Lancashire County Council invites families to enjoy local museums with ‘Xplorer’ pass

Posted on - 28th March, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Kid's stuff, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
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A museum pass launched by the county council will offer residents 12 months of unlimited access to local attractions.


As museums prepare to open their doors to the public, Lancashire County Council has invited visitors to enjoy them for less with its annual family and friends ‘Xplorer’ pass for use in county council museums around Lancashire.

One pass entitles two adults and two concessions (including the pass holder) unlimited entry to Clitheroe Castle Museum; Judges’ Lodgings in Lancaster; Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham; Helmshore Mills in Rossendale and Queen Street Mill in Burnley.

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Councillor Peter Buckley said: “We’re proud to have such wonderful museums in Lancashire.

“We want to do everything we can to encourage people to come and visit these great facilities, especially now that we are coming out of the pandemic.

“At £20, we think the Xplorer pass represents great value. It will allow families to enjoy more for less, and when the cost of living is going up, that can only be a good thing.”

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The reintroduction of the family and friends pass comes as Judges’ Lodgings, Queens Street Mill, Gawthorpe Hall and Helmshore Mills gear up to welcome back visitors following a temporary closure due to the pandemic.

Visitors can buy an Xplorer pass at one of the museums from April 1, with families able to visit as many times as they wish over the year for a flat annual fee of £20.

Entry for children is free at all these sites. Concessions apply to over 65s, people with a disability, unwaged and students.

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Passes are non-transferable, with lost passes replaceable on proof of purchase and valid until the original expiry date.

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