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Brockholes Nature Reserve

Type:Nature Reserve

Off junction 31 of the M6, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0AG

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Brockholes Nature Reserve

Whether it’s on the iconic floating Visitor Village or on the 250 acre nature reserve, Brockholes is full of Nature Moments just waiting for you to find! Located just off the M6, Brockholes is perfect for a family day out.

 

Explore the flagship, Lancashire Wildlife Trust nature reserve and you’ll see the wide variety of wildlife on offer. You can take a walk along the River Ribble, explore the ancient woodland and amble around the lakes while spotting a huge array of wildlife all year round.

 

There’s hides, paths and viewing points that have been specifically designed to allow you to get closer to nature and wildlife without disturbing it. We even have our very own Lancashire Wildlife Trust app to make your Brockholes visit even more exciting.

 

Brockholes Nature Reserve is home to two eating establishments, Kestrel Kitchen and Peckish. Kestrel Kitchen provides an indoor seating area for you to relax and recharge. Or if you prefer dining Al Fresco, Peckish ,which is dedicated to Lancashire Street Food, provides an outdoor seating area for you to enjoy your refreshments with some truly spectacular views.

 

The spectacular floating Visitor Village plays host to an interactive Welcome Centre, a shop and the Guild Wheel cycle path which runs right through the nature reserve. So why not hop on your bike and pop down for a pit stop? There are plenty of bike racks and a huge car park for visitors from further afield.

 

Brockholes is owned and managed by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. We do not receive any direct government funding and each time you visit you’re helping to support vital conservation work on the reserve. Thank you for supporting your local Wildlife Trust.

 

Parking charge applies unless otherwise stated - £5 all day parking.

Brockhole is a dog free zone. 

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Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Car parking charges:

£5 all day parking.

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

Opening Times

Summer (1 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Winter (1 Nov 2021 - 31 Mar 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed*
Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Brockholes is open from 10am-5pm from April to October 7 days a week. Then from 10am-4pm November to March Wednesday - Sunday.
The gates to the reserve are open from 6am-9pm

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

Events

Friday, 6th August 2021 - Friday, 6th August 2021

Saturday, 7th August 2021 - Saturday, 7th August 2021

Sunday, 8th August 2021 - Sunday, 8th August 2021

Monday, 9th August 2021 - Monday, 9th August 2021

Tuesday, 10th August 2021 - Tuesday, 10th August 2021

Wednesday, 11th August 2021 - Wednesday, 11th August 2021

Thursday, 12th August 2021 - Thursday, 12th August 2021

Friday, 13th August 2021 - Friday, 13th August 2021

Saturday, 14th August 2021 - Saturday, 14th August 2021

Sunday, 15th August 2021 - Sunday, 15th August 2021

Monday, 16th August 2021 - Monday, 16th August 2021

Tuesday, 17th August 2021 - Tuesday, 17th August 2021

Wednesday, 18th August 2021 - Wednesday, 18th August 2021

Thursday, 19th August 2021 - Thursday, 19th August 2021

Friday, 20th August 2021 - Friday, 20th August 2021

Saturday, 21st August 2021 - Saturday, 21st August 2021

Sunday, 22nd August 2021 - Sunday, 22nd August 2021

Monday, 23rd August 2021 - Monday, 23rd August 2021

Tuesday, 24th August 2021 - Tuesday, 24th August 2021

Wednesday, 25th August 2021 - Wednesday, 25th August 2021

Thursday, 26th August 2021 - Thursday, 26th August 2021

Friday, 27th August 2021 - Friday, 27th August 2021

Sunday, 29th August 2021 - Sunday, 29th August 2021

Monday, 30th August 2021 - Monday, 30th August 2021

Tuesday, 31st August 2021 - Tuesday, 31st August 2021

Xplorer Challenges
Xplorer ChallengesExplore Brockholes, find the markers, complete the challenge and have fun together! Brought to you in partnership with British Orienteering, Xplorer is the perfect outdoor activity to get the whole family outside in the fresh air together!
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Thursday, 12th August 2021 - Thursday, 12th August 2021

Thursday, 19th August 2021 - Thursday, 19th August 2021

Thursday, 26th August 2021 - Thursday, 26th August 2021

Pram WalkPram WalkJoin us for a brisk 1 hour walk around the reserve on pram friendly paths. A great way to get out in the fresh air, get some exercise and improve your own health,
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Sunday, 15th August 2021 - Sunday, 15th August 2021

Midsummers Dream CastOutdoor Theatre: A Midsummer Night's DreamA story of order and disorder, reality and appearance and love and marriage. Our story follows a troupe of actors deep into the enchanted forest – a dream world of flying fairies, mistaken identities and love triangles.
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Sunday, 22nd August 2021 - Sunday, 22nd August 2021

Mr Stink PosterOutdoor Theatre: Mr StinkYou're invited to celebrate Annabelle's 10th birthday, hosted by everyone's favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe's particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink.
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Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) Green Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • 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 2017 - Large Visitor Attraction Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Large Visitor Attraction Award 2017
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Large Visitor Attraction Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Large Visitor Attraction Award 2018

Directions

Road Directions

From Preston:At the roundabout of the M6 J31and A59 go straight over under the motorway signed A59 to Blackburn. Stay in the left hand lane. Just before the traffic lights, take the FIRST exit signed “Brockholes Nature Reserve” heading north over the river (adjacent to the off-ramp slip road). Follow this road left, round doubling back and under the slip road bridge to the site entrance. From M6 North Bound:As you come off the motorway get in the middle lane. At the roundabout turn right, signed A59 to Blackburn. Stay in the left hand lane. Just before the traffic lights, take the FIRST exit signed “Brockholes Nature Reserve” heading north over the river (adjacent to the off-ramp slip road). Follow this road left, round doubling back and under the slip road bridge to the site entrance. From Samlesbury and South-bound off the M6:From Samlesbury - At the roundabout of the M6 J31and A59 you need to go all the way round the double roundabout as if you where going to head back along the A59 towards Samlesbury. As you come round the roundabout past the Tickle Trout Service Station stay in the left hand lane. Just before the traffic lights, take the FIRST exit signed “Brockholes Nature Reserve” heading north over the river (adjacent to the off-ramp slip road). Follow this road left, round doubling back and under the slip road bridge to the site entrance. From M6 Southbound:As you come off the motorway turn right at the roundabout towards Preston. Stay in the right hand lane and continue around the roundabout, As you come round the roundabout past the Tickle Trout Service Station stay in the left hand lane. Just before the traffic lights, take the FIRST exit signed “Brockholes Nature Reserve” heading north over the river (adjacent to the off-ramp slip road). Follow this road left, round doubling back and under the slip road bridge to the site entrance.

Public Transport Directions

Bus: Take the No. 59 Bus from Preston Bus station. Alight the bus at the Tickled Trout Hotel. From the bus stop walk towards the bridge where traffic is easier to see, cross over and turn LEFT to the end of the bridge. There is a farm road to the right, follow this short road to a metal gate, passing a sign for Brockholes Wood. Cross over the style at the side of the gate. Follow the metal fence on your right to the next gate and at the left side of the gate there is a gap onto a rough roadway. Remain on this roadway to the end the boundary is marked by another metal gate. To the right of the gate there is a style marked Ribblesway go over the style and turn left and you will see the next style to cross. Keep to the right and follow the wooden fence under the motorway bridges, and as the road bends you will see the entrance to Brockholes. This walk is not suitable for pushchairs or anyone that cannot climb a style. During the walk there is a possibility of seeing several species of birds and insects due to the close proximity of the river and the woods. By Train: The nearest train station to Brockholes is Preston.

Facilities

Other

  • Toilets

Catering

  • Café
  • Picnics available

Children & Infants

  • Baby Bottle and Food Warming Facilities Available

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard accepted
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings

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