Fairhaven Lake

Fairhaven Lake is located on the coast midway between Lytham and St Anne’s on the Sea. Offering stunning views over the Ribble Estuary, it’s a popular destination for a walk, picnic, boat trip, bird spotting and so much more…

Enjoying Fairhaven…

Fairhaven Lake is an extremely popular destination and offers a choice of boat rides, a snack or meal by the waterside, bird watching, nature walks, sporting activity (tennis, bowling, crazy golf) and there’s a Spitfire memorial too. In Autumn the lake is a very busy stopping off area for migrating birds and there’s a popular RSPB Centre which is free to visit where you can find out about the latest sightings. There’s free adjacent parking and a ramp to the lakeside as well as toilets and the routes around the lake offer easy mobility. There’s big plans for the future and fingers crossed, a successful Heritage Lottery Fund application outcome in late 2018 will lead to significant developments for the future.

RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre

The Ribble Estuary draws in more than a quarter of a million birds to the estuary at any one time. It’s a restaurant for them – packed full of shellfish, worms and other tiny creatures that provide an endless supply of food. Wading birds like curlew, redshank, godwits, knot, dunlin and oystercatcher occur in abundance here, alongside colourful ducks like wigeon, shelduck and pintail. Thousands of pink-footed geese spend the long winter nights resting here too.

The nearby sand dunes and saltmarsh are also home to a variety of unusual plants and small creatures. They can be explored on a school trip or one of our family events.

Fairhaven Lake itself, is a popular destination for locals and tourists and is also a great place to spot a range of different ducks and geese. Tufted ducks dive under the water for their food while mallards, coots and mute swans glide serenely across the surface.

Families are very welcome at the Ribble Discovery Centre! Pick up a trail sheet to explore the unique, Arts Council-funded trail. The trail will help you discover more about the wonderful wildlife of the Ribble Estuary. Themed activities, interactive displays and badge-making are available everyday and we offer a programme of fun, nature-themed, family events in the holidays
Fairhaven Lake
Fairhaven cafe

Food at Fairhaven Lake

Housed in the original 1895 golf club house, Fairhaven Lake Café takes in waterside views of the lake and gardens. An extensive menu of breakfast, meals and snacks is available with hand made on site cakes and desserts. An outside dining area is available adjacent to a children’s play area. There’s a designated doggy friendly area for those visiting the café with their furry friend. The ice cream parlour sells Bonds Ice Cream as well as a range of ice lollies and other ice creams. There’s free car parking nearby and designated disabled bays offering easy access. The café is closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays and School Holidays) and open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm.

Stannah Bank Kiosk is located on the car park between Fairhaven Lake and Granny’s Bay, offering fabulous views across the Ribble Estuary and serves a wide range  hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. There’s a small outside seating are too.

There are many picnic benches around the lake and park area which you are of course welcome to use, and to help us to protect the wildlife and natural assets, please do take your litter home or use the bins provided.


Spitfire Memorial - Fairhaven Lake

Lytham St Annes Spitfire Memorial

In 2009 the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team was formed as the fundraising arm of the Fylde Spitfire Memorial Fund.  The teams objective was to raise funds through public donations to build a full-size replica of the Mark VB Spitfire W3644 which was purchased by the people of the Borough in 1940. Sadly the aircraft and pilot Sgt Alan Lever-Ridings were shot down by an FW190 whilst returning from escort duty during a bombing mission over Morlaix, France. The Memorial was officially unveiled on the 19th August 2012.

The Spitfire will be absent over winter 2018 / 2019 whilst undergoing a planned restoration / renovation programme and will return in Spring 2019.

The future for Fairhaven Lake and the coastline

Fylde Council applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under their much praised Parks for People programme in August 2016, for financial support to carry out restoration works to Fairhaven Lake and Gardens. In December 2016 it was confirmed that Fylde Council had been successful with a first round HLF application and secured grant funding to develop the design further in order to make a full capital application to the HLF in August 2018. The Council submitted a full HLF round 2 application in August 2018 for the circa £1.5 million investment, which is subject to further partnership funding bringing the total project costs to approximately £3 million. For more information about the future of Fairhaven lake, click here.

There’s an extensive sea defence project currently underway too offering protection to the area for many years to come and you’ll see some work underway at present.