Things to do in Lancashire
Enjoy a holiday full of choice! Lancashire is an ideal place to visit if you are looking for a varied holiday. There are attractions to suit everyone from country walks, festivals, markets, shopping, eating, sightseeing, to seaside amusement parks (the list could go on!). Lancashire is ideal for a fun filled family vacation, or an active holiday away with friends, as well as being a romantic base for a relaxing getaway for two.
The scenery over the Lancashire Valleys is nothing short of inspiring. There’s an abundance of truly beautiful walks throughout the county that keep ramblers and hikers returning year after year. There are various routes to choose from, but notable walks are located at Bolton, Blackpool, and Burnley. Each one of these walks has their own special charm, each ranging in mileage and terrain to suit most abilities.
This county loves an excuse to celebrate! There are festivals and events running throughout the year to keep everyone entertained. The Clitheroe Food Festival is just one of the annual festivals in the area. It showcases the best in local food and drink. For music lovers there is a fantastic music scene, especially so with Manchester and Liverpool nearby. The Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne attracts people from all over each year and is great example of the many music events in the county.
A once thriving industry of textile mills, farming, and mining has left a lasting impression on this county. Today visitors enjoy learning all about the social history of this key player in the Industrial Revolution in its many museums, and marks on the landscape. When on one of the walks in this country you may come across one of the quarries which still has evidence of it’s working history. You may even find evidence of original rigging and iron works which have become a part of the landscape surrounded by flora.
For a fun family day out many people head to the coast. Blackpool is one of the original seaside towns offering donkey rides, amusements, Blackpool Tower, and of course its Pleasure Beach! There are plenty of rides to suit even the youngest holiday makers. Teacups, roller coasters, there is even a Wallace and Gromit “Thrill-O-Matic” ride, which will ensure you have a “grand day out” when visiting Blackpool.
If you want an active break head for Rivington. Go Ape is an acclaimed Lancashire attraction that is a real hit with visitors and locals. Its a tree top experience which will literally have you swinging from tree to tree. The special thing about this particular woodland adventure is the stunning views over the valleys. There’s even a zip wire which will take you over a reservoir. It’s certainly not for the faint hearted, but will make a great day out with friends or family!
Whatever you plan to do in Lancashire you’ll be sure to find something to suit your tastes. Food, heritage, culture, and shopping are all within easy reach in this well connected county. Public transport is regular, and getting about by car is easy peasy. You’ll find plenty to do, even if you decide to just stay close to your holiday cottage. Perfect!
Lancashire has a great selection of cycle paths for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. If a nice leisurely bike route is what you are after why not make use of the beautifully peaceful canal towpaths, they’re traffic free so would even suit younger children that want to join in the fun.
If you are looking for something a little more adventurous why not head off to Gisburn Forest for an adrenaline burst whilst riding the many mountain bike trails. They have a helpful colour coded route planner to make sure you pick the right course for your ability!
Pendle Hill is part of the Forest of Bowland, a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is a great place to go walking anytime of the year. You may find yourself wanting to follow the exciting Pendle witches trail which allows you to see some of the places related to the notorious witches.
Another walk inspired by history is the Tolkien trail, J.R.R. Tolkien was the writer of well-known books The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Its good fun to try and see what local names might have inspired him for some of the titles of places in The Lord of the Rings.
Why not learn about some of the heritage surrounding Lancashire’s past, one such hidden gem is the Elizabethan house Gawthorpe Hall. The gardens and woodland provide a lovely setting whether you want a relaxing stroll or something more energetic, and entrance into the hall is less than five pounds. An eye spy kit is also available to keep young children entertained.
Stonyhurst College is a very impressive 16th century manor house that is actually still a working catholic school. Tours are only available on the weekend but they include a view around the dormitories, library and chapels.
Visiting the famous Bury open air market is a great way to do a spot of shopping but also a lovely way to help support local businesses. Having won the BBC best food market award in 2009 it’s sure to have lots of yummy treats on offer. A key piece of information is that the market only runs on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Boundary Mill Stores is also a great place to acquire some designer brands, and if you need to recharge your batteries after a hard day’s shopping their restaurant serves a delicious afternoon tea.
For many the bright lights of Blackpool and the fun filled Pleasure Beach are calling. One of Britain’s largest tourist attractions it has lots to offer including rollercoaster rides, candy floss and live shows.
Blackpool tower has also got loads going on all year round, at the top of the tower you will find the sky walk which gives you exhilarating views over Blackpool. Or glide into the ball room to put your dancing shoes on and enjoy one the best loved dancing venues around.