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What's in the local area?

Lancashire has interests for all age groups from the entertainment centre of Blackpool through to the quiet areas of the Trough of Bowland and industrial heritage of the mining and mill towns.

The runs out as part of the National event on Friday and Saturday will give a good taster of what is on offer. 

Neighbouring Cumbria hosts the Lake District National Park, a little further to the East are the Yorkshire Dales the famous James Herriot country and the 350 million year old limestone pavement at Malham known as the White Peak.

For those making the most of their time before and after Imp 2019 here are some points of interest worth taking a closer look at.


The attraction list has been compiled in good faith but does not guarantee that any attraction listed will be available at the time of Imp 19 or that prices are as shown 

The Imp Club Ltd is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


A seaside resort for those who enjoy the thrills of the funfair and nightlife. Plan your Blackpool trip here.

Blackpool Tram
Take a ride on an iconic Blackpool tram

Fylde Coast

Nearby Lytham St Annes on the Fylde coast is the quieter seaside sister resort to Blackpool, a good place to try traditional Fish & Chip Restaurants. Find tourist information here.


View from Castle
Photo courtesy of Tripadvisor

Under the shadow of Pendle Hill where the famous witch trials began lies the Market town of Clitheroe with good shops, pubs, restaurants and castle to see. It makes an interesting day out.

Visit Clitheroe

Forest of Bowland

Amazing scenery, some of which you will see on the Friday/Saturday runs out. Well worth exploring further.

Stepping stones across water
Forest of Bowland

Visit Lancashire for more information.

Leyland Transport Museum

A short trip to the south brings you to Leyland, home of the famous Truck and Bus company which was subsequently absorbed into the DAF group.

Photo of Leyland sign
How to Find Us!

Visit the British Commercial Vehicle Museum Website here.

Winterhill and Rivington

Visible from everywhere in Lancashire is the television transmitting mast at Winterhill. Below Winterhill is Rivington village where Lord Leverhulme, of soap & washing powder fame, built a hall, garden and folly on the moor along with a replica of Liverpool Castle. Worth a visit are Rivington Barns, the great hall dates back to the Saxon period possibly being built in the 9thcentury, however it has been restored many times over the years. The small barn or Great House barn houses a café and visitor centre.

Read about Rivington here.

Three storey tower
Pigeon Tower, Rivington

There are walks to suit all abilities in the area around Rivington, Anglezarke and White Coppice.


Just over the border into the Yorkshire Dales lies Malham with its world renowned Malham Cove,  an ancient water fall formed at the end of the ice age. Above the waterfall is the limestone pavement of the White Peak  formed when the UK was part of a warm tropical sea 350 million years ago.

Photo of white peak
Click Photo to visit Malham Website


Lancaster Castle

Lancaster is the location of the Castle prison where the Pendle witch trials were held in 1612. More information about Lancaster Castle can be found here.

North Lancashire Towns & Countryside

To the east of Preston lie the industrial mill towns of Lancashire. Further to the East are the towns of Nelson and Colne. From Skipton the Leeds Liverpool Canal heads north passing through rural towns such as Barnoldswick, Salterforth and Craven where the Pennine way continues heading north to Malham.

Pendle Hill
Pendle Hill

Visit the Pendle Website or download the Visit Pendle brochure here.

Bury and the East Lancashire Railway

Bury is famous for its traditional market which still thrives today, here you can buy traditional Lancashire delicacies such as Black Pudding, Tripe, Elder and Pigs Trotters.

stall where traditional black pudding is sold

Operating between Bury and Rawtenstall is the East Lancashire Heritage Railway. A day ticket enables you to visit the many villages along the route which includes a real ale trail for those partial to the traditional ales and the transport museum in Bury.

Railway visits are always popular with Impers - find out more about the East Lancashire Railway here.

Lakeland Motor Museum

Cars on display at museum

Approximately an hours drive to the north is the Lakeland Motor Museum. Visit their website here. Attractions include the indoor vehicle exhibition along with the nearby steam railway.

For information about the steam trains take a look at the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Website.

Photo of Lakeside & Haverthwaite steam train

A short steam journey away is a boat ride on Windermere.

Brockholes Nature Reserve

NB Brockholes is a dog-free zone

Just down the road from Preston is a new nature reserve built on the remains of old gravel quarries – a must see site for the twitchers amongst you. You can find out more on their website.

Photo of Water and hides
Part of the 250 acre nature reserve

Bolton Abbey & Wharfedale

At the entrance to Wharfedale lies Bolton Abbey. Prior to the English reformation the Abbey (Bolton Priory) was very wealthy and managed vast areas of land in the north of England. North of the Abbey is the B6160 which is a fantastic road to drive along.

Photo of Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey Website


The attraction list has been compiled in good faith but does not guarantee that any attraction listed will be available at the time of Imp 19 or that prices are as shown 

The Imp Club Ltd is not responsible for the content of external internet sites