Lytham St Annes: double the seaside fun

Lytham St Annes: double the seaside fun

Just a couple of miles south of Blackpool lies a seaside town with a very different vibe. Perfect for those seeking quieter and a more laid-back beach holiday. (Or, dare we say, for the more mature beach-goer?) Lytham St Annes is really two seaside towns in one. They share a lovely stretch of coastline featuring pretty parks, lawns and a boating lake. And, of course, an expansive sandy beach.

Beach life

The award-winning St Annes Beach Huts can be rented for the day or week or year. They not only look fantastic but are fitted out with everything you could need for a day at the beach. And more. (We’re talking not only deck chairs, but a fridge, kettle and microwave. Even heaters and double glazing for when the sun isn’t shining.) And of course, whatever the weather, you’ll look out over the gorgeous sands to the shining sea. What better way to enjoy a day with family and friends?

St Annes also has a stunning Victorian pier, built in 1885. There’s much more to do than stroll out over the sea. There are shops and restaurants, as well as amusements and rides for the kids. Visit in September to take in the St Annes International Kite Festival. Kite teams from across the UK and overseas fill the skies over the pier with kites in a bewildering array of shapes and colours.

Festival fun

Over in Lytham, there’s the annual five-day Lytham Festival, with big name pop acts performing in a specially built arena on Lytham Green. Older music lovers might prefer the Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend. There’s not only music and dancing, but also historic displays, vintage vehicles and a variety of stalls and other attractions.

Also on Lytham Green, you’ll find a charming, historic windmill which has been restored and is open to the public during the season. Of course, it is also eminently Instagrammable on or off season! Lytham’s other great attraction is the Georgian Lytham Hall, set in 78 acres of beautifully maintained grounds. Apart from regular events, there’s a much-loved tea room. You can also book a tour of the house itself. You’ll learn about the Clifton family, who built the hall and lived fascinating lives there.

Eating, drinking and more

Both Lytham and St Annes have a wealth of places to eat and drink. From cosy pubs to fine dining, fish and chips to international cuisine. There are also plenty of stylish independent shops to browse and find bargains in. Meanwhile, nestled between the two towns, Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club boasts one of the premier links courses in the world. It has hosted no fewer than eleven Open Championships, as well as two Ryder Cups and many other tournaments.

Whether your idea of a perfect holiday involves a round of golf or a day’s retail therapy, Lytham St Annes has it all. The main attraction will always be the stunning beach, but there is plenty to do in both towns whatever the weather. And Guestz have recently taken on the perfect property for your self-catering holiday in the twin towns. So why not book today and look forward to relaxing on the beach?