Things to do in Morecambe

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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.

Our top picks

Winter Gardens Theatre

Winter Gardens Theatre, 209 Marine Road Central, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4BU - Visit now

Formerly the Victoria Pavillion Concert Hall and Variety Theatre, opened in 1897, the Winter Gardens theatre’s stage has hosted the likes of Dame Julie Andrews and The Who. The stunning interior is being slowly restored.

Winter Gardens Theatre Morecambe
Courtesy of Lancaster City Council

Midland Hotel, Morecambe

Midland Hotel, Morecambe, Marine Rd W, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4BU - Visit now

One of the most recognisable buildings on Morecambe’s shorefront, the Midland Hotel is famous for its beautiful curved Art Deco shape.

The Midland Hotel Morecambe

SHIP at Half Moon Bay

SHIP at Half Moon Bay, DECO PUBLIQUE, 3 Northumberland Street, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4AU - Visit now

A striking Corten steel sculpture by artist Anna Gillespie celebrating Morecambe’s maritime heritage. Outdoors, and perfect for walkers.

Image courtesy of Keith Stanley/ Anna Gillespie.

Bay Cycle Way

Bay Cycle Way, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA44BU - Visit now

The Bay Cycle Way is a perfect introduction to long-distance cycling, and passes through some of the UK’s most beautiful coastline.

The Bay Cycle Way is a perfect introduction to long-distance cycling. Morecambe Bay is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK.
Bay Cycle Way

The Old Pier Bookshop

The Old Pier Bookshop, 287 Marine Road Central, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5BY - Visit now

A family- run, independent, disorganised, second-hand bookshop, situated on the Morecambe sea front.

The Old Pier Bookshop, Morecmabe
Courtesy of The Old Pier Bookshop

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Morecambe gallery which showcases and sells contemporary works, often by artists from the area, which are varied and beautiful.

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