10 cheap family hacks for fun in the sun

With the summer holidays just a week away penny-saving mums are compiling their top tips to help families save their cash on days out.

Bowland Wild Boar Park, Chipping

Family days out: Bowland Wild Boar Park

Situated in the heart of the Forest of Bowland National Park it sits on the banks of the River Hodder. Surrounded by fells and woodland teeming with wildlife and wildflowers it is a great family day out for those who enjoy fresh air, fun in the outdoors or simply want to explore the countryside.

Sam Haines at Fortitude Fitness

Have a weightlifting

The variety of weightlifting disciplines mean this is a sport for anyone to take part in

Perfect chalet home for  family break at Sandy Balls resort

Travel: Wild horses could not drag you away from the idyllic glades, open moors and cliff top walks in the New Forest

If this weather could be guaranteed for three months a year I am sure more of us would be inclined to give up those last minute holiday searches for a staycation, exploring a little more of England’s green and pleasant lands
Garstangs Fairtrade pioneer and the founder of Fair Trade Towns Bruce Crowther MBE visiting Seoul South Korea in 2013 for the launch of the Fair Trade City campaign

From Garstang to Seoul flying the Fair trade flag across the world

It is now 18 years since the market town of Garstang was recognised as the world’s first Fair Trade Town.

Alpacasare part of the Camelidae family, which includes llamas, guanacos and vicunas from South America.

Have a alpaca walking

The Alpaca from Peru may well be known as pack animals and their fleece highly valued for its silkiness but they make great pets too and animal lovers are taking advantage of getting up close and personal with these lovable, sensitive and intelligent creatures

Former Garstang High School pupil Michael Elders, 25, will be out on the road this summer bringing a little slice of Italy to events across the North West.

A little fizz has helped bring young entrepreneur Michael's vespa back to life for a new Lancashire wine bar adventure

Following a bold vision has paid off for Michael Elders as his unique Michelino’s bar business is motoring along nicely......

Skiddle directors Ben Sebborn and Richard Dyer

Skiddle announce new collaboration with Safe Gigs for Women on International Women's Day

The music-loving team from Preston based events and ticket agent Skiddle are to join forces with campaign initiative Safe Gigs For Women to combat sexual harassment and assault at live music events.

Paul Weller is on tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first album In The City

REVIEW: Modfather Paul Weller's magical mix of old and new

When you’re on a tour celebrating a back catalogue of music spanning 40 years what you leave you out must be hard to weigh up especially with a highly expectant audience
Runshaw College alumni Lloyd Cole is still able to create a big commotion

Runshaw College alumni Lloyd Cole is still able to create a big commotion

It was during some background reading ahead of an interview with Buxton-born singer and songwriter Lloyd Cole I hit on an interesting topic via his Facebook page relating to his thoughts on streaming services and his distaste for iTunes.

Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor in Dance To The Music

Review: Dance to the music at Preston Guild Hall made me feel like dancing

It wasn’t all that long ago Strictly Come Dancing came live from Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom, but at the weekend local fans got their own little taste of dancing magic a little closer to home on stage at Preston’s Guild Hall.

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Lizzie Butler Billington with husband Rob and daughters Annie and Betsy. the family live at Little Willows Farm, Inglewhite where Lizzie has launched Little Wild Fox childrenswear

Inglewhite mum Lizzie is learning to love life on the wild side

On a cold winter night, there is nothing quite like pulling on your favourite cosy pyjamas.

Garstang Gators clocked up 202 personal best times and smashed 18 annual club championship records at the club championships in Blackpool

Garstang gators enjoy splashtastic success in club championships

Swimmers from Garstang Amateur Swimming Club put in a sterling performance at the annual Garstang Club Championships at Palatine swimming pool in Blackpool.

Cast of Aladdin at Preston Charter Theatre to January 3

REVIEW: Aladdin Preston Charter Theatre

With a puff of smoke, a boo, a cheer, sparkle and glitz, a technical glitch and some musical magic, mix it altogether in a rusty old lamp and oh yes, it could only be opening night of Preston’s 2017 pantomime Aladdin.

Garstang Victorian Evening takes place on Monday and Tuesday December 11 and 12

Families can enjoy a taste of the old and new and a little festive magic at the Garstang Victorian Festival

The countdown is on to one of the district’s biggest events events in the festive calendar with people from all over the region joining locals for the GarstangVictorian evening.

Will's work will be available to buy through Not on the High Street

Handy Will is carving out career he was destined for

From a very young age, William Firth was impressed with the intricate wood turning skills of his grandfather and his father.

The cast of Beauty and the Beast

Garstang Theatre Group all set for pantomime season

It’s pantomime time again – Oh yes it is and taking to the stage next week is Garstang Theatre Group with their latest production of Beauty and the Beast.

Pat Ascroft with her grandchildren on their recent challenge in Croatia for the Mencap charity

Garstang Pat's party at the palace

Garstang grandma and intrepid explorer Pat Ascroft took on a very Royal mission in recent celebration of her charity efforts.
Garstang Community Aacdemy launched the Pitch In appeal for the new sports pitch

Great £100,000 victory for state-of-the-art Garstang sports facility

Garstang Community Academy will open the gates to the market town’s first state-of-the-art multi-sport, all weather facility next year after Sport England announced this week they would support their community bid for £100,000 of funding.

Organisers of the Cockerham charity bingo night make a presentation to St John's Hospice

Cockerham charity bingo night

Organisers behind the Cockerham bingo charity night are inviting all to join them for the next annual event on Friday November 17.

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