This charming and classic seaside town resides in the Northwest of England, only a short distance away from the lights of Blackpool and Preston. It is a great family-friendly holiday location, with the perfect combination of cute villages, gorgeous nature walks and community events, such as the St Anne’s Music and Art festival, it has something for everyone! Visiting Lytham St. Annes will let you glimpse some of England’s history, in its iconic buildings such as Lytham Hall and The White Church, and not to mention its stunning gardens and parks, such as Ashton Gardens. A summer holiday here will not leave you disappointed! Read on to learn more about the best things to do in the area!
1. Fairhaven Lake
One of Lytham St. Anne’s most popular attractions, it is a great place for a family day out, with a nice cafe and wide open spaces. You can easily spend an afternoon here on a warm summers day. Fairhaven Lake also sports a number of water activities, with canoes, kayaks and even a small cruise! Fairhaven Lake is also home to many species that you can spy out on the water, with a group of more than 250 Canadian Geese and also England’s much loved swans, even a rare Black Swan. A day out at this beautiful place is very cheap, depending on what you want to do.
Address: Inner Promenade, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 1BD
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10am-6pm
Phone: +44 1253735440
Website: Fairhaven Lake
2. St. Anne's Beach
Probably the next biggest attraction would be St. Anne’s Beach. Said to have a wonderful old-fashioned feel to it, St. Anne’s Beach is considered a paradise away from the crowded waterfront, with miles and miles of warm sand, many people have praised it for being quiet and nice change from the city. With dogs allowed and cheap parking not far away, this is great option for a beach holiday!
St. Anne's Beach
Address: Beach Rd, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 2PQ
Opening Hours: Daily 24hrs
Website: St. Anne’s Beach
3. Ashton Gardens
A grade II listed park on the English Heritage Registry, Ashton Gardens has beautiful open spaces, a cafe where you can go to relax while the kids are playing on the greens, well-maintained rose gardens and even a lake full of ducks to feed and swans to admire. Many visitors consider it to be the gem of Lytham St. Annes, you will surely not be disappointed!
Address: Clifton Dr N, St. Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire FY8 2JH
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday: 9am-5pm
Website: Ashton Gardens
4. Lytham War Memorial
Situated at the east end of Lytham’s main shopping street, the Lytham War Memorial has been an iconic monument since the early 1920s, created to commemorate those lost in World War I. With beautiful gardens and flowers, this remains a tranquil place that you can go sit and have lunch on a nice afternoon, or a cold winter morning as the community works all year round to keep it beautiful and vibrant! The gardens have been so highly praised that the Lytham War Memorial Gardens won the prestigious Champion of Champions at the Internationals for Britain in Bloom in 2013!
Lytham War Memorial
Address: Market Square, Lytham St Annes, England
Website: Lytham War Memorial
5. St. Anne's Boats and Balls
If you’re looking for a more specific family activity to fill your weekends, St. Anne’s Boats and Balls is an extremely popular choice! Located right next to the beach, and only a 2 minute walk from the centre of town, you can come to the man-made boating lake, to take part in a variety of water activities! With a various selection of canoes and paddle boats, you can even take part in their ‘walking on water’ experience in giant inflatable balls! This has been such a popular activity that it was even featured on national television!
St. Anne's Boats and Balls
Address: Boating Lake, South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, FY8 1SW
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10am-6pm
Phone: +44 7736934266
Website: St. Anne’s Boats and Balls
6. The White Church
The Fairhaven United Reformed Church is so distinctive among its residents and visitors, that it has become locally known as ‘The White Church’. Starting in 1899, the local church committee agreed that Lytham St. Annes needed a new church as the town began to grow, all agreeing that the new church should be something striking and different. After raising the money to build a new church, they made a competition to see who could submit the best designs. The successful architects were Briggs, Wolstenholme and Thornley of Blackburn with an amazing design that imitated Byzantine Architecture, and by 1912, the dream was realized!
The White Church
Address: 22A Clifton Dr, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 1AX
Website: The White Church
7. Lytham Hall
About a mile (1.6 km) away from the centre of town, lies the prestigious 18th-century Georgian country house, Lytham Hall. The site of Lytham Hall has been in existence since the early 12th-century and has had a very colorful history, with many changes of ownership and going into ruin more than a few times, Lytham Hall has now firmly established itself into the community. Sitting in parkland, it only cost 1.60 USD for adults to enter the estate on weekends, being completely free on weekdays. The house is available for tours on the weekdays, at 12pm and 2pm at an average of 8 USD. There are many events and activities on at Lytham Hall, from coffee mornings, running clubs, kid events, such as the annual easter Treasure Hunt and the weekly Orienteering sessions!
Address: Ballam Rd, Lytham FY8 4JX
Opening Hours: Sunday-Friday: 10am-4:30pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm
Phone: +44 1253736652
Website: Lytham Hall
8. Lowther Pavilion
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Situated on the Lowther Gardens, the Lowther Pavilion is the oldest theatre in Lytham St. Annes, first built in 1921, it held its first musical performance in 1928, and has remained a cultural, musical and theatrical hub ever since. Currently Lowther Pavilion shows various weekly performances, such as family-friendly plays of Peter Pan and Hansel & Gretel, to dance groups, orchestras and even odd and unique performances such as ‘Jake Spikey - Juggling on a Motorbike’! There is something for everyone at this amazing historical place!
Address: Lowther Terrace, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 5QQ
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44 1253794221
Website: Lowther Pavilion
9. Lowther Gardens
As the oldest park in Lytham St. Annes, Lowther Gardens is one of its premier attractions! Designed and constructed way back in 1872, this place is a wonderful attraction for families, with bowling greens, tennis courts and play areas for the kids! With gorgeous fauna, and a relaxing cafe, it is a great and cheap day out for the family!
Address: Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 5QQ
Phone: +44 1253725610
Website: Lowther Gardens
10. Lytham Windmill
Another piece of Lytham St. Anne’s history, the Lytham Windmill has been part of the coastal town since 1805, and to this day provides a glimpse into its history and contribution to the town. You can go inside and enjoy the spectacular views it provides of the coast, relax at their charming cafe and browse the little gift shop inside! Many visitors are constantly impressed with the effort they put into restoring this amazing historical landmark and commonly give a small donation to keep it going!
Address: Lytham Green, East Beach, Lytham FY8 5LD
Phone: +44 1253794879
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 10:30am-1pm, 2pm-4:30pm
Website: Lytham Windmill
Live like a local!
Many of the activities on this list are enjoyed by all the residents of Lytham St Annes, so don’t be surprised if you get to know the people who live in this gorgeous seaside town! Become part of the community as you join them in the historical Lowther Pavilion for a night of music and theatre, or take part in the activities, such as their coffee mornings and evening hikes at Lytham Hall!
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