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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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Pleasant enough spot but not thought out!

Very badly planned for birdwatchers and photographers. The 'Hideout' is a good viewing place, but... read more

Reviewed today
MagsJC
Glorious wildlife site blighted by appalling catering

The reserve is great; woodland, wetland, birds, plants, mining bee colonies and a lovely walk with... read more

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Curvy W
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Preston, 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 today

Very badly planned for birdwatchers and photographers. The 'Hideout' is a good viewing place, but hopeless for photography as it is all glassed in! Never seen a hide without opening windows before. Other hides are poor and badly constructed. Ice cream place looked abandoned, but...More

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Reviewed today

The reserve is great; woodland, wetland, birds, plants, mining bee colonies and a lovely walk with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the lovely surroundings. Sadly the restaurant really lets this place down. The service is lacklustre and desultory as is the food. The young wait...More

Thank Curvy W
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a business meeting for 10 people for the whole day and the staff and surrounding have been first class!

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Reviewed yesterday

Nobody who knows me could ever label me as a nature lover who spends their time hiking in the country, but Brockholes could certainly change that if I lived closer. What an awesome Nature Reserve so close to the M6 but you would never know...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lovely nature spot has cafe and inside place of raining lots to walk round and a small outside play area lovely in summer

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This place was a last minute find & lovely place to visit! Would defo go back and bring the kids next time! Its a good size area where you can follow trails, there is a kids play area & we saw a baby deer dart...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Took our 18 month old Grandson here and had a lovely few hours. A lovely tranquil place with lots of wildlife to see and lovely trails to follow. Cafe nice and reasonably priced. Will be back soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always love coming to Brockholes with the family it’s so beautiful and relaxing. There are so many things to get involved in for all of us. We love it!

Thank Fabienne C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited in September with my friend and our children There was plenty of things to do and the kids enjoyed doing a trail which we bought in the shop and had to find as we walked around Ended the day at the ice cream shop...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated next to a busy section of the M6 Motorway just outside Preston, Brockholes Nature Reserve provides a great way to get close to nature and see wildlife at close quarters.

Thank Bill P
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Margaret W
July 19, 2017|
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Just checked their website and it clearly states DOG FREE ZONE
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HaloNorthwest
April 17, 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
February 26, 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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