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Kirkham (originally Kirkam-in-Amounderness) is a small town and civil parish in the Borough of Fylde in Lancashire, England, midway between Blackpool and Preston (11 mi (18 km) west of Preston) and adjacent to the smaller town of Wesham. It owes its existence to Carr Hill upon which it was built and which was the location of a Roman fort. It had a population of 7,194 at the 2011 Census.
Wrea Green and Freckleton are nearby villages. Situated just north of the river Ribble, Freckleton is one of the oldest villages in the Fylde and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Over the years it has been home to a thriving agricultural community before becoming an industrial village involved in the ship building industry during the 1800s. In modern times it is still a thriving English village with lots of local businesses, although there is still a dependency on agriculture. It is a charming place from which to explore some of the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Wrea Green is located approximately 5 minutes away from the M55 motorway, which joins on to the major M6 road.
The only form of public transport to Wrea Green is by bus, and it is serviced by the following routes.
- Stagecoach 76 - use this bus for travel to/from Lytham, St Annes, Kirkham, Moss Side and Preston. Operates on the hour every day.
- Stagecoach 75 - use this bus for travel to/from Poulton, Singleton, Weeton, Kirkham and Preston. Operates on the hour Monday - Friday, times vary at weekends.
Rail travel is quite convenient: there are two local stations each two miles away from Wrea Green; one in Moss Side and the other in Kirkham (Kirkham & Wesham Station)
Blackpool Airport is also relatively near: it is 7 miles away and easy to reach by public transport and road.
Because Wrea Green is so small, it is very easily to walk around everywhere. However, to get to Ribby Hall Holiday Village, the easiest way would be to get any one of the above bus services as it is quite far from the village centre.
- Wrea Green Duckpond (known by locals as "The Dub"). Feed the ducks, a traditional Wrea Green past-time
- Village green, Wrea Green. The largest in Lancashire
- Ribby-with-Wrea Endowed C.E. school, Wrea Green. The school was founded by James Thistleton in 1693. A second school was founded by Nicholas Sharples in 1715. The two trusts were united in 1750. It moved to the current site in 1845, when St Nicholas' Church, Wrea Green, replaced the Sharples school. The oldest part of the present school building dates from 1898.
- 1 The Wild Discovery, Ribby Road, Wrea Green. Small zoo.
- 2 Freckleton Air Disaster Memorial, Freckleton.
- Club Day procession in Freckleton. Part of the Club Day weekend in June; the first of which is believed to have happened in the mid 19th century. There is a parade around the village incorporating local churches, bands and May Queens on floats with a fair, sporting games and a half marathon held on the Sunday.
- Orathai, Station Road, Wrea Green. Thai Restaurant
- Dizzy Ducks Tea Rooms, Station Road, Wrea Green.
- Villa Restaurant, Wrea Green.
- Lorenzo’s Pizzeria, Freckleton. A friendly Italian restaurant.
- The Grapes, Wrea Green. A traditional English bar with restaurant.
- Rigbys Farmhouse Restaurant, Carr Lane, Warton (between Wrea Grean & Warton), ☎ . W-Su. Traditional English restaurant. ₤20-25 per person.
- Ribby Hall Holiday Village, Wrea Green. For longer holidays.
- Birley Arms Hotel, Bryning Lane, Wrea Green (halfway between Wrea Green & Warton). With restaurant. for those on a smaller budget.
- The Villa, Wrea Green. for those without a budget (i.e. quite expensive!).
- Bray Head Bed and Breakfast, Freckleton. Offers self-catering accommodation with a continental self-service breakfast.