Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation center for birds of prey like falcons, eagles, owls and hawks. They have over 90 birds caged in large enclosures, allowing them to have larger living spaces. The volunteers at the sanctuary conduct flying demonstrations where the trained birds land on the visitors’ gloved hand.
Designed by Edward Milner, the Avenham Park and Miller Park are the finest examples of Victorian Parks. Listed as an English Heritage Grade II garden, the duo attracts thousands of tourists every year. Avenham and Miller Park features splendid Japanese Gardens, open lawns and various structures including The Belvedere pavilion, a cafe, and a small area designated for different events like concerts held throughout the year. Community events like Mela and Easter Monday are too held here.
Located in the countryside of Lancashire, Bowland Wild Boar Park has a variety of wild animals and farms animals which you can pet and hand feed. Kids can play at the outdoor play area, play indoor games like jenga and checkers or take tractor rides. This park also offers camping pods so visitors can experience the outdoors without the use of camping equipment.
Preston Guild Wheel is a 21-mile (33.7 kilometer) long ring road in Preston. This off-road route offers an unfettered view of River Ribble, the docks, countryside, parks and other attractions. You can choose to either cycle or walk this vehicle-free road.
More than just your regular museum, Ribble Steam Railway is a unique rail museum and a perfect family-destination for a day of fun train rides and more. Opened to public in 2005, the museum houses historic standard gauge preserved steam locomotives, rail exhibits and gives visitors a chance to ride along the 2.4-kilometer (1.5-mile) line in a steam locomotive. They have various train tour timings and many family and school tour packages, which include a guided tour of the museum, workshop and a train ride. Party/Gala train rides are also available wherein you can reserve a coach and host your own private party or celebrations like birthdays, special events etc. For some days open times may vary on account of various events held throughout the year.
Established in 1893, this historic building has been a pride of the local community and upheld local culture. A leading museum in Lancashire, Harris Museum has the largest gallery space and houses rare collections which record the history of the region. The impressive collection expands over 70,000 objects including historical artifacts, fine art paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, contemporary art pieces, textiles, ceramics and more. Doubling up as a contemporary art venue, the museum is host to a number of art exhibitions throughout the year and has art galleries showcasing work of local artists. Besides various amusing artifacts, the 13,500 year old 'Poulton Elk' is a must see! Also, look out for Mrs French's 2700 scent bottles and the Egyptian Balcony which adorns murals done by John Somerscales between 1909 to 1913.
Just over ten miles from the city, the National Trust's coastal reserve is home to some of Britain's endangered species such as the Natter-Jack Toad and Sand Lizard. Breathe in the fresh pine scented air as you take a leisurely stroll through Formby Pinewoods and onto the sand dunes of Sefton's coastline. Follow the guided walkways to discover the local flora and fauna. The walker's entrance to the Pinewoods is at Kirklake Road, but the main car park is located on Lifeboat Road.
Situated on Garstang Road, the Village Hall of Chipping is a community center which is used as a venue for a number of events. Be it a business meeting, a family function, or a wedding reception the venue's main hall and the function halls are well-equipped with various facilities like computer, projection screen, fridge and speakers, to make your event a grand success. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
When one mentions the city of Liverpool, The Beatles is one of the first things to crop up in one's mind. Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tour provides one with a tour of the places in Liverpool which are of significance, as far as The Beatles are concerned. Upto five people can be accommodated in their private cab, which will pick you up from your hotel. Tour packages range from Epstein, a two hour quickie, to Starr, a five hour extravaganza. On these tours, one can expect to be taken to places such as the homes of the four Beatles, Strawberry Field, Penny Lane, Dovedale Tower, Matthew Street and St. Peters Church.
The congregation of the Rivington Unitarian Chapel dates back to 1662, when Reverend Samuel Newton was ejected from the Rivington Church. However, the chapel was only built in 1703 with the motto "Here let no man a stranger be". This plain looking chapel is largely built from gritstones with a small bell cote on the west gable. The chapels original gates and box pews have survived and memorials have been put up in honor of Reverend Samuel Newton and the Lord of Willoughby. The church is still active and services are held on every first and third Sunday at 2:15p. Its historical significance in the struggle of the nonconformists draws visitors to this warm and peaceful chapel.
Originally a chapel of ease to Blackburn, the St Leonard's Church lies in the village of Balderstone. Constructed in sandstone rubble and slate sometime during the reign of Henry VII in the early 16th Century, the tower and the spire were added in 1907. The church is an active Anglican parish one which conducts services and holds youth groups like 'Little Acorns' for toddlers, as well as 'Sunday School', 'Sunday Club' and 'Junior Christians'. This church has been maintained superbly and it's appearance has remained the same since 1906.
An English Heritage building located in a village close to Blackburn, Immanuel Church is an Anglican church with a rather unique looking tower. The structure is known to have been built between 1835 to 1836 by Reverend J. W. Whittaker at the cost of 1,000 Euros. Immanuel church is a magnificent Gritstone place of worship that has now also become an important landmark in the village of Feniscowles.