One of the most popular coastal areas in the country is Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, and Daly has a holiday home park just a stone’s throw away! Scout Cragg is home to over a hundred quality static caravans, spaciously sited to offer the convenience of location and maximum stress-free comfort. With plenty to see and do in the region, Scout Cragg means the chance for an ideal ‘home base’ location for anyone looking to get maximum pleasure from Morecambe Bay!
Our pick of places to visit in the town of Morecambe itself…
- Eric Morecambe statue: A tribute to Eric Morecambe, one half of iconic duo Morecambe & Wise. Eric was born in a terraced house at no. 42 Buxton Street (it still stands if you want to have a look at the exterior) and despite these modest beginnings he went on to become one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. So much so that this wonderful statue of him in one of his characteristic poses was erected just a mile away. It was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999 and is surrounded by many of his famous catchphrases and an exhaustive list of celebrity guests who appeared on the duo’s incredibly popular TV show. Morecambe was born John Bartholemew but took his stage name in homage to his hometown.
- Venus and Cupid statue: While we’re on the subject of statues, this sculpture by Shane A Johnstone, installed in 2005 and located on the Promenade is really worth seeing. Subtitled Love, The Most Beautiful Of Absolute Disasters, it features hundreds of tiny pieces of mosaic tiling and has been an impressive and moving piece of modern art for visitors ever since.
- Stone Jetty: More of a feature than a real landmark, Morecambe’s stone jetty offers a path, bay vistas and bird and animal sculptures (the TERN art project) and it does have some real social history attached. In 1861 a line linked the jetty with the Lancaster to Carlisle railway line, and coal was brough in from Durham and North Yorkshire for export to Ireland. However, trade declined, and the harbour was eventually busy as a site for professional ship breaking (the most famous being the SS Majestic, a White Star liner and therefore a sister ship to the Titanic).
- Heritage Centre: Run by an enthusiastic team which wants to relate the story of Morecambe people and the town’s heritage, this charming Centre is an inspiring collection of documents, artefacts and photographs which offer a real flavour of the area’s past. It’s easily accessible, being in the town’s shopping centre.
- Winter Gardens: Built in 1897 and a wonderful example of Victorian architecture, the Grade II listed Winter Gardens is one of Morecambe’s most significant features. It was saved from demolition in 1985 and transferred to charitable body ownership in 2006. It’s possible to tour the facility and get a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the stunning restoration work which is bringing the Gardens back to its former glory. In addition there are entertainment events regularly held there, which can be found on the venue’s website.
Other interesting places around Morecambe Bay
- Carnforth Station Heritage Centre: Making a journey 6 miles north of Morecambe will offer massive value to classic vintage film buffs. The legendary 1945 romance Brief Encounter was filmed in various parts of the railway station in Carnforth. Brief Encounter was written by the great Noel Coward and directed by David Lean (who went on to make the multiple Oscar winning epics Lawrence Of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, amongst others). Some of the scenes have become absolutely iconic moments of cinema. It’s a real thrill to almost ‘step onto the set’ at Carnforth, as the station has been lovingly restored. It tells not only the story of the making of the film, but delves into the history of Carnforth, its workers and its families.
- Cinderbarrow Railway: It’s not quite Brief Encounter, but Cinderbarrow offers a varied selection of miniature trains operating on a ground level ‘ride-on’ track. All the family can enjoy the journey round the picnic site at Cinderbarrow, and the railway is open from Good Friday to late October, with some trains operating on Thursdays during school holidays. A charming way to pass some time.
- Heysham: Though it’s small, the picturesque seaside village of Heysham has an array of woodland, open grassland, sandy beaches and deep rock pools, and has twice won the Britain in Bloom Gold small village award. For music historians, the graves at St Patrick’s Chapel featured on the cover of a Black Sabbath ‘best of’ album. For art lovers, British landscape painter JMW Turner painted Heysham in the 1790s. The village is one oof the best former Anglo-Viking sites in the north-west – and even hosts an annual Viking festival!
- Lancaster: Though its origins stretch back much further, this city was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 – so obviously it’s a source of rich enjoyment for anyone interested in history and has Roman, Saxon and medieval aspects to explore. For those interested in more recent history, the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum tells the story of the King’s Own, or 4th Regiment of Foot, from 1680 to modern times (including the First and Second World War), while the Lancashire Police Museum, housed in the old prison, tells the story of the force. Amongst others, some notable people to have originated from Lancaster include Emily Williamson (co-founder of the RSPB), biologist Richard Owen (who coined the term ‘dinosaur’), Ben Hall (potter and frontman of melodic indie band Mr Ben & The Bens), modern punks The Lovely Eggs, 1980s pop singer John Waite (Missing You) and ex-footballer James Beattie.
In truth if you’re looking for static caravans for sale in Morecambe but not quite sure whether it’s the area for you, we can only say that it’s so good you’ll soon realise it is when you come here! There are so many wonderful places to visit and things to see around Morecambe and Carnforth that we just don’t have the space here to suggest more than a few. If you’re on the internet looking for static caravan parks in Morecambe so that you have a base from which to explore, then look no further than Scout Cragg. It’s one of our pride and joys, a real treasure in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Scout Cragg is a dog-friendly and family inclusive site with visitor parking and children’s play areas, and you could find just the home-from-home you’re looking for.