Morecambe is a forgotten seaside town in the North West of England, however, this town has a show-stopping trick up its sleeve. Every evening the sun sets over the expansive Morecambe Bay, flooding the sky and the sea with colour. Just like the beautiful sunsets it hosts, Morecambe has so many wonderful little quirks that make it a wonderful place to live and visit.
Here are 5 things that you may not know about the town that England forgot…
1. Morecambe Winter Gardens was the Place To Be!
Known for its stunning architecture, Morecambe Winter Gardens opened its doors in 1897 and is one of the only concert halls like it left in the UK. Filled with beautifully ornate designs from the inside-out, the Winter Gardens beautifies Morecambe’s seafront architecture in the purest sense.
From Cliff Richard to the Rolling Stones, the Winter Gardens had quite the line up of guests back in the day. Even the beloved Laurel and Hardy made an appearance. Whilst we may no longer have film stars and chart toppers gracing its stages, Morecambe’s art scene is still very much alive and thriving. You can book tours to view the interior of this masterpiece building and regular events take place throughout the year.
2. Morecambe Bay is One of the most Important Places in Britain for Birdlife
Morecambe Bay is the largest expanse of intertidal mudflats and sand in the United Kingdom and they make the perfect feeding grounds for a whole host of birds. Wading birds, ducks, geese, turnstones, redshanks, eiders, curlews, lapwings and so many more have made Morecambe Bay their forever home relying on the uniqueness of the landscape.
There are many hides around the Morecambe Bay area for keen birdwatchers. Some of my favourite are dotted around the Silverdale area and there is of course, always the wonderful Leighton Moss RSPB reserve.
3. Five Rivers Flow into Morecambe Bay
It’s not just our beloved River Lune that flows into Morecambe Bay. The rivers Leven, Kent, Keer and Wyre also drain into the Bay. This helps to form the perfect home for much of the wildlife that surrounds the bay, from saltmarshes to skears!
4. St Patrick’s Chapel is more Rock ‘n’ Roll than you would Imagine
St Patricks Chapel is located on the cliffs of Heysham offering sensational panoramic views across Morecambe Bay. The ruins of the chapel date as far back as the 6th and 7th century and are a place of significant historical importance.
The graves that lay alongside the ruins were featured on a Black Sabbath Album cover… because Ozzy Osbourne knows something cool when he see’s it.
5. There are Seven Main Islands within the Bay
Seven islands are among the northern waters of the Bay. The most well-known and largest being Walney Island. Others include Barrow, Sheep, Piel, Chapel, Foulney and Roa. Sheep, Piel, Chapel and Foulney Islands are tidal and experienced locals can be walk to and from these at low tide. Roa Island is linked to the mainland by a causeway, while Barrow Island has been connected to the mainland as part of the docks system at Barrow-in-Furness.
Every town is magical in its own way but for me, the magic of Morecambe Bay is like no other!