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A lively seaside town with plenty to keep everyone entertained

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Morecambe promenade

Once just a collection of three small fishing villages, today Morecambe is a lively coastal town and the perfect place to hit the seaside.

At the heart of the town and something which has continued to breathe life into Morecambe is the promenade. Along the way, the promenade has been decorated with sculptures, mostly of birds, and visitors can follow the Tern Trail to see each one. Its best-known sculpture, however, is that of Eric Morecambe, who hailed from the town, and the area surrounding the statue is also engraved with the lyrics to Bring Me Sunshine. As well as looking out over Morecambe Bay, the promenade also passes West End Gardens, a large park with play areas, water features, picnic tables and more.

Statue of Eric Morecambe

Made up of sand and shingle, Morecambe’s north and south beaches are ideal for a bucket-and-spade day out. It overlooks Morecambe Bay, the UK’s largest estuary; it is said by many that watching the sunset over the bay is simply unmissable. It can be dangerous to go in the water, however, due to the bay’s quicksand and shifting water channels. The only safe way to cross the water is on an organised Cross Bay Walk, led by an official guide.

Slightly further up the coastal road you will find Happy Mount Park, a family-friendly attraction crossed with a traditional park. While you enjoy the landscaped surroundings, the children will love the zip wire, splash park, trampolines, mini train, swingboats and mini golf.

Should there be a rainy day, there’s still a wealth of activities available to keep visitors entertained. Right next to the seafront you will find Morecambe Superbowl and the Reel Cinema, while The Platform is also a great place to catch a concert, theatre performance or comedy show.

There are also a variety of places to shop. Big names can be found at the Arndale Centre, as well as in the Central Drive Retail Park and Lancaster Retail Park, while the Morecambe Festival Market is open four days a week, featuring over a hundred diverse stalls. During your shopping trip, be sure to pick up some Morecambe Bay Potted Shrimps, a famous local delicacy. Caught locally and boiled in butter, these can be bought at several of the town’s fishmongers.

A short distance away from Morecambe lies Heysham, one of the area’s prettiest villages, which is well worth a visit. Among its main sights are the eighth-century ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel, and St Peter’s Church, one of the oldest churches in western Europe still in regular use.

“Watching the sunset over Morecambe Bay is simply unmissable…”

If you’re after a bite to eat, there’s plenty of places to indulge in classic seaside treats such as ice cream and fish and chips, as well as a large choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants. The Brasserie is a highly-acclaimed and authentic Greek restaurant, while the Sun Terrace Restaurant looks out to sea and serves not only lunch and dinner but also afternoon tea.

Take a look at our full collection of Morecambe cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Heysham

A pretty village nearby where some stunning eighth-century ruins can be found

Happy Mount Park

A landscaped park packed with traditional children’s amusements including swingboats and a mini train

Morecambe Promenade

Soak up the views out to sea, follow the Tern Trail and snap a photo with the Eric Morecambe statue

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