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Fairhaven Lake

Inner Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1BD

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About this venue

The site covers an area of 19.5 hectares (including the lake) and was created in the 1890’s by Fairhaven Estates Company who had very grand ideas. The original intention was to extend the sea wall and the gardens as far as St Anne’s, however this was abandoned after heavy seas flooded the lake in 1896. The next twenty years were years of gradual progress. A landing stage and the Pagoda shaped boathouse were constructed. This was designed to contain living quarters for the Manager and an area where boats could be built. In 1926 at a cost of £34,000.00 the lake and surrounding park were bought from the Fairhaven Estates Company and presented to the Corporation of Lytham St Anne’s by Lord Ashton of Lancaster. Fairhaven Lake has proved to be very popular with regatta, water skiing displays and hydroplane racing attracting crowds of up to fifteen thousand in the 1950’s and 60’s. More recently activity on the lake has declined although a new pleasure craft “Jubilee” was launched in 2002 and provides lake cruises.

Access Guide

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the grounds include children's play facilities, teenage/youth-focused activities, lake with boat hire, promenades and walks, a café, crazy golf, Crown Green Bowling, a skate park, lawn and hard surface tennis courts, basketball court, floral displays, picnic area and the RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre.
  • RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre link (new tab) - click here.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Ansdell & Fairhaven.
  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Opening Times, Fees & Charges

  • Please contact the venue for details of opening times, fees and charges.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The Blue Badge Bays have a 3 hour limit.
    • The car park is located to the right of the main entrance.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders cannot booked in advance.
    • There is/are 7 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 240cm x 600cm (7ft 10in x 19ft 8in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 55m (60yd 5in) from the accessible entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Access Point (Car Park)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located within the car park.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is step-free access at this access point.
    • There is a gate which opens away from you (push).
    • The gate is permanently held open.
    • The width of the gap is 148cm.

Access Point (Main Entrance)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located in front of the lake.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this access point.
    • There is no gate at this access point.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is/are 19 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 17cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are in the centre.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a second lower handrail.

Parks and Gardens

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have tarmac surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are slight and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments View
    • The tarmac path continues all the way around Fairhaven Lake.
    • There is an ice cream hut with bench seating next to the skate park.
    • There are information boards all round the lake.
    • There is a spitfire memorial.

Level Change (Bowling Green, Toilets, Boating Lake Ticket Office, Boathouse, and Lakeside Café front entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the public toilets.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the left going up.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the front right of the bowling green.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

Fairhaven Adventure Golf

  • The Adventure Golf is located to the right of the car park.
  • Entrance is through permanently open double gates, which are 268cm wide.
  • The Clubhouse has a service hatch which is 107cm high to pay for the service.
  • There is a wide block paved access path around the 18 hole course, which is level and access to all holes is at a minimum 90cm wide.
  • Some holes feature steep ramps to access wooden bridges.
  • Holes are Astroturf and do feature some uneven surfaces.
  • There are wheelchair user friendly putters available.
  • There are bench seats located all round the course.
  • There is an outdoor seating area adjacent to the Clubhouse with armchairs and coffee tables on a decked surface, with level access throughout.

Public Tennis Courts

  • There are hard tennis courts with public access.
  • Tennis courts are located to the right from the car park.
  • There is a tarmac road leading to the tennis courts which is level access but uneven in places.
  • Access is through a gate with an access code provided when making a booking.
  • The gate is 114cm width and opens away from you (push) and the gate is heavy.

Children's Playground - Pirate Cove

  • The children's playground is located to the right as you enter via the car park access point.
  • There is a single, heavy gate that opens towards you (pull) to access the playground.
  • The width of the gate opening is 111cm and there are a further two similar gates to access the children's play area.
  • There is level step-free access around the activities and the surface of the playground is tarmac and soft reconstituted rubber.
  • There is a full rubberised surface around the pirate ship.

Bowling Green

  • There are bowling greens available for use within the grounds.
  • The bowling greens are located by the toilet block.
  • Benches are available around the bowling greens.
  • There is a shallow step to access each green.
  • The paths around the greens are made of tarmac and are level.

Fairhaven Adventure Playground

  • There is level access from the lakeside.
  • The gate opens towards you (pull) and may be difficult to open.
  • The width of the gate opening is 122cm wide..
  • The playground has tracks made from reconstituted rubber which have a minimum width of 120cm.
  • There are a mixture of wooden and metal swings, slide, climbing ropes, zip wire and assault course.
  • Some facilities have a grass surrounding and others have rubber mats surrounding.
  • There is level access across the playground.
  • There are several benches, picnic tables and a gazebo with bench seating.

Skate Park

  • There is level access to the skate park.
  • There are double gates which open away from you (push) to enter the area.
  • The gates are heavy and 260cm wide.
  • The surface is concrete within the Park.
  • The ramps in the area are steep.

Accessible Toilet (Right Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the car park.
    • This accessible toilet is located ahead and to the left as you enter via the car park access point.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 92cm (3ft).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 220cm (5ft 7in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is push.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is a push button alarm in this cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • There is a good colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • Your own radar key is required for free entry.
    • There is a charge of 40p to use the facility if you do not have a Radar Key.

Standard Toilet(s)

Level Change (Standard Toilets Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).

Boating Lake

  • There is a ticket office for the Boating Lake located to the left from the car park access point.
  • Access to the ticket office is via the ramp to the lakeside path.
  • There is level access to the landing stage and ticket office through a double gate, which is held permanently open and the width of the gate opening is 231cm.
  • There are motorboats, row boats, canoes and paddle boards for hire.

Boat House

  • The Boathouse is located to the left from the car park access point and is accessed via the ramp to the lakeside path.
  • The outside access to the boathouse is level.
  • The door is a double sliding door, which is held permanently open and the width of the door opening is 159cm.
  • Inside the building there is a slight slope leading to the accessible toilet and accessible shower.
  • There is a room for changing.
  • There is a function room at the rear of the building.
  • The function room is accessed by a door which opens away from you (push) and may be difficult to open. The width of the door opening is 98cm.
  • There are 3 internal steps to access the rear of the building from the front of the building.
  • There are accessible and standard toilets within the venue. Please see separate sections.
  • There is an accessible shower and standard showers in the venue. Please see separate sections.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Boathouse - Right Hand Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet facilities in this area.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located Ahead from the Boathouse entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Boathouse entrance.
    • There is ramped/sloped access into the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 134cm x 240cm (4ft 5in x 7ft 10in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the right.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The shelf is not between 90cm and 100cm.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 103cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a high colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the right of the toilet and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the toilet seat and pan.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Boathouse Rear Entrance - Right Hand Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet facilities in this area.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located Ahead from the rear entrance to the Boathouse, through the upper Function Room.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Boathouse rear entrance.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 127cm x 240cm (4ft 2in x 7ft 10in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 71cm (2ft 4in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the right.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The shelf is not between 90cm and 100cm.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 106cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 96cm (3ft 2in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a high colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the toilet seat and pan.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Shower (Boathouse)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located ahead from the Boathouse entrance.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 53cm (1ft 9in).
  • Other facilities available include; a mirror.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Shower (Boathouse)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located to the right from the Boathouse entrance.
  • There is not level access to the shower facilities.
  • The shower cubicle(s) / area is / are accessed via an easy slope / ramp.
  • Comments View
    • There are separate male and female shower rooms with showers in each.

Standard Toilet(s) (Boathouse)

Lakeside Café

  • The Lakeside Café is located to the left as you enter via the car park access point.
  • The front of the Café has a slight slope leading to it from the path.
  • The entrance is a heavy door which opens towards you(pull) and the width of the door opening is 106cm.
  • There is a very short steep ramp leading onto a paved area in front of the door and the paving at the entrance is uneven.
  • There are 3 steps to avoid the slope from the lakeside path which are 16cm high and there is tactile paving at the top and bottom.
  • There is a handrail in the middle of the steps (please see photograph 5).
  • There is a rear access door which has a 96cm wide opening and opens towards you (pull), but may be difficult to open.
  • The Café has outdoor picnic benches at the front and back of the building, with plenty of room for wheelchair access.
  • There is an outside service counter for drinks and ice cream which is 110cm high.
  • There is an accessible toilet in the Café, as well as standard Male and Female toilets.
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Eating and Drinking (Café)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located to the left as you enter via the car park access point.
  • The bar does serve food.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the from the front entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 67cm (2ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

Accessible Toilet (Café - Left Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the front entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the café.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 101cm (3ft 4in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 126cm x 250cm (4ft 2in x 8ft 2in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary and clinical waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a good colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 81cm (2ft 8in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Café)