Lancashire travel guide: Places to visit in winter!

by | Nov 28, 2022 | Explore Chorley

Lancashire is the place to experience the truly unspoiled landscapes, lush green undulating countryside, heritage sites and beautiful spots framed on one side by a sweeping coastline. Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy a family day out in Lancashire and soak in the wonderful light, mesmerising outdoor spaces and the colourful characters of popular attractions. From Forest of Bowland to West Pennine Moors, here is a list of must-visit places to include in your Lancashire travel guide during the winter season:

Jump Rush Trampoline Park, Morecambe

Jump-Rush-MorecambeFun has no limit at this 100-trampoline extravaganza equipped with a 2m airbag, ninja zone, 100 trampoline beds, reaction wall and an inflatable section Inflatarush. Enjoy battle beams that replicate the 90’s gladiator’s game show challenges and indulge in some bounce activities including dodgeball, basketball, and traverse walls. Get active without getting cold as the park offers something for everyone including the big kids. When you are not bouncing, indulge in some fresh refreshments at the on-site café or play air hockey and retro arcade games.

Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool

In a league of its own, Blackpool Illuminations, the greatest free light show on earth, will be shining till 2nd January 2022. This year has seen Blackpool’s most ambitious winter offer. You can enjoy the ‘Christmas By The Sea’ village on the Tower Festival Headland. Blackpool Illuminations offers a sort of spectacle that everyone should experience at least once. The light show has been a major part of Blackpool’s attraction since 1879 when they were described as ‘Artificial Sunshine’. With its six miles of amazing lights and so much more, it should definitely make it to your winter ‘bucket list’.


West Pennine Moors, Chorley

Darwen Tower, UKThis winter season, explore the wild and unspoilt rural haven known as West Pennie Moors. One of the most stunning places to visit in Lancashire, this 90-square-mile area of wild is expanded beyond the boundaries of historic Lancashire towns from Chorley to Bolton, Ramsbottom to Darwen.  With its numerous reservoirs, small, picturesque villages and dense woodland, this diverse patchwork of wildlife-rich moorland is best to explore on foot. Reach at the top to see spectacular views from Jubilee Tower, which was built at the end of the 1800s to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Other popular activities in the area include fishing, bird watching and cycling.

Forest of Bowland, Lancashire

Forest of Bowland, LancashireThe grandeur of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is to be best experienced during the winter months. Explore the expanses of the sky above dramatic sweeps of open moorland, gentle and tidy lowlands, crisscrossed with dry stone walls and dotted with picturesque farms and villages. The forest covers 312 square miles of rural Lancashire and adjacent Yorkshire and is dotted with charming stone villages, dating as far back as pre-historic times. Add Bowland to your itinerary and indulge in some adventure in this wild and dramatic landscape.

Enjoy a comfortable stay in the heart of Lancashire with the Plaza Hotel situated on Bolton Road, Chorley. With close reach to the M61, free parking and easy access to Preston and Manchester, you can plan your Lancashire travel itinerary with us. Book your stay here.  

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