Have a look around St Annes seafront and beach, it’s an important part of this Victorian seaside town.
At St Annes seafront and beach there are miles of open public land to explore. It’s an enormous natural beach. Walk the beautifully tended promenade gardens complete with waterfalls and ducks. Enjoy traditional seaside attractions with fun for all the family.
Have a look at the glorious sandy beach on a beautiful summers day in this aerial footage taken by Quadographer13
Enjoy the Seaside at St Annes Seafront and Beach
There’s a main T junction between the promenade and St Annes Road West (the main high street). Adjacent to this is where you’ll find the ‘seaside’ resort of St Annes seafront. It’s where the seafront hotels are, and all the traditional British seaside things.
There’s a good selection of high quality accommodation and places to stay, with a choice of period and modern properties. It’s all designed to give you a perfect UK break!
St Annes Pier is opposite this junction, in the attractive surroundings of the typical British coastal resort.
There’s pay and display car parking at the front of and to the right of the pier. There are also Danfo public toilets here (20p a go).
Nearby is the paddling pool which is very popular in summer, and next to it an attractive bandstand.
The seafront gardens are beautiful and well kept. They’re complete with a pond and huge waterfall where you’ll find resident ducks.
Things for Children on St Annes Seafront
St Annes Splash Park is brand new for 2019, it opened on 3 April.
Guarded by dolphins, it’s a safe, play water park for little ones on St Annes Promenade. Splash is also FREE. It’s open from 10am to 4pm daily between April and September, subject to the weather being suitable. Grab your towel!
The Promenade Gardens Friends group have been working in partnership with Fylde Council since 2016 on this community project. They’ve created a fully inclusive facility on the Promenade Gardens in St. Anne’s.
The project, costing around £259,000 was achieved through funding from Fylde Council as well as grant aid raised by the friends group. Monies have been secured from LCC Environment and Community Projects Fund, Lancashire Environmental Action Fund, Section 106 contributions, LCC Local Members Grant Scheme and local business donations.
The Splash Park joins the child friendly rides, bouncy trampolines, train, kiddies’ playground, paddling pool, pier and award winning beach. Not forgetting the cafes, gift shops, ice cream parlours and lovely ornamental gardens.
Head South Along St Annes Seafront
Whether on foot or by car, travel south along the coastal route and you’ll pass The Island complex. Here there are restaurants and a cinema, plus outdoor children’s amusements, gift shops and a cafe. Unusually they’re housed in stationary railway carriages!
There’s a cafe in another building on the opposite side of the boating pool. It was designed by the same architect as the boathouse so looks somewhat similar, but has no connection with the lifeboat.
Next to the RNLI building is a boating lake where you can have all kinds of safe fun, messing about in the water.
Further south you’ll reach the much larger Fairhaven Lake. Again, here the coastal footpath heads around the water’s edge, or by car the highway follows the seafront.
Finally, the road rounds the corner inland to the crossroads at the White Church, where you pick up Clifton Drive. Turn left to return to St Annes town centre, or turn right for a short drive to Lytham.
St Annes Beach
The sandy beach is so huge because of the wide tidal range of the Irish Sea. The beach is very flat, so the tide goes out a long way. But it comes back in very quickly – so beware!
While the tide is out at St Annes, there are miles and miles of sands for you to enjoy. Please be careful, know the tide times before you set off and always watch the sea while you’re out on the beach. Don’t forget, there’s a dog ban on St Annes Beach from the Pier to the boating pond, between 1 May and 30 September.
Drive Northwards along St Annes Seafront
The long, straight roads of North and South Promenade provide an attractive drive (or walk) along the seafront at St Annes. North Promenade (with the sea on your left) takes you in the direction of Blackpool. South Promenade (with the sea on your right) takes you to Lytham.
There are lare properties along North Promenade, some in individual ownership, others are apartment blocks. Most are residential, either period properties or a variety of more recent architectural styles.
These properties at North Promenade have spectacular views across the large sand dunes which flank the seaward side of the road.
Naturally formed, these provide at least some protection from the westerly winds and airborne sand, which blows from the huge, golden sandy beach that lies beyond. The sand dunes are an important, natural sea defence.
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