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10 of the best free things to do in Lancashire

Lancashire is synonymous with beautiful coastlines, tranquil villages, and miles of countryside. With famous landmarks such as Blackpool Tower, Lancaster Castle, and the Eric Morecambe Statue, there’s a great deal to see each time you visit.

Holgates Cottages are the perfect place to stay while exploring the county of Lancashire, situated in Silverdale, which is itself a wonderful place to visit. Situated on the Lancashire coast, Silverdale is within easy reach of the M6 with links to Blackpool, Preston, and the Lake District all just a short distance away.

There are a great number of things to do locally, and many of them are completely free! We thought we would run through a few of our favourite free attractions in Lancashire, to give you some inspiration for the next time you visit us.

1.Happy Mount Park – Morecambe

Happy Mount Park Splash ParkHappy Mount Park in Morecambe is a fantastic day out, and the perfect place to visit if you have children. You can combine a visit to the park with a walk by the seaside, or a day at the beach, and there are lots of things to do, including a free adventure play park and plenty of open green space to relax and enjoy a warm sunny day.

There are also paid activities, such as trampolines, swing boats, and crazy golf, and for just £1 each you can enjoy an hour in the ever so popular splash park, which has entertained both locals and visitors for generations.

There’s a cafe, too, so you can spend plenty of time in the park and refuel your energy, and of course, you’ll be able to grab an ice cream on a nice hot day.

2.Martin Mere Nature Reserve – Blackpool

martin mere nature reserveIf you’re a nature lover, then why not head to the Martin Mere Nature Reserve, just outside of Blackpool? Open 364 days a year, the reserve is free for WWT members, and there are lots to see and do.

If you have children in tow, they host a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year, which are well worth checking out, and of course, there are a lot of animals and birds to discover when you visit.

There are hours of fun to be had, with hands-on wildlife discovery activities including feeding the birds by hand, and a craft room where little ones can enjoy a range of craft activities.

There are a variety of habitats where you can spot different types of wonderful wildlife, including different types of birds such as ducks, geese, and wading birds.

 

3.Brockholes Nature Reserve – Preston

Brockholes Nature ReserveAnother great place to visit if you love nature is Brockholes Nature Reserve, which is a 250-acre reserve near Preston. featuring a floating visitors centre in the middle of a lake!

There are plenty of birds, butterflies, and wonderful wildlife to be spotted on the reserve, including deer and even reptiles.

There are fantastic facilities, too, including plenty of parking, a cafe, and onsite toilets, and a gift shop so that you can pick up a memento when you’re ready to return home.

There is something for everyone at Brockholes, so be sure to plan a visit next time you’re staying with us.

4. Samlesbury Hall – PrestonSamlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall, near Preston, is a stately home that is not to be missed. Steeped in history, and in the heart of Lancashire, Samlesbury Hall is a wonderful day out for the whole family.

Entry is free, and they are open Sunday to Friday, however, they close on Saturdays as the hall also doubles as a beautiful wedding venue, so be sure to check the website when you’re planning your visit.

There is a gift shop, restaurant, and a playground to keep the children entertained, and even a honey bee heritage centre!

The Hall and gardens themselves are absolutely beautiful, and they even offer free tours on Sundays.

5. Harris Museum, Art Gallery, & Library – Preston

With free admission and lots to see and do, the Harris Museum in Preston is a great day out for all. You can discover over 1200 painting and sculptures, stunning ceramics, over 6000 items of fashion costumes, as well as a stunning history collection that includes a full skeleton of an ice age Elk dating back to 11,500 BC.

There are events and exhibitions held regularly, and the museum is wheelchair accessible, with an onsite cafe, toilets, and gift shop.

6. Williamson Park – Lancaster

Williamson Park LancasterWilliamson Park is a stunning park in Lancaster and is not to be missed if you are visiting the area. Sitting right at the top of Lancaster, it offers breathtaking views over Lancaster, Morecambe and Morecambe Bay, and you can even see the mountains of the Lake District. It’s worth a visit just to enjoy the view, particularly if you also manage to catch a sunset, but there is plenty more to see and do as well.

With 54 Acres of parkland, woodland, paths and play areas, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy, and there is even a butterfly house with a mini zoo, where you can see Meerkats, Marmosets, and creepy crawly spiders.

The stunning Ashton Memorial sits in the centre of the park, and you can climb to the top, or simply admire it from down below. It’s a beautiful landmark and a popular wedding venue.

For refreshments, there’s a cafe, with both indoor and outdoor seating available, perfect for a cold drink on a hot day or somewhere to shelter on a crisp winter’s day.

7. Stanley Park, Blackpool

Stanley Park BlackpoolAnother wonderful park that is well worth a visit is Stanley Park, in Blackpool. Voted the best park in the UK twice in the last three years, this 390-acre park offers everything for a fun family day out. From play parks to sporting facilities, to a boating lake there are lots to see and do.

The park is known for its iconic bandstand and Italian gardens, and is a tranquil haven amongst the hustle and bustle of Blackpool. It is split into four sections, the north and west making up the formal gardens, the east the lake and woodland area, and the south containing the children’s playground and sports facilities.

The park is open from dawn to dusk and has a fantastic Art Deco Cafe, which is not only a great spot for refreshments but an attraction in itself for period enthusiasts.

8. Greenlands Farm Village – Carnforth

Greenlands Farm Village, in Carnforth, is an attraction that is simply packed with wonderful things to do for the whole family. It’s free to visit the artisan village, which has shops, a butcher shop, a garden centre and cafe, and you can pay a little extra to visit the open farm, play miniature golf, or enjoy the indoor soft play barn.

The farm is a lovely hands-on experience for anybody who wants to meet the animals up close, including pygmy goats, Kune-Kune Pigs, reptiles, and guinea pigs, and plenty of the farm is indoors, so it’s well worth a visit even if the weather isn’t too good.

The retail village is a great spot to discover some local businesses, and you can buy everything from food and wine, to gifts, homeware and children’s toys.

9. Pendle Sculpture Trail – Pendle

Pendle Sculpture TrailIf you fancy a walk with a difference, then be sure to check out the Pendle Sculpture Trail.

Starting in Aitken Wood, in Barley, this one-mile trail through the wood offers 10 ceramic plaques each with its own unique symbols which represent the Pendle people who were hanged 400 years ago in the biggest witchcraft trial in this country’s history.

There are also a number of mythical creatures dotted around the wood to find, which should keep both children and adults entertained while you enjoy the great outdoors!

10. Haworth Art Gallery – Accrington

Haworth Art GalleryHaworth Art Gallery is one of Lancashire’s most wonderful arts and crafts houses, and also has the most beautiful garden which is a delight to walk around.

The art gallery has a beautiful collection of 18th and 19th-century paintings, as well as Tiffany glassware, and community artists studios, with workshops, events and sales of artwork regularly taking place. There is also a stunning restaurant & tea room situated in the original arts & crafts dining room.

The gallery is open to all and is free admission, so it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful way to enjoy a little bit of art and culture.