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14 Must Do Activities For The Kids On A Week Away In Lancashire

13 March 2017

If you are visiting Lancashire for the first time, or even returning to the area for another holiday, there is so much to see and do that you will struggle to decide what to do and what to save for another time!

With that in mind, we have pulled together this list of our top 14 must-do activities that are perfect for families with kids!

Horse Sanctuary

Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary


The brilliantly named Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary is a must visit for anyone with kids who love horses.

The sanctuary saves horses who have been mistreated, and they are looked after by a dedicated team. A visit is sure to bring a smile to the face of any horse lover!



If you’re planning a trip to Blackpool, then you need to pay Illuminasia a visit, which adults will enjoy it just as much as kids.

The largest indoor illuminations experience in the world, it really is awe inspiring. Combining ancient Chinese tradition, and modern technology, the experience includes depictions of the Wonders of the World and even a 3D zone where you can watch the lights come to life!

The Star Tree Studio


Let your children make a mess without having to worry about getting paint on your furniture at the Star Tree Studio, where they provide a fun space for children to be creative, and families can join in too!

Suitable for all ages, and with no need to book, this is a great day out for families who love arts and crafts.

Lancaster Canal Cruises


A canal boat cruise out to the Lune Aqueduct is a great afternoon out with the family. If the weather is good, you can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the city.

They also offer special cruises, such as fish and chips, afternoon tea, and entertainment cruises, or you can hire a boat for a party or private event!

Ribble Steam Railway

Ribble Steam Railway


The Ribble Steam Railway has been open to the public since 2005 and is a great family day out. Travel along the railway line along the dock and riverside, and visit the museum and workshop, where you can watch the engines being restored.

The three-mile train ride even includes crossing the dock swing bridge, and youngsters will enjoy the novelty of travelling by steam train!

Brockholes Nature Reserve


There really is something for everyone at Brockholes Nature Reserve, from walking the trails to grabbing lunch. The Guide Wheel cycle route runs right through the nature reserve, or bring your bikes with you and enjoy a family ride surrounded by wildlife.

Children will love the play area, which includes a climbing forest, a zip wire, and a miniature gravel quarry. And be sure to pay a visit to the floating visitor centre, which has a restaurant, ice cream parlour, gift shop, and interactive welcome centre.

Sandcastle Waterpark


Blackpool Sandcastle is the UK’s largest indoor water park, featuring the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide, as well as many more rides and attractions.

Over 18s can also enjoy the Seabreeze spa, and for a really memorable day you can book their VIP Tiki Cabana. This is an all inclusive package including your own private hot-tub and a fridge stocked with beers, wines, and soft drinks!

Junction 4 Skatepark


Junction 4 is East Lancashire’s first indoor skatepark and is a great place for kids and teens to keep active. They offer sessions for all abilities, from absolute beginners to those who are more experienced.

The sessions are really affordable, and the park features 7000 square feet of facilities which are fully air-conditioned and include an onsite shop, and chill out room with a pool table.

Grip and Go

Grip & Go


Grip and Go is an indoor climbing and activity centre in the heart of Lancashire and is suitable for the whole family. Beginners and those who have some experience of climbing already can all enjoy a day out here!

Anyone from age 4 upward (including adults) can enjoy climbing the 22 walls in the center, or those who don’t wish to join in can relax in the Grip & Go Cafe with a cup of tea and some cake.

Garstang Murder Mystery Treasure Trail


For a fun way to explore Garstang, you should definitely give the Murder Mystery Treasure Trail a go.

Suitable for ages 6 and up, the trail is self-guided and takes around 2 hours to complete, but can be done at your own pace. Solve the clues to figure out whodunit as a team of 4-5 people!

Martin Mere Wetland Centre


Martin Mere Wetland Centre is an amazing place to see wildlife up close, no matter the season. Whether you want to enjoy the walks and workshops, photograph the wildlife, or watch the birds and otters being fed, there is something for everybody to do.

For kids, there is den building, the Rushes play space, craft activities, and much more!

Bowland Wild Boar Park


If your kids love animals, they will definitely enjoy a trip to Bowland Wild Boar Park. There is so much to do, from hand feeding the animals and watching the birds and wildlife at the feeding stations, to tractor rides.

At the park, you will find wild boar, as well as lamas, red deer, goats, lambs, chicks, racoons, meerkats, and more. There is also a cafe, where you can relax with a hot drink in front of their log burner!

Blackpool Pleasure Beach


Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies will love this fun filled family day out. With thrilling rides, your favourite cartoon characters, and even crazy golf to enjoy.

This award winning theme park by the sea features the UK’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster The Big One, which is 235 ft high and reaches speeds of up to 87 miles per hour!

Energi Trampoline Park


If you need an opportunity to allow your kids to blow off steam and tire themselves out, why not pay a visit to the Energi Trampoline Park in Preston.

With wall to wall trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball, a climbing wall, and much more, you’re guaranteed a fun day out with lots to do. There is also a cafe so that you can refuel afterward!

If you’re planning a week away in Lancashire with the family soon, why not check out our Ultimate Guide To Holidaying With The Whole Family for our top tips to making your stay enjoyable and stress-free!