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Brockholes Nature Reserve

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Preston New Road | Juction 31 M6 Motorway, Preston PR5 0AG, England
+44 1772 872000
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Went for a treat, but there was no treat

Had visitors over and looked on things to do in my area, came across brockholes and it looked... read more

Reviewed yesterday
daniellesarah1992
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Me and my wife decided on visiting Brockholes we found it very interesting apart from the abundance... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
PMills2015
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve. Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, whether you're a naturalist or a beginner, we have something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature! On the site of an old quarry, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust have used their expertise to create habitats for lots of different wildlife. You can take a stroll by the River Ribble, explore our woods or enjoy the lakes on site, which have all been specially designed to attract all kinds of wildlife for you to see! Our spectacular floating Visitor Village means that you are as close to nature as possible providing stunning views across the lake. You can also discover our interactive Welcome Centre and learn all about the wildlife that you could see on-site, discover the exciting play area and explore our network of walks and trails (including shorter ones for little legs). After exploring the reserve you can sit back and relax in our restaurant where you can enjoy the beautiful lake view with a coffee and a tasty treat or a long leisurely meal. The Nest, our Brockholes gift shop is brimming with an inspiring collection of gifts, jewellery, books, toys, arts & crafts and other exciting treasures to remind you of your day and are sure to put a smile on the faces of people young and old. A fantastic new addition to the Visitor Village is The Gallery at Brockholes. The Gallery will showcase a range of art and craft by guild members which includes fine art, photography, textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood and furniture. The Gallery at Brockholes is run by the Art & Craft Guild of Lancashire, made up of a wide range of the finest local artists, designers and makers.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Preston New Road | Juction 31 M6 Motorway, Preston PR5 0AG, England
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+44 1772 872000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had visitors over and looked on things to do in my area, came across brockholes and it looked beautiful. They advertise afternoon tea on their website but it wasn’t clear that you had to pre book for this. So we arrived with the intention of...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Me and my wife decided on visiting Brockholes we found it very interesting apart from the abundance of types of birds and there young the buildings and how the place had been set up was amazing, after all the this the facilities were superb especially...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Super family place to visit close to town. Something for everyone, be it a walk, coffee, learn a little about the local fawns and flora, or simply for the kids to play. Parking a little expensive but it’s worth it and encourages walkers and cyclists....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our kids love it here and I must admit mum enjoys it here too thanks to the floating coffee shop! My only issue is that it can be quite expensive to park and I wasn’t expecting that!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

It would have scored a 5 but the restaurant/cafe is rather pricey and there were not enough healthy options.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We live locally and walk into the reserve along the Guild Wheel. Whilst the site has had its problems from the local idiots setting fire to the hides, it is maturing nicely. Whilst the birds seen are by and large just the normal birds seen...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Guys, please, please do something about the way that Park With Ease are operating your car parking charges! I love this place and love bringing my kids but this is the second time I have received a parking charge notice, despite the fact that I...More

Thank Craig W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sunny summer evening was a great place to be. Dragonflies playing about as I strolled in. Nice coffee and cake on arrival. Good conference room. Nice breeze through from the lake. Got to stroll round after and thought it was a great place. May bring...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brockholes is a great place to park up and go for a long, short, medium walk depending on which trail you take and the mood you are in. There is no entry charge, just parking so your entry fee is effectively per vehicle rather than...More

Thank DrLeilaj
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited Brockholes over the Spring bank holiday weekend, we've been many times before and love it. The parking is now a flat fee, which is great and I think at £5 it is great value. Upon leaving the property we duly...More

Thank Lisa W
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Margaret W
19 July 2017|
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Just checked their website and it clearly states DOG FREE ZONE
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HaloNorthwest
17 April 2017|
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Response from Brockholes | Property representative |
Early mornings and later on in the afternoon tend to be the best times. Just call into our Welcome Centre when visit and our friendly team of Volunteers will give you loads of advice on where to spot them.
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Lianne F
26 February 2017|
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Response from James B | Reviewed this property |
i have spent a few late afternoons here looking for the bittern but I have no seen any large starling gatherings
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