Top 5 things to do near Marton Mere and on park
Keith Robson is General Manager at Marton Mere Holiday Park in Blackpool, where he’s worked for several years. He talked us through his perfect day at the park, and around Blackpool, highlighting the five best things to do when visiting Marton Mere.
1. Take a walk around the Mere
If I was thinking about my perfect day, I would certainly be walking the park - we border a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Mere and Bird Sanctuary, so it’s fabulous. If you’ve got the dog and the kids, walking the park is a great way to start the day. By the shop we also have a smashing new outdoor decked area with an enclosed section, with brand-new bakery equipment and a smashing new Costa machine, so you can have a walk with the dog, pick your paper up and go and have a sausage butty and a lovely coffee. So that’s smashing if you fancy dropping off for a 10 minute breather.
I think one thing that’s mentioned certainly by owners is just how peaceful it is here. It’s just that little bit of distance from the main prom in Blackpool, and it’s quite peaceful, we’re right on the Mere. It’s a little sanctuary really.
2. Dine out and enjoy the entertainment as a family
For a spot of lunch, we've got a lovely menu in our Boathouse restaurant and I think it covers all bases in terms of family dining. There's a lovely patio area which borders our lazy river and splash zone, so you can go along, watch the kids and have a pint to drink or a bite to eat while they’re having a bit of fun.
Then for entertainment, you must see one of our shows - from fantastic movie shows to tribute performances and pantomime. You can really fill your whole day I think.
3. Take the bus or walk into Blackpool
We have a bus from the park every half an hour into Blackpool. There’s so much – the Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Waterpark, Madame Tussauds, Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Zoo, all that good stuff, and the bus drops off at all these points.
The park is around three miles from Blackpool and it’s a lovely walk, you can literally walk from here through Stanley Park, a massive, beautiful Victorian park with all the boating lakes and a smashing little café. Carry straight on into Blackpool, it’s a lovely walk on a lovely day.
4. Tire out the kids (or yourself!) with a range of activities
We have a multitude of activities. We’ve got the bungee trampolines, we’ve got a Jump Tower and Climbing Wall combined, and Adventure Golf. So that lends itself really well for a nice relaxing afternoon while you watch the kids have a great time.
Further down from that we’ve got our enclosed archery and activities events tent, we’ve got our multi-purpose activity sports court as well. So even if it’s not brilliant weather you can still sit out there so I think that’s a fabulous place to go to spend a bit of time on park. And just in front of that there’s a lovely kids’ play area, so from about 4 to 12-year-old's little outdoor play area. So lots of stuff to keep the kids entertained.
5. Explore Lancaster and the nearby Lake District
We’re in a wonderful location because we’re only three miles from Blackpool, but equally we’re less than an hour’s drive from Lancaster, near the bottom end of the Lake District. So if you fancy a trip outdoors just to explore a wee bit, Lancaster’s a great wonderful historic town anyway, but that will lead you right into the bottom end to Coniston or Windermere, it’s a good stop off point in that sense.
What do you love about Marton Mere?
It’s the people factor. There’s a real sense of community with our owners that’s for sure. And my team are just wonderful. They’re always wanting things to be better and things to be sharper for our guests and owners. I just feel I’m still coming into work with a big smile on my face every day and I just look forward to what that day’s going to present because it’s ever-changing. There’s a bit of magic in that isn’t there?