Lancashire Visitor Magazine
Rediscover Lancashire Short Breaks
Rediscover Lancashire Create long lasting memories with a short break to Lancashire. Take a stroll through stunning countryside, or a meandering coastal path, visit the county's most loved landmarks, or simply take five in a quite coffee shop whatever you need to refuel, you will find it in Lancashire. Whilst the world has been facing some tremendous changes over the last few months, here in Lancashire we have been working hard to help provide visitors with a safe and welcoming place to visit. ‘Know Before You Go’ has been an essential element to helping make you feel comfortable and confident in exploring Lancashire as it redefines. Make sure to look out for the ‘Good to Go’ green tick on websites, windows and social media to help identify those businesses who are working to welcome you back safely. You will experience many changes to your favourite pubs, attractions and hotels, but if you take a look at our handy guide you can prepare and explore Lancashire safely. Looking for even more inspiration? You’ll find lots of wonderful things to see and do onvisitlancashire.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Let’s redefine Lancashire together. The Visit Lancashire Team #rediscoverlancashire
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SAVE THE DATE St Annes Kite Festival
St Annes Beach
3-5 Sept 2021 Taking place on St Annes Central Beach, you will see a stunning display of kites in all shapes and sizes from all over the UK. Combined with fun fair rides, bouncy castles, stalls, donkey rides and so much more.
Halloween Ghost Trains at East Lancashire Railway 28 - 30 Oct 2021 Looking for some tricks and treats to share with the little ones this Halloween? Pay a visit to the East Lancashire Railway for a spooktacular seasonal celebration. Meet their friendly ghouls and ghosts and head out on a haunted steam train ride!
East Lancashire Railway
British Textile Biennial 1 – 31 Oct 2021 This October, BTB21 focuses on global nature of textiles and the relationships they create, both historically and now, with a major new commission by Lubaina Himid, sustainable fashion project with designer Patrick Grant and a collaboration with artist James Fox and actor Maxine Peake.
Highest Point Festival, Lancaster 2-5 Sept 2021 Held in the stunning 54-acre grounds of Williamson Park, guests can expect to see more than one hundred and fifty artists, across five stages, over four days. Top acts include James, Rudimental and Rag N Bone Man.
Lancashire Encounter Festival 17 Sept 2021 - 2 Oct 2021 Experience music, theatre and exhibitions as part of Lancashire Encounter Festival this autumn. With new venues and commissions, the festival will celebrate the breadth of the County’s diverse cultural offer with high quality and high profile arts.
Blackpool Illuminations 3 Sept 2021 – 3 Jan 2022 The Blackpool Illuminations return with their longest season yet and this one is not to be missed! Known as the greatest free light show on earth, it has been a major part of Blackpool’s attraction
LANCASHIRE’S MOST LOVED LANDMARKS Walk, cycle or even paraglide in some of the county’s most beautiful landscapes. Whether you love panoramic views or are captivated by flora and fauna, Lancashire is the county with it all.
Sunderland Point Located on a sometimes bleak but always beautiful windswept peninsula, this village among the marshes, near Overton, was once a busy port used for slave and cotton ships, with only Bristol and Liverpool surpassing the trade that went through Sunderland and Lancaster. Visit Sambo’s Grave on the Morecambe Bay shoreline. Sambo was a slave who was left at Sunderland Point by his master while he travelled on to Lancaster. Sambo died in 1736 and his grave is still a tourist attraction today. It is also a wildlife watcher’s dream with many bird species to spot.
Pendle Hill The story of the witches trial, more than 400 years ago, is woven through the landscape and the hill made famous by witchcraft, mist and mystery, casts its spell over the Ribble Valley. You can tackle the steep end of the hill from Barley, going through the Newchurch-in-Pendle village, which is the home of the Demdike family, one of the families accused of witchcraft.
Nicky Nook You’ll often find the fellside busy with people on this popular walk on a clear day. Starting in Scorton village, follow country lanes and footpaths to the summit where you will see gorgeous views of the Fylde Coast, Blackpool Tower, Morecambe Bay and the fells in the Lake District. On the way back you can walk past Grizedale Reservoir and peaceful woodland before arriving back in the village.
Crook O’Lune Discover this unspoilt corner of the county, near Lancaster, which was immortalised in a Turner painting. You can gaze while you graze at this beautiful spot, where the River Lune meanders in a big curve through tree-lined banks.
Gragareth The highest point in Lancashire, this summit lies near Kirkby Lonsdale, just a few hundred metres from the edge of Lancashire’s border with North Yorkshire. A hike to the is rewarded with views of Morecambe Bay, the Forest of Bowland and the Lake District.
Arnside and Silverdale This striking landscape, a designated Area of Natural Beauty, is teeming with plants, birds and butterflies and is of national importance. As well as providing a diverse habitat for the flora and fauna, there are also ancient woodlands, orchards and meadows as well as an impressive coastline - perfect for strolls in any season.
Arnside and Silverdale
Forest of Bowland It’s easy to see why The Queen would love to retire here. Another of Lancashire’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Bowland has dense pastures mixed with working farmland and forest. It’s an area to escape the hustle and bustle as well as spotting some of the county’s wildlife.
Forest of Bowland
Fylde Sand Dunes
Just a short drive from Longridge, this beautiful
This special part of the coastline is one that locals
area is a great place for people of all walking
are working hard to protect. It is one of only a few
abilities to explore. It’s also a popular place
sand dune systems that have survived – over 80
with gliders and paragliders, due to its steep
per cent of Lancashire sand dunes have been lost
drop off on one side, and has lovely views
over the past 150 years. The 80 hectare stretch, a
across the county and beyond.
designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and Lancashire’s first designated Local Nature Reserve, is home to more than 150 species of butterflies and moths as well as being home to breeding birds.
St Annes Beach
Holcombe Hill from Scout Moor
Beacon Fell Country Park
While it’s not a walk for a simple afternoon stroll,
Woodland, moorland and farmland await. The
your efforts will be rewarded when you reach Peel
summit offers spectacular views over the Forest of
Monument, a memorial to former Prime Minister
Bowland and Morecambe Bay – and the Isle of Man,
Sir Robert Peel. If the flag is flying, the monument
on a clear day. Rabbits and hares are easily spotted
is open to visitors, but you can also take in the
along with stoats and weasels that might be spied
views of the county as well as over to Manchester
clambering over dry stone walls. If you’re patient,
and North Wales.
you may even see a roe deer.
Morecambe Bay A place to enjoy wonderful sunsets and natural landscapes as well as the chance to do a walk across the sands – always make sure you’re with a guide. Stretching from the south west coast of Cumbria down to Fleetwood, this area has some of the most beautiful coastline in the country.
Warton Crag This limestone hill near Warton Village, Lancaster, is home to rare butterflies and plants as well as being a regular breeding site for peregrine falcons. Warton Crag Quarry is also popular with rock-climbers and there is also a fell race that takes place each year.
Calf Hey Reservoir
Calf Hey Reservoir A lovely spot, in Haslingden Grane, that offers a peaceful setting and lovely walks for all members of the family. It is one of three reservoirs in the area with interesting pools and small waterfalls to spot. It’s small with good walking paths, also suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
Did you know an incredible 1.5 million waders spend the winter on the UK’s tidal mudflats. That’s nearly half of all Europe’s population!
ENJOY SPECTACULAR DISPLAYS OF FEATHER AND FLIGHT Discover wildlife wonders in the Ribble Coast and wetlands where you can enjoy peace and tranquillity in a patchwork of stunning wetland landscapes with an abundance of birdlife. This wonderful secret can be discovered around the Ribble Estuary and stretches along the coast from Southport to Lytham St Annes which face each other across the glistening water. The area also rejoices in natural inland attractions to the south of the estuary and up the river to the east of Preston.
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
Further inland between the fields, in the area that used to be the largest lake in England,
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
you can find yourself in pockets of woodland, wet meadows, reed beds, sandy heaths, and smaller lakes that are home to internationally significant numbers of ducks, geese, swans and wading birds. There are also special reserves and visitor attractions where everyone is made welcome such as WWT Martin Mere Wetlands Centre, Lancashire Wildlife Trust Brockholes Wetland Nature Reserve and Longton Brickroft Nature Reserve. And when you’ve been inspired by nature, relax in one of the many teashops and cafes, or visit farm shops and artisan craft centres for local produce or that special gift.
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
Twitching Stunning wildlife displays, a beautifully flat coastline with amazing views and a rich maritime and agricultural history, make Fleetwood and Cleveleys a great area to explore with your camera. If birdlife sparks your interest then take a trip out to the award-winning Wyre Estuary Country Park, an area of Special Scientific Interest in terms of migrating and feeding birds. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the coastal paths and breathe in the fresh sea air while you stop a moment to admire the stunning views across Morecambe Bay. The tower at Rossall Point is also perfect for wildlife photography, providing both height and shelter from the elements; and the view at sunset across the bay is a moment to capture.
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL The Forest of Bowland is a star gazers paradise – one of England’s darkest areas making it a great destination both by day and night. This year The Forest of Bowland (AONB) celebrates 5 years of Dark Sky Discovery Sites status. Dark Sky Discovery Sites are recognised by the Dark Sky Discovery Partnership as places within the UK that are dark and easily accessible, where it is easy to observe the Milky Way or the constellation of Orion with the naked eye.
© Robert Ince. Beacon Fell South
BEACON FELL COUNTRY PARK Grid Reference: SD 5670 4280 A country park with 110 hectares of extensive conifer woods, moorland, a visitor centre and high summits with open views. Star Gazing Opportunities: Multiple viewing locations in car parks and at trig point at summit with no sightline restrictions.
CROOK O’LUNE PICNIC SITE Grid Reference: SD 5219 6479 A popular and attractive picnic site with accessible toilets where the River Lune curves through tree-lined banks. Star Gazing Opportunities: Open views to the north and east horizon over the Lune Valley.
© Robert Ince. Crook O’lune North
GISBURN FOREST HUB Grid Reference: SD 7453 5591 A working and dynamic forest created and managed by the Forestry Commission. Gisburn Forest offers fantastic mountain-biking with beautiful views. Star Gazing Opportunities: © Matthew Savage
Open areas for parking, with no visible lights, open, panoramic views and toilet facilities.
Dark Sky Friendly places to stay There are several accommodation providers located in Bowland who have become ‘Dark Sky Friendly’. This means they have been trained and are passionate about star gazing and provide facilities and information to their visitors. These include –
Merrybent Hill B&B The Spread Eagle Cobden Farm
Grid Reference: SD 7136 5235
Plan your escape from the hustle and bustle
Open car park with toilets in the village of
of everyday life and lose yourself in the
Slaidburn, adjacent to the River Hodder.
starry skies of Lancashire. Star Gazing Opportunities:
Open views, low hedges and bushes screen the few streetlights giving excellent views.
© Robert Ince. Harris Milkystack
DOG DAYS An estimated 1.4 million people will stay in the UK for a holiday this year, so they can take their dog with them, according to a new study. With towering mountain ranges, rolling moorland, the wilderness of The Forest of Bowland AONB and the famous Lancashire coastline – with a 137-mile footpath that takes in spectacular views of Morecambe Bay, the Bowland Fells and the Lake District - there is plenty to enjoy on a short break in Lancashire.
Stay with your canine companion in The Stables at Hipping Hall
Dog Friendly... Places to Stay
Places to Eat
Spread Eagle, Sawley
Waddington Arms, Whalley
Lancaster House Hotel, Ellel
Clog and Billycock, Pleasington
The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Hurst Green
Aspinall Arms, Whalley
Hipping Hall, near Kirby Lonsdale
The Highwayman, near Kirby Lonsdale
The Lawrence Hotel, Padiham
The Mill at Conder Green, near Lancaster
Did you know... On average dog walkers cover a distance of over 548 miles a year with their faithful hounds and where better to rack up those miles than Lancashire. visitlancashire.com
Lancashire really is a diverse county and its history, as you would expect, is no different. Discover stories from long ago, fascinating artefacts, glorious antique furnishings and even a few spooky tales, when visiting Lancashire’s beautiful historic homes, museums and landmarks.
Grand Halls The grand houses of Lancashire all have a story to tell, including the infamous tale of King James I who visited Hoghton Tower in Chorley, and was so enamoured by a loin of beef he was served that he knighted it ‘Sir Loin’! Today you can take a tour of the banqueting hall and staterooms visited by James I or enjoy afternoon tea in the onsite tearoom. Further down the road the beautiful Samlesbury Hall is renowned as one of the most haunted locations in Britain, including the spirit of the White Lady, Dorothy Southworth who died of a broken heart and has been seen wondering the grounds on many occasions. If you fancy doing a bit of ghost spotting the grounds are currently open to anyone who dines at the restaurant or wafflery.
Family Homes Browsholme, Hoghton and Leighton are still family homes and have passed through generations and still display wonderful possessions created by world renowned artists and craftsmen. Browsholme Hall has been the ancestral home of the Parkers, Bowbearers of the Forest of Bowland since the Tudor times. Today visitors can admire the magnificent architecture and interiors, stay in luxury micro lodges or event get married at this wonderful venue. In fact, most of Lancashire’s beautiful historic homes make the perfect place to say ‘I do’.
Upstairs, Downstairs Visit Lancashire’s very own ‘Downton of the North’, Gawthorpe Hall, an Elizabethan gem in the heart of what once was an industrial landscape. The modest Hall was redesigned in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, who designed the House of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, and is now home to the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, as well as The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.
Famous Authors It’s not surprising that the rolling hills, quaint towns and bustling cities have captured the imagination of many writers over the years, even JRR Tolkien has been said to have been inspired by the wonderful county. As a guest and teacher at Stonyhurst College during the Second World War, JRR Tolkien spent much of his time Stonyhurst College
working on The Lord of the Rings in one of the upper floor classrooms. Intriguingly many fans have noticed that a number of place names that appear in the novel are similar to those found locally, so why not find your inner Hobbit and follow the five mile Tolkien Trail starting at the Shireburn Arms… see?!
Formal and Floral Sheltered by ancient trees, bordered by rolling lawns and framed by high stone walls, Turton Tower is a wonderful place to explore. Beyond the stately buildings there are formal gardens and extensive grounds to explore, many featuring adventure playgrounds, sculpture trails and seasonal flower walks. Pop in for a stroll and a slice of delicious homemade cake or visit the onsite shop filled to the brim with wonderful local crafts and gifts.
Witches and Quakers Dominant across the skyline in many parts of Lancashire, Pendle Hill has lots of tales to tell. Although most famous for its connection to the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612, did you know that George Fox was inspired to start the Quaker movement after experiencing a vision whilst on Pendle Hill in 1652? We can’t promise any inspirational apparitions but the view from the top at 557 meters high, is still pretty impressive.
FIVE OF THE BEST…
MUSEUMS Lancashire has a whole host of museums that are perfect for all the family. Most offer programmes of free activities for young visitors and many are free to enter. From vehicles to vases, take your pick of some of our top museums listed below.
Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery
Encounter beetles, badgers, Japanese art
You’ll find rich history brought to life
and an Egyptian mummy. From cotton looms and coins, to football clubs and religious icons - experience over 2000 years of history.
British Commercial Vehicle Museum Submerge yourself in a nostalgic environment, packed with sounds, smells and sights from a bygone era. Hear the real people stories, including the great inventors whose innovations shape our everyday lives.
The museum displays the history of this seaside town and unique maritime heritage. through family friendly displays.
Harris Museum and Art Gallery A great day out for all the family, the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library is a treasure trove of fantastic art and fascinating objects.
Judges’ Lodgings Museum The museum is home to a renowned collection of Gillow furniture, fine art and also the enchanting Museum of Childhood which explores toys and games from the 18th century to the present.
The Barn at Moor Hall
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Whatever your taste in food and drink you will find something to satisfy your taste buds. Lancashire’s award-winning restaurants and pubs are diverse and delicious offering everything from Michelin-starred British cooking to a multitude of international cuisines embracing quality local and seasonal produce in their dishes. You’ll find tasty pub grub and a warm Lancashire welcome alongside real ale and home cooked, seasonal delights, from homemade sausages; melt-in-the-mouth Lancashire hotpot or succulent seafood. Our teashops and cafés offer an indulgent pit stop for tea and cake, after all what could be more appealing than a pot of piping hot tea accompanied by a slab of cake, pile of fresh scones or a doorstop sandwich! The Lancashire landscape is integral to the food and drink grown and made here. The heather strewn moorland provides succulent meats, the salt deposits in the low lands around Garstang and Chipping have given us the Lancashire milk fields; an area famed for its cheeses including Beacon Fell Traditional Lancashire Cheese which carries the Protected Designator of Origin marquee and is home to nine cheese makers. Rich soil along the coastal plains are perfect for growing potatoes, root vegetables and salads, and our water, rich in minerals, perfect for making quality cask ales as our Lancashire breweries will testify. The shallow depths of our coastal areas provide ideal conditions for our famous Morecambe Bay shrimps to thrive. Find your next food destination in Lancashire at visitlancashire.com/taste
Lancashire has a fantastic choice of exceptional breweries, micro-breweries and distillers as well as the last remaining temperance bar!
Bowland Brewery Home of Ales of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bowland Brewery is brewing up a storm at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe. The brewery sits right beneath the
There are so many amazing breweries in
chimney at Holmes Mill. Excitingly, drinkers and
Lancashire both large and small serving up a
diners at Holmes Mill can see the shiny vats and the
variety of award-winning cask ales including
artisan brewers at work through a glass window at
Hen Harrier and Pendle Witches Brew. Real ale
the far end of the beer hall, which incidentally is also
fans can join the East Lancashire Railway’s
is home to one of the longest bars in Britain. Beers
‘Real Ale Trail’ sampling real ale at various
like Hen Harrier, Boxer Blonde and Pheasant Plucker
stops along the route from Bury to Rawtenstall.
have quickly established themselves – earning the brewery a string of awards. Visitors are welcome to tour the brewery and sample the ales in the fabulous surroundings of the Bowland Beer Hall.
Old School Brewery Initially something of a hobby, the brewery grew into something much more. Now delivering to a huge variety of pubs and bars across Lancashire and producing more beer than they ever thought imaginable. The Old School Brewery is a microbrewery situated at the foot of Warton Crag in North Lancashire and hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Simply mixing top quality ingredients with patience and a respect of the beautiful environment to produce first class, hand-crafted beers. Only using the finest quality ingredients that are then handcrafted with lots of love and patience. Only this way can Old School Brewery ensure that every pint that leaves the brewery meets their exacting standards.
Lancaster Brewery Set in over 2 acres, the working brewery offers guided tours, special events in the bar and entertaining area, as well as brewing their delicious beer, lager and cider on site. For an extra charge, visitors are treated to a lively and entertaining guided tour and can indulge themselves with a delicious selection of local pies, and of course generous tastings of the famous local brew. Starting in the impressive visitors centre, the history of the brewery and the brewing process is explained. There’s an opportunity to see the hops growing outside, as well as being able to purchase any of the beers to take home!
There’s no doubt that gin is on the rise, and if gin is your thing Lancashire is home to several, award-
Wild Fox Distillery
winning gin producers creating hand-crafted spirits inspired by the county’s rural landscape. Fancy distilling your own bottle of gin, then why not try Brindle Distillery’s workshop experience. The proud producers of Lancashire’s award-winning Cuckoo Gin will guide you as you pick your own botanicals and create a gin recipe to distill in your very own mini pot still. The recipe is even kept on file so you can re-order your personal gin as often as you like! Enjoy a G&T with a view, at Wild Fox Distillery, as you look upon the working dairy farm and sit amongst the hustle and bustle of the distillery. Dedicated driver? You’ll find coffee, tea, soft drinks and nibbles available too.
Did you know… …that the temperance movement began right here in Lancashire? Temperance bars serving non-alcoholic drinks became popular alternatives to public houses, but today only one of these bars survives in the whole country Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar, Rawtenstall.
LANCASHIRE’S OLDEST LANDMARK HAS CITY’S NEWEST CAFÉ In November 2019 Lancaster Castle finally opened its doors to the public, uncovering months of restoration work to this 1000-yearold nationally important monument. In what was once the prison kitchen, inhabiting a space unseen for over 150 years, now sits the new Atkinson’s Castle café, providing a unique coffee experience for all coffee lovers.
Architects carefully preserved ancient
The café shows respect to the castle’s past
artefacts while adapting the castle for
by using a minimum materials pallet with
modern day purpose, as a world-renowned
simple, clean lines allowing a backdrop for the
tourist attraction. It was clear that attention
building’s original architecture to shine through.
to detail was hugely important for them in
The interiors feature birch ply throughout
executing this balance and after months of
the two rooms, complimented by green wall
re-landscaping and building, using stone
tiling and planting that softens the edges
quarried from onsite rubble, Atkinson’s finally
naturally. Creating a warm, inviting atmosphere
moved into their café space; complete with
- a contrast to the imposing stone walls. An
soundproofed ceiling and walls, underfloor
uncluttered matt black counter with matching
heating, ceiling lantern and wall-long bi fold
machinery allows the focus to be centred on
windows – which will allow the café to spill
what Atkinsons do best - the preparation and
into the castle courtyard on warmer days.
delivery of excellent coffee and service. We certainly recommend you enjoy their hospitality on your next visit to Lancaster Castle.
At the design stage of any Atkinson cafe build, the coffee always comes first…
For Coffee experts… Here’s the detail explained by Creative Director Maitland Steel, a key player in the family-run Atkinsons business that has revolutionised the coffee scene in Lancaster. “At the design stage of any Atkinson cafe build, the coffee always comes first and considering how to create the best workflow and best customer experience. To increase speed and consistency of espresso service we opted for the brand new Mythos II with variable grind speed, burr temperature and grind by weight feature giving a dose accuracy of 0.2g. this would help us cater for busy times without compromising on coffee quality. We paired this with one of the last of the infamous La Marzocco FB80s, a cult classic among baristas the world over for its temperature stability, great build quality and classic design. With rotating espresso offering of blends and single origin coffees we’ve gone for our flagship espresso blend Prototype first in the hopper with bags of fruit notes, juicy body and complex acidity, currently all African line-up of coffees!
To showcase all that’s great about single origin
two delicious coffees, both sourced from recent
coffee we’ve dedicated our longest brew bar
origin trips to Nicaragua and Brazil, Santa Maria
yet to the preparation of hand brewed filter
Natural and Anærobic Siteo Da Torre.
coffee. Our brew method of choice to deliver speed, consistency and excellent cup quality is
Not forgetting tea, this brew bar also serves
the Immersion Dripper. These are great pieces
a wide selection of seasonally rotating teas
of equipment for making filter coffee. Quick
brewed at optimal temperatures on the
to make and almost impossible to get wrong,
temperature variable Marco Mix Boiler.
they combine the simplicity of an immersion method with the flavour clarity of paper filtered coffee. This paired with a Mahlkönig EK 43 means we can expect some awesome coffees
To accompany your tea or coffee we also offer a selection of freshly baked cakes from our bakery down the hill at The Hall, toasted
brewed on this bar. Currently brewing we’ve got
sandwiches and soup.”
ATKINSONS COFFEE ROASTERS
stock and historic items - which they describe as something akin to ‘retail archaeology’. Today they have once again made Lancaster a destination for the finest coffee and coffee
Established in 1837 by the young Thomas
experiences with The Hall, Music Room and
Atkinson, The Grasshopper Tea Warehouse
now the Castle café, some of the county’s
was one of 6 tea merchants in the bustling
favourite and most photogenic places to meet.
port of Lancaster. Skip to 2005, when Ian Steel and family, took over as ‘guardians’ of this Lancaster institution. They spent the first couple of years sorting through the vestiges of
For more information and opening times visit: coffeehopper.com
FIVE OF THE BEST… CAFES AND
COFFEE SHOPS After an afternoon of hiking through Lancashire’s spectacular scenery, what could be more appealing than a piping hot pot of tea accompanied by a slab of chocolate cake, pile of fresh scones or doorstop sandwiches? Luckily there are countless cafés, coffee shops and tea rooms dotted all over Lancashire where you can enjoy all of those things and more!
Exchange Coffee An atmospheric coffee emporium with nostalgia running through all its nooks and crannies, shelves laden with coffees and related ephemera, and the aroma of freshly roasted beans everywhere.
Little Simpsons Tea Room Perfectly situated on a quiet country lane just off the main road running through the village of Hambleton sits Little Simpsons Tea Room. Newly opened in August 2019 by Carol and Tim, it is the ideal backdrop for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.
Applestore Cafe at Wyresdale Park
Heritage Cafe at Samlesbury Hall Serving delicious home cooked breakfast daily, lunches, scrumptious afternoon teas. In the evenings Thursday to Saturday a range of sharing platters and cocktails are available.
The Village Tea Room Their signature offering is the unique “Picnic Afternoon Tea” which includes a selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches, a shot of soup, a selection of mouth-watering mini cakes and a scone with jam and clotted cream, all served with your choice of Taylors of Harrogate Tea or Coffee.
Located in the beautiful walled garden and glasshouse, the cafe boasts a full menu of overstuffed sandwiches, hearty homemade soups and scrumptious cakes. All ingredients are locally sourced and freshly prepared.
Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms
LANCASHIRE’S AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANTS When the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2021 announced their top 100 restaurants, and it was no surprise to see five Lancashire restaurants in the top 50 including one in the very top spot. Why not shape your next short break around these dining dynamos?
Number 1: Moor Hall restaurant with rooms For the second year running Moor Hall restaurant with rooms was named number one restaurant in the country. Located in Aughton, West Lancashire, the two Michelin starred, grade II restaurant is set in five acres of breath-taking gardens with views to the south over a beautiful lake. Talented chef patron, Mark Birchall, creates delicate, produce driven menus inspired by the exceptional surroundings and home-grown ingredients. Mark’s menus showcase his own style of modern British cuisine, wherever possible using produce grown on the five-acre Moor Hall site or from local suppliers and reflecting the broad culinary experience he has garnered over the last 20 years.
Number 23: The Parkers Arms The Parkers Arms offers modern British food using the finest regional produce in their very own special way, an eclectic selected wine list, real ales and two en-suite rooms with views. They aim for a rustic yet contemporary decor, casual yet elegant, warm, and welcoming in the true Lancashire way and as functional as a food pub should be.
Number 34: Northcote - Restaurant Nestled into the Ribble Valley hills, a warm, true northern welcome to a food-lovers’ paradise. At the heart of the charming country house is the elegant Michelin star restaurant with exquisite culinary delights created by award-winning Executive Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen. Sophisticated surroundings and garden views connect dishes to the landscapes they originate from, with an exciting wine list to complement the creations. Experience fine dining with real Northern hospitality.
Number 36: The White Swan at Fence Whilst you may simply pop in for some drinks after a country walk, you do not want to miss the fine food this Michelin starred restaurant has to offer. With no standard menus in sight, the daily changing menu details a selection of finely crafted dishes from locally sourced produce. The traditional pub décor boasts a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and serves a great selection of Timothy Taylor cask ales.
Number 38: Freemasons at Wiswell Set in this quaint Ribble Valley village, Freemasons at Wiswell provides a slice of country refinement with a twist of contemporary creativity and flair. The aim is to provide the ultimate gastronomic experience in a stylish pub setting that feels as relaxed as your own front room. A commitment to excellence in every aspect of operation. Front-of-house staff are friendly and professional, and, in the kitchen, the team is dedicated to achieving impressive and consistent results using the finest seasonal ingredients available.
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NATURE, BOTTLED Spending a day on one of multi awardwinning Goosnargh Gin’s foraging and distilling days in the Forest of Bowland, gave a unique insight into one of the county’s favourite tipples.
For many food and drink producers, a
turned down approaches from big retailers.
contract with a big-name retailer would be
Instead, we like to get out and speak with
the stuff dreams are made of. But not for
those who run the places we are stocked or
Rachel and Richard Trenchard, founders of
served in. We feature in a number of farm
artisan drinks business Goosnargh Gin. The
shops, delis, independent wines and spirits
couple, who fostered a love for the tipple
retailers and select bars and restaurants, and
for more than a decade, are determined to
that’s how we like it.’
keep the gins they produce near Beacon Fell, small scale, small batch and treasured by the
Their gins also show their deep connection
customers who drink them.
with the countryside around their home in Whitechapel. In fact, their love of the Bowland
‘We don’t want to throw gins out on the
countryside permeates their business.
market for the sake of us having lots of gins out there. To us, and our customers, that has
Their Chapter One – Signature Gin has
no meaning or relevance,’ said Richard.
been likened to a meadow in your mouth, while Chapter Two – Dark Skies celebrates
‘We’re not interested in moving down the
Bowland’s star-gazing status.
wholesale, or supermarket route – and we’ve
deep connection with the countryside
Our gins are designed to reflect and celebrate the area in which we live, work and distil
The names allude to Richard’s more than two decades as a writer and journalist. The couple have also deepened that connection with the release of two seasonal gins which will return to the collection in the summer months. Chapter Three – Floral Notes using rose, hibiscus and an 18th century variety of freshly grown peony which reflects their traditional methods of distillation. Chapter Four – Hay Time is created working with the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team and Peter Blackwell, of Bell Sykes Farm in Slaidburn. ‘Our gins are designed to reflect and celebrate the area in which we live, work and distil,’ said Richard. ‘Whether that is in the botanicals we use, or as some other nod to the Forest of Bowland’s geography or heritage. ‘Chapter Three is a feast for the senses, like stepping into the garden on a balmy summer evening. For Chapter Four, we use a fresh cut of Peter’s ecologically diverse and highly renowned hay meadow to produce our Hay Time gin. A percentage of profits are donated to support the work of the Forest of Bowland AONB educational projects. It’s something we’re extremely pleased to be involved with.’ They have also developed a bespoke gin for Lancashire’s 2 Michelin Star restaurant Moor Hall.
SEVEN OF THE BEST… DISTILLERIES There’s no doubt that Gin is on the rise, as in August 2019 it was reported that UK gin sales surpassed £2bn for the first time! In Lancashire we are very lucky to have several, award winning gin producers creating hand-made spirits inspired by the county’s rural landscape.
Hoyle Bottom Spirits Ltd Founded in 2018 on the site of an historic cotton mill, Hoyle Bottom Spirits Ltd produces the highest quality liquids to delight both the casual drinker and the seasoned connoisseur. Their recipes are carefully refined to ensure each bottle is an unforgettable experience, from the first drop to the last.
Black Powder Gin Company
Lytham Gin Exquisitely crafted, small batch gin made in
Multi world award winning premium spirits
Lytham’s only distillery by Sandgrown Spirits.
traditionally crafted using only the finest
Distilled in Lancashire with flavours including
natural ingredients. Black Powder offers
Positively Purple, The Navigator’s, Blooming
an extensive range of exciting products all
Gorgeous and Bees Knees.
meticulously handmade in traditional flamedfired copper stills.
Blackpool Rock Gin
The Ribble Valley Gin Co Ltd Founded by young couple Justine & Luke, The Ribble Valley Gin Co Ltd produce small
Blackpool Rock Gin is expertly distilled and
batch artisan gin in their distillery based in
hand crafted, using 10 premium botanicals,
Longridge, Lancashire. All of the botanicals
including those foraged right here in
used in their signature gin “Little Lane” can
Lancashire. They then add real Blackpool
be easily recognised in the beautiful British
Rock from one of the oldest rock factories in
Wild Fox Distillery Handcrafted premium gin by Rob & Lizzie
The independent distillery is nestled in
Billington 4th generation farmers from
the charming, historical Lancashire village
Inglewhite, Lancashire, distilled in their
of Brindle. Sustainably handcrafted using
bespoke copper pot still, Ivy. Infused with 9
ingredients locally sourced and grown in their
carefully selected botanicals growing wild on
fields, and distilled with natural spring water
the family farm and the finest harvests from
from the artesian aquifer.
around the world.
Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms
ROOM with a view With 137 miles of coastline and two areas of outstanding natural beauty
it won’t come as a surprise that Lancashire can offer some movie
worthy views. Whatever your budget or whether staying for a night or longer, take a look at some of what Lancashire has to offer.
The Hamlet at Samlesbury Hall
Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms
If country tranquillity ticks your
Other luxury countryside
or The Midland Hotel, should be
box then head to the award
options include; The Rookery
on your watch list. Holiday parks
winning Laythams Holiday
Cottage with its steam punk
can offer great value alongside
Retreat, ideal for 2 to 22 guests
influences and bespoke glass
great views over the ocean such
and offering 5-star luxury set
roof, Birches Brow Guest House
as Ream Hills Holiday Park
in the rolling fells of the Forest
where a delicious breakfast
or choose off the beaten track
of Bowland. Imagine relaxing
basket is delivered to your
where you can switch off and
in a hot tub nestled in this
room each morning or Michelin
recharge your own batteries
walker’s paradise, but close
Starred Moor Hall that overlooks
such as Humblescough Farm
enough to the bustling market
a beautiful lake said to be the
or Brickhouse Cottages. For
town of nearby Clitheroe to
remains of a medieval moat.
something wildly different what
ensure you don’t have to pack
If sea views are your thing - St Annes Beach Apartments
the kitchen sink.
Crow Wood Hotel & Spa
about a view of a family favourite theme park, The Big Blue offers
The Midland Hotel, Morecambe
Laythams Holiday Lets Retreat
Laythams Holiday Lets Retreat
fantastic views across Blackpool
at The Woodland Spa, with
Blackpool, ticking all the boxes
a stay at Crow Wood Luxury
and a fantastic view to boot.
Views in the city can be just as remarkable. Castle View, Royal Kings Arms or
Accomodation, offering the
Not forgetting the
perfect escape from lifes worries.
abundance of award-winning
Don’t want to choose
gastro pubs, boutique and
The Winkley Square Hotel,
between seaside walks,
to name but a few, all offer
rolling countryside or historic
providers such as The Hamlet
something to make you smile
market towns? Choose a hotel
at Samlesbury Hall or Guys
when you open those bedroom
strategically placed to get the
Thatched Hamlet as well as dog
curtains, whilst benefitting from
best of them all. The Villa, set in
friendly options we are sure you
the convenience of being in
the quintessential village of Wrea
will be spoilt for choice when it
Green, is nestled in stunning
comes to finding your favourite
countryside between Preston and
room with a view.
Choose a relaxing spa break
The Royal Kings Arms Hotel
AS SEEN ON SCREEN You don’t have to travel too far in any direction to find a view, a historic house or iconic landmark, that sparks a memory of somewhere perplexingly familiar - perhaps last seen in a favourite feature film or TV programme?
Queen Street Mill
St Annes Beach
10 classics shot in Lancashire
FILM Brief Encounter – Carnforth Station Three Men & A Little Lady – Stonyhurst College Whistle Down the Wind – Downham A Monster Calls – Rivington, Preston, Blackpool Phantom Thread – Blackpool Tower Ballroom
From the unmistakable Blackpool Tower, featured in so many films including the recent
The King’s Speech – Queen Street Mill
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with Samuel L. Jackson, to the glorious expanse of Morecambe Bay, the backdrop to the hugely successful on-going ITV drama The Bay; Lancashire, with its glorious, unspoilt
Get Santa – Lancaster Castle
countryside, extraordinary halls, castles, mills and easy-going hospitality, is welcoming more and more camera crews and film stars, and is thoroughly enjoying its time in the spotlight. Most recently: the beach at St Annes has doubled as Dunkirk, for WW11 drama World
The Trip – Inn at Whitewell, Hipping Hall
on Fire; Beacon Fell was host to illegal nighttime racers in dystopian action drama Curfew with Billy Zane and Sean Bean; Queen Street Mill in Burnley, the factory owned by Ebenezer Scrooge, in the recent adaptation of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol with Guy Pierce; and with a large serving of great TV Dramas including Peaky Blinders, Brassic and binge-
TV Sharpe – Helmshore Mill Life on Mars – Hoghton Tower
able box sets such as Cobra all choosing to spend some time in the county, Lancashire’s sure to have been on a screen near you.
FILM IN THE CITY Did you know that 2019 martial arts film IP Man 4, filmed at Preston Bus Station; a Brutalist architectural gem, built by Ove Arup and Partners that was actually saved from demolition in 2013. It has been completely renovated and in 2019 won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North West award for architectural excellence. Visit by bus and you’ll probably see this iconic Preston landmark for yourself. You’ll also just be a short walk away from the Miller Arcade which had a cameo in gritty northern film A Kind of Loving (1962), starring two Lancastrian actresses June Richie (Blackpool) and Thora Hird (Morecambe). For romance brought right up to date and for fans of TV reality dance-dating show Flirty Dancing, take a short stroll from the city centre into Preston’s beautiful Avenham park. A spot that’s sure to put a spring in the step of any visitor - as it did for daters Kerry and Jordon from Darwen. (The programme also filmed in Lancaster at The Ashton Memorial – must be something in the Lancashire air that inspires dancing and romance.)
The Ashton Memorial
FILM IN THE COUNTRY In January 2020 Netflix released The Stranger, a truly gripping British mystery thriller, based on Harlan Coben’s novel of the same name. With an impressive cast including Richard Armitage and Jennifer Saunders, it was shot in locations across the North West of England
with one especially dramatic and memorable sequence taking place at Martholme viaduct, near Great Harwood in Lancashire. The viaduct
spans the River Calder which meanders through some of the prettiest Lancashire countryside. Follow the river East and just a few miles away, in Padiham, you’ll find National Trust property Gawthorpe Hall. Often compared to Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey, as Gawthorpe shares the castle’s good looks, albeit in mini form, thanks to architect Sir Charles Barry who had a hand in both. Of course, from either of these locations you’re not far from the place renowned for the Pendle Witches. Pendle Hill has appeared in so many films recounting this dark period in Lancashire history including The Pendle Witch Child. This 2011 documentary presented by Simon Armitage, current Poet Laureate, focused on the role played by nineyear-old Jennet Device. She was star witness in the 1612 witch trials which saw her testify against her own mother, brother and sister, as well as many of her neighbours; leading to ten executions by hanging, on a hill on the moor above Lancaster. Take the Witches Trail from Pendle to Lancaster, through swathes of stunning, dramatic scenery with landmarks and attractions aplenty along this historic route.
St Annes Beach Huts
With so many film and TV locations to visit around Lancashire, why not make a short break of it? Travel the length of the county and visit some of the local attractions along the way, you will also find a wide range of dining and accommodation options for all tastes.
Things to do
The Gibbon Bridge Hotel
TERN Project, Morecambe Bay
St Annes Beach Huts
The Judges Lodgings, Lancaster
The Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley
Places to stay
Stirk House Hotel & Restaurant
The Boulevard Hotel, Blackpool
The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Preston
Kingfisher Cottages, Carnforth
Ribblesdale Park, Clitheroe
Independent Cinemas •
Flower Bowl, Preston
Regent Cinema, Blackpool
The Dukes, Lancaster
The Palace, Longridge
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FIVE OF THE BEST… AFTERNOON
Lancashire is well known for its scrumptious afternoon teas, whether it’s a slice of traditional Victoria Sponge and a freshly bakes scone or an elegant serving of cucumber sandwiches with bite-sized treats. Here are a few places you can enjoy one of these quintessentially British meals;
The Tearoom at Scarisbrick Marina
Eagle and Child
Perfectly situated alongside the Leeds
their home grown produce, you’ll find a
Liverpool Canal in the little village of Scarisbrick, this delightful tearoom overlooks the canal barges on the marina and serves freshly prepared food.
Saswick House Farm Shop & Tearoom This cosy, family run tearoom is situated in the picturesque village of Roseacre. Teamed with the onsite farm shop, the ethos here is based around locally sourced high quality produce.
Serving you the best locally sourced and seasonal Pennine foods, including contemporary and seasonal food offer, including afternoon tea.
The Midland Hotel, Morecambe Sip on exquisite loose leaf teas, nibble on delicately delicious sandwiches and treat yourself to a tantalising sweets whilst admiring the panoramic view of Morecambe Bay.
Owd Barn Country Store & Tea Room At the Owd Barn tearoom you can rest assured of a warm welcome. Their rustic afternoon tea includes a selection of sandwiches, savouries, cakes and mini trifle.
TAKING IT SLOW Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and head for the peace and stunning scenery of Lancashire’s canals. Travelling by narrow boat at only three to four miles an hour, guarantees that you slow down and enjoy the view, and what a view we’ve got. The Leeds-Liverpool canal, running east to west
of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the other. The
through Lancashire, flows through the Pennine
Lune Aqueduct just north of Lancaster is also a
hills and towns of Blackburn and Burnley. The
pretty impressive feat of engineering, well worth
mile-long tunnel at Foulridge is as dark and
a look at.
scary as it gets but you’ll be rewarded with beautiful countryside and utter tranquillity, not
You don’t need to be on the water to enjoy all
to mention a few fantastic pubs along the way.
the benefits of the canal. The flat towpaths are ideal for a less strenuous walk or cycle ride;
North to south, we’ve got the completely
you still get to see the wildlife that thrives
lock-free Lancaster Canal weaving its way
in this special habitat and to take part in the
through market towns like Garstang and
camaraderie of the waterways. Places like
Carnforth. And as if that isn’t good enough
Burscough Wharf aren’t just for boaters, you’ll
you’ve got spectacular views across Morecambe
find cafes and independent shops just perfect for
Bay on one side and the Forest of Bowland, Area
a Saturday afternoon saunter.
and more... Lancashire has a wide range of canal boat options for hire, whether you are looking for a day trip out with the family, or you would like to try your own hand at driving. You’ll also find plenty of places to stop along the way, whichever route you choose, giving you a chance to explore the county further.
Fredericks Ice Cream Parlour
Check out these canal side stops •
The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre, Garstang
Lancaster Canal Cruises
Guys Thatched Hamlet, Garstang
Fredericks Ice Cream Parlour, Chorley
Williamson Park, Lancaster
The Village Tea Room, Wheelton
Try some of these places for your canal boat needs •
Canal Boat Cruises, Hoghton
Lancaster Canal Boat Hire, Preston
Kingfisher Cruises, Preston
Lancaster Canal Cruises, Preston
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A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A REST …and very often it’s true. If you want to do something different for your break, think about a working holiday. You can try your hand at farming, dry stone walling, or mountain bike trail dig days in some of Lancashire’s remote and unspoilt areas.
Lots of charities and organisations run short conservation projects for which they need volunteers. Here are some ideas for short breaks, where you can really make a difference. Coast and countryside …help preserve some of our most beautiful coastal and rural landscapes with a variety of activities. You could be clearing invasive plants, cleaning beaches or maintaining ponds. No matter what you know you’ll be making a difference.
Waterways …our canals provide some fantastic opportunities
for volunteering in various roles, from helping operate boat trips to getting stuck in with practical
…for those who like to see the finished product of the fruits of their hard work this is a very rewarding hands on task. Make a real difference by helping with vital rebuilding and repair works including walls, footpaths and cycle tracks.
tasks on the canals, bridges and towpaths.
Gardening …help create a masterpiece in one of our stunning gardens whilst immersing yourself in the scents of fragrant flowers. You may be deadheading roses, trimming hedges or planting new eye-catching flower beds.
Brockholes Nature Reserve
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
Wildlife Discover the beauty of the UK’s diverse and spectacular wildlife. If you are interested in nature and the environment, this is an ideal opportunity for you to take part in activities such as breeding bird surveys, butterfly transects, elver monitoring and habitat assessments.
Forest of Bowland
Rural skills …a chance to learn traditional skills from an expert whilst carrying out vital conservation work. You could be learning the ancient art of hedge-laying, coppicing woodland, developing green woodwork skills or making cider.
PREPARE TO NOURISH YOUR BODY, MIND AND SOUL Take some time out to relax and unwind with a visit to one of Lancashire’s award-winning hotels and spas.
Melt away stress and leave your worries behind
The magnificent new Crow Wood Hotel & Spa
you whilst you enjoy the soothing surroundings of
Resort is located just a stone’s throw away. Wake
the multi award-winning and globally recognised
early for a chance to see the deer which roam the
Woodland Spa. Discover luxurious signature
40 acres of private parkland, perhaps enjoy a stroll
treatments and rejuvenating spa experiences in the
and take in the spectacular uninterrupted views
heart of Burnley. Whether you’re planning a day
over Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside.
out with friends, a romantic weekend or a pamper session all to yourself, you’ll find the perfect spa package here.
The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village
Who wouldn’t love to be completely selfindulgent for at least one day, to be made to feel like a VIP with deliciously relaxing spa treatments and hydrating water therapies? The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall near Blackpool, winner of Good Spa Guide’s Best UK Day Spa Award Invites you to soothe your body and mind with a range of blissful relaxation therapies, indulgent beauty treatments and nourishing massages, giving you lots of time to catch-up with friends whilst chilling-out.
The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village
The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village
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DISCOVER MORE THAN JUST A HOLIDAY Reveal a new talent, create something beautiful, discover new activities and challenges – and you’ll never be short of something to talk about when you get back home. In Lancashire we invite you to discover more than just a holiday, with more handpicked opportunities in the county as well as in neighbouring Cheshire, Manchester and Yorkshire Dales – perfect for day trips and outings from your Lancashire base.
For more information, suggested itineraries, places to stay and booking details visit
discovermorethanjustaholiday.com Always check availability and timings before setting out and where possible book in advance.
MORE TO TASTE
Northcote Cookery School, Langho Whatever your experience of the kitchen, there’s a cookery course at Northcote Cookery School that’s certain to inspire you. The cookery school is located in the heart of Northcote’s Michelin starred kitchen, where the dedicated team share their culinary expertise and where you’ll get hands-on with a variety of techniques, work with great produce and enjoy a taste of what it’s like to create fantastic food of the highest standard. You’ll also get a few goodies to take home and enjoy lunch as part of your foodie experience. With themed classes, premium master classes and full and half day courses, there’s something to fit every holiday plan. (NB: These are very popular so early booking essential).
Away for the day: Taste of Chester – Sweet Treats walking tour. The perfect way to see more of this historic city for visitors with a sweet tooth. This 3-hour guided walking tour introduces you to a variety of amazing sweet foods and flavours. With six food and drinks stops, you’ll also walk-away any guilt from this sweet indulgence.
MORE TO LEARN
Honeybee experience, Brindle
Brindle Distillery, Brindle
What better way for all the family to learn about
If your chosen tipple is a G&T, a 3-4 hour workshop
the importance and productivity of honeybees,
at the home of Lancashire’s farm to bottle Cuckoo
than with the multi award-winning Bee Centre at
Gin, might just be enough time to quench your
Brindle Distillery. On the 90-minute tour, you’ll
thirst for gin knowledge. A talk and tour of the
learn all about these ingenious and industrious
distillery is just the beginning, followed by up to 4
honey-makers, before stepping into your bee suit
gin cocktails and nibbles. You’ll then get hands-
to get up close and personal with the centre’s hives.
on; picking your botanicals, creating a gin recipe
You’ll learn about how bees collect pollen, build
and distilling your brew in your own mini still.
honeycomb and why they perform the ‘waggle-
After distillation you’ll then package your own 70cl
dance’. If by then you’ve fallen in love with bees,
bottle, which is signed off by the Master Distiller.
then the centre offers an Introduction to Bee-
The recipe is kept on file, ready for re-orders, once
keeping and workshops on increasing honeybee
family and friends back home get a taste for your
bespoke gin (that’s if you’re willing to share!)
Away for the day: Diamond Awl Leather Workshop, Oldham. You love to travel and love to create, then why not make your own leather passport holder or purse? On a Diamond Awl one-day leather workshop, you’ll learn the basics of traditional leatherwork and you’ll walk away with your own handmade small leather creation.
MORE ACTIVE OUTDOORS
Inch Perfect Trials, Whitewell
Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Ormskirk
Searching for an adrenaline fuelled adventure on two wheels? Then look no further than a
This internationally renowned destination for
motorcycling trial experience, delivered by
migrating birds, offers 800 adventure-filled acres
professional trial riders in Lancashire’s stunning
of wildlife to explore. Whatever the season there’s
and rugged countryside. From kids (aged 6-12),
always something to enjoy at Martin Mere. Paddle
beginners to more advanced trialers, there’s a ride
yourself around their award-winning canoe trail
to suit thrill-seekers of all ages and experience.
or, take a 30 minute expertly guided boat tour of
With prices for those hiring bikes or bringing their
the wetlands site. Discover three types of wild
own, a beginner’s half day experience lasts for
wetland, watch feeding swans from a cosy hide
3hrs, full day experiences last 5hrs and include hot,
or sign-up for photography, drawing or painting
homemade lunch (with extra lunches for spectators
workshops that run throughout the year. With café
and well-stocked shop on site, there’s more than enough to keep you busy on your day in the wild.
Away for the day: Cheshire Falconry, Northwich. Pull on a gauntlet for a full day of falconry, experiencing the trust and partnership you can build with these magnificent birds of prey. After an instructive morning, you’ll spend the afternoon flying a range of birds under the watchful eye of an expert team.
Samlesbury Hall, Samlesbury
Lancaster Castle, Lancaster
One of the stunning stately homes of Lancashire,
Owned by the Duchy of Lancaster (Her Majesty the
Samlesbury hall is a true gem with its photogenic
Queen is Duke of Lancaster), Lancaster Castle is one
and distinctive half-timbered black and white
of the most fascinating and important historical
exterior, and more history and tales to tell than
landmarks in the country. It also remains one
most. Tales of ghosts and witches, religious
of the oldest working crown courts and for some
persecution and executions abound; providing
visitors, a poignant link to ancestors sentenced over
excellent and entertaining material for the Hall’s
the centruries to deportation, to begin new lives in
guided tours, held every Sunday by characters
faraway countries. Daily guided tours give a glimpse
including Henry VIII, Janey the witch, ghost-
into England’s dark and sometimes gruesome history;
storyteller Simon Entwhistle. Come for the day
from the infamous Lancashire Witch trials, religious
and explore the gardens, courtyard, play area
martyrs and notorious villains, to 200 executions for
(for little ones), and eat in the restaurant, enjoy
everything from murder to stealing cattle. There’s
treats in Dottie’s wafflery. You can even stay in
no better way to immerse yourself in 1,000 years of
their Shepherd’s Hut Hamlet – a rustic, carefree
alternative to more traditional hotel rooms.
Away for the day: Elizabeth Gaskell House, Manchester. Home of one of England’s most important and best loved Victorian writers; most famous for novels North and South and Cranford (both popular TV series). Elizabeth Gaskell’s house is a hub of creative opportunities, offering writing and sketching workshops. Find contemplation and inspiration on a tour of the house and gardens, before setting pen or paint to paper.
FIVE OF THE BEST… VIEWS TO VISIT Did you know 80% of Lancashire is rural? Lancashire’s rambling countryside, challenging moorland and extensive waterways make not only spectacular places to explore but they offer some of the most breath taking views in the country.
Beacon Fell Country Park This beautiful country park consists of 110 hectares of woodland, moorland and farmland, with spectacular views of the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay. There’s also a chance to sport a variety of wildlife including rabbits and deer.
Forest of Bowland, AONB There is no better way of escaping from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and partaking in some of the most peaceful and remote walking, riding and cycling in the country. Explore some of the many unique villages steeped in history.
Arnside and Silverdale, AONB This Area of Natural Beauty’s deciduous woodlands, limestone grasslands and coastal salt marshes are enclosed by low limestone hills creating a perfect environment for rare butterflies and marshland birds.
Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley Constructed from pipes of galvanised steel stacked in layers, this Panopticon takes the form of a tree bending to the winds and harnesses the energy of those winds to produce a low, tuneful song. The site offers a
spectacular panorama of East Lancashire.
The landscape, carved out by man and by nature, welcomes walkers and countryside enthusiasts. Long distance walks, combine history with stunning scenery, with plenty of country inns and farmhouses to provide most congenial rest and refreshment along the way.
Lancashire is home to 137 miles of varied and contrasting coastline, running from Morecambe Bay in the North to Lytham at the mouth of the Ribble Estuary. Each coastal stop offers something different to inspire and enthral. Head along the coast and venture further inland for the perfect
The Midland Hotel
short break. Lancashire’s northern coastline is a treasure trove of scenic landscapes and wilderness. Take a guided walk across Morecambe Bay, with wideopen vistas across tidal sand and mud flats towards the Lake District and Bowland Fells, or return in the evening to marvel at one of the most stunning sunsets in the UK.
Heading slightly further inland is the city of Lancaster. Famed for its castle, and stunning views from Williamson Park, it is also home to quirky boutiques, independent galleries and a twiceweekly Charter Market. Just outside of Lancaster, you will find the Forest of Bowland, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a unique and captivating part of the countryside. Expanses of sky above dramatic sweeps of open moorland, gentle and tidy lowlands, criss-crossed with dry stone walls and dotted with picturesque farms and villages, all waiting to be explored. Finish the day in the beautiful Ribble Valley, where you will find delicious local food and drink and warm hospitality. From Michelin fine dining to locally sourced hearty pub meals, you’ll find something for every taste here.
Inn at Whitewell
Day two: Twelve Restaurant
Heading back further down the coast to enjoy the beautiful central coastline of Fleetwood and Cleveleys. You’ll find an array of things to do from museums to coffee shops, markets to artwork trails. Make your way slightly inland and stop for lunch in the pretty village of Thornton, where you will find the historic Marsh Mill Windmill home to Twelve restaurant. Alternatively travel to the market town of Garstang, perfect for lazy picnics, teashop treats and traditional pub lunches.
Ribby Hall Village
The perfect place to while away
an afternoon, St Annes on Sea is a quaint seaside town with a beautiful Victorian pier, beach huts, wide open sandy beach and all your seaside favourites. Enjoy an ice cream, stroll the promenade or admire the views from the pier. Down the road you will find Lytham, boasting beautiful scenery, historic landmarks and bustling coffee shops. Here you can wind down with a lovely meal and drinks, walk the stunning Lytham green breathing in the fresh sea air and watch the sun set.
and more... With a short break full to the brim with wonderful things to see and do, you will need somewhere to rest those weary feet at the end of the day. Lancashire has lots of fantastic places to stay, from hotels, self-catering and B&B’s – why not try a restaurant with rooms and enjoy a delicious meal as well as a comfortable bed. Hipping Hall
Exquisite Restaurants with Rooms
Ribby Hall Spa Hotel
Freemasons at Wiswell, Ribble Valley
The Cartford Inn, Great Eccleston
Northcote, Langho, Ribble Valley
The Inn at Whitewell, Forest of Bowland
Hipping Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale
Fabulous Places to Stay •
The Midland Hotel, Morecambe
Barnacre Cottages, Garstang
Ribby Hall Spa Hotel, Wrea Green
Stanley House, Mellor
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BUCKET & SPADE LIST There’s nothing quite like the smell of the sea air and the feeling of sand between your toes, and
TO LANCASHIRE’S COAST
whilst we all know strolling the prom, building sandcastles and eating ice cream are often top
of our lists when visiting the coast, we’d like to throw a few other suggestions into the mix.
Get Wild A bus ride away from the town centre is Blackpool Zoo, set in 32 acres of spacious mature parkland, all the favourites are here including big cats, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, orangutans and, of course, ‘Blue Peter’ TV stars, the sealions.
St Anne Beach Huts
Hire a beach hut for the day Hire a St Annes Beach Hut, these beautiful pastel coloured huts sit right on the beach front, and are kitted out with all the mod cons including electric heaters, fridges and microwaves. The perfect day out for all the family.
Enjoy afternoon tea At the top of Lancashire’s coast in Morecambe sits the stunning Art Deco Midland Hotel. Restored to its former glory, it was once the haunt of celebrities such as Coco Chanel, Sir Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward. Today enjoy afternoon tea and admire the spectacular views.
Light up your life One of the most inspiring displays is the Blackpool Illuminations. Lighting up the skies every year, they have been a major part of Blackpool’s attraction since 1879 when they were described as ‘artificial sunlight’. Head down on a week day to avoid peak times.
Achieve great heights Located on a stretch of golden coast is one of Britain’s best loved landmarks, The Blackpool Tower. Celebrating its 125th birthday in 2019, the 518 foot tall structure contains the stunning Blackpool Tower Ballroom as has been seen on Strictly Come Dancing as well as four other attractions. Blackpool Tower
Meet Eric Morecambe Celebrating the birds and other diverse wildlife of Morecambe Bay, the TERN project is a stunning serious of various awardwinning sculptures along Morecambe’s seafront and promenade. The highlight of the trail being the statue of Eric Morecambe in his famous comical pose.
Catch a show One of the UK’s biggest theatres, the Winter Gardens Opera House, has seen a cast of thousands tread its boards since it first opened in 1939. Hollywood stars such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Bob Hope have all graced the stage, today you will find Winter Gardens Blackpool
a host of cinema, comedy and music to enjoy.
A windy tale The historic Lytham Windmill stands proudly on Lytham Green overlooking the Fylde coast, adjacent to the Old Lifeboat House. These well-known landmarks contain a series of exhibits that explore the history of milling, lifeboats and the surrounding area.
Explore the mythic coast The Mythic Coast Artwork Trail provides a picturesque walk along Cleveleys seafront, featuring a fascinating collection of sculptures bringing to life the children’s book ‘The Sea Swallow’ – which combines local folklore, myth and legend of Wyre’s coastline. Mythic Coastline
Beloved birds RSPB Leighton Moss boasts the largest reed bed in north-west England and is home to a wide range of spectacular wildlife including otters, bearded tits, marsh harriers, egrets and red deer. Just down the road is RSPB Hest Bank at Morecambe Bay, designated a Special Protection Area for its importance to the millions of birds that flock there each year.
Ride on The Bay Cycle Way starts on Walney Island near Barrow and follows the breath taking scenery right round to Glasson Dock south of Lancaster. It is a relatively flat route that hugs the spectacular coastline of Morecambe Bay along quiet roads, greenways, canal tow paths and promenades.
Out to sea Visitors can discover the thrill and freedom of the open water at Bay Sea School in Morecambe whilst they learn to sail on a recognised RYA course or enjoy a short taster Fun Sail aboard the lovely 22ft sailing yacht called Lily.
Nautical history Fleetwood Museum provides and insight into not only the lives of the people and town but also collections on Salt Mining, Deep Sea Trawling and the local chemical industry. It is also home to the mightily impressive Harriet, one of the few remaining fishing smacks.
A hidden treasure The charming seaside village of Heysham is home to a beautiful sandstone headland, with panoramic views over Morecambe Bay and its own golden sands. Amidst the rugged headland you will find the remains of St Patrick’s chapel and rock-cut graves.
Access the countryside The award winning Wyre Estuary Country Park offers year-round activities and events including ranger-led walks, children’s play area and explorer trails. A network of accessible paths, access to a mobility tramper and trails adapted for the visually impaired, makes it easier to explore the area.
OUTLETS AND INDEPENDENTS Retail therapy comes in all shapes and sizes in Lancashire and the famous Lancashire welcome awaits visitors.
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Lancashire’s mill shops are a treasured link with its
A visit to Cedar Farm will reward you with small
glorious industrial past. Holmes Mill, a converted
independent boutiques, delighting with jewellery,
textile mill in Clitheroe, is home to the Bowland
ceramics, candles and stationery. This is also home
Foodhall, an expertly curated food hall for visitors
to Choc Amor and Paul, Lancashire’s very own
to explore, proudly celebrating a feast of Lancashire
Willy Wonker. Never one to shy away from unique
food and drink. Pop into the beer hall next door for
flavours such as wasabi pea crush chocolate, he
refreshment in the restored engine room.
even provides tasting instructions with each bag. Take a pack (or six) home to loved ones, if they last
Treats are on every corner for those who love
the journey of course!
discovering unique finds in independent shops and boutiques. To enjoy the Lancashire countryside
Lancashire has a proud tradition of making and
in all its glory you need a pair of perfectly fitted
is home to pioneers like Lanx Shoes, handmade
boots. Step into the beautiful village of Whalley
shoemakers in the Ribble Valley. Each distinctive
and experience Whalley Warm & Dry. The award-
style is limited edition and stamped with a
winning team have been trained by podiatrists to
Lancashire rose. You are guaranteed to leave with a
make sure you have all the best kit for your next
box of quality Lancashire craftsmanship.
adventure. Carnforth Book Shop is a book worm’s dream. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of rooms on
Affinity Outlet Lancashire in Fleetwood is fantastic for
all three floors. There are rare finds to uncover in
discovering endless choice. Enjoy hours of perusing
this family run traditional shop.
popular brands on one site, for the best prices. The coastal town of Fleetwood is also home to a famous market. Visitors take a nostalgic journey through hundreds of stalls in a Victorian hall, with plenty of Lancashire characters to meet along the way.
DISCOVER LANCASHIRE Outside of the countryside and coastline, Lancashire is made up of thriving cities, coastal and market towns with its own unique character.
Accrington The vibrant town of Accrington lies in the heart of Pennine Lancashire. A great shopping district with fabulous independent boutiques, Arndale Shopping Centre and 19th century Victoria Market Hall, a grand Victorian building where market traders sell fresh Lancashire produce.
Blackburn and Darwen
Over the last few years the market towns of
A thriving market town surrounded by the breath-
Blackburn and Darwen have become a cultural hot
taking Pennine countryside. Whether you like
spot with notable events and festivals popping up
hiking, cycling, windsurfing, kayaking, horse
throughout the year, including the National Festival
riding, golf or sailing, it is all available right here,
of Making and Darwen Live, the perfect way to
as well as plenty of ways to relax and just take in
spend a weekend.
Home to a little bit of everything, you will find award-winning attractions, amazing free events, wonderful golden beaches and a year round programme of top-class shows and entertainment. With so much to do, see and enjoy, the challenge is how you find the time to fit it all in.
The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Chorley This popular market town is steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Experience historic houses, peaceful parkland, outdoor adventures, charming villages, wonderful waterways, family fun and more in this inspirational area of Lancashire.
Here you will find a bustling, traditional
The ancient market town of Clitheroe
seaside resort, with a range of popular
is known for its quaint bunting lined
shops, cafes and restaurants. The Mythic
streets full of a range of specialist shops
Cost Artwork trail brings a magical
including wines, local produce, coffee,
element to the Cleveley’s seafront, with
and textiles. Clitheroe Castle watches over
striking structures to explore.
the town and offers breath-taking views of the Ribble Valley.
Exchange Coffee, Clitheroe
Fleetwood A beautiful, Victorian seaside resort boasting a stunning promenade with magnificent views, an Art Deco Theatre, a harbour yacht marina, traditional shops and the famous Fleetwood Market. Visit Knott End on Sea – a hop skip and a jump from Fleetwood by Ferry, discover the Lowry Statue and walk the coastline.
Garstang A small, historic market town with a true mixture of old and new. Its historic buildings and medieval weinds are set amongst contemporary independent shops, restaurants, and cafes. Perfect for relaxed shopping trips, lazy picnics, teashop treats and traditional pub lunches.
Heysham The charming seaside village of Heysham just outside of Lancaster is full of attractive 17th century cottages and colourful floral displays. Within a relatively small area you’ll find woodland, open grassland, sand beaches and deep rockpools, perfect for exploring.
Situated amid quaint villages and farmlands, Kirkham can trace its origins back to the Domesday Book of 1086. Today you will find an eclectic mix of independent shops and cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Lancaster Famed for its castle and stunning views from Williamson Park, Lancaster is also home to quirky boutiques and independent galleries. Visit their twice-weekly Charter Market too, where you can find food, gifts, crafts and books.
Leyland Renowned for its heritage, Leyland is home to both the South Ribble Museum and the British Commercial Vehicle Museum. Whilst exploring, relax in one of the many charming cafes, browse independent shops or buy local produce at Leyland Market.
Just six miles from the bright lights of Blackpool is Lytham, the perfect place to enjoy a quiet weekend taking in the beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, and bustling coffee shops. A trip to Lytham would not be complete without a visit to Lytham Green and the famous Lytham Windmill.
Morecambe This bustling town offers you the chance to enjoy the many pleasures of the seaside, whether it is flying kites, building sandcastles, or enjoying the views across the bay. Stroll along Morecambe’s award winning promenade with an ice cream or have fun seeing it on two wheels, before grabbing a picnic.
Ormskirk Ormskirk’s Traditional Outdoor Market is one of the
UK’s oldest and most traditional outdoor markets,
Throughout the year, Pendle’s vibrant market
and it is definitely worth a visit. Selling everything
towns host Colne Grand Prix, Nelson Food Festival,
from fresh artisan breads, homemade pies,
Barnoldswick Beach and the multi-award winning
olives and local produce to a variety of clothing,
Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival – a one of a
homeware and other traditional market goods.
kind and much-loved festival in the area.
Preston Providing an idyllic setting for a city break, Preston continues to grow. With restaurants, bars and new five-star hotels popping up around the centre, as well a top retail offering including a tree-lined high street, two shopping centres and the modernised Preston Markets.
Rawtenstall A perfect Lancashire town with cobbled streets, stone architecture, dramatic landscape and even a steam train. Rawtenstall also provides a fantastic shopping experience for those keen to celebrate
Harris Museum, Preston
local, independent businesses, including a thriving market.
Thornton A pretty village with a range of shops, fine pubs and
The perfect place to take all the family, this quaint
restaurants and even its own little theatre. Visit the
seaside town offers a beautiful Victorian Pier, wide
historic Marsh Hill Windmill, built in 1794 (Grade
open sandy beach, and all your seaside favourites.
II* listed) and one of the best examples in the UK
New for 2019 is the seafront SPLASH play area,
with working machinery, set in the centre of Marsh
which includes jets, fountains and a paddling area.
Mill Village, you can eat and shop whilst there too. St Annes Beach Huts
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PLANNING YOUR TRIP By Road
The M6 runs right through Lancashire connecting
Lancashire has excellent rail connections from all
to the M61, M65, M55 and several major A roads. In
over the country – just two hours from London on
less than an hour’s drive from Manchester, Liverpool
the West Coast Line with Avanti West Coast with
and Leeds you could be exploring the vast Pennine
stations at Preston and Lancaster. Change at Preston
Fells, beautiful Ribble Valley or driving along the
to reach the towns of Clitheroe, Burnley, Blackburn,
world famous Blackpool promenade.
Colne and Ormskirk. There are also direct trains traveling from Manchester to most Lancashire towns
If you’re lucky enough to travel by water then both the Lancaster canal and Leeds-Liverpool canal give you the chance to sail right into the heart of places
Both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester
like Lancaster, Garstang and Burnley, whilst you’ll
Airport have frequent flights serving Europe and
also get amazing views of our stunning countryside
international airports including Beijing, Hong Kong
and wildlife on route.
and New York. Manchester Airport has direct trains to many Lancashire destinations every 30 minutes and it’s less than an hour’s drive from Manchester to Preston.
Bring your bike to Lancashire (or hire one when you get here) and appreciate the variety of terrain
and breath-taking views. You can pick up hire
2 HRS BY TRAIN
NEWCASTLE AIRPORT 2.5 HRS BY CAR
LIVERPOOL AIRPORT & CRUISE TERMINAL
LESS THAN AN HOUR BY CAR
LEEDS 1.5 HRS BY CAR HULL PORT
2.5 HRS BY CAR
LESS THAN AN HOUR BY CAR
bikes from a number of railway stations including Morecambe, Blackburn, Preston and Ormskirk, all at reasonable prices. Leisure Lakes Bikes in Lancaster city centre has a range of hire bikes including electric and hybrid, and Blackpool hire scheme has comfortable yellow bikes from the Palatine Leisure Centre. See cyclelancashire.com for a full list of cycle hire venues.
2.5 HOURS BY CAR
2 HOURS BY TRAIN
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