The Sea Defence Project which opened last summer is a great place to spend the day and enjoy our coast, whether you like water sports, golf, bird watching or just a cake and a coffee. Tim Dixon, the Fylde’s Tourism and Cultural Services Manager shares the delights on offer

The newly renovated sea defences from Fairhaven through to Church Scar at Lytham have been very well received and offer fantastic views across the Ribble estuary and Southport. The scheme was completed in three sections and opened last summer – Church Scar, Granny’s Bay and Fairhaven. Feedback has been excellent and there’s plenty of spaces to stop off, enjoy the view and watch the world go by.

At Fairhaven Lake, there is work still underway, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Renovation includes the café, a new water sports centre and a fantastic adventure playground which has been a real hit with younger visitors, refurbished tennis courts, new interpretation around the park, plus the recently reopened RSPB Fairhaven Lake Visitor Centre.

Our new water sports centre will offer canoeing, kayaking, Stand Up Paddle boarding and more. We have recently reopened our new 18-hole Fairhaven Adventure Golf course which has so far proved to be a real hit with visitors and there’s some local landmarks featured, such as Lytham Hall and Singleton Fire Station, plus a few holes modelled on those at St Annes Old Links Golf Course and Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. And the popular motorboats will once again be available at Fairhaven Lake.

We are starting to see the return of events and now on sale is the WonderHall series of concerts at the stunning Lytham Hall in late August, featuring Sir Tom Jones, Anne-Marie, Jools Holland and many more, with proceeds from Last Night of the Proms event headlined by Russell Watson donated towards the continued restoration of Lytham Hall. Lytham Hall set in its 78 acres always offers something to explore, whether it’s the changing colours of the seasons, a stop off for a delicious cake and coffee, the Leafy Lytham Garden Hub, Antiques and Reclamation Centre or the many events throughout the year – there’s summer outdoor theatre already scheduled in.

Outside dining has been available for a while now and as we reach the next stages of the government Covid road map, there’s never been a better time to support the fantastic places to eat and drink across Fylde, from the multi award winning Cartford Inn in Little Eccleston to Anatolia Seaview Restaurant in St Annes. With serviced accommodation opening up too, the superb quality of places to stay in Fylde, from Mode Hotel and the Dalmeny in St Annes to the Clifton Arms in Lytham will once again welcome guests, but please, always book directly with the accommodation provider for the best information and rates.

Tourist Information Desk
01253 658443



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