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The six week summer holidays are looming, and I can bet good money that for most parents out there, the annual ‘how will I keep the kids occupied for six whole weeks’ anxiety is beginning to kick in.

Well, if you’re based in the North West, fear not! 

With Lancashire right on our doorsteps, families will be spoiled for choice with fun, memorable and, most importantly, cost-effective activities to partake in this summer. Here’re some of the best ones…

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The Wellbeing Farm Llama and Donkey Experience

Let’s start with one of the best ones – the Wellbeing Farm offers an incredible opportunity for families to come and interact with their resident llamas and donkeys.

Guests will get the chance to mingle with the animals as well as take them for a forty minute trail walk with the farm’s very own Dr. Dolittle, who will answer all your animal queries.

Tickets for the experience are £35 per person, and children must be aged ten or over.

Book your day out here.

Wellbeing Farm, Plantation Road, Edgworth, Lancashire, BL7 0BY

Samlesbury Hall

Preston’s very own Samlesbury Hall is offering a wide range of activities to keep the children and adults entertained this summer. Guests can take a tour with one of the Hall’s characterful guides, play in the hidden Mayflower playground, or meet the whole menagerie of adorable animals that take residence
on the grounds.

After all that fun, Dottie’s Wafflery will also be on hand for tasty treats and hot tea.

For tickets and more info, click here.

Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0UP

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Heritage Tram Tours

There’s nothing quite as iconic as the Blackpool trams – and now, you and the rest of the family can enjoy a unique experience on one of the original Heritage trams.

Travel the length of Blackpool’s famous coastline on one of these lovingly retained and restored
trams, many of which are over eighty years old.

Book tickets, which are priced at an affordable £6 per person, for your tour here.

Rigby Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5DD

Windmill Animal Farm

This farm will give you and the family an authentic look into life on a working farm, as well as the opportunity to interact with and feed the resident animals.

As well as this, the farm also boasts three marvellous children’s play areas, with an on-site cafe offering hot and cold meals – though guests are also allowed to bring their own food to enjoy a picnic on the grounds.

Adult tickets are £7.95, while children tickets are £8.95 – under 1s go in free. 

Visit the website here for more information.

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Ribble Valley Bike Trail

The best way to explore the stunning Lancashire countryside is by E-bike – you and the rest of the family can hire a Ribble Valley E-bike from a number of destinations such as The Inn at Whitewell, The Red Pump Inn, The Spread Eagle at Sawley, and Gisburn Forest Hub. 

They can even be delivered to a specified location. 

Perfect for cyclists of all abilities, these E-bikes will give you the gusto to tackle the hills, fells and forests that make up Lancashire’s iconic landscape. 

Visit the website here for hire prices and availability. 

Dunsop Bridge, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3BB

The Honeybee Experience at the Bee Centre

For ninety minutes, you and the family will don real beekeeping suits and learn everything there is to know about the art of beekeeping, honey and pollonation.

The Honeybee Experience will teach you all about the honeybee and beekeeping techniques from an experienced beekeeper, all while being up close and personal with the bees in their hive.

You’ll also see the bees bringing nectar and pollen back to the hive, making honey, building honeycomb and doing their famous ‘waggle dance.’

Click here for bookings and more information.

Brindle Distillery, Holmes Farm, Sandy Lane, Brindle, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 8LZ

Bowland Wild Boar Park

Bowland Wild Boar Park

From meercats, owls and boars, to chicks, lambs and llamas, there’s a whole array of wonderful animals to meet and interact with, as well as habitats and nature trails to explore.

Families can explore the sixty-two acres by foot or by unique tractor rides – there will also be the opportunity to refuel in the farm’s newly-refurbished café and Ice Cream Parlor.

Click here for more information.

Forest of Bowland, Chipping, Lancashire, PR3 2QT

Mrs Dowsons Visitor Centre & Farm

Another one for the animal lovers – at Mrs. Dowsons Farm, they are passionate about giving their visitors the opportunity to see, touch and engage with their friendly farm animals, explore the countryside and experience a real working farm.

They also make their own award-winning ice cream using fresh milk from their farm dairy, which will be a fantastic treat on a warm day.

Click here for more information.

Hawkshaw Farm, Longsight Road, Clayton Le Dale, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 7JA

Thornton Hall Country Park

Thornton Hall Country Park

At the Thornton Hall Country Park, families can meet with the friendly farm animals and take part in activities such as lamb feeding and rabbit holding. Tractor rides through the fields are also on offer, as is an indoor play area featuring giant slides.

There is also a cafe on site, dishing up delicious burgers and pizzas for the whole family to enjoy. 

You can find more details here.

Thornton-in-Craven, Nr Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BD23 3TS

Go Ape Rivington

The UK’s number 1 forest adventure challenge, Go Ape offers award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family.  

Boasting Tarzan swings, tree-top obstacle courses and giant zip lines, Go Ape is guaranteed to be a fantastic day out. 

Children need to be a minimum of ten years old to take part with a height of at least 4ft7″.

Check out their website here for more details. 

Go Ape Rivington, Rivington Lane, Rivington, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 7SB


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Manchester’s biggest Country and Western night is happening this weekend

Get ready for a boot-scootin’, rootin’ tootin’ good time!

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Manchester’s biggest night of Country and Western floor fillers is happening this week.

Red Solo Club is bringing its successful club night to Cooper Hall on Saturday, June 10th — yeehaw!

Put on your best cowboy hat and boots, and get ready for a great night of dancing as country lovers can expect to hear some absolute contemporary bangers by the likes of Luke Combs, Taylor Swift and Shania Twain.

And for those who love to a little Hillbilly Rock, there will also be occasional interludes of traditional country singalongs from Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett and more.

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Since its first night sell-out in November 2022, Red Solo Club has grown to become a successful bi-monthly event in Manchester, and as of July, it will be coming to Glasgow too.

Taking its name from Toby Keith’s country hit Red Solo Cup, Red Solo Club was created by friends Ste Brown and James Macdonald.

They said: “We were both introduced to modern country music while driving around America together about 15 years ago. You can’t go far over there without hearing some country music, and our interest in it has grown and grown since then.”

The pair also present The Dive Bar on LCRUK — an online country radio station setup during lockdown.

They continued: “We’d play all this music on our show and go to gigs but there was nowhere in the area that would play these songs late into the night, so we thought… why not do it ourselves?

“The genre is becoming really popular in the UK, and with young people too. I think some people maybe assume it’s just line dancing, stetsons and Achy Breaky Heart but give it a listen and realise there’s some great rock and pop songs — just with a little southern American twist.”

Red Solo Club is Manchester’s biggest country party, playing five hours of the best country music at Cooper Hall, Northern Quarter, on Saturday June 10th 9pm to 2am.

Ticket prices start from £5 and can be purchased by clicking HERE. Advanced tickets are available for £6, or £7 for anybody wishing to pay on the door.

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P!NK is kicking-off her world tour in Bolton next week

P!NK will bring her tour to Greater Manchester next week

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Pop star P!NK is set to kick-off her world tour starting in Bolton next week.

The 43-year-old superstar will embark on her Summer Carnival World Tour next week at the University of Bolton Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday, June 7th and 8th.

The popular American singer-songwriter will take to the stage — in her upcoming eighth concert tour — for the two days as she performs some of her well-known hits and best loved tracks, including songs from her latest album, Trustfall.

The six-pack sporting musician, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore Hart, posted an image of herself suspended in the air, while practising some kind of aerial arts, on Instagram last week to give fans a taste of what’s to come. 

Alongside the image she wrote: “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

The quote was taken from the 19th-century American philosopher and poet Henry Thoreau. One excited fan wrote: “Can’t wait to see u in Berlin!! I’m flying from Barcelona.”

Another one-upped them and said: “Can’t wait to see her in Germany!!! flying from NY to Barcelona then to Germany!!” A third fan added: “Can’t wait to see you in July…this will be so fantastic.”

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The concerts will be held in the open air, with doors opening from 4.30pm and music due to start at 5.30pm – 11pm on both days.

P!NK will be supported by special guests at the concerts including Kidcutup, Gayle and The Script.

The council has issued advice for parking and traffic management with extensive traffic restrictions in place due to concertgoers travelling by different forms of transport such as car, coaches, public transport, taxis and also by foot.

Tickets for the events can be purchased by clicking HERE.

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The Champions League final is being shown at Manchester’s biggest fan park

A Sky Sports presenter plus a genuine footballing legend will be there to give their match analysis

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A Champion’s League Final festival is coming to The Love Factory in Manchester for the big game next month.

Sporting events company, 4TheFans has announced its UEFA Champions League Final Festival FanPark at Love Factory in central Manchester on Saturday, June 10th.

Man City secured their place at the Istanbul final when they beat Real Madrid at the Etihad.

As the Blues march into the final for what could be a historic treble, families are welcome to watch them at this the huge indoor and outdoor event — opening its doors from 3pm. The match will kick-off at 8pm GMT.

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Only 10 minutes walk from Manchester Victoria, it will be the ultimate place for all the family to watch Manchester City take on Inter Milan.

Fans will get to enjoy the big game on huge anti-glare screens and soak up entertainment including a Sky Sports presenter, football legend, DJs, competitions, and fun footy activities — the atmosphere will be immense!

Hosting the event will be a Sky Sports presenter plus a Man City legend to give their match analysis and have bags of banter as part of an interactive show for the fans. 

The real festival atmosphere will continue as fans enjoy a variety of food and drink (including award-winning pies), and more.

Love Factory

All ages are welcome making this the most family-friendly fan park available. Kids can take on their parents in footy activations including penalty shootouts, and a precision wall to test their accuracy. 

And when Manchester City score, get ready for big celebrations with awesome special effects such as pyrotechnics and cO2 cannons! 

Tickets are expected to sell out fast so fans should move quickly to secure their spot and avoid disappointment! General admission tickets start at £8 per person for a group of six, and £10 for individual tickets with a VIP box starting from £75 per person.

To book tickets and find out more CLICK HERE.

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