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plashing around in rockpools, scrambling up hills to find the perfect picnic spot, eating a tower of scrummy ice cream, camping under the stars and exploring the surrounding forest on an adventure trail – summer can be so much fun! And where better to spend your summer than in familyfriendly Lancashire. Embark on a countryside quest, seaside break or urban adventure, full of fantastic things to see and do. From being a zoo keeper for the day to riding the UK’s first ever double launch rollercoaster; exploring castle ruins to riding on Thomas the


Tank Engine™ steam train and not forgetting our jam-packed schedule of summer events that you can find on page 56. And it is easy to get here! Situated only an hour’s drive from Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, and a two-hour train journey from London, Lancashire’s main transport hub of Preston, is not only a bustling city worth visiting but is the gateway to picturesque market towns, sandy beaches and impressive castles. Use our handy summer guide to help inspire your next adventure.


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LANCASHIRE EVENTS Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the fantastic events happening in Lancashire this summer. We look forward to seeing you there!


15 July

Fleetwood Festival of Transport - Tram

3 July - 18 August

The Three Musketeers The Dukes Play in the Park Williamson Park, Lancaster

Take a swashbuckling adventure through Lancaster’s beautiful Williamson Park this summer, as D’Artagnan teams up with the legendary Three Musketeers, Porthos, Athos and Aramis, in a death-defying quest to save the life of a loving Queen.

Fleetwood Festival of Transport ‘Tram Sunday’ is the UK’s largest FREE family vintage transport and arts event. It’s certainly the biggest event in Fleetwood, with stalls, music, cars and amusements it’s a full day of entertainment for all the family.

Treasure Island

Civic Arts Centre & Theatre Oswaldtwistle From the team behind The Grinch - The Panto comes this very silly show, filled with fun and adventure. Young Jim and his Mum find Captain Flint’s map and along with new friends set sail in to retrieve the treasure.

20 - 22 July

Royal Lancashire Show 2018 Salesbury Hall, Ribchester

10 & 12 July

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Thornton Hall Country Park As part of the Toddler Sessions at Thornton Hall Farm, bring your little ones along to our special Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Don’t forget to bring your special teddy friend!

A perfect family day out, with key attractions such as the famous Dancing Sheep Show, Dog & Duck Show and Flyin Ryan Motorcycle Stunt Show already booked. New for 2018 will be a dedicated Children’s Village with lots of activities for younger visitors. 23, 30 July and 6, 13, 20, 27 August

14 July

Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Pianist, band leader, singer, composer, television presenter and multi-platinum recording artist Jools Holland and his much-loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be delighting Blackburn with an evening of jazz and blues.



27 - 28 July

Family Theatre in the Park Worden Park, Leyland

The Storytellers Theatre Company will be turning Worden Park into a magical outdoor theatre space for six spectacular shows scattered through July and August. Bringing cherished children’s classics such as Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio and Peter Rabbit to life with music, theatre and fantastic props.

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28 - 29 July

Chorley Flower Show Astley Park, Chorley

This award-winning show will have all your favourite attractions from previous years as well as a wider variety of horticultural displays and trade stands. This year there will also be several exciting new additions and the gardening celebrities will return.


18 - 19 Aug

Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend Lytham Green

The 1940s Wartime period brought to life with a bang! Come join in the atmosphere on Lytham Green and throughout Lytham and immerse yourself in a brilliant weekend of live entertainment, reenactments and have-a-go fun! 24- 26 Aug

Great Eccleston Tractor Pull Great Eccleston Show Field

4 - 5 Aug

Day Out with Thomas™ East Lancashire Railway, Bury Rawtenstall

Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, at the East Lancashire Railway for a train ride unlike any other. Activities include rides behind Thomas, meeting the Fat Controller and friends, Thomas themed activities and much more!

Known as the ‘The World’s Most Powerful Motor Sport’ Tractor Pulling is a great day out for all the family. This year the North West Tractor Pulling Club will be hosting the EuroCup Finals - European Tractor Pulling Championships. 25 - 26 Aug

Burnley Canal Festival Burnley Wharf

The seventh Festival in 2018 is set to attract visitors from far and wide, who will come to enjoy the colourful display of boats and the free family friendly activities and entertainment which will be happening throughout the weekend.

SEP 1 - 2 Sept

Vintage by the Sea Festival 2018 Morecambe

The award-winning Vintage by the Sea Festival returns to celebrate the brilliance of 20th century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment. Experience live music, classic cars, street theatre, workshops, marketplace & crafts, heritage buses, vintage fairground and pop-up dance. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Sept

World Fireworks Championship Blackpool Blackpool Promenade

This fantastic event will gather together the crème de la crème of the world’s firework elite and promises a mouthwatering series of shows with jawdropping entertainment for all the family - a great opportunity for visitors to take an extended weekend break.

21 - 23 Sept

Lancashire Encounter Festival UCLan Campus and Preston City Centre

31 Aug - 4 Nov 11 - 12 Aug

Blackpool Air Show

Blackpool Tower Festival Headland Watch planes classic and modern take to the skies in Blackpool’s brilliant air show. Gasp at spectacular wing walkers and admire some beautiful flying machines form the past and present - a marvellous family day out for young and old!

Discover a high-quality arts festival celebrating the breadth of Lancashire’s diverse cultural offer with an authentic flavour of the county. Spread over three days, Encounter promises not to disappoint with each day offering something new and exciting to explore.

Blackpool Illuminations and Lightpool

22 - 23 Sept

The world-famous Blackpool Illuminations need little introduction, extending 10 kilometres along Blackpool’s coastline, the greatest free light show has been a major attraction since 1879. Enjoy the recent addition of Lightpool Village at the Tower Festival Headland.

A fantastic event for all the family. Get up close and personal with a wild array of interesting creatures, from exotic scorpions and chameleons, to loveable donkeys and greyhounds. Delve deeper with feedings and talks or go exploring on the Wild Walk or Canoe Safari.

Promenade and various locations across Blackpool

Animal Magic

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre Ormskirk





Enjoy the sun and fresh air in this fantastic Lancashire town. Thompson Park – which has recently undergone a £1.2 million restoration - is a great day out for all the family with formal gardens, a boating lake, kayaks for hire and a miniature railway. It’s also a perfect picnic spot. On Saturday 21st July, Queens Park hosts its annual music festival, Bands in the Park. Alongside live music from local bands, there will also be a fun fair, food stalls and a licensed bar. Don’t miss Krafty Cow’s slime making classes too! Tickets for the event are £3 with under 11’s free. For a bit of history and culture visit Towneley Hall. Located in 400 acres of beautiful parkland, this historic house, art gallery and museum provide the ingredients for a fun and educational day out. There are also formal gardens, woodland walks, sculptures and nature trails. August Bank Holiday sees the return of Burnley Canal Festival. The two-day event includes a menagerie of hands-on activities from circus skills to canoeing as well as live dancing and music. Definitely one not to be missed! Burnley’s waterways can be enjoyed throughout summer as great places to escape and unwind. Walk by the river, take a boat trip along the canal or go windsurfing or sailing on the reservoirs. From Reedley Marina to Hapton Boat Yard via the Weavers’ Triangle, this part of the canal is a fascinating place to explore. If you like walking, a trip up to the iconic Singing Ringing Tree which towers high above Burnley, is worth a visit. Sitting on top of Crown Point Moor, the threemetre-tall sculpture has been named in the top 10 pieces of ‘sound art’ in the world.

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Bowland Brewery, Clitheroe

There is 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, many of which have free admission. There is something to keep everyone entertained whatever the budget.

Engine Room, Holmes Mill

The brewery, based at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe and owned by James’ Places, offers visitors a chance to see a fully operational brewery as well as an opportunity to share enthusiasm for beer. Scheduled brewery tours run on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 3pm allowing you time to enjoy The Beer Hall afterwards.

Brockholes, Nr 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. You can also explore their woods or enjoy the lakes on site, which have all been specially designed to attract all kinds of wildlife for you to see.

Comedy Carpet, Blackpool Sitting in the shadow of the worldfamous Blackpool Tower, The Comedy Carpet immortalises and celebrates the jokes, songs and comedy catchphrases of Britain’s most well-loved comedians and writers.


Old Holly Farm, Garstang Old Holly Farm is an allweather family attraction designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Being a family run, working dairy farm, the team at Old Holly are passionate about giving children – and adults - the opportunity to see, touch, smell, hear and taste the experience of a real working farm. But most importantly it’s about having fun, eating well and learning through play.

Pendle Sculpture Trail, Barley The fascinating true story of the Pendle Witches is being told in stone at this new visitor attraction. The Pendle Sculpture Trail has ten ceramic plaques, each with its own unique symbol representing each of the Pendle women who were hanged.

The Bee Centre, Samlesbury Hall Visit The Bee Centre and enter the incredible world of the honey bee. The centre has a glass observation hive that enables you to watch, up close, the fascinating workings of a honey bee hive, whatever the weather or time of year. See the bees bringing nectar and pollen back to the hive, making honey, building honeycomb and doing their ‘waggle dance’.




We all look forward to summer. It’s a time for making the most of the warm, sunny days and spending more time with our families. Keeping the children entertained in Blackburn is easy with a host of activities to suit all ages and pockets! Bring your bikes and a picnic to Witton Country Park, where you will find over 400 acres of countryside and woodland scattered with cycle trails, two miles of mountain bike routes and a pump track. After all this exertion you’ll find plenty of space to throw down your picnic rug and relax. During the summer holidays there are lots of free craft workshops where your children can colour, stick and glue something to take home. Themed sessions are held regularly at The Mall Blackburn, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery and on Blackburn Market throughout the summer. Get your skates on and have a go at ice skating at Planet Ice Blackburn. Watch out for their summer offers and special events. Introduce your little ones to the magical world of live theatre. King George’s Hall and Blackburn Empire Theatre are both holding special family friendly shows full of music and magical performances. All children (and parents!) can enjoy a tasty treat after a busy day out. Pick one of the big chains such as Nando’s, Pizza Hut or Frankie & Benny’s or try somewhere different – In Blackburn’s Cathedral Quarter there is Café Northcote, Turtle Bay and A Mano.


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Towneley Hall, Park & Gardens

Towneley Hall is a 14th Century, Grade I listed hall, with a wonderful rich history spanning several centuries. Explore grand period rooms decorated with oil paintings and sculptures covering the over 600 years of Towneley family life. The Victorian kitchens offer a hands-on experience of what life would have been like in those times. Discover all the wonderful culinary gadgets with the help of the guides or visit the family dining room and see how the family would have eaten in the company of Lady O’Hagan. Admire the Hall’s eclectic collection of items, including an Egyptian mummy, the Whalley Abbey Vestments, Lancashire made oak furniture, Pilkington Royal Lancastrian Pottery and Kashmir embroidery. Don’t forget to visit the interactive natural history room and give Bill the Bear a wave on your way past.

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The art gallery boasts a spectacular collection of oil paintings including works by Alma-Tadema, John William Waterhouse and Zoffany, and the everchanging programme of exhibitions means there is always something new to see covering a range of subjects. There’s always something going on to entertain the whole family, from activities to tours go to to find out more.

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WHAT’S ON SUMMER 2018 This summer sees a variety of exciting events hosted at Stonyhurst College.

Friday 13th July Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be performing Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ in the beautiful Jesuit Gardens. 12th August Don’t miss Stonyhurst’s first Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, featuring a display of vintage, classic and modern vehicles. 18th & 19th August Alternatively, for a guided tour of the College and the opportunity to peruse the beautiful grounds, book onto our Open Weekend.



THIS SUMMER Chorley packs a punch. This popular market town is steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful countryside. You may have heard of Chorley because of the famous markets and splendidly tasting Chorley Cakes, and there is also much more to discover. Unearth the area’s rich heritage at attractions like Hoghton Tower, this ancient, fortified, hilltop manor house occupies a commanding position, 650ft above

sea level offering magnificent views of Lancashire, the Lake District and North Wales. Alternatively, both Astley Hall and Heskin Hall provide a fantastic day out with afternoon tea and a farmers’ market on offer. Explore the great outdoors by hiking or cycling to the top of one of the best viewpoints in the North West, Rivington Pike. The historic tower is reputed to date as far back as far as 1138 and boasts breathtaking views of Rivington and beyond. For something a little tamer while away the hours walking along tranquil woodland pathways in over 700 acres of land at Yarrow Valley Country Park. Finish your day with a legendary Frederick’s Ice Cream from either Frederick’s Ice Cream Parlour or their town centre destination Massa’s Dessert-CaféBar – with over 100 delicious flavours to choose from.

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Come rain or shine Lancashire is packed with exciting things to see and do. We have put together for you some great ideas and options of indoor things to do in Lancashire if the weather isn’t in your favour. Even better some of them offer FREE admission.

TOP INDOOR THINGS TO DO... BLACKBURN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, BLACKBURN FREE. Home to the largest icon collection outside London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

CLITHEROE CASTLE MUSEUM, CLITHEROE With something for everyone, unleash your imagination at the castle museum for a great day out.

THE BLACKPOOL TOWER Experience the thrill of five great attractions in one place at The Blackpool Tower, whether it’s spectacular views or circus skills.

SANDCASTLE WATERPARK, BLACKPOOL The UK’s largest indoor waterpark with more than 18 slides and attractions in an 84-degree tropical climate.

DINO MINI GOLF, BLACKPOOL Travel back in time and roar like a dinosaur at The Blackpool Tower’s NEW for 2018 Dino Mini Golf attraction.


SEA LIFE BLACKPOOL The perfect way to experience the wonders of underwater life without getting wet!


FLIGHTDECK EXPERIENCE, BACUP The brand-new Vulcan flight simulator offers an exciting opportunity to experience what it feels like to fly a plane. GRIP AND GO, HASLINGDEN An action packed indoor climbing and activity centre for all the family. HARRIS MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, PRESTON FREE. A great day out for all the family, this jewel in Preston’s crown is a treasure trove of fantastic art and fascinating objects.

ATEVER THE WEATHER JUMP RUSH TRAMPOLINE PARK, MORECAMBE With more than 100 bounce zone trampolines including wall beds and tumble beds, this is the perfect place to have fun! SAMLESBURY HALL, NR PRESTON 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. THE WHITAKER, RAWTENSTALL FREE. The displays in the museum include interesting local history and a Victorian natural history collection.

TOWNELEY HALL ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM, BURNLEY Home of the Townley family for over 500 years, explore the rooms and art gallery learning all about the magnificent hall’s fascinating history. THE WINTER GARDENS, BLACKPOOL One of the UK’s biggest theatres, with a 3,000-seat capacity, it boasts unforgettable performances. Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Bob Hope have all graced the Opera House stage since its opening in 1878.

WORLD HORSE WELFARE PENNY FARM, NEAR BLACKPOOL FREE. This horse rescue and rehabilitation centre allows you to meet the ponies and see where they live.





Discover something new every time you visit - whether you have a couple of hours to spare, or a weekend to explore, Preston offers an ideal urban getaway. Find a different event on the Flag Market and in the Harris every Saturday this summer, or pop into one of our other great venues across the city to experience Preston’s diverse events programme. From exhibitions to street theatre and live music, workshops and poetry nights there is always something new and unique to experience. Make sure you look up at Preston’s stunning architecture as you walk down Fishergate, the tree-lined high street. Pop into well-known shops, explore our range of quirky independents and visit the new Preston Markets, which offers fresh Lancashire produce, a variety of tasty lunch options and much more. And when you are ready to escape the hustle and bustle, why not explore the picturesque Winckley Square Garden or Avenham & Miller Parks - both offering an urban oasis right in the city centre - perfect for a stroll in the late afternoon sun. Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget to come back for Lancashire Encounter in September – a festival of light, sound, arts and culture in the heart of the city.


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Top 10 things to do with your family at Samlesbury Hall this summer… 1. Soak up the incredible atmosphere in the 700-year-old Hall and take a tour with one of their fantastic guides (free entry!) 2. Follow the obstacle course in the woods, climb aboard the Mayflower ship and brave the rope bridge to the miniature Hall. 3. Go glamping in the festoon lit Shepherd’s Hut Hamlet, toast marshmallows around the fire pit and enjoy the best and cosiest night’s sleep under the stars. 4. Hunt for the hidden fairy doors in the beautiful grounds. 5. Taste a home baked waffle and ice-cream at Dottie’s Wafflery. Mmmmm! 6. Hook-a-Duck in the courtyard fountain. 7. Hear Betsy Bumblebee’s hilarious summer story. 8. Meet the menagerie of animals and don’t forget to say hello to the Elvis and Ozzy (the pigs!) 9. Don a bee suit and see a real working beehive up close! 10. Try a Taste of Honey in the highest quality award winning restaurant.

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PITCH PERFECT IN LANCASHIRE Imagine being sat in the middle of the rolling countryside with the smell of the BBQ wafting through the air as the sun sets. Lancashire offers the perfect destination for lovers of the great outdoors, from the stunning countryside to the beautiful sandy coastline. Embrace the crisp air with the county’s fantastic range of camping and glamping options.


WIGWAM® HOLIDAYS RIBBLE VALLEY Moorgate Farm, Dinckley, Blackburn, BB6 8AN Gorgeous glamping in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley with incredible views of Pendle Hill and Longridge Fell. Six ensuite, fully-heated, secure cabins with comfy beds, kitchen area, dining facilities, lighting, in peaceful location.

EXPERIENCE FREEDOM WITH LUXURY If you love the great outdoors but don’t want to compromise on comfort and quality, glamping is for you. Whether you choose to stay in a luxury canvas tent, camping pod or quirky shepherd’s hut, you can be rest assured the family will be happy glampers. Looking for a more active break? Many of Lancashire’s sites offer fishing, children’s activities and easy access to off-road cycling and walking routes.

CAMPING: THE ESSENTIALS 1. Tent 2. Sleeping bags 3. Pillows and extra bedding 4. Map and compass 5. First-aid supplies 6. Torch 7. Insect repellent 8. Sunglasses and sunscreen

STANLEY VILLA FARM FISHING & CAMPING Back Lane, Greenhalgh, Preston, PR4 3HL Award winning glamping site set just 15 mins from Blackpool. Cosy Camping Pods and a beautiful fishing lake with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for families and couples. |

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For extra comfort you might want an airbed or camp bed and to add atmosphere why not bring along lamps, fairy lights and candles (if the site allows) help to set the mood as the sun goes down. Make sure to bring a stove, if there isn’t one provided, to cook all those delicious campfire treats on and don’t forget the tin opener as having all that food and no way to open it is never going to go down well.




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TOP PICNIC SPOTS SIX OF THE BEST 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.

CROOK O’LUNE, NEAR CATON A popular beauty spot settled on a horse shoe bend in the River Lune just north of Lancaster. With plenty of pleasant walks available alongside the river banks and through the surrounding countryside, the Crook O’Lune Picnic Site provides a great base to explore the area further.



THE DUKES WALKABOUT THEATRE, LANCASTER The summer will see The Three Musketeers swashbuckle their way around Lancaster’s glorious Edwardian Williamson Park. Central to the drama is the stunning Ashton Memorial, from which audiences can enjoy the stunning sunset views across Morecambe Bay during the show and take in a picnic too.

Evolving over the last 500 years, from the Medieval stone tower to the distinctive Tudor building, the adapted house is now of national importance and unique in north west England. Today it still captures the spirit of those ages and displays some of the finest paintings and furniture in the region. It is also surrounded by fantastic woodland gardens perfect for picnics.

ST ANNES BEACH, ST ANNES Miles of golden sand provides the perfect picnic spot and family day out. With a Victorian pier, children’s playgrounds and ice cream parlours there is plenty to do after the sandwiches are gone.

PENDLE HILL, PENDLE Most famous for its links to the now notorious witch trials of 1612, Pendle Hill welcomes walkers and countryside enthusiasts to climb its rugged landscape and witness its stunning views across Pendle. There are plenty of places to stop for a picnic, whether you venture to the very top or not.

BEACON FELL COUNTRY PARK, GOOSNARGH A perfect place for picniclovers, the 271 acres of woodland, moorland and farmland provides plenty of pitches for everyone. Follow the woodland sculpture trail or search for wildlife, from rabbits to deer and even a spectacular array of dragonflies in the summer months!



PENDLE THIS SUMMER Whether it be a short stroll down a country lane or a challenge you’re after Pendle is an area that offers you both – and everything else in between! Why not try one of the 57 walks that are part of the annual Pendle Walking Festival, from 11th to 19th August. Nearly all the guided walks are free and range in distance. Many of the walks are family friendly, including the storytelling walk at the Pendle Sculpture Trail, where you can “spot which witch is which?”. If you cannot join us for the festival most of these walks and cycle rides can be done independently and can be downloaded from the website. If you prefer two wheels instead, then the Colne Grand Prix on July 26th is for you. Top cyclists in the UK descend on the area for the grand finale of the series. Those seeking a different style of outdoor activity can enjoy a quad bike experience at Thornton Hall Farm. There’s also the chance to get a closer look at the animals on the farm as well as special events for children throughout the summer. Pendle hosts The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival - the biggest blues event in the country promising three days of music throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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FYLDE Fylde comes alive in the summer with a host of exciting festivals, events and shows as well as glorious sandy beaches and attractions to explore. The ever-popular Lytham Festival will once again return to Lytham Green. Now in its 9th year, and hosted over seven nights, 2018 is set to be one of the biggest yet with top acts such as Nile Rodgers, George Ezra, STEPS, Il Divo and many more on the line-up. Delve into the history of Lytham with a trip to the Georgian Lytham Hall. It boasts an extensive and historic parkland, popular tea room and summer outdoor theatre with performances running throughout the warmer months. Alternatively explore the five floors of Lytham Windmill and Lifeboat Museum on Lytham Green. Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend brings the era to life with a bang! Join in the atmosphere and immerse yourself in a brilliant weekend of live entertainment, re-enactments and have-a-go fun! You can also visit nearby St Anne’s, a popular destination for families in the summer. With expanses of sand dunes, modern beach huts, mini golf, a Victorian Pier and wonderful gardens to explore it is easy to see why. Visit between 31st August and 2nd September to see the skies awash with colour as the St Anne’s International Kite Festival takes to the air adjacent to the pier. Away from the coast there’s many pretty villages and country pubs that are great stop-off points to put your feet up, recharge your batteries and enjoy some locally produced, mouth-watering fayre.


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WEST LANCASHIRE THIS SUMMER West Lancashire comes to life in summer with fantastic activities for all the family. From the glorious attractions offering wildlife fun at Farmer Teds, Martin Mere or Windmill Animal Farm to a steam train adventure at West Lancashire Light Railway. Events are in full swing with the Ormskirk Gingerbread Festival, Green Fayre and Motorfest, this is the place for a great day out. Spend time in the stunning countryside, ambling down scenic canal paths to find some of West Lancashire’s best kept secrets and uncover areas wonderful history. Try one of the many walking routes available or make a day of it at Rufford Old Hall, a stunning Tudor manor house that was home to the Hesketh family for 500 years. In Ormskirk explore the Chapel Gallery, where a diverse programme of contemporary art and craft and hands on workshops await. Don’t miss the chance to explore the twice weekly historic outdoor market, with the friendly traders selling delicious produce and a range of goods. Foodies should visit the town’s cafes, restaurants and country pubs and for something really special visit Moor Hall; this multi award-winning establishment, run by Adlington born chef Mark Birchall, was awarded its first Michelin star within six months of opening.

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We’re so lucky in Lancashire Not only do we have some of the most scenic coast and countryside, an abundance of pretty villages, cultural and heritage attractions, we’re also home to some of the finest restaurants, pubs and cafes to enjoy a delicious afternoon treat, refreshing pint or mouth-watering meal.


We’ve got award-winning gastropubs, inns to reward a good walk, those with stellar views that match the stunning interiors, places that are family-friendly, dog-friendly, cycle-friendly but above all people-friendly. Our pubs and inns are at the heart of our community, part of our culture and we’re proud to have a reputation for a welcome that’s second-to-none. Enjoy exploring our great Pubs & Inns Collection, to view this guide click here and find many more reasons to visit, eat, drink and stay in our wonderful county.


Lancashire is well known for its scrumptious afternoon teas, whether it’s a slice of traditional Victoria sponge cake and a freshly baked scone or cucumber sandwiches with bite-sized treats. We also have it licked in Lancashire with our lovely grazing pastures helping provide milk for some of the best ice-creams. There is something for everyone in Lancashire – the tastiest county! Head to or simply click here to view this delicious guide and discover even more reasons to visit, eat, drink and stay in Lancashire.


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MEET THE FRIENDLY FARM ANIMALS At Mrs Dowsons Farm they are very passionate about giving their visitors the opportunity to see, touch and engage with the friendly farm animals, explore the countryside and experience a real working farm. As it is a real working farm it means you can find out exactly what it’s like to be a farmer! Even muck in and help to bottle feed the lambs, feed a hungry alpaca or handle baby chicks – it’s all in a day’s work exploring the farm. NEW! The BIG BARN is home to donkeys, sheep and alpacas who are waiting for you to come and feed them. FUN ACTIVITIES AND TALKS Ever wanted to know why a cow has four stomachs? How the farmers feed the baby calves, or how they farm and conserve the fields and wildlife that call the farm home? Join the farmer for a fun and educational tour of the farm. He’ll tell you all about what it’s like working on a farm, from getting up at 5am to bringing new born calves into the world! Alternatively join in with one of the many other talks and activities that happen throughout the day.

#ExploreTheFarm ENJOY A TASTY TREAT At Mrs Dowsons Farm Park, they make their own award-winning ice cream using fresh milk from the farm dairy. Although the ice cream kitchen is off limits due to top-secret recipes, you can still treat your little farmers to a fresh and delicious pot or cone in the café. EXPLORE THE FARMLAND Take in the fresh country air with a walk on the nature trail and meet some of the farms animals, big and small, along the way. There really is so much to see at Mrs Dowsons Farm Park, with hundreds of animals waiting to meet you and your family. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a day when the tractor is in the fields, you’ll be able to jump on board in the trailer and see all the sights in style – farmer style! Look forward to seeing you soon… down on the farm! ADMISSION £4.95 per person, under 2’s go free, book online or at the gate. Mrs Dowsons Farm Park opens weekends, school and bank holidays, check our exact opening times on the website.




FIND YOUR ANIMAL ATTRACTION! Lancashire is home to a fantastic array of animals and wildlife. Take a walk on the wild side and encounter the largest and rarest animals at Blackpool Zoo or get up close and personal with the cute and loveable farm animals at one of the farm parks in the county.

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3. Blackpool Zoo

Showcasing more than 50 dazzling displays and more than 2,000 spectacular aquatic creatures including Lulu, the giant green sea turtle, tropical sharks, colourful reef fish, octopus and rays.

Situated in 32 acres of spacious, mature parkland with lakes and woodland, the zoo has all your favourites – big cats, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, orangutans and much more. Take a look at the new Elephant Base Camp, which gives you an exciting, up-close look at the animals.

2. World Horse Welfare Penny Farm, near Blackpool Penny Farm is a horse rescue and rehabilitation centre operated by the charity World Horse Welfare. Meet the ponies and find out more about the work of the charity.

Shores Hey Farm, Briercliffe Shores Hey Farm has been recently upgraded and children can enjoy visiting the horses and ponies on site, they can take part in a wide range of activities and explore the outdoor play area.

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Watch the birds at a nature reserve (6)

See the wild boar at Bowland Wild Boar Park (8)

4. Mrs Dowsons Farm Park, Clayton-le-Dale Mrs Dowsons is home to over 300 farm animals based in the beautiful Lancashire countryside. Explore and discover all about farm life as well as try one of their delicious ice creams, made on-site.

Thornton Hall Farm Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven Make friends with the loveable farm animals, greet the newest arrivals and take part in a range of seasonal hands-on activities, demonstrations and animal encounters.

5. The Bee Centre, Samlesbury Hall

6. WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough / Brockholes, Preston / RSPB Leighton Moss, Silverdale See nature at its wildest, as Lancashire has a variety of reserves which attract hundreds of species of native and migrating birds, making it the ideal destination for a spot of bird watching, walks in the countryside as well as the opportunity to see wildlife in its natural habitat.

7. Wild Discovery, Ribby Hall, Wrea Green Wild Discovery is the zoo that interacts with you. It is home to a variety of animals including otters, armadillos, porcupines, pelicans, wallabies, meerkats, bugs, reptiles and amphibians.

8. Bowland Wild Boar Park, Chipping Set in the Forest of Bowland, enjoy a picnic or explore the footpaths of the park, whilst viewing wild boars, llamas, wallabies, meerkats, lambs and many more animals.

Meet the formidable duo being this interesting centre. Kath and Simon Cordingley have built up a fascinating place. Look at the glass observation hive where you can watch, up close, the fascinating workings of a honeybee hive. Book a ‘Honeybee Experience’ and get an even closer look at the hives.

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Located near Blackpool, Penny Farm is a great day out for all the family. Home to around 65 horses at any one time, Penny Farm is the perfect day trip for children and adults alike, with a jam-packed events programme throughout the school holidays there is always something to do and see.

THINGS TO DO AT PENNY FARM: Meet the horses and find out how the charity improves the lives of horses on the farm and all around the UK, and if there is a spot of rain, don’t worry – the stables are indoors. Why not come and explore the farm with ‘Dale’s Trails’. You can choose from one of two routes around the farm and complete a fun activity trail. You will be able to see the horse and ponies relaxing


in the fields as well as learn about our farm environment and the wild birds and animals who live here. Open all year round every Wednesday, Bank Holiday and Weekend, so pop by and say hello.

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Britain is renowned for being a nation of dog lovers with many wishing to include their four-legged friend on their summer adventures. With 240 miles of bridleways, 137 miles of coast line and two areas of outstanding natural beauty, your beloved best friend will be ‘dog-tired’ at the end of a day exploring new areas.

THINGS TO DO Bring the dog and travel in style through the scenic Lancastrian landscape aboard a steam engine on the East Lancashire Railway. The railway also hosts an annual programme of events to suit all ages from Wizard Academy to the popular 1940’s themed weekend. World Horse Welfare Penny Farm is a free attraction, home to around 65 horses at


any one time. Trails around the farm are great to explore with the whole family including your companion. Refreshments and afternoon tea are also available. Dogs are welcome in National Trust properties – in Lancashire there is Rufford Old Hall and Gawthorpe Hall – offering lovely countryside to explore.

RIENDLY ASHIRE PLACES TO STAY From the boutique indulgence of The Lawrence Hotel, to the lakeside Park Hall Hotel your faithful hound can kick back and relax with you. For a break with a difference there is luxury glamping at Wigwam Holidays, tranquil lakeside setting of Stanley Villa Farm or head to the Shepherds Huts within the historic grounds of The Hamlet at Samlesbury Hall.


Cosy coffee shops like Pearsons and Potters Barn offer a bowl of fresh water and comfy corner to pass the time away. For a more substantial meal you could try The Golden Ball which offers a warm welcome for the whole family, whilst offering a no-fuss dining experience using local produce or try The Pendle Inn set at the foot of the Pendle Hill, most famous for its links to the notorious witch trials of 1612!

There’s also The Spread Eagle Inn, Clitheroe, that provides a range of delicious treats off their dedicated doggy menu, including a refreshing drink of Pawsecco or doggy ale. These are just a few of the dog friendly venues that Lancashire has to offer. For full details head to NB: Guidelines do sometimes change, so please mention at the time of booking if you are planning on bringing a dog or two along.



Whether it’s a leisurely cruise while taking in the views or a more active walk, run or cycle along one of the many towpaths, Lancashire’s canal network has it all. Even better is you’ll find several with superb pubs where you can reward yourself with a drink and fantastic food.

Take a stroll on one of four canal walks around Carnforth, where you can reach as far as the Morecambe Bay coast and take in the magnificent views in picturesque surroundings. You can also have your own Brief Encounter’ at the famous Carnforth Station, where scenes from the worldrenowned film was shot.


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The Lancaster canal has the longest lock-free stretch of canal in the country

Barton Grange Marina Enjoy a bit of retail therapy and a bite to eat at the award-winning Barton Grange Garden Centre. You can also pay a visit to the new


Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre, expected to open in Summer 2018, which will boast a curling rink, ten pin bowling, cinema, crazy golf

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Take a ride on Romance, the wide beam luxury canal boat with panoramic views. Relax and unwind as you cruise down the canal, take in the beautiful

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countryside and admire the birds and other animals that make their homes along the canalside.


The area around Burscough is some of the flattest in Lancashire, making it easier to tackle a longer route. Try the 14 mile Wetlands & Waterways loop along the Rufford branch (passing Rufford Old Hall), the Leeds- Liverpool canal and the wetlands around WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre. Start and finish at Burscough Wharf, perfect for grabbing a well-earned lunch.



Look out for yellow wagtail, curlew, bullfinch, wren and dipper.

LANCASHIRE CANAL NETWORK The Leeds-Liverpool Canal is 127¼ miles long and was opened in 1816.

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Planning days out and short breaks when you’ve got older children can be one of the biggest challenges for families during the summer holidays. Luckily, here in Lancashire, we’ve got everything you could need from fun packed theme parks and handson museums to fascinating nature reserves and long sandy beaches. Teenagers might be notoriously hard to please, but you can tempt them to ride the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster ICON, the UK’s tallest rollercoaster The Big One or the UK’s first suspended looped coaster completely over water Infusion – all at the award winning Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It is the perfect day out for thrill seekers.

Looking for ways to wear them out? Look no further than some of Lancashire’s top adventure attractions. From monkeying around in the forest at Go Ape where the family can test their nerve by completing the Tree Top Adventure to Ski Rossendale where you can hone your skills before hitting the piste. The Lee and Cragg disused quarries in the Rossendale Valley have been transformed into a paradise for

mountain bikers and have a network of red and black graded cross-country trails. Or head indoors to Grip and Go, an action-packed climbing centre for the whole family. While you’re there you can try District A Laser Tag, where you can work together to eliminate your opponents. Level at Preston’s Guild Hall is a teenager’s dream with End of Days laser tag, crazy golf, ten pin bowling, darts and a daredevil assault course. For something a little less energetic but equally as fun, a visit to Blackpool’s Madame Tussauds is a must. Teens can get up close to their celebrity icons and new for this year Marvel Super Heroes! If music is more their scene head to Lytham Festival this July, with acts such as George Ezra and Emeli Sandé set to wow the audience. For more inspiration on what to do this some head to



ROSSENDALE THIS SUMMER The Valley of Rossendale is an outstanding and distinctive part of beautiful East Lancashire. Set in the South Pennines, it is the perfect retreat from the pressures of daily life whether you are looking for an adrenaline fuelled escape or quiet cultural break. Adventure seekers should head to Grip & Go, an action-packed indoor climbing and activity centre for all the family in Haslingden. Scale one of the 23 walls and if you are feeling brave, attempt the Leap of Faith. There’s also roller skating and laser tag for those who prefer to keep both feet on the ground. Head over to Ski Rossendale in Rawtenstall to take to the slopes on skis, a snowboard or the super fun tubes. A quieter option is the Boo in Waterfoot. Part of the Rossendale community since 1978, The Boo hosts regular evenings of comedy and music, as well as film and cocktail nights. For little ones there is the Mini Farm Explorers toddler group at Cronkshaw Farm. Pull on your wellies and go feed the hens, goats and sheep. No visit to Rossendale is complete without a visit to Mr Fitzpatrick’s, Britain’s last temperance bar serving vintage cordials, spectacular milkshakes, floats and tasty treats.

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FAMILY FUN IN ACCRINGTON The vibrant town of Accrington is full of history. From the magnificent Town Hall built in 1858 at the height of the town’s textile boom to the Victorian Market Hall, a grand building where traders sell fresh Lancashire produce. One of the most significant moments in its history was the formation of the 11th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, known as the Accrington Pals. Taking only ten days to form a full battalion, these brave friends are being remembered as a part of a

new development of the town square. Launching in summer 2018, six benches will be installed displaying information that traces the town’s history over the past 300 years, including the story of the Pals. The square will host a number of events including a classic car rally, chocolate festival, heritage open days and the launch event on 11th August, held by The PROSPECTS Foundation as they celebrate their 20th year with a host of family-friendly activities.

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Festival of Voice 2018 Blackburn Cathedral

Until 7 Jul

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Lancaster City Museum

Until 16 Sep

Sister Act Burnley Mechanics Theatre

4 - 7 Jul

The Three Musketeers The Dukes Play in the Park Williamson Park, Lancaster

3 Jul - 18 Aug

Ruby Wax: Frazzled Grand Theatre, Blackpool

5 Jul

Blackpool Festival Tower Festival Headland, Blackpool

6 - 8 Jul


Summer Diesel Spectacular

Seafood Festival at the Midland

East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall

Midland Hotel, Morecambe

6 - 8 Jul

8 Jul

Titanic The Musical

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’

Opera House & Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Thornton Hall Country Park

Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green

Beat Herder Festival

Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

9 - 14 Jul


13 – 15 Jul

10 & 12 Jul

King George’s Hall Blackburn

13 Jul

Great Eccleston Show Great Eccleston Show Field

14 - 15 Jul

14 Jul

Fleetwood Festival of Transport Tram Sunday Fleetwood

15 Jul

Garstang Ice Cream Festival 2018 Garstang Town Centre

15 Jul

Bing Live! Preston Guild Hall

18 - 19 Jul

Lytham Festival 2018 Lytham Green

18 - 22 Jul


Shakespeare in the Garden Leighton Hall, Carnforth

20 Jul

Royal Lancashire Show 2018 Salesbury Hall, Ribchester

20 - 22 Jul

Garstang Scarecrow Festival 2018

Green Fayre

Heysham Cricket Club

Beacon Country Park, Upholland

Garstang Town Centre

21-22 Jul

21 - 22 Jul

Thornton Woodland Explorers Open Day

Family Theatre in the Park

Summer Holiday the Musical

Thornton Hall Country Park, Barnoldswick

Worden Park, Leyland

Opera House & Winter Gardens, Blackpool

20 - 22 Jul

22 Jul


Heysham Viking Festival

23, 30 Jul & 6, 13, 20, 27 Aug

24 -28 Jul

Colne Grand Prix Cycle Race

Owd Nell’s Annual Cider Festival


Guys Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow

25 Jul

Treasure Island

Kirkfest 2018

Civic Arts Centre & Theatre Oswaldtwistle

Kirkham Memorial Park, Barnfield

27 - 28 Jul

28 Jul

26 - 29 Jul

Chorley Flower Show Astley Park

28 - 29 Jul

Kids’ Wizard Academy Leighton Hall, Carnforth

29 Jul

Barlick Beach Barnoldswick

30 Jul - 24 Aug



Princess Academy East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall

2 Aug

Rebellion Festival 2018 Opera House & Winter Gardens, Blackpool

2 - 5 Aug

The Ricoh Women’s British Open Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

Garstang Show Garstang Show Field

4 Aug

Last Night of the Proms Clitheroe Castle Grounds

4 Aug

2 - 5 Aug

Day Out with Thomas™ East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall

4 - 5 Aug

The Play That Goes Wrong Opera House & Winter Gardens, Blackpool

7 - 11 Aug


Wonderland Experience

The Gin and Rum Festival

Clitheroe Food Festival

East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall

Opera House & Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Various locations across Clitheroe

Blackpool Air Show

Morecambe Carnival

9 Aug

10 - 11 Aug

Blackpool Tower Festival Headland and Promenade

11 - 12 Aug

11 Aug

Morecambe Promenade

11 - 12 Aug

Pendle Walking Festival

Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival

11 - 19 Aug

Marine Hall, Fleetwood

Fame the Musical

Literary Festival

Opera House & Winter Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Northcote, Langho

Magic of the Musicals

13 - 18 Aug

17 – 19 Aug

12 Aug

The Platform, Morecambe

18 Aug


Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend

Sci-Fi on the Sidings

Pirates of Penzance - open air theatre

Lytham Green

East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall

Lytham Hall

18 - 19 Aug

18 - 19 Aug

19 Aug

Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival Colne Town Centre

24 - 26 Aug

Chipping Agricultural Show Chipping, near Clitheroe

25 Aug

Great Eccleston Tractor Pull Great Eccleston Show Field

24- 26 Aug


Scotsman in Steam East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall

24 - 27 Aug & 5 - 8 Sep

Great British Food Festival

Burnley Canal Festival

Ormskirk MotorFest

Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green

Burnley Wharf

Ormskirk Town Centre

Tractor World

Morecambe Live Weekender

World Gravy Wrestling Championships 2018

25 - 27 Aug

Thornton Hall Country Park

26 - 27 Aug

25 - 26 Aug


26 - 28 Aug

26 Aug

Rose ‘N’ Bowl, Stacksteads

27 Aug


Ride the Lights Blackpool Promenade

28 Aug

Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Tower Festival Headland

31 Aug

Food and Drink Festival at Barton Grange Garstang

31 Aug - 1 Sep

Blackpool Illuminations & Lightpool

St Annes International Kite Festival

Promenade and Comedy Carpet

St Annes Beach

31 Aug - 4 Nov


31 Aug - 2 Sep


Britney Spears Tower Festival Headland, Blackpool

1 Sep

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Vintage by the Sea Festival 2018

Burnley Youth Theatre


Guy’s Oyster Festival

Heritage Open Days

Rossendale 60s Festival

Guys Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow

Various locations across Lancashire

Various locations across Rossendale

1 Sep

6-9 Sep

1 - 2 Sep

6-9 & 13-16 Sep

7-8 Sep


World Fireworks Championship Blackpool Blackpool Promenade

7, 14, 21 & 28 Sep Nelson Food Festival Nelson Town Centre

8 Sep

Lancashire Game and Country Festival Woodacre Lodge Farm, Scorton

10th Anniversary of Triathlon Fleetwood

9 Sep

8 - 9 Sep

Heritage and Woodland Day

Vintage Vehicle Gathering

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure

Towneley Hall, Burnley

East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall

Opera House & Winter Gardens, Blackpool

9 Sep

Lancaster Jazz Festival Various Locations, Lancaster

13 - 16 Sep


9 Sep

Festival of Heritage Various Locations, Blackburn Town Centre

15 Sep

11 - 15 Sep

Neverland Event - Peter Pan, Tink, Hook & Friends Thornton Hall Country Park

16 Sep

Lancashire Encounter Festival

Late Night Riding and Fireworks

UCLan Campus and Preston City Centre

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Autumn Diesel Gala

Motorcycle Hill Climb

East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall

Leighton Hall, Carnforth

21 - 23 Sep

22 - 23 Sep

22 Sep

23 Sep

Animal Magic WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Ormskirk

22 - 23 Sep



PLANNING YOUR TRIP By Road 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 Rail Lancashire has excellent rail connections from all over the country – just two hours from London on the West Coast Line with Virgin Trains 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 Air 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 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 for a full list of cycle hire venues.

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