Go to the panto • see a historic house decorated for Christmas • listen to a choir • visit a Christmas market • ice skating • indulge in festive foods • make a wreath for your door • go beach combing on Fleetwood beach • join a guided walk • enjoy a quiet moment at a nature reserve • visit a craft fair
WHALLEY PICKWICK FESTIVAL, 1 December
A Dickensian evening festival with stalls, live music, a visit from Father Christmas and plenty of warming festive foods to try.
CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR GALA CONCERT , Blackburn Cathedral, 10 December
The choirs of Blackburn Cathedral join with an orchestra to present their ever popular gala concert.
GARSTANG VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET, 12-13 December
An annual festive treat with stalls, food, live music and entertainment with a Victorian theme.
Pinocchio, The Dukes, Lancaster, 25 Nov – 7 Jan, The Blackpool Tower Pantomime, Jack & the Beanstalk, 26 Nov – 21 Jan, Crafty Vintage Fair, Brockholes, 2-4 Dec, Aladdin, The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 9 Dec – 8 Jan, Great Expectations, Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 10 Dec – 7 Jan
Enjoy crisp autumnal walks by day followed by cosy dining and real fires by night when you stay at the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green in the Ribble Valley. This 17th century Inn is dog friendly and you’ve got the Tolkien Trail right on your doorstep. Or for something completely different Samlesbury Hall’s hand crafted Shepherd Huts offer a luxurious glamping experience whatever the season with en suite, sumptuous mattresses, heating and Wi-Fi
Below the hilltop castle keep the market town of Clitheroe, in the Ribble Valley, is packed full of independent shops, a bustling market and great places to dine and drink. Call into the Platform Gallery for unique gifts and art.
Pick the perfect Christmas cheese board at the Dewlay Cheese Shop, Garstang. See these award winning cheesemakers in action from the viewing gallery. The Bowland Bar Hall in Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, is possibly the largest Bar in Britain. You’ll find all the fine ales brewed by Bowland Brewery on the menu, as well as a huge variety of beers from across the world. Cheers!
Take the stress out of Christmas shopping with a trip to Freeport Fleetwood and then call into the traditional Fleetwood Market for an array of fresh seafood, fish, cheeses and other local produce and gifts.
Wrap up warm and head out to Gisburn Forest Hub for a walk through the forest and around Stocks Reservoir situated in the heart of the Forest of Bowland AONB. Warm up in the café afterwards.