Great Day Out Itineraries


Summer is here and its time to get in holiday mode so start planning your family trip to Lancaster. The great British summer can either treat us with a heatwave or a downpour so we have put together two itineraries to suit you whatever the weather whether it is soaking up the sun or getting soaked. Here’s a helping hand with our suggested day out itineraries…


Great Days Out In Lancaster 

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Itinerary 1 – Soak up the Sun in Lancaster 🌞



-Start off your day the right way and take a trip to the ALEX (former Juicafe) for a fruity smoothie or Milkshake. ALEX 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.

-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.

*Ever fancied being a Zoo Keeper? Williamson Park is offering a ‘Keeper Kids’ four-week experience this summer giving a fun and interactive insight into working with animals in many settings. (The course costs £80 and booking is essential)


– While you are at the park pop into the Pavilion Café for some lunch or a snack. They offer a range of hot and cold food and a reasonably priced children’s menu for the little ones. Ask one of the team for CRAYONS & an Activity Sheet to make mealtimes slightly more entertaining for the kids!

-Wander 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.

*Make sure you check out children’s activities and workshops that may be on offer during your visit.

-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. 

*Take advantage of the Dukes/Borough Meal Deal any cinema screening and 2 courses from The Borough’s ‘School Dinners’ menu for £15.

-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.


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Itinerary 2 – Rainy Days in Lancaster 🌧️




-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.

– No introduction to Lancaster would be complete without a visit to Lancaster Castle, founded (it is thought) 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 courtrooms, still in use, with its branding irons for malefactors (thankfully not still in use).

*Kids Tours are often available during school holidays for a more child-friendly experience. For tour updates please check out the Lancaster Castle website.

– Pop down the hill to Lancaster City Centre where you will find a wide range of independent shops and two shopping centres so why not spend an hour or so pottering around the shops.


– It’s time to 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 it’s only £4 per child.

*After letting off all that steam you might start to feel peckish, no worries pop to the centres onsite café ‘Refuel’ open until 6pm they offer a varied food menu with a reasonably priced kids menu. Bon appetite!


Tailor make your own day out Itineraries by searching our ‘What’s On’ and ‘See and Do’ pages.