PENDLE HILL AND THE PENDLE WITCHES
Seen from miles around, Pendle Hill is a landmark dominating this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Lancashire coast. Pendle Hill is most famous for the 17th Century Pendle Witches, when 10 executions took place of witches from villages surrounding the area.The complete history can be discovered on the Pendle Witches Trail – starting at the Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford, travelling through the Ribble Valley and on to Lancaster Castle where the actual trial took place.
The bustling historic market town of Clitheroe is only 20 minutes drive from the Millstone at Mellor and is packed with charm and cobbled streets. You can easily while away an afternoon;strolling through the boutique shops and enjoying watching local life go by.
FOREST OF BOWLAND
The rugged, picturesque landscape of The Forest of Bowland is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There is something for everyone here from walking, cycling and riding or if you’re a nature lover, there’s so much wildlife to watch in their natural habitats.Or for a look at village life, the pretty villages of Whalley and Slaidburn are well worth a look.
CLITHEROE CASTLE AND MUSEUM
At the heart of the town centre, Clitheroe Castle is a must visit for any family trip to the area.Children will love the skate park, playground, creative outdoor playzone and Lancashire’s first Labyrinth, not to mention the 16 acres of surrounding gardens just waiting to be explored. For the more mature visitor, the new look gallery explores 350 million years of history in the local area – but don’t worry it won’t take that long to walk around!
Visit the only Roman museum in Lancashire, dedicated to exploring the village of Ribchester – a recognised site of historical interest.Discover the Roman Fort and enjoy Roman re-enactments in the summer months. It’s a great way to really get under the skin of the local area and enjoy the great outdoors all in one go.
So much more than just a tower, Hoghton Tower is one of the finest Renaissance buildings in England, with State Rooms, a Banqueting Hall, Minstrels’ Gallery and the Dolls House Collection. For those with an interest in all things spooky, Tudor Well House is alleged to be the third most haunted house in England!
This beautiful 14th Century Manor House has been painstakingly preserved to create an interesting trip for all the family. Visit the small family farm with goats, guinea pigs, ducks and free range hens or get involved with one of the many events throughout the year including outdoor concerts, historical events, theatre and plant fairs.
BROCKHOLES NATURE RESERVE
Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve owned and managed by The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.
There’s lots to see and do at Brockholes, you can hunt out their floating Visitor Village with a restaurant, shops and Welcome Centre or explore their family-friendly hides, walking trails and play area!
PRESTON GUILD HALL
Preston Guild Hall Entertainment Complex is dominated by 2 fantastic venues that host on average around 300 events per year with over 100,000 visitors. The Grand Hall Arena was designed as a prestigious concert venue seating over 2,000 guests and has been host to a different array of concerts from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to Rizzle Kicks.