Spring Travel: It's a shore thing

For decades, people have flockedto Blackpool for its beach, tower and illuminations, but just20 minutes north lies the quaint town of Fleetwood, a hidden gem in the uppermost corner of Lancashire’s Fylde Coast.
See the sights at Fleetwood’s harbourSee the sights at Fleetwood’s harbour
See the sights at Fleetwood’s harbour

The Victorian seaside resort’s promenade has some of the most magnificent views in the region and provides the starting point for the 11-mile walking and cycling route to Blackpool via the seaside town of Cleveleys. The flat route is ideal for beginners or those who are a little rusty on two wheels, and for exploring the impressive coastline of the towns.

To the north, Fleetwood is surrounded by the vast sandy Marine Beach which is backed by pretty pastel huts and enjoyable all year round. Admire the landmark Mount Pavilion on the hill above the beach, and pop into the Art Deco Marine Hall, which has hosted a range of entertainment since it opened in 1935.

Visitors can also have some family fun at Marine Splash hosted by YMCA Fleetwood or enjoy some delicious award-winning fish and chips – a must for any visitor to the seaside.

The Mount PavilionThe Mount Pavilion
The Mount Pavilion

While the town was developed as a fishing port, today it is most popular for its shopping and no visit is complete without a stop at Affinity Lancashire, the region’s number-one shopping outlet village.

Set at the beautiful marina, the dog-friendly centre offers more than 40 top brands from famous name stores, all at up to 60 per cent off the RRP.

Visitors can discover a fantastic range of women’s, men’s and children’s fashion and footwear, plus gifts, homeware and accessories all at great prices. Stores include Next Outlet, Sports Direct, The Body Shop, Craghoppers, Clarks, The Works, Regatta and Pavers.

Peckish shoppers can pop in to one of the independent eateries on site, such as the newly-extended Katie’s Café, which serves freshly-made cakes, ice creams, milkshakes and light meals.

Affinity LancashireAffinity Lancashire
Affinity Lancashire

Al fresco dining is offered by The Coffee Box & Bistro, which has grown from a converted horse trailer and now has plenty of indoor and outdoor space in which to enjoy their delicious brunches or baked goods.

Fleetwood Haven Marina is on the doorstep for visitors to take a stroll along the warterfront and enjoy afew moments of peace and quiet.

With something to suit everyone, Affinity Lancashire is the perfect daytime destination.

The outlet centre is open every day, 10am-6pm (10am-4pm on Sundays), with free on-site parking and wifi.