What’s the plan?

It happens to us every week, we discuss and suggest things to do at the weekend but every Friday and Saturday night we will say the same thing to each other,

“So, what’s the plan for tomorrow?”

Every week without fail and then we spend an hour or so before we nod off sleepily googling things on our phones to do the next day, no matter how many events and things we have found in the week. So with this in mind I thought it might be an idea to put up an events list here of things that are on in the month, mostly in and around Lancashire as that’s what’s local to us, but if anyone has something local to them that they would like to add, please put it in the comments below for others to find.

Friday 29th August – Sunday 9th November

The Blackpool Illuminations (Time: Go when it’s dark, Cost: Free)

The famous Blackpool Illuminations always signal the start of the colder months for me. I used to love going as a child and my children enjoy it now. Whether you walk along the prom keeping an eye out for the specially decorated trams or drive along the front and finish it with a bag of chips in the car at the end, they never fail to excite little people (and big kids too).

Top tip: For a quieter trip, avoid going on Friday and Saturday nights when Blackpool is bustling with revelers and party goers.

Sat 30th August – Sunday 7th September

Pendle Walking Festival (Time: See Guide, Cost: Free)

A handy guide sets out walking routes from easy to the more challenging walking marathon set in the beautiful area of Pendle, once home to the Pendle Witches. There are wide open spaces and trails to follow so why not take a picnic and make a day of it. Use the guide to choose a walk suitable for the whole family.

Saturday 6th September

Penny Farm World Horse Welfare Open Day and Medieval Fair (Time: 10-4, Cost: Adults £3, Children £1)

For something a bit different, why not pop along to this event in Kirkham? Watch a jousting display, meet birds of prey, take aim and have a go at archery. There will be local food to sample and crafts to enjoy, and for even some fairground rides too.

Saturday 6th September – Sunday 7th September

Brockholes Crafty Creative (Time: 10-12, Cost: £6pp plus parking)

Crafty activites for the whole family with a nature or environmental theme, what’s not to love? No need to book just turn up. Take advantage while you’re there and enjoy a lovely lunch in the floating visitor centre and watch the leaves start to change colour on the reserve with a walk afterwards.

Sunday 7th September

Cuerden Valley Parks Gruffalo Day (Time: 10-2, Cost: £3per child)

Grab a map from the barn and start your Gruffalo adventure including crafts, stories and games aimed at children 3+ but younger children are welcome

Sunday 7th September

Green Woodcraft Day, Beacon Fell (Time: 11-4, Cost: Free)

Woodcraft demonstrations, bird box making and children’s activities. When you are finished, have a wander up to the top of Beacon Fell or see if you can spot all of the wooden animals in the park.

Saturday 20th September – Sunday 21st September 

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Charlotte enjoying the Red Arrows flying display

Southport Air Show (Time: 9-5:30, Cost: £7.32 in advance £9 on the day Under 5’s go free)

If you have never been to the Southport airshow, I can’t recommend it enough! It’s not just for plane enthusiasts, it’s a great day out for the entire family. My daughter was not quite two years old when we attended last years and she was jumping for joy and cheering at the Red Arrows display. Food and drink is available, although many people bring picnics and camping chairs (definitely recommended) along. Get up close to a variety of military vehicles and even have a ride in a flight simulator. The event is right on the beach so there is plenty to do and see nearby including Southport fair.

Top tip: Get there as early as possible to ensure a good spot!

Saturday 20th September – Sunday 21st September

Animal Magic at Martin Mere (Time:10-4, Cost: Included in Admission prices)

As well as wandering around the wetlands reserve and seeing (and feeding) the birds and having fun in the fantastic play area, Martin Mere are putting on a great day of animal fun. There will be birds of prey, reptiles, alpaca and more as well as other fun activities including face painting and crafts! Take a picnic, or eat at the Mere Side Cafe.

On the weekends that are free, why not head to your local farm, many now have cafes and play areas attached as well as interactive events like lamb feeding and chick holding (depending on the time of year). Or go for a mini forage in your local woodland or country lane (or anywhere with brambles – blackberries tend to taste better when not next to a main road) but make sure you know what you should and shouldn’t pick. Some berries and fungi are poisonous and a few can even kill, it isn’t worth taking the risk if you are unsure, but blackberries are easy to spot, plentiful, and taste great eaten when they are picked, or baked. Local parks and even your back garden can host a hundred adventures too, so grab your wellies, and get exploring…

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