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5 reasons why your weekend needs Crosby


Whether they’re saving beautiful buildings steeped in Architectural merit, opening their own restaurants, or maintaining areas of outstanding natural beauty, Crosby village has an inspiring sense of community, and here’s why.

1 – Another Place

Crosby beach is home to Another Place, better known as, ‘The Iron Men’. British Sculptor, Antony Gormley OBE’s striking Art installation features 100 cast iron men, looking out to sea. Quite possibly Crosby’s most famous residents, these fascinating figures are the constant companions of the pooches, joggers, and leisurely strollers, who visit daily. 

Making the coastal location their permanent home in 2005, after visiting Germany, Norway and Belgium, the popularity of The Iron men attracts visitors from across the globe, all-year round. And who can blame them? Ensuring there’s more to Liverpool than our magnificent skyline, we can’t imagine Another Place, in any other place.

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2 – Vibrant Village

For an instant retail pick-me-up, pack your reusable shopping bags for an experience you just won’t find on the High Street. Bustling with friendly, independent stores and eateries, Crosby Village is a hive of ingenuity and initiative. 

You’ll find enticing shop windows filled with fresh, local produce and unique items. Take a closer look, and friendly staff and shopowners, are only too happy to get to know their customers. Takes you back, doesn’t it?

 And, when it comes to putting International cuisine on the menu, award-winning Crosby restaurants are firm favourites with Foodies near and far. From Coffee shop to cafe, Bistro to Bar, there’s a stunning setting and a top table fit for every occasion. 

3 – Park Life

Whether we’re working, looking after family or distracted online, taking care of ourselves means taking regular time-out. With five (count ‘em) flourishing parks, Crosby leaves other suburbs green with envy! 

Both Coronation and Victoria hold Green Flag status; fulfilling the highest environmental standards. Moorside was originally Moorside Farm, owned by the Johnson family. Today, it offers a variety of Sports facilities, including Courts and Bowling. 

While Blundellsands Park, a members-only Site of Local Biological importance (SLBI), known as The Key Park, was gifted to select residents by Nicholas Blundell of Crosby Hall. How fancy!

Head towards the beach, to find Crosby Coastal Park. Home to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, the area is a favourite of Kite-flying families, Photographers, and Birdwatchers.

4 – Lights, camera, Crosby!

A stunning Art Deco façade with a history as dramatic as any blockbuster, are the hallmarks of Crosby Community Plaza. The cinema first opened its doors in September 1939, only to close that same day, due to the outbreak of WW2. 

More recently, after news of redevelopment reached the local community in 1995, volunteers gathered to ensure the building remained intact, and continued to entertain movie-goes of all ages. 

With special screenings, including Autism, Dementia and Spectrum, Crosby Community Plaza is run entirely by volunteers, with low-cost admission and refreshments. 

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5 – Crosby Quickies

Originating from the early middle ages, the area was named, ‘The village with the cross’, by Old Norse men arriving from Ireland and the Isle of Man in 900 AD. Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, residents were referred to as Crosbeians. Famous Crosby folk include Kenny Everett, Anne Robinson, Cherie Blair, and Commander of the Titanic, Captain Smith.

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