Picnic & Play…in Lancashire & Cheshire!

Summer is here and so are the school holidays! Children need entertaining once again during the long summer break. When you can find a great park with exciting play equipment to suit all ages and space to relax over a picnic what more do you need? So we’re going to help you find some!

Welcome back to Playdale’s Picnic & Play ‘where to’ series of regular news articles about parks with play areas in the Playdale regions across the UK, which are particularly popular for families during the holiday periods.

This week we’re down in Lancashire & Cheshire for a combination of coast and country. Paul Battye, Regional Manager for the North has suggested three family friendly parks and playgrounds for you to try. There are of course many more Playdale playgrounds across the whole of this part of the country, so you won’t struggle to find one near you. Click here to view these on our reference map and to find out more about Paul.

Relax with a tasty picnic while your children enjoy the array of fantastic play equipment & lovely surroundings!

Hollingworth Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre, Rakewood Road, Littleborough, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL15 0AQ

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Visitors to Hollingworth Lake can enjoy many outdoor attractions and an excellent visitor centre. Spanning 118 acres with the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, the lake is one of the most popular days out in the area.

With boating, a nature reserve, trails, events, guided walks, visitor centre, community arts, environmental exhibitions, play and picnic areas it is the perfect day out for all the family. The large play area features many items from our Timber Adventure Trail range.

The Water Activity Centre on Lake Bank caters for groups and individuals wanting instruction in windsurfing, dinghy sailing and other water-based sports, and now arranges training for groups in mountain biking and climbing.

The wider Country Park has plenty of walking routes, from easy strolls around the lake shore to sturdier treks in the surrounding hills. The Country Park Visitor Centre, off Rakewood Road, has leaflets and guide books for these walks. Whilst the Country Park is open every day of the year, the Visitor Centre is open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday during the winter.

The lake is well served by a selection of cafes, pubs, and restaurants.


Pirate Cove Play Area, Inner Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Fylde Coast, Lancashire, FY8 1BD

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The new Pirate Cove play area which was opened in Spring 2016 is a fantastic themed playground situated next to Fairhaven Lake in the popular seaside town of Lytham St Annes. It features one of our eyecatching Play Galleon Plus units from our Little Hamlets Plus range, a sandpit with treasure chest, a Wigwam, Swings, a Wobble Board, a Clatter Bridge, a Spring Whale, a Crawl Tunnel and Sea-horse Seesaw along with Log Walks, a Zig Zag Stepper, a second Play Ship, an Inclusive Orbit roundabout and Play Panels.

This has made a superb addition to an already popular destination for a great day out.

Tatton Park Farm Play Area, Tatton Park, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN 

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A perfect family day out; the farm provides a picture of rural life where time has ‘stood still’ since the 1930s and traditional breeds are still resident.

The farm is set in a corner of the park known as Tatton Dale and was, in its heyday, at the heart of the vast Egerton estates, feeding family, guests and staff at the mansion, as well as servicing the park and the outlying properties.

There are plenty of things to do; feed the goats and hens, meet the pigs and donkeys and visit Aunt Mary’s 1930s cottage. The Farm’s very own pottery is open on most days and farming and children’s activities take place throughout the year. The Farm has a children’s adventure area, which features a woodland Adventure Trail, den-building zone and two mazes including a maize maze!

Wishing you all a happy and fun-filled summer!


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