Things to Do
Things to do and places to visit within easy access of Barnacre Cottages in Lancashire
As well as the tennis court, our children’s play area, the seven-acre field and great walks from our door, there are lots of other things to do and places to visit with children.
In each of the cottages, there are heaps of brochures and leaflets about places to see and things to do in and around our area of north west England, although some of you have also travelled as far afield as Scotland and Wales for day trips!
Here are some of our favourites!
I will continually be adding to these lists as I find things that I think might interest you. The times in minutes, relate to the time it should take you to drive from here, although at peak times it may take longer.
Blackpool has been undergoing major investment and there are some attractions that might be worth having a look – even if it’s somewhere you would normally not go anywhere near! From August Bank holiday weekend until the end of the October half term, Blackpool has the Illuminations. The promenade is lit up for miles with coloured lights, there a light tableaux and even some of the trams. Firework displays at weekend and laser shows. We can actually see Blackpool Tower from here all lit up at night!
The illuminations are not something that you would go to see every year, but certainly worth a walk or drive through if you have never seen them before. Weekends, the traffic will be busier than during the week.
Lancaster is only a 20 minute drive from here. It is a nice little city, mainly pedestrianised with a weekly market on the main street with lots of food stalls on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Lancaster Castle, has dungeon tours and hosts quite a few seasonal activities throughout the year, on Halloween at Half term there is a Horrible Halloween Party with Spooky Street Theatre including jugglers, acrobats, stilt walkers and fire dance performers from 5pm-9pm.
The website is www.lancastercastle.com.
Telephone 01524 582394
Just further along the coast from Blackpool is the more sedate area of Lytham. Each August (2-9th this year), is held the Lytham Festival of Music, Comedy and Culture. This year featuring, Faithless, Billy Ocean, Jimmy Sommerville, Vengaboys, Chesney Hawkes, Sinitta, East 17, 5ive, McBusted, Elaine Paige, Marti Pellow, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
From the mid July until mid September, take a return steam train journey through the Yorkshire Dales over the spectacular Settle to Carlisle Railway, including the Ribblehead Viaduct. Departing from Lancaster and Preston every Wednesday.
Tel. 0845 310 2458
GOOD WEATHER DAYS
The Wild Boar Park at Chipping, about 30 minutes drive from here. Excellent place to visit. A favourite place. Family tickets, reasonable cost. open all year, animal feeding, small animal petting area, meerkat and racoon feeding, tractor rides, play area, cafe.
Tel: 01995 61554.
Pony Trekking, Children’s Pony Parties, All day & picnic rides
Roz’s Pony Paradise
Walmsley Bridge Lane, Claughton on Brock PR3 0PF
Tel. 07753 318239
Quad Biking, Fly-Fishing and Clay Shooting
15 minutes drive
Tel: 01524 752566
Old Holly Farm
Animal feeding and petting. Soft area playbarn. Tea-room.
On the A6 near Garstang
Tel. 01524 791200
Tree top adventure,rope ladders, tarzan swings, zip wires
Rivington Lane, Horwich, BL6 7RZ
Tel: 0845 6439215
Singleton Maize Maze
Open during the summer months until the end of October when the maize gets cut! Halloween fright night and other special events.
Carr Lane, Singleton, Blackpool FY6 8LG
Tel: 01995 670381
Ribble Steam Railway
based down in Preston at the old Docklands on Chain Caul Road, Riversway- about 25 minutes drive.
Lots of special events including Halloween and Santa Specials.
Tel. 01772 728800
Lancaster Canal Cruises
4th May – 10th October
Cream tea and afternoon tea cruises, collection from Barton Grange Garden Centre and various points along the canal.
Tel. 01524 389410
Brockholes Nature Reserve
On the site of an old quarry, 250 acres of wetlands, woodlands, trails and hides.
Different events throughout the year.
Tel. 01772 872000
Martin Mere Wetlands Centre
Bird watching, ducks, downy duckling days.
Fish Lane, Burscough, L40 0TA
Tel: 01704 891220
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
(walked this on a primary school trip many years ago!)
Broadwood Ent, Ingleton, LA6 3ET
Tel: 01756 795 621
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Rides over the Forest of Bowland and surrounding countryside.
195 Moor Road, Croston, PR2 9HP
Tel: 01772 601525
West Lancs Light Railway
Steam trains and workshops.
Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6SS
Tel: 01772 815881
World of Beatrix Potter
The home of the author of Peter Rabbit.
Old Laundry, Bowness on Windermere LA23 3BX
Tel: 015394 88444
nice size zoo for little ones. Cafe and big soft play area.
East Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8PP
Tel: 01253 830 830
There is a larger zoo at Chester which would take about an hour to get to, plus another small one in the Lake District.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Roller coasters, carousels. Teamed with Nickelodeon, rides with Spongebob and Dora! Lots of special events throughout the year, including spectacular Hot Ice Shows, Night Riding,
The Promenade, Blackpool.
Open from Easter to the end of October. Family tickets and discounts via internet.
A new and unusual indoor attraction is Illuminasia at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
The world’s largest indoor Illuminations with six interactive immerse zones.
Tel. 0844 856 1111
The Flower Bowl at Barton Grange
A Premium Cinema with three screens, showing a variety of classic films, recent releases and live events.
A Curling Rink with four ice sheets, to be used by club curlers, social curlers and hopefully school groups, with the potential to become a centre of excellence. Open to everyone to come and have a go!
Ten Pin Bowling with eight bowling lanes, two of which are in a private room which can be booked for parties.
There are also two Golf Simulators which use the latest technology to offer the virtual experience of playing some of the best golf courses around the world!
Approx 10mins drive from the cottages
email email@example.com or call 01995 676210
Lancaster University Unisports Centre
Newly built facility
Huge swimming pool and gym facilities
Tel. 01524 594000
Private Swimming Pool Hire
Our 2 older girls had swimming lessons here when they were younger!
101 Halfpenny Lane, Longridge, PR3 2EA
Tel: 01772 785730
Waves leisure Pool
Lagoon shaped pool, shipwreck slide, alien space bowl.
Nab Lane, Blackburn, BB2 1LN
Tel: 01254 51111
Tropical adventures, water features, rides and slides.
South Beach, Blackpool. FY4 1BB
Tel: 01253 343602
Lower Audley, Waterside, BB2 3DY
Tel: 08712 223388
The Pleasure Beach, Blackpool. Also ice dance shows, lessons.
Tel: 01253 341707
Learn to ski and snowboard indoors!
7 Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester. M41 7JA
Tel: 0161 749 2222
Church Street, Lancaster LA1 1LP
Tel. 08712 240240
Portway, Preston, PR2 2YQ
Tel: 0871 224 4007
Tiny family run cinema, only 1 screen, armchair seats
Market Place, Longridge, PR3 3RR
Tel: 01772 785600
Williamson Park Lancaster
Mini Beast House, Butterfly House, Foreign Bird Aviary
Harris Museum & Art Gallery
Market Square, Preston. PR1 2PP
Legoland Discovery Centre
Actually, mum could do some shopping in the Trafford Centre whilst the children were in Legoland with dad! There is a very nice Selfridges and a big John Lewis, plus lots of other shops. You could also make a full day of it here as there is a multiplex cinema and loads of restaurants to eat in the Orient part.
Barton Square, Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8AS
www.legolanddiscoverycentre.co.uk Tel.0871 222 2662
Also at Barton Square, the Trafford Centre, Manchester.
Knowsley Safari Park
You could actually visit here both rain or shine. Drive through the safari park, but be careful of the monkeys, they can destroy your car! They removed our daughter Kendall’s car windscreen wipers! Sea lion show, bug house, woodland walk, mizzy lake farm, amusement rides.
Knowsley, Merseyside, L34 4AN
Actually a good day out!
Circus Show, Jungle Jims, Skywalk, Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Tower Ballroom (as seen on the Final of Strictly Come Dancing!)
A small, friendly theatre, great at panto time.
Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE
Tel: 01524 598500
Shire Hall, LA1 1YJ
Tel: 01524 64998
Madame Tussauds Waxworks
On the Promenade at Blackpool.
Tel. 0871 2829200
Blackpool Sea Life
The Promenade, FY1 5AA
Tel: 01253 621258
Local Places for Fishing
If you enjoy fishing and wish to try out some of our local fisheries, here are some ideas of places to try:
Bank House Fly Fishery
Low Mill, Caton Nr Lancaster LA2 9HX
tel. 01524 770412
Barns fold Water
Barns Lane, Goosnargh PR3 2NJ
Tel 01995 61583
Cleveley Mere Fishing
Cleveley Bank Lane Forton PR3 1BY
Tel 01524 793644
Slaidburn (King Wilkinson) Estate
Central Stores and Post Office, Slaidburn BB7 3ER
Tel. 01200 446268
Hazelrigg Lane, Ellel, Lancaster LA2 0PL
Tel. 01524 752566
Carlow Road, Slaidburn BB7 3AQ
Tel. 01200 446602
Sunnyside Farmhouse, Bay Horse, Lancaster LA2 9DG
Tel. 01524 792093