Adventure in Lancashire - Summer Guide 22

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July - Sept ‘22

in Lancashire summer guide



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Welcome to Summer Welcome to Lancashire’s summer guide, full to the brim with ideas and inspiration for your next #AdventureInLancashire. From splashing around in rockpools and scrambling up hills, to finding the perfect picnic spot and eating a tower of scrummy ice cream, or maybe camping under the stars and exploring the surrounding forest on an adventure trail – Lancashire can be so much fun! Embark on a countryside quest, seaside break or urban adventure, full of fantastic things to see and do. From exploring an Area of Natural Beauty up close by bike to enjoying the thrill of the theatre in a stunning outdoor venue or learning more about life on the farm. And don’t forget to look out for our jam-packed events guide for summer, which you can download here.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information contained in this publication, Marketing Lancashire can take no responsibility for any errors or omissions. It is advisable to check information on online before your travel. No recommendation by Marketing Lancashire is implied by the inclusion of any information and it is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the whole county of Lancashire. Top 5’s are decided through most visited pages on 2 |



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What’s new


22 Free days out



Family friendly

All weather

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ADVENTURE in Lancashire 38 Oh I do like to be by the seaside



Outdoor theatre

Top picnic spots

52 We scream for ice cream



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A dogs adventure


62 Keep it green



Camping & Glamping

A cycle safari

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70 An Industrial Revolution



Off to Market

Planning your trip

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Spend summer with us... Whether it’s a day out with the family, drinks with f riends or a summer staycation, we’ve got you covered!

HOLMES MILL Clitheroe Based in the heart of Clitheroe, Holmes Mill is a unique celebration of Lancashire food, drink and entertainment. Featuring a beer hall, hotel, food hall and much more, this former textiles mill is the perfect place to indulge, unwind and explore. Tap Room of the Year - National Pub Awards Dog friendly in the Beer Hall Food Hall / Beer Hall / Bistro, Bar & Grill The biggest beer garden in Clitheroe

THE SHIREBURN ARMS Hurst Green A 17th Century Inn of great character and home to the famous Tolkien Trail. Fabulous fresh food awaits... everything from seasonal sandwiches to contemporary pub classics. With 21 bedrooms, the Shireburn Arms is the perfect base for exploring the picturesque Ribble Valley countryside. The perfect starting point to the Tolkien Trail Dog friendly Hearty food & drink Great beer garden

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WA D D I N G T O N A R M S Wa d d i n g t o n Located at the heart of the picture perfect village of Waddington, the Waddington Arms is the hub of this vibrant little community. It’s the perfect place to stay, eat, drink, relax and catch up with friends. The ideal base to a multitude of walks Dog friendly Relaxed dining & great food Beautiful beer garden & play area

MITTON HALL Whalley A magnificent 15th Century manor house on the banks of the River Ribble. This chic, boutique hotel boasts stunning interior design that perfectly complements the ancient architectural features. Open daily for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Delightful drinking and dining Perfectly situated to explore town & country Dog friendly A pretty terrace overlooking the River Ribble

THE EMPORIUM Clitheroe Three floors of eating, drinking and shopping in the heart of Clitheroe, a truly unique experience. Half coffee shop, wine bar and brasserie; half interior design superstore. The Emporium’s Parisian Grand Café style appeals to everyone. The perfect place for a light bite and shopping, cocktails with friends or a delicious pizza date night. Cafe, Brasserie & Bar Clitheroe Castle is on the doorstep Dog friendly Home to Emporium Interiors



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WHAT’S NEW Lancashire always has something new to try, from tasty restaurant openings to exciting attractions and beautiful restorations. Why not check out one of these new and noteworthy places on your next short break in the county?

Worden Park

The Folly Coffee House reopens in Worden Park The Folly Coffee House has had a dazzling transformation as part of the £2.8million refurbishment of Worden Hall. The stunning new café prides itself on serving the highest standard of food using fresh, local ingredients.

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Behind the scenes at Mrs Dowsons Farm Park At 2:30pm each day head over to Mrs Dowsons Farm Park’s newest building to view their herd being milked. The knowledgeable farmer will talk you through the educational process behind Mrs Dowsons Ice Cream as well as life on a real working dairy farm.

Mrs Dowsons Farm Park

Holmes Mill

Boiler House Bowling coming soon The Boiler House Bowling Alley is due to open at Holmes Mill very soon and will be home to four Duckpin bowling lanes. Duckpin you ask? Yes, this game of bowling uses smaller balls and pins and is a faster paced game than tenpin, and therefore more exciting, we have been told.

Seasonal sustainable food at The Three Fishes

The Three Fishes

The Three Fishes has been brought back to life, beautifully restored, sympathetically and sustainably. It is also the heart of a very special farm-to-fork project by Nigel Haworth. The​​​​​aim is to deliver truly exceptional dishes, with zero waste a top priority.



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The Whitaker

The Whitaker newly refurbished The new development has seen the museum double in size, making it bigger and better than ever! In addition to this there is also a brand-new café and community space, extended exhibition areas and refurbishment of the original house.

Astley Hall

Blackburn Cathedral

‘The Lancashire Tapestry’ unveiled Restoration of Astley Hall - Now open! After a two-year closure, Astley Hall has finally re-opened its doors after extensive renovation work. The Grade 1 listed Hall has undergone a major transformation, enhancing the visitor experience and opening up rooms that have never been seen before.

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A new monumental artwork titled ‘The Lancashire Tapestry’ celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, was unveiled earlier in the year at Blackburn Cathedral. A county built on an industrial landscape of cotton, weaving and mills is preserved in the material of its own making in a tapestry woven in Lancashire.

Mowgli, Preston

Preston welcomes Mowgli restaurant Situated in the Grade II listed Miller Arcade in Preston, Lancashire-born Nisha Katona has opened another of her wonderful Indian restaurants, with lots of anticipation from locals and visitors alike. Mowgli is known for its fun atmosphere and delicious spiced food.

The Squirrel’s Lair Adventure Golf Course

Step into The Squirrel’s Lair A new 18 hole, woodland themed adventure golf course has opened in the heart of Rossendale. The perfect location for an evening with friends, birthday party, date night, or a family day out.



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ANIMALS #AdventureInLancashire

Lancashire’s varied landscape is home to a fantastic array of wildlife, combine that with animal attractions and you’re almost guaranteed to find your favourite animal in the county. From the largest and rarest animals at Blackpool Zoo to lovable farm animals at one of the farm parks or rare wild birds at one of the nature reserves.

Thornton Hall Country Park

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SEA LIFE Blackpool Take a trip to SEA LIFE Blackpool and prepare for a world of glistening scales, colourful tentacles, and razor-sharp teeth as you discover over 2,500 creatures! From the sunny shoreline to the darkest depths of the ocean, there is a whole underwater world to discover here at SEA LIFE Blackpool, taking you face to fin with life under the waves for over 30 years.

Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo Blackpool Zoo provides a haven of peace, tranquillity and over 1000 animals in 37 acres of traditional, spacious parkland and lakes, as well as offering an educational yet fun day out for all the family. All your favourites are here – big cats, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, orangutans and, of course, ‘Blue Peter’ TV stars, the sealions.



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World Horse Welfare Penny Farm

World Horse Welfare Penny Farm Penny Farm is a horse rescue and rehabilitation centre ran by the charity World Horse Welfare. Meet the ponies and find out more about the work of the charity as you explore the fields, paddocks and activity trails around the farm.

HAPPA, Shores Hey Farm

HAPPA, Shores Hey Farm A hidden delight set in acres of green space, overlooking the Thursden Valley in Burnley, HAPPA provides everything you need to keep the children entertained. From meeting and learning about the horses and ponies, to taking part in the ‘Facts with Fergus’ outdoor trail before enjoying some delicious homemade food and cakes on the onsite café.

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DOWN ON THE FARM Mrs Dowsons Farm Park

Mrs Dowsons Farm Park There really is so much to see at Mrs Dowsons Farm, with hundreds of animals waiting to meet you and your family. You can find out exactly what it’s like to be a farmer, even muck in and help to bottle feed the lambs, feed the hungry alpaca or handle baby chicks. Later this year, Mrs Dowsons Farm park will be opening the brand-new indoor play centre, so stay tuned.

Thornton Hall Country Park Experience hands on animal encounters on their traditional working farm. Climb on board their safari ride and take a trip to our Deer Park then enjoy some delicious food in their onsite Rooster’s Diner while the little ones burn off energy in their huge fun filled play barn, jumping pillows, outdoor play are and more. A perfect fun filled informative family fun day out rain or shine!

Thornton Hall Country Park

Bowland Wild Boar Park

Bowland Wild Boar Park Come home to nature. Visit Bowland Wild Boar Park, situated in the Forest of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Packed with adventure for the whole family, see the animals, explore their habitats and meet their smaller residents in the animal petting area. Adventure around the 62 acres, by foot or tractor rides, taking in their lovely nature trails and views.



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GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL The Bee Centre Visit The Bee Centre and enter the incredible world of the honeybee. If you are feeling adventurous you can book onto one of their ‘Beekeeping Experiences’ where you will receive an introduction to honeybees and beekeeping from one of their experienced beekeepers after which you will be able to put on one of their beekeeping suits and get ‘up close and personal’ with their bees.

The Bee Centre

The Alpaca Walking Experience

Lowlands Farm Alpacas A meet and greet includes a little talk on alpacas and then you get to take one of the lovely boy alpaca around the beautiful nature walk, with a high chance of seeing hares and buzzards and much more wildlife. Guests will enjoy a little pit stop at the wood so you can take group photos as the alpacas graze on the grass, then take them back home to give them a treat.

The Alpaca Walking Experience Meet and greet the beautiful alpacas or take them for a private walk on this working sheep farm, located in the rural village of Samlesbury on a 35acre smallholding. Discovery their quirky ways and individual personalities, with an informative talk. Feed them their favourite treats and learn lots of alpaca fact too.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre There’s a fantastic day ahead of you at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. Enjoy splashing, dipping, playing, feeding, paddling and getting up-close-and-personal to some of nature’s most wonderful wildlife. 800 acres of adventure to flutter hearts, home to thousands of rare birds; a cheeky family of otters; an all-star cast of pretty pink flamingos and a group of white storks to mention a few.

Brockholes Nature Reserve Explore the flagship, Lancashire Wildlife Trust nature reserve and you’ll see the wide variety of wildlife on offer. You can take a walk along the River Ribble, explore the ancient woodland and amble around the lakes. There are hides, paths and viewing points that have been specifically designed to allow you to get closer to nature and wildlife without disturbing it. Brockholes Nature Reserve

RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve This popular nature reserve is home to a variety of wonderful creatures – from birds and bugs to bats and otters. If you are lucky, you may even spot our largest resident, the red deer. Children can have great fun discovering nature by taking part in seasonal activity quizzes or turning detective with our Wildlife Explorer Backpacks, available all year round.



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#AdventureInLancashire No need to worry about those purse strings, exploring the breadth of Lancashire’s offer doesn’t have to be expensive. With acres of quaint countryside, beautiful parks, bustling market towns and historic houses (most of which have free admission) there is something to keep everyone entertained whatever the budget.

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Brockholes Nature Reserve

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston Based on the site of an old quarry, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust have used their expertise to create habitats for lots of different wildlife. You can explore their 250-acre reserve with their network of trails and hides, not to mention the fantastic views offered overlooking the River Ribble.



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Superworm Trail at Gisburn Forest, Ribble Valley

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Join Superworm and friends on their brand-new adventure at Gisburn Forest and Stocks. Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest.

Superworm Trail

The Great Promenade Show, Blackpool The Great Promenade Show consists of ten pieces of artwork along Blackpool Promenade from South Pier heading south. The outdoor art gallery reflects Blackpool’s history and character, with the works commissioned from both established and emerging artists.

The Great Promenade Show

Pendle Sculpture Trail, Pendle

Mythic Coast Artwork Trail, Wyre

Following the fascinating true story of the Pendle Witches, the sculpture trail has ten ceramic plaques, as well as stunning mythical creatures to find and tell you about the areas history and mythology. Download the sculpture trail map here.

Wyre’s Mythic Coast artwork trail brings a magical element to the Cleveleys seafront. Take a stroll and see which pieces of artwork you can spot, bringing to life the story of ‘The Sea Swallow’ including a Sea Ogre and giant shell.

Mythic Coast

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Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, Blackburn Encounter beetles, badgers, Japanese art and an Egyptian mummy along with over 2000 years of history at Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery. At the museum there are things to make, dress-up costumes and activities to enjoy for visitors of all ages.

Samlesbury Hall

The Whitaker, Rossendale Set in the beautiful Whitaker Park, The Whitaker is a forward-facing museum and art gallery. As well as fascinating nature and natural history galleries, there is also exhibitions on life in Rossendale and a programme of contemporary art exhibitions, showcasing the best art locally and nationally.

Samlesbury Hall tours with Witch Janey, South Ribble Join the hilarious Witch Janey as she tells the gruesome tales of Samlesbury – great for all the family! Tours are on a Sunday and begin in the Great Hall at 11am and 2pm. Both the tours and admission to the Hall are both free of charge.

Splash Park Zone, Fylde Fun in the sun doesn’t get much better than a trip to the Splash Park zone by the sea within the beautiful setting of the promenade gardens at St Annes. There is a fantastic range of features including spray loops, water sprays, bucket drops and even a small section for paddling.

Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington Haworth Art Gallery is Lancashire’s finest house and garden designed in the Arts & Crafts style. Every inch of the building is teaming with beautiful details inspired by nature and made with a love of materials and craftsmanship.

Haworth Art Gallery



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FAMILY FRIENDLY #AdventureInLancashire

Planning holiday fun and days out when you need to keep the kids happy can be a challenge, but not here in Lancashire. We have got something for all ages, ranging from fun-packed theme parks and hands-on museums to fascinating nature reserves and long sandy beaches. When it comes to family friendly activities, Lancashire has you covered. We have put together a handy list of the most popular family friendly attractions in Lancashire.



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Inch Perfect Trials

TOP 5 THRILLS & SPILLS 1. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool

4. Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

With thrilling rides, spectacular shows an the iconic Big One, it’s no surprise Blackpool Pleasure Beach is Britain’s favourite amusement park.

The UK’s largest indoor waterpark, Sandcastle Waterpark is home to over 18 slides and plenty of exciting attractions in an 84-degree tropical climate!

2. Quadtrex at Thornton Hall Country Park, Pendle Head to Quadtrex for an action-packed adventure to remember on the specially adapted quad bike trail through Lancashire countryside.

3. Inch Perfect Trials, Clitheroe 100 acres of fantastic trialling land awaits you in the Forest of Bowland in the beautiful Ribble Valley. A brilliant day out filled with excitement!

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5. Go Ape Rivington, Chorley High up in this open, spacious site, the Treetop Challenge offers the perfect blend of bloodpumping action and beautiful country views.

TOP 5 ANIMAL & WILDLIFE 1. Greenlands Farm Village, Lancaster Meet and feed the animals, play on the tractors, let off steam in the straw barn and enjoy the hands-on experience at Greenlands Farm Village.

2. Williamson Park, Ashton Memorial and Butterfly House, Lancaster Home to 54 acres of beautiful parkland, enchanting walks, and breathtaking views, as well as the newly renovated tropical butterfly house.

3. WWT Matin Mere Wetland Centre, Ormskirk There’s a fantastic day ahead of you at Martin Mere Wetland Centre, where you can enjoy splashing, feeding and getting close to some of nature’s most wonderful wildlife.

4. Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston Explore the flagship, Lancashire Wildlife Trust nature reserve. You can take a walk, explore the ancient woodland and amble around the lakes while spotting a huge array of wildlife all year round.

5. The Bee Centre, Chorley Enter the incredible world of the honeybee at The Bee Centre as you discover a fascinating insight into these amazing and important animals.

WWT Matin Mere Wetland Centre



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TOP 5 HERITAGE & CULTURE 1. Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe Offering panoramic views across the Ribble Valley, Clitheroe Castle has dominated the skyline for 800 years. The onsite museum is full of heritage and history from the surrounding area.

2. East Lancashire Railway, Rossendale Transporting goods and people around the region for nearly 200 years, today the East Lancashire Railway provides hours of fun and regular family events.

3. Lancaster Castle, Lancaster Take a tour of the castle. Behind the imposing walls you’ll find a fascinating past, a place of defence, justice, persecution, and imprisonment.

4. Hoghton Tower, Chorley Take a visit to the magnificent Hoghton Tower. Positioned 650ft above sea level, the 16th century Elizabethan manor-house is bursting with history as well as frequent events.

5. Samlesbury Hall, South Ribble A fabulous half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325 as a family home, the Hall is beautifully maintained, and offers a lovely place to enjoy a walk and spot of tea.

Lancaster Castle

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The Aspinall Arms

TOP 5 FAMILY FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS 1. Mr Basrai’s World Cuisines, Blackpool

4. Fredericks Ice Cream Parlour, Chorley

Sample a wide range of food from across the globe. Spanning the best of Eastern and Western cuisine in a mouth-watering explosion of tastes, colours and textures.

Home of award-winning Italian-style luxury ice cream. Everything they do is centred on producing the finest quality ice cream, an aim perfected over four generations of the same Frederick family.

2. The Shireburn Arms, Clitheroe A relaxed, informal atmosphere in which to enjoy beautifully prepared food. A meal at The Shireburn Arms is both comfortingly familiar and yet still a wonderfully special experience.

5. The Aspinall Arms, Ribble Valley With terraced and landscaped gardens and open fires, Aspinall arms is just the place to relax and unwind with your family.

3. Applestore Café, Wyre Located in the beautiful walled garden and glasshouse, The Applestore Café boasts a full café-menu of overstuffed sandwiches, hearty homemade soups, and scrumptious cakes.



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Level Preston

ALL WEATHER #AdventureInLancashire

We all know occasionally it rains in sunny Lancashire, but don’t worry even when the weather decides not to be so kind the county is packed with exciting things to see and do for all the family, as the last thing we want to hear is ‘I’m bored!’ You’ll find a whole heap of indoor inspiration below, so you can sit back relax and forget about the miserable weather outside. And if you are trying to watch those pennies, don’t worry we have free options too!



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The Blackpool Tower Dungeon

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Blackpool

Clitheroe Castle Museum, Clitheroe

A totally unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary.

With something for everyone to unleash your imagination the castle museum makes for a great day out.

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Blackburn - FREE Home to the largest icon collection outside London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Dino Mini Golf, Blackpool Travel back in time and roar like a Dinosaur at The Blackpool Tower’s Dino Mini Golf attraction.

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Samlesbury Hall, South Ribble - FREE One of the stunning stately homes of Lancashire, a haven for history lovers, where the past meets the present - a fantastic, free family day out.

SEA LIFE Blackpool The perfect way to experience the wonders of underwater life without getting wet! Discover over 2,500 creatures from the curious and rescues to the rare and simply unbelievable.

Grip and Go

Grip and Go, Haslingden An action-packed indoor climbing and activity centre for all the family, where you can conquer 24 walls of fun, adventure and skill.

Level Preston Level is the largest entertainment complex in the city, with a great selection of activities, ten pin bowling, laser tag and crazy golf, assault course and private karaoke rooms.

Level Preston



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Peter Rabbit Explore and Play

Peter Rabbit Explore and Play, Blackpool

World Horse Welfare Penny Farm, near Blackpool - FREE

Hop into the oversized world of Peter Rabbit Explore and Play, an interactive, multi-sensory family attraction based on the beloved, awardwinning animated TV series.

This horse rescue & rehabilitation centre allows you to meet the ponies, learn more about them and see where they live. The main stable area is indoors as being home to a visitors’ centre, gift shop and coffee shop.

Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley Home of the Towneley family for over 600 years, explore the rooms and art gallery learning all about the magnificent hall’s fascinating history.

The Whitaker, Rawtenstall – FREE Set in the beautiful Whitaker Park, The Whitaker is a forward-facing museum and art gallery aiming to foster inclusive, vibrant communities that thrive within the natural environment.

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Escape Entertainment, Chorley Why not try the 18-hole, Floridian themed adventure golf course or you can compete with friends or family with the six lanes of tenpin bowling.

Jump Rush Trampoline Park

Jump Rush Trampoline Park, Morecambe Jump Rush is home to over 100 bounce zone trampolines, including both wall and floor beds and 8 specialist extra zones.

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool The UK’s largest Indoor waterpark and with more than 18 slides and attractions in an 84-degree tropical climate.

Sandcastle Waterpark



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OH I DO LIKE TO BE BY THE SEASIDE #AdventureInLancashire

Who doesn’t remember childhood days spent at the seaside? Building sandcastle works of art, eating delicious ice cream, wobbling along the beach on the back of a donkey and beating your parents at crazy golf – great memories that you can recreate as a family at one of our fun filled seaside towns.

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Morecambe Beach

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.



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Blackpool Pleasure Beach


Mythic Coast

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.

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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.

Here you will find a bustling, traditional seaside resort, with a range of popular shops, cafes and restaurants. The Mythic Cost artwork trail brings a magical element to the Cleveley’s seafront, with striking structures to explore.



A pretty village with a range of shops, fine pubs and restaurants and even its own little theatre. Visit the historic Marsh Hill Windmill, built in 1794 (Grade II* listed) and one of the best examples in the UK with working machinery, set in the centre of Marsh Mill Village, you can eat and shop whilst there too.

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.



The Blackpool Tower

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.


St Annes The perfect place to take all the family, this quaint seaside town offers a beautiful Victorian Pier, wide open sandy beach, and all your seaside favourites. A new addition is the seafront SPLASH play area, which includes jets, fountains and a paddling area.

St Annes - Kite Festival



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OUTDOOR THEATRE #AdventureInLancashire

A trip to the theatre is a magical experience, make it extra special this summer with an outside theatre performance, set against some of Lancashire’s most stunning backdrops, from stately homes to nature reserves.

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The Dukes Play in the Park

OUTDOOR THEATRE SURVIVAL GUIDE! It’s great to get to the theatre, especially outdoors, but there are a few things you need to make sure you don’t forget; DECK CHAIRS OR A PICNIC MAT – make sure you have something comfortable so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

WATERPROOFS – warm clothing and suntan lotion – because we all know how unpredictable the British weather can be!

PICNIC – snacks are an essential but remember to make sure its portable if you’re going to a walkabout theatre event.

CAMERA OR PHONE – to capture those magical moments to share with friends.



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The Dukes Play in the Park – The Jungle book, Williamson Park 22nd July – 28th August

Williamson Park

Full of catchy songs, wondrous characters and clever costumes, this laugh out loud adventure will have you jumping for joy as you step into the jungle of Lancaster’s Williamson Park this summer.

Awful Auntie, Brockholes Nature Reserve 24th July Awful Auntie by David Walliams is a truly thrilling tale that has been adapted for the outdoor stage. Recommended for children aged 7+.

Brockholes Nature Reserve

Love’s Labour’s Lost, Gawthorpe Hall 30th July An option for the adults. Head to Gawthorpe Hall for an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost performed by Off the Ground Theatre.

Gawthorpe Hall

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Heskin Hall

The Importance of Being Ernest, Heskin Hall 20th August Prepare to witness the impossible – the entirety of Oscar Wilde’s classic play of manners, affairs and handbags being performed by just two rather dashing entertainers.

The tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, Astley Hall Coach House and Park 21st August An enchanting new adaptation of two of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved tales, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benajmin Bunny set in the beautiful walled garden performed by Quantum Theatre.

Astley Hall Coach House and Park

Much Ado about Murder, Brockholes Nature Reserve 4th September This hilarious murder mystery will see five suspects under the spotlight and will depend on the audience to find answers. Recommended for children aged 10+, must be accompanied by an adult.

Brockholes Nature Reserve



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TOP PICNIC SPOTS #AdventureInLancashire

There’s no better way to enjoy the summer sun than sharing a delicious picnic with friends and family. With miles of soft golden sand and luscious green countryside to explore, Lancashire is home to some of the best picnic spots in the country.

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Barley picnic site

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Nominated amongst the ten best picnic sites in the North West, Barley Picnic Site is set in the beautiful village of Barley. At the foot of the magnificent Pendle Hill, the picnic site is also located close to a number of fine eateries and kiosk so you can top up your picnic supplies.


Beacon Fell Country Park A perfect place for picnic-lovers, the 271 acres of woodland, moorland and farmland provides plenty of pitches for everyone. After enjoying your picnic, you can follow the woodland sculpture trail or search for wildlife, from rabbits to deer and even a spectacular array of dragonflies in the summer months!

Beacon Fell Country Park



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Crook O’Lune

Crook O’Lune

Fairhaven Lake

A popular beauty spot settled on a horseshoe bend in the River Lune just North of Lancaster. With plenty of pleasant walks available alongside the riverbanks and through the surrounding countryside it is the perfect place to start your adventure.

An extremely popular destination where you can not only enjoy a picnic by the lake but also a choice of boat rides, nature walks, sporting activities and much more. The routes around the lake offer easy mobility. Fairhaven Lake

St Annes Beach A beautiful sandy beach that is tucked down the road from Blackpool, provides miles of golden coast great for picnics and a family day out. With a Victorian pier, children’s playgrounds and ice cream parlours there is plenty to do after the sandwiches are gone.

St Annes Beach

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Nothing says summer like a cool and creamy ice cream. Luckily for you, Lancashire’s lush grasslands are home to many dairy farms, producing some of the most delicious ice cream varieties around, add to that the ice cream parlours and gelato producers and you don’t have to travel far in Lancashire to enjoy a tasty treat this summer.

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FIND YOUR PERFECT SCOOP! Dotties Wafflery and Ice Cream Parlour Located at Samlesbury Hall, the ice creams at Dotties are made locally in Lancashire by the popular Moo2You. Using only the finest ingredients, you can expect to see a wide choice of ever-changing flavours, from Jammie Dodger to wild cherry.

Fredericks Ice Cream The home of award-winning Italian-style luxury ice cream. Everything they do is centred around producing the finest quality ice cream, an aim perfected over four generations of the same Frederick family.

Holdens and Co Holdens & Co are famous for its dairy ice cream, which has been made to the same secret recipe since the day it started. Handmade on site, the ice cream has now evolved into a range of delicious flavours as well as the classics.

Holmes Mill Freshly made artisan gelato is served at The Gelateria at Holmes Mill. Using locally sourced milk and cream with a pinch of sugar, there are 18 classic and innovative flavours available, including vegan sorbets.

Mrs Dowsons Ice Cream From humble beginnings in 2001 when they created the first few pots of vanilla ice cream on the family farm, Mrs Dowsons have been focused on creating a quality ice cream with honest local ingredients sourced from there farm.

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Take a sneak peek Go behind the scenes, as you see how Mrs Dowsons Farm get all their lovely milk to make their delicious ice cream with the all-new Milking Parlour. This new attraction aims to give our farm visitors an exclusive behind the scenes look into life on our real working dairy farm where the delicious Mrs Dowsons Ice Cream is created. See the herd being milked live as you listen to an educational talk from the farmer.

Mrs Dowsons Farm Park

Mrs Dowsons Farm Park

Mrs Dowsons Farm Park

Mrs Dowsons Farm Park

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#AdventureInLancashire A while ago my humans decided to book a short break in Lancashire and guess what? I was invited along too!

The Golden Ball of Longton


must admit I was expecting to be put in the worst room, with lots of waiting outside or being left in my bed, while my humans ate out and did lots of fun things, but the folks in Lancashire are genuinely lovely people and I was treated like a VIP (very important pet).

First thing was to book a hotel that would make me feel as welcome as the humans. There were lots of fancy looking places to stay, from luxury glamping to gorgeous boutique hotels or secluded self-catering, which would guarantee me lots of lovely new sniffing adventures. We finally settled on dog friendly Mowbreck Holiday Park. It seemed like forever waiting to pack up and head out, and when the day eventually came, I was so excited I couldn’t settle in the car, so my humans decided this would be a good excuse to stop off at Gisburn Forest and stretch their legs. An excellent choice by them as I loved it, with so much to explore and the hills were great to run down. All that running was hungry work, so we decided to stop off for lunch at The Golden Ball of Longton. Not sitting outside for me! I was given a treat on arrival and a bed to rest my paws in, although I didn’t rest long before the delicious scent of food filled my nostrils, and guess what? It was for me! Not just leftovers, but my very own doggy meal 56 |



from the dog menu, it was so tasty, I wish we could come here all the time. With full bellies and happy hearts, we headed for an afternoon on the beach at St Annes. We don’t get to go to the beach a lot, so I was very excited! My humans had arranged for us to rent a St Annes Beach Hut, which all well behaved doggies, which I am, are allowed in. It was great to chill out and get the occasional snuggle but I much preferred being out on the beach where I could dig, run and play frisbee! I even met some new friends and got the chance to splash in the sea with them. Totally worn out, we finally headed to Mowbreck Holiday Park, and it really was fabulous. Lots of grass and woodlands to explore and ALL the staff loved me and promised lots of good walkies in the area. The caravan was lovely and spacious, with two big decking areas to sunbathe on. All that exploring was tiring work, so I went to find my bed to rest my paws and catch some sleep before another busy day tomorrow.

The next morning, we packed our bags, got in the car and set off for another adventure. Riding in the car is so much fun, especially when my ears flap in the wind, and after a short journey we arrived at Samlesbury Hall.

Railway, Rawtenstall station. Jumping on the steam train from here, I loved looking out the window and so did my humans! The countryside views were beautiful, and I saw lots of cows and sheep.

Dogs aren’t allowed in the main hall, but we were able to explore the beautiful grounds, with lots to see and sniff. We then stopped at the brand new Heritage Café where my humans enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea whilst I caught up on sleep.

Riding the train to Heywood and back, we got off at Rawtenstall and went to find something to eat, we decided to check out the newly extended Rawtenstall Market. I am not normally allowed to go shopping so this felt like a real treat, and there were plenty of delicious street food vendors for the humans.

Snoozing over the adventure continues, this time we were heading on a circular walk from Nabs Head, it was so much fun! There was a river, woods and plenty of hills, my humans loved the views too, but I was more interested in playing fetched with my ball. After the walk we were all super tired, so decided to head back to the caravan for some tea in front of the TV before heading to bed. Our last day was very exciting as I got to go on my very first steam train! After packing our bags and checking out, we had a short drive over to the East Lancashire

St Annes Beach Hut

Because I had been such a good boy my humans decided to go for one final walk, up to see the spectacular Halo. You can see it from the car window, but it is so much better close up! Then it was home time. I walked so much on our little break so was definitely ready for a good snooze, but I do hope we have another trip to Lancashire soon as there were so many places we couldn’t fit in. Woof!

Mowbreck Caravan Park

Halo Panopticon

East Lancashire Railway Samlesbury Hall

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Tolkein Trail

WALKING #AdventureInLancashire

Lancashire is home to some of the best walks in England, from canal paths to long-distance hikes, accessible routes to parks and gardens and even a spectacular sculpture or two. No matter what your ability, there’s certainly somewhere to start your #AdventureinLancashire.

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TOP PLACES TO GET OUTSIDE ACCORDING TO YOU; The Tolkien Trail, Ribble Valley Walk in the footsteps of author J.R.R Tolkien who regularly stayed at Stonyhurst College in the Ribble Valley. This 5.5 mile walk explores the richly beautiful surroundings that are said to have inspired him and a number of names which occur in “The Lord of the Rings” are similar to those found locally. Tolkein Trail Tolkein Trail

Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley The Singing Ringing Tree is a unique musical sculpture overlooking Burnley from its position high about the town on Crown Point. 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.

Singing Ringing Tree

Healey Dell Nature Reserve, Rochdale For a flatter walk, head to Healey Dell Nature Reserve, a beautiful spot and wildlife sanctuary rich in industrial archaeology, 2 miles from Rochdale town centre. A flat and accessible walk.

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Atom Panopticon, Wycoller Pendle’s Panopticon, ‘Atom’, rests on the hillside above Wycoller village in Wycoller Country Park. Constructed in ferro-cement with a surface coating of metal-based paint, it is both a striking contemporary viewing point and shelter from which to enjoy Pendle’s glorious scenery, and an intriguing and beautiful object which can be viewed from afar.

Atom Panoptican

Hoghton Bottoms

Hoghton Bottoms, Chorley Enjoy a woodland walk, along the River Darwen. You will discover beautiful waterfalls as well as plenty of picnic spots. To find this hidden treasure, head towards Hoghton Village Hall, turn onto Chapel Lane. Park up and walk down to Long Barn Brow, passing to go right after Hoghton Barn. Following the path you will reach the start of the trail.

Pendle Witch Trail

Pendle Witch Trail, Pendle In the shadow of Pendle Hill lies pretty villages, which tell a story of intrigue and witchcraft nearly 400 years old. Follow in the footsteps of the legendary Pendle Witches on this seven and a half mile walk.

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Beacon Fell

Beacon Fell , Preston The Beacon Fell Country Park consists of 110 hectares of woodland, moorland and farmland. Located 873 feet above sea level it offers spectacular views of the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe bay, on a clear day you can even see the Isle Of Man!

Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston With a backcloth provided by the River Ribble, Avenham Park ranks amongst the finest examples of traditional Victorian parkland in the North West. Designed and created by Edward Milner during the 1860s. Avenham Park, together with Miller Park, is probably one of the best surviving examples of his work today. Avenham & Miller Parks

Williamson Park, Lancaster Williamson Park comprises 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting walks and play areas. On a clear day, Williamson Park is home to some breath-taking views to the Fylde Coast and the Lake District.

Williamson Park

Clitheroe Castle, Ribble Valley With panoramic views across the Ribble Valley, Clitheroe Castle is perched above the town of Clitheroe where it has dominated the skyline for 800 years. Open year round and free of charge, the Keep and surrounding park provides a much-loved outdoor space to let off steam, have a gentle stroll, or picnic for everyone to enjoy.

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Stanley Villa Farm Fishing & Camping

KEEP IT GREEN #AdventureInLancashire

More and more people are looking for ways to travel sustainably, and rightly so! Living, and travelling sustainably should be at the heart of everything we do. If you are looking for a more sustainable or environmentally friendly short break, we have compiled some top tips for going green, including where to stay and what to pack. You will not only feel better about your travels, but you will have a wonderful time too.


Travel light bringing only the essentials – and if these are sustainable even better! Think bamboo toothbrushes, reusable face wipes and shampoo bars.

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3. If you are going to be out all day pack a reusable water bottle or thermos for drinks and take a picnic or packed lunch in reusable containers. Make sure to take all your rubbish home with you – or to the nearest recycling centre! 4. Don’t forget to pack some bags for life to save money as well as plastic use when out shopping.

Accommodation There are lots of ways to have a greener stay in Lancashire, whether you want to go completely off-grid with a night on a working farm, escape to a rural glamping site or enjoy small luxuries using green energy at a Green Tourism accredited cottage. Bank House Cottage | Lower Clough Cottage Stanley Villa Farm Fishing & Camping

Bank House Cottage

Thornton Hall Country Park

Eat Local Lancashire’s rich landscape makes sourcing ingredients locally a breeze, you’ll find many restaurants, pubs, and cafes, boasting local seasonal produce on their menus. Take a trip to the Heritage Café at Samlesbury Hall, which has been specially designed with eco-friendliness in mind. Looking to cook for yourself? The county is also home to some of the best farm shops, market stalls and foodie events in the country. Cartford Inn | The Freemasons at Wiswell | Booths

Heritage Cafe at Samlesbury Hall

Things to do

Countrystyle Meats Farm Shop| Bowland Food Hall| Preston Market | Heritage Café at Samlesbury Hall

The Bee Centre

There’s a whole heap of things to do for the environmentally conscious in Lancashire, whether you want to spend time in nature, learn more about wildlife conservation or enjoy a new hobby. Take a dip with wild swimming, taste honey straight from the hive, or forage for your next meal, the options are endless. The Bee Centre | Goosnargh Gin | Wyresdale Park Brockholes Nature Reserve | Forest of Bowland AONB WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre



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Travel Save money on fuel, enjoy wonderful surroundings AND be more sustainable by travelling via Lancashire’s public transport network, walking routes and cycle ways! Easily accessible from most towns and cities they provide a great alternative to travelling around the county by car. Traveline | The Lancashire Cycleway

Clitheroe Train Station

The Guild Wheel | Ribble Valley E-Bikes

Volunteer Give something back to the area you’re visiting by volunteering at one of Lancashire’s initiatives. Not only will it give you a sense of achievement, but it is a fantastic opportunity to interact with the locals and learn more about the area you’re visiting. Wyre Beach Clean Up

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Thornton Hall Country Park Camping

CAMPING & GLAMPING #AdventureInLancashire

Close your eyes and imagine being sat in the middle of the beautiful Lancashire countryside, the sound of sheep on the hillside, the smell of the BBQ drifting through the air, and the warm sun on your skin, surrounded by friends or family.

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Thornton Hall Country Park Camping

Lancashire offers the perfect short break destination for lovers of the great outdoors, from stunning countryside to the beautiful sandy coastline, you will find your perfect camping spot, just don’t forget the marshmallows.

Try these camp sites Humblescough Farm Red Bank Farm Fell End Holiday Park Gibraltar Farm Campsite Thornton Hall Country Park Camping

Fell End Holiday Park

Fell End Holiday Park

The Secret Garden Glamping

If you love the idea of the great outdoors but traditional camping just isn’t for you, check out some of our award-winning glamping sites where you don’t have to compromise on comfort. Whether you choose to stay in a luxury tent, camping pod or quirky shepherd’s hut, your next glamping adventure awaits in Lancashire.

Try these glamping sites The Secret Garden Glamping Hedgerow Luxury Glamping Rossendale Holiday Cottages and Glamping Orchard Glamping Ribble Valley Retreat

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Want to stay active? Many of Lancashire’s camping sites offer onsite activities such as fishing, cycling routes and children’s activities, so you can all enjoy some family fun in Lancashire.

Stanley Villa Farm Fishing & Camping

Stanley Villa Farm Fishing & Camping Head to Stanley Villa to make some unforgettable memories. There’s plenty of opportunities to stay active. Whether you choose to let the kids free on the large grassy play area, watch the sunset over the lake or go fishing in the beautiful 4-acre carp lake, there’s something for everybody to enjoy.

Bowland Wild Boar Park

Bowland Wild Boar Park Set in the heart of the Forest of Bowland, Bowland wild boar park offers not only camping pods but a brilliant day out. Enjoy a picnic or go for a walk round the park as you view wild boars, llamas, meerkats, ostriches and many more animals! If you’re still looking for more things to do after exploring the park, why not venture out into the nearby Trough of Bowland.

The Hamlet Samlesbury Hall Spend a night in the grounds of the historic Samlesbury Hall in one of the colourful Shepherd huts. Take a walk through the picturesque Samlesbury Hall, relax around the fire-pit or take a seat at one of the picnic benches. Take the kids to the adventure trail or onsite playground hidden in the grounds of the hall or even challenge them to a game of mini golf The Hamlet Samlesbury Hall



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Ribble Valley

A CYCLE SAFARI #AdventureInLancashire

Beautiful accommodation, amazing food and getting in the heart of Lancashire’s stunning countryside, what more could you want?


ames’ Places have partnered with Ribble Valley E-Bike Hire to bring a bespoke experience to Lancashire, that connects the spectacular scenery of the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland AONB with some of the finest hospitality in the area by electric bike.

Start by picking your accommodation, choose from the stunning 17th Century Inn, the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green, or the warm and inviting Waddington Arms in the beautiful village of Waddington. On arrival at the hotel, your bike will be fully charged and ready for you to explore the beautiful landscapes across the Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland as well as visit the popular visitor attractions.

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After working up an appetite, head to one of James’ Places pubs or cafés, where you are assured a warm welcome and delicious, locally produced food. Then on your return to the hotel, you can have a relaxing bath followed by a two-course a la carte dinner. As part of the James Places one day cycle safari, you will have the use of two e-bikes from 9am – 4pm on either your arrival or departure date.

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Holmes Mill

Ribble Valley E-Bike Hire

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Ribble Valley

However, should you wish to continue your adventure, you can extend your bike hire with Ribble Valley E-Bikes and roll on to your destination. For those seeking a bit more adventure, there is also access to Gisburn Forest Mountain Bike Trials. Explore miles of traffic-free woodland trails offering varying degrees of challenge, from beginner to expert standard. The e-bikes are provided by Ribble Valley E-Bike Hire, who are based in the quaint village of

Dunsop Bridge, also recognised as the centre of Great Britain. As well as delivering and collecting the bikes, a qualified technician will also do a full hand-over and be available for technical support.

Bike hire

Places to eat

On Yer Bike Cycles

Shireburn Arms

Morecambe Bay Electric Bike Network

Owd Barn at Bispham

Leisure Lakes Bikes

Freemasons at Wiswell

Blackpool Bike and Go

Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley.

Cycle Adventure

The Cartford Inn

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Queen Street Mill


Now part of The National Trust, Queen Street and Helmshore Mills and textile museums offer an insight into the Lancashire’s industrial heritage.

Queen Street Mill Featured in films such as The King’s Speech and Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Queen Street Mill is a fantastic example of a textile mill, and currently the last surviving 19th Century steam powered mill in the world. The Grade 1 listed mill first began in 1894, when it was home to nearly 1000 looms and played a key part in Lancashire’s booming textile industry. Today you can step back in time and experience how it was when cotton was king, as you embark on a guided tour. Learn more about the mill’s steam engine ‘Peace’, the coal fired boilers and the weaving shed, as you witness the sights and sounds of Lancashire’s industrial past.

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Bancroft Mill Helmshore Mills

Helmshore Mills Made up of Higher Mill, a wool fulling mill, and Whittaker’s Mill, a cotton mill, Helmshore Mills are in the beautiful Rossendale Valley and are the only mills to still have their original working machinery. Come along to see how raw wool and cotton were transformed more than a century ago as you see first-hand just how Lancashire’s textile industry changed the world in this multi-sensory experience. Witness the spellbinding historic machinery in action as you are transported to another era. Both sites welcome visitors from April to October and offer free parking. There are various facilities onsite including cafes, disabled toilets and flat accessible entrances.

Bancroft is a working museum open to the public with free entry most Saturdays throughout the year from 10am-3pm. Guided tours are normally possible on Saturdays depending on the availability of volunteers. The Roberts engine in the main engine house, with its two cylinders and 16 foot flywheel could generate over 600 Indicated Horsepower when run at 160psi and originally drove around 1,200 weaving looms via its main shaft more than 260 feet in length.

Blackburn Museum Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is also home to the Lewis Textile Collection, gifted to the Borough of Blackburn by Thomas Boys Lewis in 1936. His textile collection was established to illustrate and celebrate the developments in cotton manufacture during the Industrial Revolution, and acknowledge the industry that had made him so wealthy. The collection has been extended over the years and a proportion of it can be seen on display in the Blackburn Museum’s dedicated industrial history gallery, Cotton Town.

Blackburn Museum

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OFF TO MARKET #AdventureInLancashire

Outside of the countryside and coastline, Lancashire is made up of thriving market towns and cities each with its own unique character.

Chorley Market

Accrington The vibrant town of Accrington lies in the heart of Pennine Lancashire. A great shopping district with fabulous independent boutiques, 21s 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 Blackburn and Darwen have become a cultural hot spot with notable events and festivals popping up throughout the year, including the National Festival of Making and Darwen Live, the perfect way to spend a weekend.

Burnley A thriving market town surrounded by the breath-taking Pennine countryside. Whether you like hiking, cycling, windsurfing, kayaking, horse riding, golf or sailing, it is all available right here, as well as plenty of ways to relax and just take in the scenery.

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Preston Market Hall

Preston Providing an idyllic setting for a city break, Preston continues to grow. With restaurants, bars and new boutique and 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 newly developed Preston Markets.



The ancient market town of Clitheroe is known for its quaint bunting lined streets full of a range of specialist shops including wines, local produce, coffee, and textiles. Watching over the town is the impressive Clitheroe Castle, which offers breathtaking views of Ribble Valley.

Renowned for its heritage, Leyland is home to both South Ribble Museum and the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, which was recently refurbished. Whilst exploring, relax in one of the many charming cafes, browse independent shops or buy local produce at Leyland Market.



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.

Renowned for being one of the UK’s oldest and most traditional outdoor markets, Ormskirk’s Traditional Outdoor Market is worth a visit. Selling everything from fresh artisan breads, homemade pies, olives and local produce to a variety of clothing, homeware and other traditional market goods.

Kirkham 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. Visit in the early summer months the town is filled with seasonal colour for Kirkham in Bloom.

Lancaster Famed for its castle, and stunning views from Williamson Park, Lancaster is also home to quirky boutiques, independent galleries, as well as a twice-weekly Charter Market where you can find food, gifts, crafts and books.

Pendle Throughout the year Pendle’s vibrant market towns host Colne Grand Prix, Nelson Food Festival, Barnoldswick Beach and the multi-award winning Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

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 local, independent businesses, including a thriving market and Temperance Bar.



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By Rail

The M6 runs right through Lancashire connecting to the M61, M65, M55 and several major A roads. In less than an hour’s drive from Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds you could be exploring the vast Pennine Fells, beautiful Ribble Valley or driving along the world famous Blackpool promenade.

Lancashire has excellent rail connections from all over the country – just two hours from London on the West Coast Line with Avanti West Coast with stations at Preston and Lancaster. Change at Preston to reach the towns of Clitheroe, Burnley, Blackburn, Colne and Ormskirk. There are also direct trains traveling from Manchester to most Lancashire towns and cities.

By Water

By Air

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 like Lancaster, Garstang and Burnley, whilst you’ll also get amazing views of our stunning countryside and wildlife on route.

Both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport have frequent flights serving Europe and international airports including Beijing, Hong Kong 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.

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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 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.





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Bowland Wild Boar Park