St Anne’s has been ranked higher than Southport, Blackpool and Morecambe in a recent feature entitled ‘Best Beaches Within A Two Hour Drive Of Manchester’. The article in the ‘What’s On – Days Out’ in the Manchester Evening News shares the advice ‘pack your swimsuit, suncream and bucket and spade and get out and enjoy the best of the Great British seaside’ – and St Anne’s sits proudly at number two on the list of best beaches.

Here’s the feature from MEN reporter Zara Whelan:

‘Just a stone’s throw from Blackpool, this beautiful stretch of Lancashire coastline is often a little quieter than its neighbour.
There is an ornate Victorian pier in front of extensive tidal sands and a boating lake, plus miles of land to explore. Aside from the huge natural beach, there’s a collection of exceptionally manicured gardens, and plenty of traditional seaside attractions.
There’s also a paddling pool and a splash park perfect for younger visitors plus an ornamental pond with a beautiful waterfall and resident ducks. Visitors will also find a stunning row of beach huts in array of pastel colours adorning the shoreline.
While the town itself has plenty of restaurants and B&Bs, its own art gallery and Lytham Hall, a stunning Georgian country house – a jewel on the Fylde coastline.’

Number One spot on the list went to Red Rocks – described as a ‘striking area of rust coloured sand dunes’ – on the Wirral.