Plan your visit
Visitor Centre: Open daily, 10am-5pm (April-October)
Open Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday), 10am-4pm (November-March)
Cafe: Refreshments available 10am-5pm, takeaway only.
Shop: Open daily, 10am-5pm.
School and youth group trips: closed at the moment, but bookings being taken for autumn 2021 onwards. To book, contact email@example.com or call 01603 697 504.
- 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.
Guided walks is closed
Educational facilities are closed
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, 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 rare wildlife so we’ve created designated dog exercise areas / dog-friendly routes for you and your pooch to enjoy.
Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife / livestock 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 and under close, effective control.
- Dog water bowls are available at the back of the visitor centre.
- Dogs can die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
We welcome groups, but please phone us to book prior to your visit.
Please follow current Government guidance on group sizes when visiting the reserve.
Schools booking information
Due to Covid-19 measures, and whilst we undergo our refurbishment, we have temporarily paused our school visits until autumn 2021.
For information on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trip 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.