M6, Junction 31; 2 mins
Reserve: Mon-Sun 6am-9pm (winter 7pm)
Visitor village/cafés: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm (winter 4pm)
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Brockholes is a nature lover’s paradise with a unique, strikingly modern visitor village that floats on water. Alongside the visitor centre and activity room is the traditional Kestrel Kitchen. You can fill up on great-value home-cooked dishes – breakfast barms, homemade soups, vegan salad boxes – while enjoying panoramic lake views with a fresh-roasted, organic coffee.
Peckish is Brockholes' second café, with a modern edge and selection of tasty Lancashire street food options. Its ice-cream cabin - open on hotter days - has classic and plant-powered flavours and a scrumptious cake range. Adventure off to the impressive playground (with its diggers and zip-wires) or explore the network of family-friendly paths around the 250-acre site.
The giftshop brims with local gifts and crafts. As there are parking charges - income from which supports the Lancashire Wildlife Trust's vital work - it makes sense to turn this into a relaxing longer stop before hitting the road.
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