Plan your visit
- Visitor Centre and shop
Open daily, 10am-5pm (April-October)
Open daily, 10am-4pm (November-March).
- Refreshments: takeaways available in line with above opening times.
Festive Opening times
- Christmas Eve: visitor centre and shop open, 9am-3pm.
- Christmas Day: visitor centre and shop closed.
- Boxing Day: visitor centre and shop closed.
- 27-30 December: visitor centre and shop open, 10am-4pm.
- New Years Eve:visitor centre and shop open, 9am-3pm.
- New Years Day: visitor centre and shop open, 10am-4pm.
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Free, but donations are very welcome
- Free, but donations are very welcome
- Car park cost
Parking is available very close by on Inner Promenade and at both ends of Fairhaven Lake at Stanner Bank and St Paul’s car parks. These car parks are available 24 hours.
These are not RSPB car park; they are run by Fylde Council. Please see their website for details.
There are also 3 electric vehicle charging points very close by the centre on Inner Promenade.
How to get here
Trains run from Ansdell and Fairhaven station on the half-hour to and from Preston and Blackpool South. Turn right outside the station onto Woodlands Road. Continue to the bottom of the hill. At the mini roundabout turn left onto Clifton Drive and them immediately right onto Marine Drive. After 50metres you reach and the Inner Promenade. Crosse the road into the Car Park and take the lake-side path to the right to reach the Centre after 50 metres. The walk takes about 10 minutes.
Buses run all year round every 20 minutes on Line 7 from Blackpool, St Annes and Lytham. The nearest stop is at Lake Road. Walk down Lake Road, cross the Inner Promenade and the Centre is next to Fairhaven Lake.
From the south end of Blackpool, take the A584 Clifton Drive southbound towards Lytham. Continue straight on through St Annes. Turn right onto Lake Road; at the bottom, turn left onto the Inner Promenade. Parking is available on the roadside alongside the Lake or at the car parks at the opposite ends of the Lake opposite the Marine Drive and St. Paul’s Avenue turnings.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Information for dog owners
Dogs on leads are welcome at Fairhaven Lake Visitor Centre. Please keep your dog on a lead and under close, effective control at all times.
For more information on where you can walk dogs around Fairhaven Lake, and where leads are required, please see Fylde Council's webpage.
We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for wildlife.
Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator. Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead.
- Dog water bowls are available at the front of the visitor centre.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Bringing a flock? We welcome group bookings.
Please notify us of your visit in advance by phoning 01253 796292.
Schools booking information
For details of our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.
We offer a unique, hands-on and fun learning experience by the seaside, with opportunities for all key stages and abilities, including mud dipping which is exclusive to the Fairhaven Lake Visitor Centre. With a suite of curriculum-linked sessions on offer, our qualified, enthusiastic learning team will help you uncover the secrets of the Ribble Estuary and the creatures that call it home.
We have a large learning space which provides the perfect base for your visit. Within easy reach of the centre is a variety of interesting habitats, making a trip to Fairhaven Lake Visitor Centre a safe and exciting coastal visit.
To book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.