The Marine Hall Gardens

The Marine Hall Gardens

You’ll find the Marine Hall Gardens opposite The Mount on Fleetwood seafront at The Esplanade. It’s a beautiful spot, traditional English seaside gardens and a tranquil setting.

If you like a quiet life, a stroll and an ice cream, then this is the place for you. The grounds are free to explore. Walk the paths and admire the plants, wildlife and views.

What you’ll find in the Gardens

There’s a water fountain feature (above) to admire or splash in if the weather’s hot enough! 18 jets are programmed to shoot water up at different heights and create a range of effects. The water is automatically treated and circulated, so the quality is maintained with minimum water loss.

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The water feature is surrounded by beach-type grasses and planting. There’s a seating area to provide elevated views across the gardens. Dotted around the dune-like garden are large pebbles, each one individually designed and inspired by Fleetwood’s strandline.

Marine Gardens Fleetwood
Marine Hall Gardens Fleetwood
Gardens around the Marine Hall Fleetwood
Gardens around the Marine Hall Fleetwood
Enjoy a stroll along the colonnade and around the Marine Gardens
Enjoy a stroll along the colonnade and around the Marine Hall Gardens

Admire the planting

Bowling Greens

The Gardens are also home to beautifully maintained bowling greens. They’re very well used by the exceptionally strong bowling community that exists on the Fylde Coast and in Fleetwood. Where else can you bowl so close to the sea.

Bowling in Fleetwood
Bowling in Fleetwood

Facilities

At it’s seaward side, there’s a beachfront path around the Marine Hall. Follow it to find an ice cream kiosk and Fleetwood’s great big, clean Marine Beach.

There’s plenty of free parking, both in the Marine Hall car park and along the main road at The Esplanade. To the left of the bowling greens there is further free parking next to the kite club.

Public toilets are situated between the Marine Hall and the YMCA. Head straight forward as if to the beach to find them on your left.

View of the Marine hall and Gardens from the top of The Mount
View of the Marine Hall and Gardens from the top of The Mount

Beach Huts

Marine Beach is also where you’ll find Fleetwood’s two different types of beach huts. There are new, modern huts built into the colonnades at Marine Hall. A little further along are the pretty pastel traditional huts.

Restoration of the Dome at Marine Hall

The stained glass dome was restored and the external protection removed, to reveal the beautiful window in early 2017.

Restoration of the Dome at Marine Hall
Restoration of the Dome at Marine Hall

More about Marine Hall Gardens

The Marine Hall and Gardens were first opened in 1935 as an entertainment venue.

Did you know

  • the recently restored glass domed ceiling (photo above) was covered over during WW2 to protect it from aerial attack,
  • on 25 August 1962 the Beatles played there?

This photo shows the view from the top of The Mount, taken in 1909. The bowling greens are in place, and some of the gardens.

Would you say that this photo dates back to the early 1980’s?

Marine Hall and Gardens
Marine Hall and Gardens

This photo is from before the renovation work began, taken in April 2011.

Before renovation work. Photo dated April 2011
Before renovation work. Photo dated April 2011

The gardens underwent a transformation in 2011 to create a new space for the future. External works were also carried out to the building, which included repainting it and repairs

Funding was secured by Wyre Council through the Sea Change scheme. The aim of it is to regenerate seaside towns through arts and attractions. The Lofthouse family also made a generous donation. They are makers of the famous Fisherman’s Friends which are made in Fleetwood.

A programme of public consultation involved local people to find out how they used already used the space. Plus what they thought about its development for the future.

Transformation of Marine Hall Gardens

Work on site started in summer 2011 and was completed in Spring of 2012, to create a multi-use performance space at the front of the Marine Hall.

Landscaping work begins at Marine Gardens in July 2011
Landscaping work begins at Marine Gardens in July 2011
Works underway at the Marine Gardens, in October 2011
Works underway, in October 2011
Marine Gardens in January 2012
Marine Gardens in January 2012
Planting underway at Marine Gardens, February 2012
Planting underway, February 2012
Marine Gardens, February 2012
Marine Gardens, February 2012

It’s used for outdoor performances and cultural events, as a contemporary English marine garden.

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