Fleetwood just to the north of Blackpool has a rich fishing heritage and is a popular peaceful holiday base offering easy access into both Blackpool and the Lake District. Visitors often schedule their holidays to fit in with the town’s festivals, which include the Fleetwood Beer and Cider Festival in February, the Fylde Folk Festival in late August, the Fleetwood Festival of Transport in July, and long-established Fleetwoodstock. For kids, the town features Farmer Parrs Animal World with rides, a museum, family activities and the chance to meet and interact with a wide range of animals. All the family will enjoy a visit to The Mount in Fleetwood, beautiful gardens with a play area and the Mount Pavilion landmark.
Shoppers could easily spend a full day at Fleetwood Market, with over 150 stalls and an on-site cafe, and pick up a range of great brands at fantastic discount prices in Freeport Fleetwood shopping village. Fleetwood’s oldest building the Custom House you’ll find the Fleetwood Museum exploring the town’s history from its earliest 19th Century roots. Spend a summer afternoon on the beach, or ride the Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramway to nearby towns and attractions, or hop aboard the passenger ferry to Knott End. Fleetwood accommodation is varied and extensive, including a choice of holiday parks, self-catering flats and apartments, hotels, cottages and friendly B&Bs. Compare Fleetwood accommodation prices online now and find your perfect place to stay.
Fleetwood on the beautiful Wyre Coast is surrounded by rolling Lancashire countryside and pretty towns and villages including Cleveleys, Thornton and Poulton-le-Fylde. The 11 miles of stunning coast around Fleetwood pushes up to Morecambe Bay. and The Wyre Coast has a rich marine heritage, best explored at the comprehensive Fleetwood Museum.
Fleetwood Ferries operate across the Wyre Estuary to Knott End and you can pick up direct ferries to Fleetwood from Larne in Ireland via Stena Line. Fleetwood today is still an established and well used British Port and is often the port of choice for RO-RO traffic to and from Northern Ireland.
Fleetwood Museum is housed within the old Customs House dating from 1838 on Queens Terrace and digs deep into the town’s history and origins from an early 19th century Lancashire new town, designed and owned by Sir Peter Hesketh. The town’s fishing industry, cargo trade and ferry passenger services are all given due attention in exhibits. Special events, including the Maritime Heritage Weekend and children’s activities run throughout the year.
Fleetwood Transport Festival – Tram Sunday
Fleetwood’s celebrated Transport Festival, also known as Tram Sunday, takes place on the 3rd Sunday in July annually. It is widely regarded as one of the North’s premier transport festivals – the only remaining electric tramway still running in the UK is here in Fleetwood and festival activities are spread across the length of the town’s main street. Entertainment includes street organs, bands and street entertainers, trade stands, model railway exhibitions and a selection of Vintage tram rides.
Thornton & Cleveleys Attractions
Thornton attractions include a little theatre and the Marsh Mill Complex with restored working windmill, a visitor and heritage centre and a fine selection of craft and gift shops and restaurants. Midway between Fleetwood and Blackpool on the coast is Cleveleys. Easily accessible by tram, the Cleveleys Waterfront is one of the Fylde Coast’s prettiest. Cleveleys Promenade is adorned with public artworks and the popular Jubilee Gardens which date from 1937 include a children’s play area, a multi-use games area and skate park alongside stunning gardens.
Poulton-le-Fylde & The Wyre Way Walk
Poulton-le-Fylde is just inland from Fleetwood and Blackpool, and has a delightful cafe culture with a choice of fine restaurants and an ancient famous church – St Chad’s. Regular markets take place in the town centre. Poulton town walk is one of several walks around the Wyre. Others include the Stanah Circular Walk and the Wyreside Trail from the Wyreside Visitor Centre. The 46 mile Wyre Way follows the course of the River Wyre to the sea and features three sections including the 16 mile Fleetwood to Knott End route via Shard Bridge.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.