St Annes beach is a long straight stretch of beach. When the tide is in you'll find all sorts of activities from Wind Surfing to Kite Flying and when the tide is out the golden sands stretch as far as you can see and allow for walking right the way along from St Annes to Squires Gate, North Shore, Blackpool.
But the beach is not the only reason that this destination is on our radar! Here are 5 other attractions that make Lytham St Annes a great place to visit…
St Annes Pier
A lovely pier that retains its old world charm, and an amusement arcade that can't help but bring a smile to your face, regardless of age. The pier is the perfect place to make memories and get over excited about winning tickets to ultimately “win” some penny sweets!
The views of St Annes Beach are beautiful, especially when the tide is out. Being so close to the centre of town you are always close to some great attractions.
If you fancy watching the world go by, head to the Cosy Cafe which serves delicious cakes and has plenty of outdoor tables and chairs.
Windmills have featured in Lytham's history for hundreds of years. Lytham Windmill is a very noticeable landmark on the sea front, standing for over 200 years.
No longer a working mill, it is still an impressive building that remains in great condition and stands proudly in front of the lifeboat museum.
In 1805 Richard Cookson sought and obtained a lease from the Squire for a plot of land on which to build a 'windy milne'.
On 2nd January 1919 the windmill was quickly ravaged by fire, the interior being entirely gutted. It remained derelict until 1921, when it was given by the Squire to the Lytham Urban District Council.
In 1989 the windmill was restored by Fylde Borough Council and opened to the public, so now you can visit this beautifully preserved windmill and the splendid green area where you will find this windmill overlooking the spectacular Ribble estuary and Fylde coast, making it the perfect spot for a lovely picnic.
Nestled between Lytham and St Anne's, the Fairhaven salt water lake is positioned directly on the coast next to Granny's Bay and Stanner Bank. There is a smooth tarmac path that circles the lake, making it accessible to all and it is sheltered by trees and the sea wall. There are plenty of benches to sit on dotted around the lake and also picnic benches if you take your own food, and several toilets near the main road.
This well-kept area includes a boating lake where you can hire boats or take a cruise. For those looking to relax, take a cruise on the electrically powered motor launch and enjoy the scenery pass you by, the cruise lasts 10 – 15 minutes but gives you the full 360 view of the lakeside.
There is also a really lovely RSPB visitor centre where volunteers are able to point out the several species of water birds on the lake. With a group of more than 250 Canada Geese, several Swans (including a solitary Black one) and many coots, water hens and other smaller fowl this is one of the most important wildfowl locations in Europe.
Entering through a remarkable cast iron gate, Lowther Gardens is the oldest park in Lytham St Annes, and one of the flagship parks in the borough of Fylde. There are many activities and events held here, and a visit to the cafe for a cake is a must!
At the centre of the gardens you will find the Victorian lily pond. In 2003 the addition of the mussel fisherman’s statue was added as a part of the Britain in Bloom movement, surrounded by Lillies it’s a peaceful place to rest. The cobble clock is another interesting feature of the garden, unveiled in 2006 to mark the Lowther Gardens 100th year as a public park.
There is a full set of bowling greens made to championship standards, so you can take part or just watch the games that take place during the week. For those looking for a little bit of fun, try your luck at crazy golf, pitch and putt, and even tennis.
Lytham Hall & Historical Parkland
There are 80 acres of parkland that date back to the 12th century when its first residents were the Benedictine monks. With over 4km of paths that have been created to make the walks around the grounds accessible, here you can head up the Mount (the highest point in Lytham) where you can enjoy wonderful sea views.
The parkland has free admission Monday to Saturday. Charges apply on Sundays and Bank holidays: £1 per adult and 50p for children.
Lytham Hall, once the ancestral home of the colourful Clifton family is a Grade I listed building, and commonly known as the finest Georgian house in Lancashire.
The knowledgeable volunteer guides take you on a journey where you will learn about the Cliftons, see the fine plasterwork, Gillow furniture, family portraits and paintings and hear how the Palace of the Fylde shaped the local area.
Lytham Hall, once the ancestral home of the colourful Clifton Family is a Grade I listed building and commonly known as the finest Georgian house in Lancashire.
Tours : Easter Sunday – end of October tours at 12pm and 2pm on Sunday – Friday.
£6 per adult, £3 per child, Under 5s are free.
Whether it’s a snack, cake, afternoon tea or meal, the café and tearooms are the perfect spot to indulge with a distinct vintage feel & mismatched china tea services, there’s always a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Open 10am – 4pm , 7 days a week. (Afternoon Teas require pre-booking)