Venues

Entrance to the Manchester Arena

AO Arena

The AO Arena (formerly Manchester Arena) opened in 1995 and is the main live entertainment venue in the city. Events here range from rock and pop concerts to comedy, boxing and children’s shows.
View of the exterior of the Echo Arena Liverpool concert venue

M&S Bank Arena Liverpool

With a maximum capacity of 11,000 the M&S Bank Arena (formerly Echo Arena Liverpool) is the largest performance venue in Liverpool and one of the biggest in the country.
The Lowry, Salford Quays

The Lowry

Located on the waterfront at Salford Quays, The Lowry plays host to a variety of performing and visual arts.

Attractions

Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

The Imperial War Museum North is one of the most unconventional buildings in the UK.
Brockholes nature reserve, Preston, Lancashire

Brockholes

Brockholes is a nature reserve near Preston in Lancashire. It is a relatively new attraction and is well worth a visit.
Path to Summit of Beacon Fell

Beacon Fell Country Park

Beacon Fell Country Park lies at the southwestern corner of the Forest of Bowland, approximately four miles north of Goosnargh and eight miles north of Preston.
Footbridge at Fairy Glen, Wigan

Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen is one of the most picturesque spots in North West England. Located just north of Appley Bridge village and a mile east of Parbold, it’s a fantastic place for exercise, dog walking, and families with children seeking outdoor adventure.
Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Lancashire. Rising 557 metres above sea level, it gives its name to the borough of Pendle.
Looping Rollercoaster at Southport Pleasureland

Southport Pleasureland

Southport Pleasureland is one of the North West’s top attractions. The theme park is based right on the seafront within easy walking distance of the town centre.

Walks

Woodland at Pennington Flash

Pennington Flash Walk

Pennington Flash is a country park in Leigh. At its centre is a large lake (the ‘Flash’) created as a result of mining subsidence. It has a reputation for being one of the best birdwatching sites in North West England.
Footbridge - Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, Edgworth

Turton and Entwistle Trail

It was a beautiful sunny day in April so my daughter and I decided to take a walk around Turton and Entwistle Reservoir at Edgworth, near Bolton.
Grange Road, Jumbles Reservoir, Bolton

Jumbles Reservoir Walk

Jumbles Country Park in Bolton opened in 1971 following the completion of Jumbles Reservoir. The walk around the reservoir takes just over an hour and is easy to follow and flat in most places.
Track across Holcombe Moor

Peel Tower Walk – Ramsbottom, Holcombe Moor, and Stubbins

This is a reasonably tough walk to Peel Tower (aka Peel Monument) and over Holcombe Moor. It starts and finishes in Ramsbottom and takes in the villages of Holcombe and Stubbins.
Rivington Pike Walk

Rivington Pike Walk

Rivington Pike is one of the best viewpoints in North West England. There are numerous ways to reach it, but the route through Rivington Terraced Gardens on the western side is the most popular.
Walk to Darwen Tower, Lancashire

Walk to Darwen Tower from Sunnyhurst Wood

This walk didn’t go exactly as planned. My daughter and I wanted to walk to Darwen Tower and take in Sunnyhurst Wood on the way.