Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Our trip to Lancashire

A few weeks ago we stayed in Lancashire for a few days. Having never been before I really didn't know what to expect. While we were there we found a lot of places we didn't enjoy but actually after returning and looking back on the pics we did have a wonderful time – Here is our time in pictures and a few words to make sense of it all...

On our way we stayed in Chester with my Nan. Chester is a fab place to visit, the bridges, city wall, Grosvenor Park with miniature railway, Roman ruins, River Dee trips and Amphitheatre (Britains largest and most elaborate!) are all within walking distance of each other and there are lots more things to do further afield (Freddie loved the Amphitheatre and playing Snakes and Ladders with his Great Nan!).

After two nights we ventured north and stopped off at Formby Beach in Southport home to the rare Red Squirrel.... Super beach and we did spot a Red Squirrel in the woods!

This is not a Red Squirrel!

We stayed in a holiday park called Ribby Hall Village, absolutely the perfect base to explore this part of the country. With Blackpool and St Annes just a few miles away and lots of activities on site I would definitely stay again if I were to visit the area. They have all different styles of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets their website is Ribby Hall Village You can read a full review of how child-friendly our holiday was on my other travel blog.

Blackpool was a bit disappointing (sorry Blackpoolians) we really didn’t enjoy it, the Sea Life Aquarium was small, and not very inspiring, it looked tired and in need of an overhaul, although the little green chap here did raise a few eyebrows.

Actually it is probably a little unfair to paint a bad picture of Blackpool as, even though it was half term, the Pleasure Beach was closed and the Shark walk in the SeaLife aquarium closed due to maintenance but everything apart from the seafront looked tired and in need of some TLC, maybe in the summer months it will be a brighter place.

Now St Annes beach was glorious, we walked a long way out when the tide was low and had lots of fun in the small arcade on the pier finishing off with a yummy ice cream. Flip braved the cold sand and offered to be buried...

A terrific place to grab a bit of Fish and Chips is The Cottage. It is not in a location you would expect but worth a trip - it's located in a residential street a few miles from Blackpool beach and has had plenty of famous visitors over the years such as Freddie Fiyntoff, Dawn French and John Mayor. The Cottage is also featured in Rick Steins 'Seafood Lovers Guide' as the best fish and chips in Blackpool.

Inland a great place to visit is Old Holly Farm in Garstang. Freddie really enjoyed this little farm where he met calves, lambs, watched cows being milked, played on mini tractors and finished again with an ice cream! Heaven!

There are lots of things to do in Lancashire, a good place to plan your visit is the Lancashire website Visit Lancashire

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