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Fleetwood was founded 175 years ago by Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood and designed by the famous architect Decimus Burton. For many years Fleetwood has been a popular holiday resort. Although no longer known for its fishing industry, Fleetwood was once the premier fishing port on the west coast and one of the most important in the country. Fleetwood people remain proud of the towns history and heritage.

Fleetwood has a vast expanse of golden beaches backed by a line of sand dunes. The beautiful promenade has wonderful views across Morecambe Bay towards the Lake District which are second to none. The evening sunsets can be spectacular and often the subject of local photographers.

The Marine Hall, our resplendent 1930s architectural gem sits handsomely on the seafront. A regular programme of shows, exhibitions and antique and craft fairs take place here throughout the year. The surrounding gardens have recently undergone a massive upgrade as part of the Sea Change programme, and improvements as part of the coastal communities funding include a skate park and Marine Spash water play area next to the YMCA.

The seafront YMCALeisure Centre adjacent to the Marine Hall offers a wide range of activity sports, fitness classes with an indoor swimming pool.

The Yacht Club attracts boats from all along the Fylde Coast and kite flying and paddle boarding can be enjoyed at Fleetwood's Kite and Paddle Board Clubs. The Model Yacht Club is a popular venue where annual championships are held.

The foreshore offers a 9 hole golf course, a Crazy Golf Green, and the Fleetwood Golf Course is available for the more serious golfer.

Fleetwood Transport Festival, also known as Tram Sunday, is an annual event. This Festival takes place on the 3rd Sunday of July, and is now regarded as one of the Major Transport Festivals in the north of England. It takes place throughout the entire length of Lord Street and North Albert Street to the North Euston Hotel, and is unique in the fact that Fleetwood has the only original main street Electric Tramway still running in the British Isles after more than 100 years.

On the day there are Vehicles of all ages and types, and for public entertainment there are Street Organs, Bands, Morris Dancers, Street Entertainers, Buskers, Sideshows, Trade Stands, Exhibits, Model Railway Exhibition, Narrow Gauge Railway, Charity Stalls, Childrens and Adults Fairground Rides, including a 19th Century Steam Galloper. There are also rides on a selection of Vintage Trams, which run from Ash Street to Thornton Gate. Current upgrades to the tramway will enable the very latest trams to bring visitors to the town centre and Ferry from Easter 2012.

Fleetwood Folk and Blues Festival is an extremely popular annual celebration of Folk music song and dance. In 2012 it will be in its 42nd year and regularly attracts around 3000 people from all round the country. It takes place during the first weekend in September with entertainment being provided by many nationally known artistes and bands at the Marine Hall and venues throughout the town.

The Fleetwood Museum is well worth a visit. It brings to life the nautical and maritime history of Fleetwood and for this year has a special exhibition commemorating the towns 175th anniversary. Full of character and variety, this outstanding Museum provides an exciting voyage for all ages, to a destination that has been popular since Victorian times. The Museum occupies the old Custom House, built in 1838 and designed by Decimus Burton, and is located opposite the quayside overlooking Knott End and Morecambe Bay.

Small children enjoy making sandcastles on the beach, whilst older children will enjoy doing what they do best shopping. Popular shopping locations are the traditional Fleetwood Market, Lord Street and Freeport which has a great selection of well known brand named shops offering substantial discounts.

Fleetwood has a wide choice of guest house and self catering accommodation as well as the larger Esplanade hotels, and can promise a traditional holiday with a smile and a history as long as your arm.

The coastline is rich and varied all year round and will grace you with its mix of the traditional and the contemporary.

For further details about Fleetwood and any of the locations mentioned, please contact Wyre Tourist Information.

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