The Midland Hotel Morecambe
The Midland Hotel Morecambe.

Things to do in Morecambe

Polly Checkland Harding

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.

Discover our top picks

  • 1. Winter Gardens Theatre

    Winter Gardens Theatre Morecambe
    Courtesy of Lancaster City Council

    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.

  • 2. Midland Hotel, Morecambe

    The 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.

  • 3. SHIP at Half Moon Bay

    Image courtesy of Keith Stanley/ Anna Gillespie.

    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.

  • 4. Bay Cycle Way

    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

    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.

  • 5. The Old Pier Bookshop

    The Old Pier Bookshop, Morecmabe
    Courtesy of 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.

Families 21 July–27 August 2023, from £16.00

Around the World in 80 Days at Williamson Park

Following the success of The Jungle Book in 2022, The Dukes’ award-winning outdoor walkabout theatre is back with a spectacular race around the world, fun for the whole family.

Cinema 22–24 September 2023, from £15.50

Adventure Cinema at Stanley Park, Blackpool

Watch the stars under the stars at Blackpool’s Stanley Park this September.

Cinema 27–29 October 2023, from £5.00

The Bay International Film Festival at Reel Cinema Morecambe

Brand new this year, The Bay International Film Festival is set to delight movie buffs from Morecambe and beyond.

The National Festival of Making
Families 8–9 July 2023, FREE

The National Festival of Making

Britain’s revolution in hands-on creativity, contemporary manufacturing and tech-led making shows no sign of slowing and the festival that shouts loudest about the brilliance of the nation’s makers returns for enjoyment year on year.

British Textile Biennial 2021 – across Pennine Lancashire
Exhibitions 29 September–29 October 2023, FREE

British Textile Biennial 2023

The British Textile Biennial throws a spotlight on the nation’s creativity, innovation and expression in textiles.

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Dance Until 2 June 2023, from £14.00

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Theatre Until 4 June 2023, from £13.00

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Theatre Until 9 July 2023, from £19.50

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