The Fylde including Blackpool
The Fylde is a roughly 13 mile square shaped peninsula bordered to the north by Morecambe Bay, to the south the Ribble Estuary, to the west the Irish Sea and to the east by the M6 and the Bowland Hills
The Fylde covers the area from Fleetwood to Lytham St Annes on the coast to Garstang and Preston. Main towns include Blackpool, Cleveleys and Poulton-Le-Fylde.
Travelling to the Fylde
By car - The area has good access links from the M6. Blackpool and the coast is linked to the M6 via the M55.
By train - Intercity trains to Preston connect with a local shuttle service to Blackpool and the coast. For details on train times and connections visit National Rail Enquiries
By coach - National Express Coaches run regular services to the area throughout the year.
By air - The area is easily accessed from both Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon airports. It is also possible to fly directly into Blackpool airport which is located only 2.5 miles from the town centre
Blackpool is the UK's most popular seaside resort and often referred to as the "Las Vegas"of the North. It is a centre for family fun and sports lovers, but this diverse area can offer a less energetic option.
Blackpool boasts twelve miles of promenade, at the centre of which is the golden mile. Here you will find adrenalin pumping rides at Blackpoolpleasurebeach.com or for an all weather attraction visit Sandcastle-waterpark.co.uk a tropical indoor waterpark with giant waterslides and whiteknuckle water chutes.
For the adventurous take "The Walk of Faith at the top of Blackpool Tower , a glass plate embedded in the floor at the top of the 158m high tower, which is also host to the famous Blackpool tower Ballroom.
Louis Tussaud's Waxworks, the Sealife Centre and Blackpool Zoo all offer great family days out or with all that Blackpools three piers can provide, there is something to keep everybody amused.
For those who prefer a quieter life, Blackpool has its own art gallery with an ever changing programme of exhibitions or slightly inland, visit Stanley Gardens, a tranquil horticultural haven.
By night Blackpool offers an amazing variety of entertainment from top quality productions to world famous bands, for details on current shows go to Blackpooltheatres.com.
From late August until early November every year is one of the most spectacular free shows in the world. Blackpool illuminations are an awe inspiring sight, at over a mile long and using a million bulbs every kind of light display imaginable is featured.
Getting around - The easiest way to travel along the 12 mile promenade is by tram. Pop on and off or travel the full length to Cleveleys and Fleetwood, or why not try one of the red open top buses for a birds eye view?
Cyclists and walkers are encouraged. Blackpool is one of just six places in the UK to be a designated 'cycling demonstration town' with cycling welcomed along the South Promenade.
Lytham St. Annes is easily accessed from the M6. Follow the M6 to the Blackpool turnoff, junction 32,and onto the M55 motorway. Turn off south for Lytham when signposted before entering Blackpool.
The neighbouring towns of Lytham and St-Annes-on-Sea (the latter nearly always abbreviated to St Annes) have grown together and now form a seaside resort, sometimes seen as a smaller and more genteel alternative to nearby Blackpool. The towns are situated on the Fylde coast, south of Blackpool at the point where the coast line turns east to form the estuary of the River Ribble leading inland to Preston. St Annes is situated on the northern side of the turning and, like Blackpool, overlooks the Irish Sea, whereas Lytham is on the eastern side and overlooks the Ribble estuary.
Lytham is a traditional coastal village steeped in heritage, largely through the famous landmark windmill on the green, the town’s ‘signature building’. The sophisticated resort offers an array of cosmopolitan shops and café bars.
Its neighbour St. Annes is a traditional seaside town perfect for young families and discerning visitors who want a more serene break than offered by lively Blackpool. St Annes is a haven of peace and tranquillity and is continually re-inventing itself to keep pace with the 21st century whilst retaining its familiar charm.
St Annes’ boasts a Victorian pier and promenade with ornamental gardens overlooking the sandy beach, where it is still possible to find the traditional donkey rides. As the tide goes out along way the extensive sands are ideal for young children.
There are facilities for tennis and bowls at Lowther Gardens and at Fairhaven Lake, there are sailing dinghies, rowing boats, motor boats and water skiing.
St. Anne's is famous for its Golf Links, there are four championship courses, the Royal Lytham and St. Anne's, St.Anne's Old Links, Fairhaven and Lytham Green Drive.
Cleveleys is situated only a few miles from the Fylde coast holiday resort of Blackpool, but away from the bright lights and bustling crowds.
The new award winning waterfront has water features, picnic areas, cafes and restaurants, a cinema and the picturesque Jubilee Gardens, with a boating lake, crazy golf, pitch and putt and tennis. For the children there is Kiddies Corner where they can have hours of fun on all the mini adventure rides.
Shoppers will be kept busy in Cleveleys with market stalls and street stores stretching the length of the town, or visit nearby Freeport Outlet Village for year round bargains.
Garstang is a small market town (pop c 5,000) mid way between Preston and Lancaster.
The town is situated on the historic Preston to Lancaster road, the river Wyre and the Lancaster Canal.
The A6 bypasses Garstang, Catterall and Cabus. The M6 motorway is close by as is the main West Coast Railway link between Scotland and England.
Garstang, the world's first Fairtrade Town
The campaign to make Garstang a Fairtrade Town developed during Fairtrade Fortnight in the year 2000. At that time there were five traders in Garstang selling Fairtrade goods including the Mustard Seed, the first Fair Trade shop and coffee bar in Garstang. There are now sixteen Garstang Traders selling Fairtrade products and many more using Fairtrade goods on their premises. To discover more click Fair Trade in Garstang
This area is ideal for a country getaway. You can enjoy golfing, fishing, bird watching, beautiful fells and an extensive programme of walks for all levels. Furthermore you can enjoy a wide variety of independent retailers, cafes and restaurants and other leisure activities on offer.
Garstang has a weekly market, which runs every Thursday- and has done since 1310! The Market House is also open Wednesdays- Saturday and sells a good selection of local produce including cheeses, meats and vegetables. The Thursday market offers a large selection of stalls from shoes to children’s clothes to household goods and plants and lots in-between.
Preston, granted city status since 2002 lies at the eastern edge of the Fylde and straddles the River Ribble. The 'Tithebarn Project' is a fantastic environment to work, live and visit.
Preston's history dates back to the Doomsday Book and evidence of the past can be seen in some of the medieval streets and heritage plaques. In 1640 The Battle of Preston resulted in the death of Charles 1 by Oliver Cromwell and after 10 years of fighting with thousands dead, Charles 11 finally came to the throne.
Preston Guild celebrations - The first reliably recorded celebration of the Guild was in 1397, when it was already more than two centuries old. These gatherings for renewing membership were infrequent. It was soon accepted that they were needed only once in a generation. As a result, from 1542 onwards, Preston Guild took place every twenty years. The next scheduled celebration is in 2032.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015