We love living in Wirral, it has a perfect mix of woodland, countryside and beaches to explore and there is so much to do outdoors with kids. Are you ready for 10 of our favourite things to do with the kids around the Wirral?
It can be a real handful to keep children entertained outside of the house throughout the year. There are plenty of attractions to enjoy in Wirral, Liverpool and the surrounding area, if you’re undecided on what to do, don’t forget the simple pleasures of just heading to the beach with your family! Here are 10 of our favourite days out with the kids around the Wirral, all are based outdoors, free, low cost or reasonably priced and lots of fun.
1. Feed the animals at Church Farm
Church Farm is a beautiful well kept farm in the Wirral with amazing views over the River Dee. The farm park hosts family events, school visits and farm parties. They have lots of animals to feed at the farm. All bags of feed are 75p each and you can buy these when you book tickets.
Some of the animals you can feed (subject to availability) include alpacas, goats, sheep, hens, emu, ponies and cows. It’s usually possible to buy animal feed from the kiosk on the day if you’ve forgotten to pre-book it too. Their new Lapland Loop is open so check out their new reindeer in their outdoor enclosures. As always their other animals can’t wait to meet you too. Go and see the meerkats, miniature cows, emu, alpacas, peacocks and many more too!
We love visiting Church farm for their tractor rides, space hoppers, pedal go-karts and pedal boats. If it rains then rest assured there’s a huge indoor area with sandpit, mini diggers and pedal tractors plus our tractor TV area too.
2. Find your way out of Brimstage Maze
Brimstage Maze is a fantastic place to visit for a day out, enjoy the acres of space packed with family-friendly fun and adventure for all ages. The maize maze is a three-dimensional puzzle that will take you between 60 and 90 minutes to complete. Can you solve the clues and puzzles as you wander through the growing field of maize?
There is a magical fairy wood that can be found following a trail through the growing maize crop. Outdoor fun also includes two giant jumping pillows, laser tag and a water bomb. They have indoor play facilities which make Brimstage Maze a great family day out whatever the weather. There’s Maizy Moo’s Madhouse, a fabulous soft play barn for 0-12-year-olds featuring a giant 4 lane Astra slide, football zone and separate toddler area. The indoor and outdoor activities are all included in the entrance price.
3. Explore New Brighton
New Brighton has benefited from a £60 million redevelopment scheme now open are the Travelodge hotel, restaurants, Light Cinema and Caffe Cream Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Shop, and Championship Adventure Golf at Marine Point. It is also home to the Floral Pavilion Theatre and Conference Centre. So there is plenty to do there with the family.
New Brighton is great for a fun family day out beside the seaside. Attractions and facilities aplenty, especially popular are the Riverside Bowling Alley, the Laser Quest centre, and the New Palace Amusement Arcade, which has a small well-loved fairground. These are the little things you remember from childhood!
4. Spot fairies at Vale Park
Vale Park is a truly magical little park that boasts views of the River Mersey whilst you play in the greenery. There is a fairy village here which is really quirky and a lovely imaginative place for children to explore. My son loves to make up stories about the fairies living here and tries to spot them hidden in the park. In the summer there is a bandstand here that hosts events including music and outdoor theatre. There is also a kick-about pitch and children’s play area here. The perfect place to explore and then enjoy a picnic together.
5. Have a BBQ at Wirral Country Park
One of our favourites parks in the Wirral is Wirral Country Park. It was actually the first designated Country Park in Britain. You can see magnificent views of migratory birds over the River Dee. Enjoy a wander on Thurstaston Beach, have a barbecue or picnic in bbq and picnic areas. It is a truly beautiful place, it can get busy at peak times however the beach is never really busy as it’s not as accessible to access as other Wirral beaches.
Here you have access to the Wirral Way which is a 12 mile long walking or cycle route with separate horse riding route self-guided trails. Maps are available from the visitor centre. A ranger-led events programme is often held here, there is a Café, bird hide and toilets available here.
6. Cycle or walk along Wirral Way
The Wirral Way is a path on the track of an old railway that goes from West Kirby to Hooton in Wirral. It offers superb views over the Dee Estuary to Wales. Originally the railway formed a circuit of Wirral. It’s great to cycle along with children as it’s away from busy roads. Or, walk and stop for a picnic, spot wildlife and admire views along the way.
7. Visit Tam O’Shanter Farm
Situated on Bidston Hill, Tam O’Shanter is a free urban farm run by a charitable trust with the aim of providing an enjoyable and educational experience for kids and adults alike. Tam O’Shanter provides fun, education and volunteering opportunities for all ages. They encourage engagement with nature at every level and promote enhanced levels of mental and physical well-being through exercise, horticulture, outdoor activity, nature trails, scavenger hunts, regular events and more.
They aim to provide support for those enduring depressive illnesses, anxiety isolation and recovery from trauma and in the future aim to provide facilitated guided re-engagement with qualified and experienced practitioners.
It is a lovely farm to visit with the family, there is also a play area and cafe here. Even though the farm is free to enter, they really appreciate any donations to keep this wonderful place going.
8. Take part in a forest school session with Grow Wellbeing
GROW-Wellbeing C.I.C is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers creative, personally affirmative opportunities for children, young people, and adults to engage in activities in the natural environment. Their mission is to support healthy communities, strongly connected to the natural environment. To achieve this, they deliver programmes aimed at building relationships between people, with a commitment to diversity and inter-generational co-operation, and the natural world.
Using forest learning, creative arts, storytelling, nature studies, outdoor adventures, games, play, and eco-therapy, they aim to support the growth and development of resilient children and young people, committed to the future stewardship of the natural environment. Check out our full review here.
9. Head over to Hilbre Island
West Kirby beach is such a peaceful place to visit, it has a beautiful beach that is easy to access, plenty of parking and the marine lake for watersports or to enjoy a walk around. It’s from this beach that you can walk to Hilbre Island.
The Hilbre Islands are one of the most beautiful locations for walking in Wirral. It is a great place to spend time enjoying nature and even trying to spot seals.
The islands are an archipelago and are classed as one of just 43 unbridged tidal islands in the UK that can be reached on foot from the mainland. It is essential to check the tide times and recommended a safe crossing route before walking across to the islands. Tide tables can be purchased locally and are on display at Dee Lane slipway. You can also get an idea of the tide times here.
When planning a trip to the island it is important to remember that there are no shops, public toilets, or any fresh water on the islands, and very little shelter. It is important to wear suitable footwear and always carry waterproofs and warm clothing.
10. Catch a ferry across the Mersey
The River Explorer Cruise is a 50-minute cruise on the River Mersey where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the Liverpool waterfront. The River Explorer Cruise operates hourly from Pier Head (Liverpool), Seacombe and Woodside terminals. You can start your journey at any terminal, and a return ticket allows you to break your journey at any terminal and rejoin the cruise later in the day.
Housed in the ferry terminal building was Spaceport which was a family attraction that took visitors on an intergalactic journey through space. It’s the end of an era as Spaceport has now closed to make way for a new and exciting chapter with Eureka! Science + Discovery. It is dues to open in 2022. This will be a fantastic place to enjoy with children and make memories they will never forget.
Let us know your favourite things to do with kids around the Wirral in the comments below.