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Type: Nature Reserve

Preston New Road

Tel: 01772 872 000

Add Brockholes to your Itinerary

Brockholes, nr Preston

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.

Based 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 explore our 250 acre reserve with our network of trails and hides, not to mention the fantastic views offered overlooking the River Ribble. You can also 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 is the first of its kind in the UK, bringing you as close to nature as possible. The Visitor Village hosts our Welcome Centre, an activity room, our restaurant and two shops, each packed with unique treats to suit all of our visitors. Pop by our Welcome Centre when you arrive and our friendly volunteers will help you find out more and make the most of your visit.

The Nest is our lovely gift shop, packed with all sorts of goodies! Whether it is toys or books; crafts or jewellery; or some binoculars and scopes, there’s a something for everyone. The second shop is our Village Store. It is packed with a wide range of bird feed and feeders as well as gardening gifts, sweet treats, chutneys and a large selection of cookery and gardening books. Whatever you need, our friendly staff and volunteers are always on hand to help you.

Brockholes is also a great place for children. As well as exploring the reserve and Visitor Village we have an adventure play area nestled in the grassland, where the youngsters can swing, climb, balance and bounce in the play area whilst you relax on one of our picnic benches. Keep your eyes peeled too because you may be lucky enough to spot a Kestrel soaring above you as well.

After exploring the reserve you can sit back and relax in our restaurant, which offers stunning panoramic lake views. Whether it’s a cup of coffee, a tasty treat or a long leisurely meal, you can be assured all dishes are homemade from the finest local produce.

There’s a wide range of exciting events for all the family held at Brockholes right throughout the year too. These include craft sessions in our activity room, themed seasonal trails out on the reserve, open-air theatre and family themed events which test your tracking and den-building skills. We also offer regular free guided walks, host ‘Wildside’, our ever-popular school holiday club, and have a quarterly ‘Crafty Vintage’ Festival where we’ve over 70 stalls packed with everything from exotic food to homemade jewellery.

Just make sure to keep an eye on our website for all the latest on our events and don’t forget to sign up to our e-news while you’re there so you can keep up to date with all the latest activities, news and special offers.

Here at Brockholes we also cater for your special events and are now a full licensed wedding venue. With the lake in the background we offer a stunning and romantic back-drop for your photographs, while the floor-to-ceiling windows provide panoramic views across the lake. Our picturesque outdoor area also provides guests with an impressive location for drinks and canapés, so Brockholes is a truly memorable setting for your big day.

If you’d like to bring your whole flock to Brockholes, we’d love to have you. We cater for all kinds of group visits, from schools and community groups to coach trips. Whether it’s a full day out or just a quick stop off on the way to your destination, Brockholes is the ideal place for groups to visit.

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed as they can disturb and harm wildlife. If you need to, you can walk your dog (on a short lead) along the public right of way. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Car Parking charges:

Up to 20 minutes - No charge
First hour - £2
Additional time - 50p per 20 minutes
For example - 2 hours = £3.50
All day maximum charge - £5

These charges apply to all cars and minibuses every day, all day. Coaches are free.

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Wednesday, 4th November 2015 - Thursday, 24th March 2016

Gallery at Brockholes - Christmas Old & New
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Sunday, 22nd November 2015 - Thursday, 24th March 2016

Master Class in Felted Jewellery - Beads & Bangles
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Saturday, 6th February 2016 - Saturday, 6th February 2016

Sunday, 7th February 2016 - Sunday, 7th February 2016

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Saturday, 13th February 2016 - Saturday, 13th February 2016

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Saturday, 13th February 2016 - Sunday, 21st February 2016

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Sunday, 14th February 2016 - Sunday, 14th February 2016

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Monday, 15th February 2016 - Monday, 15th February 2016

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Tuesday, 16th February 2016 - Tuesday, 16th February 2016

Wild Families: Den Village
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Wednesday, 17th February 2016 - Wednesday, 17th February 2016

Clay Modelling: Pandas
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Saturday, 2nd July 2016 - Sunday, 3rd July 2016

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Friday, 2nd December 2016 - Sunday, 4th December 2016

Crafty Vintage Fair - Brockholes
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  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) Green Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) 2014
  • National Awards***Member of Marketing Lancashire ***Member of Marketing Lancashire 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsMarketing Campaign of the Year Marketing Campaign of the Year 2011
  • Sub-Regional AwardsConference/Meeting Venue Award Conference/Meeting Venue Award 2013
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2015

Opening Times

Open All Year
Brockholes Wetlands Nature Reserve (1 Nov 2015 - 31 Mar 2016)
Brockholes Wetlands Nature Reserve (1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016)

* Brockholes is open from 10am-5pm from April to October and from 10am-4pm November to March. We are open every day except 24th and 25th December.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Summer (1 April to 30 Sept)
Up to 20 minutes - No charge
First hour - £3
Additional time - 50p per 20 minutes
All day maximum charge - £6
For example - 2 hours = £4.50

Winter (1 Oct to 31 March)
Up to 20 minutes - No charge
First hour - £2
Additional time - 50p per 20 minutes
All day maximum charge - £5
For example - 2 hours = £3.50

These charges apply to all cars and minibuses every day, all day. Coaches are free.

You can access Brockholes on foot and by bike for free

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