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Morecambe Bay really has the “wow factor”!
Take in the view from any point on this impressive coastline and it will stay with you long after your visit is over.
Morecambe Bay is surrounded by attractive towns and villages. At its heart is the seaside town of Morecambe whose motto ‘Beauty Surrounds, Health Abounds’ couldn’t be more appropriate. Is there anything better for the health than breathing in fresh sea air while sauntering down a promenade which has outstanding views across to the Lakeland Fells? And as the sun goes down on Morecambe Bay, enjoy one of the world’s most amazing sunsets.
The seaside town was the birthplace of Eric Morecambe, and his statue, unveiled by the Queen in 1999, has become one of the most photographed in the country. Strike the famous Morecambe and Wise pose beside the comic for the perfect souvenir of your visit. The Eric Morecambe statue is a highlight of Morecambe’s promenade which has yet another iconic destination – the Midland Hotel. When Eric was a lad, this internationally renowned art deco hotel welcomed the rich and famous and now you can experience The Midland’s charms for yourself. Many of the hotel’s star guests performed at the nearby Winter Gardens theatre which regularly opens its doors for guided tours. Today, there’s a varied programme of entertainment at The Platform, once the town’s railway station, which is also home to Morecambe Visitor Information Centre.
All these attractions are just a few minutes’ walk away from Morecambe’s sandy beaches. Build sandcastles with your bucket and spade, relax in a deckchair or enjoy a refreshing stroll and feel the sand beneath your feet. And there’s more traditional family fun on offer at Happy Mount Park with its adventure playground, splash park and other attractions, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
Morecambe Bay is also a birdwatcher’s paradise all year round but from August to April everyone can enjoy spotting the thousands of birds who return to Morecambe Bay from their breeding grounds. Many of these birds, including oystercatchers, knot, and curlew, inspired the awardwinning Tern Project, a series of unusual artworks along Morecambe’s Central Promenade and Stone Jetty.
Just along the coast nestled on the cliffside overlooking Morecambe Bay is the charming village of Heysham, famed for its 8th Century St Patrick’s Chapel, Viking rock hewn graves and nettle beer! And another quirky bay village well worth a visit is Sunderland Point where you can find ‘Sambo’s Grave’, a poignant reminder of the area’s connection to the slave trade.
Morecambe Bay also takes in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Arnside itself has a lovely promenade with more stunning views which can also be appreciated from Arnside Knott, a 500 foot limestone hill. The pretty village of Silverdale has attracted visitors for centuries, among them the Victorian novelist Mrs Gaskell who frequently holidayed there.
What better recommendation could there be for a visit to Morecambe Bay – certainly a place to write home about.
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