It’s Friday afternoon when went to visit my friend Gina who is living in Preston Lancashire. The drive going up north was nice and smooth from M5 to M6 aside from some major motorway roadworks abit slow in some part running 40-50mph, it took me 2 1/2 hours from Cheltenham not bad I would say. On the following day
Gina and I, decided to go for a stroll around Preston area.
Free things to do in Preston Lancashire Area:
Harris Museum and Art Gallery
We went to see the Harris Museum and Art Gallery. It is centrally located in City center, its free to get in which is a bonus. It is housed in a Grade I listed museum building in Preston and has the largest gallery space in Lancashire, England.
There are extensive displays of pottery work and it’s history in Britain. From porcelain ceramics, chinaware, silver bottles,cameo glass,and modern glass works. There’s also displays of different costumes from 17th century to the present days.
The upper floor are painting displays. One collection that caught my eyes is the “Puck” it is a character from Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was painted by Richard Dadd the infamous Victorian artist know for his fairy paintings.
Brockholes Reserve Park
As usual I referred to my AA road atlas and soon we were driving towards Blackburn theres a reserve park. The Brockeholes reserve is perfect place for a family day out, either you choose to go walking around the area, there’s a play area for the kids or bring a binocular for birds watching, and theres also a cafe in the floating village.
The beautiful concept of the floating village design was inspired by the flooded plain and consideration to the ecotourism.
Avenham and Miller Parks
Its a spectacular park that has undergone an improvement was funded by Heritage lottery project. Come and experience the beautiful parks either family picnics, with 21 mile path for walking or cycling , or just have a relaxing time and go by the pavilion café. The stunning Victorian English Heritage grade 2 listed Park also host wedding cermonies. The two park offers a wonderful heritage and breathaking landscapes in a riverside setting.
Visit the Blackpool seaside
The nearest seaside area from Preston is the Pleasure beach in Balckpool, its only about 30 minutes drive. It offers a variety of things to do, walked along the promanade, have a swim, if you want a aerial view climb up the Blackpool Tower. This place is famous for the Blackpool illuminations and get away place for hen night and stag doo, the place can get crowded at times.