Morecambe is a fantastic place to visit in Lancashire. Whether you’d like to explore independent shops, relax on the beach or enjoy some of the famous seafood on offer, you’re bound to have an enjoyable visit.
Here, we answer a handful of frequently asked questions about Morecambe. We share our local knowledge, so you’ve got all the insider info before you head out on a day trip from Hawthorns Caravan Park.
What is Morecambe famous for?
Morecambe boasts some of the best seaside views in Britain from its award-winning promenade. It is home to a series of quirky artworks and panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells. If visiting, you should get a photo with the Eric Morecambe statue – half of the iconic Morecambe and Wise double act. Elsewhere in Morecambe Bay, you’ll find picture perfect landscapes at West Shore Beach, Humphrey Head, Birkrigg Common and many more locations.
Is Morecambe worth visiting?
Yes, we highly recommend visiting Morecambe during a stay in your caravan holiday home in Lancashire. Morecambe has inspired poets and painters for centuries and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’d like to explore a quiet, sandy beach, delve into the towns deep history, take a hike or partake in wildlife watching, you’ll find your calling in Morecambe.
Does Morecambe come under Lancashire?
Yes, Morecambe is situated in Lancashire. It is a seaside town in Northwest England which includes the port of Heysham and is governed by thee tiers of local Government: Lancashire City Council, Lancashire County Council and Morecambe Town Council.
Does Morecambe have a market?
Morecambe’s market tradition dates back over 700 years and continues to be one of the main draws to the town.
Festival Market – Morecambe Festival Market is a traditional covered market, close to the promenade. It has more than 80 stalls to peruse, offering visitors the chance to peruse a selection of homeware, gifts, food, clothing, jewellery and more. The market has a friendly atmosphere and benefits from two on-site cafes. It is open Tuesday, Thursday Saturday and Sunday (9am-5pm), October to March.
Charter Market – Morecambe’s Charter Market is located on Market Street in the heart of the town and takes place twice a week. Here, you can find brilliant local and international cuisine, jewellery, fresh produce, plants, flowers and gifts.
Outdoor Sunday Market – The Sunday Market can be found at the Pleasureland car park every Sunday from March to Christmas. Every week around 90 stalls attend – with plenty of stalls to browse.
What day is market day in Morecambe?
Morecambe’s Charter Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am.
Morecambe Festival Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 4:30 (October to March), and 9am-5pm on these days from April to September, as well as all bank holidays from Easter to August.
The Sunday Market takes place every Sunday from March to Christmas.
Credit: Robert Linsdell | Flickr
What shops are there in Morecambe?
Morecambe is popular for hosting quirky, independent shops in its town centre, as well as household names within the Arndale Centre.
You’ll find a wide range of products in Morecambe’s independent retailers, including antiques, chocolate, cycling bikes, vinyl records, unique artwork, footwear and more.
Located in the heart of Morecambe, the Arndale Centre hosts high street staples such as Argos, Iceland, Boots and Poundland.
There are also three fantastic garden centres in Morecambe.
Is Morecambe a seaside town?
Morecambe is famous for being a seaside town. It has been a popular staycation destination since the rise of domestic holidaying in the mid 1900s. The award-winning promenade overlooks five miles of coastline!
Does Morecambe have a sandy beach?
Much of the five mile coastline that Morecambe looks out on is sandy, however there is also so much to explore! The coastline is made up of five beaches. Starting at Morecambe Seafront (split into South and North beaches), you can also delve over to Half Moon Bay, Silverdale Cove, Sandy Gap and Sandscale Haws.
Whether you’d like to explore paths around the heathlands of Silverdale, walk along the Heysham cliffs at Half Moon Bay or simply sunbathe on one of the sandy beaches, you’re guaranteed a whole day of fun.
Can you swim in the sea at Morecambe?
The sea at all beaches surrounding Morecambe are safe to swim in, however swimming is dependent on tide and at all of the above beaches you should be award of dangers such as rip tides and strong currents. None of the beaches have lifeguard cover, but beach patrol officers will be on duty in the area to oversee public safety. Before venturing into the water though, it is important that you practice cold water safety advice, and know what to do if you run into any issues.
Does Morecambe have a railway station?
Yes, Morecambe has a railway station. It opened in 1994 and is one of the newest stations on the Northern Rail network. It replaced the old Morecambe Promenade station, and sits just 400m from its predecessor’s site. See the location of the Morecambe Station on Google Maps.
What seafood is Morecambe Bay famous for?
Morecambe Bay’s most famous seafood delicacy are Potted Shrimps! Best enjoyed simply, with brown bread, a slice of lemon and spicy butter, Potted Shrimps are small in size but big in fame! The most popular producers in the area are James Baxter & Son and Morecambe Bay Shrimps. Marco Pierre-White even used Morecambe Potted Shrimps in his Great British Feast!
Also popular in Morecambe are cockles, dabs and flounder. The range of fish on offer make Morecambe’s fish and chip shops unique and popular among visitors!
Does Morecambe have a swimming pool?
Salt Ayre Leisure Centre is located half way between Morecambe and Lancaster. The leisure centre features the largest indoor swimming pool in the area, boasting a 25m main pool, learner pool, spa pool and 40m waterslide.
Salt Ayre offers the perfect day out for all the family with a wide range of attractions and activities on offer. This includes indoor soft play, indoor climbing, swimming pools, indoor sports hall, fitness studio, 100 station gym, training studio, cycling studio, athletics tracks, grass pitch and a cycle racing circuit. Whether you’re going for a quiet swim with the family or training for the olympics, you’ll find what you need here.
How long is the promenade at Morecambe?
Morecambe Promenade is four miles long! If the weather is favourable you’ll have a perfect view out to the Lakeland Fells, and be hard pressed to find a promenade with a more attractive backdrop.
Why not get your rollerblades on and burn some calories whilst enjoying the flat, four mile journey along the promenade!
Is there still a pier at Morecambe?
Unfortunately, the piece at Morecambe doesn’t exist anymore.
Having been built in 1867 and expanded to include a pavilion in 1897, this pavilion was destroyed by fire. Over 30 years later in 1935, a new pavilion was built, but this was again destroyed in 1987. Although plans were made to rebuild the pier, repairs were condemned by the local council in a report in 1990, and demolition was ordered.
Is Morecambe near Blackpool?
Morecambe is technically 19-miles away from Blackpool, however a car journey between the two towns is 40.3m miles in length. On average, it takes 46 minutes to drive the route, and 49 minutes on the train.
Hawthorns Park to Morecambe
Just a 14-minute drive away from our caravan park, we highly recommend visiting the seaside town of Morecambe when staying in your static caravan at Hawthorns Park.