship Adventure Golf where you can 18 holes that have been inspired by New Brighton itself. There is no need to book you can simply turn up and play.

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If you know the dates you want to visit New Brighton then why not head to the Floral Pavilion website and see if there are any shows scheduled for you trip. It is a lovely theatre that has a wide variety of shows from pantos to plays, there is also a bar and a restaurant that are pen to the public so you can still pop in for a visit even if you aren’t catching a show this time.

No matter how many of things you manage to cram in to your trip to New Brighton you are sure to have the best time and don’t forget to grab some chips or an ice cream and eat them before the seagulls spot you before you head back home, otherwise was it even a trip to the sea side?

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