Lytham Windmill and Museum

Lytham Windmill and Museum

Lytham Windmill stands tall and proud on the Green at Lytham seafront against East Beach. Inside is a fascinating exhibition and museum.

Throughout the year it’s a beautiful space for people to enjoy the fresh sea air, open skies and the great outdoors. It’s also a popular space for big events like Lytham War Time Weekend and Lytham Proms.

Explore Lytham Windmill

Lythams best known landmark is the spectacular, white Windmill, which stands in the centre of Lytham Green.

Have a look at this aerial footage, with thanks to Robert Hudson for allowing us to share it.

Drone footage of Lytham Windmill and the Green

There’s a seasonal museum at Lytham Windmill where you can find out about its history. Enjoy a series of exhibits focussed on the “History of Mills and Milling” and the “Heritage of Lytham St Annes and the Fylde Area”.

Lytham Windmill and LIfeboat Museum

20,000 people a year visit the museum and the windmill – from local places and all over the world.

The museum was started in 1989 by Lytham Heritage Group and covers four floors inside the mill. It’s still run voluntarily by the members who look after the displays and exhibitions. The Museum is a registered with the Museum, Libraries and Archive Council. Registration Number RD861

Call in and find out more. About the milling process and the history of this fine Grade II listed building, and more about life in Victorian Lytham. Entry is free of charge, but of course donations are very welcome.

Fylde Council have a Tourist Information Point within the Windmill during the season.

More about Lytham Windmill

There are just three remaining windmills still standing on the Fylde Coast – this one, Little Marton Windmill and Marsh Mill at Thornton.

Lytham Heritage Group manage the museum and regularly update the displays to keep the museum interesting and up to date.

Displays inside Lytham windmill
Displays inside Lytham windmill

Lytham Windmill is a key local landmark with a long history which stretches back over two hundred years. In that time the landscape has altered, there have been big changes in society and huge changes in technology. The interesting exhibits capture some of this.

Displays inside Lytham Windmill
Displays inside Lytham Windmill
Displays inside Lytham Windmill
Displays inside Lytham Windmill

There’s still a huge amount which this group want to do, so keep popping in to see the latest developments. Enjoy projected images, sounds and video that bring the past to life for everyone, especially children.

Lytham Windmill Lifeboat Museum

The Old Lifeboat House next to the Windmill is also part of the museum. It displays a full size Victorian Pulling and Sailing Lifeboat named Chapman from 1901. It’s been restored to a very high level. The boat was put on display in autumn 2015.

Lytham St Annes now has a new lifeboat, kept at St Annes Lifeboat station.

Restored Chapman Lifeboat at Lytham Windmill Museum
Restored Chapman Lifeboat at Lytham Windmill Museum

The theme of the Lifeboat museum is the Great Lifeboat Disaster of 1886.

27 lifeboat men from the St Annes and Southport crews lost their lives trying to rescue 12 men from the shipwrecked barque the Mexico.

Lytham Windmill and Lifeboat Museum
Lytham Windmill and Lifeboat Museum

The Lifeboat Museum is also organised by Lytham Heritage Group who also manage the museum inside Lytham Windmill.

Volunteers are welcome to join The Group and assist with the day to day opening and stewarding of the museum. Contact thecentre@lythamheritage.co.uk for more information.

This is the first lifeboat in the Old Lifeboat House since 1931 when the Kate Walker was replaced by the JHW. The Chapman lifeboat has strong links to the northwest and is a prime attraction for the museum. She is also a sister vessel of the St Annes No1 lifeboat ON587 James Scarlet that was on station from 1908 to 1925, when the St Annes station was finally closed. She was launched 9 times saving 20 lives.

Open Days

Admission to Lytham Windmill and the Museum inside it is free, but donations are very welcome.

Discover and explore the Great Lifeboat Disaster of 1886, workings of the windmill, old and ancient Lytham. Learn about milling and bread making, Lytham school days. See the restored Victorian lifeboat.

Enjoy a fun and educational experience with the family. It takes 20-40 minutes to view – and kids love it!

Lytham Windmill and Lifeboat Museum
Lytham Windmill and Lifeboat Museum

Lytham Windmill Opening Times – 2018

If you do go along, please say that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Easter Period
Wednesday to Sunday & Bank Holidays – Wednesday 28 March – Sunday 8 April

Spring Season – Weekends & Bank Holidays Only
Saturday 28 April – Monday 28 May

Summer Season – Wednesday to Sunday & Bank Holidays
Wednesday 30 May – Sunday 16 September

Autumn Season – Weekends Only
Saturday 22 September – Sunday 30 September

Special Events
St George’s Festival – Wednesday 25 April to Sunday 29 April
National Mills Weekend – Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May
1940s Wartime Weekend – Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August
Heritage Open Days – Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 September and Thursday 13 & Sunday 16 September

Closed Lytham Club Day – Saturday 23 June
Closed Lytham Festival – Wednesday 18 July to Sunday 22 July

Opening Times
Bank Holiday Mondays – Open 10.30am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays –
All open from 10.30am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Mondays and Tuesdays – Closed – School Parties Only – By Appointment

Would you like your own Windmill?

Visit Lytham is part of Visit Fylde Coast, independently published by The Rabbit Patch Ltd. We’re a design and creatives company right here on the Fylde Coast and we have an online shop called the Seaside Emporium where we sell our own original art.

This is our original watercolour painting of Lytham Windmill – available framed or as a plain print. Follow the link and have a look around at both local scenes and traditional seaside views.

Watercolour painting of Lytham Windmill, from Seaside Emporium
Watercolour painting of Lytham Windmill, from Seaside Emporium

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