Hoghton Tower – A fortified medieval manor house and gardens, a short drive from the church and a real gem to explore. So stunning in fact that it’s been the location for many film and TV productions (Peaky Blinders, Henry VIII and his Six Wives, Casanova…to name a few). It also boosts to serve the best afternoon tea in Lancashire! For more info click here.
Gawthorpe Hall – Affectionately referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’, Gawthorpe Hall was redesigned in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle. The modest Hall houses the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery as well as The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, a wonderful collection of intricate lace, embroidery and needlework amassed by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth. Gawthorpe Hall is the final stop on ‘The Brontë Way’, a long distance route with strong associations with the writings of Charlotte Brontë and the family. For more info click here.
Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery – One of the first museums to be opened outside London, in 1874, the museum at Blackburn hosts a wide array of artefacts, from Coins and Manuscripts to Egyptology, Fine Art, Natural History and many more. For more info click here.
Bowland Wild Boar Park – Sitting on the banks of the river Hodder in the middle of the picturesque Forest of Bowland, the Bowland Wild Boar Park is an amazing experience before you even get to the animals. Open since 1999 the park is surrounded by beautiful wildflowers. They have a Kids Adventure Play area with slides, swings, zip wires, and loads play on, along with tractor & trailer and barrel ride. But the real treat is the amazing array of animals. The park is an amazing gateway for kids to learn about the animals of the English countryside including Peacocks and hens, llamas, deer, rabbits and of course, the Wild Boar. For more info click here.