The town of Morecambe is a natural amphitheatre for astonishing sunsets, with views across Morecambe Bay that have been a draw for visitors since the Victorian era. Formerly an escape from the industrial mills and mines inland, with leisure-oriented buildings such as the Winter Gardens built along the waterfront, a visit to Morecambe wouldn’t be complete without a walk along the promenade – and afternoon tea in the iconic setting of The Midland hotel.
This is a town that wears its heritage well: each year, Morecambe plays host to two hugely popular events, Vintage by the Sea and Catch the Wind Kite Festival, both reinventing the destination’s retro appeal for modern audiences. Perhaps the most exciting next leap forwards here is the planned opening of the Eden Project North, but this is a place that continues to evolve into the 21st century – and to reward the ready explorer. It’s also worth noting that Morecambe is situated less than four miles from the historic city of Lancaster, connected by a nine-minute train ride. Read on to discover more.
Festival of light and art Light Up Lancaster returns to the city with installations, projections, performance and fireworks illuminating the city’s historic buildings, charming streets and hidden squares.
Taking place during Blackpool’s annual Illuminations display, Lightpool is a celebration of spectacular art works and live, illuminated performance across the iconic town.
Learn embroidery in a fun and relaxed environment with the BBC’s Sara Dennis at Lancaster Castle’s famous Witches Tower.
Come and experience the magic of fused glass at Glass Monkey Studio in Burnley, where workshops cater for all levels and abilities.
Knitting, crochet, yarnbombing and contemporary needlecraft. Not a workshop as such but a ‘learning’ social with Knittaz with Attitude.
Blackburn Festival of Light is a lantern parade created by and for the whole community. In just five years the festival has gone from a small-scale arts event to a staple in the town’s cultural calendar.