Rainy Day Activities in Lancashire
18th November 2020
It wouldn’t be a Great British holiday without a spot of rain! But don’t let the wet weather put a dampener on your break – there are so many indoor attractions to enjoy just a short drive from Moss Wood Caravan Park!
Here we’ve compiled a list of just some of our favourite rainy-day activities in Lancashire. Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite from the list!
Harris Museum & Art Gallery
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If you’re in to history, we highly recommend a trip to Harris Museum & Art Gallery during your stay at Moss Wood Caravan Park. In our opinion it’s one of the best rainy-day activities, with plenty to offer visitors of all ages and it’s completely free!
The Harris, as it’s known by locals, is considered one of the leading contemporary art galleries in the region. The collections comprise of over 70,000 objects including fine art, costumes, ceramics, paintings and sculptures.
Spend some time walking around the exhibits admiring the master pieces on display or grab a bite to eat in the café. In the school holidays there are activities on offer for younger members of the family, including science experiments, story-telling and a children’s museum trail.
Lancaster Castle is home to more than 1,000 years of history! Delve deep into the past during your visit and uncover tales of crime, punishment, persecution and execution. Hear stories from the castles many occupants and learn more about the important role Lancaster played in British history.
The castle occupies a prime hill-top position with wonderful views over the city. Until recently it served as a HM prison, but the site dates back to the Roman times. Lancashire Castle has a dark past, perhaps the most dramatic being the Lancashire Witch trials. There is much to discover during a visit, making it the perfect wet weather destination.
The courtyard is open to visitors and the castle can be accessed via a guided tour. Please check availability before visiting because there is some refurbishment work taking place.
The Barn at Scorton
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Wet weather is the perfect excuse to indulge in a spot of retail therapy and there’s no better place than The Barn at Scorton. This popular garden centre is a hit with visitors and locals alike, thanks to its wide variety of plants, gifts and mouth-watering food and drink.
The Barn is an excellent place to stock up on gifts for family members or a special holiday treat for yourself. The characterful shop offers beautiful children’s clothes and toys, homeware, decorations and delicious local produce.
Outside the garden centre is a must-visit for keen gardeners. It specialises in ‘cottage garden’ varieties with a focus on herbaceous plants. The garden centres staff are passionate gardeners and able to offer a wealth of advice, should you want some help with your purchases.
One of our favourite things about The barn is the restaurant, which offers a delicious menu that the whole family will love. From light bites to a grill menu and carefully crafted daily specials, you’ll be sure to find something to fill you up!
Day Trip to Blackpool
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Blackpool is perhaps best known for its beautiful beach and seafront attractions, but in our opinion it’s one of the best places to head when the weathers bad. This is because there are so many indoor attractions to keep you entertained, especially if you’re travelling with younger children.
Of course, the iconic Blackpool Tower is a must visit during a day trip from our Lancaster Holiday park. We also highly recommend the Sea Life Centre for an up close look at spectacular marine life from all over the world, Madame Tussaud’s or the Blackpool Tower Dungeon if you’re feeling brave!
Fleetwood Market is one of the largest markets in the North West, boasting 3 indoor halls and an expansive outdoor trading area. It dates back to 1840 and retains much of its traditional charm, largely down to its friendly vendors who are ready to extend a warm Lancashire welcome to newcomers visiting for the first time. Little has changed in this market over the years and it continues to be a focal point of the town.
There are over 200 stalls on offer, selling a wide selection of fresh produce, clothing, jewellery and household goods. There’s something for everyone all under one roof, so you can stock up on essentials or treat yourself to something special.
The market is open year-round and is situated near the coast. It is open 9am-4.30 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There are a wide variety of shops in Fleetwood, including a discount outlet village on the outskirts of the town.