15 Best Things to do for a Day Out in Lancashire this Summer

Including distilling your own gin, making some llama friends and jumping out of a plane...

By Manchester's Finest | July 27th '21

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Distil your own Cuckoo Gin! Right next to the Bee Centre is the Brindle Distillery, home to the award-winning Cuckoo Gin. Here you can join a 3-to-4-hour experience for the keenest of gin fans. This workshop combines an informal talk about the founding of the distillery and gin, with a tour of the venue and the chance to create your own blend of botanicals in a mini pot still, resulting in your own recipe 70cl full size bottle of gin. Your recipe will be signed off by the Master Distiller and kept on record for future reordering. Book It Brindle Distillery, Holmes Farm, Sandy Lane, Brindle, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 8LZ   Ribble Valley on an E-Bike Take in Lancashire’s beautiful scenery by hiring an E-Bike and exploring the Ribble Valley. Starting at Dunsop Bridge, you will be in the very heart of the Hodder Valley and Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and with an e-bike, you can tackle the hills, fells and forests that make up Lancashire’s iconic landscape. Book It Dunsop Bridge, Dunsop Bridge, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3BB   The Pendle Witch Trail A self-guided car or bike trail, the Pendle Witch Trail will take you on a journey through Lancashire and the dark history of 1612, a lonely road the Pendle Witches took through the Ribble Valley to Lancaster Castle where they stood trial. Along the way there are places to visit which help piece together a mystery which is over 400 years old. It is a story which still haunts the traveller today. How did ten villagers come to be found guilty of witchcraft? And why does mystery still surround them even though their trial is one of the best documented in the world? More Info   Lancaster Castle A place of defence, justice, persecution, and imprisonment, Lancaster Castle hides a fascinating past behinds its imposing walls. Guided tours offer a fantastic and truly original glimpse into the Castle's exquisitely decorated courtrooms, dark prison cells and sombre sites of execution. Book It Castle Park, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YJ   The Honeybee Experience at the Bee Centre Enjoy a Honeybee Experience at The Bee Centre. Lasting around 90 minutes, the Honeybee Experience will teach you all about the honeybee and beekeeping techniques from an experienced beekeeper before stepping into a beekeeping suit to get up close and personal with the bees as the hive is opened. You'll see the bees bringing nectar and pollen back to the hive, making honey, building honeycomb and doing their famous ‘waggle dance’. Book It Brindle Distillery, Holmes Farm, Sandy Lane, Brindle, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 8LZ   Blackpool Tower Everyone loves a bit of Blackpool Tower, and most people went up here as a kid at some point. Any visit to Blackpool isn't complete without a trip up to the top of the tower, where you can see for miles and even look straight down at that bit with the glass floor. Inside the building at the bottom you'll also find the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, the Circus and the iconic Ballroom. Book It Bank Hey Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 4BJ   Otters, Meerkats, Armadillos and more at Wild Discovery A small friendly zoo situated within the beautiful grounds of Ribby Hall Village, Wild Discovery is the zoo that interacts with you. There's daily interactive and educational talks and animal encounters, including the Farmyard Talk, Pelican Feed & Talk, Bat Talk, Meerkat Feed and Talk, Armadillo Talk and much more. Wild Discovery is home to a variety of animals including Otters, Armadillos, Porcupines, Pelicans, Wallabies, Meerkats, Genets, Rare Breed Pigs and Sheep, Tortoise, Marmosets and many more including bugs, reptiles and amphibians. Book It Ribby Hall Village, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2PR   Afternoon Tea and Tapas on a Canal Boat Cruise Jump on aboard Romance, a luxury wide beam canal boat, and enjoy an afternoon cream tea with all the trimmings, including freshly made sandwiches and homemade scones. Sit back and relax, as the two-hour return journey takes in all the beautiful sights and sounds of the Leeds Liverpool canal. If afternoon tea isn’t your thing, don’t worry, they offer, wonderful three course lunches and tapas too! Book It Riley Green Marina, Bolton Road, Hoghton, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0SP   Ribble Valley on a Trial Bike Enjoy a day of breath-taking views, guaranteed thrills and full expert tuition on the back of a motorcycle trial bike, kicking it around the stunning Ribble Valley countryside. There's no experience or bike licence necessary either, as you'll be instructed by fully qualified staff on how to ride the bike and not fall off all the bloody time. Book It New Hey Barn, Dunsop Road, Whitewell, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3AU   Swing from the trees at Go Ape Swing from the trees at Go Ape Rivington. Surrounded by rugged hills, picturesque reservoirs and woodlands full of wildlife, you can test your nerves whilst taking in the sights. The Treetop Challenge offers the perfect blend of blood-pumping action and beautiful country views, with 13-meter-high platforms, and a brilliant free-falling Tarzan Swing, this is also the only Go Ape location in the UK to feature a zip wire over water. Book It Rivington Lane, Rivington, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 7SB   Do a Parachute Jump! Jump from an altitude of up to 15,000 feet, where you will then get the rush of freefalling at around 120 miles per hour, before pulling your chute and helping steer down to the landing area. Black Knights Parachute Centre offer a range of skydiving experiences for beginners, including tandem skydives with fully qualified instructors. Book It Hillam Lane, Cockerham, Lancashire, LA2 0DY   Dinner & Stay at Hipping Hall Take a visit to the beautiful Hipping Hall restaurant and hotel, with a wonderfully crafted menu from MasterChef; The Professionals Finalist, Chef Oli Martin, and a cosy room in the heart of the stunning countryside. Book It Cowan Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire, LA6 2JJ   Llamas and Donkeys at The Wellbeing Farm Enjoy a llama experience at the Wellbeing Farm. Meet the llamas and donkeys on the farm, get to know their personalities and snap some selfies with these fun-loving animals. Next you’ll take a 40 minute walk with their resident Dr Dolittle, who will supply you with fun facts about the animals and answer all your questions. Book It The Wellbeing Farm, Plantation Road, Edgworth, Lancashire, BL7 0BY   Mythic Coast Artwork Trail Explore the lengths of Cleveleys promenade where you'll find striking sculptures that have brought to life the story of The Sea Swallow, a specially commissioned children’s story book that combines local folklore, myth and legend about Wyre's coastline. All the artworks were designed by North West artist Stephen Broadbent. Book It Cleveleys, Lancashire, FY5 1LB   The Anderton Centre Take part in an activity day at The Anderton Centre, perfect for large family groups or friends. Spread across four acres of woodland with exclusive use of Lower Rivington Reservoir, it is the perfect place to go and have some fun – with activities available to cater to various accessibility needs. Book It New Road, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 9HG