Set within 54 acres of open spaces and breathe-taking views I didn’t quite know what to expect from an outdoor walkabout theatre production. But there’s a first time for everything…right? So I jumped at the chance to experience something new, and I’m so glad I did!
Brush up on your history and have some fun at these fantastic family events happening in Lancashire over the summer.
1.Fleetwood Festival of Transport, Fleetwood 19 July Over 200 different classic and vintage vehicles, including trams, are on display (following a parade through the town) along with fairground rides, stalls, live performances and entertainment from Spareparts Arts.
2.Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival, Lytham Green 19-20 August Historic Vehicles, music and dance, memorabilia, thrilling battles, educational talks and demonstrations plus living history camp. Witness a mock WW2 battle scene using authentic uniforms and equipment.
To celebrate the joyous occasion that is National Cream Tea Day here’s a few places in Lancashire where you can get your fix of scones, cream, jam… and all the other treats that make up the veritable treat that is afternoon tea. The only difficult decision is deciding whether to put the cream or the jam on first…..
1. The Midland Hotel, Morecambe Beautiful views across Morecambe Bay and a fabulous art deco afternoon tea experience. Three tiered selection of Victoria sponge, fruit tartlets, scones and delicate finger sandwiches. Choose from a variety of infused teas, or for more decadence, a glass of champagne.
Planning days out and holidays when you’ve got children to entertain can be one of the biggest challenges for families. Especially when your little darlings have oodles of energy to burn off and the threatening cry of ‘I’m bored!’ is never far away. Let them walk on the wild side this summer with these Lancashire attractions.
Brockholes The fact that Brockholes calls itself an ‘unreserved’ nature reserve, sets the scene for this covers 250 acre reserve just off J31 of the M6, featuring countless trails and hides to explore. As you’d expect of a nature reserve there’s plenty of open space and wildlife to see, but there’s also a large adventure playground, good café and during the summer holidays look out for craft sessions, seasonal trails, open-air theatre and family events which will test your tracking and den-building skills. Did we also mention that entrance to Brockholes is free?
Agricultural shows are a great way to discover new producers, pick up tasty treats to take home and generally re-connect with our rural heritage. They also make a great family day out over the summer, with a variety of kid’s entertainment and activities, plenty of farm animals to see and some unusual sports to watch.
Great Eccleston Agricultural Show 18 July Some of the best livestock in the country will be in the main ring, along with horses, sheep, pigs, goats and rare breeds. The tractor pull will take place on both days and the show field will be packed with stalls and produce marquees.
If the Game of Thrones has given you a love of medieval fantasy, there are plenty of historic castles to visit locally. We can’t promise you any dragons and knights, but you may hear tales of witches and ghosts.
Clitheroe has been dominated by its landmark castle for centuries and is said to have been built in 1186 by Robert de Lacey.
From its vantage point the top of Castle Hill you can see the beautiful Ribble Valley, Pendle Hill and much further afield. The Castle is surrounded by 16 acres of parkland and Clitheroe Castle Museum has a host of interactive permanent exhibitions and a packed schedule of evenst all year round.
Enjoy the sunshine with a backdrop of live music - here are some of the best local music festivals taking place this summer in Lancashire
The Beat Herder Festival This non-conformist festival provides locally sourced food, creative workshops and live performances from artists and DJ’s including Basement Jaxx, Sugarhill Gang and more. Dates: 17 - 19 July 2015 Price: Tickets for adults (with camping) from £134.00 Location: Sawley, Clitheroe beatherder.co.uk
Holidays and days out at the seaside are the stuff of childhood memories. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Think donkey rides, building sandcastles, fish & chips and you’re already there. Throw in a summer show and you’ve got the makings of a great day out beside the sea. 1. Build a sandcastle, complete with flags and shell decorations Try the beaches at St Annes, Blackpool, Cleveleys, Fleetwood and Morecambe. Buy an ice cream and encourage the kids to have a donkey ride – what could be simpler? Get more info on beaches in Lancashire