Your Story

We are collecting memories, real or invented, past and future, of Formby Point.

If you would like to take part, please send us a memory at

If you would like some inspiration, please use the prompts below.

Tell us about a moment when you:
Had a picnic at Formby Point
Watched the waves on the sea
Watched the sunset
Went walking through the sand dunes
Watched the wind blow through the trees

Neolithic Footprints
In June 2016, over 50 human footprints from 6000 years ago were discovered on Formby Beach.
What was it like to walk the beach 6000 years ago?
What were they doing?
Where were they going?

Formby Lifeboat Station
In 1776 William Hutchinson established the UK’s first lifeboat station in Formby. It served Sefton’s coast for over 140 years, rescuing people distressed at sea.
What would it have been like to work on the boats?
What stories would the sailors (or do they have another name?) tell back to their family on safe land?

Natterjack Toad
Formby is one of the last places in the UK where Natterjack toads reproduce.
In the spring the males gather by pools in the dune slacks and sing to attract a mate.
Have you sighted any Natterjack Toads?
What other wildlife can you see /have you seen in Formby?
What wildlife used to be there, and what animals could we see in the future?

Sand Dunes
Sefton Coast’s sand dunes are constantly changing
Think about standing there in 10, 100, 1000 years time, how would they look? What would they reveal?
Think about standing there 10, 100, 1000 years ago, what is now hidden under our feet?

Asparagus has been grown in Formby since the mid 19th century.
Not only asparagus grows here, rye, wheat and potatoes all flourish in the surrounding fields.
Imagine yourself sitting making a meal out of the food you had foraged in the woods and fields of Formby. What would you find? How would it taste? What new local recipes would you invent?

The first area of woodland on Formby’s coast was planted in 1784. Many of the trees we see today were planted between 1901 and 1911 meaning they are over 100 years old.
Imagine how this area would of grown over time and with care and protection, how it might look in the future?
How else could we change the landscape for future generations?