Ten Great Places To Visit

If your wallet is feeling the pinch here’s our top ten free trips and attractions to make your money go that little bit further.

By Fusion Lifestyle Reporter
November 3, 2011, 12:03 pm
Ten Great Places To Visit

If your wallet is feeling the pinch here’s our top ten free trips and attractions to make your money go that little bit further.

1) No break is complete without a day at the beach, and the Northwest coast has long stretches on sandy beaches for you to stroll along or build castles in the sand. From Morcambe Bay, right the way down to Blackpool, Southport and Crosby, you’ll find some of the best windswept beaches here. 

2) If you think you’ve got the next Laurence Lowry on your hands then head to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, one of the best galleries in England. At the Big Art for Little Artists project children, up to the age of eight, can paint, play with puppets, create their own art and dress up along with a host of other activities.

3) There is no better way to clear the cobwebs from months of hibernation than a walk through the park. And the Japanese Garden in Morecambe’s Happy Mount Park is the perfect place to do this. The park has play areas, a miniature railway, a bowling green, miniature golf, crazy golf, a paddling pool, trampolines, and a café and picnic area to keep all ages entertained. Some of the area’s finest musicians play in the park, which infamously housed one of three Crinkley Bottom theme parks in the country for seven weeks in 1994.

4) Soak up Liverpool’s history and find out about slavery at the International Slavery Museum. Here you’ll be introduced to a completely different culture and way of life, while exploring the Igbo and Uraba tribes of Nigeria in Africa.

 5) British artist Antony Gormley’s Another Place is a seaside installation with 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along 3km of beach at Crosby, near Liverpool. Intended as a temporary exhibition, it was so loved by locals that it was made permanent.

 6) World Horse Welfare's centre in Lancashire, Penny Farm, near Blackpool, is a great day out for the family. Open all year round you can stroke the animals to your hearts content. The centre has a packed programme of events during school holidays.

7) With 250 acres of beautiful park and woodland to explore and nature trails trails Haigh Hall Country Park  is the ideal for a breath of fresh air. Highlights include the miniature railway, children’s playground, nature trails and a craft gallery. Entrance to the park is free but there may be a charge for some activities.

8) Looking for intrigue, history and a view which is as easy on the eye as it is on the pocket? Look no further than Pendle Hill in East Lancashire. You can hike to the top of the 557m high hill. Classed as An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it provides spectacular views that stretch all the way to the coast on a clear day. The Pendle Witch trials took place here in the 17th century.

9) Romance, drama and unrequited love; these are the ingredients of the film Brief Encounter, filmed at Carnforth Station in 1945. The Refreshment Room at the visitors' centre has been refurbished to look like the original version as seen in the film and often plays host to jazz musicians and other events.

10) A 22 metre high Palm House, which has plants from around the world, is one of the Sefton Park’s best attractions. A Sunday stroll through the park, in Liverpool, will reveal a bronze statue of the boy who never grew up. The Peter Pan edifice, by Sir George Frampton, is the same as the one in Kensington Gardens in London.

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