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Top 5 Outdoor Attractions

1. Turbary Woods Rescue

A specialist centre for the rescue and rehabilitation for owls and birds of prey, Turbary Woods is a short mile drive out of the city, based in Whitestake and it offers a fascinating experience for guests of all ages. A collection of over 90 birds of prey including eagles, falcons, owls, hawks and vultures is housed at the sanctuary, in open-fronted avaries that still have a sheltered woodland feel. You can view hawks, owls and falcons in flight at the sanctuary and even get up close and personal and experience the birds first-hand.

2. Brockholes

Brockholes Nature Reserve has built a strong profile for being different to your average reserve. Describing itself as an ‘unreserved reserve’ the area is owned by The Wildlife Trust and a recent investment of over £8.6m has brought the reserve a new lease of life. You can visit the on=site visitor village with shops, restaurant and other amenities as well as the wealth of natural attractions including family-friendly hikes and walks. There is a diverse range of wildlife to spot and you can learn more about the different habitats being created at the reserve as you explore. Brockholes is just 4 miles from the centre of Preston.

3. Avenham and Miller Parks

Nestled behind the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Avenham and Miller Parks are two conjoined parks which seat in the Avenham valley. They offer a tranquil setting on the river Ribble and are great for stepping out to enjoy some peace after a busy morning in the city. Avenham Park Pavilion is also the official starting point for the Guild Wheel, Preston’s 21-mile walking route which takes you through the urban centre of the city as well as out into the countryside that surrounds the area.

4. Bowland Wildboar Park

A fascinating family-friendly attraction that has much more than just wild boar on display, Bowland Wildboar Park is about 15 minutes from Preston in your Easirent hire car and it sits just two miles from the picturesque country village of Chipping. It’s a family-orientated site where you can do everything from feeding wildlife including deer, llama and goats to riding tractors and enjoying the dedicated pedal tractor area for the youngest children. You can also take a full walk around the park, with areas dedicated to animals and others dedicated to the natural landscape, including the bluebell walk. There is also a 1000 metre walk dedicated entirely to the wild boars which give the park its name. For Christmas there will also be a chance for children to visit Father Christmas and receive a gift during their visit.

5. Stydd Gardens

Thirty minutes’ driver from Preston is the beautiful Stydd Gardens, in the Roman town of Ribchester. Whilst the gardens operate as a garden centre there is also a truly wild and natural feel to the setting. The Gardens are home to an eclectic mix of independent retailers as opposed to one large garden centre and there is a tearoom situated inside the on-site greenhouse. The beautifully landscaped grounds include pieces put in place by the retailer to inspire you for your garden at home.

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