With travel restrictions in place, we understand it’s difficult to get out and about this half term. While we are really looking forward to welcoming our guests, we thought we’d put together a list of the top things to see and do while staying on the Fylde, with links to their websites!
It would be easy for us to do a list purely based on Blackpool attractions as there are loads of them but as it’s a Fylde-based list we’ve squeezed them into one section. Here goes; Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo, The Tower, three piers, the Winter Gardens, six miles of Promenade and the world-famous Illuminations. Can they all be done in a week? Yes! But see below for even more ideas. www.visitblackpool.com
St Annes Promenade
The perfect place for a stroll for families, with gorgeous gardens, wonderful waterfalls, arcades, a children’s play area, a train and The Island entertainment complex, St Annes Promenade is a great place to spend a few hours with your family. Being October, don’t forget to pack waterproofs but there are plenty of cafes to escape should the cold winds blow (and they will, it’s autumn!) www.discoverfylde.co.uk
Set in 80 acres of glorious parkland, Lytham Hall and its grounds are a gem in the crown of the Fylde coast. The Hall itself has been described as the finest Georgian home in the county and hosts tours every day. But it’s the grounds where you can get carried away as there is a pets corner and vegetable and garden hub to explore, statues to explore and a brilliant cafe to enjoy home-made food. The grounds are free to explore with car parking starting at just £1. www.lythamhall.org.uk
There are FORE (sorry, four) world-class golf courses on the Fylde – Royal Lytham & St Annes, Forest Drive, Green Drive and St Annes Old Links – all located within a short drive of each other.
One thing though, make sure you book in advance as there is usually a waiting list of the courses, but there are other courses dotted around the Fylde to enjoy – all with a 19th hole.
Following a multi-million pound investment, the Fairhaven area of the Fylde has become a magnet for day trippers over an uncertain summer. A new mile-long walkway between the lake and Lytham Green – called Church Scar – is fantastic and gives amazing views of the Granny’s Bay beauty spot. The Lake itself also boasts a new sea wall defence completed this year, the Spitfire memorial monument and its north end, a brand new brilliant crazy golf course, two adventure playgrounds, a wildlife reserve where thousands of migrating birds can be seen and a cafe. Phew! www.visitstannes.info/about/seafront/fairhaven-lake/
At the northern end of the Fylde sits the town of Cleveleys and its own unique promenade and public art. Miles of beautiful beaches and littered with art installations such as Mary’s Shell and The Ogre. The town itself has loads for shoppers and has some great cafes too. www.visitcleveleys.co.uk/about/seafront/cleveleys-seafront/
Stanley Park, Blackpool
Recently voted the best park in the UK, Stanley Park boasts 390-acres of architecture, horticulture and recreational facilities. Known for its famous bandstand, boating lake, miniature village attraction, children’s playground and art deco cafe, the park is the biggest open public space on the Fylde. The park welcomed over two million visitors last year, make sure you are one of them this half-term! www.visitblackpool.com/detail/stanley-park-17396/
A popular place with locals and visitors alike, there will be no issue with social distancing here with tonnes of space to stretch those legs. Totally open to the elements, the Green is one place where we recommend waterproofs in the winter but a bracing walk can be split up with a brillant coffee trailer in the middle of the promenade offering warm drinks and tasty treats. The iconic windmill is located at the south end of the Green, a selfie heaven! www.visitlytham.info/about/seafront/lytham-seafront/
Ashton Gardens, St Annes
An attractive, 10-acre park in the heart of St Annes, Ashton Gardens is home to thousands of blooming marvellous flowering plants, the perfect Pavilion Cafe, two bowling greens, a huge children’s playground, a skate park and basketball courts and the wonderful cenotaph.
Coastal paths/cycle ways
There are hundreds of miles of roads and specialist cycle routes to explore – from coastal routes to countryside retreats – and some of the best scenery around to take in. You don’t have to be Bradley Wiggins to take part either (although, if you have an eagle-eye you might spot him around as he uses the Fylde often on his training runs) as any ability is catered for on the Fylde. We also cater for bikes at our Windmill House apartments and all apartments are large enough to accommodate bikes. www.routeyou.com/en-gb/location/bike/47411949/cycling-in-fylde-overview-of-all-cycle-routes