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Morecambe, Lancashire, England

We visited Morecambe in April 2006, a seaside resort that still has it's pleasures. Its on the edge of Morecombe Bay one of the biggest tidal estuaries in the the UK, famous for its wild birds. In an effort to brighten up the place there are several sculptures dotted here and there and to a very high standard. Eric Morecombe's statue is a tribute to one of Morecambe's most famous son's. Victoria Wood and Thora Hird, also famous comedians, come from here, what is it in Morecambe that creates this humour? A sort of old fashioned light comedy.


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Morecambe Funfair


Along with many other seaside resorts it's a little fading, mostly because people jet off to other foreign climes. But Morecambe is still a charming place in the old tradition of the seaside and definitely worth a visit on a sunny day or just to fill the lungs with some fresh sea air.


Where is Morecambe? it's in the northwest of England, just a few miles from Lancaster. From the sea front across the bay one can see the Lake District on a clear day.


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Morecambe Street SculptureMorecambe Lighthouse

Morecambe Pier with Cormorant SculptureMorecambe Funfair Slide

Morecambe Pier view out to Morecombe BayMorecambe Rock

Morecambe Old PrintMorecambe Pier Cafe

Morecambe FunfairMorecambe Old Go-Kart Track

Morecambe Ice Cream CornetMorecambe - Eric Morecambe StatueMorecambe Show PosterMorecambe Pier Long View

Morecambe for a Cup of TeaMorecambe Fence Sculpture

Morecambe - Old RailingsMorecambe - Old department store

Morecambe - Funfair Caterpillar RideMorecambe Funfair - Crooked Cottage

Morecambe Funfair - Horror Morecambe Street Sculpture Puffin Bird

Morecambe - Candy Floss

Morecambe - Beach ViewMorecambe - Lapwing Sculpture

Morecambe - Pathment Design

Morecambe - Show PosterMorecambe - Clock

Morecambe - The Pier Public HouseMorecambe - Bookshop

Morecambe - Seaside HomesMorecambe - The Old Pier Bookshop - Worth a Visit

Morecambe - Sitting in the Sunshine

Morecambe - Wall Sculpture - Fish

Morecambe - Wall Sculpture - CrabMorecambe - Wall Sculpture - Worn

Morecambe - Public HouseMorecambe - Belle Vue Hotel

Morecambe - Toy WindmillMorecambe - Corner House Cafe

Morecambe - Mobile FoodMorecambe Winter Gardens

Morecambe - Midland Hotel RestorationMorecambe - Ryan Amusement Arcade

Morecambe - Old Railway StationMorecambe - Fun Ride - Double Decker Bus

Morecambe Bay By John Morrison


Morecambe Bay By John Morrison from

"For a landscape photographer there is a constantly changing seascape of big skies, with shimmering sands, wild birds in profusion, and picturesque villages and noble, and more modest houses. John Morrison records all this in its full diversity and in all its moods"





Mum & Dad had a caravan outside of Morecombe. We went numerous times into Morecombe & then took our four children there too. It was a brilliant place.Kids spent most of the day in the open air baths, think that may have been the first wave machine. watched beauty contests in the baths too. Then spent the evening in the fair. Last time i went for a day out about 10 yrs. ago, I was so disappointed, it was so scruffy and all the attractions have gone. What have they done to the town?
I live in morecambe and have all my life i have watched our towns council get rid of frontierland, bubbles, stop the womad festival, the light and water and now the punk festival all of which brought much needed tourism to the area. i absolutely love morecambe and will enjoy what is left of it with my family for sometime. but a warning to other seaside towns DON'T let your towns council do what they will with your town!!!! or it will end up another morecambe
Perhaps that penultimate, agreeably "vitriolic" posting, could be deleted since it serves no apparent purpose?
I spent a year in Morecambe in 1981/82 in during my second year at Lancaster University. It was quite cold and wet but during the winter it was full of students occupying holiday flats. We had some great nights at the pier on Monday evenings which set us up well for being late for lectures for the rest of the week! It sounds like its all changed since then.
I grew up in Morecambe and I think it is amazing because Morecambe holds a lot of history from Leanne
Lovely site. I grew up in Slyne/Hest Bank til I was 16. I loved the place. I now live in London, but take my kids up to my Dad/Sis/Brother etc and they love the place too. Every time we're up there, my son asks "Dad, when can we move up here?" Nuff Said.
My Grandmother had a caravan at the Westgate Caravan Park in Morecambe in the 70's. My brother, sister and I would vists 3 or 4 times a year and couldn't get enough of the place. Fun fair, sea side, the visitors centre at Heysham Head. It was all wonderful, back then. How sad it's demise. Going back now is deppressing. Ah well, memories are special I suppose! Brian S
Morecombe is a special place even though it is a bit neglected - Dave
I paid my first visit last year and was impressed with the efforts being made with the sculptures and the renewal of the hotel. My husband and I were only on a day trip but we are returning for the day again this weekend and look forward to seeing more of the town. Audrey

I would love to know more about the Polo Tower is there anyone that can help please? We enjoyed a few days in Morecambe during the 1/2 term holiday. Lovely walks along the promenade & a photo with Eric.

Its a different generation that now roam the streets of the once very bright town. If you take away the things that are for the children, what have they left...? Most will resort to crime and soon find themselves taking drugs and most likely end up in prison. All this generates from them having nothing to do. Boredom.. There is simple nothing for them...

I went to live in Morecambe as a young child during the war and left in 1953. During that time i went to junior school in Heysham, secondary school in Morecambe and started my further education in the art school in Lancaster. I have been back a few times but not for ages now, many years but I do have fond memories of the place and friends I had. It is so depressing to read the comments being made. It sounds as though some very bad decisions have been made over the years. Good Luck. Ken Roberts

I'm going to Morecambe in July, 07, to go down memory lane of my 5 years of evacuation there, (aged 3-8) from the bombs of London 1940-1945. Whatever might have happened to it since then, it will always hold a very special place in my heart. I stayed in the wonderful care of Mr. & Mrs. David Shaw and their son Nigel. Gloria Paul (New Brunswick, Canada)

Rebuild  Frontier land it is still sadly missed

very good place is Morecambe ! lol

We lived in Lancaster for six months in 1995 and made several trips to Morcambe and surrounding areas. We are Americans so one benefit from our visits is to be able to pick up on the many Morecambe jokes we hear on BBC programs rebroadcast here. We agree the place still has many charms even though its halcyon days are over. We especially liked a brassiere a couple of streets back from the waterfront, and went there several times for Sunday lunch. Then we spent time walking on the "boardwalk" eyeing the locals who were out for a little Sunday afternoon recreation. By the way, it's easy to get to Morcambe. All you need to do is get disoriented on the one way street going north out of Lancaster on the A6 and the next thing you know you are crossing the River Lune and headed for the bay. Cheers Dick

We returned to Morecambe in July 2006, after an absence of 8 years or so, and couldn't believe how it had changed. Gone was Frontierland and the lovely old  Cyclone (Texas Tornado) - a classic 1930s wooden roller coaster that should have been listed. The whole fairground site is now a Morrison's except for a load of waste ground and the sad skeleton of the water chute. There is also an Aldi and a sports footwear shop. Whatever happened to the traditional seafront? These places are ok  out of town or on the edge,  but surely not right on the promenade. It just doesn't seem like a seaside anymore. There are huge rocks all along the sea wall so you cannot get to the water except at a very small area. The open air pool has gone and all the normal attractions  are either closed up and abandoned or just temporary. The most saddening thing however, is the complete lack of visitors. On the stone jetty there were about 4 people on a hot sunny July Sunday. Two days later, in a wet Whitby, you could hardly move for folk.

There used to be some large concrete-walled pools on the beach - so that there was sea water even when the tide was out. These have also gone. In fact there is so little left of this once great holiday place that it may well become just another 'Milton Keynes' on the coast.

On the plus side there is a campaign to restore the Winter Gardens - and let's hope the Midland project succeeds. Happy Mount Park has some excellent new additions - why don't they advertise it in the brochure? Cheers Phil Greaves

I grew up between Lancaster and Morecambe. Sometimes we’d live in the historic, enigmatic and crackling City of Lancaster with its lively and rural settings contrasting with the now alternative and rock scene friendly community I grew to admire and love…and other times we’d live in Morecambe. The article “Morecambe” on Wikipedia begins surprisingly honestly describing Morecambe, referring to The West End as a “slum”,  but then  compromises its beginning by misleading readers with declaring that the west end is now “an up and coming” area. Anyone that has ever had the misfortune to live in The West End (as I have) would-even now-laugh at such a statement. The only good thing about living in The West End is the lack of door-to-door salesmen as  such people dare not venture far into the area.

Morecambe is a haven only to those so old they hide within the confinements of its borders and find solace in grim pathetic fallacy and to crack heads that take pleasure in the ease with which they can  burgle  the elderly, that are too blinded by cataracts and their own demise to notice their floral armchairs being swiped form beneath their very arses.

It is true that Morecambe used to be a perfectly picturesque seaside resort, and that even in the early stages of its ruin had a certain and intriguing charm (possibly in the fascination of watching something beautiful become something awful), but now there is nothing left.

The only people I would advise visit Morecambe are poets, musos and artists aching for a subject of melancholy, shamble and vulgarity formed form in the skeleton of a once mesmerising body, fleshy and plump with life and laughter. In such a respect Morecambe, to this day, retains a romantic charm, I only wish the nature of this wasn’t in death.

The days I remember of Morecambe were spent being beaten by the grandchildren of its former queens while crushing beneath my feet syringes that once were grains of sand while the waters raged over the prom and the rats retreated into homes cleaner than the veins of Morecambe’s children.

The north west is my home, though I currently reside in London, and my identity, and though I cannot deny Morecambe is an integral part of that it reminds me of a tumour, malignant and clinging desperately onto its host, onto Lancaster; a loving city of boundless culture.

I hear Blackpool’s is fun though?

The last posting was far too hateful and spiteful to be taken seriously.  He really must have some personal issues to write such nasty vitriol about one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Stay in London please !


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