Summer holidays 2023 things to do for kids in and around Preston

Posted on - 2nd August, 2023 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Kid's stuff, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, What's On in Preston, Wyre News
Another view inside the Flip Out trampoline centre
View inside the Flip Out trampoline centre

It’s not even two weeks in and the patience, and inspiration, are already running short.

Whatever your budget, whatever your situation then the school holidays can stretch on for what feels more like six months than six weeks.

Thankfully Blog Preston readers are a kind bunch and in-between telling everyone how they used to just play out with a hoop and a football on’t streets back in the day here’s the run down on things to do with everyone from toddlers to teenagers.

If we missed anything then let us know on – this list isn’t exhaustive and we’re happy to get your sessions, events or attractions added.

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One-off events

Sunday 6 AugustGala in the Gardens. Taking place at Winckley Square Gardens. More details.

Sunday 6 August – Fishwick Rangers annual family fundraiser. Taking place in Parker Street, opposite Number 56. There’s free entry to the event and then there’s a fairground which is £15 early-bird or £20 on the door. And a huge raffle with 35 prizes. To book tickets and more then call or text 07817825773.

Saturday 12 AugustSummer Family Fun Day at the Catherine Becketts Community Centre in Deepdale. Street food, DJ, penalty shootout and more from 12noon to 5pm. Free to attend.

Thursday 17 August – Paint your own ceramic summer gnome or pixie at Barton Grange Garden Centre. £6 per child with sessions are 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm and 1.45pm and they run for 45-minutes. Children must be aged three and over and be accompanied by an adult. Book via website.

Saturday 19 August – Moor Park sports and social club, 12noon to 4pm with games, BBQ, tombola and more. Main event is birds of prey.

Sunday 20 August – Billy’s Big Bash, Grimsargh Cricket Club, Grimsargh Green. From 10am, cricket matches on all day, kids cricket, bar, BBQ, raffles and more.

Thursday 24 August – Paint your own wooden bird box event. £10 per child and runs for an hour at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Children must be aged three and over and be accompanied by an adult. Book via website.

Gigs at The Ferret or The Conti. Check with venues, but Ferret is normally 14+ to attend a gig. The Conti then separate venue so as long as accompanied by an adult then no age limit. The Ferret what’s on. The Continental what’s on.

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Weekly events

Avenham Park junior parkrun, Sundays with warm-up from 8.45 and 9am start. A 2km run for 4-14 years, parents welcome to run/walk with child. It’s free. Sign up via website.

City of Preston Gymnastics club have stay and play sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays known as PlayGym. See website for session times and bookings.

Holiday clubs

Premier Drama Academy – A Stage School ahs two holiday clubs running. The first from 7 August – 9 August and is drama, craft and fun for four to six year old. Sign up form.

The second is a circus holiday club for seven year olds and over with juggling, tumbling skills and aerial skils. It’s based at the Red Scar estate in Longridge Road and is on 15-18 August. Sign up form.

Coach Gunn. Runs holiday clubs in Fulwood, multi-sports and all kinds of activities. Multiple dates. See Facebook for details.

Enso Holiday Club is running for six days in August and is located in Fulwood. See website for details.

GD Coaching. Running at Longridge High School, lots of different sports and activities. See Facebook for details.

Mad Science. Running at Fulwood and Cadley Primary school in two blocks, from 7 August to 11 August and then again from 21 August to 25 August. See website for details.

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Regular sessions

Nurture hub. Based in Much Hoole, has baby massage and more. See website for details.

Preston Family Zone. All kinds of different activities, majority of them free at a host of different children’s centres in the city. See Facebook for details.

Baby sensory. Taking place in Fylde Road, there’s lots of different sessions. See their Facebook for details.

Toddler sense. Same place as Baby sensory, lots of sessions to take kids too. See their website for details.

Hushabye hands. Based at the Space Centre in Ashton-on-Ribble, see website for details of sessions.

Baby cherubs. Based in Hoghton, classes for the smallest ones. See website for details.

Let’s Glow Sensory. Used to be Strong Foundations, rebranded and runs sensory sessions for the little ones. See Facebook for details.

Activate with Andy. Singing and play sessions in Leyland. See TeamUp for details and booking.

Hartbeeps. Lots of different sessions, particularly for babies and toddlers. Various locations. See website for details.

Zen baby. Baby massage and yoga, various locations. See Facebook for details.

Musical mischief. Musical sessions for little ones, some take place at Buckshaw Village. See Facebook for details.

Blissful bears. Baby massage, sensory, songs and more for babies and toddlers. Operating across a variety of locations. See website for details.

Rhythm time. Music classes across Preston, Fylde and Wyre. See website for details.

Little book swappers. Reading, story sessions and more. Based in Leyland. See website for details.

Tumble tots. Running at West View Leisure Centre, see website for details of sessions.

Love to learn phonics. Phonics sessions, taking place in Chorley. See website for details.

Squirrels messy play and story time. Based in Chorley, see website for sessions and dates.

Nature tots. Take place at Brockholes Nature Reserve and generally term-time only. See website for details.

Wild Wood Days. Based at Brinscall near Chorley, lots of different outdoor activities to book and get involved in. See website for details.

Diggy Sticks CIC. Woodland school and outdoor activities in Preston and South Ribble. See Facebook for details.

NCT walk and talk and meet-ups. NCT run regular meet-ups and sessions, enter your postcode and select mile-radius to see sessions on their website.

Lancashire Libraries. Hold lots of different sessions, for all age groups. See listings here and you can filter by your area of Lancashire.

The Woodland School Ltd runs monthly forest school and bushcraft activities in Fulwood. See Facebook for details.

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Turbary House Leisure Park just south of Penwortham has activities including archery, clay pigeon shooting, go karts and more. See website for details.

World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm. Based in Preston New Road, you need to book online but it’s free. Open 11am-3pm on Wednesdays and weekends.

Fired For You (Katy and Kelvin). A chance to do pottery and make, create and get messy. Based in Walton-le-Dale. See website for details.

Curiosity Corner. In Tarleton, a chance for younger ones to explore in a safe environment. See website for details and bookings.

Little Lancashire Village. A children’s roleplaying centre – perfect if your little one loves playing shop and more, there’s one in Darwen, Burnley and Rawtenstall. See websites for details on how to book.

Little Beans Play Cafe. Based in Fylde Road, there’s a play area as well as a cafe. See Facebook for details.

Peter Rabbit Explore and Play. At Blackpool, for the Peter Rabbit fans in your household. Book online.

Sealife Blackpool. Aquarium, on the seafront. Lots to see and do. Book online.

Cafe Lazio at Huntleys. Have a coffee while the kids explore the toy area. See Facebook for details.

Tiny Teacups. A stay and play cafe, best for toddlers. See website for details.

Kinder Hub. In Cottam, close to the Ancient Oak pub. Has a roleplay area too. See website for details.

Jollie’s Barn. Big soft play centre in Mere Brow. See website for details.

Mini’s. A play centre, in Lodge Street near Preston city centre. See Facebook for details.

Giddy Kids. Soft play within the Roman Way industrial estate between Ribbleton and Grimsargh. See Facebook for details.

Rascals play centre. Soft play at the Capitol Centre in Walton-le-Dale. See website for details.

Wacky Warehouse. Soft play centre, there’s one at the Phantom Winger at Broughton/Fulwood and also one at The Poachers in Bamber Bridge.

Wacky World. Another soft play along with inflatables too. In Campbell Street in Deepdale. See website for details.

Flip Out. Trampolines and indoor adventure park. In Fishwick. See website for details.

Fun Arena. Big soft play and inflatable centre, down the A59 towards Ormskirk. See website for details.

Billy Bob’s. A mix of indoor and outdoor play area, with American themed diner. On the A6 heading up towards Garstang. See website for details.

Jump Maniax. Another trampoline park, also in Fishwick. See website for details.

Thingamajigz. Soft play centre, at Poulton-le-Fylde. See website for details.

Samlesbury Hall. Heading out towards Blackburn, but not that far. Lots to explore and educational too. Good cafes as well. See website for details.

Climbing wall at West View. Now operated by the Lakeland climbing centre, there’s regular climbing sessions. See website for details and booking.

Clip’n’Climb. On the Millennium Way industrial estate between Ribbleton and Grimsargh, lots of climbing spaces for different age groups. See website for details and booking.

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Where parent and toddler groups are in the city

Christ Church Fulwood – 10.30-11.45
St Stephen’s Church – 1-2.30
St Michael’s Church – 1-3
St Andrew’s Parish Church – 10.30-12.30

Nurtured by Hand – 3x sessionsPlungington Community Centre – 10-11.30
St Anne’s Church – 9.30-11
Fulwood Free Methodist Church – 2x sessions 

Cottam Community Centre – 10-11.30
St Leonard’s Church – 1.45-2.45
Crossgate Church – 10-12

All Saints Church – 10-11.30
Broad Oak Primary School – 9-11
St George’s Church – 10-11.30

Fulwood Methodist Church – 9.30-11.30
Priory Lane Community Centre – 9.30-11
Grimsargh Village Hall – 9.30-11.30

A massive thank you to Ketran Eastham in particular for lots of contributions to this list.

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