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!