Cleveleys town centre is quite compact, easy to get to and get around, has benches, pavement cafes, public toilets and frequent street entertainment - all right next to the beautiful seafront - so is a great place for a lovely day out with shopping included.
Victoria Road West (above) is the main shopping street and it runs at right angles to the coast.
The coast road runs parallel to the seafront - Blackpool is to the south and Fleetwood to the north. The photo below is taken from the promenade with the sea behind you, looking past the Clock Shelter along Victoria Road West.
The main road, the A587, runs alongside the Blackpool to Fleetwood tramway, to bisect Victoria Road West further inland at Cleveleys Square which is where the main tram stops are, along with shops along the four sides of The Crescent (below).
A resident of Cleveleys could actually manage quite nicely with the shops that are here without ever having to go anywhere else (which you can’t say for many modern high streets in smaller towns).
There are plenty of independent food shops, including a number of local butchers, fishmongers, bakeries, cheese shops and green grocers, along with high street retailers, supermarkets and most of the big national names.
There are clothing shops and chains, discount retailers, card shops, a book shop, homewares and furniture, hairdressers, travel agents, banks and building societies, and for the thrifty among us of course there are charity shops. Possibly the only thing missing is the candlestick maker!
Cleveleys is particularly well catered for with cafes, and there are cafes of all kinds along the length of the high street, most of which have outdoor eating facilities which is especially nice in the better weather when you can sit outside and eat and drink while watching the world go by.
It’s an ideal place to bring Fido if you are a pet lover - the husband has his choice of seats while you do the shopping. There’s plenty to watch and people for him to chat to, and then you can have a brew together at an outside table - most of them even provide water for your four legged friend, there are so many canine visitors to Cleveleys.
You can spend a few hours here without even trying - there are plenty of benches and places to sit, and there are quite often buskers playing so you can have ten minutes, sing along or even have a bit of a dance - and watch the shoppers go by.
Have a listen to one of the jazz bands who often play here
Throw in a cup of tea, a walk to the sea front, maybe an ice cream and a tour of the shops and it's a great way to enjoy the day.
'Thornton Cleveleys' is actually two separate places - the name comes from the railway station which was 'Thornton for Cleveleys'.
Thornton is the area slightly inland from the coast, beyond the A585 Amounderness Way. There are shopping areas at Marsh Mill (below) and at Thornton Village.
Marsh Mill Village is where you'll see Marsh Mill Windmill, along with a complex of small shops, businesses, a pub and private houses, all arranged around a pretty courtyard which hosts events and entertainment. There are further shops beyond the village along the main road.
Thornton Village is a pretty place, near to the now disused Thornton Railway station and railway line to Fleetwood. The station is being restored and is looked after by Poulton and Wyre Railway Society.
At Thornton Village you'll find a supermarket, local shops and a post office.
Here in Cleveleys, as in many other areas around the Fylde Coast, local residents are lucky to still have many stretches of local shops in the community, away from the bigger town centres.
There are shops along Rossall Road, at Anchorsholme Lane East (which is technically in Blackpool but very handy for Cleveleys), at Cleveleys Park and some others besides.
More about Cleveleys town centre
Have a look at the beautiful seafront at Cleveleys
More about Marsh Mill Windmill
If you like street music and would like to know when your favourite band is playing, join the Busking in Cleveleys Facebook Group
If you love Cleveleys and would like to play a part in looking after it, join the Care for Cleveleys Facebook Group
Victoria Road West in Cleveleys town centre
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