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Brockholes Nature Reserve
Ranked #8 of 69 things to do in Preston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve. Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, whether you're a naturalist or a beginner, we have something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature! On the site of an old quarry, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust have used their expertise to create habitats for lots of different wildlife. You can take a stroll by the River Ribble, explore our woods or enjoy the lakes on site, which have all been specially designed to attract all kinds of wildlife for you to see! Our spectacular floating Visitor Village means that you are as close to nature as possible providing stunning views across the lake. You can also discover our interactive Welcome Centre and learn all about the wildlife that you could see on-site, discover the exciting play area and explore our network of walks and trails (including shorter ones for little legs). After exploring the reserve you can sit back and relax in our restaurant where you can enjoy the beautiful lake view with a coffee and a tasty treat or a long leisurely meal. The Nest, our Brockholes gift shop is brimming with an inspiring collection of gifts, jewellery, books, toys, arts & crafts and other exciting treasures to remind you of your day and are sure to put a smile on the faces of people young and old. A fantastic new addition to the Visitor Village is The Gallery at Brockholes. The Gallery will showcase a range of art and craft by guild members which includes fine art, photography, textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood and furniture. The Gallery at Brockholes is run by the Art & Craft Guild of Lancashire, made up of a wide range of the finest local artists, designers and makers.
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Brockholes is geat for a couple of hours with the kids.

Totally soured on my last trip by a mix up resulting in a parking penalty charge.

Thanks Brockholes for the fond memories!

17  Thank Rob A
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

Brockholes is a lovely place to visit with some good walks. Beware of parking prices! We last visited on our bikes & decided to grab a sandwich and juice to take away & have a bit of a picnic - this was a mistake! We got to very plain sandwiches and 2 bottles of juice and it came to over £13. Both sandwiches were dry & I only managed to eat half of my egg mayo sandwich which had cost £3.85. We would have walked away but we needed something to eat before we rode the 7 miles back home. We will definately take a picnic next time.

5  Thank Higgins05
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

This was our 2nd visit here, our first visit was three years ago just when it was just opened. It's not changed that much, still a very nice place to visit. There are various walks, a nice restaurant and pleasant helpful staff. They have an ANPR camera that catches your number plate as you arrive, so on leaving you pay for the hours you have been there. The first 20 minutes are free. We'll certainly be going there again in probably a year or so.

2  Thank bandit600widnes
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

In April me and my family visited Brockholes for a day trip out. It was a really nice morning and the car park wasn't very full. When we soon got parked we ran of towards the wooden play area. the thing that let us down a bit was on the slide,Poo! We were all astonished at the smelly site. This meant we couldn't us it.
The walks were all very calming which we all enjoyed as a wonderful trip out.We went down to the cafe to get an ice-cream. Yum. .It was worth the money

1  Thank Class F
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Initially farmers fields, the land was bought out by a company specialising in salt mining (I believe). This meant that once that land was used it was a pitted mess with no real room for nature.

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire took up the land and within a space of a few years transformed it in a wonderful, wild nature reserve. There is a wide variety of bird and nature life that can be spotted easily on the walks along with hidden 'hides' where you can go in to quietly watch the nature go by.

The walks round the reserve themselves are free however parking is charged and it is that income that supports the conservation project.

There is a floating cafe on site along with floating function room that is hire-able for celebratory occasions. The cafe is nice, the function room is also nice however the catering there was nothing to shout about.

The reserve can be accessed all year round and will offer up a variety of wildlife differing for each season. It can provide a lovely few hours walking with friends or family and is especially interesting for younger children!

If you live near by there is really little reason not to go; experience the wild life, have a nice walk and support a great cause.

1  Thank AndyH435
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