You can always ask us for information if there is some particular place you wish to visit. We have found certain attractions are popular for different ages and times of year. The website has links pages on which I have listed various places which I thought maybe of interest to some of you and I have printed copies in our information book for you. Each of the cottages has a large selection of brochures about what is in the area and slightly further afield.
Some other suggestions for those who need to go shopping:
The Trafford Centre towards Manchester, is a huge modern indoor shopping complex which has Selfridges (we had some guests, a lovely family from Kuwait who managed to spend the whole day just in Selfridges!), John Lewis, Debenhams, Monsoon, Hugo Boss, Armani Exchange and loads of other shops.
There are lots of eating places and also a cinema complex. If you ever watched How to look good naked with Gok , then a lot of the fashions shows were held in the Orient eating area. Parking is free, which is a major plus after myself having paid £9 for a couple of hours in Manchester City Centre at the car park behind Kendalls.
Liverpool, City of Culture. The main shopping area is Liverpool 1. Has really been the up and coming place, both just to have a walk around and shop. Some guests have been known to visit twice in a week – not particularly liking any cities myself, I have yet to visit once!
East Lancashire was the main cotton mill area years ago. Some of the old mills have been converted into apartments. It really is the industrial part of Lancashire and you can see that by all the rows of streets from the motorway. Property here has been cheap over the years as once the mills had gone, there was no work unless people travelled, mainly to places like Manchester. At Burnley is Barden Mill, which as well as selling pottery, clothing, furniture and textiles, also has a restaurant and children’s play area.
At Colne, is Boundary Mill which has moved to a new site as it has outgrown the old. There is a huge homewares section with items such as Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood crockery and Sheridan bed linen. The clothing sections range from a Marks and Spencer outlet to Jaeger, Kaliko, Timberland and there is quite a large menswear section.
Oswaldtwistle Mills also has a factory shop and a Textile Time Tunnel and Museum, Garden Centre, Lakes and Picnic area.
Fleetwood has a small shopping outlet called Freeport, probably only worth a visit if you are in the area, as there is not really a lot of shops worth looking at.
Further afield (probably 90 minutes drive) is Cheshire Oaks outlet shopping. Lots of big names and worth a full days trip.
Locally, for children, the Wild Boar Park at Chipping, only 30 minutes away, is very popular with our guests.