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Discovering the Wonders of RSPB Fairhaven Lake Discovery Centre

A visit by Nigel Clarkson Feb 10th 2024

RSPB Fairhaven Discovery Centre, Lyrham St Annes

The RSPB Fairhaven Lake Discovery Centre is a hidden gem nestled in the breathtaking landscape of the Fylde Coast.


This remarkable spot, which offers both educational experiences and serene walks along Fairhaven Lake, is a must-visit location for anyone interested in England's natural beauty and wildlife.

Where to find the centre:


Fairhaven Lake, Inner Promenade, Lytham St Annes FY8 1BD.

Website details:

Tel: 01253 796292

Opening times 10 am- 4 pm Everyday

Your Visit to RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre


Situated at the edge of Fairhaven Lake, the RSPB Centre is the perfect starting point for your exploration of the River Ribble Estuary. The centre remains open throughout the year and offers a fascinating programme of events suitable for all ages.

What to Expect at Fairhaven Lake

At Fairhaven Lake, visitors can enjoy a peaceful stroll along its pram and wheelchair-friendly paths, indulge in the café's offerings, or simply watch the ducks paddling in the lake. The lake also provides visitors with impressive views across the Ribble Estuary, perfect for photographers and nature lovers

RSPB at Fairhaven Lake

Learn About Wildlife


The RSPB Fairhaven Discovery Centre is not just about bird watching.


It offers interactive displays and activities designed to educate visitors about the importance of providing homes for nature.


The centre has received an 'Outstanding' award in the Learning Outside the Classroom Scheme, reflecting its commitment to high-quality educational experiences.


The Significance of the Ribble Estuary


The Ribble Estuary is of monumental importance within the UK, being the most significant single river estuary in the country. It serves as a sanctuary for a myriad of bird species.


Indeed, the estuary sees more than a quarter of a million avian visitors each year, making it a paradise for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.

The Migratory Birds of the Ribble Estuary


The estuary is a vital stopping point for migratory birds journeying from the icy lands of the Arctic to the warmer climates of Africa. During the spring and autumn seasons, the estuary teems with up to 300,000 birds, making it one of the top bird-watching destinations in the UK.

Fairhaven Lake at Ansdell and Fairhaven

Events at RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre


The RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre hosts family events throughout the year, offering fun and educational experiences for all ages. Keep an eye out for their special events, which often include hands-on learning experiences about the local birds and wildlife.

There are also other events taking place in the area throughout the year like craft fairs.

Craft and Gift Fairs in Lytham St Annes

Planning Your Visit


The centre is open every day of the week from 10 am to 4 pm, with earlier closing times during the winter months.


Entry to the centre is free, and dogs are welcome, provided they are kept on a lead.

Other things to do when visiting Fairhaven Lake

On our visit Saturday 10th Feb 2024

Discovering the wonders of the RSPB Fairhaven Discovery Centre was an enriching experience.


It's a place that combines learning with leisure, perfect for families and nature enthusiasts alike. I highly recommend a visit, especially if you're in the Lytham St Annes area.


Plus when the kids are on holiday, call down with them, it's free to look around and learn from them.

We enjoyed it and I have included some photos on this blog so you can see their area which is of outstanding natural beauty around Fairhaven Lake.

Remember, every visit contributes to the preservation of nature and wildlife. Your presence helps to support the centre's mission to protect and educate people about the importance of our natural world.


And who knows, you might leave with a newfound appreciation for the beauty of nature that surrounds us after visiting the RSPB Fairhaven Discovery Centre.

The Lakeside Cafe at Fairhaven Lake

The Lakeside Cafe at Fairhaven Lake. Perfect for something to eat and drink and a delicious Ice Cream. Its just 50 yards from the RSPB Centre

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