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Visit Lytham: Lancashire’s coastal gem

Lytham Windmill and Lifeboat House

The Care Magazine gives you a glimpse into what’s on offer in the seaside town of Lytham, a long-time favourite for a coastal day trip

 

The seaside town of Lytham is the perfect spot for a day out exploring the shops and sights of the Fylde coast line.  It offers high-end eateries, scenic walks and historic architecture to satisfy all comers.

Originally a fishing village, the town began to thrive as a seaside resort in the mid-nineteenth century.  It has retained all the charm and character that made it as popular then as it continues to be.

 

Scenery & Heritage

 

Lytham Windmill, standing on the unspoilt coastal space of Lytham Green, is synonymous with the town and houses a small museum which is open during holiday seasons.  The early-19th-century landmark and the nearby Lifeboat Museum on the Green are also great starting points for a walk along the coastline.  Here you can take in the picturesque views across the Ribble Estuary over Southport and North Wales.

The Georgian site of Lytham Hall is a great way to spend an afternoon.  The choice of guided Hall tours, a popular tea room and the run of the 80-acre grounds provides all you could want in this heritage spot.  Regular activities such as running and Nordic Walking groups are also available, as well as summer theatre performances.

Lytham Hall 2017
Lytham Hall (Jayne Stevenson)

A walk around the immaculate and historic Lowther Gardens is also a must; this idyllic setting will also soon be home to a newly-renovated Pavilion and butterfly house.

For those eager to learn more about the heritage of the area, the Lytham Heritage Centre just off the coastal road offers great insight into the history of the Ancient Parish of Lytham.  A carefully-restored Grade II-listed building on Henry Street houses the volunteer-run centre.

 

Shopping

 

Lytham’s thriving high street has an eclectic mix of shops to explore.  Chic boutiques, local mainstays and charming independent stores sit amongst some more recognisable national names.

Stringers is a popular family-run department store offering many high-end brands across its two outlets, and other well-established local businesses like clothing and homeware store Tavernors – opened in 1942 – and Plackitt and Booth Booksellers are ingrained into the heart of the town, offering a unique shopping experience.

The Victorian architecture of the town centre holds many hidden gems, such as in the quaint covered Clifton Walk Shopping Arcade and the similarly charming walkway The Mews, which houses an art gallery (Inspirations) filled with local pieces available to buy.

You can also bag bargains at the various charity shops, and there are many other independent shops in which you could happily spend a day discovering.

 

Food and Drink

 

Elegant cafes are plentiful in Lytham to satisfy a sweet tooth and to escape any coastal winds, with various unique establishments to be explored both in the town and at attractions such as the Pavilion, Lytham Hall and the Park View playing fields.

There is also an abundance of choice when it comes to great places to wine and dine, with local favourites such as Spago (Mediterranean and seafood) and Portofino (Italian) offering unique dining experiences, whilst popular chains like Gusto and Ego promise great food every time in gorgeous surroundings.

For a true local dining experience, Whelan’s Fish & Chips is a local stalwart which has stood on Clifton Street since 1937 and is a must for the traditional taste of the town.

Drinking spots are also aplenty: whether you’re after traditional ales (Taps), carefully-selected wines (Barrique) or crafted cocktails (Capri), the vibrant centre has something for everyone.

 

Arts and Culture

 

The local Booths just outside the town centre houses the Fylde Gallery.  The Fylde Arts Council run the gallery, which hosts monthly exhibitions of everything from educational exhibitions to local art showcases.

Opposite the Booths is the Lytham St Annes Art Society building, which also hosts exhibitions available to view on their monthly coffee mornings and community events.  The Heritage Centre is also a great place to explore local art and history.

There are also some creative nods to Lytham’s past around the town.  The Shrimper statue in Lowther Gardens commemorates Lytham’s shrimp-fishing tradition; the mosaic at the piazza in the heart of the town incorporates the town’s fishing and farming heritage into a stunning work of art.

shrimper statue Lytham Lowther Gardens
The Shrimper statue at Lowther Gardens (Keith Burroughs)

Alternatively, you could catch a show, film, or even attend a craft fair at the historic Lowther Pavilion, or keep an eye out for the many cultural events hosted in Lytham – details can be found at www.visitlythamstannes.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

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