Prescot is a town with a unique and rich heritage, famed for its watchmaking industry, its past also includes coal mining, pottery and toolmaking.
Today, there is a real energy in Prescot’s rejuvenation which is largely inspired by the new Shakespeare North Playhouse being built in the heart of the town.
The iconic new theatre, education, outdoor performance garden and an exhibition space will attract hundreds of thousands of new visitors into Prescot each year from 2022, when its doors open.
In anticipation of the Shakespeare North Playhouse, a host of new bars, restaurants and independent retailers have already opened in the town and there are plans for more, as well as a Shakespeare themed hotel.
Many of the town’s historic buildings and spaces have been restored and repaired through the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative, including the transformation of Market Place which is now a vibrant indoor and outdoor space for arts and community events and home to Imaginarium Bistro.
Prescot’s transport links are also being improved with an £8 funding package from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. This will include major upgrades to Prescot train station, improved walking and cycling routes into the town centre and extensive public realm improvements.
Just outside of the town centre, 1,500 new homes are currently under construction by national house builders, while Knowsley Safari welcomes 600,000 people per year making it the most popular paid for visitor attraction in the Liverpool City Region.