What’s on in Lancashire this summer?

In just two days time my children will have finished school for the summer holidays and we will begin what will hopefully be an awesome six weeks together.

While we have a lot of stuff planned, we still have quite a few days to fill before they head back to school in September, so I’ve had a scout around the interwebs and found some great places in Lancashire we’ve never been to before. The cheaper the better, obviously, but none of them are particularly expensive.

1. The American Road Show at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum

old fire engine

In Leyland there is a museum that vehicle-lovers dreams are made of. From vintage vans to gigantic cranes there’s something for everyone. I know my two boys will love this place.

Over the summer the museum is hosting a couple of events that look as though they’ll be great fun, the first of which is the American Road Show on 19th July. Big shiny trucks ahoy!

Cost: family ticket £17.00 for 2 adults and 2 children.

2. Free Summer Workshops

free workshops

If you fancy a day out in Fleetwood, it might be an idea to take the kids to Freeport. There’s some awesome shooping to be done there and as an extra incentive there are also free summer workshops for children each Thursday throughout the summer. From growing sunflowers to creating scarecrows, there are a variety of activities on offer. You can find the full timetable here.

Cost: free

3. Den Building at Rufford Hall

rufford hall

We’re National Trust members and always make use of our membership during the summer holidays. For just over £8.00 a month we know we’re never far away from an interesting, engaging and informative day out as a family. One thing that caught my eye this summer was the den building activity at Rufford Hall in Ormskirk. The boys love to get stuck in to outdoor activities like this and I think this will be one we thoroughly enjoy, as we hopefully tick a couple more activities off our 50 things list.

4. Tudor Tours at Samlesbury Hall

samlesbury hall

Louis loves history and I think being led around the hall by Henry VIII himself will really make him tick. Taking a peek at the grand medieval rooms, while learning about the fascinating lives of the residents of Samlesbury Hall near Preston, Lancashire, will be really interesting!

They are hosting an assortment of events throughout the summer including spooky tours and old-school lessons with Mistress Marjorie!

Cost: Free entry to hall and gardens, small fee may apply to events

5. Canoe Safari at Martin Mere


I posted last week about our intention to visit Martin Mere in Burscough, so I took a closer look at what’s on there this summer and we’re definitely going to go and do the canoe safari! We’ve been talking about taking the kids canoeing this summer so this is something we’re really looking forward to, since it combines doing something new with one of our favourite subjects: wildlife.

What are you doing to fill your school-free days this summer? Do you have a favourite place you’d like to suggest to us?


  1. That place in Leyland looks great- we love doing days out but also love being at home in the garden. Enjoy your summer x

  2. I think a few of these look like they could be appealing to my boy, it makes me want to learn to drive more than ever; I’d love to take him to the Tudor Hall and Martin Mere, loved it there as a kid! X

    • We’re off to try the canoe safari at Martin Mere next week, though I think your little one would be too young yet. Still, it’s never too early to introduce them to nature!

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