North West England

Landscapes filled with lakes, estuaries buzzing with birdlife and revolutionary cities with sporting histories: the North West has something for everyone. Explore iconic cities that are as famous for their music scenes as their grand industrial buildings and museums. Hear The Beatles resonate from street corners in Liverpool and the Stone Roses and Oasis rock in fashionable Manchester. Switch off the sound in the Lake District as you retrace trails between ethereal peaks, fells and tarn lakes. Or head for the bright lights of the seaside under hedonistic Blackpool's blazing seafront illuminations. Welcome to a sports lovers' paradise with county crickets grounds, iconic horse races and Premiership football clubs to boot.

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June events: Celebrate nature at Keswick Mountain Festival

June events: Celebrate nature at Keswick Mountain Festival

Enjoy outdoor activities, world class speakers, sporting events, camping, and live music at this unique festival in the heart of the Lake District.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

 
Uncover Manchester’s hidden gems

Uncover Manchester’s hidden gems

Get a taste of the city’s secret side and discover a plethora of unusual and wonderful places.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 
Enjoy traditional family fun by the seaside

Enjoy traditional family fun by the seaside

Discover the mythic coastline and its associated sculptures along the seashore from Cleveleys to Fleetwood.

Location: Cleveleys & Fleetwood, Lancashire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Make a splash at Sandcastle Waterpark

Rainy Day Activities: Make a splash at Sandcastle Waterpark

The Sandcastle Waterpark is home to Masterblaster - the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide - and so much more to keep everyone entertained on a rainy day.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 
Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Watch brightly-coloured trawlers unload the days’ catch, enjoy a bracing walk or coastal cycle, sample locally caught fish or go to a festival.

Location: Maryport, Cumbria

 
Snuggle up in a shepherd's hut in the English countryside

Snuggle up in a shepherd's hut in the English countryside

Set within the grounds of a medieval hall, Lancashire's Shepherd Hut Hamlet offers luxury accommodation with a rural edge.

Location: Samlesbury, Lancashire

 
Explore Lancashire’s rich industrial history

Explore Lancashire’s rich industrial history

From the largest collection of Tiffany Glass in Europe to the world’s last surviving steam powered mill, Lancashire museums offer a riveting day out.

Location: Lancashire

 
Step back in time and live like Wordsworth in Cumbria

Step back in time and live like Wordsworth in Cumbria

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

Location: Cockermouth, Cumbria

 
December events: Join Santa on the La'al Ratty through Eskdale

December events: Join Santa on the La'al Ratty through Eskdale

Climb aboard the family favourite 'Santa Express' which returns to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway this winter.

Location: Ravenglass, Cumbria

 
Explore The Lake District's Secret Valley

Explore The Lake District's Secret Valley

Rannerdale lies between the smaller lakes of Buttermere and Loweswater, a true hidden gem in a place brimming with atmosphere and local legend.

Location: Buttermere, Cumbria

 
Trace the lives of The Beatles in their home city

Trace the lives of The Beatles in their home city

Buzzing Liverpool is renowned for its music scene. Discover how its four most famous sons still set the beat for a fab visit to the city.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
Take time out and relax with a Llama at Wellbeing Farm

Take time out and relax with a Llama at Wellbeing Farm

If you’re looking to try something different with the kids, then try Llama Trekking through the beautiful West Pennine Moors.

Location: Bolton, Lancashire

 
Head down to The Quays for a day out on the docks

Head down to The Quays for a day out on the docks

There's always something happening at The Quays, Greater Manchester's most exciting waterfront destination.

Location: Salford and Trafford, Greater Manchester

 
Go on a cheese tasting at Thornby Moor Cheese Dairy

Go on a cheese tasting at Thornby Moor Cheese Dairy

Integrity, great flavour and nutritional value is what's on offer at Thornby Moor Cheese Dairy.

Location: Thursby, Cumbria

 
November events: Eyes on the sky for Light Up Lancaster

November events: Eyes on the sky for Light Up Lancaster

See the skies over Lancaster light up this autumn at the North’s biggest firework display.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 
Take an Anfield Stadium Tour

Take an Anfield Stadium Tour

The legendary Liverpool Football Club is now open to the public.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
July events: Go intergalactic at bluedot festival

July events: Go intergalactic at bluedot festival

Go stargazing while being star struck by an out-of-this-world line-up of musical talent at bluedot festival.

Location: Blackden, Cheshire

 
Discover England’s home of football in Manchester

Discover England’s home of football in Manchester

Experience the history and drama of the nation’s favourite sport on a Manchester United Museum and Stadium tour, and at the National Football Museum.

Location: Trafford, Greater Manchester

 
Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien on the Tolkien Trail

Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien on the Tolkien Trail

From the twin towers of Stonyhurst College to the dramatic countryside of the Ribble Valley, follow in the footsteps of JRR Tolkien.

Location: Hurst Green, Lancashire

 
Take a break on a narrowboat cruiser

Take a break on a narrowboat cruiser

Lock, stock and swing bridge.

Location: Rochdale, Lancashire

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