Lancaster Castle (< 1 mile)
Still a working prison and court, it is still possible to visit this fascinating building by joining one of our popular hour-long guided tours, which usually include the Shire Hall with its collection of heraldry, the old cells and Hadrian's Tower
Lancaster Maritime Museum (< 1 mile)
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.
Lancaster Canal Cruises and Waterbus (< 1 mile)
Lancaster Canal Cruises and Waterbus
is an alternative day out because we bring the outdoors indoors as we sail along the historic Lancaster Canal to the magnificent Lune Aqueduct, wildlife spotting along with fascinating historical landmark spotting as we sail along the Lancaster Canal. Free activity packs are available for all children on...
Williamson Park (< 1 mile)
is a beautiful landscaped park, with a Butterfly House, Minibeast Cave, Animal Garden, a cafe and shop, playpark and acres of space for picnics. There are lots of secret woodland pathways to explore and mosaic sculptures and monuments to find. Join us for outdoor theatre, concerts and family fun days.
Happy Mount Park (3 miles)
Happy Mount Park
Includes: play areas, zip-wire, swingboats, miniature railway, bowling green, miniature golf, putting green, crazy golf, trampolines, roundabout, multi-purpose sports surface, gardens, indoor soft play area, cafe, ice cream kiosk and Splash Park (bring your swimming stuff!).
The Centre at Halton (3 miles)
The Centre at Halton
We have a great skatepark, 2 playgrounds, ball park and boules facility. Open 24h7d and free of charge. Friendly Coffee Shop and indoor hall for activities and events including family fun nights, music festivals, skatepark and junior football competitions plus band nights.
Wacky Warehouse - Station Promenade (3 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Station Promenade
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone also offering led arts and crafts sessions and birthday parties, attached to a family restaurant.
Megazone Laser Adventure (3 miles)
The Scarborough Spa Express (5 miles)
The Scarborough Spa Express
A Wonderful Family Day Out. What better way to enjoy North Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside, visit the historic city of York or the seaside town of Scarborough, than by travelling aboard a vintage steam hauled train?
Greenlands Farm Village (8 miles)
Greenlands Farm Village
You can pet storybook farm animals, ride a horse and trap, pedal a mini tractor (size permitting!), lark about in a straw play barn and picnic by the paddocks. We also have a 4 storey soft play centre for toddlers to 12yr olds to enjoy.
Leighton Hall (8 miles)
is a place where the whole family can relax. House Tour, Falconry Demonstrations, Tea rooms. Children’s favourites: sandpit dig, caterpillar maze, tree faces and dens in the garden. In August there is a free teddy bear hunt too!
Old Holly Farm (8 miles)
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!
Docker Park Farm (9 miles)
Docker Park Farm
Friendly farm plus indoor play barn and outdoor adventure play, go karts and ride ons, bouncy castle and more.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis (10 miles)
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
is a unique and exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive 'hands-on' displays, which take you through 3,000 million years of evolution and follow the development of life on Earth - from magic molecules to mischeivous monkeys.
Duckys Park Farm (11 miles)
Grange over Sands
Duckys Park Farm
There's plenty to do at Ducky's. Meet a large variety of animals and enjoy hands on petting, have a go at the farm trail and play on the trampolines and huge indoor play frame with separate toddlers area.
Lakeland Miniature Village (11 miles)
Lakeland Miniature Village
Over 140 buildings made from local Coniston slate. Houses, farms and barns create the Lakeland landscape. Plus new Japanese Tea House overlooking our Japanese Garden.
Glazey Days (12 miles)
Family friendly pottery studio who also offer children's parties. Unleash their creativity!
Beach and Marine Gardens (12 miles)
Beach and Marine Gardens
Crazy golf, adventure play, pitch and putt, trampolines, inflatable castle and paddling pool, all on the beachside.
Farmer Parrs Animal World (14 miles)
Farmer Parrs Animal World
If ewe like animals ewe'll love Farmer Parrs! We have a large collection of farm and rare breed animals for you to meet. As well as a large museum and a pottery too. Animal shows, pony rides and tractor rides are included in our daily activities. We also have a play area, shop and cafe.
Madhatters Play Cafe and Party (14 miles)
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.
Bowland Wild Boar Park (15 miles)
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.
Fylde Society of Model Engineers (15 miles)
Fylde Society of Model Engineers
run a miniature railway on the playing fields adjoining Marsh Mill. Trains run Sunday and bank holiday afternoons throughout the year (weather permitting). All rides are free, donations most welcome. Live steam and electric locos on 3 different gauge tracks are used to haul trains of up to 15 passengers.
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail (15 miles)
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Has some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the North of England. the trail is 4.5 miles through ancient oak woodland and magnificent Dales scenery via a series of spectacular waterfalls and geological features.
Bigland Hall Equestrian (15 miles)
Bigland Hall Equestrian
BHS approved facility offering all weather lessons, Pony Club and horse or pony trekking specifically for beginners.
Ingleton Open Air Heated Swimming Pool (15 miles)
Jubilee Ice Arena (15 miles)
Jubilee Ice Arena
Offering a family oriented ice skating experience with varying session types and lessons available plus pro shop.
Ford Park (16 miles)
is a Park packed with fun things to do outdoors and indoors. Explore the Nature Trail and Tree Trail, have a go at Orienteering on our entry level course or just enjoy our natural playground with zip wire and pendulum swing. Family activities every Wednesday during school holidays.
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park (16 miles)
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park
Plenty to do on this Childrens Farm with large and small Maize Mazes in the summer months plus the working farm with animals to see and to feed and plenty of other activities and fun inside and out.
Thingamajigz (16 miles)
Poulton le Fylde
6,400 square feet of terrific fun including slides, ball pits and tunnels; sports zone; pre-school play areas and a quiet down area for younger adventurers.
White Scar Cave (16 miles)
White Scar Cave
The longest show cave in Britain. The guided tour takes 80 minutes and covers one mile. See underground streams and waterfalls, and the massive ice-age cavern. Cafe, shop, large on-site car park. Spectacular picnic location!
Lakeland Motor Museum (16 miles)
Lakeland Motor Museum
A diverse and unique road transpost collection of some 30,000 exhibits is thoughtfully displayed, in fully DDA compliant state-of-the-art premises with a beautiful riverside setting.
Fell Foot Park (17 miles)
Fell Foot Park
Rowing boats and kayaks are available to hire plus you can paddle or swim in the lake, and the adventure playground offers fun for all ages. A great, family friendly location to play, explore and relax.
Lakes Aquarium (17 miles)
See things that swim, things that fly and things that bite! Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit the lakes of the world, along with those a little closer to home- making it a captivating centrepiece to the Lake District. Walk through our incredible underwater tunnel, home of the breath taking diving ducks.
Dalton Leisure Centre (17 miles)
Dalton Leisure Centre
New Splash Zone features overhead tipping buckets, spray rails, giant spraying snake and interactive play panels with indoor swimming and more available too.
South Lakes Wild Animal Park (17 miles)
South Lakes Wild Animal Park
Prepare to be truly amazed with penguins, lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, kangaroos, lemurs, monkeys and much much more: you will not experience anything like this anywhere else in the UK!
The Park Leisure Centre (17 miles)
Barrow in Furness
The Park Leisure Centre
The Park Leisure Centre has two pools, both heated to a warm 29 degrees C. The Main Pool is a 25m, six lane deck pool that ranges in depth from 0.9m to 2.0m. The Leisure Pool is free form with a wave machine, water Cannons and an exciting 20m water slide.
Climbing at Park Leisure Centre (17 miles)
Barrow In Furness
Climbing at Park Leisure Centre
For proficient climbers only, age matters less than competency, and you must bring your own equipment. So we're guessing not under six!
Wacky Warehouse - Phantom Winger (18 miles)
LazerZone (18 miles)
Barrow in Furness
The interactive LazerZone arena offers kids an exciting place to play where they will enjoy a multi level indoor maze with special effects and themed zones.
The Custom House (18 miles)
Barrow in Furness
The Custom House
An indoor play area for 2 to 8s with laser zone for over 8s, plus gem digging game for all.
Ingleborough Cave (18 miles)
Well lit with good paths, a pleasingly accessible show cave with an awe inspiring range of stunning rock formations.
Blackpool Zoo (18 miles)
is home to over 1500 animals of more than 400 species including big cats, giraffes, gorillas, elephants, orangutans and many more to visit. You can even meet 32 dinosaurs in their superb prehistoric gardens.New indoor play barn too. Great idea for family days out in Lancashire.
Aardvark Adventure Playbarn (18 miles)
Aardvark Adventure Playbarn
A brand new indoor play area, on a 3 level play frame. Includes a 4 lane tiger slide, a zebra tube slide, ball pool with ball shower, football goals, basketball court, climbing frames, walkways, walk of faith, sensory area and much, much more.
Fuzzy Eds at the Owl and Pussycat (18 miles)
Barrow In Furness
Fuzzy Eds at the Owl and Pussycat
The old Wacky's here is now a new indoor play area with loads of slides and traditional fun features plus dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant with kids' menu.
The Dock Museum (18 miles)
Barrow in Furness
The Dock Museum
explore the fascinating history of Barrow-in-Furness, and discover how it grew from a tiny 19th Century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel centre in the world, and a major ship-building force, in just 40 years + kids adventure playground.
Fuzzy Eds at Ancient Oak (18 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at Ancient Oak
Indoor play area with loads of slides and fun features plus dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Fuzzy Eds at the Ancient Oak (18 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at the Ancient Oak
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Stanley Park (19 miles)
There is a dazzling array of family events and attractions from model boats to a children's shuttle train and a tremendous range of sports facilities.
Blackpool Treasure Trail (19 miles)
Blackpool Treasure Trail
Treasure Trails' treasure hunts are a fantastic way to explore a new town or village whilst enjoying a fun walk in the fresh air. Follow the trail, solve the clues and see the sights!
1st Bowl Blackpool (19 miles)
1st Bowl Blackpool
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Lancaster 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
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Lancashire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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