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Silverdale Hoard Exhibition at the Museum of Lancashire

The temporary exhibition of the Silverdale Hoard in the Museum of Lancashire has been extended until the the 12th April 2015. The Hoard consists of over 200 pieces of silver believed to date back to around 900 AD. This makes it the third largest silver hoard to have been found in this country so far. Admission to the Museum is free and is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday twelve noon to 5p.m. Not withstanding the Silverdale Hoard, this museum is well worth a visit in its own right and an enjoyable way to spend some time during this cold season.

Happy New Year

May I take this opportunity to wish all our guests past and future a Happy New Year. I have a little advance notice about the Lytham proms which has become so incredibly  successful over the last five years. This year 2015 it is to be re-branded as the Lytham Festival and is to run for a whole week from  2nd to 9th August to create a bigger,bolder and more diverse event for the town. Tickets are already on sale for a couple of the  events and some very complimentary reviews from last year are on ticket master. Obviously we still  have some vacancies for these dates so a visit to the festival could be incorporated into other local events. Check out our on-line booking facility and make an early reservation.

Santa Steam Train Excursions

The Ribble  Steam Railway is running Santa Steam Specials again this year. They must have proved very popular last year because there is only limited availability on certain dates just before Christmas.  This sounds like a great ideas to keep the young ones entertained in between bouts of Christmas shopping. Check out the website because advance booking is essential. Next year is the 10th anniversary of opening to the public and there is an exciting program of steam excursions and special events to watch out for.

Christmas nights at Barton Grange

Christmas nights at Barton Grange  are for late night shopping and so much more. You can enjoy hotpot or a pulled turkey sandwich in the Riverside cafe. Take a stroll through the magical ” Walk of lights” through the outside plants area. Listen to the live music playing in the entrance way and perhaps book a photo opportunity in the snowglobe. If you’re young enough there are still some appointments available for a visit to Father Christmas. All in all a very memorable start to Christmas. Barton Grange is open for late night shopping between 4 pm to 8 pm until the 19th December.

Christmas Shopping

The Christmas lights have been switched on, late night shopping has begun and from December most car parks in the city centre are free after 4 p.m. Look out for the Lancashire Christmas Market which begins on 13th December until the 4th January. There will be traditional style log cabins selling gifts and fresh local produce. Sample a mug of mulled wine or hot chocolate in the heated ” Merry Monk’s Tavern” and smell the chestnuts roasting. Alternatively take a turn on the ice at  rink on the Flag Market. This coupled with the extensive range of high street shops prepare for Christmas the easy way. Stay overnight and sample our “all day breakfast”  before setting out to tackle some more serious retail therapy round and about.

Dine out in Preston

Just noticed that Travel Zoo have a special offer on at the Fusion Room in Preston The offer a six course taster meal for two for just under £50 including glass of

Prosecco looks like extremely good value for this well recommended restaurant owned and run by  Russell Lee. A restaurant which gets the thumbs up from its local customers. Whilst the offer runs until February 2015 it does not appear to apply during December. Perhaps it would make a lovely Christmas present to be used during those unforgiving days in January and February.

Christmas shopping in Preston

This year Preston city centre  will again be transformed into a brightly lit Christmas wonderland. More shopping streets than ever will be illuminated following the lights switch on on 15th November starting from 5.30 p.m. with music from Smooth radio and appearances from a variety of household celebrities. Late night shopping will take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from December with free parking on many town centre  car parks from 4 p.m.  From Saturday 13th there will also be a Winter Wonderland running on the flag market with an Alpine bar, ice rink and up to 60 stalls in a  chalet style Christmas market. The town centre is well represented by all the large high street names and many side streets contain unique smaller shops to supply that something a little bit different. Combine the Christmas shopping with a weekend away and the opportunities to sample local produce in some excellent quality restaurants. Give us a ring to check availability and tips for the best places to visit.

Witch Week at Salmesbury Hall

Join Janey, the witch, for interactive talks between 11 a.m and 4 p.m all week at Salmesbury Hall. Or join in on Hallowe’en for a fun filled  Janey’s Witchy Walkthrough. Mind the cobwebs, dodge the spooks, follow the pumpkins and candles for this interactive walkthrough and quiz.Finish off with a gruesome supper. No need to book just go along although there is a small charge. Taking place between 5.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Salmesbury Hall also serves lunches and light refreshments throughout the day

Stonyhurst Autumn Fair 25th and 26th October

The much anticipated Autumn craft fair at Stonyhurst College attracts a wide range of exhibitors in fashion and textiles, food and drink, arts and crafts as well as gifts and accessories. It’s a fabulous day out for all the family with free children’s entertainment throughout the day.So come along whatever the weather as the whole event is under cover and enjoy the view from the inside of this original 16th Century  Manor House. This sounds like a day out with a difference so check out availability or give us a ring. We might just be able to squeeze you in.

Last chance.

We still have limited availability on some evenings from now until the 9th November,the last day of the illuminations in Blackpool. If you are looking for a short break during half term school holidays you could do worse than a trip to Lancashire. Blackpool is the hub of excitement with the pleasure beach and the tower itself and the added bonus at this time of the year of the illuminations . After the excitement come and relax in our lovely countryside. Give us a ring to see if we have available accommodation.

Susan