Rain Or Shine Places To Keep The Kids Occupied This Weekend
From lighthouses to art galleries to farm villages and gardens, we've rounded up the very best North West England has to offer for a great family day out whatever the weather. So whether the kids are head-to-toe in rain wear or smothered in sun tan lotion you're all sure to have an interesting time.
Bolton Central Library, museum & art gallery
Le Mans Crescent, Bolton (map)
Take a self-guided circular tour of the West Pennines to discover dramatic landscapes, heritage tea rooms, modern art, cosy pubs, steam trains and the Victorian legacy of the area by downloading the new Ramsbottom and Peel Monument Tour app. With content, photography, points of interest and zoomable map, it's the perfect way to discover the region that links to the 19th-century Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel. For more information, http://www.handheldtours.co.uk/walk/ramsbottom/
Rufford Old Hall (National Trust) http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rufford-old-hall/things-to-see-and-do/for-families/
200 Liverpool Road, Rufford (map)
Go wild in the grounds of Rufford Old Hall and explore one of Lancashire's finest Tudor buildings. From den building to mud pie making, there are plenty of events on offer to get your play clothes dirty. Challenge your family to a game of chess or croquet on the lawn or relax with a cuppa while the kids get crafty. Check the website for details.
On the open farm, you can bottle feed pet lambs, enjoy a donkey ride, play on mini tractors, race around the barn and host your own picnic down by the paddocks. It's a hands-on experience for adults and children alike. And if there's a downpour, you can take cover in the cafe while the children explore the soft play barn.
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum
Vikings Mill, Lancashire (map)
Spend the day getting crafty at the last surviving steam powered mill in the country. With live demonstrations and activities throughout the month, including workshops for kids, you can learn about the period in history when cotton was king.
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Legoland Discovery Centre
The Trafford Centre, Manchester (map)
Love lego? Head to the Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester for top secret Lego building tips, experience rides and watch the Lego characters come to life in the 4D cinema. With events held throughout the year, it's a must-visit for Lego fans of all ages.
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