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Destination Morecambe

The Stone Jetty
Flock of Words
Eric Morecambe
See Wall
Moon Walk
Destination Morecambe
Rock Islands
Bird Fence
Feather Surface
Light Gallery
Coot Parade
Play Area
Bird Bollards
Close up picture of various parts of the game

Destination Morecambe is an information game exploring the theme of visitors to Morecambe through history.

It comprises a series of concentric stone circles, featuring ten ‘visitors’.To play the game, chose a ‘visitor’ on the outer rim, then follow that circle clockwise until you encounter your ‘visitor’ on the next ring in. Step into the next ring in, then follow it around clockwise. Follow your visitor round and towards the middle until you reach the centre and a milestone will reveal the distance your ‘visitor’ travelled to get to Morecambe.

There are ten ‘visitor’ categories in the game, selected from a range of known facts and local legends. Much of the information was gathered from literary sources such as ‘Lost Resort?’, written by Roger K. Bingham and local experts at Lancaster Museum and the RSPB.

‘Visitor’ categories:

1. Roman Soldier – Agricola’s army was guided over the sands by local fishermen in 80ad. They named the area ‘MoriCambe Aestuarium’ – ‘Great Bay’.

2. Oyster Catcher – this bird comes to Morecambe in the winter months from its breeding grounds in Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Scotland and the Bowland Fells.

3. Trawler – Boats sailed as far afield as Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland, mainly catching fish like herring, shrimp, cod and haddock. Some unusual catches recorded, for instance a sword fish in 1824 and 40 tons of starfish in 1870.

4. Tourist – tourists began to arrive in 1850 with the birth of the railway. Initially visitors came mainly from mill, mining and foundry towns within a 60 mile radius.

5. Arctic tern – this bird visits Morecambe in spring and autumn on its 11000mile round trip from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

6. Celt – the Celts arrived in 600BC, colonising the area, integrating with indigenous tribes, bringing iron technology with them.

7. Whale – Eric, the 51 ton whale came from California to be displayed in Morecambe at the end of the 19th century.

8. Beasts in a boat – boats brought a variety of cargo to Morecambe. Cattle came from Ireland.

9. Eel – in 1864 an 8ft eel was caught and shown around local pubs for a ‘penny a look’

10. Viking – the Norse Vikings arrived in 920AD.Torrisholme, Silverdale and Slyne are all Viking names.

Destination Morecambe is set in the concourse of the Tourist Information Centre.

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