Lancashire and the surrounding area

Travel less than an hour from Blackpool and you will find yourself in the heart of the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire’s stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; or how about the historic city of Lancaster with its ancient castle and cobbled streets? In fact you are only a short distance from a whole host of natural attractions, stately homes, museums and market towns, whether you travel along the Fylde coast or inland into Lancashire’s rugged countryside.

Lancaster CastleLancashire is the place to find great tasting food, made using produce that was grown up the road by the family who’ve produced it for generations. Call in for lunch at a country inn, pick up some delicious treats for tea at a farmers market or indulge yourself in a gourmet dining experience. Meet our artisan producers and try local delicacies such as Morecambe Bay shrimps and Lancashire cheeses. Throughout the year dip into foodie events like Nigel Haworth’s Fantastic Food Show in Blackburn and Clitheroe Food Festival.

Whether you want big hills to climb, views to admire, flat roads to cycle or winding roads to explore – Lancashire has it in abundance. For those looking for a more practical hands-on experience you can try dry stone walling in the Forest of Bowland. If you fancy a walk but don’t know where to start then the Garstang Walking Festival in spring and the Pendle Walking Festival in late summer both offer a variety of guided walks to suit all abilities.

Interested in centuries-old heritage and legendary folklore? Then follow in the footsteps of the Industrial Revolution or find out more about the infamous Lancashire witch trails. Queen Street Museum and Helmshore Mills Textile Museum take you into the heart (and noise) of Lancashire’s industrial past, while stately homes such as Samlesbury Hall and Hoghton Tower reveal how Lancashire was shaped by the Reformation and witch trials. Family events throughout the year give you the chance to try rural crafts and watch re-enactments.

Head up the coast from Blackpool to discover one of the county’s newest family attractions, Lancashire’s own ‘leaning tower’ on Rossall Beach. The amazing Rossall Tower is a viewing platform and superb bird watching deck on the coast between Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

From lamb feeding and chick holding in the spring to scary Hallowe’en events in the autumn, we’ve an events schedule
packed full of family friendly things to do.

During the summer months get your culture fix at Lytham Proms, The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne
and The Dukes Walkabout Theatre in Lancaster.

Looking for places to stay outside Blackpool? Go to visitlancashire.com/accommodation
For a full list of Lancashire events, festivals and shows go to visitlancashire.com/whatson
Explore the Lancashire countryside – download free walking and cycling routes
For a full list of places to eat, farmers markets, farm shops and producers go to visitlancashire.com/food-and-drink
For a full list of things to do in Lancashire go to visitlancashire.com/things-to-do