You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in Lancashire. With easy access to the cities of Liverpool and Manchester, Lancashire can offer plenty of thrills on its own. Head to Blackpool or Southport for the bright lights, or escape to the countryside at Beacon Fell or Wycoller Country Parks. Take in sea views along the sands at Morecambe Bay. Visit historic attractions such as Hawthorpe Hall, an Elizabethan stately home or the impressive medieval Lancaster Castle.
Blackpool and Southport are the two biggest draws on the west coast. Test your nerves on the Pepsi One rollercoaster at the Blackpool pleasure beach. Take in the views from a restaurant at the top of Blackpool Tower. Make a splash at Sandcastle Waterpark, the UK's biggest, or stroll along the three piers. Get up close to sharks at the Sea Life centre and, in the evening, take in a show in the the Winter Gardens with its 12 venues, or the Blackpool Illuminations from September to November.
Southport also offers miles of golden beaches, coastal walks and attractions like a Model Railway village, all-weather water park, Splash World, tenpin bowling and a laser zone. Or head to Silocks Funland, treat yourself to fish and chips and an ice cream, and play video and arcade games.
You can also choose from six golf courses and time your stay to catch one of a number of festivals including jazz, food and drink, comedy, fireworks and air displays.
Things to do
Head to the coast and enjoy traditional seaside pleasures like building a sandcastle, having a paddle or soaking up sea views. Visit cultural attractions like the lakeside Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery which dates back to the 16th century and which has a unique collection of period furniture. Or why not hire a bike or put on some boots and head for the Marton Mere local nature reserve?
Eating and drinking
Lancashire offers a range of eating and drinking experiences from haute cuisine at Northcote to cockles and mussels on Blackpool seafront. Or, for a great village pub that serves very good traditional food, try the Parkers Arms on a hill above Clitheroe with views over the Ribble Valley.
Blackpool has a number of entertainment venues including The Grand Theatre and offers a wide range of shows, comedy and live bands. There is a cinema and plenty of nightclubs.
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