Things to do on rainy days in Lancashire

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If you’re from Lancashire, then you will know how the rain can wash out your best laid plans. Here’s a few suggestions for you to keep the family entertained

Sealife, Blackpool Experience underwater life, Sealife has a range of activities for all the family. There are designated feeding time for some of the creatures that you won’t want to miss and you can get hands on with the Interactive Rockpool. Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 5AA 01253 621258 www.visitsealife.com/blackpool

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Clitheroe Castle Museum Explore the landscape of the surrounding Ribble Valley in the interactive displays or get into character by trying on the historical costumes. You can learn about local history and traditions by visiting the Edwardian kitchen on site and even learn about how people in the past used to ward off evil! Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 1BA 01200 424568 www.lancashire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums/clitheroe-castle-museum.aspx

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Museum of Lancashire, Preston If you’re proud to be from Lancashire then you must pay a visit to a place that is a celebration of all things connected to the red rose county. There exhibitions that celebrate the success of Lancastrians throughout the ages and a remembrance of local soldiers who fought in WW1. Stanley Street, Preston PR1 4YP 01772 534075 www.lancashire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums/museum-of-lancashire.aspx

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Old Holly Farm, Garstang There are a whole host of animals for you to get up close to at this working farm, these include: sheep, cows, donkeys, alpacas and goats. There’s also a petting area that includes rabbits and chicks and teaches children how to hold and care for small animals. Cabus Nook Lane, Cabus, Garstang, Lancashire PR3 1AA 01524 791200 www.oldhollyfarm.com

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Jungle Jims, Blackpool Tower If your day trip to the beach has been washed out then a trip to the Tower might be on the cards. Jungle Jims is a long standing attraction and a useful way to get the to burn off the sugar rush that a day out in Blackpool almost always ends up as. Blackpool Tower, The Promenade, Blackpool FY1 4BJ www.jungle-jims.co.uk

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Lancaster Castle, Lancaster Visit the historic Lancaster castle, packed full of heritage, it is said to be one of the most fascinating surviving historic buildings. There is a display of over 650 shields displaying coat of arms of English monarchs and Lancashire sheriffs, Take the guided tour and learn about the castle’s Roman origins and stories of wirchcraft in the Middle Ages. Castle Park, Lancaster LA1 1YJ 01524 64998 www.lancastercastle.com

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Blackburn Ice Arena, Blackburn We only ever seem to get in the mood for ice skating during the festive season, but it’s a great way to do something active indoors on the inevitable rainy day in Lancashire. For those who a little unsteady on the ice, the centre also run Saturday morning group lessons and 4 week courses on a Wednesday night. Lower Audley Street, Waterside, Blackburn BB2 3DY 01254 263063 www.blackburnicearena.co.uk

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East Lancs Railway, Bury For those of you who commute, the idea of spending your day off on a train might not sound like your idea of fun. Lancashire has a rich railway tradition and the east Lancs Railway is a tranquil way to enjoy the beautiful countryside. You can also visit the Bury Transport Museum to see vehicles from yesteryear and participate in various craft workshops. Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0EY www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

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Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool Experience the stories of exploration and sea life. find out about the iconic Titanic and its link to Liverpool or learn about life as a customs officer in the Seized exhibition. There is also the Sea Urchins drop in play area for children under 5. Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4AQ 0151 478 4499 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime

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Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester With permanent galleries spread across five listed historic buildings and collections ranging from early textile machinery to modern X-ray equipment there is something for everyone at MOSI. The newest gallery is the Revolution which has six sections: Transport, Computer Age, Engineering, Energy, Cottonopolis and Structure of Matter. Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP 0161 832 2244 www.mosi.org.uk

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Jump Rush Trampoline Park, Morecambe Want to add a bit of excitement in to your day? Then Jump Rush Trampoline Park has just the thing! With over 100 bounce zone trampolines, including both wall and floor beds, plus 8 specialist extra zones to check your strength, coordination and balance.  From balancing on the battle beams to charging your way across the traverse wall, have you got what it takes to complete the Jump Rush trampoline park challenge and finish all zones? All ages and abilities welcome, with specialist sessions for even the smallest bouncers. www.jump-rush.com

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