Lytham's High Street Heroes

PUBLISHED: 12:02 29 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:48 20 February 2013

A colourful scene in Lytham’s Clifton Square

A colourful scene in Lytham’s Clifton Square

It was once named one of the most desirable places to live in the world. We take our shopping bags to Lytham, one of Lancashire's coastal gems

You only have to visit Lytham on a sunny afternoon to know it is well-loved. The mile-long expanse of Lytham Green, impressive properties that line the seafront and the lovely coastal views attract thousands of visitors to the area. Stunning architecture, too, like Lytham Hall, once the home of the Clifton family, is a big draw as are the tranquil surroundings of Lowther Gardens.

And the shopping brings many more people to the pretty town. There are numerous places for you to part with your hard-earned money. Many of the shops in the centre have been there for years, run by families and individuals with a pride and passion for their town.

There is a fantastic department store, one of the mainstays of this busy centre, as well as a mix of old and new shops, traditional and modern boutiques and small and large stores including a supermarket that celebrates local produce.

Youll find many of the shops in Church Road, Park Street, Clifton Street and Dicconson Terrace but also explore off these main streets to find some hidden gems.

Just because Lytham is an old town doesnt mean that businesses are old school - there are plenty of contemporary stores too. And although a handful of big name retailers have infiltrated Lytham the town is fortunate to have retained those traditional shops that many other places have long since lost.

Butcher, bakers, fishmongers, grocers and a cheese seller all have a place in Lytham. In fact, time your visit to this last one right and you may grab an opportunity to try the shops famous parkin before its all gone.

But the best advice is to take a trip to Lytham and see for yourself.

The print version of this article appeared in the August 2011 issue of Lancashire Life

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