The coastal county of Lancashire encompasses some top visitor destinations, including the evolution of former Victorian seaside resorts Blackpool and Morecambe into modern-day draws with year-round cultural clout. Home to the annual Illuminations, the Great Promenade Show and Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool pairs contemporary art with world-famous venues including the town’s Tower and Ballroom. Morecambe’s best attractions, including its outdoor art and beautiful coastal cycling route, are often a reflection on the maritime heritage here, as well as the stunning landscape of Morecambe Bay.
Inland, Blackburn and Burnley have gained a reputation for an impressive roster of annual festivals, but also for new artworks by notable artists. Walk out to Burnley’s much-loved Singing Ringing Tree, or explore the street art decorating Blackburn’s Open Walls. Head to Prism Contemporary – or travel back in history to the tours and walks that document the notorious Pendle Witch Trials in the area. The historic city of Lancaster is also filled with centuries-old buildings, including the Castle and Judges’ Lodgings, as well as more modern venues such as The Dukes. Read on to find out more.
Bay Cycle Way, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA44BU - Visit now
The Bay Cycle Way is a perfect introduction to long-distance cycling. Morecambe Bay is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK. As you cycle along the route you’ll be rewarded with incredible views, world-class historic sites and artefacts, traditional food and rare wildlife.
Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1PU - Visit now
Grundy Art Gallery is recognised as a leading contemporary arts venue in the northwest, with a programme featuring established and emerging artists from the UK and around the world, alongside historic art from its own collection.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Blvd,, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ - Visit now
Home to over 125 rides and attractions, including the world famous Big One and Infusion, the world’s only suspended looping coaster completely over water. Pleasure Beach Arena is also home to the Hot Ice show, the longest running ice show in the world.
Live literature has plenty for readers and writers alike this spring, with emerging names and established authors taking to a mic near you, along with the opportunity to perform or put pen to paper yourself. There’s lots to listen to in real life and there are still opportunities to join in to events online. Read more here…