The summer school holidays are upon us and you’re probably thinking how to keep the kids entertained. Well, look no further because we’ve put together some of our favourite family days out in Lancashire! From the thrill and excitement of theme parks to serene walks in natural beauty spots, you can be sure there’s something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a fun day out for all the family, then Southport Pleasureland is the place to be! Located by the coast, our family friendly amusement park has a fun mix of rides suitable for all ages, beautiful landscaped spaces and a great choice of food and drink stalls. There’s also entertainment and special events that take place throughout the year, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. And just to top it all off, you can get FREE ENTRY to the park grounds!
Lakeside Miniature Railway
If you’re paying a visit to Southport Pleasureland, taking a ride on the historic Lakeside Miniature Railway is an absolute must. It’s the oldest continuously running 15-inch gauge railing…in the world! First built in 1911, the railway runs alongside the Marine Lake on the seafront where you can take a ride to the lovely cafe situated next to the track for a pitstop or go for a spin on the carousel and helter skelter further down the track. You don’t need to book in advance, simply hop on when you’re ready!
There’s only one perfect way to end your day at Southport Pleasureland and that’s with a relaxing ride on the Big Wheel. Situated right next to the theme park grounds, this 35-metre tall wheel offers visitors breathtaking 360-degree views across Southport, over towards Liverpool and Ribble Estuary as well as the hills of North Wales and the Lake District and beyond! You can choose to experience these gorgeous views in the day or at night.
Go Ape Rivington
Go Ape Rivington has been hailed as a mini Lake District due to its areas of outstanding natural beauty. But high up in the open, spacious site is where the adrenaline lovers go for some real fun! The Treetop Challenge includes 13-metre-high platforms with a free-falling Tarzan Swing as well as zip wire over water – the only Go Ape location in the UK to feature this! So, if you want to blend beautiful country views with blood-pumping adventure, why not pay a visit to Go Ape Rivington?
Sea Life Blackpool
No matter the weather, Sea Life Blackpool is a great day out. Learn all there is to know about aquatic life with over 1,000 sea and fresh water creatures on display, from turtles to jellyfish. There’s also over 50 innovative aquarium zones including an interactive rock-pool, a tropical rainforest and Shark reef encounter! This is the perfect chance to get up close and personal with the creatures of the underwater world.
Branded as one of the stunning stately homes of Lancashire, Samlesbury Hall is a haven for history lovers. Take a look around the 700 year old Hall itself including the Victorian kitchen, schoolroom and the 1950s bedroom. Embark on a guided tour of the gorgeous grounds, dine in their award winning restaurant or visit the current exhibition in the Long Gallery. Whatever you choose to do when you visit, it’s safe to say it’s a fantastic family day out.
Blackpool Tower is the home of ballroom dancing amongst other attractions. First opened in 1894, the Blackpool Tower has become one of Britain’s most-loved landmarks and a family favourite for a fun day out. Housing five permanent attractions within the tower – including Blackpool Tower Eye, Blackpool Tower Circus, Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Blackpool Tower Ballroom and Jungle Jim’s – there’s something for all ages!
As you can see there are plenty of days out with the kids in Lancashire and we’ve only scratched the surface with our suggestions above. But one thing is for sure, you’ll not be short of things to do in the North West!