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Top Tips for a day out at Lytham St Annes Beach

the splash zone lytham st annes
9 May 2023

Planning a trip to Lytham St Anne’s Beach? Check out our top tips to make sure you have a fun day out 

Lytham, St Annes is one of the closest beaches to Manchester and one of our favourites. With golden sands, donkey rides, a Victorian pier, a paddling pool, a new splash zone, and lots more beach fun it is no wonder that it is a popular choice with families.

You can also check out other beaches around Manchester in our guide here and our guide to the closest outdoor pools and paddling pools here in Manchester.

To help you have a great day out at Lytham St Annes Beach here are our top tips.

Please note some of the charges and costs mentioned may vary since our reviewer’s last visit. 

Where to Park at Lytham St Annes Beach.

Sand Dunes Lytham St Annes

Our favourite place to park at Lytham St Annes Beach is the carpark located at FY8 1NW. They offer all day parking for around £4.50 with cheaper options for shorter stays. Fron the this car park you can access the beach ( which tends to be quieter than the section of the beach near the pier), its only a 5 minute walk to the new splash zone and 10 minute walk to the Lytham St Annes Pier. 

You will also find a small carpark near the Victorian Pier at FY8 2NG, however this can full early especially on busy days, and other car parks along the sea front. There is also free 2 hour no return street parking on the seafront and some surrounding streets. If all of these are full there are car parks in the town centre which is less than a 10 minute walk to the pier. 

Where is the best place to sit on the beach at Lytham St Annes? 

Beach at Lytham St Annes

If your looking to be close to seaside attractions grabbing a spot near the pier is a good choice, however, this area can get quite busy.

If you’re looking for a quieter spot the beach to the left of the beach huts and near to the Beach Cafe is a good option.

As indicated above this section of the beach is only a 10-minute walk to the pier, is conveniently located to the car park and there are public toilets just behind the cafe. 

When is the best Time To Paddle In The Sea at Lytham, St Annes Beach

Tide times at Lytham St Annes

If your kids are anything like mine as soon as they get to the beach, they will want to head to the sea to paddle. The first time you head to the beach at Lytham St Annes you may panic to see how far out the sea is .

But don’t worry the tide does come close and you won’t need to trek across the sand for a good 30 minutes like we did on our first trip.  

In the summer months the tide is usually out in the mornings and comes back in mid to late afternoon (see here for exact tide times at Lytham St Annes Beach).

Although this may spoil your paddling plans when the tide is out you may be able to spot some great pattens in the sand and maybe some sea creatures left behind. 

Don’t Forget about the Free Splash Zone at Lytham St Annes. 

the splash zone lytham st annes

As well as the great beach, Lytham St Annes also now boasts a great free Splash Zone.

The Splash Zone is located in front of the Toby Carvery.

It is 10.00 am to 4.00 pm each day with set 60 minutes timed sessions at:

  • 10.00 am
  • 11.15 am
  • 12.30 pm
  • 1.45 pm
  • 3.00 pm. 

Booking is required and sessions costs just £1.00 – see here. 

 There are large steps to sit on around the splash zone but for shyer kids, there are no changing rooms.

The nearest public toilets are near to the promenade gardens opposite the lifeboat monument or behind the Beach Cafe and both cost 20p to enter, so it may be worth popping before the kids get wet. 

Head to The Lytham St Annes Paddling Pool 

Along with the Splash Zone Lytham St Annes also has a great little outdoor paddling pool which has been recently refurbished.

The pool is located near to the St Anne’s pier next to the Grade II listed cast iron bandstand – an ideal place for parents to sit. But be warned it can get busy in the summer months. 

See here to check out more outdoor pools and paddling pools in around the Northwest. 

Sea Side Attractions at Lytham St Annes. 

Park at Lytham St Annes

If the kids get bored of the beach and water play don’t despair their lots more things to do around Lytham St Annes

You will find a nice little arcade on the pier. On the beach to the right of the beach huts you can enjoy traditional donkey rides and occasionally a large bouncy slide. 

There are also trampolines and a bouncy fun house near to the Splash Zone both of which cost £2.50 for 10 minutes. 

There is also and a land train which costs £2.00 per person or £7.50 for a family of four; all of which require cash so take change. 

You will also find a small golf course with 9-hole Crazy Golf (£3), 18-hole Pennies Putting (£4) and 18-hole Minilinks (£5) all with free club hire. 

There is also a free playground with a variety of equipment for all ages in the same area. 

Please note these costs may have changed since our last visit !

Finding Ice-cream at Lytham St Annes Beach 

Icecream at Lytham St Annes

No trip to the beach would be complete without an ice-cream and you will find plenty of choices at the Beach at Lytham St Annes.

Our favourite spot is the Beach Cafe which has an outdoor window and offers Mr Whippy, pre-packed ice-creams and scooped ice cream with a variety of flavours (the thunderstorm is amazing).  

You will also find ice cream stalls near to the bouncy castle and trampolines, outside the Splash Zone and the pier. 

Food at Lytham St Annes Beach 

If you don’t fancy taking a picnic you will find a Cafe on the pier and The Beach Cafe both serving hot food including fish and chips and a variety of sandwiches and both have great Trip Advisor reviews.

Alternatively, the town centre is only a short walk away where you will find fish and chip shops, Subway and other popular food chains. 

Where are the Toilets at Lytham St Annes Beach?

As mentioned above you will find public toilets behind the Beach Cafe and near to the Promenard Gardens and near to the pier. They are all coin operated costing 20p.

Beach Huts at Lytham St Annes Beach 

Beach Huts Lytham St Annes

If you are planning a full day at the Beach it is worth considering hiring a beach hut .

The huts have free fresh water, a fridge, heater, microwave, kettle, plates, cutlery, washing up equipment and seats and a table.

The cost of the huts varies depending on the time of the year and availability but if booked early costs around £125 in the summer. 

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