The Best Free Activities in Lancashire in 2022

At Cleveleymere Lakeside Lodges, we have an abundance of exciting activities right on your holiday lodge’s doorstep.

We have a huge lake that you can use to enjoy kayaks, pedal boats, and rowing boats. Plus, we have mountain bikes, fire pits, BBQs, a children’s den, fishing, and a whole lot more coming up soon (watch this space…)!

But we also have the blessing on being brilliantly located near to loads of towns and attractions that offer plenty of things to see and do. So if you want to venture outside of Cleveleymere when you stay in one of our Lancashire holiday lodges, you won’t be short of items on the itinerary.

We totally understand how trips out can start to empty your wallet, so in today’s blog, we’ll be telling you about the best free things to do in Lancashire!

Brockholes Nature Reserve

This is a classic family day out in Lancashire – it’s great for all ages.

Brockholes Nature Reserve is a 250-acre site that is full to the brim with wildlife! This is the perfect place to get your camera out or to do some bird watching.

When you’re walking around this nature reserve, you could see anything from red foxes, beavers, and deer to herons, toads, and jellyfish.

Check out the events calendar before you go to see what’s on when you’re there.

Note: You can’t bring dogs to the Brockholes Nature Reserve

Address: Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston PR5 0AG

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

Carnforth is a lovely little Lancashire town and one of its claims to fame is the gorgeous Carnforth Station, which was featured in the 1945 film Brief Encounter.

This train station has its own heritage centre and it’s free to visit! It’s home to an excellent variety of exhibitions which you can find out more about here.

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre won the Small Visitor Attraction Award at the 2019 Lancashire Tourism Awards.

Address: Carnforth Station, Warton Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9TR

Happy Mount Park

For a day out with the little ones, definitely take a trip to Happy Mount Park.

Happy Mount Park is just off the scenic Morecambe Bay. This is a huge space full of exciting activities, including a splash park, adventure golf, trampolines, and an epic adventure playground featuring a zip line!

There are picnic areas and plenty of places for you to sit and relax or take a stroll and, once you’re done, we recommend taking a walk along the promenade, too.

At Happy Mount Park, there’s a lovely cafe near the front gates but you will, of course, have to fork out for your food and drink.

This has to be one of the best parks in the area and a top tier location for free days out,

Address: Marine Rd E, Morecambe LA4 6AQ 

Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle is an iconic structure in Lancaster city centre which also has the name ‘John O’Gaunt’s Castle’.

It dates back to medieval times, although much of its early history is unknown. From the 11th century and up until 2011, Lancaster Castle was a functioning prison. It has seen everything from executions and the Lancashire Witch Trials through to visits from monarchs across the centuries.

This is a beautiful – and phenomenally intact – building with lovely grounds. You can go inside and mooch about in the courtyard, but whatever you choose to do when you’re there, you can count on learning something new about this fascinating building.

You can take a guided tour of Lancaster Castle, but you will have to pay (£5.00 for adults and £4.00 for children).

A fun fact about Lancaster Castle is that it’s actually the birthplace of pilates. Well, maybe not the birthplace, but one of the inmates at the prison actually came up with the concept of the exercise we know today as pilates.

Address: Castle Grove, Lancaster LA1 1YN

Jubilee Tower

You might recognise Jubilee Tower from photos – it’s a very Instagram-friendly viewpoint in Lancashire (search #jubileetower on Instagram to see some photos). 

This is a historic site set just a couple of miles out of Lancaster city centre. You only have to climb a few stairs to get to the top, but you’ll be met with stunning views over Lancaster, Morecambe, the Yorkshire Dales, Lakeland Hills, and the Fylde Coast.

There’s a free car park right opposite Jubilee Tower and free places to park a few miles down the road that take you to some incredibly scenic areas.

If you have bikes, you might want to consider cycling up to Jubilee Tower – this is a popular cycling area.

Address: Clougha Access Area, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 9HJ 

Cedar Farm

Cedar Farm is a wonderful day out for children. This is a buzzing location with businesses, shops, and food and drink on-site. But for the free activities…

There’s a small animal farm that you can visit (although you do have to pay for food to feed the animals) and you’ll get to meet the sheep, goats, and chickens.

There are 2 play areas: an adventure playground and a play area more suitable for younger children. Children can enjoy wooden tractors, teepees, and dens!

Cedar Farm is open Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Address: Cedar Farm, Back Ln, Mawdesley, Ormskirk L40 3SY


Looking for holiday accommodation in Lancashire? Welcome to Cleveleymere Lakeside Lodges. We have 8 rustic, luxury lodges for you to enjoy. 

We welcome dogs in most of our lodges and The Boat House even has its own private hot tub. 

You’ll get your own kitchen with everything you could need to make everything from epic breakfasts to hearty dinners.

Discover our rates and availability by clicking here.

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