Situated on England's north west coast with views across the sea to Ireland, the town of Southport is both affluent and sleepy.
With its prime seaside location, alongside the fact that the region is quite densely populated, Southport has become a very popular tourist hangout, but its Victorian pier and seafront suggest that this is no new thing. In fact, you could spend all of your time taking in the sights and sounds of Southport's recently refurbished seafront - the funfairs, the arcades, the beach itself - and still go away satisfied.
The pier itself boasts an impressive pavillion, with bars and restaurant contained within, and is so long that a tram that ferries people from one end to the other is required.
On the outskirts of town lie several places popular with lovers of watersports: the Marine Lake - a man-made inlet comprising a number of marinas - is used for sailing, waterskiing and even rowing, on a calm day; the miles of sandy beach and predictable winds along the coast offer perfect conditions for kite sports like kite-surfing.
One thing for which Southport, and the surrounding area for that matter, is known around the world is golf. The town boasts no less than six local courses, and even more further afield, but is best known for the Royal Birkdale Golf Course - one of the links courses that hosts The Open Championship, the only major annual tournament held outside the US.
Southport has on offer a plethora of important music and entertainment events every year, from the annual jazz festival to the local air show, the musical fireworks championship to the beautiful Southport Flower Show.