Ansdell

Ansdell

You’ll find Ansdell in a prime spot midway between the bustling towns of St Annes and Lytham.

With thanks to Sue Massey, Visit Fylde Coast contributor based in the borough of Fylde, for this article and all of the photos.

It’s a short stroll inland from the beautiful Fairhaven Lake, with its many family friendly activities, the RSPB Discovery Centre, and Granny’s Bay. The Fairhaven United Reformed Church (opened in 1912) is a well known building here. It’s known locally as The White Church, an impressive and distinctive landmark close to Granny’s Bay.

White Church at Fairhaven. Photo: Sue Massey
White Church at Fairhaven. Photo: Sue Massey

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Ansdell has a genteel, leisurely feel about it as locals and holidaymakers explore its hidden gems. Antique hunters are well catered for.  Those wanting a bit of glamour will find hair and beauty salons galore.

  • Searching for a tasteful gift?
  • On the hunt for a bargain?
  • Looking for a bridal outfit?
  • Need a new carpet?
  • Fancy bespoke soft furnishings?
Shops in Ansdell Town Centre. Photo: Sue Massey
Shops in Ansdell Town Centre. Photo: Sue Massey

Shops in Ansdell Town Centre. Photo: Sue Massey

Shops in Ansdell Town Centre. Photo: Sue Massey

Shops in Ansdell Town Centre. Photo: Sue Massey

Ansdell has it All!

Tourists and locals won’t be disappointed. Ansdell has it all, including a library, post office, well-stocked Co-op, butchers and bakers.

Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, the popular Blackbird Café offers a comfortable rest over a cuppa and delicious home-made treats.

The Blackbird Cafe. Photo: Sue Massey
The Blackbird Cafe. Photo: Sue Massey

Places to Eat and Drink

With cafes, chip shop, Chinese restaurant, and hostelries at both ends of Ansdell (the newly refurbished The Fairhaven, and The Blossoms), there’s plenty of choice for eating-in or taking-away. And it’s all on Woodlands Road.

Places to eat and drink in Ansdell. Photo: Sue Massey
Places to eat and drink. Photo: Sue Massey

Getting to Ansdell

Ansdell & Fairhaven Railway Station (opened 1872) is also on Woodlands Road.

Ansdell and Fairhaven Railway Station. Photo: Sue Massey
Ansdell and Fairhaven Railway Station. Photo: Sue Massey

It’s a pretty journey by train from Preston to Blackpool South, crisscrossing fields of cattle, sheep, and arable crops.  Trains stop at Kirkham & Wesham, Moss Side, Lytham, Ansdell & Fairhaven, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and Blackpool South.

It’s always a fun journey to see who’s first to spot The Blackpool Tower!

Arriving by car you’ll find on-street parking close to the shops and a little further afield. Why not leave the car and take the bus? Blackpool Transport services 11 and 7 have bus stops convenient for visitors to Ansdell, and Stagecoach service 68 stops outside Ansdell Library.

Blooming Lovely

The town is bright and colourful during the summer months thanks to the dedicated volunteers of Ansdell in Bloom.  The floral displays at the railway station and along Woodlands Road is attractive and welcoming to all who pass by.

One of the many Ansdell In Bloom displays. Photo: Sue Massey
One of the many Ansdell In Bloom displays. Photo: Sue Massey
Flowers at the Railway Station. Photo: Sue Massey
Flowers at the Railway Station. Photo: Sue Massey
Rugby Player from Ansdell in Bloom. Photo: Sue Massey
Rugby Player from Ansdell in Bloom. Photo: Sue Massey

Do visit Ansdell, and while you’re here why not take a leisurely stroll to Fairhaven Lake and Granny’s Bay, and perhaps visit The White Church. You’ll have a lovely day out.

DID YOU KNOW?

Back in the day a tram service from Blackpool continued its journey to St Annes, Ansdell, and Lytham. The preserved tram stop outside The Fairhaven is a reminder of bygone days.

Preserved Tram Shelter at Ansdell, opposite the Fairhaven. Photo: Sue Massey
Preserved Tram Shelter, opposite the Fairhaven. Photo: Sue Massey
Blue Plaque at the Preserved Tram Shelter. Photo: Sue Massey
Blue Plaque at the Preserved Tram Shelter. Photo: Sue Massey

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