Sitting on the very eastern side of the Wirral, Bebington and Bromborough look across to views of the Mersey Estuary. With quick links to the city of Liverpool, both areas attract many residents who enjoy working in the city but also love nothing more than seeking a haven on the quieter side of the Mersey.
Bebington has a great selection of family homes, with traditional between the wars family semi-detached houses being most in demand due to the build quality and generous size of plots that they enjoy. Home to two of the most popular grammar schools in the Wirral, Bebington attracts many families, who consciously move into the catchment area to increase the chances of their children being accepted into the schools.
Neighbouring Bromborough offers much more of a village feel, with old buildings that hark back to the village’s past. The local centre is a hub of independent shops that surround the famous Bromborough Cross.
1The areas of Bromborough is thought to be the site of the Battle of Brunanburh in 937 when the Anglo Saxons won against Ireland, Wales, Scotland and the Danes. Because of this, Bromborough is known as the ‘Birthplace of England’. 2In 2013, the Royal Mail commissioned a study in which it was determined that Bebington was the top most desirable place to live in England. This was due to three key reasons including homes close to workplaces, good schools and high employment levels. 3Bromborough Pool was a village built by Price’s Candles for their workers. The owner’s son gave each worker a bible, hymn book and arithmetic book. He also gave out free breakfast, dinners and baths for his father’s workforce. 4Evidence of activity during the Triassic period has been found across the Wirral, including in Bebington where the footprints of the Chirotherium Storetonese were found in Storeton Quarry. 5The steps that lead up to the Bromborough Cross date back to the 13th century.
Lifestyle & Activities
The Oval Leisure Centre is at the heart of the community in Bebington, offering fantastic facilities for those looking to maintain health and wellbeing. Home to a 25-metre swimming pool, residents can enjoy a range of activities and classes including Aqua Tots, Physio-Swim and Aqua Natal. The pool is also suitable for those with a disability and has set times for those who want to swim separately from the general public.
In the Sports Hall and Aerobics Studio, members are able to sign up to some great group classes including Aerobics, Yoga and the exciting Clubbercise, where working out to classic club tunes make fitness fun. With classes running from morning through to night time, members can fit their fitness regime around their working schedule. The gym inside the centre is home to the latest equipment and for those who don’t enjoy group classes, personal fitness trainers are available for one-on-one sessions.
Outside the centre is a fantastic 400-metre Athletic Track with a popular football pitch in the centre of the stadium. For the little more adrenaline-seeking members, the Oval Ski Club is a great addition to The Oval, offering members the opportunity to learn skiing and take part in races on the dry slope. Each year, this exciting club organises a holiday to popular European ski resorts, members are also able to join the team with a discounted price.
To enjoy the great outdoors, local residents often head to Storeton Woods, which offers a stunning array of mixed woodland for visitors to explore. It was here in 1838 that workmen discovered footprints belonging to a raptor-like dinosaur, named ‘Chirotherium’, making it a great place to take the kids and let their imaginations run free.
Both Bebington and Bromborough offer a good variety of schools from primary education through to secondary education. Although it is Bebington, in particular, that is known for its secondary educational establishments.
Bromborough has several key primary schools including Raeburn Primary School, located on Morland Avenue, which was recently given the rating of ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors. Another popular option is Christ the King Catholic Primary School. With a new Headteacher in place, the school is making strides towards improving its most recent Ofsted report, which noted several areas of improvement for the school. As a Catholic school, Christ the King focuses on the values of the religion and is closely linked with the local parish and community.
For families in Bebington, there are a variety of schools to choose from for younger children, including the church schools of St John’s Catholic Infant School and St John’s Catholic Junior School and St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, which was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted inspection. Other schools include Brackenwood Infant School and Brackenwood Junior School, providing an exciting curriculum for students that includes Cooking and Nutrition, Swimming and Music.
Bebington High Sports College is a popular co-educational secondary school in the area, with a core focus on using sport and its values as a way to develop potential in students. From teaching leadership, teamwork and perseverance. In its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2017, the school was given a rating of ‘Requires Improvement’, an improvement on its 2016 rating of ‘Inadequate’.
Bebington is home to the Wirral Grammar School for Boys and the Wirral Grammar School for Girls, both highly sought-after choices for the parents of the peninsula. Admission to the schools requires pupils to have passed their 11+ exam and then their places being secured based on allocation from Wirral Local Authority.
Both schools are high-performing with 98%-100% of pupils from the Wirral Grammar School for Girls achieving at least 5 A*-C at GCSE. In 2017, the Wirral Grammar School for Boys had 94% of its pupils achieving at least 5 A* - C grades at GCSE.
Bars & Restaurants
The Three Stags Pub
The Three Stags Pub is one of the most popular haunts for locals in the area, offering a traditional pub experience in the heart of Bebington. With a menu that offers guests a taste of the much-loved pub food, including Gammon Steak and Scampi & Chips, the pub is a favourite of families in the area. For those who enjoy some midweek entertainment, the pub holds a quiz every Wednesday evening, the perfect place to meet up with friends.
Address - The Three Stags Pub, Church Road, Wirral, Merseyside, UK, CH63 3EA
Sunlight Restaurant & Bar prides itself on providing classic British food with a modern twist using freshly cooked, locally sourced, produce.
Located on the borders of the historical Port Sunlight village on the Wirral Peninsular, Sunlight Restaurant & Bar offers fantastic fine dining food in opulent surroundings.With imaginative menus at amazing value, Sunlight is the place for the perfect dining experience.
With very few options on the Wirral, for fans of Vietnamese cuisine, Alo Pho is a much-welcomed arrival. Based on the corner of Town Lane, Alo Pho offers an array of wonderful dishes from the exotic and often unexplored eastern cuisine.
With colourful and patterned dishes and beautifully-presented foods, guests can enjoy everything from Pho & Noodle Soup, Vermicelli and delicious Summer Rolls. A popular haunt for locals and must-visit for those who enjoy the beautiful foods of Vietnam and with the Chef's special menu changing each week, there is always something new to try but you definitely should try the Sticky Chicken Wings, Imperial Spring Roll and Saigon Fish Cakes - delicious!
What is Nathaniel’s about? Firstly it’s a good question, and secondly, there is no single answer and why should there be? It’s like trying to define a human being in a couple of paragraphs; it’s impossible. Although Nathaniel’s has been open for a relatively short period of time has earned a reputation for serving quality food, a wide range of wines, larger, beers and ciders. All served in a place of character and personality. Nathaniel’s is thought of place which is unique in many respects; some call the place “quirky”, set in the past; a living museum.
Nathaniel’s is also well renowned for the live musical entertainment showcased. We provide a wide variety of music from; covers from the late fifties and eighties, rock, blues county, salsa, jazz including gypsy jazz, reggae (the genres are endless). Equally there are many new musical acts, continually wanting to play at Nathaniel’s as they have heard that Nathaniel’s is a place to get a booking, because of the vibe. On a musical theme we twice yearly host Musical Theatre by the Gypsy Travelling Theatre which is proving to be very popular. The Gypsy Travelling Theatre transform the stage area in a themed set, where they perform a spectacular act and medley of songs.
Working on the popularity of the Musical Theatre. We have embarked on a programme of Murder Mysteries, where the audience participate. Likewise on the Second Thursday of the month we host a Comedy Night. Our Comedy Nights are run by Adam Rowe (Liverpool comedian of the year). Adam has provided many notable comedians: - Paul Sinha (A star from the T.V show The Chase), Dalisa Chaponda (T.V show third in Britain’s Got Talent), Paul Smith (A well renowned Liverpool Comedian), and Jamie Sutherland (Host and Comedian at Everton football Club in the executive lounge
There is so much more which could be said; except please come down and meet and be served by our friendly attentive staff. Most of all enjoy yourselves in pleasant company and “quirky” surroundings.
Address - Nathaniel's Wine Bar & Bistro, 4 High St, Birkenhead, Wirral CH62 7HA