Gordon Wilkinson paints West Kirby
PUBLISHED: 11:18 05 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:48 20 February 2013
Watercolour artist Gordon Wilkinson takes his easel to West Kirby
Where it is:
West Kirby, on the Wirral Peninsula, can be reached by the A540 or by the B5139 off the M53. West Kirby's train links are fantastic and the station can be easily accessed from Liverpool
Where to park:
Dee Lane car park, within West Kirby
What to do:
Traipse along the old railway line on the Wirral Way, the starting point for which can be found in the town and on your return pop into the White Lion Inn for a spot of pub grub
The beaches will be alive with the sound of music at West Kirby this summer with the welcome return of the annual summer music concerts as well as the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the West Kirby Light Operatic Society.
And this is town with plenty to make a song and dance about.
A pretty seaside town, West Kirby is one of the Wirral Peninsulas star attractions and the town itself is more than a match for the stellar names who have lived here.
James Bond actor Daniel Craig and actress-turned-MP Glenda Jackson are among West Kirbys former residents and there will be more home-grown talent on display when the Light Operatic Society marks its 60th anniversary.
Members will enjoy a jubilee dinner at the Thornton Hall Hotel and will perform A Funny Thing happened on the way to the Forum at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight next month. The town will also stage free musical concerts in Ashton Park - a delightful slice of Edwardian greenery near the centre of the town which holds a Green Flag award - with the Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass performing on September 12th.
On one side, the town faces the Irish Sea, where blustery winds buffet the Victorian seafront as windsurfers and sailors galore zip about the Marine Lake water sports area.
The West Kirby Sailing Club was established in 1901 by local men who wanted to sail on the recently created lake, and it is now one of the biggest sailing clubs in Britain.
Those who would rather stay on dry land can enjoy trekking across the Dee Estuary during low tides to three islands - Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre - for bird-watching or seal-spotting. Hilbre is also home to a telegraph station which an exhibition explains more about the wildlife and history of the island. On your return trip you can look forward to sampling the delights on offer at the towns 15 restaurants and four pubs.
For the more adventurous walkers or cyclists, the Wirral Way begins in the town, following the old railway track 12 miles to Hooton and offering majestic views of the Dee estuary and the local countryside.
West Kirby's RLNI lifeboat station will be celebrating its 45th anniversary next year
Water sports enthusiasts have to beware what lies beneath the Marine Lake: it's home to weaver fish who are armed with poisonous barbs
The Royal Liverpool Golf Course, just down the coast at Hoylake, is the oldest of all English seaside golf courses. In 2006 it played host to the British Open which was won by Tiger Woods.
The name West Kirby is of Viking origin, meaning "village with a church"
For tourist information visit www.visitwirral.com. For information on the Ashton Park summer concerts visit www.recoverywirral.com. For information on the West Kirby Light Operatic Society go to visit www.wklos.org.uk