Where to watch Euro 2020 in Blackpool, Blackburn, Preston, Burnley and Morecambe Bay

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Need a comfortable, exciting, and beer-fuelled pub to watch Harry Kane lift the European Championship trophy? We have you covered.

The William Mitchell in Morecambe.

The William Mitchell in Morecambe.

Coronavirus may have put last summer on hold, and taken an international football tournament with it, but after a year of waiting, Euro 2020 is finally here.

As the pandemic eases and life slowly but surely crawls back towards normality, we have a whole summer of football to enjoy.

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England are due to play Croatia on Sunday (June 13) before hosting Scotland next Friday (June 18). Their final group game, against the Czech Republic, will take place on June 22.

There is nothing quite like sitting down with your friends to watch England play so we’ve put together a list of the best Lancashire pubs to frequent during June and July.

Under new government guidance issued just yesterday (June 8), people in Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, Wyre and West Lancashire have been advised to refrain from mixing indoors with other households outside their bubble.

With that in mind we have included a list of family-friendly indoor settings to visit with households and bubbles and outdoor venues for groups who want to socialise.

Here are a collection of the best pubs in Burnley, Blackpool, Blackburn, Preston, and Morecambe Bay, that will be showing Gareth Southgate’s team as they take on the best Europe has to offer.

This list is not exhaustive, if you want to give your favourite venue a shout out, email lancs.live@reachplc.com.

Burnley

The East Lancashire town has no shortage of football-friendly pubs, especially around Yorkshire Street and the Turf Moor area.

For those favouring a bit of fresh air with their football, we would highly recommend Burnley’s Park View which has a spacious beer garden and outside screens under a canopy.

It’s already hosted England’s pre-tournament friendlies against Austria and Romania. With a great selection of beers, cask ales on tap, and several weekly drink deals, this is a good place to start.

You do need to book a table though, so make sure you get on that sharpish if you want a seat.

The Royal Dyche, Burnley, a solid choice.

The Royal Dyche, Burnley, a solid choice. (Image: Getty Images)

For the more traditional fans a visit to The Royal Dyche (formerly The Princess Anne or simply The Prinny) wouldn’t go amiss.

Decked out with its recently renovated beer garden, outside heaters, canopies and screens, it has the potential for a great atmosphere during games.

Anyone looking for a more relaxed or quiet atmosphere to view the fixtures would be best going to the Fence Gate Inn.

With a rural setting, more of a restaurant vibe, and a great selection of real ales, the Fence Gate is a place to enjoy the match safe in the knowledge that you won’t be rough the next day.

Blackpool

The seaside resort is filled with an eclectic mix of bars, pubs, and clubs, that will be clamouring for match day business.

The Corner Flag is a solid option for any Seasider who wants to watch England with their family.

The bar, which is located in the Bloomfield Road stadium, as part of the Blackpool FC Hotel, has nice views of Blackpool Tower, and the pitch itself.

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, The Corner Flag bar is an ideal place to watch the tournament.

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, The Corner Flag bar is an ideal place to watch the tournament.

With a great deal of drink options, and a bespoke cocktail menu, The Corner Flag is a perfect family venue to watch the game.

For a more traditional match day pub, we would opt for No.3 Sports Bar, located on Devonshire Road.

With a spacious outside area, tables, a plethora of drink deals, and 20 indoor screens, this place is likely to be rocking when England get going.

For more of a familiar vibe, with friendly faces, and decent beer, go for The Lifeboat. It’s small, charming, and just a stone’s throw away from the seafront.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has also announced that any football fans planning a fun family day out in the coming weeks no longer have to choose between the cheering on their team and screaming on rollercoasters.

The popular tourist attraction will show a selection of Euro 2020 games on a giant screen in The Hub, including England’s opener against Croatia this Sunday (June 13).

The full list of matches being shown

Blackburn

Blackburn’s Bees Knees is one port of call for anyone hoping to hit the Euros hard.

Eight bottles of beer for £8, draught pitchers, and plenty of screens, the bar will also be a place of celebration (or commiseration) once the game ends.

For a calm, local pub vibe, then head for the Fernhurst near Ewood Park. As a Greene King it will be offering a free drink to anyone who comes in on the first day of the tournament.

It also serves up good, honest, and unpretentious pub grub to tide you over during the match.

The Blackburn Times is another solid option.

Located on Northgate, and with enough TVs to watch every Euros fixture at once, plus outside patio seating, it is an ideal pub to visit for the tournament.

Preston

The Northern Way is your go-to Friargate pub for the Euros.

With a dozen screens, including a massive 82-inch on the outdoor terrace, you will be spoilt for choice here. The ale is cheap.

According to their Facebook page they are operating on a first-come-first-served basis and they already have an abundance of special drinks offers in place.

Roper Hall across the road is another solid choice with many-a-match being enjoyed there over the years. The pub missed much of the pandemic before reopening finally on May 17.

For a more relaxed vibe, head to The Secret Garden Cocktail Bar in Preston’s Guild Hall.

If you prefer to watch your football in tranquillity, with a bespoke cocktail in hand, and sitting under a canopy, then this is the place for you.

The Guild, on Fylde Road, is another stable choice. Although it hasn’t got a big screen, the pub is showing all England matches and has three TVs outside in the beer garden especially for the Euros.

The Secret Garden Cocktail Bar in Preston.

The Secret Garden Cocktail Bar in Preston.

Morecambe Bay

Cask ales, spacious outdoor area, HD TVs. The William Mitchell in Morecambe town centre is not a bad place to start when it comes to England games.

The pub is putting on every single Euros fixture this summer and is also running a sweepstakes competition for the tournament with a cash prize.

The William Mitchell in Morecambe.

The William Mitchell in Morecambe.

It also has an outdoor play area for kids so you can take the family to the match, safe in the knowledge that they won’t pester you once they get bored.

For lovers of real ale, craft beer, and that micropub feel, then head over to Penny Bank in Lancaster.

The pub has a spacious beer garden, plenty of fresh ales on tap, and a welcoming dog policy, so you can bring your pet along for the game as well.

Anyone wanting a raucous match viewing would be best heading for Strawberry Fields in Heysham.

The Greene King pub has a big drive on getting customers in for the Euros and you can book your table online now.