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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

Sunday, 25th August 2019 - Sunday, 25th August 2019

Monday, 26th August 2019 - Monday, 26th August 2019

Tuesday, 27th August 2019 - Tuesday, 27th August 2019

Wednesday, 28th August 2019 - Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Thursday, 29th August 2019 - Thursday, 29th August 2019

Friday, 30th August 2019 - Friday, 30th August 2019

Saturday, 31st August 2019 - Saturday, 31st August 2019

Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Xplorer ChallengeExplore Brockholes, find the themed markers, complete the challenge, 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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Wednesday, 28th August 2019 - Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Pond DippingJoin us for one of our ever popular pond dipping session at Brockholes Nature Reserve! Not just for kids, this is an opportunity for all visitors to roll up their sleeves and enjoy a spot of pond dipping! The sessions are just for fun and no previous knowledge is required.
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Thursday, 29th August 2019 - Thursday, 29th August 2019

Forest School Family FunA unique opportunity for families to experience a Forest School taster session this half term. Forest School is a unique and inspirational learning experience, that improves self esteem, confidence and abilities. It's usually delivered as a long term programme of sessions centred around outdoor…
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Friday, 30th August 2019 - Friday, 30th August 2019

Wild Families: DinosaursCome and have a roooaaarring good time with our dinosaur themed activities! Wild Families activities are designed to get the whole family outside and working together. Children must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket.
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Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Wuthering Heights - Open Air Theatre at Brockholes Nature ReserveJoin Heartbreak Productions for this outdoor adaptation of Emily Brontё’s haunting tale of two restless souls.
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Sunday, 22nd September 2019 - Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Wedding Fair at Brockholes Nature ReserveVisit Brockholes Wedding Fair set indoors within the spectacular Brockholes Nature Reserve in Samlesbury near Preston. Perfect for the couples that are looking for that something that little but different, they will be showcasing a range of suppliers including those whose work specialises in a…
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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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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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