Why Visit St. Anne’s on the Sea?
This beautiful, Victorian, garden town by the sea is a jewel of the Fylde Coast. Long stretches of sandy beaches, overlooked by the promenade, award winning beach huts and fantastically preserved pier, give way to the rolling sand dunes – a great place to blow the cobwebs away, relax and enjoy being by the seaside.
Stop a while at the bandstand, before exploring the promenade gardens and water features, before maybe taking a ride on the miniature railway, flying a kite, bird watching, riding a donkey or testing your skills at miniature golf. You’ll find plenty of benches to rest along the way and ice creams if you need to cool down. Heading back towards the pier you’ll find the friendly face of entertainer Les Dawson smiling back at you from the Peace and Happiness Garden – he loved it here.
If you can tear yourself away from the wonderful estuary views, a short stroll into town will offer you a vast range of quality food, from cafés, takeaways (including the seaside traditional fish and chips) and bakeries to restaurants. There are traditional cafes, including one in St. Anne’s on the Sea’s stunning Ashton Gardens, or if you fancy something a little out of the ordinary you could try the Quirky Tea Room or Alice’s for an Alice in Wonderland themed experience. The world really is your oyster when it comes to dining out – Turkish at Anatolia, Chinese or Thai at Zen, Indian at Moghul, Greek at the Olive Tree, Italian at Olivers, and, Tiggis, English at its best at Greens Bistro, European delights at Ember & Vine or Scandinavian inspired Fifty Four are just some of the many options available. There is also a plethora of excellent cafe’s from the beach front stretching in and around town from Fresh Cafe, Vanilla, Elbourne’s and the new NAFFI cafe in town, to The Pavilion in Ashton Gardens, to name a few.
There’s plenty of seating in the town square if shopping until you drop is more your thing. You’ll find lots of independent shops and services – if you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask a local, we’re very friendly.
There’s so much to do that you’ll probably decide to stay, if so there’s something to suit every budget and taste – friendly B&Bs, quality self-catering, family focussed hotels and boutique hotels, many with spa and leisure facilities.
Events go on throughout the year – music, arts, kite festival, food festival, Victorian festival and more, so check your visit dates against the events calendar on the Discover Fylde website to see what you might experience.
We look forward to welcoming you.
MAJOR Events / Festivals in St. Anne’s on the Sea
ST. ANNE’S CARNIVAL
Delivered by St. Anne’s Carnival Committee
Wonderfully colourful and lengthy Parade, the crowning of the Carnival Queen. Fabulous Fun and Fantastic activities inside Ashton Gardens. Rides, food, drink. A Celebration worth seeing. (July annually).
ST. ANNE’S MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Delivered by St. Anne’s Music & Arts Committee
Music, arts, poetry, light & sound, in and around the whole of St. Anne’s. An event that continues to grow from strength to strength. With an emphasis on home grown talent allowing a brilliant opportunity to perform to the always appreciative audiences. Main stage is situated in the idyllic setting of Ashton Gardens, this is the music festival that always delivers. (July annually).
ST. ANNE’S INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL
Delivered by St. Anne’s Enterprise Partnership / St. Anne’s Town Council
Food Glorious Food. This event is an informative gastronomical delight of delectable dishes from the very best international restaurant chefs from St. Anne’s very own restaurant and cafe quarter. There has been Chinese, European, Greek, Indian, Italian, Scandinavian, Thai and Turkish cuisine all cooked in view as demonstrations and served out in tasty sample sizes. Stalls galore. You won’t go hungry, that is for certain! (August annually).
ST. ANNE’S INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL
Delivered by St. Anne’s International Kite Festival Committee – (founder Pat May)
A sight to behold! Nothing quite like it. The biggest this side of the pond, and a massive tourist draw for this amazing free event. Now stretching into a 3rd day with incredible ‘Nite Kite’ illuminated flyers, this festival is a ‘must-see’. So come along to the beautiful sands of St. Anne’s on the Sea and witness the wondrous spectacle of hundreds of colourful professionally flown kites in the blue skies. (Late August/Early September annually)
ST. ANNE’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
Delivered by St. Anne’s Town Council
Christmas starts here! It may often be cold, it may often have the typically seasonal uncertainties of weather but nothing dampens the Christmas spirit in St. Anne’s. So wrap up warm, bring the family into The Square of the town and enjoy watching and listening to this community event that opens up the stage to our local school choirs, local singers, and amateur dramatics for theater and panto. The event culminates with the switching on of the excellent Christmas Lights which extend around the town centre.
ST. ANNE’S VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Delivered by St. Anne’s Victorian Christmas Festival Committee.
Go vintage, dress up, and return to a bygone era when St. Anne’s was first developing. This wonderful event is improving every year and now includes a festive Christmas Market, Arts & Craft Stalls, Santa’s Grotto (in The Palace on Garden Street), with Dickensian fun all around town. Joining in makes ALL the difference. So enjoy the final festival of the calendar year.