Lancashire is home to a surprising variety of activities, landscapes, cuisine and architecture, making it a wonderful spot for a British staycation. In some recent research we conducted, Lancashire ranked as one of Britain’s top ten holiday spots, with 1/3 of Brits expressing a desire to take a trip there.
If you’re going away with little ones this summer, it can be hard to know where to go that will keep everyone entertained, but if you’re planning to holiday up north, our guide will round up some ideal places for you to visit on your trip, as well as some special sights you’ve just got to see.
Where to stay
Golden Ball Hotel Camping Pods
This one’s for those who fancy all the thrill of camping but in a less outdoorsy way! Situated between Lancaster and Morecambe, you’ll find the Golden Ball in its own private paddock, offering you views across the countryside and over the River Lune. This is a really quirky option for your stay in Lancashire, and the whole family is sure to love the charming cosiness of these little pods.
The Fence Gate
This pretty lodge is all about the aesthetics, so get your camera ready for those enviable Instagram shots! The building itself has been recently restored and is grade 2 listed, mixing beautifully with the modern-vintage style interiors to give a cosy yet luxurious feel. Plus, children of all ages are welcome to stay here, making it an ideal location for a family getaway.
Hollin Bank Barn Bed & Breakfast
If your holiday will include your canine companion too, Hollin Bank is the place to be. You’ll find this quaint little cottage in Pendle, near to walking paths such as the Pendle Way and the Pennine Way, making it a great base for exploring what the countryside has to offer. As well as being dog-friendly, the cottage can sleep up to 6 people – perfect for a holiday with the wider family.
Places to visit
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Think Lancashire and you’ll inevitably think Blackpool, and what’s more iconic than the classic British seaside landmark, Blackpool Tower?! If you’re driving to Blackpool, we highly recommend the good old favourite car game of seeing who can spot the tower first – it’s just got to be done! Once you’re at the Pleasure Beach, you’ll be awash with rides, amusements and shows to while away your time. It’s a good idea to plan beforehand and think of what you’d like to visit so you know where to go on the day – the official website has plenty of information. Don’t forget that Blackpool is also home to the famous Illuminations, so be sure to leave time to see the spectacle while you’re there.
While you’re near to Blackpool, the zoo is a sure-fire way to spend a day well. Blackpool Zoo prides itself on taking excellent care of its animals to ensure their lives are as enriched as possible, which is why you might spot some funny sights such as keepers hiding food to encourage foraging or unusual items in an enclosure to stimulate the animal’s senses. You never know what you might see, and there’s lots to learn about why they do it, too!
Grip and Go Indoor Climbing Centre
To keep those little ones (or big ones) entertained, here’s the adrenaline rush you’ll need. Grip and Go is a family-friendly climbing centre located in Rossendale. Anyone over 4 years of age can join in, and there are walls available for all abilities, from the very beginners to the more advanced. Don’t worry, whilst the energetic ones are off climbing, there’s also a café for those who prefer their thrills warm, wet and in a teacup!
Things to see
Across Lancashire you can find four distinct panopticons (art installations at panoramic viewpoints) that mark stunning places to view the surrounding countryside whilst adding a novelty element such as colour, light or sound. Try making it your mission to visit the four panopticons throughout your Lancashire trip to not only see their distinctive architecture but also to enjoy the settings in which they find themselves.
Top tip – We love the Singing Ringing Tree, you can hear all sorts of sounds when the wind blows!
Eric Morecambe Statue
You’ll find the statue of this British entertainment legend on the Promenade in Morecambe, and it’s the perfect spot for a photo opportunity! Try standing next to it and recreating Eric Morecambe’s famous post from ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ or take a seat on the adjacent steps for a more nonchalant snap. You’ll also find plenty of Morecambe & Wise’s famous quotes and catchphrases to look over – even those who weren’t around to enjoy their antics at the time will love this little light-hearted step back in time. We’re sure you’ll leave with a smile on your face!
Lancaster Canal Cruises
See the streets of Lancaster in another way with a cruise down the city’s canal. Head down to the canalside and hop on a boat that’ll take you through the city centre. We think this is the perfect way to see lots of sights in one go, and a trip down the river always goes down well with the family, whether you’re entertaining young or old. We’d also recommend stopping off at one of the city’s canalside pubs such as The Water Witch once you’re finished in order to recharge – all that sailing is thirsty work!
Best of Britain Competition
Don’t forget, our Best of Britain competition runs until Saturday 17th August and you could win a staycation just by submitting your own British holiday snaps. Find out more here, and happy travelling!
Keep Those Holiday Snaps!
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