Treat yourself with a spa break • fly a kite on the beach • go bird spotting • visit an art gallery • drink hot chocolate • go to a traditional
Lancashire market • see the ballet • have a weekend break • build a log fire • go dry slope skiing • face your fear and tackle an indoor climbing wall • build a snowman • take a taste of Lancashire cookery course at Northcote.
OBSESSION - Northcote, 20 Jan - 5 Feb 2017
17 years of culinary excellence at Northcote. It’s a feast in every sense of the word, a celebration, a fiesta, a festival of incredible food and wine.
The Nutcracker - Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 16 Jan 2017
Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by a live orchestra The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet. As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath.
Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music - Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 21 Jan 2017
Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen Technicolor, complete with lyric subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along.
Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty - Dukes Theatre, 22 Jan 2017
oranges • clams • rhubarb • parsnip • swede • venison
During the winter thousands of wild ducks, geese and swans visit WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre near Ormskirk so it’s a good time to head out with your binoculars, especially to see the award winning swan spectacular. Explore more of the Ribble Estuary (the most important site in the UK for wintering wildfowl) by visiting Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve near Leyland. Look out for widgeon dabbling ducks and pink footed geese.
Book yourself into a suite at The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village for the ultimate luxury spa break. with delicious food served in the AA Rosette restaurant.
If you’re going to the theatre at the Preston Guild Hall or just looking for brunch in the city then head to Preston’s newest restaurants SoLita famous for their burgers and show stopping grill dishes.
One of the most popular markets in the county, Chorley Market (every Tuesday) has over 150 stalls including fresh local produce.
"The stones of Lancaster do sometimes whisper”
A brand new Literary Lancaster walking trail takes in the major city landmarks and explores the cities links with a raft of literary figures from Wordsworth (quoted above) to Carol Ann Duffy. The trail can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre or downloaded from visitlancaster.co.uk
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is a treasure trove of unique collections including rare and stunning examples from William Morris’s Kelmscott Press. The wider print collection contains almost 800 pieces from the 13th to the 19th Centuries.