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Type:Nature Reserve

Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0AG

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Tel: 01772 872 000

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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.

New - Treat yourself and choose from the delicious selection of ice cream flavours courtesy of Wallings. All their ice cream is made from the milk of cows at their farm in rural North Lancashire.

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 www.brockholes.org 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.


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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

Brockholes Wetlands Nature Reserve (4 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Brockholes Wetlands Nature Reserve (1 Nov 2018 - 3 Apr 2019)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

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

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


Friday, 21st September 2018 - Friday, 19th October 2018

Nature TotsCome and join at the pre-school sessions that let your little ones get in touch with nature, as they explore Brockholes and get stuck into some fun outdoor activities!
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Thursday, 4th October 2018 - Thursday, 4th October 2018

Wedding Open DayInterested in Brockholes for your special day? Then why not come along and see their unique floating venue set up and ready for a wedding.
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Saturday, 20th October 2018 - Sunday, 4th November 2018

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, 21st October 2018 - Wednesday, 31st October 2018

Pumpkin CarvingPumpkin Carving is back at Brockholes! They will have lots of ideas to get you started, plus all the tools and equipment you need at their pumpkin carving station.
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  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


  • 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


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.



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  • 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

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  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings


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