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“More Goldeneye”

Brockholes Nature Reserve
Ranked #5 of 62 things to do in Preston
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Owner description: 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.
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“More Goldeneye”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I'm a fairly keen birder and was a little put off by the glossy, family amenity image of this reserve. However I found it a pleasant, diverse green space with a geniune range of habitats and more Goldeneye than I've ever seen before in one place, and a range of bird life to rival any of the smaller local reserves or some of the larger ones around London. It's a particularly attractive place to wander, with a distinct romance about it. The visitors centre is largely dedicated to the commercial interests of the trust and could do with a bit more "quality" wildlife information. It could also do with new hides, the existing ones having suffered from the wear and tear typical of a green oasis on the urban periphery. Perhaps shipping container based hides would be a good idea for the management to consider. The Tree Sparrows were a very pleasant surprise, as were the Goldeneye and the abundant Shoveller and other waterfowl. For free and just off the M6, it should be on the list of anyone with an interest in wildlife living in Lancashire.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Jaesun
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Longridge, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Great afternoon with the kids”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Walked the Guild Wheel from Preston Crem to Brockholes, kids loved the outdoor playground. Didn't go to the visitor centre on this visit but when we've been in the past the children have always found the exhibitions and quizzes entertaining.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Heidi K
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place for kids”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

an educational place full of wonder and new things to do, great for the family and can spend a whole day here wondering around

Visited October 2012
1 Thank intuitiv990
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Could do with a bit more”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Not enough activities to keep our 7 & 8 year olds engaged. Seems more suited to adult nature watchers which wasn't what we were expecting.

Visited September 2012
Thank Mark S
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Preston, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“More people should visit this amazing place!”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

We are so lucky to have Brockholes on our doorstep, so much to offer if you like nature, my son went to holiday club in the summer and loved it!

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Jax2707
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