5 Places to Spend Springtime in Preston • Preston Guild City
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Preston Guild City

Flowers in the foreground and Preston buildings in the background.

Welcome the spring by exploring Preston's great outdoors...

With the longer days and the warmer weather on their way, there's every reason to get out and about and enjoy some days out in Preston.

Check out these fantastic five things to do, perfect for getting outdoors and breathing in some fresh spring air.

A cow grazing in a field along the Guild Wheel.Guild Wheel

Walk, run, cycle, or stroll your way around Preston's Guild Wheel and admire its natural beauty spots along the way.

The 21-mile circular route is the ideal way to get some fresh air whilst taking in the beauty of Preston's River Ribble, canals, ancient woodland, nature reserves, historic dockland, and its cityscape. The diverse route also allows you start and finish where best suits you, allowing you to enjoy a day out and complete the full route or hop off and spend some time at one of the many key sites along the way.

Haslam Park and Nature Reserve

Dating back to 1912, Haslam Park is a picturesque Edwardian town park, providing a spot of nature and beauty within the city.

The children's play areas, green spaces, and peaceful spots make the park ideal for families, couples, groups, and individuals as well as providing a dog-friendly day out. With the park sitting by the Lancaster Canal, and including the Haslam Park Nature Reserve, there are many scenic strolls to be enjoyed. There are also a number of features to admire including the lime tree avenue, rose and sensory gardens, an old drinking fountain, ponds, and a lake.

Brockholes

Brockholes Nature Reserve is perfect for all kinds of visits, whether it's as a family, a couple, a group, or for some peaceful alone time. You'll find a number of different routes to explore for different kinds of abilities and experiences, including level paths for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Set amongst ancient woodland and beside the River Ribble, there is an abundance of natural beauty to admire as well as habitats and wildlife to spot. Further your day out by paying their 'floating village' a visit where you can enjoy some lunch, drinks, or even an afternoon tea.

Sun shining through some trees in Beacon Fell Country Park.Beacon Fell

Beacon Fell Country Park is one of the oldest parks in the country, boasting beautiful woodland and stunning views.

The diverse selection of routes to take make it an ideal day out for all kinds of visitors. The sculpture trail, featuring carved wooden animals, also makes the country park a fun and interactive visit for children.

Ramble through the moorland and farmland, explore the woodland, admire views over the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay, and spot some wildlife in their natural habitats. The park is also home to a cafe on-site and picnic areas, making it even easier to spend a full day exploring. 

Hoghton Tower

Combining indoors and outdoors, Hoghton Tower provides you with hours of exploring, whether it's a group, couple, or individual visit.

The beautiful gardens and grounds are the ideal place for a relaxed stroll, with the Grade I listed building offering a unique surrounding.

Enrich your visit with a historical tour of the manor house and a bite to eat in their tearoom, or check out their upcoming events for something a little different.

More outdoor and adventure

For even more things to do outdoors in Preston see Outdoor and Adventure.

Map addresses for Springtime in Preston

  • Guild Wheel official starting point: The Pavilion Cafe, Avenham & Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JP.
  • Haslam Park, Bristow Avenue, Preston, PR2 1JE.
  • Brockholes, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0AG.
  • Beacon Fell Country Park, Carwags Lane, Preston, PR3 2ES.
  • Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston, PR5 0SH.