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Guidebook for Lancashire

Food Scene
Great Food at a reasonable price.
Excellent reputation for food at a reasonable price as well as excellent service. Well worth a visit.
Elletson Arms
Excellent reputation for food at a reasonable price as well as excellent service. Well worth a visit.
At the centre of everything is the coffee bar, situated in the old shippon. We serve a variety of Artisan Coffees, Specialist Teas, and Milkshakes, as well as a large selection of home-baked cakes and biscuits. Looking for something a little more filling? You can also order from our extensive restaurant menu. Seating is limited in the coffee bar so make sure to get in early, and the gallery upstairs makes for a snug little hide-away when you need to get away from it all. Our menu offers a selection of light lunches of filled baguettes, baked potatoes and croissants. We have soup of the day made in our kitchen as well as our specials board. If you're not tempted by any of these or any of our home made cakes and scrummy sweets, why not try one of our famous home made scones, fresh baked with double cream and jam, or even one of our sinfully gorgeous ice cream sundaes? After indulging yourself, walk it off with a stroll around our Orchard Gardens and browse in our extraordinary planteria.
The Barn at Scorton
At the centre of everything is the coffee bar, situated in the old shippon. We serve a variety of Artisan Coffees, Specialist Teas, and Milkshakes, as well as a large selection of home-baked cakes and biscuits. Looking for something a little more filling? You can also order from our extensive restaurant menu. Seating is limited in the coffee bar so make sure to get in early, and the gallery upstairs makes for a snug little hide-away when you need to get away from it all. Our menu offers a selection of light lunches of filled baguettes, baked potatoes and croissants. We have soup of the day made in our kitchen as well as our specials board. If you're not tempted by any of these or any of our home made cakes and scrummy sweets, why not try one of our famous home made scones, fresh baked with double cream and jam, or even one of our sinfully gorgeous ice cream sundaes? After indulging yourself, walk it off with a stroll around our Orchard Gardens and browse in our extraordinary planteria.
Absolutely mouth watering food - and the cakes are to die for and you can take the cake of your choice away, as you will likely not have enough room to eat it there.
Light Ash Farm Shop And Cafe
Absolutely mouth watering food - and the cakes are to die for and you can take the cake of your choice away, as you will likely not have enough room to eat it there.
Excellent food, hard to beat - just make sure you're hungry!!!
Royal Oak Hotel
Excellent food, hard to beat - just make sure you're hungry!!!
Our local micro brewery and tap room. Absolutely well worth a visit, excellent beer, friendly staff. Check out their music nights - First Saturday of the month, plus special nights.
Farm Yard Ales
Our local micro brewery and tap room. Absolutely well worth a visit, excellent beer, friendly staff. Check out their music nights - First Saturday of the month, plus special nights.
A visit to Barton Grange is always special but in the Christmas season, it’s magical. We’ve won many awards for our Christmas displays and, if you come and visit, you’ll see why. Our beautiful themed displays are complemented by our collections of dining and tableware, indoor and outdoor lighting, Lemax Villages and festive food.
Barton Grange Garden Centre
A visit to Barton Grange is always special but in the Christmas season, it’s magical. We’ve won many awards for our Christmas displays and, if you come and visit, you’ll see why. Our beautiful themed displays are complemented by our collections of dining and tableware, indoor and outdoor lighting, Lemax Villages and festive food.
The Flower Bowl is a mixed leisure destination open 7 days a week, from 9:30 am to 10.30 pm and offers the following facilities. A Premium Cinema with three screens, showing a variety of classic films, recent releases and live events. A Curling Rink with four ice sheets, to be used by club curlers, social curlers and hopefully school groups, with the potential to become a centre of excellence. Open to everyone to come and have a go! Ten Pin Bowling with eight bowling lanes, two of which are in a private room which can be booked for parties. There are also two Golf Simulators which use the latest technology to offer the virtual experience of playing some of the best golf courses around the world! A covered, outdoor Crazy Golf Course, constructed to an exceptionally high standard with unique challenges. Blooms Restaurant, offering a comprehensive and varied menu from early lunch until the evening, in a contemporary but relaxed setting. The Ocean Fish and Chip Restaurant offering a traditional fish and chip shop menu. The Oasis Coffee Shop, located in the foyer area, with seating overlooking the Curling Hall.
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locals recommend
The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre
9
locals recommend
The Flower Bowl is a mixed leisure destination open 7 days a week, from 9:30 am to 10.30 pm and offers the following facilities. A Premium Cinema with three screens, showing a variety of classic films, recent releases and live events. A Curling Rink with four ice sheets, to be used by club curlers, social curlers and hopefully school groups, with the potential to become a centre of excellence. Open to everyone to come and have a go! Ten Pin Bowling with eight bowling lanes, two of which are in a private room which can be booked for parties. There are also two Golf Simulators which use the latest technology to offer the virtual experience of playing some of the best golf courses around the world! A covered, outdoor Crazy Golf Course, constructed to an exceptionally high standard with unique challenges. Blooms Restaurant, offering a comprehensive and varied menu from early lunch until the evening, in a contemporary but relaxed setting. The Ocean Fish and Chip Restaurant offering a traditional fish and chip shop menu. The Oasis Coffee Shop, located in the foyer area, with seating overlooking the Curling Hall.
Parks & Nature
A Country Park with 185 acres of extensive conifer woods and moorland. Visitor Centre with cafe, picnic areas, 6 car parks, forest walks and viewpoints. Summit 266m above sea level.
Beacon Fell Visitor Centre
A Country Park with 185 acres of extensive conifer woods and moorland. Visitor Centre with cafe, picnic areas, 6 car parks, forest walks and viewpoints. Summit 266m above sea level.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within easy reach of Pilling.
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locals recommend
Forest of Bowland
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locals recommend
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within easy reach of Pilling.
With its cheeky name this delightful fell overlooking the M6 at Scorton has been a popular viewpoint for generations of Sunday strollers from Preston, Lancaster and Blackpool. Though not particularly high at 215m, its location, between the Bowland Fells and the wide expanse of the Fylde, makes it a superb platform reached with comparatively little effort. Add to this lovely Grizedale and you have all the ingredients of a most satisfying walk.
Nicky Nook Trig Point
With its cheeky name this delightful fell overlooking the M6 at Scorton has been a popular viewpoint for generations of Sunday strollers from Preston, Lancaster and Blackpool. Though not particularly high at 215m, its location, between the Bowland Fells and the wide expanse of the Fylde, makes it a superb platform reached with comparatively little effort. Add to this lovely Grizedale and you have all the ingredients of a most satisfying walk.
Situated in the heart of the Forest of Bowland an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bowland Wild Animal Park is a short distance from the picturesque village of Chipping. Surrounded by fells and woodland and sat on the banks of the river Hodder, it is a delightful place to enjoy the countryside and local wildlife, have fun in the fresh air and take time out from the hustle and bustle whilst having lots of different activities for the kids to do.
Bowland Wild Boar Park
Situated in the heart of the Forest of Bowland an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bowland Wild Animal Park is a short distance from the picturesque village of Chipping. Surrounded by fells and woodland and sat on the banks of the river Hodder, it is a delightful place to enjoy the countryside and local wildlife, have fun in the fresh air and take time out from the hustle and bustle whilst having lots of different activities for the kids to do.
Shopping
So much to chose from, leave plenty of time!
At the centre of everything is the coffee bar, situated in the old shippon. They serve a variety of Artisan Coffees, Specialist Teas, and Milkshakes, as well as a large selection of home-baked cakes and biscuits. Looking for something a little more filling? You can also order from their extensive restaurant menu. Seating is limited in the coffee bar so make sure to get in early, and the gallery upstairs makes for a snug little hide-away when you need to get away from it all. Their menu offers a selection of light lunches of filled baguettes, baked potatoes and croissants. They have soup of the day made in their kitchen as well as specials board. If you're not tempted by any of these or any of their home made cakes and scrummy sweets, why not try one of their famous home made scones, fresh baked with double cream and jam, or even one of our sinfully gorgeous ice cream sundaes? The Barn's take on England's most beloved ritual, their afternoon teas are now available every day from 2 pm until 4 pm. Starting with a selection of sandwiches, and moving onto homemade cakes and pastries, the crown jewel of their afternoon tea is certainly the homemade scone, laden with strawberry jam and whipped cream. This is all accompanied by your choice of Lancaster Blend tea or Atkinson's Brazilian Blend filter coffee. Due to high demand, booking is essential to ensure a spot for one of their afternoon teas. This traditional feast for the senses is available for just £14.95 per person, or £19.00 if you'd like a little glass of Prosecco as well. Please let them know when booking if you have any allergies or special dietary requirements. Their restaurant seats up to one hundred people in a comfortable rustic settling, with even more space in their beautiful garden dining area. The fully licensed bar boasts a fine selection of beers, wines, and spirits, in addition to a wide variety of soft drinks and smoothies. They have a huge range of dishes to whet your appetite and tickle your taste buds, from their hearty sandwiches and jacket potatoes through to their more filling grill menu. And of course the chips are to die for. In addition to their menu be sure to check out our specials board, full of old favourites and more exotic delicacies. If you're not tempted by any of this, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with any of their cakes and biscuits from the coffee bar, including their locally famous homemade scones, or one of their sinfully delicious Walling's Ice Cream sundaes. The gift shop offers a stunning range of gifts and decorations to suit all tastes. Lavishly furnished with antique shelves set against the original stone walls of the building, the shop has an eccentric charm and warmth of character. They offer a number of speciality preserves, chutneys, and chocolates, home décor, seasonal cards and decorations, as well as an impressive selection of Walling's Ice Cream.
The Barn at Scorton
At the centre of everything is the coffee bar, situated in the old shippon. They serve a variety of Artisan Coffees, Specialist Teas, and Milkshakes, as well as a large selection of home-baked cakes and biscuits. Looking for something a little more filling? You can also order from their extensive restaurant menu. Seating is limited in the coffee bar so make sure to get in early, and the gallery upstairs makes for a snug little hide-away when you need to get away from it all. Their menu offers a selection of light lunches of filled baguettes, baked potatoes and croissants. They have soup of the day made in their kitchen as well as specials board. If you're not tempted by any of these or any of their home made cakes and scrummy sweets, why not try one of their famous home made scones, fresh baked with double cream and jam, or even one of our sinfully gorgeous ice cream sundaes? The Barn's take on England's most beloved ritual, their afternoon teas are now available every day from 2 pm until 4 pm. Starting with a selection of sandwiches, and moving onto homemade cakes and pastries, the crown jewel of their afternoon tea is certainly the homemade scone, laden with strawberry jam and whipped cream. This is all accompanied by your choice of Lancaster Blend tea or Atkinson's Brazilian Blend filter coffee. Due to high demand, booking is essential to ensure a spot for one of their afternoon teas. This traditional feast for the senses is available for just £14.95 per person, or £19.00 if you'd like a little glass of Prosecco as well. Please let them know when booking if you have any allergies or special dietary requirements. Their restaurant seats up to one hundred people in a comfortable rustic settling, with even more space in their beautiful garden dining area. The fully licensed bar boasts a fine selection of beers, wines, and spirits, in addition to a wide variety of soft drinks and smoothies. They have a huge range of dishes to whet your appetite and tickle your taste buds, from their hearty sandwiches and jacket potatoes through to their more filling grill menu. And of course the chips are to die for. In addition to their menu be sure to check out our specials board, full of old favourites and more exotic delicacies. If you're not tempted by any of this, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with any of their cakes and biscuits from the coffee bar, including their locally famous homemade scones, or one of their sinfully delicious Walling's Ice Cream sundaes. The gift shop offers a stunning range of gifts and decorations to suit all tastes. Lavishly furnished with antique shelves set against the original stone walls of the building, the shop has an eccentric charm and warmth of character. They offer a number of speciality preserves, chutneys, and chocolates, home décor, seasonal cards and decorations, as well as an impressive selection of Walling's Ice Cream.
Their Farm Shop is packed full of the finest things at Christmas, from succulent local turkeys and Lancashire grown sprouts to luxury Christmas puddings and delicate Belgian chocolates. Select from dozens of delicious cheeses and even sort your Christmas wine list. With their ordering and collection service for fresh meats and desserts, they’ll make it easy for you to have a mouth-watering and stress-free Christmas. The Farm Shop also offers an exclusive range of Christmas hampers. In their fabulous outdoor plant area, you’ll find thousands of hardy garden plants – trees, shrubs, climbers and perennials – displayed with style and imagination. There are herbs, alpines, hedging plants, plants to attract wildlife, plants for sunny spots, shady areas and coastal sites. What’s more, the whole area has a roof which closes when it rains, so you can shop for plants whatever the weather. Their friendly, expert staff can help you choose the right plant and provide you with plenty of advice on planting and care. They also have a delivery service for larger items. Feel free to use their Plant Finder on their website to help you find the right plant for your garden. Please remember some plants are subject to seasonal availability so please email or telephone first to check availability.
Barton Grange Garden Centre
Their Farm Shop is packed full of the finest things at Christmas, from succulent local turkeys and Lancashire grown sprouts to luxury Christmas puddings and delicate Belgian chocolates. Select from dozens of delicious cheeses and even sort your Christmas wine list. With their ordering and collection service for fresh meats and desserts, they’ll make it easy for you to have a mouth-watering and stress-free Christmas. The Farm Shop also offers an exclusive range of Christmas hampers. In their fabulous outdoor plant area, you’ll find thousands of hardy garden plants – trees, shrubs, climbers and perennials – displayed with style and imagination. There are herbs, alpines, hedging plants, plants to attract wildlife, plants for sunny spots, shady areas and coastal sites. What’s more, the whole area has a roof which closes when it rains, so you can shop for plants whatever the weather. Their friendly, expert staff can help you choose the right plant and provide you with plenty of advice on planting and care. They also have a delivery service for larger items. Feel free to use their Plant Finder on their website to help you find the right plant for your garden. Please remember some plants are subject to seasonal availability so please email or telephone first to check availability.
Arts & Culture
Explore Lancaster's golden age and rich maritime and natural history.Overlooking the river Lune, and the fabulous Georgian architecture of St George’s Quay sits Lancaster Maritime Museum. The museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings which date from the second half of the 18th century. The buildings along the quayside developed around this time as a result of the success of overseas trade. Alongside of the museum are buildings which belonged to prosperous Quaker slave trader Dodshon Foster. This now peaceful stretch of the river would once have bustled with ship building activity and the loading and unloading of goods.
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locals recommend
Maritime Museum
7
locals recommend
Explore Lancaster's golden age and rich maritime and natural history.Overlooking the river Lune, and the fabulous Georgian architecture of St George’s Quay sits Lancaster Maritime Museum. The museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings which date from the second half of the 18th century. The buildings along the quayside developed around this time as a result of the success of overseas trade. Alongside of the museum are buildings which belonged to prosperous Quaker slave trader Dodshon Foster. This now peaceful stretch of the river would once have bustled with ship building activity and the loading and unloading of goods.
Central to Lancaster’s artistic, technical and scientific innovation, The Storey, has been re-modelled as a purpose-designed centre for the creative industries. Built in 1898 by local philanthropist and tradesman, Thomas Storey, the building offered educational opportunities to the people of Lancaster. Today, our organisation continues to maintain Storey's philosophy that the building should be a place for the people and inspire forward thinking. For this reason, as well as being home to a growing number of successful creative businesses, we offer a variety of engaging events ranging from business conferences, seminars and networking, to films, music, and theatrical recitals. The building
The Storey
Central to Lancaster’s artistic, technical and scientific innovation, The Storey, has been re-modelled as a purpose-designed centre for the creative industries. Built in 1898 by local philanthropist and tradesman, Thomas Storey, the building offered educational opportunities to the people of Lancaster. Today, our organisation continues to maintain Storey's philosophy that the building should be a place for the people and inspire forward thinking. For this reason, as well as being home to a growing number of successful creative businesses, we offer a variety of engaging events ranging from business conferences, seminars and networking, to films, music, and theatrical recitals. The building
Set in the very heart of Garstang in Lancashire, Garstang Arts Centre is the focal point for local arts of all types, and home to Garstang and District Arts Society. The Society offers a huge variety of arts interest to Garstang residents and visitors alike, with free lunchtime concerts in the summer and regular Arts, Craft and Collectors Fairs punctuating Society Group performances, exhibitions, productions and public events throughout the entire year.
Garstang & District Arts Centre
Set in the very heart of Garstang in Lancashire, Garstang Arts Centre is the focal point for local arts of all types, and home to Garstang and District Arts Society. The Society offers a huge variety of arts interest to Garstang residents and visitors alike, with free lunchtime concerts in the summer and regular Arts, Craft and Collectors Fairs punctuating Society Group performances, exhibitions, productions and public events throughout the entire year.
Entertainment & Activities
A family run, working organic dairy farm in Garstang, Lancashire. Open from 9am – 5pm daily, with FREE entry to the open farm and parking. There's a fab indoor soft play, a traditional stone courtyard café serving homemade food, treat yourself to a Coolcow ice cream from the farm shop, or go along and meet their traditional farm animals. Please note: as they do not charge entry to their open farm we do not allow picnics on site.
Old Holly Farm
A family run, working organic dairy farm in Garstang, Lancashire. Open from 9am – 5pm daily, with FREE entry to the open farm and parking. There's a fab indoor soft play, a traditional stone courtyard café serving homemade food, treat yourself to a Coolcow ice cream from the farm shop, or go along and meet their traditional farm animals. Please note: as they do not charge entry to their open farm we do not allow picnics on site.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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locals recommend
The Blackpool Tower
14
locals recommend
9
locals recommend
The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre
9
locals recommend
Sightseeing
Once the largest port in the North West, importing cotton, sugar, spices and slaves from Africa and the Indies, Glasson Dock situated on the head branch of the Lancaster Canal has changed significantly since the harbour opened in 1787. Located on the 2.5 mile stretch of the Glasson Branch on the Lancaster Canal, which opened in 1826 and provided the towns of Kendal, Lancaster and Preston with a link to the sea. Great for: Today, Glasson Dock is a scheduled monument. Glasson is a quiet village with a marina and a small, active port and the Glasson Branch of the Lancaster Canal has swopped cargo for leisure boating. Cycling Walking Nearby Take the Lune Estuary footpath to see the lighthouse
Glasson Dock
Once the largest port in the North West, importing cotton, sugar, spices and slaves from Africa and the Indies, Glasson Dock situated on the head branch of the Lancaster Canal has changed significantly since the harbour opened in 1787. Located on the 2.5 mile stretch of the Glasson Branch on the Lancaster Canal, which opened in 1826 and provided the towns of Kendal, Lancaster and Preston with a link to the sea. Great for: Today, Glasson Dock is a scheduled monument. Glasson is a quiet village with a marina and a small, active port and the Glasson Branch of the Lancaster Canal has swopped cargo for leisure boating. Cycling Walking Nearby Take the Lune Estuary footpath to see the lighthouse
Scorton is a small rural village about 8 miles south of Lancaster and 13 miles north of Preston. Scorton is in the Forest of Bowland and is popular with day visitors, walkers and cyclists. Scorton meaning ‘farmstead near a ditch or ravine’ is a village in the parish of Nether Wyresdale, along the road from Garstang. It was developed around the cotton mill and railway in the nineteenth century, although there are records of the village and catholic church in Scurton, or Scorton, tracing back to the 17C. Today the village is a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and general visitors.
Scorton
Scorton is a small rural village about 8 miles south of Lancaster and 13 miles north of Preston. Scorton is in the Forest of Bowland and is popular with day visitors, walkers and cyclists. Scorton meaning ‘farmstead near a ditch or ravine’ is a village in the parish of Nether Wyresdale, along the road from Garstang. It was developed around the cotton mill and railway in the nineteenth century, although there are records of the village and catholic church in Scurton, or Scorton, tracing back to the 17C. Today the village is a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and general visitors.
Only 15 minutes away on the banks of the River Wyre with the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on her doorstep, Garstang is steeped in history with beautiful architecture, abundant wildlife and array of activities, whether you want an active holiday, a relaxing weekend or an enjoyable day trip. Since 2000, Garstang has become known as the World’s First Fairtrade Town, and in 2008 Garstang was voted the BEST town in Europe – winning a gold award in the prestigious Entente Florale competition. This area is ideal for a country getaway. You can enjoy golfing, fishing, bird watching, beautiful countryside, and the town has and an extensive programme of walks for all levels.
Visit Garstang Tourist Information Centre
Only 15 minutes away on the banks of the River Wyre with the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on her doorstep, Garstang is steeped in history with beautiful architecture, abundant wildlife and array of activities, whether you want an active holiday, a relaxing weekend or an enjoyable day trip. Since 2000, Garstang has become known as the World’s First Fairtrade Town, and in 2008 Garstang was voted the BEST town in Europe – winning a gold award in the prestigious Entente Florale competition. This area is ideal for a country getaway. You can enjoy golfing, fishing, bird watching, beautiful countryside, and the town has and an extensive programme of walks for all levels.