The fine sandy beach of Morecambe Bay
Morecambe promenade and cycle path

Morecambe Bay

Introduction

Morecambe has recently undergone a major transformation with the newly renovated art deco Midland Hotel forming the centre piece of the glorious 5 mile promenade.



Morecambe Bay forms one of the most interesting coastlines in Britain. The seaside town of Morecambe looks out across the magnificent sweep of Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Fells and is famous for its fabulous sunsets and stunning views. The rivers Leven, Kent, Keer, Lune and Wyre drain into the Bay, with their various estuaries making a number of peninsulas within the bay.

Having recently undegone extensive redevelopment and renovation Morecambe offers all the attractions of a traditional seaside town, with five miles of level promenade ideal for a walk along the seafront to take in the views. The sandy beach, choice of amusements, kids play areas, splash paddling pools and laser megazone offer great entertainment for families with many restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars all combining to make Morecambe the ideal holiday resort.

Travelling to the area
By Car- leave the M6 at junction 34 or 35. Morecambe is approx 15 minutes from the motorway.
By Rail - Morecambe is a 10 minute journey from Lancaster which is located on the main west coast line. All details from National Rail Enquiries
By Bus - stage coach buses operate a service within the area
By cycle - Lancaster to Morecambe forms part of the National Cycle Network.
By air- the area is served by Manchester International & Blackpool airports.

Morecambe promenade
At the eastern end of the promenade, towards Bolton-le-Sands, lies Happy Mount Park. Dating back to the 1920's the park offers activities for all ages including play areas, miniature railway, bowling green, miniature golf, 18 hole putting green, crazy golf, paddling pool, trampolines, a floodlit multi-purpose sports surface for tennis, basketball, five-a-side football or roller hockey, Japanese garden, cafe, and picnic area. In the summer months there is a varied programme of band concerts.        
                                                                                                     
Pirates in the Park  is an indoor play area in the café building. The area is decorated to match the pirate theme, and incorporates the Galleon Bouncy Castle, and climbing activity and soft play areas, including a separate area for toddlers. The pirate’s area is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and specialises in children’s birthday parties with catering facilities. Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week. 
Splash Park is an interactive paddling pool with water fountains. 

Travelling westwards along the promenade, past Morecambe's Town Hall and main shopping area and Arndale Centre, is the iconic statue of Eric Morecambe, who was born in the town in 1926. Visitor numbers to Morecambe have increased considerably since the unveiling of the statue in 1999. A photograph of the iconic statue is at the top of every visitors list, which has many of his well known catch phrases etched in the surrounding stone and is illuminated to great effect at night.

The statue is part of the Tern Project, an exciting development on the sea front over the past few years, it is a collection of unique artworks situated along Morecambes promenade, the most famous of these being the statue of the late Eric Morecambe. Since then the artworks have been installed along the promenade, the Stone Jetty and the area once occupied by the old railway station.

The Midland Hotel
Once a favourite haunt of Coco Chanel and Laurence Olivier the re-development of the art deco Midland Hotel is now complete and opened to guests in June 2008. Located on the sea front, the building has been restored to its former glory and now offers 44 bedrooms, with eight different types of room, including six roof top suites, two of which have their own private terrace and hot tubs overlooking the uninterrupted coastline of Morecambe Bay, offering views to the Lake District. 

View all MORECAMBE accommodation HERE

Morecambe Winter Gardens - are located almost opposite The Midland Hotel and are currently undergoing a revival with the redevelopment of this Victorian Building. Hard hat tours are available at weekends.
 The Platform offers shows and concerts all year round and is located in the same building as Tourist information located on the sea front, the Platform being transformed from the old Promenade railway station.
The Dome is a multi purpose entertainment centre hosting pop concerts, shows, dance festivals, pantomimes and discos. It also has conference centre and attached Waterfront Bar. Disabled access.
West End Gardens - offers a park with childrens play area and water fountains, promenade cafe and picnic area. 

Car parking - there are several car parks along the promenade with disabled  bays. View carparks for details of all town centre parking.

Tourist information                                                            
Morecambe Visitor Information Centre, Old Station Buildings, Marine Road Central, Morecambe. LA4 4DB                                                                                                              
 Tel:01524 582808

Morecambe Bay - is the largest expanse of intertidal mudflats and sand in the UK , covering a total area of 310 km.² Much of the land around the bay is reclaimed, forming saltmarshes used in agriculture. Morecambe Bay is also an important. wildlife site, with abundant bird life and varied marine habitats, and there is a bird observatory at Walney Island.

Walks across Morecambe Bay
The famous walk currently starts from Arnside and ends on Kents Bank. In previous years it has started at Hesk Bank to Kents Bank. The reason for the change is quite simple, peoples safety.
The bay is notorious for its quicksand and fast moving tides (it is said that the tide can come in "as fast as a horse can run"). There have been royally appointed local guides (holding the post of Queen's Guide to the Sands) for crossing the bay for centuries. Currently the 'Queens Guide' for walks across Morecambe Bay is a gentleman called: Cedric Robinson, he and his wife Mrs Robinson can be contacted on 01539 532165. The guided walks take place between May and September each year and the times vary depending on the tides. The walk itself covers about eight or nine miles, and should NEVER be undertaken without the guide as many people have found to their peril.

Shopping
Morecambe's premier shopping location is the Arndale Centre which is open 7 days a week. Located just a few minutes away from the promenade is Poulton village, the historic centre of the town and home to many small specialist shops including The Shrimp Shop for the some of the best potted shrimps.  The Festival Market with 108 covered stalls opens on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays and is situated on Morecambe's promenade.

Heysham

Heysham is a hidden gem with one of the finest Anglo-Viking sites in the Northwest. It's history stretches back thousands of years, evidenced by the ruins of St Patrick's Chapel with graves hewn out of solid rock, upon the mysterious and magical headland hidden beyond St Peter's Church.

The tiny church of St Peter's is dramatically perched on a cliffside. This Grade I Listed church must have one of the most picturesque settings in the country, looking out over Morecambe Bay to the panorama of the Lakeland hills. There are remains some of the Anglo-Saxon building from around 800AD but most of the present building dates from the 14thC and from around 1500.

For beach lovers head down onto the shore at Half Moon Bay; its little sandy beach makes a great place for a summer picnic. If the weather is not so kind, visit Heysham Heritage Centre which portrays the village's fascinating history, with excellent display and exhibitions, all housed in a converted 17th century listed barn in the heart of the village.

 The LA Market Heysham is a NEW local produce and craft market. The market was set up to serve the local community and offer support to the food producers/craftspeople in the LA postcode and the surrounding area. Its aims are to provide locally produced items for those who wish to purchase them direct from their producers.

The market is held on the 2nd Friday of each month (except Good Friday, when it will be held a week earlier), from 9am -2pm.

Location - ST JAMES' CHURCH & CENTRE (adj to The Old Hall Pub)
Heysham Road
Heysham
Tel: Liz Holmes 01524 850403


 

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015