10 places to visit in Lancashire

As a family, particularly with Lewis staying at his Dads alternate weekends and he and Eva in school full time, our weekends are so precious to us. We try to make sure that we have one day out each weekend, be that to an attraction, a park or just a nice walk in the countryside. Living in Lancashire, we are very fortunate to live in close proximity to so many gorgeous places, and when it comes to days out, we are never short of ideas!

1. Blackpool Zoo

We have visited countless zoos over the years but our favourite by far is Blackpool zoo. With a wide range of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, there is so much to see and do. Each day there are talks and displays, including a sea lion show, a creepy crawly show, and opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals at feeding time.

For those who aren’t particularly enamoured with animals, there is a fantastic dinosaur model village and a huge play area too. With children under 3 entering for free, and the added bonus of being able to use Tesco club card vouchers for entry, it doesn’t have to be an expensive day out.

2. Martin Mere

Since becoming members of Martin Mere Wetland Centre last year, we are never away from the place. Located in Burscough, the area is conserved by the The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and it has fast become one of the children’s favourite places to visit.

With rare wildlife sightings, den building, canoe adventures, wild welly walks and the most amazing adventure playground, there really is something for everyone. For just a few pounds a month we have full membership meaning we can visit as often as we like and the only expense is £1 for a bag of bird seed!

3. Lytham St Annes Pier

On a sunny day, there is nowhere nicer than St Annes beach, strolling along the promenade, eating ice creams on the sea front or a bag of chips on the pier. With donkey rides, bouncy castles, pedalo boats and canoes, we have had some of our favourite days here.

4. Blackpool Tower

Probably the most well known attraction locally is Blackpool Tower, a whole host of fun and adventure in 158 metre tall tower that has been open since 1894. In recent years the tower has expanded to include The Blackpool Tower Dungeons, Jungle Jims adventure play area, the circus, ballroom and the Blackpool Tower Eye! With prices starting from just £3 and ranging up to £30, you can tailor your day out to suit all budgets.

5. Old Holly Farm

Situated in Garstang, Old Holly Farm is one of our favourite days out. Plus even better, when you’ve got four children, it is completely free to enter! As a family run, working, organic dairy farm, there is plenty to see and do including an amazing indoor soft play area, a tradition stone courtyard café, the most delicious home made ice cream and plenty of opportunity to pet and feed the animals.

6. Happy Mount Park

Located in Morecambe, Happy Mount Park is one of the best parks we have ever been to. With so many attractions including a huge, adventure playground, bowling greens, tennis courts, adventure golf, an indoor soft play area and an outdoor splash park, it’s the perfect day out for children of all ages, whatever the weather. Although the park has a large, well equipped café, in the Summer we tend to pack up a picnic and find a quiet spot to let the children run wild whilst we enjoy the sun.

7. Brockholes nature reserve

Brockholes Nature Reserve is based on the site of an old quarry, close to Preston. Conserved and managed by the Wildlife Trust, there are over 250 acres to explore and countless species of wildlife to spot. With lakes, woods and a network or trails and hides, we love pulling on our wellies and taking part in the various seasonal events hosted throughout the year.

With free entry it’s a great day out for larger families, although it’s impossible to bypass the restaurant and even more impossible to resist the fresh cream scones!

8. Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle is one of the most historically fascinating surviving buildings in the country. It dates right back to Roman times and has been lovingly preserved, and more recently restored, so that it can remain open for daily public tours.

The tour guides will take you through tales of witchcraft, religious persecution, crime and punishment, rehabilitation and release throughout the ages, give you the opportunity to stand in the dock and even try out a medieval cell for size! It’s a great day out and one that we have done many times over.

9. Go Ape

Located in the beautiful countryside of Rivington, Go Ape is a fantastic day out for adults and children aged 9 years and over. With 35 crossings to tackle, from rope bridges to the ultimate thrill of a 198m zip wire crossing a bay to finish, there is no better way to take in the views than from the dizzy heights of the tree top safari. With prices starting at £25 its not cheap, but Lewis and Gaz have been a couple of times now and say it is worth every penny!

10. Ribble Steam Railway

The Ribble Steam Railway, Preston, is the perfect day out for train fanatics, young and old. The railway has been open to the public since September 2005. A visit to the site will not only give you the opportunity to travel along 1.5 miles of dock and riverside line, but also access the newly built museum and workshop.

At £20 for a family of four, and children under 3 years free, it’s an affordable day out and a great way to take in the Lancashire countryside.

I have joined up with five of my “blogging besties” to create a blog hop, where we are all sharing our own top 10 plaes to visit. If you live locally, or have plans to visit these areas, simply click on each badge and it will take you to their post!

 

 

 

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61 Comments

  1. March 29, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Some great sounding days out here I need visit Blackpool again.

    • Laura Dove
      March 29, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      I love Blackpool, so many lovely memories as a child and so many more now with my own family! xx

  2. March 29, 2017 / 9:10 am

    Some lovely looking places to go and great photos. If I’m ever up that way I’ll use your recommendations #BloggerClubUk

    • Laura Dove
      March 29, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      Thank you! I love our corner of the world! xx

  3. March 29, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Goodness me we have a beautiful country really don’t we?! So lucky.
    Never been to Blackpool – in fact Lancashire is an area I haven’t been to full stop! Need to sort that 😉
    Gorgeous photos and ideas Laura. Really loved reading about them all.

    • Laura Dove
      March 29, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      Whaaat? Sacrilege! Blackpool is definitely a must, it’s exactly how you imagine it to be, a bit rough around the edges but so much fun!! Loving our little blog hop! xxx

  4. March 29, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Great ideas, we are trying to find local things to do to get us out and about. Next time we head northwards we shall explore 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

    • Laura Dove
      March 29, 2017 / 12:23 pm

      I love nosying at where other people live. It’s a shame the UK isn’t smaller so we could visit further afield! xx

  5. March 29, 2017 / 9:48 am

    I love Brockholes, lovely place to visit. Not been to Blackpool since I was a child, think it’s about time I took my kids x
    #BloggerClubUK

    • Laura Dove
      March 29, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      Brockholes is lovely isn’t it? SO peaceful! You can’t go wrong with Blackpool, it’s like a northern rites of passage to go up the tower! xx

  6. March 29, 2017 / 10:42 am

    These are really tempting me to make a visit up there – so many great sounding places! I love the look of the splash park, I know Max would love the steam train, and I’ve always loved the look of the wetlands from your Instagram. All your photos are stunning too!

    • Laura Dove
      March 29, 2017 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks lovely. We may not have the best weather up here but we do have some gorgeous places! xx

  7. March 29, 2017 / 11:26 am

    If we take a trip ‘up north’ this summer, this list will be really useful, thanks #BloggerClubUK

    • Laura Dove
      March 29, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Oh you should, although if you do, be sure to bring the sunshine! xx

  8. March 29, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Is it bad that I’ve never been to Blackpool???? It’s somewhere that you hear so much about and we really should do a family trip. You have so many lovely places and I would have to go to Old Holly Farm, with my Holly 🙂 xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 29, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      You can’t possibly class yourself as British until you’ve been up Blackpool tower and eaten fish and chips on the promenade!! Ahh Holly farm is so lovely, and the ice cream is amazing! I am so loving our blog hop, if only we had a time machine to zip back and forth each weekend! xx

      • March 30, 2017 / 3:32 pm

        I will have to put this right! The fish & chips has sold it to me 😀 Just popping back to say Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove xx

        • Laura Dove
          March 30, 2017 / 7:42 pm

          And hot donuts, yum! xx

  9. March 29, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    We’ve never been to Blackpool – in fact I haven’t really ever been to Blackpool to explore. There are so many places in the UK that we need to discover with the children. We certainly should do more staycations!
    #MMBC

    • Laura Dove
      March 30, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Oh Blackpool is exactly how you would imagine it, a little bit rough around the edges but SO much fun! My husband hates it, but I love it! xx

  10. March 29, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I love this! I used to go on holiday to Lytham St Annes every year so reading this brings back memories. I love Blackpool as well. Such great ideas for anyone needing tips for the school holidays x

    • Laura Dove
      March 30, 2017 / 10:34 am

      Ahh did you?! We love Lytham, the beaches are gorgeous and it’s a lot less hectic than Blackpool. Although I do love Blackpool too, especially hot donuts from the prom! xx

  11. March 29, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Ah Martin Mere I have had many a school trip there although I have not been for years I will have to take my kids and take a trip down memory lane. My husband makes us go to Blackpool every year to see the lights and I always groan about going but we actually have a really good time!!! Great list lovely x

    • Laura Dove
      March 30, 2017 / 10:32 am

      We love Martin Mere, it’s so quiet in the week so there’s less chance for our children to annoy people! We always love the idea of the illuminations more than the realty, the kids always fall asleep and wake up when it’s over! xx

  12. March 29, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    So many great places! Well worth a trip up north! x

    • Laura Dove
      March 30, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Yes, although there are so many places I want to visit down south! xx

  13. March 30, 2017 / 7:41 am

    I haven’t been to Blackpool since 1998 (I was 17!) – but I remember going to the Pleasure Beach and going on the Big One and the Blackpool Tower. You’ve got some lovely attractions near by. I live in Surrey so I’m popping to have a read of the others. Sarah #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      March 30, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Oh well I’m sure it hasn’t changed much, although they did do a lot of work on the promenade and put a lot of money into making it look good! The Big One is still going, my eldest loves it! xx

  14. March 30, 2017 / 11:32 am

    These look like amazing places to visit with the kiddies! Will bookmark for if we’re ever in the “neighbourhood”

    • Laura Dove
      March 30, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      Thanks Paula! xx

  15. March 30, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Your photos are so lovely! While I live in Canada all these outing sound worthwhile. I hope you and your family continue to enjoy your local attractions.
    ~Jess
    #StayClassyMama

    • Laura Dove
      March 30, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Ahh thank you! I bet you have some amazing attractions over there! xx

  16. March 30, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    My mum’s family are Lancastrian so I have lots of happy memories of that part of the country. I love Blackpool Tower, and the beach at Lytham St Anne’s. I’ve never heard of Happy Mount Park, though – that sounds fab. I think we’ll have to check it out next time we head over that way. #brillblogposts

    P.S. What a fab idea for a blog hop!

    • Laura Dove
      March 30, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Happy Mount Park used to be Mr Blobbys Land, owned by Noel Edmonds! Obviously it didn’t take off, haha! I love Lancashire, I don’t think I’ll ever leave! xx

  17. March 30, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    What a brilliant line up of fabulous days out for the whole family. I would to go to Go Ape, but my daughter is only two, so we have a few years yet.

  18. March 31, 2017 / 7:23 am

    We haven’t ventured much up north, but did visit Blackpool many years ago when visiting friends in Leeds. A great selection of places to go!

  19. March 31, 2017 / 7:49 am

    Blackpool Zoo sounds fab! Both my husband and my daughter love a zoo so think we might need to hot foot it over there in the summer! Great post #’sharingthebloglove

    • Laura Dove
      April 3, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Thank you! It’s a fab zoo! xx

  20. March 31, 2017 / 8:26 am

    I was in Blackpool last weekend! I love Lancashire – especially St Anne’s, it is a beautiful place.

  21. March 31, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    What a great idea for a blog hop. #bestandworst

  22. April 1, 2017 / 9:05 am

    This is making me fancy a trip to Blackpool when it gets a bit warmer. The grem would love it!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst

    • Laura Dove
      April 1, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Oh you should!! It’s not too far from us, 40 minutes maybe, but we don’t get there as often as we would like. If the kids weren’t so spotty we weren’t supposed to be going this week! xx

  23. April 2, 2017 / 8:58 am

    It looks like you have so many great family friendly places to visit near where you live. I used to always go to Blackpool for day out when I was a child to see the illuminations, I had no idea that Blackpool had a zoo. xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 3, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      Ahh Blackpool illuminations are a huge part of my childhood. The zoo is amazing! xx

  24. April 2, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I’ve been looking for a farm and the one you mention is near enough for me to visit. Didn’t know about the park in Morecambe- I LOVE Morcambe so will hopefully try and visit before I return to work.

    #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      April 3, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      Ooh its a fab farm Nicola and free too – bonus! xx

  25. April 2, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Ahhh Happy Mount Park – I used to go there when I was little! My grandma lived near Lancaster. Happy memories. Some really good days out there, it’s a lovely part of the UK. #BloggerClubUK xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 3, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      It’s fab isn’t it! Thank you for reading! xx

  26. April 2, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Wow! We have family in Lancashire and my little boy would be over the moon to get on that steam train!

    • Laura Dove
      April 3, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Oh you should take a visit and do it! My kids love the steam train! xxx

  27. April 2, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    This takes me back to my uni days when I was at Lancaster. I’ve not been to many of these though. I really should take n for a few days away up there some time #sharingthebloglove

    • Laura Dove
      April 3, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Oh I love Lancaster! There’s a lot to do up this way! xx

  28. April 3, 2017 / 7:11 am

    Oh family days out are so important aren’t they? You have lots of gorgeous places to visit in your area. All your pictures are beautiful Laura!

    • Laura Dove
      April 3, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Ahh thanks lovely, days out are the best – of not super stressful! xx

  29. April 3, 2017 / 7:22 am

    I never realised there was a zoo in Blackpool. We did the Tower and the pier but only had a day trip. Will have to return and explore some more

    • Laura Dove
      April 3, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      The zoo is FAB, one of the best! There’s so much to do in Blackpool, I love it! xx

  30. April 3, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    There is so much to see in Lancashire. I love the look of Martin Mere and the Pier. Really beautiful. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

    • Laura Dove
      April 4, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      Thanks lovely, it’s a fab place to live! xx

  31. April 5, 2017 / 9:46 am

    This has made me realise I don’t think I’ve ever been to Lancashire! I must have driven through it at some point, but I don’t think I’ve ever visited! #bestandworst

    • Laura Dove
      April 6, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Shocking!! It’s lovely, and us northerners are super friendly! xx

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