Under 20 miles away from Preston ciity centre, this is a beautiful place to go to while a way a day. In the middle of the forrest of Bowland Chipping is in the middle of both an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and 'Europark' Status. So it is no wonder the village is so full of beauty. The village boast's its own ghost, has been featured on Television, had a visit from Prince Charles, 3 Pubs (a local's favourite), a very well equipped gym and Village hall, a duck pond, plenty of lovely country walks, an abundance of near by hotels and restaurants, a caravan park, The chair works, 2 Beautiful churches (if you are lucky and go when St. bartholomews church tower is open you will be in for a real treat), The longest serving shop, a lovely cafe, Beacon fell is also well worth a visit. and freindly locals. The villagers have worked hard raising money and now have got a very nice village park for the younger (and not so young) to play on. The village is steeped in history and is a great day out with beauty as far as the eye can see
This is a lovely park just metres from the City centre and well worth a visit when you are trying to kill some time or wwould like a break from shopping (me and my freinds take our lunch there). There are lovely views of a river (I have forgotten which one), which you can walk along, a massive water fountain (when its turned on) a nature Trail and (my personal favourite bit) a Japenese Garden. Sadly during school holidays and some evenings it is visited by lots of youths but it is still well worth a visit. The image I have attached is one of myself and a freind in the Japanese Garden
Samlesbury Hall is a real fine example of a Tudor building or earlier. It was built around1325 by Gilbert De Southworth.
Samlesbury hall is full of period furniture and the hall is set in some nice gardens
It is open to the public and there is a restaurant also. They also cater for wedding receptions so the restaurant may be close on Saturdays
Chingle Hall is one of the most haunted house in Britain.
Chingle Hall was built by Adam De Singleton in 1260.
Saint John Wall was born in this house 1620 and was hanged drawn and quartered Redhill 22nd August 1679 for is religion.
You could spend a night in the hall most people do this in groups.
This is one of the best historic buildings in the area and is open to the public but I am not sure when.
King James the first knighted the loin of beef at Hoghton Towers that is were sirloin steaks name originated. ( must have been a fair piece of meat to knight it or were they a bit drunk? )
This is worth a look at I have been on an guided tour but a long time ago very impressive.
The Hoghton family were land owners and my grandfather rented is farm in Wateringpool Lane Tardy Gate. They had an estate office in Walton Le Dale? ass told by my father. My fathers cousin Joan her best friend worked in the office and married Sir Cuthbert De Hoghton
These resorts are easy to drive to from Preston.
Blackpool for the entertainment and the famous illuminations.
Southport for shopping and entertainment.
Lytham St Anns nice to walk around and stop for a coffee.
Fleetwood as the model boating lake and the freeport for the shopping also nice to walk around
This building is visited by a lot of people doing there family history and people from other counties come to do some research.
There are all the Lancashire church records all of lancashire census Preston's wills lots of reference books.
You need a driving Licence so they can register you and they give you a readers ticket so you use this every visit.
There are two Military Museums in Preston. The old court house in Stanley Street is the museum I think for the Lancashire Fusiliers.
At Fulwood Barracks this the Loyals and the Queens lancashire regiments open Tuesday and Thursday.
Preston Guild is held every 20 years and last about one week the next one is 2012.
In or before the medieval days if you was not a Burgess or freeman you could not trade in the town.
So this event is to swear in there sons so the family could carrie on trading.
There is a lot of ceremony and is also like a carnival atmosphere with street procession's pageant's pop concerts firework display ect.
A lot of people come to Preston to see this event.
This was the only time when the pubs were allowed to open all day.