Winter in Lancashire is filled with friendly and welcoming events, beautiful scenery and a host of indoor attractions. It's the perfect winter getaway.
The Lancashire community is one of the most welcoming and lively in the country, they like to celebrate everything from Italian food and Christmas lights to local artistry, entrepreneurship and anything vintage; there’s always a fun-filled event to get involved with. A winter stay in Lancashire may see cooler temperatures but nothing beats afternoon tea in a beautiful art-deco building overlooking Morecambe Bay, or walking through the forest of Bowland on a winter afternoon.
If you leave the warmth and comfort of your hotel and explore the local area we’ve got our top winter attractions here:
The Butterfly House is home to butterflies, Koi carp, tortoises and more; now a rainforest haven this building was previously an Edwardian palm house. Great for winter weather, the animals enjoy a warm oasis of trees, vines, a waterfall and beautiful tropical plants. You can walk through the house and spot some of the world’s most spectacular butterflies, including the blue morpho, emerald swallowtails and cleverly camouflaged owl butterflies.
Explore Lancaster’s golden age and rich maritime and natural history. The Lancaster Maritime Museum presents history of the Port of Lancaster and the local fishing industry. There are displays on the Lancaster Canal and the ecology of Morecambe Bay. Several vessels have also been preserved and can be viewed, this includes 'Sir William Priestley' and 'Coronation Rose'.
The Forest of Bowland
Just a short drive away, this area of outstanding natural beauty makes for a perfect day out or afternoon stroll through the woodlands or open fields.
Haworth Art Gallery
Visit Haworth Art Gallery and view the world-famous Tiffany glass collection, including glass vases, mosaics and tiles – the largest public collection in Europe. The gallery exhibits beautiful examples of ancient Roman and Egyptian influenced glass through Tiffany’s work. The glass is cut and blown and includes Iridescence, Millefiore, Paperweight and Intaglio vases. Examples of glass tiles and vases inspired by Tiffany’s knowledge of Chinese and Islamic cultures is also on display. Admission is free.
The Sun Terrace
Serving contemporary cuisine in a relaxed and elegant environment, The Sun Terrace at Midland Hotel boasts magnificent sea views. With classic British dishes prepared using local produce from Lancashire, Cumbria and the Irish Sea, its ideal for business brunches and intimate dinners alike. Hosting a panoramic window stretching the length of the restaurant, you’re guaranteed the best views across the Bay.
Light Ash Farm Café and Gift Shop
Visit this homely farm shop and café, best known for their home-cooked meals and cakes. They offer light lunch options as well as tantalising desserts, cakes and drinks, this is a chocolate lover’s paradise. They often run craft workshops through-out the year and host special Christmas workshops including Christmas crackers, snowflake and tree paper decorations, Christmas cards and Christmas tree table centre pieces.
Spa and Swim
The Sandpiper Health Club offers a large indoor swimming pool, a sauna, steam room, spa bath and outdoor hot tub. The club also has a well-equipped gym and spa offering a range of Elemis massages, facials and beauty treatments. If you’re looking for a relaxing and revitalising wellness day this is the perfect treat. Guests of Midland Hotel have free access to the health club.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
With an exotic collection of wildlife and interactive activities, learning about animals and conservation is fun and family-friendly. There’s an array of exhibits including fossils, fossa’s, snakes and snow leopards, the oasis hosts some of the world’s most threatened species. As a charity, your visit will help them continue to partake in international breeding programmes to help conserve endangered species.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day out or hoping to see your favourite animal, the aquarium has a variety of animals from sharks, clownfish, octopuses, jellyfish, rays and turtles. Sea Life in Blackpool have created ‘Four Corners of the World’ which explores four different scenes, centred on man-made wrecks which have been inhabited by marine life. Asia, Africa, Europe and America have been represented.
Climbing Walls and Soft Play
The Salt-Ayre-Leisure centre has a whole host of fun activities; the Xheight climbing walls have a host of challenging routes for adults and kids alike. If you’re visiting with young children, the indoor soft play area allows kids to jump, climb, slide, swing and explore through the play area.
Jump Rush Trampoline Park
This trampoline park isn’t just for kids, with a ‘ninja zone’ and battle beams that replicate the 90’s gladiator’s game show challenges. More bounce activities include dodgeball, basketball, traverse walls and a massive 2 metre air bag. Get active without getting cold!
The best rated Escape Rooms in Cumbria, this independent live adventure game provides lots of objects, codes and hints which help you complete your mission in time. As a couple or a team you’ll need to think smart and out of the box to solve puzzles. A game master will be on-hand if you need a clue or two.
With endless activities in Lancashire, booking your winter stay at a stunning four star art-deco hotel could make the perfect getaway. Winter in Lancashire is full of exciting experiences and seasonal hotel deals often mean you can enjoy a stay for less.
The Midland Hotel curves along the Morecambe Bay coastline, with unique bedroom design and contemporary styled rooms. The Midland boasts two eateries, The Sun Terrace restaurant which presents classic British dishes and The Rotunda bar which creates a relaxed dining atmosphere with tapas boards and classic favourites.