"As one of the most iconic seaside resorts in the world, we couldn't round up coastal spots on the network and neglect to mention Blackpool."
Family fun: Cleethorpes
If you're looking for somewhere to take the kids this summer, head to Cleethorpes. Like many other British resorts, the arrival of the railway revolutionised the town from a sleepy north-east seaside spot to a thriving Victorian holiday destination. The beach is actually lapped by the mouth of the river Humber rather than the sea, but with the pier, sandy beaches, kite-flying festival, miniature light railway, donkey rides and boating lake, there's plenty of yesteryear fun to be had.
That's not to say that Cleethorpes hasn't moved with the times, and there's plenty of high-octane entertainment. The Pleasure Island theme park has a vast array of rides, from white-knuckle rollercoasters to carousels and, if the weather's bad, there are several family shows to enjoy, from the Basil Brush Laughter Show to the African Acrobats.
For smaller tots, Playtowers indoor soft play zone is a great place to spend an afternoon and for older kids The Labyrinth of Doralia, an interactive laser adventure with swing ropes, trap doors and cargo nets ensures adrenaline-fuelled space age enjoyment.
Carnforth is situated at the north-east end of Morecambe Bay and is a relatively untouched coastal town, ideal for a peaceful day by the sea. The station itself was used as the location for the British film classic Brief Encounter. The film's popularity has led to its careful preservation. First stop on your day's itinerary should be the visitor centre at the station - which has exhibitions on the making of the film and the part the town played during both world wars - and the refreshment room, which has been faithfully restored to resemble the set used in the film where the lovers met.
Leaving the station, the choice is yours as to whether you spend the day strolling in the bay or exploring the local area. A pleasant place to wander is the Greenlands Farm Village, which lets you in on all aspects of local farming, with animals to meet and produce to sample. Or a short bus ride from the station will bring you to Leighton Hall which dates from 1246, with its romantic Gothic towers and acres of beautiful gardens to explore.
Known as Britain's 'first seaside resort', the town has been welcoming visitors since the spa water was discovered in 1629 and people came for its
Whether you choose to visit South Bay, which boasts wide sands with plenty of amenities, or North Bay, with stunning views and a sought-after Blue Flag award, Scarborough's beaches are a big draw. But they're not all the town has to offer. A ride on the famous cliff lifts will bring you up to the town centre where you'll find the ruined Castle overlooking the town. Built in the early 12th Century, it was destroyed by a German attack in 1914. Other attractions include the famous Stephen Joseph Theatre showcasing Alan Ayckbourn's latest works and the Rotunda museum, which looks at the region's history and fascinating geology.
Barrow-in-Furness is a bustling town of contrasts, with the sea on one side, the lakes on the other and a mixture of wildlife spots and historical sites among the industrial heritage. The area boasts a plethora of walking and cycling paths along sandy beaches and stretches of waving grass dunes, and there are several nature reserves too. Foulney Island, just a short bus ride from Barrow-in-Furness station, is accessible via a manmade causeway and is home to grey seals, ringed plovers and oystercatchers.
There are other entertaining attractions, such as the Dock Museum with exhibitions on local history, the independently-run Art Gene gallery and the pedestrianised town centre.
Who could forget...
As one of the most iconic seaside resorts in the world, we couldn't round up coastal spots on the network and neglect to mention Blackpool. Famed for its kiss-me-quick memorabilia, white-knuckled Pleasure Beach theme park, the Golden Mile and its very own tower, there's more than enough to keep you entertained in the Las Vegas of the north...
Blackpool Model Village
The biggest little village in Lancashire, this award-winning atrraction is great for all the family to see. Visit the award winning Model Village and get 2FOR1 tickets with FTPE!
Blackpool Tower and Circus
The town's most iconic landmark, Blackpool Tower has loads to see and do. There's Mooky's Circus of Dreams, the Walk of Faith and the beautiful Tower Ballroom where you can practise your Strictly Come Dancing moves, as well as Jungle Jim's Towering Adventureland for your smaller companions - and when you travel by train on FTPE the kids go free!
The UK's biggest indoor waterpark, there are 18 slides and attractions including the world's longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide - and there's 25% off when you travel with FTPE!