Local attractions and sources of local information –

Burscough Wharf


Martin Mere


Mere Sands Wood Rufford

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Burscough Wharf opened its doors to the paying public on Saturday 12th February 2011 when thousands of people visited over Valentine's Weekend to see West Lancashire's newest retail and leisure development which is centred around food and drink, arts and crafts, the creative industries, fashion and the community.   Wilderness and family-friendliness combine at Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

In the winter there are wild ducks, geese and swans in their thousands offering spectacular aerial displays, but year round the centre is home to resident water birds, otters and beavers.

  The reserve covers 42 hectares (105 acres) and is made up of lakes, mature broadleaved and conifer woodland, sandy, wet meadows and heaths.

The site is nationally important for wildfowl and dragonflies.

Rufford Old Hall


Visit Lancashire


Windmill Animal Farm

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Step back in time at one of Lancashire's finest 16th-century Tudor buildings, where a young Will Shakespeare once performed. His stage, the Great Hall, is as spectacular today as when the Bard was performing for the owner, Sir Thomas Hesketh, and his raucous guests.   All you will need to know about Lancashire, from places to visit, where to stay, to eat and how to get there.   Windmill Animal Farm was first opened to the public in 1992 and offers visitors the chance to experience the every day running of an actual working farm while still having the chance to watch and feed some unusual animals.

There are well equipped indoor and outdoor play areas and a 15" gauge Farm Train on which you can ride.