The Slipper Baths Cafe- Byrne Avenue Baths

by Tranmere Rovers Trust in Birkenhead, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st August 2021 we successfully raised £21,080 ( + est. £2398.50 Gift Aid ) with 282 supporters in 53 days

Byrne Avenue Baths is reopening in September 21. This funding will allow us to open “The Slipper Baths Cafe” at the same time.

by Tranmere Rovers Trust in Birkenhead, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

If we beat our target then all extra money will be used to continue our finishing touches to makes the Baths the best it can be for local people, and assist with subsidised activities for the local community.

Byrne Avenue Trust was set up to rescue, restore and re-open Byrne Avenue Baths in the heart of Rock Ferry, Wirral.  We have undertaken the first phase of a substantial restoration/renovation and this much loved building will be opening to the public in September 2021 as a Sports and Community Centre, 90 years after the Foundation Stone was first laid.


The aims of Byrne Avenue Trust are simply: Community; Health; Heritage.

We aim to provide a range of sporting opportunities, community activities and social events for our local community whilst preserving and promoting the history and heritage of this beautiful building. Sports will include football, badminton, table tennis, netball, walking football and Zumba. There will be healthy activities for everyone, including those who may not have been active for a while.

Covid may have delayed us, but it hasn't beaten us. We are on track to open in September.


Images of the Sports hall before and after the ceiling restoration.

The Slipper Baths Cafe

While parts of the building will reopen in September, we don't yet have all the funding to open the cafe. With your help we are looking to open our “Slipper Baths Cafe" in October 21. The cafe is situated in the old Gents Slipper Baths, a place where local residents used to come and pay a couple of pence to take a hot bath, because local houses didn’t have any such facilities. You were given a towel but had to bring your own bubble bath! Four of the original slipper Baths are still intact and will be a great feature of the cafe and will be on public view.


Site of the Slipper Baths Cafe.

How much do we need?

We have already raised the money to undertake work on the Sports Hall, community room, new kitchen and office and to refurbish the toilets -  the overall cost of phase one being over £600,000. Now we are asking our supporters and the community to help us raise the last  funding  to get “The Slipper Baths Cafe” open  - just £20,000. We are so close to being able to provide a comfortable space to relax after sport or to wait while your children play with their teams.

The money will pay for a new floor, lighting and electrics, to spruce the place up with new paint and to fit a unique cafe counter using wood that we have recycled from the original 1930s sports hall floor. That floor is being restored and relaid but needs new backing boards so the originals are being used to make the counter!

Three ways to get involved

Please support us in the following ways.

1. Pledge money in return for a variety of rewards. You will see them on this page and they're our way of saying thank you for your support.

2. Spread the word. We need to reach as many people as possible and tell them about this fantastic community project so share the page on your social media pages.

3. Can you help with rewards? Are you a local business who could donate a limited edition reward ? It could be cakes, afternoon tea, or goodie bags the choice is yours. Please get in touch and play a part in what we're doing with rewards. This is a community effort.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

102 of 110 claimed

Retro Baths Tea Towel

Be one of the first to receive our new Tea Towel featuring the classic retro image from the pool “Kindly refrain from Bombing, Petting, Smoking, Pushing, Ducking,..." Will not be available to buy until December 2021.

£5 or more

2 of 50 claimed

Family Announcement in Birkenhead News (rrp £22)

Generously donated by the Birkenhead News, our local online paper, you will receive a voucher allowing you to place an announcement in the Family Announcements section of the paper at any time within the next 12 monts. Whether it is a wedding, engagement or a special birthday then you can share your news knowing that you are also supporting the Baths. At less than half the usual price this reward is great value for money.

£8 or more

Two Hot Drinks in “The Slipper Baths Cafe"

Enjoy two cups of coffee or tea in our newly opened Slipper Baths Cafe featuring 4 of the original slipper baths, knowing that you helped to make this happen. You will be sent a voucher which you can use within the next 12 months to claim your hot drink - whether that's a morning coffee to wake you up, a cup of tea in the afternoon or a hot chocolate in the evening.

£20 or more

Hot drink & slice of cake

Treat yourself to a hot drink and a piece of home made cake in our new “Slipper Baths Cafe” and relax knowing that you helped to create this wonderful space.

£25 or more

Free “I Learnt to swim here” Mug

One of the most common used phrases when you mention Byrne Avenue Baths to someone is “ I learnt to swim there” so you can now claim this as a reward.

£50 or more

15 of 200 claimed

Name on plaque in the building

Your name will be included on a plaque displaying our logo with your name melted into the background and repeated a number of times.

£50 or more

16 of 100 claimed

Memory Lane Name on the plaque

If you would like to add a name other than your own to the plaque then this is the reward for you. It could be a friend or a family member, your maiden name, or the name you were known by when you used the Baths. After the Crowdfunder finishes we will be in touch to ask for the name.

£100 or more

4 of 25 claimed

T shirt, Mug & Hot Drink & Piece of Cake in Cafe.

The reward will mean you are the proud owner of Byrne Avenue Baths T shirt featuring our art deco style logo, either an “I learnt to swim here” Mug or our Byrne Avenue Baths logo mug; and a voucher to redeem in our new “Slipper Baths Cafe” for a hot drink and a piece of our delicious cake.

£250 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Invite to the launch party on Friday 17 September

Be one of our 100 guests who will be invited to our exclusive launch party with complimentary food and drink for you and a guest

£250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Invite to the launch party

Be one of our 100 guests who will be invited to our exclusive launch party with complimentary food and drink for you and a guest

£10 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Home Coffee £10 Voucher

If you enjoy local cosy cafe visits, then claim a £10 voucher for Home Coffee in Oxton. They have a range of lovely cakes as well as some delicious hot and cold lunch options. Our Project Manager can personally recommend the BLT - and the Tiffin. Have a look at the menu on their website: You get a £10 voucher and we get £10 towards the creation of our new cafe. What's not to love.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Professional Steam Clean of your carpet (rrp£30)

Thanks to a very generous offer by Leading Clean Carpets, the local professional carpet cleaning company, you can have a carpet in one room of your home deep steam cleaned. Take a look at their website for more information about their services. They will be in touch with the claimant after the end of the Crowdfunder to arrange the visit. Supporting the Baths and a clean carpet - win win.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Long weekend in an 8 berth caravan in Towyn

The opportunity to spend a long weekend in a beautiful static van in Towyn, North Wales, close to the beach. Generously donated by Natalie B, the claimant of this reward and their guests can spend Fri 15th to Mon 18th October 2021 in this 8 berth caravan. There is a bbq for nice days and full central heating for cosy nights. Full details can be found here: (Transport not included)

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Cut the ribbon to open the building

Be our guest at the launch party on Friday 17 September 21 and have the exclusive honour of cutting the ribbon to reopen this fantastic building after it being shut for 11 years.

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