What to do in Lancashire this winter

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When it comes to winter activities, Lancashire has it all – frosty walks with stunning scenery, brilliant attractions, and cosy spots to grab a bite to eat. There’s something for everyone in this jewel in England’s crown: all you need to do is book your accommodation, pack warmly, and enjoy the best days out Lancashire has to offer!

We’ve gathered a selection of the best things to do in Lancashire this winter, from adventurous thrills by the sea to cosy fireside dining – whatever kind of winter break you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.

Crafty Vintage Christmas markets


Wreath making workshop at Holden Clough

Feel like getting crafty and festive in a beautifully seasonal setting? Holden Clough Nurseries in Bolton by Bowland are holding wreath-making workshops throughout December, perfect for making your own traditional Christmas wreath under the expert guidance of their in-house florists. If you want to beat the crowds, they also offer late-night openings for Christmas shopping, perfect for bagging stocking fillers, before you sink into a cosy chair beside their crackling log fire or grab some grub from their Shepherd’s Hut.


Crafty Vintage Christmas markets

If you love unique treasures made with love by local creators, the Ribble Valley’s Crafty Vintage Christmas Markets – in beautiful Whalley, which has fantastic views – is an ideal day out. Quirky gifts and vintage bargains make this a perfect festive activity, but you’ll need to be quick: the market only runs for a handful of days in December. While you’re in town, you could check out the Christmas celebrations at the nearby Whalley Abbey, which includes a three-course meal and carol singing on its historic grounds.


Ice skating at Lancaster on Ice

Under the glittering lights of Lancaster’s historic town hall, a winter wonderland – including a real ice rink and a giant Ferris wheel – has emerged, running through until January. Warm your hands with a steaming mug of mulled wine and glide around the ice (or retire to the giant tipi bar to keep warm). If you want to pick up some artisanal treats as Christmas gifts – or for yourself! – they’ve got seasonal market stalls dotted around too.


Winter walks up Rivington Pike

Perfect for taking in snowy landscapes and some bracing fresh air, Rivington Pike offers a fabulous viewpoint across some of Lancashire’s loveliest countryside – and even all the way to the Lake District on a clear day. With plenty to see on the way, including the Japanese Gardens and the Pike Tower itself, it’s a lovely short walk to shake off the cobwebs before bundling into a warm pub to grab a bite to eat and enjoy Lancashire’s famous hospitality.

Winter walks up Rivington Pike


Winter Gardens Wonderland in Blackpool

Perfects for kids (or big kids!), Blackpool’s art deco masterpiece, the Winter Gardens, is home to a festive wonderland this December. With special simulated snowfalls, dozens of cosy log cabins with delicious treats, festive light shows and a Santa’s Grotto, there’s plenty to do both indoors and outdoors. The ice rink is on Blackpool’s beautifully restored promenade, underneath an impressively tall ‘flyer’ ride – so daredevils can take in some action as well as see the famous Tower lit up in Christmassy hues.


Christmas canal cruises at Barton

Climb aboard a traditional narrowboat at Barton, near Preston, and let Kingfisher Cruises takes you on a festive day out along the Lancaster canal. A certain Mr Claus will be on board to entertain adults and kids alike, with refreshments and scenic countryside to make it a relaxing trip for all the family.


Dine in style at the White Swan

If you’re looking for exceptional food and Lancastrian hospitality, the Michelin-starred White Swan at Fence might be the perfect winter activity for you. Based in an unassuming traditional pub just outside Burnley, chef Tom Parker has wowed critics and diners alike with his sumptuous menu (and homemade damson vodka!). Perfect for an indulgent evening to perk up even the greyest January day, this hidden gem is a must-do for foodie visitors to Lancashire.


A special toddler Christmas experience in Barnoldswick

If you’ve got little ones in tow on your winter trip to Lancashire, a specially-designed toddler Christmas experience at Thornton Hall Country Park near Barnoldswick might be just the thing. It’s been created especially with tiny tots in mind, who’ll marvel at meeting the friendly elves in person, leaving food out for the resident reindeer, and hearing a magical Christmas story from Santa himself.


Book your trip and start planning your winter trip to Lancashire

Book your trip and start planning your winter trip to Lancashire

Explore all the winter days out in Lancashire from a base at our beautiful family holiday parks – from Gisburn in the Ribble Valley to the coastal Bay View at Bolton-le-Sands – we’ve got a spot for everyone.

Our beautifully-designed Lancashire holiday parks have plenty to do and see on-site, too – so when you’ve taken in all there is to do in Lancashire this winter, you can relax (or take part in some more activities!) with us. Or, if you’re looking for a cosy cottage base, somewhere to truly relax and unwind after a day full of exciting activities and things to see, then look no further than our Holgates Cottages collection – book your cottage now and start planning your activities!

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