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Lytham St Annes
Lytham St Annes Beach Donkey rides on the sand, a renovated Victorian Pier, children's playgrounds, Lytham's famous green windmill, cafes, ice cream parlours and municipal gardens: it's a place of irresistible old fashioned charm!
Ainsdale Beach Sandy, dune backed bathing beach boasting the oldest iron built pier in the country, with a nature reserve adjacent. Village with facilities nearby.
Formby Beach An unspoilt wilderness of a beach, run by the National Trust and with a nature reserve adjacent. Not the best choice if you're looking to swim etc., but lovely for exploring.
New Brighton Beach Sandy beach with modern touristy amenities including tenpin bowling, laser quest, amusement arcade, plus nearby Aviation and Archeology Museum, lighthouse and classic promenade.
Wallasey Beach Good for swimming and kitesurfing though pay heed to the restrictions; lighthouse, fort and museum nearby.
Old Colwyn Beach Great for waters sports, sea fishing and sand castles, cycling and hiking and with good immediate amenities. Busy in the summer.
Llandudno Beach Vast dark sands with decent swimming if you're being careful, donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and the longest pier in Wales. Other attractions nearby.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach There's something for everyone at Pleasure Beach with over 125 breathtaking rides, attractions and shows including the spectacular Hot Ice Show. Top thrill rides include the Big One, the UK's tallest fastest rollercoaster. Nickenodeon Land with amazing rides and attractions for all ages including...
Blackpool Zoo with over 1500 animals of more than 400 species including big cats, giraffes, gorillas, elephants, orangutans and many more, including 32 convincing dinosaurs in the superb prehistoric gardens! Plus new indoor play! Great idea for family days out in Lancashire.
Blackpool Sea Life Centre Showcasing more than 50 dazzling displays and more than 1,000 spectacular aquatic creatures including tropical sharks, colourful reef fish, turtles, rays and sea horses, this is the perfect way to experience the wonders of underwater life without getting wet! New Stingray Adventure too!
Turbary Woods Offers a unique collection of over 90 birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and more unusual species. Daily demonstrations.
Bowland Wild Boar Park Enjoy a picnic and take a ramble in beautiful wooded countryside, view Wild Boar, Longhorn cows and deer in scenic Ribble Valley Park. Fun includes kids' tractor play area.
Windmill Animal Farm offers visitors the chance to experience the every day running of an actual working farm while still having the chance to watch, feed, touch and play with animals + lots of play areas and miniature railway.
Farmer Parrs Animal World If ewe like animals ewe'll love Farmer Parrs! A large collection of farm and rare breed animals as well as a large museum, pottery, animal shows, pony rides and tractor rides: all included in our daily activities, plus play area, shop and cafe. New Picnic Barn too with Bouncy Castle and Ball Pit!
Farmer Teds Farm Park Large farm geared around children with loads of lovely animals to meet, tractor rides, demonstrations, huge indoor and outdoor adventure areas, pedal go karts, sandpit, climbing frames, and much more! Fun whatever the weather.
Old Holly Farm is a working dairy farm, just 5 minutes south of the M6 junction 33, with an indoor Playbarn, Animals, Cafe, Farm Shop, Coolcow Ice cream (made on site) and more. We’re open 9am to 5pm all year round, plus entry to the open farm is free!
Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary Open facility working to rescue vulnerable equines, giving them rehabilitation and treatment. A valuable opportunity for the kids to learn about responsibility toward animals.
Smithills Open Farm 25 varieties of animal and you can get up close to them because they are all "nice and well behaved". You can even feed them, and hold them, if you wish.
Greenlands Farm Village Pet storybook farm animals, ride a Donkey, pedal a mini tractor, lark about in a straw play barn and picnic by the paddocks. We have a soft play centre for toddlers to 12 year olds to enjoy too!
Animal Quackers Park Farm A family run business aiming to bring your family the fun and enjoyment of animals: hugging, feeding and interacting with all of the residents of the farm. Plus play area and pony walks.
Harris Museum & Art Gallery We're a family friendly museum and art gallery in the heart of Preston city centre. Visit our museum because we know how to make history and art fun! We've got a programme of regular hands-on workshops for families as well as permanent activities whatever time of day you arrive.
Fleetwood Museum A lovely little museum that lets you explore the history and rich heritage of Fleetwood from its origins in the 19th Century. Interactive exhibitions plus a quiz to complete.
Museum of Lancashire Uncover the hidden history and fabulous stories of Lancashire and its local folk. A great range of family friendly displays and activities. A gateway to over 2000 years of history! Free to visit.
Lancaster City Museum A quirky little museum that shows you how Lancaster has developed over the years. With a great range of exhibits and displays. Informative and fun. Free to visit.
Lancaster Maritime Museum The museum covers the maritime trade of Lancaster using sound, smells, reconstructions and audiovisuals. Features include four restored local fishing vessels, and an aquarium.
Clitheroe Castle Museum New look galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of local history, heritage and geology. Features for younger children.
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum Discover how raw wool and cotton were traditionally transformed into cloth, learn Lancashire's part in the Industrial Revolution, and see the giant waterwheel work!
The Fusilier Museum Home to the collection of the XX Lancashire and Royal Regiment Fusiliers, commemorating in total over 300 years of history and heritage.
Towneley Hall Museum A range of indoor artistic exhibitions set within a large park which also offers play areas, golf courses and sculpture trails. Take a picnic!
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum Visit the last surviving and operational steam powered weaving mill in the world! A number of collections, displays and demonstrations. Mill lodge area, stables and Victorian offices to explore too.
Sandcastle Waterworld The UK's largest Indoor Waterpark with more than 18 fantastic slides and attractions including Master Blaster – the longest Indoor Roller Coaster waterslide in the world!
Splash at Riverside No special play features beyond the standard pools BUT they are chlorine free pools which is a big plus for children with asthma or delicate eyes! Booking required.
Pendle Wavelengths Swimming Pool has a fun wave machine and immense water slide plus beach entry shallows for the smalls and room to swim too! One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Lancashire with kids.
Harrys Three separate gorgeous play areas for juniors and pre-schoolers aged up to 10 years, and babies from 6 months. Great programme of weekly activities, including Parent and Toddler groups and Happy Hours. A number of birthday party packages available too!
St Annes on Sea
Funtastic Play A 2,000 sq ft adventure play facility including main climbing maze with toddler zone, kiddie kart track, football zone and dedicated special needs sessions! Plus themed party rooms.
Wacky Warehouse - Air Balloon Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant near Blackpool Airport so planes to spot too! Good disabled access.
Wacky Warehouse - Outside Inn Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Pleasingly unusual pub themed around the outside, indoors!
Planet Kaos Outer space themed play area with 2 floors of fun equipment where you can fly a rocket and peek through observation pods, or moon walk on a trampoline! Plus alien mascot, great baby facilities and private party rooms.
Jungle Jims A truly unusual and impressive play facility with an Incan Theme throughout, featuring extensive atmospheric play structures, pirate and dragon galleons plus interactive treasure quest game! It's so good you can be up to 15!
Poulton le Fylde
Thingamajigz 6,400 square feet of terrific fun including slides,sky glide ride, ball pits and tunnels, sports zone, pre-school play areas and a quiet down area for younger adventurers. You can't go wrong!
Madhatters Play Cafe and Party Soft play in a safe environment for children any age up to 11 years old. Madhatters has a large 4 level play frame, with slides, ball pool, puzzles, spinners and many more fun ways to keep children entertained.
Childrens Corner Cleveleys is a small family run funfair on the promenade in the seaside town of Cleveleys. We have 5 rides plus traditional funfair stalls at Children’s Corner, all perfect for young children to enjoy and make happy memories!
Mini Magees Party and Play Centre Brand new Party and Play centre for children aged 0-12. Jump in the huge ball pool, slide the 3 lane wave slide, have a kick around on the football pitch whilst mum and dad grab a cappuccino and homemade cake.
Wacky Warehouse - Phantom Winger Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Rascals Party and Play Centre We are a children's indoor play centre catering for all ages up to 12 years. There are 2 separate soft play areas. Our main features are a large play frame, 6 two-seater go-karts, slides, toddler and baby area, football and basketball court, trampolines and cafe etc etc!
Clown Around Multi level climbing adventure play, with great slides and a mirrored maze, plus ride on cars and track with car wash! And excellent parties too including Build A Bear!
Wacky Warehouse - Poachers Refurbished in 2013, this is an Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant with a cool new pirate themed menu for children!
Tiny Rockers Multi level musical themed soft play for under 8s, with loads of fun features plus big and little keyboard slides. Sensory Room with soothing joys including a floor to ceiling fish tank and a range of daily activities offered for free!
Cheeky Monkeys Huge jungle themed adventure play facility with multi level climbing structure, football pitch, climbing wall, trampolines and daily entertainment! Second Wednesday of every month is dedicated exclusively to guests with autism and ADHD.
Giddy Kids Play Centre Offering a large modern multi level play frame, dedicated toddler area and sports court.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Lytham St Annes with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
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