Belmont Holiday Flats 28 The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancs, FY7 6HF
Opening Times: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all year round 9am - 4.30pm. Also open all Bank Holidays and Tram Sunday.
Fleetwood Museum - 6-7 Queens Terrace, Fleetwood, FY7 6BT - Two galleries tell the fascinating story of Fleetwood's hugely successful endeavours at deep sea and inshore fishing. Discover more about Fleetwood's heyday as a Victorian seaside resort, its cargo trade, ferry services, its lifeboats and brave lifeboat men, about the docks, the invaluable and heroic role trawler men played during the wars, the chemical giant ICI and much more. Don't forget to check out the Harriet (listed on the National Historic Ships Register as she is one of the few surviving smacks left in the UK) on display in a large boat hall to the rear of the Museum.
Times: Opens from Late March to Late October (check the website or call for
exact dates) Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm (and Bank Holiday Weekends)
Tel: 01253 876621 www.fleetwoodmuseum.co.uk
Parr's Animal World - Rossall Lane, Fleetwood, FY7 8JP - An award winning,
family run, Lancashire Tourist Attraction which offers a great day out for
all the family. More than just a children's farm park - kids and grown-ups
all love it!
'Daisy Parr's Cafe' offers a wide range of hearty food and drink at a reasonable price, plus they provide picturesque picnic areas if you would like to take your own refreshments. They have many species of animals, ranging from traditional farm animals to rare breeds and some more exotic species. Housed in undercover barns and twelve acres of paddocks and walkways - there is lots to do whatever your age and whatever the weather. With a play area, a train ride, their famous 'Farmer Parr's Tractor Ride', pony rides, animal shows, a wonderful Country Life Heritage Museum and a Pottery Studio, you will want to spend all day there!
Times: Open Every Day 10am - 5pm (check the website for Events and daily activities).
Tel: 01253 874389 www.farmerparrs.com
There is a large free car park or the No. 14 bus stops right outside the entrance.
Beach - Facing the Belmont you'll find the sandy Marine Beach and facilities
for the public including a wider promenade pathway and beach huts, plus a
seafront cafe where you can while away idle summer days in the sunshine looking
across the channel to Knott End with Morecambe Bay and the Lakes beyond and
a fabulous view for miles on a clear day. You'll often see displays of kitesurfing
acrobatics on the beach here along with huge display kites flying above the
beach. On a bright sunny day with clear blue skies it's a fantastic sight
to behold, with huge kites in bright colours including fish, a scuba diver
and a dog - at the last count!
Dogs are not allowed on the actual beach behind the Marine Hall (check the signs for specific restrictions) between June and August but you can walk them along the outer promenade which goes all along the coast to Blackpool.
Marine Hall - The Esplanade, Fleetwood, FY7 6HF - the venue retains the charm and character of its 1930s art deco heritage and sits proudly on Fleetwood's beautiful sea front - across from the Belmont. With a year round line up of great shows from live music, to comedy nights, the best of children's shows and well-known names from the world of TV and entertainment - not to mention the spectacular annual pantomime - there's always something to enjoy. They also host regular events and activities throughout the year and have a weekly tea dance. Right outside, are the Marine Gardens, complete with an outdoor performance space. Why not go along and enjoy splashing around with the kids in the fountains or relax, sit back and just take in the view.
For enquiries or to buy tickets call the centralised box office on 01253 887693. www.marinehall.co.uk
Tourist Information: Located inside the Marine Hall.
Freeport Shopping Outlet - Anchorage Road, Fleetwood, FY7 6AE - With over 45 famous name stores offering up to 60% off, so you'll find a fantastic range of men's, women's and children's fashions and footwear plus gifts, homeware, cosmetics and accessories all at amazingly low prices. Dogs are welcome anywhere in the public areas around the centre and the majority of stores, where food is not sold, welcome well behaved 4 legged visitors.
Times: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm, Thursday 10am - 8pm - LATE NIGHT SHOPPING,
Sunday 11am - 5pm, Bank Holidays 10am - 6pm
* Due to Sunday Trading Laws, the following stores will not open until 11am: Gap, KIDS, M&S Outlet, Nevisport, Next, Pavers & Trespass
Costa Coffee: Monday - Saturday: 8.30am - 6pm, Thursday: 8.30am - 8pm
Sunday: 9am - 5pm
Check the website for offers and events - www.freeport-fleetwood.com Tel: 01253 877 377
Bus: The number 1 and the number 86 bus services run between Blackpool and Fleetwood, stopping right at the front door.
Or a leisurely walk along the promenade - around 20 minutes.
Jacinta - Fleetwood's Heritage Trawler - Moored in the fish dock at Fleetwood but pedestrian access is just a short walk through the Freeport Shopping Outlet - Take a trip to the arctic fishing grounds to see what it was like to be a deep-sea fisherman including seeing the wheelhouse, radio room, galley kitchen and cabins where the crew lived - all without leaving the quayside! Tour the 615 ton ship which is 50 metres long and 9.75 metres wide and hear the amazing story of a great industry that gave birth to a unique community of fishing folk.
Times: Open from Easter until the end of October 10am to 3.30pm.
Tel: 01253 885642
Point - Outer Promenade, The Esplanade, Fleetwood. Car Park post code
FY7 8PG - The observation tower has been designed to look as though it is
leaning into the wind and is open to the public so that they can learn about
the coastal environment, bird life and plant life or just enjoy the view from
the top - 42 feet above the sand dunes. The ground floor gallery has information
about the local area and seasonal displays. There are two observation decks
for bird watching and taking in the views over the beach to the Irish Sea
and across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland fells and the Forest of Bowland.
Anyone who cannot make it to the top deck will be able to enjoy the view through
a screen at ground floor level .
Opening Times: Easter to October - Wednesday to Sunday ~ 11am to 4pm (and Bank Holidays). October to Easter - Thursday to Sunday ~ 11am to 3pm (and Bank Holidays except Christmas Day). See their notices for changes to these times and for additional openings.
In and around the Wyre Estuary - Explore the beaches and marshes along the river Wyre and coast and soak up the rich soundscape of waders and pink footed geese. The river Wyre and Rossall Point are at the southern end of Morecambe Bay. The marshes and mudflats are an important food source for many birds that spend their winter here. Follow the Mythic Coast along the promenade from Fleetwood to Rossall Point, and Cleveleys beyond. Look across the shore and into the vast skies to see some of the birds that love to feed on the mud and saltmarsh around here. The best time to see groups of birds is 2 hours before or after a high tide, when the tide pushes the birds closer to shore or onto sand banks to roost. Rossall Point is one of the best viewing places around the bay. In spring look out for arctic, little and sandwich terns darting along the water's edge. In autumn you're likely to see one of nature's great spectacles - murmurations. Massive clouds of knot fly together for protection against predators, swooping and gliding in unison as though they are one organism. On the edge of the estuary and sand dunes you might spot sea holly - a beautiful coastal plant, with blue/green spiky leaves and metallic blue flowers in summer. Up to the end of the 19th century the roots of this plant were dug up and candied for use as a sweetmeat and restorative. Kids (and the young at heart) will love beachcombing. See what you can spot - bits of seaweed, unusual shells and driftwood - all with the sea roaring in the background!
You may want to take something to read whilst you relax in beautiful surroundings with the fresh sea air.
Fleetwood Library - North Albert St, Fleetwood - They also hold regular children's Storytimes and events, display exhibitions and artwork or you can read their newspapers and magazines.
Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park, or Reserve - Jameson Road, Fleetwood, FY7 8TW - a County Wildlife site that extends to half a hectare which is owned by the British Rail Property Board and managed by the Wildlife Trust. You can now enjoy a walk on hard paths if you've not got the urge to head off into the open grassland. Walk out to the viewing area between two large lagoons to see birds feeding amongst reedbeds in the freshwater lagoon, and on the muds of the brackish lagoon. Continue over a footbridge to an area of coastal grassland which is filled with flowers in summer, including bee and marsh orchids. Or make sure you take your wellies and head off the paths to explore the ponds and wetlands and take a look at the huge range of wildlife. It's an important habitat for small migratory birds which roost in the reeds. A couple of breeding pairs of Reed Warblers have been regularly seen - this is close to the northern limit of their range. Snipe and Water Rail frequently visit in winter. There are a host of wildflowers that are irresistible to summer insects when the fields dance with butterflies and you'll see Common Blue and Red Admiral along with many other butterflies and moths. You'll also find some lovely pieces of public art at Fleetwood Marsh - decorative iron gateways break up the flat landscape and lead you from the footpath, a perfect subject for all the photographers to snap from different angles as the evening sun sets over the west and casts red shadows over the space.
Open All Year: By car - drive along the access road off Rossall Lane to the waste recycling site and United Utilities Plant at Jameson Road, and carry right to the very end where you come to a car park. There is also a pathway further along on the right of Windward Avenue near the Three Lights Pub off Copse Road. Take a left on the roundabout at the Pub, then go across the small roundabout onto Windward Avenue.
Getting around: The quiet lanes, promenades and Lancashire coastal way are perfect for exploring on foot. Find routes around Fleetwood, Thornton or the countryside at www.visitwyre.co.uk . o Join the Wyre Way - a 41 mile route following the River Wyre from its source in the Forest of Bowland to the sea at Fleetwood and Knott End. o Follow the Lancashire Cycle Way through Pilling to Lane Ends and on to Lancaster. o Take a health walk at Fleetwood, Stanah and Knott End. o Take the ferry to Knott End and cycle the delightful country lanes of Over Wyre. o Hire bikes from Waterfront Wheels, Marine Hall, Fleetwood. Bicycles adapted for people with low mobility or disabilities are available.
Follow the river upstream from Fleetwood or Knott End to explore the Wyre Estuary Country Park, on the banks of the River Wyre.
Wyre Estuary Country Park: River Road, Stanah, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 5LR - This country park is perfect for strolling with all the family, with good paths around the park suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, a cafe and toilets, play area, and lots of places to stop and watch the world go by. o Explore on a tramper - a 4x4 motorised off road wheel chair or book an activity with a ranger from sea stories to minibeast hunts. o Look out for waders like lapwing and oystercatchers (look for huge flocks in spring and autumn), and ducks like teal and shelduck. Teal quietly feeding are a great sight in winter. o Spot salt tolerant plants like sea aster and sea lavender that flower on the largest area of ungrazed saltmarsh in Lancashire.