Every year in July, New Brighton holds the Wirral show. Unfortunatly this year it was cold dark and a bit wet hence the photos are from the previous year!
Taking place on the 'dips' along the front, it has several stalls selling anything from fudge to Greek olives to garden furniture
There is a reasonably sized fair ground at the opposite end.
In the center is the display ground generally the show has sheep dog displays, parachute jumps and air displays
Everyone living in Wirral has to visit the show at least once!!
This is an old picture of New Brighton's funfair taken from the Ballroom, in its heyday of 1948. Picture courtesy of
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Favorite thing: Seems like there are plans afoot to give New Brighton a facelift. The promenade has been much improved but the front looks set to have a pier, a new tower and a larrge domed complex on the promeade according to these plans. Whether it can recapture the crowds of its former heyday or not will remain to be seen...but either way it can only improve the town.
No not about comic relief but the Yellow and Red Noses were a large outcrop of sandstones rock; the area around the rocks was a favourite picnic spot in the early 1900s. Boards separated the end of Marine Promenade from the white peppery sand which stretched for miles.
Today they are very indistinct looking and are separated by the promenade from the shore with the white peppery sand vanquished.
Favorite thing: The promenade road continues on, as Magazine Promenade, into Seacombe and eventually Birkenhead (see more on that page) connecting with the heritage trail and the various attractions there. The prom road here is now closed to traffic and is popular with strollers and dog walkers - it also has Vale park nearby with its cafe facilities. See off the beaten path tip)
This was where promenade and ferry piers were. The promenade pier was opened in 1867 with its covered pavillion for concerts and shows. It was extremely popular and was visited by the 'Quality' of Wallasey, Birkenhead and Liverpool.The promenade pier had been refurbished in 1969 but was not profitable enough and after a great deal of local opposition it was finally demolished in 1978 so bringing an end to an era.
The New Brighton ferry closed in 1971 and the ferry pier demolished two years later.
The pier and tower may no longer be here but the promenade and beach are still popular places to have a stroll and in the summer the beach will be more populated than this. A few people only in the winter months - but I kinda like it that way ;-)
In the far distance Liverpool can just be made out across the Mersey.
Favorite thing: Its a pleasant walk down the promenade - its pedestrianised so no traffic to worry about and from the Peirot you soon arrive at a small marina - not as large as the one near my home in West Kirby, but large enough for sailing on. The promenade walk pases this just near the fort in New Brighton as you can see in this pic - the marina is on the righthand side and the fort can also be seen just ahead.
New Brighton has only existed as a town since 1830 when James Atherton first laid out the resort that he hoped would rival its southern namesake. He had ambitious plans which included rows of large villas, built one above the other - all with unimpaired sea views for wealthy Liverpool merchants. He also planned grand hotels and a ferry to bring day trippes over to enjoy the sands and bathing hut facilities.
The focal point of New Brighton in 1909 was the Tower Grounds with the Tower - designed on the Eiffel Tower of Paris. It had four lifts to the top and cost 6 old pennies to go up to see the views. The grounds covered about 35 acres, and there were beautiful gardens, a lake with gondoliers, a fairground, water shute, even a Himalayan railway wound its way around the lake. At night the grounds were illuminated by thousands of fairy lights. However it was badly neglected during the first world war and was dismantled between 1919-21 - its steel being used in shipbuilding. Inside the highest tower in the country was also the largest ballroom in Europe with the finest parquetry sprung floor.
Today New Brighton dos not have the same amount of crowds flocking to the sands with the advent of more popular foreign travel. The once grand seaside town now has has small tacky fun fairs and tourist tack much but improvement has been made in recent years and its now a pleasure to walk along the parade (promenade) to the lighthouse and fortress, also has a separate cycylist path.
A cheery modern sculpture of a peirot greets you upon arrival from the Harrison Drive end.
Fondest memory: Whilst visiting New Brighton just recently memories came flooding back of visits many years ago - Dave and I had our first date here, ten pin bowling one evening and also the time spent here one summer's day when he first uttered those "three special words". Now all these years later through all the ups and down of being married, those same words are still uttered and the love letters written in the sand - at this point you can either say ahhh or stck your fingers down your throat ;-))
Fondest memory: Whislt strolling around the other side of the marina we saw this ship heading out of the bay, many such ships can be seen as there is a new ferry service in Birkenhead to Dublin and also the port of Liverpool is just across the way from New Brighton.
Favorite thing: Along the promenade are cafes and arcades and stals selling the obligatory seaside items like fish and chips and candy floss and rock etc... The architecture along here is shall we say colorful