If you’re looking to get away from our fair city for the day and enjoy the beauty of the stunning Fylde coast with a healthy dollop of vintage shopping on the side then look no further than St Annes-on-Sea.
An often overlooked sibling coastal town to the gaudy Goliath of Blackpool and the more upmarket town of Southport St Anne’s is the modest jewel of this wild, and often chilly, coastline.
It’s been a popular haunt for me and my other half in all seasons – in the winter we cocoon ourselves in layers of jumpers and waterproofs and embrace the bighting winds on the seafront before retreating to the town for a well-earned cuppa and a delicious chippy dinner.
But in recent months we’ve been jumping in the car with our beach bags, a picnic and the ubiquitous bat and ball to while away a few hours before heading to the town centre to unearth any vintage goodies the charity shops have in store.
Talking of charity shops, the place is heaving with them. There are no fewer than nine in one modestly-sized high street with a great mix of national names such as Cancer Research UK and Banardos rubbing shoulders with local charities including Trinity Hospice and Day of Sunshine .
There’s something immensely satisfying about going into one charity shop and knowing that there are several others waiting patiently for you to visit them too… just me?
I’ve never once come back from there without picking up something – I snapped up this lovely claret coat last year and on an earlier trip picked up this sunglasses-inducing skirt. On my latest trip I picked up a lovely white Grecian-style dress with gold detailing for the princely sum of £5.25. Not bad eh?
With miles of unspoilt coastline to explore, heaps of family-friendly activities and a small, but perfectly formed, high street boasting more charity shops than you can shake a stick at St Annes is certainly worth a visit – whatever the weather.
Words & Images- Contributor Helen Le Caplain