Sefton Park

Arts and Culture

Sefton Park, one of Liverpool's beautiful outside spaces.

Peter Pan's 90

Celebrate the 90 th anniversary of  Peter Pan. All ages welcome for a night of open-air theatre with displays of acting, dance and drama. From £5 ticketquarter.com

Spirit of Liverpool

Festival of spirits, food, live music and entertainment with tastings, talks, free samples and master classes at Sefton Park Palm House. Tickets from £5 from skiddle.com

Garden Photography

Get the best from your digital camera in order to take better photographs of botanical subjects in the tranquil and leafy setting of Sefton Park. 1-day course £45 Eventbrite.com

Sketching in the Palm House

Try different materials and express what you see through drawing, all whilst in the inspiring botanical surroundings of the Sefton Park Palm House. £30 2hr workshop 10-12pm

Visit the Fairy Glenn

Visit Sefton Park a Green Flag and Green Heritage awarded site. From 'Old Nick's caves' to the beautiful Fairy Glen and Aviary viewing point. The kids will love it.

Africa OYE

Sefton Park are hosting. The UK's largest free celebration of African Music and culture with artists from across Africa to South America and the Caribbean.

Food and Drink Festival

Sefton Park are hosting Liverpool Food & Drink Festival - celebrity chef demonstration, masterclasses, themed dining areas, live music and much more ......

Sefton Park is located just 10 minutes’ drive from Liverpool city centre.

 

Sefton Park is Liverpool’s biggest park and home to the beautiful Victorian-era Palm House. There is also a huge children’s playground, a lake, and the bandstand is said to have been the inspiration for the Beatles’ 'Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club'. There is plenty of free street parking nearby. To get here by public transport, take the 75, 80 or 80A bus to Ullet Road (buses run every 5 minutes). There is a small café in the park to provide refreshment while you try and find the 8 statues of famous explorers surrounding the Palm House, including Captain Hook and Christopher Columbus.

 

The site of the park was once within the boundaries of the 2,300-acre, Royal Deer Park of Toxteth which became "disparked" in 1591. The land eventually came under the control of the Earl of Sefton.

 

In 1862 the Borough Council Engineer recommended the site for development. The Public Works (Manufacturing Districts) Act 1864 permitted corporations to borrow sums of money of up to half a million pounds to be repaid over thirty years. This allowed steps to be taken towards the purchase of land for Sefton Park. In 1867 Liverpool Council purchased 375 acres (1.52 km2) of land for the development of the park for £250,000 from the Earl of Sefton.

 

Not long after,  a European competition was launched to design a grand park. 29 entries were received. But the competition was won by a French landscape architect Édouard André with work on the design also undertaken by the architect and Liverpool born Lewis Hornblower. Sefton Park was opened on 20 May 1872 by Prince Arthur.

 

Sefton Park went through an improvement programme in 1983 prior to the International Garden Festival. In 2013 Sefton Park was granted the prestigious Green Flag Award for high standards which it still holds today.