hi, any hidden gems? we usually go to Formby, fancy a change - any ideas (not Blackpool/Southport/Morcambe as been there and don't want a big resort, just nice beaches - a bit like Formby but somewhere different for a change? Preferably 30 - 45 mins from Manchester due to time constraints on this occasion. Thanks!
Only just seen this so may be too late to be of help. If I was going anywhere I'd probably choose West Kirby although it does get busy when the sun shines. Hoylake is OK - huge expanse of beach so plenty of room for children to run. Would give Heswall a miss - there isn't really a beach. Thurstaston is OK too and it's got the added bonus of the country park close by which offers some variety. There's also Church Farm http://www.churchfarm.org.uk/
On the way home call in at Parkgate for an ice-cream from Nicholls - well worth the slight detour.
thanks and not too late millymae... I like West Kirby, just fancied somewhere different. LOL Cornsilk - I do love Formby, go there most years at least once, hence trying to find somewhere different! Children are teens so don't need play areas/farms etc. Tho they still like their buckets & spades!