Itineraries for Family Days Out
Its time to get in holiday mode and start planning your family trip to Lancaster. Here’s a helping hand with our suggested day out itineraries…
9am- Start off your day the right way and take a trip to the Juicafe for a fruity smoothie or Milkshake. Juicafe is a family run business offering fresh food and drink especially for you. A super fun treat for the kids is they can pick their own fruit for the smoothie or even better get their favourite chocolate bar melted into a hot chocolate.
10am- Make your way to Williamson Park 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting woodland walks, play areas and breath-taking views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. The perfect place to sit back and relax while the kids let off some steam in the outdoors. The park also features a Butterfly House and resident meerkats, mini beasts and birds.
12pm- While you’re at the park pop into the Pavilion Café for some lunch. They offer a range of hot and cold food and a reasonably priced children’s menu for the little ones.
1pm- No introduction to Lancaster would be complete without a visit to Lancaster Castle, founded in the 11th Century and used as a prison, amongst other things, from the end of the 12th Century until 2011. You can now visit parts of the one-time prison and take a guided tour of the castle. The tour includes the medieval dungeons, the Drop Room, and the court rooms, still in use, with its branding irons for malefactors. Or alternatively you can let off some steam and jump, climb, slide, swing and explore at Energy indoor soft play centre inside Salt Ayre Leisure Centre. The latest and most exciting soft play centre in the Lancaster district. And its only £4 per child!
9am- Treat yourself to breakfast at the Whaletail Café established for over 25 years. They offer tasty vegetarian, vegan and gluten breakfasts, lunches and children’s choices and much more to delight every appetite.
10am- Start the day off by wandering down China Street to the river and walk along St George’s Quay to the Maritime Museum, another fine Georgian building and once the Port of Lancaster Custom House.
11am- Lancaster has a wide range of independent shops and two shopping centres so why not spend an hour or so pottering around the shops.
12pm- Ideally located for your next destination have some lunch at The Borough located on Dalton Square. This is a lovely cosy pub in a Georgian Town House and offers traditional pub grub. The children’s menu offers a main and a choice of 2 sides for £5.50.
2pm- Head east across the city centre and cross Dalton Square in front of Lancaster Town Hall under the unsmiling eyes of Queen Victoria. Here you can observe one of Lancaster’s fascinating heritage buildings. Pick a day to visit Lancaster when there is a guided tour on. These run throughout the summer and visitors can uncover the secrets of the Edwardian Town Hall and explore parts of a building rarely seen by the public. The Tours are family friendly with activities to keep the kids entertained. Book a Town Hall Tour here.
3pm- Head to The Dukes and watch a film in a different setting. This award-winning theatre and cinema was built in 1796 as the Parish Church of St Anne, and has cleverly been converted into a theatre and cinema in 1971. This independent cinema screens a varied and extensive film programme to suit everyone.