Shopping on the Fylde Coast

Shopping on the Fylde Coast

As a leisure activity it’s a favourite pastime for lots of people. Here’s our handy guide to shopping on the Fylde Coast.

Visit Fylde Coast is one website in a family that covers Fleetwood to Lytham. This page gives you an overview of what you’ll find. Follow the links to find out more, including information about parking, dog friendly places and much more.

For this expedition of shopping on the Fylde Coast we’ll start in the north and head southwards.

Fleetwood

Lord Street is the long, straight high street in Fleetwood town centre. Poulton Road is another main road which branches off it. The town centre is mostly around these two streets, where you’ll find local shops and some high street names.

Lord Street, Fleetwood. Shopping on the Fylde Coast
Lord Street, Fleetwood. Shopping on the Fylde Coast (This photo was taken at 9am in the morning!)

There’s a good indoor market at Fleetwood with a wide selection of stalls. Nearby is Affinity Lancashire shopping outlet. It’s the one that was called Freeport Fleetwood until the Spring of 2018.

When you’ve finished your shopping, head to nearby Fleetwood seafront and enjoy the rest of your day out.

Cleveleys

Cleveleys is only a small town but there’s plenty to keep you busy here. Did you know its the town where B&M Bargains first started? Nowadays it’s still a great place to bag a bargain. The only trouble is you might find yourself spending more than you expected to – there always seems to be a lot to buy in Cleveleys town centre!

Victoria Road West Cleveleys. Shopping on the Fylde Coast
Victoria Road West Cleveleys. Shopping on the Fylde Coast

Small independent retailers trade alongside big high street names and you can more or less buy most things in this thriving little town centre. A new weekly market is in the very early stages, with a trial running over the autumn of 2018.

The main high street is Victoria Road West and it runs at right angles to the seafront. So when you’ve finished your shopping you can take a stroll at the seaside and enjoy the view.

Always busy, it’s a perfect place for a leisurely afternoon out.

Poulton

The market town of Poulton is just a few miles inland from the coast, it’s not very far from most of the Fylde Coast towns.

Poulton Market Square. Shopping on the Fylde Coast
Poulton Market Square. Shopping on the Fylde Coast

It’s another small town centre, but again, it’s got a good selection of shops and is well used by local people. The Teanlowe is a small indoor shopping centre, with a large Booths supermarket, is right at the centre of town.

Going back hundreds of years Poulton was a central trading point and market town in Wyre, and a weekly Monday market was reintroduced about 10 years ago. It’s very popular and the busiest day in the town.

Blackpool

The town centre in Blackpool is a good place for leisure shopping. It’s quite compact which is a good thing in bad weather! It’s also very near to the seafront, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Pop into the shops and then enjoy the seaside!

Church Street Blackpool. Shopping on the Fylde Coast
Church Street Blackpool. Shopping on the Fylde Coast

The Houndshill Shopping Centre is at the heart of the town centre. It’s got a big footprint and covers the area between the Winter Gardens and the back of Blackpool Tower at Bank Hey Street. You’ll find a good selection of big name stores in there, along with plenty of parking, places to eat and toilets.

Outside the Winter Gardens is St John’s Square, so called because of the church. It’s a pedestrianised area, often used for outdoor events. Not far away is Abingdon Street Market – a traditional indoor market that sells all kinds of things.

Blackpool BID look after the town centre. They do lots of things to make it a nicer place to shop.

You’ll often see buskers performing in Blackpool town centre, and there always seems to be something different to see. It’s a lively and vibrant town, great for local people and visitors.

Squires Gate

Squires Gate Lane runs at right angles to Blackpool Promenade at its southernmost end where it meets St Annes. (At the other end of Squires Gate Lane is the M55 motorway).

About half way along Squires Gate Lane is an out-of-town shopping area with a good selection of large retailers. There’s a big TK Maxx, Dunelm, Morrison’s supermarket and various others.

Marton

Literally at the end of the M55 is another out-of-town shopping area where the big Tesco supermarket is located. Next to Tesco are other large retailers, including Next, Matalan and a Clarks Shoes outlet.

St Annes

St Annes is a typical Victorian seaside town – it’s the one with the pier. The high street of the town centre is wide and the shops on both sides flanked with attractive gardens and places to sit. Side streets off the main road are linked with small independent retailers.

St Annes Town Centre. Shopping on the Fylde Coast
St Annes Town Centre. Shopping on the Fylde Coast

Like at Cleveleys, St Annes high street is at right angles to the seafront, so you can enjoy a day shopping by the seaside here too. The town centre stretches from St Annes Pier as far inland as the railway station. St Annes Road West is a wide road with gardens and attractive features, benches and seating areas. The shops are a mix of high street names and independents.

Lytham

If you love different, independent shops then Lytham is for you – it’s the one with the windmill. Even Stringers, the department store, is an independent one and not part of a large chain.

Clifton Street Lytham. Shopping on the Fylde Coast
Clifton Street Lytham. Shopping on the Fylde Coast

The main street in Lytham town centre is pretty and lined on both sides with trees and pavement cafes. It’s a perfect place to browse around and hunt for something different.

Lytham does have some high street names but it’s a great spot for independent stores in homewares, clothes and gifts. So if you’re looking for something a bit different then it’s a good place to visit.

There’s a public square at Lytham too. Every year it’s transformed by the Lytham in Bloom team and it’s a lovely spot to sit awhile and enjoy an ice cream.

Shopping on the Fylde Coast

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our quick guide to shopping on the Fylde Coast. If there’s anything that you think we’ve missed please get in touch and let us know.

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