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Just south of Preston and a mere 30 minutes from Manchester, the market town of Leyland and its surrounding countryside is well worth exploring. With a range of attractions just minutes from the M6, it’s also an ideal place to stop off on route, if you’re tackling a long road trip.
We can’t mention Leyland without referring to its famous truck making heritage and if you love the smell of a diesel engine or get dewy-eyed at the site of a vintage vehicle then the British Commercial Vehicle Museum (just off J28) is a good place to start. Regular events include a VW Camper Van Show and an American Roadshow as well as family activities and the opportunity to climb aboard the vehicles.
The South Ribble Museum (with free entrance) is home to exhibitions about the local history and archaeology of the area, housed within a quirky Tudor built school house.
From 9 June to 4 July there will be a new exhibition on the history of the annual Leyland Festival and check the website for a number of specialist talks that will commemorate the 300 year anniversary of the Battle of Preston.
Heading towards Blackburn, just off J31 on the M6, the very beautiful Samlesbury Hall is packed with nearly 700 years of history plus a great cafe restaurant and antiques shop. Look out for guided tours led by a Samlesbury Witch or Henry VIII, a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Fresh Air & Free - Stretch your legs, burn off energy or simply enjoy the view.
- Withy Grove Adventure Playground is the largest free playground of this type in the northwest and just minutes from the M6.
- Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve on the Ribble Estuary has a free car park, picnic area and visitor centre as well as plenty of footpaths and wildlife to spot.