Things to do in Lancashire
Explore charming local villages, the Lake District and further afield!
What does Lancashire have to offer?
Whether you’re looking forward to a relaxing retreat or planning an action-packed adventure, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Lancashire, whatever season you’re visiting in. If you’re staying in Silverdale or Arnside, you might enjoy exploring the area by steam train on the Scarborough Spa Express from nearby iconic train station Carnforth or meeting four-legged friends at Greenlands Farm Village. If you want to make the most of your holiday, here are some more suggestions for things to see and do in Lancashire.
Explore the great outdoors in the Forest of Bowland
Whether you prefer to walk, cycle, or even ride on horseback, the valleys, fells and moorlands of Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland are ripe for exploration. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bowland covers 803 square km of rural Lancashire, as well as a small area in neighbouring Yorkshire.
There’s plenty to see and do here, including a trip to Beacon Fell Country Park or the ancient market town of Clitheroe with its Norman Castle. For the more adventurous, there’s even the opportunity to take to the skies with a trial lesson at Bowland Forest Gliding Club.
Have fun with the family in Blackpool
If you’re searching for things to do in Lancashire with toddlers, children or teens, a visit to the seaside town of Blackpool will provide an enjoyable day trip for the whole family.
With over 1,350 animals from all around the world, including elephants, orangutans, wolves and big cats, Blackpool Zoo will surely prove a hit with young visitors while Sealife Blackpool makes for a mesmerising rainy day experience.
One of the more unusual things to do in Lancashire, a visit to Madame Tussauds offers hours of fun as you pose alongside your favourite Marvel superheroes or Coronation Street characters, or even dance among the stars in the Silent Disco Adventure.
In winter, seeing the famous Blackpool Illuminations is a must. Every year, between September and January, a six-mile stretch of Blackpool’s promenade is lit up with themed light displays that can be viewed on foot, by car, or even on a heritage tram tour.
Soak up the culture in Lancaster
A holiday in Lancashire wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Lancaster. A great spot for shopping and sampling local food and drink, the city is also home to a number of museums and galleries. Housed in the old Georgian town hall, the City Museum contains collections that illustrate the fascinating history of Lancaster.
The city is also home to the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum and admission to both is free. If you enjoy visual and performing arts, you might like to catch a show at Lancaster Grand Theatre or see an exhibition at the Peter Scott Gallery.
Sitting just below the Lake District is the charming village Silverdale, ideally located between stunning countryside and breathtaking Morecambe Bay coastline; there’s something for everyone to enjoy during their stay!
Our cottages in Silverdale benefit from a central location, within easy reach of pubs, restaurants and our 5-star leisure facilities at Silverdale Holiday Park (perfect for making the most of your complimentary access!)
Tucked away on the estuary looking across to Grange-over-Sands and the South Lakes, Arnside is a charming little village perfect for a break away from home. Especially good for getting outdoors and exploring many walking routes nearby, you’ll find a relaxing village atmosphere when back at the cottage with promenade walks, a pub and deli just around the corner.
Stay at: Pier & Tower Cottages
Sitting between the coastal villages of Silverdale and Arnside, Far Arnside is a wonderful little hamlet near the coast which is the perfect countryside base to explore our area. Arnside Knott looks over the area used for agriculture and countryside holidays alike.
Stay at: Hollins Cottage
Sitting between Silverdale and Carnforth you’ll find the quaint village of Yealand Redmayne, sitting within a wider cluster of historic villages known as The Yealands. A great choice if looking to go walking during your stay, staying here is a fantastic base to explore the Silverdale and Arnside AONB, Lake District and further afield!
Stay at: Hillberry Cottage
Leisure Facilities at Silverdale Holiday Park
Enjoy complimentary access to our 5-star leisure facilities at Silverdale Holiday Park during your stay in one of our nearby holiday cottages.
Leisure facilities include: swimming pools, sauna, steam room, spa pool.
Additional facilities include: gym, bowling lanes, bar, restaurant, shop, play areas & ice cream parlour (fees may apply).
Places to Visit
Places to Visit
Lancaster, Morecambe & Carnforth
Nearby towns and cities such as Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth are great places for days out during your stay!
Discover the history of Carnforth’s rail at the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre or walk the promenade in Morecambe. Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth are also great for a spot of shopping or a bite to eat!
The Lake District
There are endless discoveries to be made in the Lake District, with Windermere approximately just a 40 minute drive from our cottages which is perfect for days out in the Lake District!
Take in the charm of Windermere and Bowness, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and water activities including Windermere Lake Cruises.
If you have little ones, why not visit The World of Beatrix Potter?
If you’re not afraid of a slightly longer journey to explore even more of the fantastic places in and around our region, why not venture to some of favourite spots below!
Ingleton Falls (approx 18 miles)
Fantastic sights and a splendid walk through Ingleton Waterfalls will make for memories that last a lifetime!
Malham Cove (approx 35 miles)
Spot Peregrine Falcons nesting in this geographical wonder, famously used as a location to film Harry Potter.
Farleton Knott (approx 9 miles)
Offering views across Silverdale, Morecambe Bay, Lancaster and the Lake District – Farelton Knott is a magnificent walk within easy reach from the M6.
Scorton (approx 22 miles)
South between Lancaster and Preston, the village of Scorton is wonderful place to stroll and enjoy at a slower pace. Be sure to pop into local garden centres and Wyresale Park.