A traditional market town surrounded by rolling countryside, perfect for a walking holiday and with a packed calendar of events and performances. The Reedley Marina is a great base for hiring a boat to explore the rivers and canals of Burnley. Also if walking along the waterways pop by the famous Weavers Triangle which gives further interesting information on the towns history and steam engines.
The stately home of Towneley Hall is worth a visit, where visitors can tour the period rooms and enjoy the stories re-enacted of past historical characters that have lived on the estate. Perched above the town on Crown Point is the Panopticon sculpture, known as the Singing Tree this site is also nearby to the Forest of Burnley which also links with several local walking routes and bridleways.
The Queen Street Textile Museum has the last steam powered weaving mill, and demonstrations of the cotton weaving and looms. For a picnic or a quiet stroll there are plenty of nice gardens to choose from such as Queens Park, Ightenhill Park and Thompson Park. Gawthorpe Hall has a large collection of portraits with gardens and woodlands for the younger ones. The Mechanics Theatre hosts a variety of entertainment including musicals, theatre and comedy.
Lancashire is considerably smaller than its historic rival, Yorkshire, but it is not any less special for that. Regarded by many as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, its largest cities Manchester and Liverpool have an enormous cultural heritage and the former cotton towns of Bolton, Preston, Wigan and their ilk are not much less so.
While the coal and manufacturing industries have faded somewhat of late (though their history remains visible all over the county), they have been replaced by a very artisanal culture of traditional skills with clothing, crafts and food. The county lays claim to a number of culinary delights, including the Lancashire hot-pot, black pudding, and a variety of cheeses.
The coastal town of Morecambe is a well-known beach holiday resort. Lancashire, like Yorkshire, is famous for its cricket team. Shakespeare lived there, Lowry painted it, and arguably the greatest pop group in history hailed from Liverpool. With two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Lancashire countryside is popular for walking and cycling and has a wealth of canals and waterways to explore. Museums, art galleries and stately homes abound. On a different note, there is nowhere on earth quite like Blackpool, with its illuminations, its tower, and its theme parks and rides.