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  • Shakespeare Schools Festival

    Shakespeare Schools Festival

    Burnley

    Support local young people and give your children the perfect introduction to the stories of the brilliant Bard at the 2018 Shakespeare Schools Festiv…more

  • The Exploded Circus

    The Exploded Circus

    Lancaster

    Featuring a breath-taking mix of acrobatics, surprising aerial feats and masterful juggling,The Exploded Circus weaves a story without words, where…more

  • The Kings Arms launch party

    The Kings Arms launch party

    Morecambe

    To celebrate its opening, The Kings Arms, Morecambe will be throwing a launch party from 5pm on Friday 23rd November. Expect a glass of fizz and canap…more

  • ComedySportz

    ComedySportz

    Chorley

    You've seen football. You've seen tennis. But have you seen Comedy as a sport?You don't want to miss this all ages, all action, all improvised compe…more

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Lancashire is a county that seems to offer something for every mood. From the exciting metropolis of Manchester on its border, where you can wine, dine, dance or watch every kind of sport, to the cheeky seaside nonsense of Blackpool, every kind of night out is covered. Similarly there is gorgeous scenery in every corner of the county, from windswept coastline to high rugged hills, moving from the Ribble Valley to the Lake District on its border.

Lastly, history is everywhere in Lancashire, having been founded in the 12th century and recognized in the Doomsday Book. From Lancaster Castle and St Marys Priory to Gawthorpe Hall there are historic sites all over. Most famously Lancashire became a major industrial and commercial region during the industrial revolution with hundreds of colleries and mill towns and 85% of all cotton manufactured across the world being processed in Lancashire (check out Blackburn Museum for more a full history).

Manchester, Liverpool and parts of the Lake District used to be part of the county but the boundary changes of 1974 made the county much smaller. Nowadays it is bordered by North and West Yorkshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester and Cumbria.

Just because the bigger and more famous parts of Lancashire were removed, doesnt mean it isnt worth a visit. The scenery of this small county is quite spectacular, with sandy coastline to the west (and some of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK) and rugged open moorland and fells to the east. Highlights include the Ribble and Lune Valleys and the Forest of Bowland as well as numerous nature reserves and country parks with endless walking trails. The north border spills over into the Lake District whilst the Ribble, the Wyre , the Lune and the Mersey pass through the county.

The coastline is broken up by estuaries and Morecambe bay separates Furness from the remainder of the county. Morecambe Bay itself is well worth a visit, not just for the resort, but also because it is a haven for marine life and birdlife. For a different type of coastline however, head to Blackpool for the Illuminations and an altogether less tranquil experience. From the Pleasure beach to the famous tower to the Winter Gardens, Blackpool has been one of the UKs most popular spots for over a hundred years. Whatever you fancy, youll find it in Lancashire.

Days Out & Attractions

Attractions in Lancashire

Fun days out in Lancashire

Enjoy a fun filled and fantastic day out for all the family at a range of attractions in Lancashire, including theme parks, castles, zoos, museums and historic houses.

Zoos & Safari Parks in Lancashire

Zoos & Safari Parks

Get close-up and personal with a wild animal at a zoo or safari park in Lancashire.

Theme Parks in Lancashire

Theme Parks

Thrills and spills on rides and rollercoasters at a theme park in Lancashire.

Museums in Lancashire

Museums

Love British history?Come and take a stroll through the ages at a local museum.

Art galleries in Lancashire

Art Galleries

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, enjoy art at its very best.

Experiences

Experiences

Want to try your hand at something completely different? Try an experience...

Updated: 21/11/2018 04:44:59

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