Things to do: Family day trip ideas in and around Preston

Posted on - 5th September, 2012 - 8:11am | Author - | Posted in - Things to Do in and around Preston
ribble steam railway

Ribble Steam Railway in action

Keeping children entertained can be a hard to maintain, week in, week out, especially at weekends or during school holidays.


Here are some ideas to help those families in the Preston and Lancashire area who are struggling to find something to do and are looking for suggestions.

Visit the Seaside
Children love a day out at the seaside. Besides being able to play on the beach there are also the amusement arcades, fun fairs and other tourist attractions to visit. For those looking for a family day out in Lancashire you cannot go far wrong by visiting the seaside resort of Blackpool. The choice of things to do is breathtaking, from the famous Blackpool Tower, the Pleasure Beach, to trams and the amusements on the piers; Blackpool offers a brilliant family fun day out no matter what your age.

Indoor Play Centres
On days when the weather isn’t quite what you’d call ideal you can always find a children’s indoor play centre to take shelter in and occupy the kids for a while. The children love them because they can run about freely, climb, play games and have fun. The parents like them as they can sit, relax and have a coffee. Living in Preston our favorite is Rascals at the Capitol Centre but there are many others in the area to choose from.

Animal Farms
Fancy some fresh air? Then seek out a local animal farm they offer the children the chance to get up close to a variety of farm animals like sheep, pigs, goats and rabbits. Many farm centres feature playgrounds and sometimes other attractions like steam trains. Another of our favorite’s is Windmill Animal Farm near Burscough.

Zoos and Wildlife parks
Moving on from the animal farm, if you prefer something a little more exotic then why not visit a local zoo or wildlife park. People of all ages love zoos and they give an excellent opportunity for children to see and learn more about other much larger animals like elephants, lions, tigers and giraffes. An ideal day out for your little monkeys. Blackpool Zoo is an excellent day out and if you want to travel further afield there is Chester Zoo and Knowsley Safari Park.

Another option for a rainy day is to visit a museum, there are plenty to be found throughout the Lancashire area which cover a variety of subjects from wildlife and environmental centre’s, transport museums such as the Leyland Commercial Vehicles Museum or the Ribble Steam Train Museum, to those covering historical matters, science and television. They make a great day out and will so many to choose from you can visit them time and time again.

Lancashire and the Preston area isn’t short of things to do whatever the weather. From museum, to nature trails, from seaside towns to indoor play centres there is a lot of offer.

Where is your favourite place to take the kids? Let us know your top tips in the comments below

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