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Balcony inside The Harris, Preston.

See some sights and save some pennies with free fun things to do in Preston...

It may be the time of year for penny pinching and winter weather but that doesn't mean the fun has to slow down. When you're looking for free things to do, Preston has many solutions to beat the January blues and see you through the winter.

Whether you're looking for free family days out, activities for couples, or fun with friends, choose from a number of options to get you out and about.

City walks

Wrap up warm and see what new fascinating facts and hidden gems you can discover on one of Preston's city walks. There are a variety of self-guided walks for you to venture on, each with a downloadable map and guide.

The walks are a great way to get outdoors and learn about the city's statues, blue plaques, battles, residents, and more. The best part is they're free and easy to follow.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery

An oldie but a goodie, The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is a popular choice for those looking for free things to do. The building is home to a variety of exciting things to see and do for all ages, making it a fabulous free day out for all the family.

Here you can enjoy talks and tours as well as the ever-changing exhibitions and workshops. There are also a large number of collections ranging from fine art and textiles to ceramics and glass.

From Saturday Art Club to music performances and life drawing, the winter months haven't slowed down The Harris' busy programme of things to do, and they're free! For more details of events at The Harris visit The Harris - What's On.

Guild WheelView over the River Ribble at a path in Avenham Park.

With January being the time of year for both wallet and weight watching, what better way to embrace both than head for a cycle or walk around Preston's Guild Wheel.

The Guild Wheel makes a versatile day out, with the option to finish the 21 mile route or take a short walk along your chosen part. Hop on your bike, take a jog, or enjoy a leisurely stroll; there are many ways to enjoy this well-loved route that takes you by the River Ribble, through ancient woodland, nature reserves, and city centre parkland.

The route is the perfect way to get yourself, your family, or your friends out and about over the winter, with so much to see and picnic spots along the way.

Preston's parks, gardens, and nature reserves

Whichever part of Preston you're in or visiting, you're never too far from one of its picturesque parks.

If you're paying the city centre a visit then Winckley Square Gardens and Avenham & Miller Parks won't leave you disappointed. The parks and gardens deliver hours of exploring and natural beauty, with many different paths to walk and hidden gems to discover.

Outside the city centre you'll also find a number of historical parks and gardens to admire, many including children's play areas and sports facilities to help keep the whole family entertained.

For even more beauty spots, why not pay one of Preston's nature reserves a visit. Many of the reserves are close to parklands, making it even easier to spend the day outdoors.

Lancashire Infantry Museum

If you're a fan of all things military then the Lancashire Infantry Museum won't disappoint. The museum holds the largest and most important Infantry Regimental collections in the country, making it easy to while away the hours inside. The museum even includes free parking alongside its free entry.

Samlesbury Hall tour guide dressed in old maid's clothing.Samlesbury Hall

Explore the grounds of Samlesbury Hall, and the medieval stately home itself, all for free. The hall makes a great day out for all the family, with their large children's outdoor play area, a bee and heritage centre, and a variety of animals.

Samlesbury Hall also offer regular and free tours with an array of fun and engaging tour guide characters. For details of what tours are on and when visit Samlesbury Hall - What's on.

South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre

Head to nearby Leyland for the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre. The museum is home to collections showcasing local history and heritage as well as exhibitions and activities. The building itself dates back to the 1500s and, with free admission, it makes the perfect day out for history lovers.

Lancashire Cheese Walk

The Lancashire Cheese Walk is a 6 mile walk exploring the Lancashire milk fields. The walk is the perfect way to clear the cobwebs and learn about the cows which produce the milk, the farmers who look after them, and the traditional Lancashire cheese makers.

For more details and for written and audio guides visit Discovering Britain - Lancashire Cheese Walk.

Free events in Preston

There are many free events to look forward to throughout the year in Preston, and the winter months are no different.

To find out about upcoming free events visit our What's On Calendar.

Map addresses for Free Things to do in Preston

  • Harris Museum & Art Gallert, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP.
  • Guild Wheel official starting point: The Pavilion Cafe, Avenham Park, Preston, PR1 8JT.
  • Winckley Square Gardens, Winckley Square, Preston, PR1 3JJ.
  • Avenham & Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JT.
  • Lancashire Infantry Museum, Fulwood Barracks, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 8AA.
  • Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UP.
  • South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre, The Old Grammar School, Church Road, Leyland, PR25 3FJ.