Fairhaven Lake is one of the borough’s most popular attractions. Situated between Lytham and St Anne’s, the salt water lake is positioned directly on the coast next to Granny’s Bay and Stanner Bank.
Fairhaven Lake Booking Office
We are open throughout the school holidays and weekends as well, but please be aware that in adverse weather conditions the booking office will close.
- Children’s play facilities
- Teenage/Youth focused activities
- Lake with boat hire
- Promenades and walks
- A Cafe
- Crazy Golf
- Crown green bowling
- Skate and BMX Park
- Lawn and hard surface Tennis Courts
- Floral displays
- Picnic area
- RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre
- Car Parking
- Spitfire memorial
Activities and charges
|Motorboats (per 20 minutes)||£8.00|
|Rowing Boats (per 30 minutes)||£5.50|
|Pedalos / Canoes (per 30 minutes)||£5.50|
|Senior / Junior||£1.00|
|Private Use (Windsurfing, Dinghy, Canoes)|
|Adult (per hour)||£5.50|
|Senior Citizen (per hour)||£4.50|
|Junior (per hour)||£2.00|
|Hire of Bowls (deposit)||£5.00|
|Winter Contract (only)||£20.00|
|Green Reservation (per hour)||£35.00|
Bowling Contracts purchased through Fylde Council allow people to bowl at the following sites: Ashton Gardens, Hope Street Park, Lowther Gardens and Fairhaven Lake
|Adult / Family court hire (per hour)||£7.50|
|Junior / Senior Citizen court hire (per hour)||£4.50|
|Hire of rackets (deposit)||£5.00|
|Adult Crazy Golf||£7.00|
|Junior Crazy Golf||£5.00|
|Family Ticket Crazy Golf (2 adults and 2 children)||£20.00|
|Motor Boat & Crazy Golf Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children)||£24.00|
History of Fairhaven Lake Gardens
The site covers an area of 19.5 hectares (including the lake) and was created in the 1890’s by Fairhaven Estates Company who had very grand ideas. The original intention was to extend the sea wall and the gardens as far as St Anne’s, however this was abandoned after heavy seas flooded the lake in 1896. The next twenty years were years of gradual progress.
A landing stage and the Pagoda shaped boathouse were constructed. This was designed to contain living quarters for the Manager and an area where boats could be built. In 1926 at a cost of £34,000.00 the lake and surrounding park were bought from the Fairhaven Estates Company and presented to the Corporation of Lytham St Anne’s by Lord Ashton of Lancaster.
Fairhaven Lake has proved to be very popular with regatta, water skiing displays and hydroplane racing attracting crowds of up to fifteen thousand in the 1950’s and 60’s. More recently activity on the lake has declined although a new pleasure craft – ‘Jubilee’ – was launched in 2002 and provides lake cruises.
The Council was successful in securing an investment of £1.48M from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) Parks for People Programme in 2018 which provided funding to deliver an overall £2.9M project to restore Fairhaven Lake and Gardens to its former glory as one of the most popular parks on the Fylde Coast. The project outcomes were to restore buildings, reintroduction of historic landscaping, installation of new pathways, creation of new leisure facilities and the introduction of an annual volunteer programme and activity / event programme. The evaluation report here details the delivery of this restoration project.