Lancashire Recommends...children's play parks

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Here are the county's best places to take children on an action-paced adventure.

Happy Mount Park, Morecambe

Samlesbury Hall play area

Samlesbury Hall play area

The park has a natural adventure play area, with trees and natural resources such as boulders, sand, and logs. It also has a 34m zip line, a 5m high swing, and a maypole. There is also a safe play area with a climbing frame, slide, and swings, including some suitable for under 5s. Families can also try the Woodland Walk, with a new habitat trail to follow.

The Splash Park is open daily between May and September and is one of the largest in the region and features water fences, an aqua arch and interactive water jets. Chargeable activities include Play Land with rides for the little ones, a miniature railway, putting, trampolines, adventure golf, and Pirates in the Park (indoor soft play). There is also a floodlit multi-sports area.

Following a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award, Samlesbury Hall has updated its children’s play facilities. The newest attraction is the Mayflower ship, to honour the hall’s first owners - the Southworth family - whose early descendants were amongst the first pilgrims to set sail to America in the 17th Century aboard the ship.

Play 4 U, Lytham

The playing fields boasts a number of activities for all ages, from sand pits to water pools. There is a toddler play area; a teen zone; a large BMX track; and skate park. For adults, there is a trim trail, or a walk through Wishing Well Wood, a woodland area with woodcarvings.

Withy Grove Park, Bamber Bridge

With Grove Park is one of the largest free facilities of its type in the North West.

There is a large sand area for toddlers upwards which has lots of slides, climbing and sand buckets. There are bridges to climb, tunnel slides and towers. For the older kids there is a zip line and play equipment

The eastern side includes Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre, sports pitches and the playground, and can be accessed from Brindle Road to the east.

The western side of the park currently consists of meadows and groups of trees.

Worden Park, Leyland

Worden Park has 22 pieces of equipment for young children, including swings,

climbing frames, springy toys and a large sand pit complete with sand diggers and 14 play apparatus for juniors, including a rope climbing frame and cableway.

The historic hedge maze is open to the public at all times and The Leyland Society of Model engineers provide free rides on Tuesdays, Sundays and bank holidays (dependent on the weather) around the park’s wildflower meadows. Visitors can also view the walled and formal gardens and an arts and crafts centre.

Samlesbury Hall play area

Following a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award, Samlesbury Hall has updated its children’s play facilities. The newest attraction is the Mayflower ship, to honour the hall’s first owners - the Southworth family - whose early descendants were amongst the first pilgrims to set sail to America in the 17th Century aboard the ship.

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