If you’re spending a day out in Lancashire over the next few months and need some inspiration for a great day out for the whole family, look no further! Here are a few of our top picks to get you started.
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough
Martin Mere Wetland Centre is a haven for those who love nature and wildlife. The nature reserve provides amazing wildlife spotting opportunities, arts and crafts, animal feeding, den building, a play and picnic area and plenty of squelchy land to wander around in.
The whole family can learn about The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), a charity whose aim is to save wetlands, and of course, the wetlands themselves and why they’re so important.
Clitheroe Castle and Museum, Clitheroe
If your kids enjoy stepping back in time, Clitheroe Castle and Museum is one of Lancashire’s most iconic historic buildings. Built in the 12th century, the impressive keep offers stunning views of Clitheroe, Pendle Hill and the Ribble Valley. While dad stocks up on knowledge for the pub quiz, the kids can learn about the history of the area through interactive exhibits, dress up, and marvel at the artwork and artifacts.
The castle is surrounded by extensive gardens, which feature a rose garden, a skate park, a playground and a maze. When you’re all tuckered out, head down to the café where you’ll find gorgeous local produce or wander around the gift shop.
Turbury Woods Owl and Birds of Prey Sanctuary, Preston
If you want to get up close and personal with some impressive birds of prey, then Turbury Woods Owl and Birds of Prey Sanctuary will definitely hit the spot. The rehabilitation centre is home to over 90 birds of prey, including including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and more unusual species. Learn about the creatures through expert knowledge, see them in flight and even take part in a full experience day if that floats your boat.
The Blackpool Tower, Blackpool
The Blackpool Tower is an iconic piece of British history, and isn’t just a tower in the middle of a seaside town. Inside, you’ll find plenty of attractions for all ages, and there’s lots to do around the building itself too. In the depths of the tower, you’ll find The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, a spooky look at Lancashire’s murky past. Recommended for children over the ages of 8, the interactive show is full of laughs, scares and surprises, and there are always a variety of extra events available throughout the year.
Working your way up the tower, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and Circus are next on the list, both historic parts of the building with plenty to learn about. A little higher up, you’ll find The Blackpool Tower Eye, complete with a bar to relax while you take in the view and a 4D cinema to make the experience extra special. With a soft play centre also inside, oodles of arcades around the corner and even attractions like Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Blackpool – there’s enough to keep a whole family busy for a very long time!
Windmill Animal Farm, Burscough
Windmill Animal Farm is a family friendly farm with animal feeds, a petting zoo and lots of demonstrations to occupy your time. Complete with a pumpkin patch, a farm train, coffee shop and indoor and outdoor playground. There’s even an area for roller racers, a whole host of animals to learn about and if you’re lucky, Santa might be there too!
Beacon Fell Country Park, Goosnargh
If you’re looking to wear the kids out, then Beacon Fell Country Park will definitely do the trick. With acres of woodland to explore and many a surprise hidden in the trees, the whole family (including the dog!) can get involved. The walk isn’t too strenuous, and there are plenty of routes to take to lengthen or shorten your walk. At the top of the summit, you can find excellent views of the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay. There’s also a visitor’s centre, cafe, picnic area and play areas nestled within the trees.
Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool
You’ll find the UK’s largest indoor waterpark in Lancashire, so it’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area. With 18 slides to keep the kids busy, as well as thrilling white knuckle slides, fun pools, a wave machine, great water based play structures younger guests and much more. Mum and dad might even be able to sneak off to the spa and enjoy a few moments of rest and relaxation! It’s fully accessible, with an Autism Friendly Quiet Room and a Changing Places wet room too.