Happy Mount Park is situated at the eastern end of Morecambe’s Promenade. It originally opened in the 1920s and is now one of the best parks in North West England.
Things haven’t always be so rosy. In the 1990s the park gained national fame when Noel Edmonds opened the World of Crinkley Bottom here. The theme park, based on the character Mr Blobby, was a disaster and closed after just a few weeks. The fiasco, often referred to as Blobbygate, cost local taxpayers around £2 million.
Today, not a trace of Edmonds’ plump pink and yellow creation remains. Happy Mount Park is once again a free public park. It offers a wealth of attractions catering to families and children.
A broad avenue runs the length of the park from the gates on Marine Road East. Formal gardens lie immediately left of the entrance and in the summer months are the venue for brass band concerts.
Continue along the avenue and on the right there’s Café Rastelli; a long-established business offering homemade meals, salads, snacks, and speciality teas and coffees. Pirates in the Park occupies the other half of the same building. It’s a fantastic indoor soft play area with inflatables, climbing frames, and ball pits. It can save the day if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
In front of the café there are trampolines, an 18-hole crazy golf course, and a traditional roundabout. The area on the opposite side of the avenue is home to a play area for young children, a putting green, and the park’s famous swing boats.
The next area of the park offers sports facilities. On the southern side of the avenue there’s a multi-purpose sports area where visitors can play tennis, basketball, and five-a-side football. On the northern side there’s a bowling green. Casual bookings for the sports facilities can be made at the park’s kiosk.
The next attractions encountered are Splash Park, Playland and the Happy Mount Park Express. Splash Park is an outdoor water play area with water jets, sprinklers, and water buckets. There’s nothing like it at any other park in North West England. The Happy Mount Park Express is a miniature railway while Playland is an enclosed area with lots of children’s cars, bikes, playhouses etc.
Continue south and you’ll come to the Japanese Garden. Between March and July amphibians such as frogs and newts can be seen in the ponds here.
The final section of the park is home to the Natural Adventure Play Area. This is one of the most recent additions to Happy Mount Park. The adventure playground offers a zip wire, a large climbing frame, basket swings, and more.
Entrance to Happy Mount Park is free. There’s a small charge for certain attractions such as Playland, Pirates in the Park, the Happy Mount Express, swing boats, putting green, trampolines, and crazy golf. There’s no charge for Splash Park or the Natural Adventure Play Area.
Happy Mount Park is the venue for many of Morecambe’s most popular events. Brass band concerts are held every Sunday from May to September. Performances begin around 2.30 pm and last for around two hours. Details of other events can be found on the official Happy Mount Park website.
Happy Mount Park is open seven days a week. It opens every morning at 8.30 am but closing times vary throughout the year. For example, in May, June and July the park closes at 9 pm, in August at 8.30 pm, and in November, December and January at 4.30 pm. A schedule of opening and closing times can be found at the entrance to the park.
Some of the attractions (Splash Park, putting green, swing boats etc.) are seasonal and are only open during the summer months.
Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a lead. Dogs are not permitted in Splash Park.
The park is located on Marine Road East in the Bare area of Morecambe. To find it from Morecambe town centre, simply drive east along the Promenade.
Morecambe Golf Club is adjacent to the park. Lancaster City Council’s Coastal Road Car Park is also here. Satellite navigation users can use the postcode for the golf club (LA4 6AJ) to find the car park. Parking fees are reasonable. Free street parking can be found on Happy Mount Drive, to the south of the park.
The nearest train station is Bare Lane, approximately half-a-mile from the park. Services run from Morecambe and Lancaster.