Formby is a coastal town with an area of roughly 7 sq miles (17 km2), located in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside. The local authority, Formby Parish Council represents the community and as a Parish Council is the first tier of local government and the one closest to the people. It consequently engages in partnership working with Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council.
Formby was historically in Lancashire and is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as part of three manors - "Fornebei", Halsall, Walton and Poynton. Cockle raking and shrimp fishing lasted into the 19th century. By 1872, the township and sub-district was made up of two chapelries (St Peter's and St Luke's), Birkdale township, the hamlets of Ainsdale and Raven-Meols and Altcar parish. Formby was built on the plain adjoining the Irish Sea coast a few miles north of the Crosby channel. With such close proximity and travel links to Liverpool, it is now a popular commuter town.