Once a Saxon fishing village and later home to the Benedictine Monks in the 13th century, Lytham emerged into a Victorian holiday destination shaped by inspired town planning and tree planting by the Clifton family. Lytham is steeped in heritage and history. It has both a grandeur and a humble heart, where today shrimping and fishing are celebrated in fine dining and hospitality.

Lytham’s iconic windmill, situated on the green adjacent to the Ribble Estuary, is a much-loved landmark and photo opportunity. Lytham Hall is one of the finest Georgian Houses in Lancashire, and the residential streets and avenues of this coastal town reflect a long history of progressive yet sympathetic economic development.

Lytham’s vibrant and supportive community is proud to welcome locals and visitors alike.
Lytham is a highly attractive coastal town where heritage architecture nestles alongside a contemporary offering of dining, shopping and leisure. With abundant green spaces and cultural events, there is a buzz about the town which is a driver for sustainable economic growth. Retail therapy and hospitality is typified in the way the town and its local businesses embrace the annual and oh-so-popular 1940s weekend. Everyone plays their part, reflecting Lytham’s awareness that retail is theatre and hospitality is key to a thriving high street. When you grow up in a town such as Lytham, dependent upon repeat tourism, you learn early on to put a smile on your face and represent a brand to the best of your ability: attitudes and conduct deep-seated in our local workforce and perfect for business in general looking to recruit. Our people have something special about them: a great combination of northern grit, excellent customer service levels, and (generally) sunny dispositions.

Suzanne Taylor, Chair, Lytham Business Partnership, Bond and Bloom Florists

Living in Lytham

The COVID-19 lockdowns of the pandemic brought home the importance of where we live. Lytham’s green spaces, sea air and level terrain made walking a delightful option, whether on the Promenade, the Green, the many parks or the tree-lined streets. Local entrepreneurs went the extra mile when residents couldn’t. In turn, locals supported in number the independent businesses in the town, and take-out dining options were among the best in the country.

Add to this, the gentlest of micro-climates, the resurgence of a Mediterranean-style café culture, a thriving theatre and music scene, sporting opportunities for all ages, and the picture builds of a highly attractive, inclusive place for families, young people and those looking to take it a little easier.

There are excellent state and private schools serving the area making this highly desirable for both in-blowers and Sandgrowners.

The M55 link road towards Blackpool and its counterpart towards Preston are due to open in the Summer of ’23, making the leafy little town on the estuary even more accessible. With shore front to the west and a hinterland of farms (get yourself down to Pembertons when it’s time for the cows to come out), Lytham enjoys a very special quality of life on the Fylde Coast.

Changing Demographic

Lytham has something for everyone of all ages, quaint cottages to vast mansions, modern flats to heritage sea front apartments, and to suit all budgets.

The demographics of Lytham remain fairly static with a high percentage of working professionals, affluent retiree’s and young families starting out.  Boosted by tourism within hospitality and  employees from larger employers during the week, the town is always bustling with energy yet offering a host of chill out areas and walks along the sea front.

Business is booming in and around Lytham due to the balance of this demographic. Of note we are proud to boast a high street mostly filled with local independent retailers and hospitality venues.  Wider from the centre we have several small industrial/business parks close enough for a meeting and large enough to handle advanced manufacturing and of course BAe Systems is just down the road at Warton.

Annual Events in Lytham

Lytham Festival on the Green each July is a mecca in the region for those wanting to see big name music acts, whilst the Last Night of the Proms style concerts in August at Lytham Hall are a great way to picnic.
The Hall is also host to a hugely popular series of Open Air Plays.
August also sees the renowned Lytham ‘1940’s’ Weekend. The Council championed event means a lot to the town, and it is a joy to join in the fun and nostalgia as Lytham takes on the look and feel of a 1940s film set for a few days.

Lowther Pavilion is synonymous with our Town, established in 1921 this home of theatre, arts and culture provides a year round programme of super events and activities for all ages.

The local golf courses including the famous Royal Lytham and St Anne’s championship course, host national and corporate events throughout the year.

Why Lytham for Business?

Lytham is seen in Lancashire as a prestigious town to do business. Affluence is visual from architecture to car ownership, houses to business premises, people take pride in saying they have a business in Lytham and that is one our our unique selling points. Why is this? Over the years the stability and draw of the high streets quality offer, its growth economically, good schools and leisure offer have brought a skilled workforce, professionals and business owners to reside here.

Locally there are several business parks with everything from gin makers to waste streaming businesses, and from aerospace to clean energy within them.

We have easy access Preston train station only 20 minutes away (currently there are plans to increase the service), corporate air provision at Blackpool Airport and motorway network links at both sides of the town are being vastly improved for 2023/24.

Lytham Future Plans

The town very much relies on a community spirit, from Lytham Business Partnership to Friends of Lytham Station working to ensure Lytham remains a premiuum quality and highly attractive coastal town.  There is no Parish or Town Council in Lytham, so close connection with Fylde Council is constant.

The vision of Lytham is to promote, protect and develop Lytham town centre as a premium contemporary lifestyle destination for dining, shopping & leisure, raising the profile of the town to potential visitors and to business owners, working alongside FBC to develop funding for key investment projects relevant to this aim. The Lytham Business Partnership aims to create a rolling 5-year plan to achieve a professional and coordinated approach with a specific and measurable action plan, which fosters a close collaboration with local authorities, community groups and expert advisors.

Cllr Sayward

Michael Sayward - Fylde Councillor, Business Owner Millie and Mini, Lytham