Moorbank House South Shore Blackpool

If you are looking for clean cheap family bed and breakfast accommodation in Blackpool Moorbank House will fit the bill.

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Moorbank House is Set in the Heart of Blackpool Close to All Major Blackpool Attractions

Moorbank House Offers Free Parking for Guests.

Blackpool Weekend Breaks

Blackpool is surrounded by some popular towns also worth a visit. Most if not all mentioned in this list can be reached within 30 minutes by car from your hotel or bed and breakfast in Blackpool.


Lying on the Fylde Coast around 4 miles north of Blackpool Cleveleys is a typical Lancashire picturesque town. The Town’s promenade which abuts the sea and wide sandy beach lies at the end of the main shopping street Victoria Road West. There are views north to the Furness peninsular and the Industrial Shipbuilding sheds at Barrow and the mountains of the Lake District of England. To the South lies Southport beyond the Ribble estuary and on a clear day you can see the coastline and mountains of North Wales maybe even Snowdon herself. Victoria Road West is the main shopping street and has an abundance of market stalls selling anything from second hand paperbacks to fine lace material. The nearby Jubilee gardens is seen as the town park by locals and visitors alike and here you can sail on the boating lake or have a game of crazy golf. Nearby is Thornton which lies a little inland and has a significant windmill called Marsh Mill. It has recently been restored to its former glory and visitors are welcome to take a guided tour around it. Nearby is the Wyre Estuary Country Park which includes a Tourist Information centre and a base for the local Countryside Ranger Service. The park comprises the land around the whole estuary from Fleetwood and Knott End up river as far as Shard Bridge.



Also nearby to Cleveleys is an attraction always recommended by us to guests with young families is Farmer Parrs Animal World which lies between Cleveleys and Fleetwood. Founded in the summer of 1996 it is home to Llamas, emu, red deer and lots more animals children would love to get up close to and pet. In the summer they allow the animals to run free in a large outdoor enclosed space which is great for the families who wish to walk around and view the rare breeds.

Farmer Parrs is located on the Fleetwood Road Fleetwood FY7 8JP Tel: 01253 874389










St Annes on Sea

Is located approximately 3 miles to the South of Blackpool on the A584 trunk road. It actually comprises two towns Lytham and St Annes which lie nest to each other and is usually known as Lytham St Annes but is always abbreviated to St Annes and is called such by the locals. St Annes is the northernmost and as such is closest to Blackpool. It overlooks the Irish Sea at the point where the coastline begins to sweep eastwards to form the River Ribble Estuary. Lytham which lies further south and to the east following the line of the coast actually overlooks the River Ribble where it flows out into the Irish Sea.

The British Open will be played at Royal Lytham St Annes in July 2012

The British Open will be played at Royal Lytham St Annes in July 2012




Lytham St Annes is renowned around the world for its golfing heritage. It has four courses and links the most famous being the Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club which is one of the host courses for the Open Championship, commonly referred to as the ‘British Open’. The seaward side of the town has a peaceful charming personality which lends itself to a pleasant stroll along the promenade or a visit to the Victorian pier or bandstand. The centre of the town and the shopping area is centred around the railway station on St Annes Rd West and The Crescent. Lytham St Annes is seen as an upmarket area to live with some of the locals earnings amongst the highest in Lancashire. The nearby British Aerospace Systems factory at Warton, employs a significant number of highly trained technical staff such as engineers and scientists who consequently choose to live amongst the leafy avenues in the town. Consequently the shopping area in the town is seen a little more upmarket and boasts a few antique and designer outlets. Some would also argue that some of the best dining on the whole Fylde coast is also to be found in Lytham St Annes.












Fleetwood lies around 8 miles north of the resort of Blackpool at the junctions of the A587 and A585 truck roads. The town once used to be a thriving fishing port but the loss of lucrative fishing grounds in the North Atlantic in the so called ‘COD Wars’ with Iceland seriously curtailed this industry throughout the 1970’s leading to the town partially re-inventing itself a seaside resort. Some fish is still landed and the town does still have a small fish market, although it tends to be for the restaurant trade around the North West of England. The town itself is a peninsular around 2 miles wide with the Irish Sea on its Western side and the River Wyre on its east. Fleetwood’s most striking feature is a seven acre park called The Mount  facing the Irish sea it was created from a huge sand dune which originally went by the name of Tup’s Hill. The Mount also incorporates a pavilion and offers great views across Morecambe Bay and further on to the green and blue Lakeland hills of Cumbria. The town has 2 other notable tourist attractions. Freeport Fleetwood opened in 1995 on the site of a former fishing dock and is named after the town of Freeport in the state of Maine.


It is a waterfront outletshopping village set around a yacht marina on the River Wyre. It is home to some of the best known British shopping names such as Marks and Spence, Next and Cotton Traders. The other attraction is the famous Fleetwood Market which for over 100 years has dominated the retail sector in the area. The market opens all year around 9.00am – 4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and every Bank Holiday Monday. It can be found at Adelaide Street Fleetwood FY7 6AB Tel: 01253 771651










The City of Preston

Preston lies around 15 miles east of Blackpool. The river Ribble provides the Southern boundary for the Town whilst the Forest of Bowland forms the backdrop to the North East. Preston is a largely manufacturing and industrial town and this is etched into its history where it was the first town in England to be lit by gas outside of London and is home to one of the oldest football clubs in the English league Preston North End. Notable attractions which may be of interest to the casual visitor are Samlesbury Hall which has over 700 years of history being in its time a school, a factory and a public house. It also boasts its own residential ghosts and has featured in UK TV ghost hunter programmes such as ‘Most Haunted. Samlesbury Hall can be found on the Preston New Road Samlesbury PR5 0UP Tel: 01254 812010. Another worthwhile visit is the Ribble Steam Railway and this will appeal to steam train enthusiasts. The railway has been open since September 2005 and gives visitors an opportunity to travel on their 1and a half miles of dock and riverside line and to look round the museums and workshops. The project is run completely by volunteers and visitors can learn about the history of Preston docks and the Mr Ribble Trail around the Museum whilst learning about steam engines and railways. The railway can be found on Chain Caul Road Preston PR2 2PD Tel:01772 728800.


The Albert and the Lion

JD Wetherspoons are set to open another of it outlets this time in Central Blackpool practically next to and under the iconic Blackpool tower.

The Albert and the Lion will be its second pub in the resort after The Auctioneer which is sited in Lytham Road South Shore.

Conversion work is now well underway and they hope to have the old Pricebusters building which sits on the corner of Adelaide Street West and the Promenade right in the shadow of the Tower open and trading by Friday July 2nd 2010.

Around £60,000 is being invested into the conversion and 40 jobs will be created in the town. As with most Wetherspoons pubs it will have one bar and be juke box and music free with strategically placed plasma screens sited around the seating areas for the viewing of sports and other hi profile events.

As with most Wetherspoon pubs this will be children friendly and will offer the usual competitively priced dining options and drinks. No doubt they will also continue their tradition of supporting the real ale industry by offering guest beers at various promotions through the year.

The siting of new pubs in Blackpool town centre has of the last few years been subject to strict regulatory checks due to an imposed saturation policy. Blackpool is seen as the party capital of the UK and as such as a huge influx of visitors over weekends through the year looking to party in the numerous pubs and clubs that litter the centre of the resort. Sadly some of these visitors do not exhibit their best behaviour and some pubs and clubs were seen to be exacerbating the problem by offerings cut price drinks promotions and the like which only fuelled the bad behaviour. This behaviour was impacting upon the traditional family trade in the resort who were staying away from the centre of town over weekend periods when the Stags and Hens and party offering was in town. The council then employed a saturation policy to ensure any further applications for licensed premises could be scrutinized and conditions set.

Wetherspoons of course present a family offering and as such are to be welcomed into the centre of the town where they can provide a much needed family dining option.

Finally it has always puzzled me as to how Wetherspoons decide on the names for their pubs and after a little research I was able to discover why this one is to be called the Lion and the Albert. In 1932 a poet by the name of Marriott Edgar put pen to paper to write poem. It went thus:

Albert and the Lion

There’s a famous seaside place called Blackpool,

That’s noted for fresh air and fun,

And Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom

Went there with young Albert, their son.

A grand little lad was young Albert,

All dressed in his best; quite a swell

With a stick with an ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle,

The finest that Woolworth could sell.

They didn’t think much to the Ocean:

The waves, they was fiddlin’ and small,

There was no wrecks and nobody drownded,

Fact, nothing to laugh at at all.

So, seeking for further amusement,

They paid and went into the Zoo,

Where they’d Lions and Tigers and Camels,

And old ale and sandwiches too.

There were one great big Lion called Wallace;

His nose were all covered with scars –

He lay in a somnolent posture,

With the side of his face on the bars.

Now Albert had heard about Lions,

How they was ferocious and wild –

To see Wallace lying so peaceful,

Well, it didn’t seem right to the child.

So straightway the brave little feller,

Not showing a morsel of fear,

Took his stick with its ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle

And pushed it in Wallace’s ear.

You could see that the Lion didn’t like it,

For giving a kind of a roll,

He pulled Albert inside the cage with ‘im,

And swallowed the little lad ‘ole.

Then Pa, who had seen the occurrence,

And didn’t know what to do next,

Said ‘Mother! Yon Lion’s ‘et Albert’,

And Mother said ‘Ee, I am vexed!’

Then Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom –

Quite rightly, when all’s said and done, –

Complained to the Animal Keeper

That the Lion had eaten their son.

The keeper was quite nice about it;

He said ‘What a nasty mishap.

Are you sure that it’s your boy he’s eaten?’

Pa said ‘Am I sure? There’s his cap!’

The manager had to be sent for,

He came and said ‘What’s to do?’

Pa said ‘Yon Lion’s ‘et Albert,

And ‘im in his Sunday clothes, too.’

Then Mother said, ‘Right’s right, young feller,

I think it’s a shame and a sin

For a lion to go and eat Albert,

And after we’ve paid to come in.’

The manager wanted no trouble,

He took out his purse right away,

Saying ‘How much to settle the matter?’

And Pa said ‘What do you usually pay?’

But Mother had turned a bit awkward

When she thought where her Albert had gone.

She said ‘No! someone’s got to be summonsed’-

So that was decided upon.

Then off they went to the P’lice Station,

In front of the Magistrate chap;

They told ‘im what happened to Albert,

And proved it by showing his cap.

The Magistrate gave his opinion

That no one was really to blame,

And he said that he hoped the Ramsbottoms

Would have further sons to their name.

At that Mother got proper blazing,

‘And thank you, sir, kindly,’ said she.

‘What, waste all our lives raising children

To feed ruddy Lions? Not me!’