Kites Over The Mersey
The Wirral Kite Festival is now becoming an annual event. The latest (6th) festival was held in June 2008 on 'The Dips' and featured kite flyers from around the world.
The two day show includes giant inflatable kites, stunt kites and a kite-making workshop.
Another fun event is the teddy parachute drop. Bring your teddy bear along and he is winched up a kite then released to drop down with his own little parachute!
The event is free, however the workshop costs £1.
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BOWLING AND ARCADE FUN WITH LASERQUEST
IDEALLY PLACED ON THE SEAFRONT,
THE TEN PIN BOWLING ALLEY, HAS A IMPRESSIVE SELECTION OF LANES AT ABOUT £3.50 PER GAME, AND A LASERQUEST SECTION WITH TOURNAMENTS AND A SMALL ARCADE WITH A CHAEP DINER..
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The newly opened £10million Spaceport isn't actually in New Brighton but if you take the 30 minute walk along the front, past the town hall, it leads you right there.
Plenty of hands on attractions, the Space Dome, a couple of rides and the Star Chaser craft, part of Britains space exploration project.
Great for kids and perhaps combine with a ferry trip.
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Enjoy The Simple Things!
New Brighton never fails to attract crowds on most days especially in the summer.
There are not too many things to do, it is a simple sea-side resort.
Small fair and the fort but apart from that most people do their own thing on the beach or the grassy dips. Football and kite flying are always popular as is cycle track which circles virtually the whole of the Wirral Peninsula
There are plans to add all sorts of toursit attractions. Perhaps this will spoil the area(??)
In the aviation museum you can also have the experience of sitting inside an Anderson air raid shelter. 150,000 of these were distributed to houses with gardens. Constructed of corrugated iron, many were poorly constructed, cold and damp, but they did at least provide a little private shelter for those who had them.
Some of the exhibits are in need of updating and more professional care but the aviation exhibits of planes that have crashed and been recovered were really interesting and iform the majojority of the exhibits of this collection housed at Perch Rock Fort.
Here is a picture of an american engine a thunderbolt which crashed and killed its 27 year old american airforce pilot. Just look at the bent propellors and mangled machinery.
If you have a drink in hte cafe here you will undoubted get into conversation with the owner who will regale you with many interesting stories of the planes. We were treated to his childhood memories of when a spitfire landed in nearby Birkenhead Park (parts of which are still burried there). The kids were picking up the ammo and gathering all sorts of relics from the plane as souvenirs.
Perch Rock Fort (2)
The Fort was decommissioned in 1954 and sold to a private individual. Since then it has passed through several hands and was finally left derelict. In 1976 the vandalise shell was purchased by a Mr. Norman Kingham and the task of restoration commenced.
It is perhaps the most important coastal defense Battery in the North West of England. unique because the fabric still preserves elements of it's constant modifications and improvements and has Grade 2 star listing.
The Fort and Museum is OPEN all year, from 12.00 noon until dusk at the weekends, times may alter slightly in the winter months, for further information telephone 0151 630 2707 - admission price is £1.50 for adults.
A tea room is available for tea, coffee and light snacks. Within the tea room there is a photography collection of the "Blue Funnel" shipping line and old "New Brighton". It is worth a short visit and includes interesting artifacts such as a four seater toilet for those VT members who have to know about loos! - unfortunately this artifact is not on display at the moment.
This view of the fort is taken looking back from the Tower Promenade.
New Brighton's Lighthouse
The Lighthouse at New Brighton ( known as the Perch Rock Lighthouse) is situated where the Mersey Estuary opens out into Liverpool Bay. Formerly a wooden perch was built on the rock, a serious navigational hazard, by the city of Liverpool, in 1683. Ships that passed the perch were charged 6old pennies for maintenance costs, which were high in this case, the perch often being washed away by gales.
Perch Rock Fort (1)
Before New Brighton's birth the area was just a desolate piece of rocky and sandy foreshore and close by was the Rock Channel through which all ships had to pass to enter the Port of Liverpool.The name Perch Rock came from a wooden perch built in the 1690s to warn passing ships of the danger of the sandstone rocks in their proximity.
In times of war this was the ideal place to erect temporary forts and batteries of cannon to protect Liverpool.
With the constant advance of technology the Fort was always modified to incorporate the latest guns
Perch Rock lighthouse
Perch Rock Lighthouse was designed by John Foster and was based on John Smeaton's Eddystone Lighthouse of 1756. The foundation stone was laid on 8th June 1827 and took 3 years to complete. The lamp was of the revolving kind, and first shone on the 1st March 1830. The lamp last shone on the 1st October 1973, a victim of modern navigation technology. The Lighthouse was bought privately for a nominal sum, on the condition it was maintained.
It has even been used a s honeymoon suite.
Here the lighthouse can be seen when the tide is in - must be interesting carrrying the bride over the threshold as a ladder is needed to reach up to the first of the 15 iron rungs (when the tide is out too) built in to the side of the tower, these then lead up to the door!
GO FOR A WALK ON THE RIVER MERSEY
GO FOR A WALK ALONG THE PIER AND BEACH TOWARDS THE PARK AND CAFE AREA AND IF YU ARE FEELING FIT, WALK ALONG TO THE MERSEY FERRY AT THE DOCKS..
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Easter Motorbike Run
Each year thousands of people gather in New Brighton for the annual 'Egg Run'
Bikers (many in fancy dress) take easter eggs from New Brighton across Wirral to Claterbridge. An amazing sight!!
Not much room...
Even though Dave's a big fella at 6' 2" you can see there is not much room in these shelters...must have been very uncomfortable.
View from the Fort
...the lighthouse can clearly be seen from the top of the fort. Notice also the magazine stores and gun compartments (the green doors)
Inside the Fort
The inside of the fort is in need of investment- its sadly a bit neglected - but there are good views across the Bay of Liverpool from the top.