Local Area Attractions
Kirkham and Wesham
A mile from Mowbreck Park, the old mill town of Kirkham was once the subject of a pencil sketch by L S Lowry. At some point, Kirkham and the adjoining village of Wesham grew into one settlement to form Kirkham and Wesham. Each June, they hold an annual gala involving a procession of floats, civic dignitaries, brass bands and Rose Queens, similar to “Field Day” at local village Wrea Green. Both have a choice of pubs, supermarkets, hair and nail salons, book shops, restaurants, takeaways, a library, two bowling greens (one of which we sponsor) and three churches of different denominations.
The nearest gym and spa are at The Health Club at Ribby Hall Village, two miles from Mowbreck Park, where membership or day packages are available. Or you could go to YMCA Kirkham Baths and swim in their 22m pool or use their gym and fitness facilities. During the football season you can watch live football at AFC Fylde’s ground. Or in the summer, nip over to Wrea Green and watch a game of cricket over a craft beer at The Grapes.
The coastal fishing town of Lytham St Annes
Country lanes and quiet A-roads connect Mowbreck Park to the coast at Lytham St Annes seven miles away. Overlooking the estuary of the River Ribble and the Welsh mountains, and wrapped between the seashore and the main coastal road is The Green, with its recently restored Windmill and Old Lifeboat House Museum.
Lytham also has a great shopping centre and is home to a wide range of hostelries such as The Taps, The Craft House and The Lytham Brewery. Live music lovers will enjoy the atmosphere at The Queens. Whether you are walking the dunes, picnicking on St Annes Beach or participating in one of the annual kite flying events here, there’s always plenty to do.
The seaside resort of Blackpool
The centre of Blackpool is just 15 minutes drive from Mowbreck Park. Here you’ll find a promenade complete with piers, fortune-tellers, public houses, trams, donkey rides, fish-and-chip shops and theatres.
Major attractions and landmarks include Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Illuminations, the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo, Sandcastle Water Park, and the UK’s only surviving first-generation tramway. You can even watch West End musicals at The Grand Theatre or The Winter Gardens, or try to get tickets for Strictly Come Dancing at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Hills and Dales
Half an hour from Mowbreck Park and you are in The Forest of Bowland, one of the northwest’s best kept secrets, and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walk or cycle amongst the beautiful Bowland Fells or in Beacon Fell Country Park, and afterwards reward yourself with a thirst quencher at The Green Man or Old Nell’s.
Finally, in just under an hour you can be in Windermere, experiencing everything that the Lake District has to offer. Golfers are spoilt for choice with excellent courses at Staining Lodge, St Annes Old Links, Fleetwood and Stanley Park (designed in 1925 by Augusta golf course designer Dr. Alister MacKenzie).