Our guide to holidays in Lancashire
Lancashire holidays are all about contrasts. A tapestry of landscapes, history and a hearty appreciation for good food and drink, Lancashire’s the perfect holiday for those of you who want a little bit of everything during your family break. There’s the hustle and bustle of Blackpool and all its attractions, the Forest of Bowland and the delightfully named Ribble Valley. And then there’s the historic city of Lancaster. Small yet crammed with historic sites that tell the tales of the region’s past, Lancaster’s dotted with ancient sites that surround the tranquil river Lune.
Lancashire holidays still have a nostalgic feel to them, so they’re popular with families keen to escape their ipads and their mobiles and do all those things you never get to do. Things like chugging across a viaduct by train, taking in the scenery as you go, setting off on long old walks and stopping for lunch at a friendly pub, or even riding a tram along Blackpool’s infamous seafront.
Things to do in Lancashire
Let’s start with Blackpool, as it’s home to some of the most iconic things to do in Lancashire we can think of. How about making your way to the top of the Blackpool Tower and taking in the panoramic sea views with the world at your feet? Or grabbing your favourite dance partner and taking a turn around the dancefloor in the Tower Ballroom? And then there’s the all-important tram ride during your stay, aboard one of the trams that run up and down the historic line on the seafront.
For those quieter days, the Ribble Valley’s a favourite with walkers, and it’s dotted with pretty little villages and historic market towns for those days that are all about pottering about in the car and stopping off for the odd bite to eat. Speaking of eating…Clitheroe has a well-deserved reputation as the county’s foodie town, so make sure you stop off and sample its produce if you’re in the area.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Bowland covers 312 square miles of Lancashire and neighbouring Yorkshire, and with its striking skies and a dramatic scenery it’s just the place to blow the cobwebs out and get the kids feeling inspired by the Great Outdoors again.
Places to visit in Lancashire
So many of the places to visit in Lancashire are historic that we reckon you should tick at least one off the list during your holiday. Leighton Hall ‘s set in quintessential English country gardens, and the home’s the rather beautiful family seat of the Gillow family. This one’s a good one for that family day out during your Lancashire holiday, as you’ll be able to join one of the lively tours that bring the building to life for all ages. The family believe in letting visitors wander their whole home, so you won’t find any areas sealed off by ropes and the kids will feel as welcome as the grown ups.
If you’re hoping to spot some of Lancashire’s wildlife during your stay, head to Morcambe Bay. With a reputation for putting on a dazzling sunset every evening, this one’s for those of you who like to get your adrenaline pumping during your breaks. The perfect backdrop for a cycling, riding or windsurfing holiday (or any other outdoorsy activity come to that), the bay’s known for its sea views, and we have to say, they’re spectacular.
Over in Blackpool, you’ll find plenty of family attractions to keep the family busy – no matter what the weather does. For those gorgeous sunny days, it’s got to be Blackpool Beach. Home to mile after mile of golden sand, this is one of those beaches that’s a part of British seaside history…and it’s close to everything you need for a beachy day with the kids.