Spending time with your families in the sun is a wonderful way to spend your weekends, and with the school holidays fast approaching finding activities may be at the top of your ‘to do’ list!

 

We’ve a taken a  look at what fun things Preston has to offer without breaking the bank, so let’s get started:


Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is a family-friendly museum with plenty of hands-on activities to get stuck into at whatever time of day you visit.

 

 

Located at Market Square, visitors can view exhibitions, art, ceramics, glass, textiles and digital media, as well as take part in the drawing challenges in the Fine Art Gallery or be a detective in one of the Scent Bottle tours.

There’s even a 10,000 year old elk on site too!

 

 

Suitable for all ages and wheelchair and push chair friendly, visit http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/ for further information.


Brockholes Nature Reserve

Take the time to enjoy the great outdoors in a family adventure day at the Brockholes Nature Reserve.

 

 

You’re sure to find something for everyone, from walking trails to an adventure play area with a climbing forest to a zip wire, and with a 250 acre nature reserve surrounding you, you’ll probably spot some wildlife too!

 

 

There are also a number of lakes on site so why not make a day of it and take a cycle along the Guild Wheel Cycle Route to soak up the beautiful scenery?

We can’t think of a better way to relax!

For further information visit: http://www.brockholes.org/


Fairhaven Lake

One of the borough’s most popular attractions, Fairhaven Lake is located between Lytham and St Anne’s. This salt water lake is positioned directly on the coast next to Granny’s Bay and Stanner Bank and measures 1200m by 400m and is 1.2m at its deepest.

 

 

A stunning area to walk around and with breathtaking sunset views, the lake is one of the most important wildfowl locations in Europe with a group of more than 250 Canada Geese, several Swans (including a solitary Black one) and many coots, water hens and other smaller fowl.

 

There are also tennis courts and basketball courts on site along with a recently opened Skate Park and off road car parking at both ends of the lake.

Opening times are from 10:00-19:00 and the Skate Park is open until 20:30 daily, weather permitting.

For further information visit http://www.visitlythamstannes.co.uk/attractions/fairhaven-lake-p12725


Samlesbury Hall

One of the most stunning stately homes of Lancashire and a haven for lovers of history, Samlesbury Hall is a fantastic, free family day out for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

Steeped in a wealth of history from 1180, Samlesbury Hall is renowned as one of the most haunted locations in Britain. Resident spirits include the legendary White Lady, Dorothy Southworth who died of a broken heart and has since been seen on many occasions within the Hall and grounds!

 

 

Open for visitors Sunday to Friday 10:00-16:00 and with on site parking available for cars and coaches, there is no charge to enter the Hall or grounds and the site also has free guided tours on Sundays.


Beacon Fell Country Park

A Country Park with 185 acres of extensive conifer woods and moorland, Beacon Fell is a beautiful landscape in the heart of Lancashire.

 

 

Enjoy a stroll through the forest woodlands and up to the 266M summit for a view to take your breath away. The walk ways are clearly marked and you may even spot some wildlife too.

 

 

There are also picnic areas on site for a lovely lunch in the great outdoors and a whopping 6 car parks for you to choose from!

For more information visit: http://www.visitlancashire.com/things-to-do/beacon-fell-country-park-p1730


And there we have it, a short guide on 5 Free Things To Do In Preston. We hope you spot something which catches your fancy, and let us know how your trip went by commenting on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

If you know of a hidden gem in your local area, we’d love to hear from you. Send your experience to social@swanswaygarages.com for the chance to have your say in our next 5 Free Things Blog.