Visit Lancashire in summer

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in summer

July - Sept ‘22

The sunshine season is here!

Time to put on those sunglasses, grab the bucket and spade and visit Lancashire.

There’s so much to do in the summer months, from picnics in the county’s glorious countryside to dining alfresco in award-winning restaurants, add to this sandy beaches, locally made ice cream, free events and outdoor theatre, and you’re onto a winner.

In this guide, you’ll find a snapshot of all the wonderful things to see and do this summer in Lancashire, including celebrating the exciting Year of the Coast, as well as the finding out more about the newly released Greatest Days film, and how you too could feel like a superstar.

Not only that, you’ll find family friendly places to stay, great deals on dining out and some great reviews from our toughest critics, the kids themselves!

And don’t forget to look out for the jam-packed summer events guide which you can download here.

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

Gisburn Forest A natural oasis just off the M6, Junction 31, Preston Explore our award winning nature reserve and find your nature moments this summer Brockholes
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Lancashire always has something new to try, from delicious restaurant openings to new family attractions. Why not add these new and noteworthy places to your summer bucket list and see how many you can visit?

The Flotel Suite, Chorley

Treat yourself to a stay on a luxury floating suite this summer! Located in the picturesque Lancashire countryside, The Flotel Suite offers the perfect mixture of luxury and comfort. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, celebrating a big birthday, anniversary or simply just want a relaxing retreat, The Flotel Suite is a fantastic alternative to a traditional hotel.

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Indoor Play at Mrs Dowsons Farm Park, Blackburn

After three years, Mrs Dowsons Farm Park have recently opened a brand-new educational play area. The aim of this area is to add an educational aspect to the farm park, allowing children to have fun and learn through play. So next time you pay a visit to the farm, be sure to check out this play area before heading to the adorable animals and treating yourself to a delicious homemade Mrs Dowson’s ice cream.

Abingdon Street Market, Blackpool

Abingdon Street Market has undergone an extensive refurbishment and has recently reopened as a food hall serving street food from six local independent businesses, alongside a coffee shop, a cocktail bar and a craft beer lovers bar. The Abingdon Street Market is also planning to reopen the retail units later in the year where you will be able to shop a range of products.

Seek out Festival, Ribble Valley

A brand new 3-day festival adventure, Seek Out Festival, is coming to the beautiful Gisburn Forest this July. Filled with music, arts and family-friendly activities, Seek Out Festival aims to bring an electric mix of music, and brilliant artists to perform. | #MakeLancashireYours | 11

Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse, Blackpool

A world first, the new Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse is unlike anything children have experienced before. Boasting six different zones dedicated to each of Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffer’s much-loved children’s stories. It truly is a one-of-a-kind magical indoor play adventure.

Blackpool Zoo new enclosures

Blackpool Zoo has welcomed two new enclosures this year, The Big Cat facility and the Penguin Cove. Both enclosures have now re-opened after being extended, renovated and renamed to create a state-of-the-art facility.

The Tent at Lowther Pavilion, Fylde

Following the success of the community marquee for the coronation celebrations, The Lowther Pavilion have recently announced that they will be leaving The Tent up in the gardens from the 22nd July – 28th August, where they will be hosting a range of daytime and early evening activities with something for everyone. From Jazz on the grass to brass band concerts, world food evenings to wine and gin tasting, no matter the weather this summer everyone can be sure to have fun.

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New Maize Maze at Ridgeway Farm, Blackpool

Growing right now at Ridgeway Farm is a field full of Maize, with over 250,000 plants that will eventually reach 8-10ft in height. Over the next few weeks, an amazing fun-filled action-packed maze will be developed for you and your family to try and conquer. Opening this July, the maze will be open right until the end of September, making it a great day out for the school holidays!

Café 1847 at Hesketh Bank, Booths, Preston

Booths are delighted to unveil their new café at Hesketh Bank: Café 1847, named after the date Booths was founded as coffee and tea merchants in Blackpool. The new café is a celebration of great coffee, expertly blended tea and delicious food, freshly made using seasonal and local ingredient and served with a warm, northern welcome.

Go Ape: Blackburn

A new Go Ape adventure course is coming soon to Witton Country Park in Blackburn. Launching this summer, Go Ape Blackburn will be the first stand-alone location dedicated for young explorers. The thrillseekers paradise will feature two of your favourite high-ropes experiences, Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus. | #MakeLancashireYours | 13


Each year Lancashire businesses around the county take part in the Lancashire Tourism Awards. These awards recognise the hard work of Lancashire’s wonderful tourism and hospitality businesses and are like our very own Oscars, full of glitz, glamour and celebration.

These guys are the best in their field, so give them a round of applause, and a visit next time you are in the county.

Visitor Attraction of the Year

Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre, near Garstang

You’ll find everything here for a great day or evening out. Try your hand at curling at England’s only dedicated curling rink, or enjoy bowling, the latest movies, crazy golf, crazy pool, shuffleboard and more.

Large Event of the Year

Highest Point Festival, Lancaster

Set in the glorious Williamson Park overlooking the city of Lancaster, this four day event plays host to some of the most revered names in British music, as well as art, entertainment and delicious food. Definitely not one to miss.

Small Event of the Year

Thornton Hall Country Park, nr Burnley

Winning for Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure, it is known around the county that this attraction does not do events by half, and luckily for you they have a range of events that run throughout the year, including their infamous pumpkin picking!

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Cultural Venue or Organisation of the Year

Blackpool Winter Gardens

A staple in Blackpool’s entertainment offering for over 140 years, Blackpool Winter Gardens host a number of brilliant performances throughout the season, perfect for both adults and children alike. Don’t miss shows like Six The Musical and The British Country Music Festival this summer.

Experience of the Year

Blackpool Pleasure Beach “Walk The…”


Definitely not one for those afraid of heights. Enjoy the thrill of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s classic rollercoasters but on foot, as you climb to the top and take in some fantastic views across Blackpool and out to see. A great once in a lifetime experience. | #MakeLancashireYours | 15

Taste Lancashire Producer award

Brindle Distillery, Chorley

No longer the new kid on the block, Brindle Distillery have established themselves as one of the best gin producers in the county. Their simple, palate pleasing flavours, pair perfectly with tonic, or why not head to the distillery bar where you can try one of their signature gin cocktails.

Large Hotel of the Year

Hampton by Hilton Blackpool

Offering beachfront accommodation 100 meters from the Blackpool’s promenade and just down the road from Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Coral Island and Sandcastle Waterpark, this hotel is the perfect place to stay in the hear of the action.

Business Events Venue

Merlin Events Blackpool

Although winning for their business events venue, Merlin Entertainment are better known for their range of fantastic attractions in Blackpool, including The Blackpool Tower, Madame Tussauds Blackpool, SEA LIFE Blackpool and The Blackpool Tower Dungeons.

New Business AND Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Ribble Valley Retreat, Langho

Winning two awards, it is fair to say Ribble Valley Retreat are doing something right. This beautiful glamping site offers the choice of two shepherds huts or three luxury bell tents with stunning views across the valley.

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Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism award

Hedgerow Luxury Glamping, Newsholme

Winning for their approach to sustainability, Hedgerow offer another brilliant option for glamping in the Ribble Valley. With pods featuring king size beds, rainforest showers, underfloor heating, private decks and hot tubs, you will be in complete luxury.

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year

Oakdean Cottages, Whalley

Surrounded by rolling hills, Oakdean Cottages in The Ribble Valley offer the ideal base to immerse yourself in the Lancashire countryside. Whether you’re exploring wild woodlands, or visiting some of the many award-winning restaurants nearby, these cottages are the perfect home from home.

Lancashire Perfect Stay, serviced accommodation award

Fence Gate Lodge, Fence

The Fence Gate Lodge combines a beautifully restored and extended grade 2 listed building. Nestled between Pendle’s most idyllic countryside set back in the village of Fence. All rooms are beautifully appointed and are all finished and furnished to an exceptionally high standard.

Dog Friendly Business of the Year Award

The Lawrence Hotel, Padiham

If you are looking for a hotel you can enjoy with your four-legged friends then this is the place to be. Offering bedrooms suitable for your pawfect pooch (as well as owners with great taste) and delicious doggy dinners as well, your and your best fur-end will definitely enjoy your stay. | #MakeLancashireYours | 17

Special Recognition award

Crow Wood Hotel and Spa, Burnley

This luxury hotel is set within 40 acres of private parkland in Burnley, with spectacular views of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside. Here you will find, 76 luxurious bedrooms and suites, an award-winning restaurant and multi award-winning Woodland Spa.

Resilience and Innovation award

The Whitehall Hotel & Distillery, Darwen

When the pandemic hit, The Whitehall Hotel looked to diversify their business and through this innovation, the distillery was born. Whitehall Distillery offer four gin flavours in distilled in small batches, enjoy tastes of apple, citrus and raspberries amongst other botanicals.

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism award

Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages and Lakeside Hub, Hambleton

These cottages were purpose built holiday accommodation for families, friends and carers and vary in size from 2 to 5 bedrooms, specialising in holidays for those with disabilities. Many disability aids are available including ceiling track hoists free of charge.

Taste Lancashire award

263, Preston

Passionate about food, and creating a wonderful, memorable dining experience. Whether you are looking for a romantic meal for two or an evening catching up with family and friends, 263 Restaurant is perfect for all occasions.

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Pub of the Year award

PLAU, Preston

A gin and beer house like no other, with history back to the 18th century. Here you will find not only one of Preston’s largest selections of craft and cask beer, but you will also find haunted vaults, hidden rooms, a medieval monks well and of course a delightful rooftop terrace to boot!

Founder Jeremy Rowland also took away the Unsung Hero Award for his commitment to saving heritage venues across the city.

Hotel Wedding Venue of the Year

Mitton Hall, Ribble Valley

A stunning country house hotel in the heart of the Ribble Valley, Mitton Hall is a truly breathtaking wedding venue that redefines romance. When not in use as a wedding venue, you will find a charming restaurant, luxury bedrooms and a terrace overlooking the River Ribble and beyond.

Wedding Venue of the Year

The Out Barn, Clitheroe

A dedicated, family-owned wedding venue, nestled in 360 acres of privately owned, stunning estate, you cannot get more exclusive than that. This countryside venue offers a stunning example of how modern design can be combined with the old to create something truly beautiful. | #MakeLancashireYours | 19
A natural oasis just off the M6, Junction 31 Explore our award winning nature reserve a your nature moments this summer... Brockhole


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the year of the 2023 COAST!


2023 is the #yearofthecoast and we’re celebrating all things coastal in Lancashire!

With a fantastic stretch of coast to enjoy, and a 137 mile coastal footpath to explore, Lancashire has so much to offer those looking for a little vitamin sea.

Choose from the iconic seaside resorts of Blackpool or Morecambe, or head to the slightly quieter towns of Lytham St Annes, Cleveleys, Fleetwood and Heysham to relax. Further north the villages of Arnside and Silverdale offer the perfect escape with stunning coastal views.

There’s so much to see and do with a trip to Lancashire’s coast. You can build all the sandcastles you want, explore the history of the area or enjoy one of the many attractions nearby, ranging from bowling alleys to theme parks, zoos to farm parks, splash zones and more!

Plan your Lancashire coast adventure today.


Whatever you’re in the mood to do during your summer adventures, you can find it all on the Lancashire coast! Celebrate the Year of The Coast with all things seaside, eat ice cream, find the perfect promenade walks or enjoy some of Lancashire’s fantastic coastal attractions.

Mythic Coast Trail, Cleveleys

The Mythic Coast Artwork Trail has been loved by many since its installation in 2012, providing a talking point for many visitors.

Last year the trail was supported by a new AR app that brings the story of each sculpture to life, the perfect way to get any 21st century screen lover to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Sandcastle Water Park, Blackpool

Take a break from paddling in the sea and take to the waves in the UK’s largest indoor waterpark. With 18 fantastic slides and attractions and first-class accessibility options the park is the perfect place for all the family to enjoy.

Happy Mount Park, Morecambe

Whether you are looking for soft play, mini golf, trampolines, a splash park or play areas, Happy Mount Park is the perfect place for families to enjoy the great outdoors. The park also has a café, basketball courts, plenty of walking options and swing boats. | #MakeLancashireYours | 25

Soul Bowl, Morecambe

Spending time together as a family is exactly what you want from your holidays, so why not introduce a bit of friendly competition and see which of you can hit a strike at Soul Bowl during your trip to Morecambe? The bowling alley also houses Vista Italian Soul Bar and Kitchen, where you can enjoy beautiful views over the Bay while eating authentic Italian meals.

The Blackpool Tower, Blackpool

A trip to Lancashire’s most wellknown seaside resort wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the views from its iconic Tower. The Blackpool Tower Eye becomes an indoor garden in the sky from April to November, changing with the seasons, you’ll find beautiful sunflowers brought in for the summer.

Fairhaven Lake, Lytham St Annes

At Fairhaven Lake you can find a whole array of things to do, from mini golf to tennis, play areas or bowls they have it all. You can also find a watersports centre, café to enjoy a bite to eat, walking routes perfect for bird watching and a Spitfire memorial. This summer there are plenty of have a go sessions on the lake to learn a new watersport, and brand new swan pedalos seating 2 to 4 people.

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Splash Park & Pier, St Annes

St Annes has so much to offer with its historic pier providing the perfect amusement arcade, restaurant and ice cream shops, not to mention the promenade and sand dunes for exploring, paddling pool and splash park for cooling down during those warmer days.

Theatre Shows, Blackpool, Lytham and Fleetwood

Lancashire knows how to do great shows, and this summer you can catch a number of them at it’s theatres throughout the county. Try The Opera House. Winter Gardens, The Grand Theatre, Ice Arena and more in Blackpool, the Marine Hall at Fleetwood, or Lowther Pavilion, with its fantastic outdoor theatre shows over the summer that make the most of the weather.

Ridgeway Farm, Blackpool

New for 2023, this Blackpool based farm now offers a fantastic Maize Maze for your family to explore and get lost in! Visit the farm, meet the farmers, feed the animals and get lost on your own Lancashire adventure all at Ridgeway Park. | #MakeLancashireYours | 27

Fleetwood Market, Fleetwood

One of the largest markets in North West England, Fleetwood Market has over 200 stalls, providing a fantastic seaside retail experience covering everything from jewellery to homeware, clothing to food. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy a bit of retail therapy before going for a seaside picnic.

Affinity Lancashire, Fleetwood

More than just a retail outlet, Affinity Lancashire offers something for the whole family. The outlet features regular holiday activities for the kids to enjoy, and prides itself on dog-friendly shops, resting places and water bowls. There are plenty of places to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat during your visit too.

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from the mouths of Lancashire’s babes

When looking for the perfect summer holiday for your family, you want to make sure the place you are visiting has plenty for the kids to enjoy. And whilst we can tell you how wonderful the county is for families, we thought we’d go directly to the experts the kids themselves.

Let our local experts tell you exactly what makes their Greatest Day.

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We love St AnneS! The beach goeS on for miles and miles and the fish and chips are yummy. running through the splAsh pArk iS so much fun too.
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I like Bowland Wild Boar Park because they had peacocks which scared my mum and then we got to hold a snake and that scared my daddy! They had loads of animals, like baby ducks and boars that were really cute. Oh and the fairy walk too!


I love Martin Mere where the beautiful pink flamingos live, I like the way they walk on their funny long legs and its where I got Mr Flamingo from. I wish I could go to the playground there every day, the slide goes into the sand and its fun. The bubble gum ice cream there is delicious!

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Taking home my very own flamingo from Martin Mere at Bowland Wild Boar Park

I love playing at Billy Bobs. I get to play on all the cool stuff, then I get ice cream! There’s so many flavours and you get to add whatever kind of sprinkles you want to them!


And just because we know our furry friends are like children to some…

Elvis (2, or 14 in dog years)

Did you say walkies?

My furrvourite place to go walkies is Yarrow Valley Country Park, can we go now?

I like splashing in the lake and chasing my ball there.

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Elvis and his new friend cooling off at Yarrow Country Park Having fun on the slide and eating ice cream at Billy Bobs




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When planning a visit to Lancashire, you’ll want to make sure that there is plenty of fun for everyone to enjoy, especially if you have a four-legged friend. Rest assured; everybody gets a warm welcome in Lancashire.

A trip to the beach is essential in summer, although some of Lancashire’s beaches impose restrictions during summer months there are still plenty of great dog-friendly beaches waiting to be explored.

If you choose to walk your dog on a beach in Lancashire this year, please remember to be a responsible dog owner and pick up after your pet. Dog walkers are also advised to follow any information notices which can be found at the beach

Bispham Beach (FY2 9JJ)

Bispham Beach, located between Blackpool North Shore and Cleveleys has been one of the UK’s top 50 dog friendly beaches in the annual guide by Vets Now. Known locally as “the Cliffs” the beach offers beautiful views along the coastline and out towards the Irish Sea. The beach is accessed via steps so unfortunately is not ideal for those with mobility problems, however the upper and lower promenades are accessible and used regularly by wheelchair users, push chair users and cyclists. No seasonal restrictions are enforced at this beach and dogs are allowed all year.

Blackpool North Beach (FY1 4QU)

Blackpool North Beach is not only pet-friendly but is also one of Blackpool’s award-winning clean beaches. Despite this, they are still happy to welcome dogs and their responsible owners, however some restrictions are in place. Until 1st May, dogs are free to enjoy the full stretch of the Blackpool coastline. However, between 1st May and 30th September, dogs are not allowed to be exercised on the beach between North Pier and the Mirror Ball, opposite the Solaris Centre. But don’t worry, dogs are always welcome throughout the year between North Pier and Anchorsholme, which is just before Cleveleys Beach.

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St Annes North Beach (FY8 2RN)

Located along the Fylde Coastline between Lytham St Annes and Blackpool, St Annes

North Beach is popular with families, kite flyers and dog walkers. A range of facilities including shops, cafes and takeaways can be found in the small town of St Annes, just a short stroll from the beach.

St Annes North Beach does have some restrictions in place, dogs are not allowed in the section between old pier and the cinema from May 1st – September 30th. However, dogs are allowed all year beyond the Northern end of the promenade.

For more information on these restrictions click here

Lytham St Annes Beach (FY8 1SJ)

Located between the mud flats of the Ribble Estuary and the bright lights of Blackpool, Lytham

St Annes is just one of Lancashire’s classic seaside resorts. Although we can’t always guarantee the sun will make an appearance, you can be sure to find a Victorian pier which dates back to 1885, an iconic windmill and miles of golden sand. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year around, however there is a seasonal ban for the central section of this beach which is located between the lifeboat station and the pier. This seasonal ban runs annually from Good Friday – 30th September.

For further information on these restrictions click here

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Fleetwood Beach ( Marine Beach) (FY7 6RA)

Marine Beach is the seaside part of Fleetwood seafront and is located near Marine Hall. You can expect to see sandy beaches, seafront pathways and pretty beach huts. There are some restrictions in place on this beach which you should be aware of prior to visiting.

Dogs are not allowed in parts of the beach, this is in force from the East side of the slipway opposite Promenade Road, eastward to the west side of the former Fleetwood Pier site. These restrictions are in force from 1st June – 31st August.

However some sections of the beach are pet friendly, including from the Ferry and RNLI and along the Esplande to the other side of former Fleetwood pier. Another popular route with dog walkers is from the Kite Club which is opposite the Mount, past the boating lakes and down to Rossall beach.

For more information on these restrictions click here

Heysham Sands (Half Moon Bay) (LA3 2XY)

Half Moon Bay stretches from the wall of Heysham Harbour up the coast to the Heritage Centre at Lower Heysham. This small yet beautiful beach has views across Morecambe Bay and towards the Lakeland Fells. Closer to the area you will be able to discover numerous archaeological sites including St Patrick’s Chapel and some stone graves which were once used for the cover of an album by Black Sabbath.

Half Moon Bay Beach, which is also known as Heysham Sands, is dog friendly and allows dogs all year round.

Silverdale Beach (LA5 0TP)

Situated within Morecambe Bay and Arnside and Silverdale AONB, Silverdale beach is a small and quiet beach in Lancashire. The perfect place for a peaceful walk this summer.

Silverdale Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year round, however it is recommended for you to stay close to the shore where you have plenty of sand and rock pool to explore as the Bay can have some dangerous areas with the mud and fast tides.

Rossall Beach (FY5 1JD)

Located to the North of Blackpool and close to Cleveleys, Rossall Beach is dog friendly all year round. Although the pebbly beach isn’t classed as a bathing beach, this small beach is popular with many dog walkers, it’s also a great place to watch the sunset and admire the fabulous views of the Lancashire coastline.

A day at the beach can be tiring work! Make the most of your dog friendly visit to Lancashire by checking out one of our other dog-friendly attractions in the county. From dog-friendly restaurants to dog-friendly accommodation, everybody is sure to be welcomed this Summer in Lancashire. | #MakeLancashireYours | 35

Luxury holiday lodges

Invest in your very own holiday home in the beautiful Ribble Valley, where you can spend precious time with family and friends and make memories.

Choose from a range of specially built to order lodges from a selection of manufacturers and set within a 62 acre park in a peaceful woodland. Combining luxury with rustic charm, your fully furnished holiday home is ready to make memories all year round with our 12-month holiday season.

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On Screen

The start of summer saw Greatest Days, the Take That Musical, hit our big screens and we couldn’t be more excited. Did you know that Lancashire has featured on many productions over the years, both on the silver screen and at home? Take a look at some of the films and TV shows featuring parts of the county.

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1. Greatest Days, Clitheroe

Release June this year, Greatest Days in the latest film to star Lancashire. Featuring the streets of Clitheroe, Clitheroe Market and its dominating Castle, in the scenes where the main characters grow up.

2. Andor, Cleveleys Seafront

Calling all Star Wars fans! If you look closely in Episode 7 of Disney + Star Wars series Andor (2022), you might recognise that beach resort, as it was all filmed on Cleveley’s promenade.

3. The Kings Speech, Queen Street Mill, Burnley

This old cotton mill, now a museum, was once a huge part of the cotton industry in Burnley. Making it the perfect place for Colin Firth as young King George VI to attempt to address mill workers in a speech.

4. The Bay, Morecambe

With season 5 just announced, The Bay has been a huge success and stars many spots across Morecambe and its surrounding areas, look out for The Midland Hotel, the Police Station and of course Eric Morecambe’s statue.

5. Peaky Blinders & Brassic, Bacup

Not only did Peaky Blinders transform Lee Quarry in Bacup into a traditional gypsy camp for season six, the TV series has featured Beacon Fell and Ashton Memorial. Bacup also features regularly in the Sky series Brassic, as it forms the fictional town of Hawley where the main characters live.

6. A Monster Calls, Rivington

The Rivington countryside was perfect for shooting the rural scenes required for 2017 fantasy film A Monster Calls with Rivington Pike featuring in the film. The film also shows scenes from Preston and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

7. Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children, Blackpool

Tim Burton’s fantasy film, based on a young adult book, took over the promenade in 2015 for filming, with stars including Samuel L Jackson and Eva Green. The towns iconic tower and promenade feature heavily in the film and its trailer.

8. Brief Encounter, Carnforth

One of Lancashire’s older film location spots, Carnforth train station was the backdrop of the main characters’ encounter. The train station remains mostly unchanged, with the film’s refreshment room open for visitors to grab a bite to eat themselves.

9. Paddington 2, East Lancashire Railway

Paddington’s adventures take him further in Paddington 2, released in 2017, and he makes his way up to Lancashire to enjoy East Lancashire Railway’s The Crab as it travels the historic line.

10. Get Santa, Lancaster

Lancaster Castle’s prison wing was used as the filming location for Get Santa in 2015, when Jim Broadbent’s Santa was arrested. The prison wing can be viewed as part of a guided tour of the Castle. | #MakeLancashireYours | 39
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Experience the real movie star treatment in Lancashire this summer with one of these red-carpet experiences. Whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion, mark a momentous milestone or you’re simply in the need for a treat, there’s plenty of luxurious places to stay, dine and visit this summer in Lancashire.

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The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village


Take some time for yourself with a trip to the spa, after all, we all deserve a bit of pampering every now and then! Lancashire is a popular destination for award winning spa breaks and when you look at the options it’s no surprise. With state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facilities and the finest treatments available, be prepared to be transported to a world of pure relaxation, rest and luxury.

Ribby Hall Village

Situated within the grounds of the five-star Ribby Hall Village, the superb Spa Hotel is a wonderful escape from the stress of everyday life. Located between Preston and Blackpool, The Spa Hotel offers luxury accommodation, revitalising spa treatments and award-winning dining, meaning you really do get the full movie star experience.

The Woodland Spa

Set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside, the Woodland Spa is a peaceful oasis within the Crow Wood Leisure Complex. Offering both traditional and the very latest luxury treatments and using only the finest products, the fully qualified and highly experienced team will ensure you have an unforgettable visit. If you are not ready for the red-carpet experience to end there, why not stay overnight in the luxury Crow Wood hotel?

The Wrightington Hotel, Health Club & Spa

A warm welcome awaits you at the outstanding 4* Wrightington Hotel, Health Club & Spa. The newly refurbished spa is a haven of tranquillity and indulgence, meaning you get the ulitmate movie star experience from the moment you step through the doors. The beautifully designed treatment rooms offer the perfect escape for you to unwind as you enjoy some of the finest spa therapy treatments. | #MakeLancashireYours | 41
The Woodland Spa The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village


Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

Lancashire is home to many award-winning restaurants, including several MICHELIN star establishments. Each one promises to offer not only the most beautiful food, but fantastic service for that real movie star treatment.

Award winning two MICHELIN star Moor Hall, in Aughton West Lancashire, is housed in a grade II listed gentry house, surrounded by five acres of breath-taking gardens. The talented Chef Patron Mark Birchall has created a delicate produce-driven menu inspired by the exceptional surroundings. From the moment you arrive expect to be treated like royalty and experience food of the highest quality.

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Award-winning chef Tim Allen put his experience of working in various well-regarded restaurants to good use within his first solo venture, which after only twelve months of opening gained a MICHELIN star. A visit to this converted pub, offers a chance to experience warm and welcoming service, alongside dishes with an informal British touch, combined with classical training and international influences. Each dish is packed with flavour, and offers a real taste of luxury – one thing is for certain, a trip to Sō-lō this summer will be an unforgettable treat for anybody.

Freemasons at Wiswell

Voted 3rd in the Estrella Damn Top 50 Gastropubs, the Freemasons at Wiswell is one of Lancashire’s top places to dine. Set in the beautiful Ribble Valley, The Freemasons at Wiswell provides the ultimate gastronomic experience in a stylish pub setting. Serving a range of dishes using the finest seasonal ingredients available, you will be sure to get the full luxury experience. As well as the delicious food, the pub is also home to four luxurious bedrooms just a short walk away, meaning you can really get the full Freemasons package.

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Extend your trip to Lancashire with an indulgent overnight stay this summer. The county is not only home to many fantastic luxury hotels but is also has a great selection of unique, once in a lifetime accommodation, so you can enjoy the red-carpet experience for even longer.

The Flotel Suite

If you are looking for somewhere new to stay this summer, why not head to the new Flotel Suite which can be found along the Leeds and Liverpool canal in the picturesque Lancashire countryside.

The Flotel Suite is the perfect mixture of luxury and comfort, offering a fantastic alternative to a traditional hotel or cottage getaway. With Versace wallpaper, remote controlled mood lighting and carefully considered interior design, you’ll be given a sense of luxury from the moment you step on board.

The Secret Garden Woodland Glamping

If that’s not your thing, why not try glamping at one of the luxury glamping pods at The Secret Garden Woodland Glamping. Located in the secluded location in West Lancashire, these pods are the perfect mix between the modern and rustic with amenities such as hot tubs, saunas and a fire pit. A great space to create some great memories whether it’s for a special occasion or simply just an escape from everyday life.

The Tree House at Clevelymere

Bring out the inner child in you and take a trip to one of the best treehouses in the UK at the Lakeside Tree House at Cleveleymere. Complete with a private sunset deck, a private boat house and even your very own rowing boat, this tree house really has everything you need and more for a perfect stay in Lancashire this summer. | #MakeLancashireYours | 43
The Flotel Suite The Secret Garden Woodland Glamping
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Whether you are shopping for that special someone or just picking something up for yourself Lancashire offers an unrivalled shopping experience. From historic farmers’ markets selling mouth-watering local produce to ornate covered Victorian stalls and mill shops, you’re guaranteed to find just what you’re looking for and more.

Vintage delights

You don’t have to travel far in Lancashire to come across a treasure trove of vintage collections and antiques, perfect for those who are hard to shop for or enjoy something unusual as a gift.

Assembly Rooms Emporium in Lancaster is housed in an 18th Century, Grade II listed building, and is home to stalls selling a wide range of interesting finds, from vintage clothing, vinyl records and pre-loved books. Alternatively, a trip to The Time Train, located in a picturesque courtyard in Clitheroe will take you back in time whilst offering a tasty treat in their cafe.

Throughout the year Lancashire is also host to Crafty Vintage, a family run gathering of all things vintage and handmade. This year’s markets will include line up of handmade delights, gifts and collectables, all of which are locally produced, the markets provide the ideal opportunity to shop local and support independent business. | #MakeLancashireYours | 45
Assembly Rooms Emporium

Foodie favourites

Lancashire is renowned for its fantastic selection of fine tasting cuisine, from a crumbly creamy Lancashire cheese to warm and filling hot pot. Packaged as part of a hamper or on its own Lancashire produce can make a scrummy gift.

A great place to start is Bowland

Food Hall in the market town of Clitheroe, where you will find a wonderful showcase of the very best of Lancashire’s food and drink producers. The majority of their vast selection of meat, cheese and dairy products originate from the Forest of Bowland AONB – keeping food miles down to single figures in many cases!

Another great location, set in the heart of rural Lancashire and surrounded by rolling hills, is Heskin Hall Shopping Village. Offering an incredible range of stalls, including a high-class butchers, delicatessen and florist.

Great food isn’t complete without a perfectly paired drink. You’ll find many fantastic breweries and gin distilleries in Lancashire, each with their own story and take on the tipple they produce. Most offer tours and distillery days with plenty of opportunity to purchase what you have tried.


Many independent stores in Lancashire are family run and have been handed down from generation to generation ensuring quality and consistency from the good old days.

Established in the summer of 1987, Cedar Farm is home to 25 independent businesses providing a wonderful range of contemporary art, clothing, home furnishings and beauty products, many of which are made on site, by their talented team. Including world awardwinning Choc Amor, known for their imaginative flavor combinations such as Chill & Lime or Orange Jalfrezi.

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A haven for book lovers Carnforth Book Shop contains over 100,000 second hand and rare books, as well as new releases gifts, stationary and art materials.

If you’re looking for something a little larger, Owd Barn at Bispham and The Regent in Blackpool both offer antique furniture, as well as smaller antique finds.

The Jewell in Lancashire’s Crown

The city of Preston offers a fantastic shipping experience. Home to multiple shopping centres, including Fishergate Shopping Centre, a bustling retail destination right next to the railway station. Here you will find a wide range of shops, including fan favourites Primark, Lush and Starbucks.

You’ll also find lots of independent shops and restaurants scattered around the city, and the impressive Market Hall, that provides a modern shopping experience in a contemporary glass and timber structure. Visit for fresh quality Lancashire produce, gift inspiration or to enjoy a coffee and cake at one of the cafes. | #MakeLancashireYours | 47
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Nothing beats those summer nights, when you have finally got the chance to sit down, put your feet up and catch that final bit of sunshine. Summer is all about dining al-fresco and Lancashire is proud to be home to a range of fantastic pubs and restaurants which that perfect outdoor space to relax.

So, whether it’s for a family meal, a treat with a loved one or drinks with friends, come dine outside in Lancashire this summer.

PLAU, Preston

Why not take the opportunity to visit 2022 Lancashire Tourism Awards Pub of the Year, PLAU? Located in Preston city centre, PLAU is home to one of Preston’s largest selection of craft and cask beer, an 18th century distillery and secret vaulted cellar. Not only this, PLAU is also home to a new rooftop terrace bar which opened just last summer, this beautiful edition to the venue is a great sun trap to enjoy some cocktails and sample some of the delicious food.

The Shireburn Arms, Ribble Valley

If you’re visiting the Ribble Valley this summer, be sure to check out The Shireburn Arms for some delicious food. Offering a relaxed and informal atmosphere, The Shireburn Arms hosts a crafted menu of fresh, locally sourced, ingredients. Surrounded by the beautiful Lancashire countryside, this outdoor dining area is perfect for afternoon tea, a delicious meal or simply a drink in the sun.

Bowland Beer Hall/ Holmes Mill, Ribble Valley

Did you know that the Bowland Beer Hall, located at Holmes Mill has one of the longest bars in Britain and is home to 42 hand pulls, hosting a minimum of 24 individual cask beers at any one time! Not only this, but Holmes Mill is also home to a large outdoor seating area which is a must-visit if you’re in Clitheroe this summer. They also host regular events, so as well as enjoying some delicious food and drink you can sit back, relax and enjoy some live music. | #MakeLancashireYours | 49

The Golden Ball of Longton, Preston

If you are looking for somewhere dog friendly to dine Al-Fresco, head to the Golden Ball of Longton. This beautiful dining pub is in the heart of the village of Longton and provides fresh, local Lancashire produce for all. You can choose from the option of dining in the sun, the terrace or under the large tepee which comes with heaters and blankets for those cooler nights. So, you’re sure to be cosy even when the sun goes down.

The Inn at Whitewell, Forest of Bowland

The Inn at Whitewell is a characterful and traditional rural inn which is located high on the banks of the river Hodder in the heart of the Forest of Bowland AONB. The multi-awardwinning restaurant offers excellent food using local produce and seasonal ingredients, so you can be sure to enjoy some delicious treats whilst admiring the stunning Lancashire views.

The Fence Gate, Burnley

The Fence Gate is a historic, award-winning 18th century inn nestled in Pendle’s idyllic countryside in the village of Fence. With a range of outdoor tables and heated table parasols, the Fence Gate Inn is the ideal place to meet up and dine with friends and family, hold a celebration or simply just to sit back and relax this summer.

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The Borough, Lancaster

If you are exploring the historical city of Lancaster this summer and looking for somewhere to dine outdoors, head to The Borough in Dalton Square. The Borough is the ideal place for you to learn more about the history of the city, take in the local surroundings and of course enjoy some delicious food and drinks. Even better, they have heaters and blankets available for you to use for the cooler summer evenings.

The Cartford Inn, Preston

Overlooking the beautiful river Wyre in the picturesque Lancashire Countryside, The Cartford Inn’s outdoor dining space is a must-visit if you’re looking to dine al-fresco this summer. The newly landscaped dining terrace is surrounded by beautiful views making it a gorgeous place to enjoy some of the region’s best food and drink.

Aspect Bar & Bistro, Morecambe

Enjoy some fine dining at the Aspect Bar & Bistro, whilst admiring the stunning views over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. The multi award winning Aspect Bar & Bistro offers a relaxed dining experience and is perfect for a meal, afternoon tea and cocktails on the terrace. It’s also home to the first designated gin bar in Morecambe. Stocking over 100 different gins, making it a must-visit for any gin lover! | #MakeLancashireYours | 51


Great days out don’t have to break the bank, especially as Lancashire has so many great events for you to enjoy without spending a penny! Take a look at our selection of upcoming free events here.

National Festival of Making

8th-9th July

Garstang Scarecrow Festival

Garstang, Lancashire

Scarecrow Festivals are great fun for the whole family, and Lancashire knows how to do them well. This summer Garstang, famous for being the world’s first Fairtrade town, will come alive with its very own Scarecrow festival. Head to the event for a Scarecrow trail, family fun fair, children’s activities and entertainment. The event will also feature food, drink and ice cream from the region’s local producers too.

8th-9th July National Festival of Making

Blackburn, Lancashire

Celebrate Lancashire’s history of making with this exciting festival. The Festival of Making celebrates everything from the kitchen table to the factory floor, combining art, manufacturing, making and communities. The event showcases national artists, an incredible programme of events and even a dedicated Taste Lancashire space to showcase the amazing produce you can find across the region.

9th July

Ormskirk Gingerbread Festival & Artisan Market

Ormskirk, Lancashire

Ormskirk has been renowned for its gingerbread for centuries, and each year the town celebrates this history with a Gingerbread Festival. This year the festival will combine with an Artisan Market with over 60 local makers and food producers. There will be family entertainment, face painting, fairground rides and fun for everyone. | #MakeLancashireYours | 53

15th – 16th July

Heysham Viking Festival

Heysham, Lancashire

After a three year break, the Heysham Viking Festival is back! The town will play host to a Viking village once more and be transported back in time to experience life in the 9th-11th century. Visitors of all ages can witness fierce battle re-enactments, themed activities and embrace the historical culture of the Vikings. Watch the spinning of wool, grinding of grains, early years of woodwork, leather work, cooking and jewellery making.

16th July

Festival of Transport

Fleetwood, Lancashire

Since 1986 Fleetwood Festival of Transport, known locally as Tram Sunday, has been bringing vintage vehicle displays to the seaside town of Fleetwood. With classic car, buses and tram displays, entertainment, fairground rides, food stalls and more, this is a great day out for the whole family. This year the event will be made extra special with an 18ft inflatable whale, complete with visit and talk from marine biologist and children’s theatre show, inside the whale itself!

12th August

Clitheroe Food Festival

Clitheroe, Lancashire

Celebrating its 11th Year the Clitheroe Food festival will end a week long series of events focusing on food and drink throughout the borough. This final day will feature family friendly fun and over 100 local producers showing off their wares. The community spirit of the area will come alive during the event and it’s definitely not one to be missed.

12th – 13th August Blackpool Air Show

Blackpool, Lancashire

One of the longest running air shows in the country, Blackpool Air Show has been running for over 100 years. This free event on the seaside town’s promenade fills the streets and this year the world-famous Red Arrows will be opening the show on both days, with the RAF Typhoon team closing each day too. The show attracts a range of stalls, attractions and food concessions, with fairground rides and more within the Air Show village on The Tower Festival Headland.

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19th – 20th August 1940s Weekend

Lytham, Lancashire

It’s back! Join in the atmosphere and immerse yourself in a brilliant weekend of entertainment and have-a-go fun! Enjoy historic vehicles, music and dance, memorabilia, thrilling battles, educational talks and demonstrations. There’ll be a great lineup of entertainment, some making their Lytham debut and some returning favourites.

26th August

Accrington Soapbox Challenge

Accrington, Lancashire

The Amazing Accrington Soapbox Challenge is back with a bang. Join in the fun with your own soapbox, or watch others’ as they take to the track. The day will also feature entertainment with Netflix star Molly Robbins compering the main stage, and showcasing her decorating skills. There will be a celebration of local producers with food stalls lining the town square and inside and outside Accrington Market.

27th August Burnley Canal Festival

Burnley, Lancashire

The Leeds Liverpool Canal is know for its fantastic walking routes, but during the August Bank Holiday weekend, it is known for the amazing Burnley Canal Festival. A free day of celebrations along the canal, you will find arts and crafts, canalside walks, performances, food and drink stalls, an artisan market and more. A great way to spend a Sunday!

1st September Blackpool Illuminations Switch On

Blackpool, Lancashire

See the spectacular seaside show for yourself at Blackpool’s biggest event of the year. The illuminations switch on is an evening of family entertainment, music and dancing, and your chance to view the illuminations early in the season. This year the event returns to its former glory, after three years of a smaller, indoor ceremony, making it the perfect time to add the event to your calendar.

2nd – 3rd September  Vintage by the Sea

Morecambe, Lancashire

Back for its 10th anniversary is an event that everyone loves. Vintage by the Sea pays homage to the brilliance of timeless design, fashion, art, culture and more, in Morecambe and beyond, from between the 1920s and 1990s. Expect performance, dance, classic cars, mobile vintage cinemas, DJ sets, fashion parades, family workshops and street food. This year will be even bigger and better as the festival celebrates a decade of celebrating all things vintage. | #MakeLancashireYours | 55


Ever wondered how our ancestors made clay? Or what materials were used for clothing, shelter and everyday items? How charcoal was made?

As part of the ‘Drawn to Water’ trail at the popular Burscough wetland centre, families are being invited to take a step back in time and find out more about how wetland materials were used. Go foraging for wetland materials, and have a go at making a medieval lucet cord, willow weaving, and even weapons training to defend the village.

Wetlands have long been considered one of nature’s most diverse ecosystems, teeming with life and offering a wealth of resources. Humans utilised rushes, sedges and cattails to create durable mats, baskets and more, creating functional objects out of raw materials. They even made boats out of reed!

Wetlands offered an abundance of food – from wild rice harvested by Native Americans, to cattail shoots used in Asian cuisine. Some were even used as medicine, like the marsh mallow, a wetland herb used to treat wounds and soothe inflammations.

Join WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre as they journey through time and explore how wetland materials were used

for food, textiles, crafting and more as part of the year-long ‘Drawn to Water’ partnership with the UK’s most loved illustrator, Quentin Blake. Complete activities and attend a ceremony at the end of the day to collect your badge.

During your visit, you can expect to see over 70 wetland species from around the world, like fabulous flamingos, adorable otters, impressive Inca terns, and wonderful white storks – so you can really immerse yourself in the wetland world! With pond dipping, canoe safaris, art and crafts and more, it’s a fantastic day out for the family. Search WWT Martin Mere to find out more about what’s on offer this summer. | #MakeLancashireYours | 57


Still looking for the perfect family friendly place to rest your head during your visit to Lancashire this summer, or planning ahead for next year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! You’ll find lots of fantastic accommodation providers perfect for all the family all across Lancashire, catering to every budget, style and need. Let us inspire you.

The Shepherds Hut Hamlet at Samlesbury Hall

For the outdoorsy family

There’s nothing better than waking up to the sounds of nature just on the other side of your tent door. Except when you are waking up on the Thornton Hall Camping pitch, with the funfilled Thornton Hall Country Park right on your doorstep, and the Lancashire countryside ready to be explored! The site also offers pitches for trailer tents, campervans and touring caravans.

For something that’s in the midst of all the action

You can’t get more in the thick of the action than The Big Blue Hotel, with rooms overlooking Blackpool Pleasure Beach. You can also save on other Blackpool attractions with their partner packages, and the kids will love their 5ft bunk beds with own TV and PS3 console in the family rooms. Leaving time for you time to chill out as well.

For those looking for more comfort under the stars

The Shepard’s Hut Hamlet at Samlesbury Hall is the perfect place for all the family to relax and unwind in a beautiful setting. Within the grounds of the historic hall, the Hamlet offers rustic but luxurious accommodation, with all the mod-cons needed for a comfortable stay, including an ensuite bathroom. Each hut sleeps four people, and they are dog friendly too. | #MakeLancashireYours | 59

For ease of getting to the beach

You can’t get much closer to the beach than The Midland Hotel in Morecambe. This stunning art deco hotel overlooks the sandy shore of Morecambe Bay, opens directly onto the promenade and is in the thick of all the action during the event season. A luxury hotel, The Midland has many rooms directly overlooking the sea, great food options and has interconnecting rooms for larger families.

For families who need disabled facilities

When you go away, you want to ensure that everyone will have a fantastic time. At the award winning Brickhouse Farm Cottages you will find a range of wheelchair accessible cottages, as well as onsite hydrotherapy pool and sensory room, available to book for additional costs. The cottages sleep from 5-12 people, with some providing an electric hot tub hoist.

For those looking for everything all in one place

Partington’s Holiday Parks offer the perfect place to use as your base for a short break in Lancashire. With three parks offering holiday homes to hire in Blackpool and Wyre, you are only a short distance from the beach, but have the luxury of a pool, evening entertainment and children’s fun clubs right on site too. At both Windy Harbour and Newton Hall you will find an Action Zone for teens too.

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For an extra special treat

Looking for a little luxury? Look no further than Cleveleymere Holiday Five Star Lakeside Lodges. Offering 8 luxury lodges in a beautiful wooded lakeside retreat, as well as an impressive treehouse style accommodation option, feature hot tubs and overlooking the 24 acre lake. When staying you will have access to fishing, kayaks, rowing boats and pedaloes, as well as plenty of nature walks.

For a larger family gathering

For a little more of an unusual getaway

Ever stayed in a bell tent with beautiful views across the countryside? Well now is your chance. At the award winning Ribble Valley Retreat you will find a number of beautiful bell tents, with most options sleeping two adults and up to three children. Each has electricity, and there’s a private BBQ fire pit for toasting marshmallows and outdoor floor cushions to relax on and enjoy the sunset.

Big family reunion? Why not speak to Ribble Valley Holiday Homes. They have holiday home options that sleep from 4 to 16 people, mostly within the same site in Ribchester. The hamlet of holiday cottages can be booked individually or all together, sleeping a totally of 87 guests! All of the cottages have their own hot tub, some also have saunas, and accessible and dog friendly accommodation is available too. Ribble Valley Holiday Cottages have also been awarded Gold standard from Green Tourism, making them a perfect option for the more eco-conscious traveller. | #MakeLancashireYours | 61


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Blooms at The Flower Bowl


If you’re holidaying on a budget this summer, or looking for a value for money option for your meals out, then you’re in luck! Lancashire has plenty of options, whether you are looking for a quick lunch, tea for the family or snack between meals. | #MakeLancashireYours | 63

Hartwood Hall, Chorley

A Greene King pub, the Hartwood is a great option for most meals with brunch starting from £7.50 and main meals coming in from £12. The pub also has a tasty kid’s menu with meals starting from just £3.50. The perfect place to grab traditional pub grub.

Level, Preston

Brooklyn Bites at Level is the perfect place to refuel, especially if you’ve just burnt all your energy in their laser tag or mini golf! With burgers and fries starting from just £7.50, wraps and fries from £6.50 and hot dogs and fries from £6. Their Kids fares menu is just £5 too.

Abingdon Street Market, Blackpool

New kid on the block Abingdon Street Market has so many different street food type options to grab during a visit to Blackpool this summer. Delicious bagels from Neighbourhood Subs start from £5, or trendy smash burgers from Flipadelphia starting from £7 and that’s just the start!

Lowther Pavilion Café, Lytham

If you don’t want to travel far from the beautiful green and windmill for a great value lunch, Lowther Pavilion café is the perfect place to go. This dog-friendly café offers sandwiches starting from as little as £3.95 and a children’s menu that costs just £2.95, you can’t go wrong with that!

Blooms Restaurant, Garstang

Blooms is located in The, Tourism Award winning, Flower Bowl where you will find loads of great things to do. Tuck into a huge selection of great meals, including pizzas from just £9, plus kids’ menu from just £6.50. You’ll find a whole menu dedicated to vegan and gluten free meals too.

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Oasis Bar & Restaurant Level Hartwood Hall

Shores Hey Farm, Burnley

Enjoy fantastic meals with great views across the Lancashire countryside. The café helps fund the work that HAPPA do to provide horses a second chance. The Café has a huge selection of meals including pies and chips from £6.75, hot sandwiches from £7.25 and kid’s meals from just £6.50.

The Emporium, Clitheroe

At The Emporium, you will find a Beat the Clock offer that is perfect for any pizza lover. Head along between 4:30 and 6:30, Monday to Thursday, and you can get a full sized pizza for the price of the time you order (plus £2). That means you can pay just £6.30 for an early tea!

Trackside, East Lancashire Railway

This historic line is perfect for any train lover, and a great way to explore the county. What’s more they have you covered for a great bite to eat during your explorations at the Trackside Bar, you can find sandwiches from £7.45 and main meals from just £11.45, with kids hot meals just £5.50.

The Print Room, Lancaster

Lancaster offers plenty of quick and easy lunch options including The Print Room which is in the historic Storey Building. With sandwiches from as little as £4 and toasties from just £4.80, plus plenty of cakes and drinks too, the café is a great spot in a stunning building.

Escape Entertainment, Chorley

Oasis Bar & Restaurant is the perfect pit stop after hitting a strike at Escape Entertainment’s bowling alley or a hole in one at Gator golf. Burgers start from £10.50, pizzas from £9 and you can feed the kids from just £5.70, and it is all made with local ingredients. | #AdventureInLancashire | 65
The Emporium Shores Hey Farm


Lancashire wants to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the county without worrying about whether their specific needs will be catered to. Fortunately, many of Lancashire’s attractions and accommodation providers offer a range of facilities and services to make sure you are not caught short and can plan the perfect holiday for everyone in your party.

Brickhouse Farm Cottages

Twelve luxurious cottages set on Brickhouse Farm amongst six acres of stunning countryside. These cottages were purpose built holiday accommodation for families, friends and carers and vary in size from 2 to 5 bedrooms, specialising in holidays for those with disabilities. Many disability aids are available including ceiling track hoists free of charge.

Sandcastle Waterpark

The continual learning of this waterpark to make sure it caters for as many of its visitors needs is what makes it stand out from the rest. Whether you need to prepare for a visit with their extensive Accessibility Guide or Sensory Story or take time out in their Autism-Friendly Quiet Room. You will also find things like a Changing Places wet room, hoists and water wheelchairs available for free.

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Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs

This fantastic initiative makes Fleetwood Beach accessible to those with limited mobility, or who use a wheelchair regularly. There are 10 chairs available, in a variety of styles to help cater to as many ages and levels of mobility. You’ll find lap belts and chest harnesses can be fitted if need.

Ways Around The Bay is a resource for those who want to walk, cycle or head out on a wheelchair or all-terrain mobility scooter with a route planner as the central feature providing the details people need to make informed decisions. But not only that, it’s a tool for inspiration for route suggestions and stories from locals who’ve overcome barriers to getting outdoors.

Tramper Hire

The Tramper is a specially designed four wheel drive all-terrain electric buggy which can be used off road and even on rough ground, mud and grass. It enables people who have difficulty walking to experience the countryside, woodlands and lakesides; and to accompany their friends and families when out walking. They are available to hire from several places in Lancashire which you can find here.

Accessible Walks

Lancashire has some of the best walking country in England including beautiful countryside and coastal views and a range of wildlife. It’s important everybody can enjoy walks in Lancashire, which is why we have put together this list of places which offer flat, accessible walks – perfect for wheelchair users. | #MakeLancashireYours | 67


For those who love to add a little culture to their holidays and days out, Lancashire’s museums and art galleries provide the perfect place. While away an afternoon exploring some of the rich heritage of the county, or enjoying artwork from all over the world.

Lancashire’s art galleries showcase fine art, historic costumes, contemporary art and textiles from artists and creators from Lancashire and across the region and beyond.

Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

Discover historic and contemporary lace, quilts, costume, samplers and embroidery from all over the world right here in Lancashire. The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection is spread across five galleries are the truly beautiful Gawthorpe Hall in Pennine Lancashire and is not to be missed by any needlework lover. The collection includes an in-situ reference library of art, design and craft books and an archive of founder Miss Rachel’s letters.


Haworth Art Gallery

The Haworth Art Gallery is the perfect place to while away a few hours in the heart of Lancashire. A whole country house designed in the arts and crafts style full to the brim of art inspired by nature, and a whole exhibition dedicated to Joseph Briggs and his amazing collection of Tiffany Glass. In the historic stables and motor house you can find local Artist Studios where skilled craftspeople sell their wares so you can take a little bit of Lancashire home with you.

Outdoor art

On those super sunny days, it’s good to know that you don’t have to hide away from the sunshine to enjoy art in Lancashire. With Cleveleys’ Mythic Trail, Morecambe’s Tern Project and Pendle’s Sculpture Trail, you can enjoy art and the great outdoors together. Alternatively, you can stop by one of Lancashire’s four Panopticons, a series of large sculptures that oversee areas of East Lancashire. | #MakeLancashireYours | 69

The Whitaker

The Whitaker museum and art gallery, aims to foster inclusive, vibrant communities that thrive within their natural environment. The art on show is just as much about the future than the past and offers chances for people to take part in the development of the community. The art gallery frequently runs activities and features park, gardens and kitchen, making it the perfect place to enjoy a whole day.

Carnes Fine Art

An independent art gallery specialising in original paintings and sculptures located in the heart of the countryside at Cedar Farm. The gallery works directly with local artists and those across the UK to help share a true understanding of their works and the inspiration that led to them.

Longitude Gallery

At this independent art gallery you will find beautiful pieces of art available to view and buy, with a large selection from local artists, allowing you to take a little Lancashire home with you. Each month the Gallery holds a Saturday session where you can hear from an artist about their inspirations and designs and take part in a practical workshop where you can learn about creating art the artists style.

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Lancashire museums are full of history, interesting artifacts and beautiful treasures, let your imagination and intrigue run wild as you discover the stories behind all these fascination pieces.

Queen Street Mill

With Lancashire strong industrial past, you can’t go far without seeing evidence of the times when the streets rang with millworkers’ chatter and the sounds of clogs on the cobbles. At Queen Street Mill you can join a guided tour of one of the buildings that was integral to the areas industry, and discover what life was like as a cotton mill worker.

Showtown Museum

Blackpool’s Showtown Museum will be the latest addition to the county’s museums when it opens next year, but visitors during this summer can enjoy pop up events from the museum ahead of its highly anticipated opening.

Clitheroe Castle Museum

The award-winning Clitheroe Castle Museum tells the story of the historic market town and the Castle itself. From local industry and heroes to folklore and legends, the exhibits, touchscreen animations, and sound points make it a shared experience for everyone to enjoy. After visiting the museum, make sure to climb to the top of the castle for stunning 360 degree views. | #MakeLancashireYours | 71

Stonyhurst Museum

Open only certain days of the year, and located within Stonyhurst College’s magnificent Grade I listed building, the Stonyhurst Museum, dating back to 1609, offers people the chance to explore the oldest museum in the English-speaking world. The museum holds the first folio of Shakespeare, prayer books belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s school reports and more.

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Submerge yourself in the sounds, smells and sights from a bygone era. In this sensory experience you can hear the real stories of factory workers, drivers and inventors whose innovations shaped the lives of everyone. The museum charts the history of commercial vehicles since the 1800s and is housed in the original inspection building of Leyland Motors.

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Judges Lodgings

What better way to get to know the historic city of Lancaster than to visit its oldest town house? The Judge’s Lodges was once home to the travelling Red Judges of the Assizes Courts who decided the fate of murderers, forgers and highwaymen at the nearby Lancaster Castle. The museum now houses a collection of Georgian Furniture by Gillows of Lancaster and the popular Museum of Childhood.

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Impressing visitors since it opened in 1874, this summer will be no different, even while undergoing a few repairs. The museum has a great programme of events, including regular Saturday craft sessions for children, plus visitors can find out so much about the rich history of the cotton industry, explore the skill and labour area and view the museum’s impressive collection of taxidermy birds.

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This summer we are inviting you to complete the ultimate kids summer bucket list. Try and tick off as many of the things below before you go back to school. Each and every one can be done in spots around Lancashire during your visit to our fantastic county. What are you waiting for?

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Calling all little adventurers! Ready to have the best summer ever? We are!
The Hill - Ski Rossendale

1. FLY A KITE – We have kite festivals up and down our coast, but Lancashire also has hills and plenty of fun open spaces for you to test your skills.

2. BUILD A DEN – We have so many great places to explore and build dens in the woods and forests, Brockholes in Preston often holds den making events so be on the lookout for those.

3. SLEEP IN NATURE – there’s nothing like waking up to the sounds of nature, and camping is so much fun, choose from a countryside site like Royal Umpire Holiday Park near Croston or a coastal retreat like Red Bank Farm overlooking Morecambe Bay.

4. LEARN ABOUT LANCASHIRE’S HISTORY – visit one of our local museums to learn more about the history of the area, some ideas can be found on page 71.

5. SCAVENGER HUNT – Ask your adults to create a special scanvenger hunt of things or places that you can find in the area you’re visiting. This can be a great way of finding new spots and learning about nature or the area around you.

6. GO ON A BUG HUNT – Why not head along to Mere Sands Wood to discover the bugs that call Lancashire their home. You could also spot a bird or two!

7. GO ROCK CLIMBING – From Anglezarke Quarry to Witches’ Quarry there are plenty of fantastic climbing spots in Lancashire, but if actual rocks aren’t on the agenda yet, why not start your bouldering adventure at PrestonWall Climbing Centre.

8. SKIM A STONE – A simple yet enjoyable past time, enjoy a visit to one of our many lakes to skim a stone or two and see who in your family can skim theirs the most!

9. HIT THE SLOPES – Give skiing or tubing a try at The Hill in Rossendale, which celebrates 50 years of outdoor skiing this summer. | #MakeLancashireYours | 75
PrestonWall Climbing Centre

10. VISIT A DARK SKIES AREA TO STARGAZE – the Forest of Bowland is the perfect place to stargaze, maybe even catch sight of a planet!

11. GO FISH, OR JUST SPOT THEM! – Our rivers and lakes are perfect for spotting a fish or two, with Abbey Lakes in Up Holland providing a great angling facility for those keen on the activity.

12. GO BAREFOOT – Walking barefoot helps get in touch with nature. Why not go for a walk on the beach at Morecambe and feel the sand between your toes.

13. GO ROCK POOLING – in North Lancashire you can find the beautiful Silverdale Cove, one of the best places to go rock pooling whilst admiring the view across the Bay.

14. GO WILD SWIMMING – Wild swimming is great to boost your brain power! And thankfully there are lots of places to enjoy the water safely in Lancashire, Wyresdale Park have weekly wild swimming sessions to join in with!

15. GO ON A NIGHT TIME NATURE WALK – Hedgehogs, bats, moths, owls, foxes… so many animals wander at night, why not go see what you can see or hear? Brockholes have a family bat walk to join in with.

16. GIVE ORIENTEERING A GO – at Gisburn Forest you can test your map reading skills with a permanent course in Birch Hill.

17. HIT THE WATER – Choose from a range of water sport activities, including paddleboarding, rowing boats, canoes and pedalos at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham St Annes.

18. WATCH THE SUNSET – As the sun sets in the West, our coast is one of the best places to catch the sunset. Head to the hills on Heysham’s coast for a truly stunning place to enjoy the end of the day.

19. LEARN ABOUT ANIMAL CONSERVATION – Visit Blackpool Zoo to learn more about the animals that they help from across the world.

20. PLAY TORCH TAG – Get outside in the dark and play torch tag, run from hiding spot to hiding spot and try and shine your torch on your friends and family, while avoiding their torches too.

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21. PAINT ROCKS – The rivers by Clough Mines in Rivington are perfect for picking up a rock or two to take home and paint. You could even decorate them then leave them in places for others to find and re-hide

22. GET ON YOUR BIKE – We have so many great cycling routes in Lancashire, including the Heritage Cycle Route in Burnley where you can discover stories of life in the past from the area.

23. BUILD A SANDCASTLE – Our beautiful beaches are the perfect spot for a sandcastle. Head along to Morecambe’s west shore for a great sandcastle building spot.

24. APPRECIATE ARTWORK IN NATURE – From the Mythic Coast in Cleveleys to the Pendle Sculpture trail in the shadow of Pendle Hill, there are lots of great outdoor artwork trails in the area for you to explore

25. CATCH A SHOW – Our theatres often have great family friendly shows for you to enjoy during your visit, including the fantastic Duke’s Outdoor Theatre which allows you to roam around Williamson Park in Lancaster watching the actors perform | #MakeLancashireYours | 77 Open all year round! Visit our website for more details Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 11am - 3pm • Free admission & onsite parking • Meet our horses & ponies • Paddock Trails & Picnic Areas • Special events and fun days • Coffee shop & homemade cakes • Afternoon Tea The entrance to Penny Farm is situated on the A583, Preston New Road, near Peel Corner, Blackpool. Registered charity no: 206658 and SC038384 Call 01253 766983 for more information e: Please book your visit online at FREE ADMISSION & ONSITE PARKING


Lancashire is lucky enough to have both the Lancaster and Leeds Liverpool Canal running through it’s towns and countryside, making it not only the perfect place for exploring on a sunny summers day but a great way to travel around the county.

The beauty of Lancashire’s canals is the every changing view as you leisurely cruise, walk or cycle along them. Popular activities in the summer months include boating, fishing, and even coastal walks, before making a stop off at a nearby pub.

Lancaster Canal

With views of the Silverdale Coast, the Forest of Bowland AONB and the rolling countryside of Wyre, it’s no surprise that the Lancaster Canal is a haven for wildlife. The gentle waterways and the flat footpath, (which stretches for over 27 miles!) make an ideal place for a peaceful escape this summer. The unique thing about the Lancaster canal is that it is the longest lock-free stretch of a canal in the country, with an amazing 41 miles without locks!

Popular stop offs along the Lancaster Canal

Barton Grange Garden Centre, home to The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre – Garstang

A great place to stop off when you are visiting the Lancaster Canal is Barton Grange Garden Centre, home to Lancashire Tourism Awards Visitor Attraction of the Year, The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre.

With an all-weather plant area, an award-winning farm shop and a range of exciting activities under one, grasscovered, roof, there’s something for all ages to enjoy. Afterwards be sure to fuel up in one of the four different onsite eating and drinking options.

Lancaster Castle

A popular stop-off for many visitors in Lancaster is the historical Lancaster Castle, it really is a must-visit if you are in Lancaster this summer. With 1,000 years of history, this Grade I listed building is located on a hilltop location in the city centre and provides the perfect opportunity for you to discover more about the dark past.

Market towns– Garstang

Shop local in the market towns. The area of Garstang is brimming with historic architecture, including a 15th century barn, canal basin and aqueduct. There’s also a range of local businesses including riverside cafés, pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy some delicious food. But that’s not all, the Lancaster canal also passes through several other market towns including Carnforth, Scorton and Preston. | #MakeLancashireYours | 79
Lancaster Castle The Flower Bowl

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Originally invented to carry woollen goods and limestone from Leeds to Skipton, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is an amazing 125 miles long! Due to the length and the complexity of this route, the canal took 46 years to be built. Because of this, you may notice that the engineering on the canal is very different to others. However, what was once created as an industrial highway is now a must-see for many visitors when they visit Lancashire in summer.

If you are visiting Burnley soon, keep an eye out for the river Brun which is the shortest river in Britain!

Popular stop off along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Rufford and Burscough

Rufford Old Hall is a great place to explore after a canal side walk. The Tudor house is located right next to the canal and has a range of footpaths which will take you around the surrounding gardens. It is also located close to WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, home to a variety of wildlife, adorable animals and several family-friendly activities.

Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve –

Covering 100 acres of land, Mere Sands

Wood Nature Reserve is a great place for wildlife spotting with deer, squirrels and foxes often visiting the woodland areas of the reserve. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal pass the reserve making it a convenient stop off, with pretty locks, old bridges and beautiful surrounding countryside views.

Market Towns -

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal passes through many of Lancashire’s market towns including Chorley, Blackburn and Burnley, making it easier than ever for you to show your support some of Lancashire’s local businesses.

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Experience something different this summer

If you have already visited the Lancashire canals before, why not take the opportunity to experience something different this summer with one of these unique places to explore.

Burnley Canal Festival

Head to Burnley this August for a free family friendly event at the beautiful Leeds and Liverpool Canal where you can expect live music performances, workshops, an artisan craft market, delicious food stalls and maybe even a strange creature or two!

Canal Cruises

Embark on a canal cruise with one of the Lancashire canal boat cruises. Enjoy a relaxing escape as you sit back and enjoy the peaceful setting of the canals. Keep an eye out for the birds and animals on your cruise as you take in the wonderful rural settings.

Flotel Suite

If a day cruise isn’t enough, why not stay overnight in the new Flotel Suite, situated at Riley Green on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The floating hotel suite is the perfect mixture of luxury and comfort and a fantastic alternative to a traditional hotel or cottage. | #MakeLancashireYours | 81
Burnley Canal Festival


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Countryside Code

Lancashire’s rambling countryside, challenging moorland and extensive waterways make it a natural habitat for outdoor explorers and adrenaline seekers. It is for this reason we all need to do our part to make sure that these beautiful sites continue to be green and safe for visitors for years to come.

The best way to do this is to follow the countryside code;

Respect everyone

• be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside leave gates and property as you find them do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking

• be nice, say hello, share the space

• follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available

Protect the environment

• take your litter home - leave no trace of your visit do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can

• always keep dogs under control and in sight

• dog poo - bag it and bin it in any public waste bin or take it home

• care for nature - do not cause damage or disturbance

Enjoy the outdoors

check your route and local conditions

• plan your adventure - know what to expect and what you can do

• enjoy your visit, have fun, make memories

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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.

By Water

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.

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.

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.

By Bike

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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PLANNING YOUR TRIP article cover image


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Countryside Code article cover image

Countryside Code

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pages 78-81


pages 74-77
MUSEUMS article cover image


pages 71-73
GALLERIES article cover image


pages 69-70
WHILE AWAY AN AFTERNOON article cover image


pages 68-69
ACCESS ALL FOR article cover image


pages 66-67
ON A BUDGET article cover image


pages 63-65
A PEACEFUL NIGHTS SLEEP article cover image


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page 57
FREE FAMILY FUN article cover image


pages 52-56
9 PLACES TO DINE AL-FRESCO article cover image


pages 48-51


pages 45-47
breaksLUXURIOUS article cover image


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Style DINE IN article cover image


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Unwind DE- STRESS AND article cover image


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On Screen article cover image

On Screen

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LANCASHIRE article cover image


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LANCASHIRE’S GREATEST DAYS article cover image


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ATTRACTIONS ON THE COAST article cover image


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COAST! article cover image


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