Making Family Memories

There are some wonderful activities to keep your younger family members entertained whilst holidaying in Ribble Valley.

From feeding meerkats and racoons, to taking part in a wildlife walk quiz, visiting a historic site or museum, embarking on a mini steam train ride, or spending a day by the river… there is something to suit children of all ages.

One of the major attractions for little ones and teenagers alike is Bowland’s Wild Boar Animal Park.

Make a day of memories at this superb 30-acre woodland site which is located on the outskirts of pretty Chipping. Wild boar and Longhorn cows roam the scenic woodlands and can be viewed from various aspects throughout Ribble Valley park.

Animal petting includes baby chick stroking and hand feeding a wide range of animals including deer, llamas, goats and lambs.

There is a range of walks for all levels of fitness (and leg sizes), throughout the woodland which is brimming with wildlife.
Pack a picnic or enjoy a choice of hot or cold food at the newly opened park café.

For more family fun why not visit Mrs Dowsons ice-cream farm and visitor centre?

For a trip back in time, why not take the children along to Lancashire’s only specialist Roman museum. Ribchester Museum houses many of the finds from the Roman fort Bremetennacum Veteranorum, some parts of which have been exposed by excavation. The most famous find, the Ribchester Helmet, is on show in replica but the original is in the British Museum collection.

The Museum Trust also developed a 3D interactive visualisation of the fort and settlement. The visualisation uses game engine technology to present an interactive model of the cavalry fort and its immediate surroundings, including the bath house and vicus.

On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, on the playing field in Ribchester, the Museum’s Roman Festival will take place. The weekend spectacular will be an exciting mix of Roman re-enactments, demonstrations, military displays and a general insight into  everyday life during Roman times.

There will also be food and gift stalls and the opportunity for children to dress up and play games in this superb summertime event.

For some high-energy action how about a thrilling trip to Battlestorm (Clitheroe)? – a family friendly indoor Laser combat centre aimed at those who are aged seven and over.

Adults can play alongside the kids, camouflage up, choose their weapon and battle through the derelict warehouse, disused shop or defend a military base. Game sessions can last from 20 up to 90 minutes and can be watched via a live video feed in the onsite café.

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