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10 Easter Days Out in Lancashire and the Lake District

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:13 20 March 2017

Amelia and Amanda Dowson at Lambing Live, Mrs Dowson’s Farm

Amelia and Amanda Dowson at Lambing Live, Mrs Dowson’s Farm

Lancashire Life picks ten events that might keep you and the family entertained over the Easter holidays

Down on the farm
Lambing Live is in full swing at Mrs Dowson’s, the visitor centre at Hawkshaw Farm, just off the A59 at Clayton-le-Dale. The new indoor visitor barns will become a maternity ward to dozens of ewes and their baby lambs. You could also try Old Holly Farm, an all weather family attraction with a playbarn based on a working dairy farm at Cabus near Garstang. Opening 18th March.

Ready to roll
If you want to keep it traditional at Easter, head for Preston’s Avenham and Miller Parks. Avenham will host egg rolling on the hour on Easter Monday. There will also be an Easter bonnet workshop plus an opportunity to take part in the bonnet competition to win the accolade of 'Best Bonnet in Show'.

Railway Easter fun
Keep your little ones entertained over the Easter with Bury Transport Museum’s drop in craft workshops. Children can get creative and design spectacular Easter inspired head gear as the museum celebrates the holidays in style. The workshop runs from 11am – 3pm on April 5th.

Search party 
Join the fun at Huntley’s Country Stores near Preston from 18th March – 23rd April as there is an exciting ‘Where’s Whalley’ themed Easter Egg Hun around the site. There are lots of delicious eggs to found, exciting prizes to be won and so much family fun.

Babe, The Sheep-pig comes to The Lowry
The classic novel which inspired the Oscar award winning film comes to The Lowry Theatre this Easter in a heart warming puppet adaptation of the classic tale. Follow the incredible story of one piglet’s rise to become the world famous sheep-pig in this stunning puppetry adaptation. It also features a West End cast of eight actor-musicians and has been adapted by Olivier Award winner David Wood (Goodnight Mister Tom, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG). 

Hop to Brockholes
Nature lovers and future nature lovers will have lots of Easter treats at Brockholes nature reserve in Preston. Take part in the Good Friday walk where you will spot the early spring flowers and enjoy a picnic lunch in Avenham Park. Across the Easter weekend you will also be able to have breakfast with the Easter bunny where children can meet their favourite Easter character and even receive some chocolatey treats. They can also take part in the “bunny burrow” which involves a number of themed activities. Booking is essential.

Spin a yarn
Soak up some of Lancashire’s fascinating industrial history with a visit to Rossendale’s two original textile mills, Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill, together known as Helmshore Mills Textile Museum. Visitors follow a journey to discover how raw wool and cotton were transformed into yarn, ready to be woven into cloth in an impressive, authentic setting.

Head for the coast
Take a stroll around the coast from Arnside to Silverdale, two of the loveliest villages in the North West. Arnside’s bustling promenade is full of individual retailers, cafes and art galleries and the walk from there to Silverdale takes in glorious views across the estuary to Grange over Sands. 

Don’t forget ted
In one of the north’s most spectacular setting, Muncaster Castle in the western Lakes has a special offer over the Easter weekend – children who bring their teddy bear get free entry.
There will be four days of teddy-based fun including teddy-trails and also exciting craft stands and activities. The weekend’s climax is the famous Muncaster Giant Easter Egg Hunt at 12.30pm on Easter Sunday and Monday which is a highlight of the weekend.

Wonderland in Blackpool

This Easter, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated show arrives at Blackpool Winter Gardens Theatre from 10th – 15th April following sold out seasons and rave reviews across the world. The adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has received critical acclaim and has been described as an enchanting musical with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder.


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