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Things to do - Lancaster and Morecambe area

Fancy a day out but can't decide where to go? 
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Attractions/things to do
wildlife centres, farms, aquariums, parks and much more
Museums/castles/historic halls
family-friendly museums, fascinating castles and beautiful halls make a great day out
There are lots of great days out and things to do as a family in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. Here are just a few ideas all within a short distance.


Attractions/things to do

Farm/Soft Play/Farm Shop/cafe

Cabus Nook Lane, Garstang, Preston, PR3 1AA 
Tel: 01524 791200 
Email: info@oldhollyfarm.com
Visit: www.oldhollyfarm.com

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Old Holly Farm is a family run, working dairy farm and is perfect for families. The farm offers free entry and parking and is open all year round. With the traditional farm animals in the courtyard, the popular calf shed and the accessible outdoor paddocks children can learn about animals in a safe environment. Remember Old Holly Farm is a working farm and encourage all customers to use the hand-washing facilities and information provided.

Old Holly Farm boasts a fantastic farmyard themed indoor soft Playbarn, offering a safe environment for "rough and tumble". The system has been designed to encourage children to play, solve problems and to have fun with others - helping children to explore and develop new skills. The Playbarn is perfect for ages 0-9 (a height limit of 144cm applies), and has a Parent & Toddler group every Monday (term-time only), kids party packages and discounts for childminders, and groups of 3 children or more, plus a loyalty scheme for regular visitors.

The Courtyard Café and outdoor seating area offers home-made food, cakes and refreshing drinks in a family friendly environment, with plenty of highchairs, bottle and food warming available and baby change. The Farm Shop is full of local treats, toys and of course Coolcow Ice cream which is made on site using the Old Holly cow’s milk. Remember you won't want to go home before watching the cows being milked (everyday at 4.30pm). Plus there are lots of events and activities throughout the year, please visit the Old Holly website for more information.

The farm is open 9am - 5pm every day, all year round (closing Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 27th December and New Years Day only), and is easy to find on the main A6 just 5 minutes south of J33 at Galgate.

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing  gift shop  free parking  indoor and outdoor play area


Heysham Nature Reserve
Heysham Nature Reserve comprises a mosaic of habitats from reedbed and open water to grassland, lowland heath, scrub and developing woodland. The reserve runs down to the edge of Morecambe Bay at Red Nab. The Bay is internationally important feeding ground for wintering wildfowl and waders. Flocks of curlew, knot, oystercatchers and redshank can be seen feeding or roosting during the winter months.
The inland northern end of the reserve is designated as a Biological Heritage Site (BHS). In spring and summer the grasslands are carpeted with wildflowers from early cowslips to bee and commons spotted orchid. Twenty species of butterfly are regularly recorded here, including small skipper, small copper and common blue.
Connecting to Nature
Now in its fourth year, is a project sponsored by EDF Energy which aims to engage the local community with Heysham Nature Reserve. It continues to offer more opportunities for the local community to enjoy the outdoors and discover some of the amazing wildlife that Morecambe Bay and Heysham Nature Reserve are home to. Whether you want to take a stroll around the reserve, come along to our wildlife events or learn a new skill, we hope you will find something to enjoy. You can also explore electricity at the Heysham Visitor Centre.
If you would like to be added to our mailing list or know more about the project, volunteering or events contact us on
heyshamevents@lancswt.org.uk, 01524 855030 or 07717 366812.
Event Guidance:
LOCATION: Please see map at the back for locations of Heysham Nature Reserve & Heysham Power Station’s Visitor Centre.
NATURE TUESDAY’S:  Joint family events run by Lancashire Wildlife Trust & Heysham Power Station’s Visitor Centre. Please click through to see list of family events in 2017.
BOOKING: When booking an event, we will ask for contact details to inform you of any changes that may occur and we advise that you ring before planning to come along to any events.
RESTRICTIONS:  Children should be accompanied by an adult at all events.
DOGS: There is a No Dogs Policy (except registered assistance dogs) within the main area of the nature reserve.
DISABLED ACCESS: We regret disabled access is limited in the nature reserve as paths can be uneven.
For all LWT events visit:


The Centre @Halton
Low Road, Halton, LA2 6NB
Tel: 01524 811316


A great venue for children and families open all year round. The outside playgrounds and the state of the art skatepark are free of charge and offer safe play environments for children of all ages.

Inside The Centre there is a friendly Coffee Shop open every day, with longer hours in school holidays and at weekends.

The Centre also offers classes and activities for toddlers and children.

email: centremanager@haltoncentre.org

pushchair friendly  cafe  free parking  indoor and outdoor play area


Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, Doris Henderson Way, Lancaster LA1 5JS

Tel: 01524 847 540

Monday to Saturday: 9am - 7pm
Sunday: 9am - 5.30pm

£4 per child (adults free)
Babies (under 1 years) who do not use the main play area and are happy to stay in the baby section are free


Jump, climb, slide, swing and explore at Energy, the latest (and most exciting) indoor soft play centre to arrive in the Lancaster district at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre. Suitable for children aged 0 - 12 years* there is something for all ages, abilities and adventure levels, including a dedicated toddlers and babies section. 

No need to book, just turn up and play!
All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

pushchair friendly  cafe  free parking

Happy Mount Park
Marine Road East, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 6AB 
Tel: 01524 582845

pushchair friendly  cafe  free parking  indoor and outdoor play area

Williamsom Park
Quernmore Road, Lancaster LA1 1UX
Tel: 01524 33318

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing  gift shop  outdoor play area picnic area

Pay and display car parking is available

Morecambe Promenade
Marine Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4DB

The extensive promenade lends itself to a leisurely walk and whichever part of the prom you decide to tackle the views over the Bay won't disappoint. Look out for the unusual artwork of The Tern Project along the way and don't forget to take a walk along the stone jetty. You can now cycle along the promenade.

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing  gift shops  free parking on the promenade  outdoor play areas

Pay and Display car parking available at various locations along the Promenade.

Leighton Moss Nature Reserve
Myers Farm, Silverdale, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 0SW
01524 701601

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing  gift shop  free parking  picnic area

Cinderbarrow Picinc Site
by the A6 between Carnforth and Milnthorpe

A lovely picnic site, ideal for a short walk and if you visit on a Sunday during the Summer you'll be able to climb aboard a miniature railway. Entry to Cinderbarrow is FREE but donations are welcome.

 free parking   picnic area

There are no toilet facilities at this location

Crook o' Lune Picnic Site
Crook O' Lune, Lancashire, LA2 9NB 
Tel: 01524 32878

Beautiful (and popular) picnic site on the banks of the River Lune.

pushchair friendly  cafe  parking  picnic area

There is usually a mobile snack van at this site. There are toilets near the car park.

Glasson Dock
A588 south from Lancaster. West onto B5290 at Condor Green, (by the Stork Hotel), then you can't miss it.

A lovely place to while away an afternoon. Watch yachts move from the marina to the lock then out to sea and check out the local wildlife including many types of water birds. There is a new playground opposite the cafe, Lantern O'er the Lune and Glasson also has a couple of pubs offering meals a snack bar.

pushchair friendly  cafes  pay and display parking outdoor play area

Canals in the Lancaster and Morecambe area
Why not venture down to your local stretch of canal to feed the ducks and take in some amazing scenery. The Lancaster canal can be reached via Lancaster City Centre at Aldcliffe Road and other good locations are Galgate, Glasson and Hest Bank.

pushchair friendly  free parking

Fell Foot Park (but you must pay for parking)
Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8NN
Tel: 015395 31273

Restored Victorian park. Access to the lakeshore of Windermere.

pushchair friendly  cafe  outdoor play area

Parking is pay & display.

Train journey from Lancaster to Grange-Over-Sands

The journey takes around 25 minutes and costs from £7.20 adult return (kids under 5 travel for free). The scenery is beautiful as you travel along the coast towards Grange. Once there you can feed the ducks at the pond (take lots of bread as there are loads of them), take a walk along the promenade where you'll find a couple of decent playgrounds or treat yourself to lunch in one of the many local cafes.

pushchair friendly  cafes gift shops outdoor play areas

Low Sizergh Barn
Low Sizergh Farm, Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8AE
Tel: 015395 60426

pushchair friendly  cafe gift shop  free parking 

 Aquarium of the Lakes
Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8AS
Tel: 015395 30153

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing  gift shop  picnic area

Pay and display car parking is available

Sealife Centre, Blackpool
Central Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 5AA
Tel: 01253 622445

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing  gift shop  indoor and outdoor play area

Pay and display car parks nearby.

Blackpool Tower (includes entry to Aquarium, Circus, Jungle Jims, Tower Ballroom and more)
Bank Hey St, Blackpool, FY1 4BJ
Tel: 01253 622242

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing  gift shop indoor play area

Blackpool Zoo and Dinosaur Safari
East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 8PP 
Tel: 01253 830830

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing  gift shop  free parking outdoor play area

Blackpool Model Village
East Park Drive Stanley Park Blackpool Lancashire FY3 9RB
Tel: 01253 763827

pushchair friendly  baby changing  gift shop  free parking

Picnic area nearby

Bowland Wild Boar Park
Chipping, Preston, PR3 2QT
Tel: 01995 61554

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing  gift shop  free parking  outdoor play area picnic area

Ducky's Park Farm
Moor Lane,  Flookburgh,  Grange-over-Sands,  Cumbria,  LA11 7LS 
Tel: 015395 59293

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing  free parking  indoor and outdoor play area picnic area

Farmer Parrs Animal World
Wyrefield Farm, Rossall Lane, Fleetwood. FY7 8JP 
Tel:(01253) 874389 / 770484

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing gift shop free parking  indoor and outdoor play area picnic area

South Lakes Wild Animal Park
Broughton Road, Dalton in Furness, Cumbria, LA15 8JR
Tel: 01229 466086

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing gift shop free parking  picnic area

The World of Beatrix Potter
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria LA23 3BX
Tel: 015394 88444

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing gift shop

No parking - but disabled can ring to book ar car parking space in the courtyard of the attraction

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
Hale, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7BW
Tel: 015395 63027

pushchair friendly  cafe  baby changing gift shop free parking  picnic area

Please let us know if you have been on a day out which you think should be included in this directory. We would also be interested to know what you think of the venues and attractions featured here. Email daytrips@babymaze.co.uk

It is always advisable to check details before travelling as prices and opening times are subject to change.


Museums/castles/historic halls

 Lancaster Maritime Museum 

Custom House, St George's Quay, Lancaster LA1 1RB
Tel: 01524 382264

 cafe  baby changing  gift shop

Lancaster City Museum 
Market Square, Lancaster, LA1 1HT
Tel: 01524 32808

gift shop  

Judges Lodging
Church Street, Lancaster, LA1 1YS 
Tel: 01524 32808

The Museum of Lancashire
Stanley Street, Preston, PR1 4YP
Tel: 01772 534075

baby changing  gift shop  free parking 

Kendal Museum
Station Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6BT
Tel: 015397 21374

Museum of Lakeland Life
Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL
Tel: 015397 22464

 cafe  free parking  picnic area

Abbot Hall Art Gallery 
Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL
Tel: 015397 22464

 cafe  free parking  outdoor play area picnic area

In the park next to the gallery you'll find a great adventure playground.

Holker Hall & Gardens plus Lakeland Motor Museum
Cark-in-Cartmel, Nr Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7PL
Tel: 015395 58328

 cafe  baby changing  gift shop  free parking outdoor play area picnic area

Pushchair access in the Hall is completely restricted due to space limitations, however we do have the facility for you to leave the chairs in the Hall in clear view of our guides. 

Lancaster Castle
The Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle, Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1JY
Tel: 01524 64998

Levens Hall and Topiary Garden
Kendal, LA8 0PD
Tel: 015395 60321

 cafe  baby changing  gift shop

Partial pushchair access

Leighton Hall
Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9ST
Tel: 01524 734474

Sizergh Castle
Sizergh, nr Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8AE
Tel: 015395 60951

 cafe  baby changing  gift shop  free parking

Please let us know if you have been on a day trip which you think should be included in this directory. We would also be interested to know what you think of the venues and attractions featured here. Email daytrips@babymaze.co.uk

It is always advisable to check details before travelling as prices and opening times are subject to change.