The coastal resort of Morecambe is sandwiched between Morecambe Bay and the Cumbrian Hills, within easy reach of the historic city of Lancaster. This is the place where sandcastle building, kite flying, cycling, hiking and picnics on the beach are a must. Indulge in scoops of delectable ice cream as you saunter along the Promenade, lined with independent boutiques and gift shops. Have your picture taken with the famous Eric Morecambe Statue on the Promenade, or visit the Tern Project, an award-winning art installation relating to local birdlife. Many Morecambe hotels offer superb views of the Bay and cater for a range of budgets.
Take afternoon tea at the Midland Hotel, with its beautifully restored Art Deco exterior and panoramic view of the Bay. Alternatively visit the Reel Cinema on the Seafront and cosy down to the latest blockbuster movie with a bag of popcorn.
The Platform is Morecambe’s premier events and entertainment venue. Once an old railway station, it’s now a mecca for music lovers, offering everything from jazz and the blues to folk and classical music. Recitals, concerts and lectures run throughout the year, including sequence dancing for those who are light on their feet.
History enthusiasts may find the award winning Lancaster Maritime Museum worth a visit. Once a Customs house, it now hosts an informative, interactive exhibition relating to the maritime trade of Lancaster and Morecombe Bay. For a comprehensive history of the region from Roman occupation to the present day head to Lancaster City Museum.
Visit the 1000-year-old Lancaster Castle, known for the infamous trial of the Pendle Witches and its ancient dungeons. A packed event program throughout the year means you can watch an Opera or a Shakespeare play with the atmospheric castle as a backdrop.
Shopping and Eating Out:
When it comes to shopping, all the known high street stores can be found in the centre of the town. There’s also the Central Drive Retail Park, which hosts an extended range of stores and a supermarket for some serious retail therapy. If you just want to browse and have an eye for a bargain, then the Festival Market is worth a closer look.
When peckish after a breezy walk along the seafront try the celebrated local delicacy known as the Morecambe Bay potted shrimps or some traditional fish and chips. Both taste extra special when eaten overlooking the sea. With plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby, there’s no shortage of places to sample the local cuisine.
Other Outdoor Activities:
Take a stroll through Happy Mount Park, with many family attractions on offer to keep all age groups entertained, including zip wires, a miniature railway, trampolines and swing boats.
For the adventurous, book a guided walk across Morecambe bay and experience nature at its most dramatic. The scenery and wildlife can be spectacular, so keep your camera at the ready and wear some waterproof clothing.
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