The Slipper Baths Cafe- Byrne Avenue Baths

by Tranmere Rovers Trust in Birkenhead, England, United Kingdom


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+ est. £613.75
£20,000 target 18 days left
13% 36 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £20,000 is pledged by 20th August 2021 at 10:35am

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

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.

£10 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Family Announcement in Birkenhead News

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. 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.

£10 or more

Free Drink in “The Slipper Baths Cafe”

Enjoy a free coffee/tea in our newly opened Slipper Baths cafe featuring 4 of the original slipper baths, knowing that you helped to make this happen.

£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.

£20 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Home Coffee Voucher

While you are supporting our Cafe you can also enjoy another local one. Home Coffee in Oxton Village are generously donating a £10 voucher to be used in their cafe. 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.

£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

5 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

6 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.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Steam clean your carpet

Thanks to a very generous offer by Leading Clean Carpets, the local carpet cleaning company, you can have a carpet in one room of your home deep steam cleaned. Supporting the Baths and a clean carpet - win win.

£100 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Tshirt, Mug & Free drink & Piece of Cake in Cafe

A Byrne Avenue Baths Tshirt, “I learnt to swim here” Mug and a free drink & piece of Cake in our “Slipper Baths Cafe”

£250 or more

1 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 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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