Promenade Gardens is one of the Borough's major parks and is situated to the south west of St. Anne’s town centre. Visitors and Residents are attracted to the gardens to enjoy its pleasures as it is one of Fylde Borough Council's Premier sites. The site comprises of mature gardens and contains a range of passive and active leisure facilities for all age ranges. The Gardens are an example of horticultural excellence and are maintained to a high standard.
Lytham St Annes Mini Links
Lytham St Annes Mini Links consists of a challenging 18 hole par 3 Mini Links golf course, a fabulous 18 hole Putting Green and 9 holes of entertaining Crazy Golf.
Formerly the pitch and putt course in Lytham St Annes, the Mini Links is situated on South Promenade opposite The Grand Hotel only 800 metres west of the world famous Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Course.
The rolling fairways of the Mini Links course overlooks the Irish Sea with views across the Ribble Estuary towards OPEN Championship courses, Royal Birkdale Golf Club and Royal Liverpool, Hoylake.
An 18 hole golf course with no restrictions on clothing, age or ability; whether you are popping down to tweak your short game or you are ready to hit your first ever golf shot, we look forward to welcoming you to the Mini Links
Promenade Gardens Facilities
- A broad pedestrian promenade
- • Alpine Garden
- • Water Garden
- • Miniature Golf Corse and Putting Green
- • Paddling pool set within an amphitheatre
- • Boating pool
- • A number of shelters and pavilions
- • A band stand
- • A lifeboat memorial
- • Public toilets
- • Ornamental gardens
- • Fountain and waterfall
- • Floral Displays
Promenade Gardens History
The historical development of the town of St Anne’s closely corresponds to the development of its coastline. St Anne’s was established by the Land & Building Company of St Anne’s (itself established in 1874) which laid the foundation stone on March 31st 1875. It was prompted by the growth of the holiday trade developing in the neighbouring resorts of Blackpool and Lytham.
The development of the Promenade of St Anne’s was seen as a key focal area for the promotion of the town both as a resort and privileged place to live. The promenade was extended as the town itself grew, and as such reflected the changing fortunes of the town’s economy and function.
St Anne’s Pier was the first of the Promenade developments, conceived by the Land & Building Company in 1879. The central axis running through the town was “extended” to create the Pier. Designed by A. Dowson and opened by Lord Stanley on 15th June 1885, it epitomized the purpose of the town as a holiday resort catering primarily to the needs of visitors.
The Lifeboat Monument was unveiled in May 1888 following the Mexico lifeboat disaster in December 1886 when 13 members of the St Anne’s lifeboat Laura Jane and 14 crew of the Southport lifeboat lost their lives trying to save the crew of the Mexico which ran aground in the Ribble Estuary
Development on the seaward side of the promenade continued in the 1930s, following a general lull in developmental activity during the 1920s. Additions in 1934 included the Promenade Walk, the conversion of the water surround to the 1908 bandstand oval to a paddling pool, opened in 1935, and a miniature golf course.
In 1954 the Miniature Railway on the South Promenade was constructed, and is still operational today. In 1955 permission was granted for a Children’s Playground on the South Promenade.
In 1972 the North Promenade Gardens were again in a state of disrepair and the land from Sandgate to a point 700ft northwards was donated by the Land & Building Company for its centennial anniversary, along with £10,000 for the design and construction of new gardens.
Further developments were added to the South Promenade, including the addition of Nissen Junior Trampolines near the Miniature Railway ticket office in 1973.