What to See on The West Coast

b7It is well worth venturing out from Blackpool and exploring more of the west coast of England. The surrounding area is full of historical points of interest, natural parks and family friendly petting farms. Here are just a few of the recommended ones.

For History Buffs

Castles, stately homes and ancient churches are rife along the coast surrounding Blackpool. The area is also home to many interesting museums;

  • Carnforth station heritage centre – made famous in the film “Brief Encounter” the station has been historically restored, including the classic tearoom from the film.
  • Lytham hall and its windmill – the hall is a large, Georgian stately home and visitors are free to enjoy the grounds and interior. There’s also a tearoom that provides classic refreshments. The windmill is an attractive sight and is open to the public between June and September.

For Nature Lovers

The countryside around Blackpool is beautiful and boasts several areas of outstanding beauty and nature reserves;

  • Arnside & Silverdale AONB – cycling and walking routes criss cross this beautiful area, full of small villages and stunning wildlife.
  • Ribble estuary country park – wetlands home to thousands of ducks, geese, swans and wading birds.
  • Formby beach – beautiful sand dunes and rare wildlife.

For Culture Vultures

Enjoy shows, arts and crafts on the west coast;

  • The Atkinson has been lovingly restored, creating a huge space including a theatre, art galleries and a restaurant. Live music, visual and performing arts are hosted throughout the year. Located in Southport.
  • Fleetwood market offers a different kind of shopping experience. These vibrant, thriving coastal stalls hosts a variety of sellers with anything from local food to jewellery. It beats the shopping centre, hands down!

For the Family

There are plenty of options for family fun;

  • Farmer Parr’s animal world in Fleetwood offers fun for all the family. Museum, cafe, gift shop, bouncy castle… The list goes on. Events are hosted daily and children can enjoy a tractor ride, feeding and petting animals and so much more.
  • Wyre Estuary country park – excellent for ranger-led walks through stunning scenery. Activities are frequently arranged and there’s a play park.