The Southport Guide To 'The Grand National'

We've dug deep to give you the low down from a Southport residents persepctive on one of the north wests leading sporting events with information on how to get there, what to wear and what's on trend right now, where to go for champagne breakfast and where to continue the party in Southport long into the evening after the racing has finished.


Lets start with the race itself and with so much happening both on and off the track, The Randox Health Grand National Festival 2020 promises passion, grit, determination, fascinators and a lot of Moet, so don’t miss the three thrilling events running from Thursday to Saturday.

Starting with Liverpool's Day on the Thursday, the ever popular choice for racing fans and couples alike. Enjoy a relaxed raceday experience with a mix of high quality racing and easy-going entertainment. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself within this iconic event and discover one of the region’s best kept secrets.

Day two of the 2020 festival is the world-famous Ladies Day, #FabulousFriday, when all things style and fashion are brought into the spotlight. For the fifth year running, Aintree Racecourse will be awarding an SUV to the winner of the Style Award.



The Jockey Club is delighted to announce one of the most valuable Ladies Day Style Award prizes ever at Aintree Racecourse. Worth over £37,000, the best dressed individual has the chance of winning a brand new Jaguar E-Pace and a year’s supply of Chi Chi London Dresses on Ladies Day, Friday 3rd April.


The Grand National (Saturday)

This is the reason why many people across the globe stop for just over 8 minutes; the streets of Liverpool and beyond remain quiet, waiting and watching. Who will win – it could be any one of the 40 runners and riders that line up to face the ultimate challenge in Jumps racing.

Steeped in history and loved by many, The Grand National is a display of endeavour, ability, talent and true determination, you will witness nothing like this at any other sporting event. Immerse yourself with thousands of others on the Aintree turf and cheer on your favourite.

Tickets start from just £30 and hospitality packages start from £174, for tickets and more info https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/aintree/events-tickets/grand-national



What To Wear

We caught up with Megan from Coco Boutique on Lord Street to get her low down on what to wear at this years races and for a look at some of the dresses currently available at their new boutique.



How To Get There

Alex from ADP can get you there and back to Southport in style with his 7 seater Mercedes...


Bubbly Breakfast, Travel & After Party Package From Bliss Hotel Southport £45 P/P

Bliss have an AMAZING experience for all of Southport gorgeous race goers this year to make sure you get the most out of their glad rags. Join them in their brand new event space with floor to ceiling views of the Marin Lake for:

Bubbly Breakfast (with a racing post to pick your winners!) Return travel to and from Aintree Racecourse Pizza when you arrive back (erm, yes please!) DJ will be keeping the party going until the early hours Just £45 per person

Call 01704 516 220 to book, or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bliss-race-day-tickets-94652073901?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Champagne Breakfast In Birkdale?

Why not start the day the way you mean to go on by having a swanky breakfast in one of the many bars in Birkdale village before you head over to Aintree, our pick for Grand National morning is Bar Nista who will be serving breakfast from 930am for those eager beavers. For more info check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CafeBarnIsta/

Barrique will also be open from 10am to tend to all your pre races food, for more info visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BarriqueBirkdale/