I have visited Morecambe many time, I usually enjoy such visits, but especially when the weather is sunny.
The Eric Morecambe statue, now once again fully restored, is the main focal point of a town which once thrived and possibly put it's near neighbour, Blackpool, in the shade.
It has to be admitted that the 'inland' areas where the main shopping centre and market are located, leave something to be desired. They are in fact, quite tacky and could do with some much needed refurbishment, but I have in fact heard that this is indeed likely to actually happen in the near future.
My favourite places to visit are the King's Arms' - where you can sit and have a value meal while looking out over the bay.I also love having a malted coffee in one of the seafront cafes, same can be said of the wonderful ice creams.
It is definitely worth having a camera handy, as Morecambe usually offers splendid views across the bay, and sometimes when you look closely you can sea a variety of seabirds inc. oystercatchers etc.
There are lots of hotels, and also a few campsites if you fancy a break. There are arcades for the children, and one of the great highlights for myself was a visit to Happymount park, which, admittedly, is some distance away from the promenade in the centre of Morecambe if you happen to be on foot. But it's worth the walk, and is a great place to take your family.
When we had a few days staying in Carnforth recently we popped in Morecambe a couple of times as it is only about 10 minutes away by car.
Morecambe is on Morecambe bay on the western side of the UK and is quite a popular seaside resort for those living in the north of England. The bay is huge and is well known for its erratic tides which sadly caught the cockle collectors unaware and twenty one were drowned in 2004. If you are looking over the bay while walking along the promenade it is a splendid sight and seems to go on for miles. On a clear day you can see right across the bay and also out to sea but sadly on this visit we had rain and drizzle and could not see very far at all. Previously we visited in summer and then the views are quite different with blue skies and sunshine everywhere looks better.
Morecambe has a long curved seafront and as you enter the town if you stop fairly soon after you arrive and park the car you can walk all along the promenade and on the way you will come across Morecambe's most loved comedian in the form of a statue . The statue of Eric Morecambe is just perfect as he is standing in a typical Eric pose with his left hand on his hip and his right holds his hat. One leg is jauntily raised in a sort of Eric style dance; if you knew his performances you would recognise this statue instantly as it is him to perfection. This rather fun statue was created by sculptor Graham Ibbeson.
If you visit in summer you will no doubt have to join a queue to have your photo taken next to the statue but when we went this time there was no-one around. It was a VERY windy drizzly day and so few people were 'taking the air', in fact we didn't take a lot of the air and kept moving the car up the town as we went as it was not pleasant out in the weather. The statue looks great as Eric is looking out over the bay so you get the backdrop of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District hills. At night the statue is lit so it looks good then too but obviously you get the lights in the bay only as a backdrop rather than the view.
If you walk the full length of the sea front then you will pass small playground areas, green park areas and of course the whole time you will have Morecambe bay on one side of you. If you choose to move inwards a little and walk alongside the shops then don't expect high class stuff. There are the usual seaside tat shops, some very average cafes and a rather nice second hand book shop but certainly nothing that would bring me to Morecambe for the shopping.
Leaping down to the other end of Morecambe to near the railway station as that is where you will find a fairly poor tourist information office which didn't inspire us much at all. The Platform which is Morecambe's only live entertainment venue is also in this converted Victorian-styled building which was the old Railway Station. The day we visited there was a fairly pathetic craft market inside which didn't inspire me at all but I did use the toilets which were fine, clean and they worked.
This is also where you will find the art deco hotel 'The Midland' where we enjoyed our afternoon tea which I reviewed recently and where Coco Chanel stayed in the past. I can't say this is the prettiest hotel I have ever seen but inside it is interesting and you do get a splendid view over the bay on a clear day.
If you walk from the hotel out along the stone jetty into the bay you will come to the old ferry terminus and all along the jetty you will see statues of terns and other sea birds. These are on rocks and posts and until you get up close they look like the real thing. It makes the jetty a place that is pleasant and interesting to walk along. They are made of metal but look very impressive and add a bit of interest to a walk along the front.
Morecambe was once a thriving seaside holiday town but since many people have started to go overseas for their holidays combined with the fact that there is really little to actually attract families here apart from the fact that it has the sea and the promenade. Both Morecambe's piers have been destroyed, West End Pier was washed away in a storm in 1978 and Central Pier had a fire in 1933 but did manage to survive until1992. Several 'attractions' of the sort families might use have closed over the years and really there is nothing like other seaside places have to attract people with children. In my personal opinion that makes Morecambe slightly more attractive but I do realise that those with families might want some entertainment besides the seafront and a few dull shops.
When we came with our children a few years ago we walked up and down and then went off elsewhere but we did come back for the Radio 1 Road show which was held on the front and they enjoyed that.
Is it worth a visit, well yes it is quaintly English and rather dated but none the less worth a visit? I am not sure I'd want a holiday here though as there really isn't a lot to do in the town itself. It is one of a few places that is worth popping in to see on a day visit. Is it a memorable place to see before you die, well no, I think I would not put it in that class but if in the area pop in to have a walk along the sea front and while you are there try some of the famous potted shrimps that the Queen has given her seal of approval to.
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Morecambe is a seaside town located on the West coast of Lancashire. The town has a population of around forty five thousand although during the summer months this town gets very busy as tourists come into the area. Morecambe has been a popular holiday destination for many years and will no doubt continue to attract visitors into the future.
If you are looking to spend a while staying in Morecambe then there are plenty of excellent hotels to choose from. The Midland hotel is one of the bigger hotels and is located right on the seafront, this hotel has an excellent reputation for good quality service and excellent rooms. There are lots of other choices from luxury hotels right down to simple bed and breakfast. Morecambe really does have a hotel that will suit everyone. Another option in the area is staying on a caravan site. This provides a cheaper alternative and can often be an experience in itself.
Morecambe has a very large bay. This is not really the kind of beach you think of when you think of the seaside, this is a huge expanse of sand and mud. The beach can be a very dangerous place if you go to far out onto the sands when the tide is out, the sea comes in very fast and it's easy to get cut off, or there is the danger of quick sand. Many people have drowned in this area so it's a good idea not to venture out into the bay. There are guided walks you can do though, if you have a guide there really should be no problem.
Morecambe has lots of interesting things to do on the seafront. There are arcades with games and things that children tend to enjoy. The little theme park known as 'Happy Mount Park' is a great place for children, it has rides and lots of other things that will keep both young and old entertained for hours. There are also lots of shops offering souvenirs and other locals gifts.
Morecambe is also a good place to stay while you explore other places in the area. Blackpool is only a short drive down the coast and here there are plenty of things to see and do. Lancaster is a historical city with an interesting castle to look around, this again is only a short drive inland. Then you have the option of going to the Lake District, you can often see the mountains across the bay and it's only a short drive to get this area of outstanding beauty.
Overall Morecambe really does have something for everyone. There is plenty to keep people entertained in the town itself and also plenty of nearby attractions to visit. Morecombe really is a fantastic little resort and a place that everyone should give a visit.
Morecambe is somewhere I have been going since I was a little girl, it was always somewhere that I loved to go, when I was a kid, there was a great amusement Park called Frontier Land, which I would go to sometimes, normally for special occasions! And also an indoor "water park", called Bubbles, which was great while it lasted, from what I remember it had a couple of water slides, and a wave pool, and an outdoor pool for those summer days of old!
There was also Morecambe beach...you may think now...MORECAMBE....BEACH!?!?!?!?!?! Butttt, 20 years ago, the beach was lovely, donkeys and ice cream all round! I used to adore it!!!
There was also the popular Midlands hotel, the Winter Gardens, the Platform and Dome where there were shows and acts, Happy Mount Park which is just up from Morceambe town centre which had a special season of "lights" (like Blackpool but not so big!!!) and all sorts!!!
But when I got to my teens the place started to go downhill, Bubbles closed down first, it wasn't making nearly enough money for the big bosses. This was quite a big loss for Morecambe, but not so bad it lost all of its tourists.
But then Frontierland began to lose its business and eventually, after a couple of years of falling apart and closure of rides, the place closed completely, the Midlands hotel had been closed for a while already, the Winter Gardens had been closed for years, the lights season came to an end, the beach became a bit of a tip, and even Happy Mount Park turned into a crap hole.
The tourists went elsewhere, Blackpool mainly, and the place went a bit rough, the people who lived there changed too, the hotels became cheap flats, and thats when the chavs took over. The little parks that were left ended up burned down and the buildings that had been kept for restoration were bricked. It was a sad time for a girl to see when she had pretty much grown up there.
BUT, over the last few years Morecambe has been coming back up to the top!!
Happy Mount Park for a start: This was the first place to be re-done, they got rid of all the rubbish that had been there, the empty shells of shops were pulled down and turned into a seating area, the old playarea was turned into a nice new play area, everywhere got a nice new painting, and best of all the old paddling pool was filled in and turned into the "splash park", a variety of machines which spurt water out at different angles and in different way, which kids (and adults!!) can run through, splash in etc when its nice and sunny! The whole place was re-done and the gardens spruced up and its really quite good a wonderful place to take kids and a nice place to go for a nice walk or relax, or even a game of golf, or bowls! :-)
The front is looking a little better now, Morecambe council are trying to get it looking nice, its not too bad at the moment!!! The shop fronts still look a bit "skanky", the old fair is still there empty and rotting away, and I'm still not sure what they're planning on doing with the place!!!
The Midlands though, has been getting re-vamped over the last two years and is now open and looking beautiful!!!!!!!!!!
There are a couple of new little parks which have been put up for the kiddies, and the place just looks on the whole "nicer" and cleaner than it did last year!
THINGS TO DO IN MORECAMBE:
Other than the above which I have mentioned, there is also a Ten Pin Bowling alley which is great family fun whatever the weather!!! Also there is a cinema opposite the bowling alley which shows all the latest films!
Morecambe isn't the "Hippest" place to go, there is no funfair, theres no big clubs or funky bars, but its a nice little day out, there are some lovely little cafe's and fish and chip shops, the front looks pretty and there is a great view over the Lakes!
All it needs now is for the beach to be spruced up a little more, maybe even some boat trips when the tide is in, clear up the front a bit!!! It is an up and coming town, and I'm glad to hear it!!! I just hope that in the next couple of years it is restored to its former glory, its just a shame it went downhill so quickly!!!!!
Morecambe is a seaside town in Lancashire on the Northwest coast line.
It has taken some criticism over the last fifteen years or so for being tatty and run down.
When I was a child it was a lovely place to go and I have fond memories of playing on the beach and visits to Frontier land amusement park.
Alas it has changed drastically since those happy days and yes it has lost its appeal for a lot of people but I feel that the town is not being given a chance, so my review is going to be about the good things to be found there.
Originally there were three villages Poulton, Torrisholme and Bare, a railway line was built in 1848 linking them to Yorkshire and this made the area far more accessible to people eventually they merged to become a popular holiday town called Morecambe.
By the mid 1980's The town had started to go down hill people wanted the overseas holidays and due to the loss in tourism the whole place seemed to grind to a halt.
But now things seem to be picking up in this seaside haven a lot of work has been put into the seafront and larger shops have opened up in the last couple of years.
The sea front is five miles long believe it or not and Morecambe bay is the largest sea estuary in the UK. Over the years the sea walls have taken a hammering from gales and storms so the local council had to make a decision about protecting the sea front. With a government grant 'The Tern Project' was born and after rebuilding the seafront Morecambe can be proud of its attractive Promenade with sculptures of Terns placed all along the front.
Happy Mount Park:
This is a large very well kept park on the Eastern end of the promenade; it opened in 1921 and is a popular place for families in the summer months.
The children can enjoy the water play area and pirate world indoor play area as well as a round of crazy golf.
There is a café that has a varied menu, and for adults you can enjoy a game of tennis or have a dabble on the Bowling Green.
I was impressed with this park and I thought the flower beds were exquisite and so well kept, I take my hat off to Morecambe they have got a fantastic park for everyone to enjoy.
The Winter gardens:
These are on the front of the promenade and are better known for being called The Victoria Pavillion Theatre.
The building itself is very regal looking and the outside was lovingly restored to its former glory in the 1990's.
At the moment the inside is being renovated by a Charity called 'Friends of the Victoria Pavillion'it is a big task that they have taken on and they rely on donations and fund raising to achieve their final goal of turning it into an entertainments centre and theatrical school, they intend to re name it after Thora Hird the actress.
I did go into the main foyer to see just how much work had been done; a table top sale was on at the time. It is a remarkable building but it is clearly a large task to complete but how wonderful it will look when it is finished.
The Midland Hotel:
This is a large hotel built right on the sea front and for years it was empty and an eye sore for the town but now it has been renovated and open for business.
There is a large car park and when you first step into the place you are taken back in awe.
The reception area is huge, every thing looks bright and shiny and the whole place has that Art Deco style.
You don't have to stay here to enjoy this hotel it is a lovely place to just call into for a meal or coffee, the terrace lounge at the back looks out onto the bay and the whole atmosphere of the place is stunning.
Eric Morecambe Statue:
This bronze life size statue stands on the promenade and Eric is posing with his arm up and leg cocked, the ornate steps leading up to it has 'Bring Me Sunshine' carved into them, I was actually surprised just how short he was, but it is a lovely site and the people of Morecambe were over the moon when the Queen herself actually unveiled it in 1999.
There is a large bowling alley with twenty lanes and a four screened cinema just off the front with a bar and restaurant so something for everyone to enjoy.
The main shopping area is the Arndale Centre in the actual town, it is not a huge place but I believe there are plans to build this up but there is a great indoor market behind the Promenade and opposite a retail park with Morrissons, Next, and a large Home improvement store.
Places of Interest nearby to Visit.
Heysham is only a stones throw away and has wonderful sand dunes and of course Half Moon bay, this is a lovely little beach and not too overcrowded.
Above this bay on the cliff tops is the ruins of St Patrick's Chapel, it is one of the oldest religious buildings in Lancashire dating back to the 8th century so worth a quick visit you can see the stone coffins minus the occupants now of course but very interesting non the less.
The Lake District is on the door step and one of my favourite places Carnforth. This town is a delightful place to visit with its book and antique shops and quaint little cafes and bistros. There is certainly enough to entertain you for a few hours and then a walk along the canal tow path can be a relaxing experience.
Morecambe has a long way to go I admit, but it certainly is not a dump as so many people think.
A lot of work has been put into it over the last few years and it desperately needs the tourists to come again, so if you are in the area why not stop by and take a look, it is striving to regain its popularity and the improvements up to now are a credit to the town.
There is one thing that the town has changed that I think is a mistake and that is the railway station. It was a wonderful old building with character and as a child I used to be mesmerised with the birds flying around in the roof, it has now been renovated and turned into a family fun pub and a new open air modern railway station has been built away from the promenade itself. I realize that the station had to be moved to make way for the facelift but the old building has lost its heart.
How to get there:
By Road take junction 33 off the M6 and just follow the sign posts and if you are travelling by train the connections from Main line Lancaster are every half an hour during the Summer Months.
I visited Morecambe as a child and remember going to Frontierland theme park and it being a real seaside town; not on the same scale as Blackpool but still a good day out....
18 years later I returned as an adult as my boyfriend's family lived in the area and what a surprise driving along the Morecambe seafront. The place is derelict !!! Boarded up shops, the Frontierland theme park is long gone, and it's a sad reminder of what was once a thriving seaside town!!
In recent years there has been some money spent on redeveloping the local area. The "iconic" Midland Hotel has been renovated... it looks great but being honest I'm not sure why anyone would stay here except for nostalgia as there is nothing to do in the surrounding area!!!
The prom along the sea front has also had some development, new children's play areas, new pavements. This area is clean but is overshadowed by the run down town centre.
Morecambe town centre is very run down. The shops on the seafront are mainly charity or discount stores. The Arndale Centre is the indoor shopping area.... It has a Boots, a Superdrug, a Tesco Express, a small New Look and generally lots of other smaller shops. Nothing to attract people here.
The pubs are not the nicest and have a certain reputation. Even during the day there is a slightly hostile atmosphere. I quote my boyfriends family telling me "If you want a night out go to Lancaster and Morecambe is just rough"
I'm not a fan of Blackpool but if I had to have a comparison between the seaside towns... I would have to say it's a down market Blackpool.
Morecambe used to be a nice town twelve years ago they had frontier land theme park for the children, ok it wasn't as good as Blackpool Pleasure Beach but it had enough to keep the family entertained. Now that has all been closed down and tatty wooden boards that were erected a good few years back line all the front of the old park. The polo tower is still standing but looks an eye sore. To be quite honest the whole area that end of the front looks tatty and not very welcoming.
To be fair to the town there has been a lot of cleaning up and changes further along the front, the beach has been cleaned up and a nice walk way along the centre of the front has now been finished.
A bronze statue of Eric Morcambe stands proudly on this new frontage, I must admit I was surprised how short he was I always imagined him to be a tall man.
There is a bowling alley that is clean and bright and you can get reasonable priced food and drinks there too. A large Morrisons store is next to the bowling alley and a brand new Home improvement store has just opened.
Work has been going on for a few years with the Imperial Hotel on the front I believe that is due to be complete this Summer, I am glad that they have restored this lovely building, but who will stay in it?
There is a modern market under cover with quite a few stalls but I did find that all the stalls are the same as they were ten years ago the stock never seems to change.
A Sunday market is on every week in the car park behind Hitchens it is ok I suppose for buying a cheap T shirt or for having a browse around the tool stall, but to be fair it does seem to attract quite a few people.
The Winter Gardens is having a big renovation. It really was a beautiful building in its prime so if and when it is finished it will be the jewel in the crown for this run down town. A row of new shops have actually opened on the front of the Winter Gardens and they look nice and clean and tidy compared to the rest of the shops on the front, one particular one sells old fashioned sweets like sherbert dips and black jacks, who remembers them? Next door is a very chic jewellery and ornament shop.
Woolworths and Hitchens are still there but the rest of the front shops are just tatty discount places not worth looking into.
It is a shame that this town has gone so far down the nick but it does seem to be trying to change its image, may be I will visit again in five years and see if they have improved the place.
Ok - A little different, I know... but I am going to tell you the positives about Morecambe. It appear to have had quite a bit of negative wrote about it on here and I just thought I'd tell the other side.
Why do I like morecambe?
Easy really - the view across Morecambe bay is like no other - across the magnificent sweep of Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Fells - Spectacular.
The walks are fantastic, and it is quiet and very beautiful in places. Yes I will admit that like any other town it has its less pleasant areas, but where doesn't!
Walk across Morecambe promenade and you find award-winning public art, golden sandy beaches and the long-awaited restoration of our world-famous Midland Hotel (due to be completed in June 2008).
There is plenty to do and see there, I am going to describe some of my favourite places:
1) Morecambe Promenade
Morecambe Beach holds some very fond memories for me and following the recent investment we are now proud that our sand glistens again. Along the beach you can see a range of public artwork and bird sculptures - a Sunday afternoon walk along the prom is a great way to round off the weekend.
The Stone Jetty on Morecambe prom is an excellent detour along your walk. Since it was revamped, it has won over the locals and visitors alike.
2) Happy Mount Park
I love the weekend jazz festival that they hold in Happy Mount Park each summer, I can be found there with my chair and dog throughout the entire weekend.
The Park has activities for all ages including play areas, swingboats, miniature railway, bowling green, miniature golf, putting green, crazy golf, paddling pool, trampolines, roundabout, multi-purpose sports surface, Japanese garden, cafe, ice cream kiosk and picnic area.
3) Eric Morecambe Stage & Statue
Of course no list is complete without including the Eric Morecambe Statue - unveiled by the Queen in 1999, the life-sized statue depicts Eric Morecambe in one of his more famous poses.
4) Winter Gardens
The Winter Gardens theatre was built in 1896 and used to be one of the largest variety theatre between Manchester and Glasgow. The theatre is currently being refurbished as part of Morecambe's regeneration scheme. It is often open to the public to have a look around although the refurbishment is not complete yet.
5) Regent Park
Regent park has recently had a face-lift and now has a new bowling green and kids play area. In the summer festivals are occassionally held here, or at other times of the year it is just a nice park to go for a walk in.
6) Heysham Village
Heysham Village is an unbelievably beautiful place, with heysham Barrows, and Half Moon Bay I love going here on a summers evening and just sitting on the rocks.
While Morecambe is still working on regenerating itself - at least we are doing something, it can only get better. And Personally I like the place!
Years ago I used to think Morecambe was something of "an elderly people's resort". Perhaps this was because some elderly neighbours of ours retired there and my uncle always said he would do the same.
I remember going to Morecambe on day trips and it always seemed much quieter and a bit more upmarket than neighbouring Blackpool, which was rowdier and a bit tacky. It must be at least twenty years since I had last been to Morecambe, so when I found myself in Lancashire recently I decided to take another look and see if the resort had changed.
My goodness, they say you should never go back to a place - how I wish I hadn't! The Morecambe I remembered now seems to be full of derelict hotels, barricaded seafronts where building work is taking place, shops selling cheap and nasty goods and the streets not very clean. Even the people looked scruffy and poverty stricken. What happened to all those genteel retirees? Have they all flown off to Spain perhaps!
I drove into Morecambe from the Heysham side of the town - I remember Heysham as being a pleasant place, but even this had changed beyond recognition. But as I approached Morecambe I was so disappointed at how rundown it appeared to be. Even Eric Morecambe would be disgusted with the state it is in at the moment.
To make sure I was not too disillusioned I continued along the seafront. Thankfully as I drove further along it did seem as though Lancashire council are trying to make improvements. Hotels were undergoing major refurbishment, a childrens' play area looked to have new equipment and the further we drove the better it became.
Approaching Happy Mount Park, the area was much as I remembered it, with nice hotels along the seafront and it all looked clean and tidy. Although I did not go into the park itself this visit, I was pleased to see that it still looked as well kept as I remember it.
The beach at Morecambe was always clean and fairly safe in the main area, it was pleasing to see that on this warm sunny afternoon, children were playing on the sands the same as I had done as a child. Perhaps in their eyes Morecambe is still a wonderful place to be. Maybe the council has decided to make it more child friendly instead of being a place for old folk to spend their retirement.
My vision of Morecambe was improving! I then decided to venture back along the seafront towards Heysham. Not such a good idea, but I wanted to make sure I had not imagined how shabby it was. Alas, it still looked very uninviting driving past all the construction sites and boarded up buildings. I am hoping the council are going to smarten up the town and get things ready for the start of the tourist season. I certainly would not want to spend a holiday there with the resort looking as neglected as it does at the moment in the main tourist section.
Leaving Heysham we drove towards another place I remember going to years ago, a few miles outside of Morecambe itself. This is a hamlet which is approached along a road which is cut off by the sea at high tide. I always remember it as being exciting to get over there and back again before the tide came in. My other memories were of an area of sandbanks where boats were stranded until the tide refloated them, and a row of cottages right on the beach.
How wonderful it was to revisit somewhere and find it almost as I remembered it! The stranded boats were still there, the rows of cottages looked the same and nothing seemed to have changed. There was nothing there for tourists to do, except perhaps bird watch or pick their way through the pebbles and go for a stroll. Not an ice cream van or cafe in site, just us and a handful of other people - and what a friendly lot they were too, everyone greeted us as we wandered around. It was wonderful to stroll at our leisure, breathing in the sea air, feeling the breeze on our faces and being away from it all.
You are all probably wondering why I have not mentioned the name of the hamlet, that is because it would not be fair to have it "discovered" by the hordes who would moan "there is nothing to do" and before you know it the cottages would be replaced with bingo halls and pubs. No, let this little part of Morecambe remain unchanged and unspoilt.
To summarise, if you are hoping for a lively holiday in a smart resort then do contact Morecambe tourist board to make sure you are not going to a building site! Even the main shopping area looked like it was undergoing improvements. Hopefully the image I have just had of Morecambe central area is not typical and it will have improved by the time holidaymakers descend in their hoards.
Perhaps if they advertise Morecambe as being a "shabby chic" resort it might do more to restore its image!!!
I would certainly not recommend anyone to spend a holiday in this resort. It is okay to visit for a few hours if you are in the area. Easily accessible via Lancaster and the M6, it is possible to pass through Morecambe on the way to the Lake District perhaps. Or maybe you want to tour the resorts on the west coast, taking in Blackpool and Southport as well as Morecambe.
After my nostalgic return to Morecambe I intend to revisit these other resorts too to see if they have changed and if for the better.
Shortly I am having overseas visitors as guests, one of my reasons for wanting to see Morecambe was because I had thought of taking them there. No chance! I would be thoroughly ashamed to say to them that this is an English seaside holiday resort.
No wonder Brits go abroad for their holidays if this is all we can offer in our home country!
Have never been to Morecombe before but while on Holiday in Blackpool decided to go and have a look. A lot of money has been spent on the promenade which is really really nice but for a peak holiday week on a Saturday afternoon there were hardly any people about!!! Walked along the promenade and had my photo taken with the Eric Morecombe statue. The shops leave a lot to be desired - the once famous Frontierland is a pile of rubble but it was the shops by the Bowling Alley that were a bafflement - they all still had fixture and fittings in them but notices on the doors - "Closed until further notice" and "The landlord has secured theses premises". There is an old hotel on the seafront which had big notices about an exciting Future Development into a luxury hotel with health club and inviting you to go and look at the visitor centre accross the road - that too "Closed Until Further Notice". It looked like everyone from all these buildings had decided that morning to up and go like as if an asteroid was about to hit Morecombe or something and they have all had to evacuate. Seems to me like Morecombe was a nice holiday in the past and could be again perhaps one day but these goings on re just plain wierd!
Morecambe used to be a fun little town with plenty to entertain young children but it started to go down hill about twenty years ago. Although it is a place I used to like going to I stopped because it was getting so seedy and unpleasant. Infact it appeared dirty and run down. In recent years there has been a change in Morecambe. The beach has been cleaned up and that is still in the process. There's a nice open air swimming pool on the promenade which also has a decent restaurant/coffee bar. A little further down the prom is a childrens boating pool and play area with coffee/snack bar whic is sheltered from the wind and quite pleasant if you want to allow your children to play but still be able to watch them. The bowling alley is clean and bright and you can get reasonable priced food and drinks there too. Accross the road from the bowling alley is a family pub with childrens play facilities. This is bright and new but I'm afraid the name of it escapes me at present! Frontierland is a theme park but don't expect it to be the same as Blackpool amusements or Alton Towers. Its small and compact but there are rides and other things for all ages.(I find that most things at Blackpool are not suitable for little children.) The old market was a real eyesore but it has been closed down and a new purpose built market building now occupies part of the carpark behind Hitchins store. I didn't find the markey particularly worth visiting although several coach firms in the area run trips to Morecambe market. There are lots of little shops and cafes just off the front which are very cheap if you are feeding a family. There isn't really a lot to do if the weather is bad in Morecambe but on a bright and sunny day its a great place for younger children.
To put it bluntly Morecambe is a dump. It's dead, it's as dead as a parrot - it has ceased to be. I've just moved north and someone suggested looking at the local sights. Well I jumped at the chance......well sort of hopped at the cha....well perhaps walked interestingly towards the possibility of the chance. When I got there I was just in time for the switching on of the illuminations- it was a string of fairy lights hung along the street lamps. And one of the bulbs must have gone because half of the lights didn't work. OK so this isn't Blackpool, so what. As long as it has a beach then it's fine, I mean what sort of seaside resort doesn't have a beach - this sort of seaside resort that's what. Instead of beach there are huge bays of rocks, and not the naturally occurring type either- building site lumps of rock. Apparently the sea has washed the beach away, so in order to stop this from happening the council think that these rocks will keep the sand in. Sand in, everything else out. The council have also been spending money on the promenade along the "beach". Now that looked quite nice, but the shops and stalls along the promenade are all based on what I thought to be a very peculiar theme, and that theme is spaghetti westerns. I mean, the wild north-west just doesn't have the same ring to it does it! After all that I was hungry so I decided to have the traditional seaside fish 'n' chips. But there were only two places open, and one of them seemed to charge a pound a chip. Then I went home. To be fair to Morecambe it was just after peak time and in the evening too. But apparently even the locals think it's a dump and only go for the bowling.
Although I wouldn't recomend a stay in Morecambe for much longer than a weekend, unless you have a car, Morecambe is still a good place to visit. Morecambe has sadly seen a recent decline, after the opening of the new market, stores and a new cinema, it has once again slumped. Frontierland, the once popular amusemnt park has been bulldozed, bubbles the open air swimming pool has been closed for months, but appart from that it is still a nice place. Close by is the city of Lancaster with its Historic Castle and Other attractions and further North is the Lake District. Both are accesable by car and by rail and would make great day trips, just as morecambe would from these places. Morecambe's newest crowd puller after the death of the illuminations is the statue of Eric Morecambe, who lived in and took his name from the town. Other famous residents, present and former include Dame Thora Hird, Gail from Correnation Street and Italian Fascist Benito Mussolini (a local rumour) Harts Cafe is a popular sea front cafe and was a major set for the film 'the entertainer' Morecambe is sadly now a downmarket Blackpool but don't write it off just yet.