Lancashire has a wide choice of great of days out to keep all the family entertained. For those looking for traditional seaside entertainment, a trip to Blackpool, a most lively part of the west coast will be on the agenda. Visit the Blackpool Tower with its panoramic views and enjoy the entertainment of the Golden Mile – donkey ride anyone?. Clitheroe Castle has marked the skyline for over 800 years in the Ribble Valley – take a tour to explore the history of this landmark museum.
Two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the Forest (or Trough) of Bowland, make the countryside and moorland of Lancashire a great place to relax. Enjoy the walking, hiking and cycling amongst the pretty villages and if you are feeling energetic then you can take on Pendle Hill – of Pendle Witches fame.
Mountain bikers will love the trails at Gisburn Forest.
Lancashire has a number of important houses, stately homes and glorious gardens open to the public. Lytham Hall is a red brick house dating from the 17th century standing in 78 acres of parkland on the edge of Lytham St. Annes. Hoghton Manor stands in a hill top location with views across the countryside; inside you can tour a number of rooms, view ornate panelling and the doll house collection. Gathorpe Hall is a stunning Elizabethan house with a stunning interior and some small formal gardens surrounded by woodland. Other houses in the county include Brownsholme Hall at Clitheroe, Leighton Hall where you can explore the 19th century informal gardens, Smithills Hall and Samlesbury Hall. Garden lovers will enjoy Gresgarth Hall Gardens, a colourful sloping garden that incorporates a crossing of the Artle Beck, a tributary of the River Lune.
The county plays its part in the north west hot bed of football with teams representing Blackburn, Burnley, Blackpool, Morecambe, Fleetwood Town, Preston North End and “Accrington Stanley – who are they?!” immortalised in a mid ‘80s advertising campaign. Lancashire County Cricket Club has enjoyed success over the years with James Anderson, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff and former England captain Michael Atherton amongst its famous sons. Archery, wrestling and rugby league are also popular in the county.
Looking for some retail therapy? Then head to Preston – the main shopping centre in the county to take in individual boutiques or the St. George’s Shopping Centre. If you fancy some history then visit the Chorley Markets which date back 500 years, with a range of over 100 stalls. Elsewhere in Lancashire you will find Pendle Village Mill Outlet Centre and a range of farmers markets.
Lancashire’s famous names include Dame Thora Herd, Eric Morecambe, former Prime Minster Robert Peel, comedian Peter Kay, footballer Tom Finney and actor Ian McKellen.
Lancashire has a large range of annual events including, Vintage Festival by the Sea, Clitheroe Food Festival and the Great British Food Festival at Stonyhurst.
Lancashire is famed for its contribution to British cuisine and traditional food includes Creamy Lancashire Cheese, Butter Pie, Courting Cake, Chorley Cake, Aughton Pudding, Vimto, Black Peas, Black Pudding, Ormskirk Gingerbread and of course the famous Lancashire Hotpot – the list is seemingly endless!