As the Three Queens cruise liners sail along the Mersey on bank holiday Monday, spectators can watch from a distance amongst celebrations at Port Sunlight River Park.

As part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary, the park is inviting people to view the special event from a natural viewing platform that’s even higher than the tower of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

The Friends of Port Sunlight River Park will be hosting a Viewing Day from 10am to 4pm, offering visitors an opportunity to find out more about the River Park, which is a wildlife haven  enjoyed by the local community as well as a number of walking, running, dog walking and wildlife groups. 

The Bebington Sea Cadets have kindly volunteered their services for the event and will be controlling and marshalling the park gates on the special day.

Spaces are limited for drivers and blue badge holders can access the Mersey View River Park Car Park located on the dockside of the Mersey Estuary, but must book in advance.

United Utilities has granted special access to their access road leading to the car park, which is adjacent to the public toilets and can be accessed via the main Dock Road North entrance.

 The park features a great picnic venue, with benches and tables, offering some of the best views in Merseyside. 

Throughout the day, The Friends Group will be on hand to offer information about the local wildlife as well as advice on volunteering and provide refreshments on sale.

Alison McGovern MP, Chair of the Friends of Port Sunlight River Park said: “The River Park is a brilliant new amenity for local communities and its success to date is underpinned by the network of fantastic volunteers who help to physically maintain, enhance and fundraise.

I am delighted that we are able to offer vehicle access for disabled visitors on such a special day celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the famous shipping line.”

Port Sunlight River Park Ranger, Anne Litherland added: “Visitors should bring binoculars with them to watch The Three Queens on the River Mersey and also the bird life at the River Park, which is establishing itself as a great home for wildlife.”

Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust, which has been managing and restoring the park since August 2014, said: “We’re a national land management charity that protects and enhances green spaces, providing opportunities for healthy living, education and social events for the community.

“We’re proud Port Sunlight River Park has been chosen for this event, highlighting the transformation of this magnificent park for the benefit of the public.”

Blue Badge holders are advised to book their parking spaces by contacting -;Anne Litherland on 07587 550060, or email

To avoid parking congestion all other visitors are advised to travel on foot or by public transport.

The nearest Railway Station is Port Sunlight, the nearest bus stop is New Chester Road used by services 1, 2, 41, 41a and 42.

Pedestrians can also access PSRP through the Shorefields entrance off Shorefields Nature Park.

Press release courtesy of Alison Kelly on behalf of the Friends of Port Sunlight River Park.


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