Where you can park a motorhome overnight in Lancashire seaside towns including Blackpool and Morecambe

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It looks like staycations are here for the long haul so break out the caravan and enjoy these seaside Lancashire haunts.

 

Street lights in Blackpool at night
Street lights in Blackpool at night (Image: Getty)

With more of us looking to spend our holidays in the UK the prospect of setting up camp by the seaside is a tempting one.

For those who are lucky enough to own a campervan, or if you are renting one, you need to be aware of the rules surrounding where you can, and can’t, park.

Generally speaking, if there are no parking restrictions such as time limit or pay and display, motorhomes and campervans are allowed to park on the street (including overnight) but check for any limitations.

However, although there is no specific law which makes it illegal to sleep in a motorhome at the roadside if you are asked to move on by the police you will need to comply as there is no automatic ‘right’ to park on any street.

Also be aware of the risk of potentially being drunk in charge of a vehicle, if you are the only permissible driver of the motorhome and you are over the limit you could end up losing your licence.

Wild camping – on sites such as on sand dunes or on public land, is not allowed without the land owner’s permission.

Here’s where you can legally park a campervan or motorhome in Blackpool, Lytham and Morecambe. Each authority has different rules surrounding sleeping and you will typically not be able to pull out the BBQ or hang up your washing line.

Blackpool

The rules

Motorhomes of all descriptions/sizes are not allowed to use on street pay and display bays even with a blue badge and clock but they can use car parks.

Overnight sleeping is allowed, but, not the use of or setting up of any outdoor equipment such as seating, washing lines, awnings etc.

Summer rate motorhome tariffs are now available at designated sites priced at £10 for 12 hours or £12 for 24 hours.

For dispensations or to report illegally parked vehicles please contact Blackpool Council’s dispatch office on 01253 476395.

This line is available Sunday to Thursday 7.00am to 9.45pm, Friday and Saturday 7.00am to 11.15pm.

You can enjoy beautiful views of the Irish sea if you decide to park your motorhome in Blackpool.
You can enjoy beautiful views of the Irish sea if you decide to park your motorhome in Blackpool.

Designated sites

Banks Street car park FY1 2DT (nine parking bays)

Foxhall Village car park FY1 6JX (15 bays)

*Gynn Square car park (pictured) FY1 2JR (12 bays)

Lytham Road car park FY4 1HT (four bays)

Seasiders car park FY1 6JX (43 bays)

South car park FY1 6BF (10 bays)

Check what vehicle type these car parks are set to – South car park is primarily for cars only but coaches may be allowed at peak times.

Lytham

The rules

During the day motorhomes can park on any Fylde Borough Council long stay car parks. You must pay for as many bays as you occupy.

Motorhomes can stay overnight for up to 48hrs maximum and must be parked in a designated motorhome bay.

A sluice unit for use by motorhomers is provided approximate 500m North of St Annes Swimming Pool Car Park at North Promenade car park in the public WCs. A £1 charge is made for use of the facility.

Lytham St Annes has long been a popular motorhome staycation choice.
Lytham St Annes has long been a popular motorhome staycation choice.

Designated sites

St Pauls Avenue

St Annes Swimming Pool Car Park

North Promenade

*North Beach Car Park (pictured)

Morecambe

The rules

Lancaster City Council allows motorhomes to park at designated car parks. These car parks do not have any height restriction barriers and are all surface car parks.

However, you cannot sleep in a motorhome or campervan overnight on a Lancaster City Council car park.

Standard pay and display tickets should be purchased for all bays used and motorhomes should not overhang parking bays. For longer motorhomes it is suggested end to end parking bays are utilised and two tickets are purchased.

You can't beat a view overlooking Morecambe Bay.
You can’t beat a view overlooking Morecambe Bay.

Designated sites (with longer parking bays available)

Town Hall car park

Festival Market car park

Goods Yard car park

*Marine Road car park (pictured)

Back Brighton Terrace car park

Battery Breakwater car park