In recent years the coastline in the North of England has been enjoying a revival of its traditional seaside towns. The trend is long overdue, with varied gems like Southport, Morecambe and Blackpool coming into their own once more and regaining huge and well deserved popularity.
These towns boast Victorian promenades, some of the oldest piers in Britain, countryside backdrops and wide open skies stretching as far as the eye can see. Add to that: fine sandy beaches, wildlife galore, tea rooms and fish and chips, and you have yourself a quintessential British holiday to remember.
Southport was named a ‘Great British Break’ in the Sunday Times in May, highlighting the wonderful expanse of sights and activities on offer in this previously often overlooked historic seaside town.
The Victorian Royal Arcade with its vintage shopping was mentioned as the pick of the tree-lined Victorian boulevards. Also noted were the Edwardian Kings Gardens where you can treat yourself and the kids to a traditional ice cream from the tea room while you take in the beautiful displays of flowers set around a serene lake.
Sandhills Nature Reserve is the spot for wildlife lovers. See if you can spot the rare natterjack toad and sand lizards. Or simply take in the unique coastal marshes and sand dunes – a tranquil, distinctive and relatively undiscovered spectacle, found on this untouched part of the northern coastline.
The Southport Air Show event and Pleasureland Amusement Park are just some of the must-do more manmade highlights of Southport to add to your long list. There is something for everyone in this fantastic seaside location.
It’s often been given a bad name, but Blackpool is the North’s most famous seaside town for a reason. It is the seaside town where entertainment is king – from the world famous theme park, Tower and ballroom, to the zoo, dungeons and West End shows – there is no chance of getting bored in this jewel in the Northern seaside circuit.
Since the 1800s it has been Britain’s most popular seaside resort. The history here is incredible – with the magnificent Grand Theatre designed by Victorian architect Frank Matcham, the renowned Winter Gardens Opera House, and its historic piers. For culture vultures, Blackpool is too modest – there is the Grundy Art Gallery and too many festivals to keep track of in its yearly calendar of events.
Don’t be mistaken about the beaches here too – Blackpool South Beach has gained Blue Flag status for the third year running and is therefore one of the 65 very best beaches in England. Blackpool North beach, Central beach and Bispham beach have also been given Seaside Award status.
Morecambe enjoys a privileged location situated right between large historic towns such as Lancaster, Preston and Blackpool and the doorstep of the Lake District National Park and breathtaking Forest of Bowland.
Morecambe has had huge investments made into the resort’s features and experiences. It boasts a brand new family friendly Bay Cycle Way running all along its spectacular coastline so that you can ‘have big adventures on two wheels‘. There is even a Bay Sea School where you and your family members can learn to sail on the beautiful Morecambe Bay.
Don’t forget to visit the Eric Morecambe Statue and its viewpoint, right on the striking refurbished promenade. The flat and picturesque promenade is perfect for strolling along the seafront and admiring the series of sculptures and art you will find nowhere else in the country.
Where to Stay
Lancashire seaside resort towns went through a rough patch, often being thought of as tacky or unclean – something which is difficult to compute as you stand on pristine golden sand or walk through spectacular botanical gardens and nature reserves.
We’ve come full circle though, and those now wanting traditional seaside getaways closer to home or with a northern twist needn’t go far.
There’s good reason to visit the northern seaside coast, so where do you stay to make it really memorable?
At Harrison Holidays, we believe there’s nothing like a Great British caravan holiday. Whether in a motorhome, touring caravan or glamping lodge – our Riverside Park in Southport offers perfect options for you to get away from it all and enjoy the Lancashire seaside in all its glory. With endless attractions nearby and a brand new play park, splash pad and swimming pool to enjoy onsite, you can really have it all in one unique holiday destination.
Alternatively, our Royal Umpire Holiday Park in Preston is set in idyllic countryside, but is only a stone’s throw away from Southport, Blackpool and Morecambe, as well as the rest of the stunning Lancashire coastline. Visit https://www.harrisonholidays.com/our-parks/ and book your perfect seaside holiday today.