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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 out on the 250 acre nature reserve, Brockholes is full of Nature Moments! Located just off the M6, Brockholes is perfect for a family day out.

Brockholes is full of nature moments, 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.

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.

The spectacular floating Visitor Village plays host to the Kestrel Kitchen, interactive Welcome Centre and shop!

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.

The Visitor Village and its facilities are open at the following times:
SUMMER (1 April – 31 October 2019)
10am-5pm, 7 days a week. The gates to the reserve are open from 6am-9pm, 7 days a week

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

Brockholes is a dog free zone. 

The Guild Wheel cycle route runs through Brockholes. There are cycle racks available in our car park so we are a perfect pit stop.
 

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Car parking charges:

April 1 - October 31:

£5 all day parking.

November 1 -  March 31:

£3 all day parking

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

Opening Times

Summer (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Winter (1 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed*
Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Brockholes is open from 10am-5pm from April to October and from 10am-4pm November to March. They are open 7 days a week except 24 and 25 December.
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

Saturday, 19th October 2019 - Monday, 21st October 2019

Halloween Jars CraftWe will be making spooky Halloween Jars ready to decorate your home for the trick or treaters! This is a drop in activity so there is no need to book, just come along! We may get messy, so come dressed with that in mind wearing clothes you don't mind getting dirty! Suitable for children aged 5+.…
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Saturday, 19th October 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Halloween Xplorer ChallengeExplore Brockholes, find the Halloween themed markers, complete the challenge, have fun together! Brought to you in partnership with British Orienteering, Xplorer is the perfect activity for all the family to enjoy together!
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Sunday, 20th October 2019 - Sunday, 20th October 2019

North West Reptile Club - Reptile EncounterReptile Encounter – Meet and Greet session Interested in reptiles? Want to overcome your fear of snakes? Then why not come and meet these often misunderstood friendly exotic creatures.
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Tuesday, 22nd October 2019 - Tuesday, 22nd October 2019

Wild Families: Muddy MonstersBring your little monsters for an afternoon of muddy monster fun in the woods this half term. Wild Families are designed for the whole family to do together. Please come dressed for the weather wearing sturdy footwear. Old clothes advised - you will get dirty!
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Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 - Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

Wildside School Holiday ClubJoin Lancashire Wildlife Trust's Outdoor Adventure Club this half term! For children aged 8-14. Wildside activities vary each day, but may include activities such as shelter building, fire lighting, woodland games, minibeast hunting etc. It's a chance to get outside, go wild and have an adventure…
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Thursday, 24th October 2019 - Thursday, 24th October 2019

Forest School Family FunA great opportunity to get out in nature as a family. Discover, play, be creative and have fun in our Forest School taster session! Our highly trained team will help you and your family to explore and play in our woodlands, take part in environmental activities and have fun together in nature.…
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Thursday, 24th October 2019 - Sunday, 27th October 2019

Pumpkin CarvingPumpkin Carving is back at Brockholes, one of most popular events of the year! So pick your pumpkin, get carving and enter our competition! Pick your pumpkin from our Pumpkin Carving Room (£3.00 each). We will have lots of ideas to get you started, plus all the tools and equipment you need at our…
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Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Saturday, 26th October 2019

After Dark WalkBack by popular demand. A guided walk around our reserve as darkness falls! Learn about the wildlife that comes out at night and join us around the campfire for a hot drink and biscuits. Meet at 5.15pm at the parking machines on the main car park, ready for a 5.30pm departure, return around 7…
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Saturday, 16th November 2019 - Saturday, 16th November 2019

Sunday, 17th November 2019 - Sunday, 17th November 2019

Wednesday, 20th November 2019 - Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Thursday, 21st November 2019 - Thursday, 21st November 2019

Friday, 22nd November 2019 - Friday, 22nd November 2019

Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Saturday, 23rd November 2019

Sunday, 24th November 2019 - Sunday, 24th November 2019

Wednesday, 27th November 2019 - Wednesday, 27th November 2019

Thursday, 28th November 2019 - Thursday, 28th November 2019

Friday, 29th November 2019 - Friday, 29th November 2019

Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Saturday, 30th November 2019

Sunday, 1st December 2019 - Sunday, 1st December 2019

Wednesday, 4th December 2019 - Wednesday, 4th December 2019

Thursday, 5th December 2019 - Thursday, 5th December 2019

Friday, 6th December 2019 - Friday, 6th December 2019

Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Saturday, 7th December 2019

Sunday, 8th December 2019 - Sunday, 8th December 2019

Wednesday, 11th December 2019 - Wednesday, 11th December 2019

Thursday, 12th December 2019 - Thursday, 12th December 2019

Friday, 13th December 2019 - Friday, 13th December 2019

Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Sunday, 15th December 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Santa's Post BoxCome and write your letter to Santa at Brockholes before heading off on a winter walk to Santa's Post Box! Make sure that you find the secret North Pole Stamp on route or your letter won't make it to Lapland! Once you've posted your letter, join us for a warming hot chocolate by the fire in our…
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Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Saturday, 7th December 2019

Sunday, 8th December 2019 - Sunday, 8th December 2019

Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Sunday, 15th December 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Saturday, 21st December 2019 - Saturday, 21st December 2019

Sunday, 22nd December 2019 - Sunday, 22nd December 2019

Breakfast with SantaJoin us for a magical morning with Santa in the Kestrel Kitchen at Brockholes! Children can enjoy a full cooked breakfast followed by a very special visit by Santa, who will be bearing a gift for each child. Children's breakfast includes bacon, scrambled eggs, beans, toast and orange juice or…
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Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Saturday, 7th December 2019

Sunday, 8th December 2019 - Sunday, 8th December 2019

Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Sunday, 15th December 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Saturday, 21st December 2019 - Saturday, 21st December 2019

Sunday, 22nd December 2019 - Sunday, 22nd December 2019

Santa's GrottoSanta is back at Brockholes. Come and meet him in our traditional Christmas Grotto! Each child will receive a present from Santa and there will be an opportunity for you to take photographs. Santa is always popular, so we advise you to prebook your appointment early! Appointments are available…
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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

Children & Infants

  • Baby Bottle and Food Warming Facilities Available

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings

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