Samlesbury Hall is a real hidden gem and it is only a short drive out of Manchester. The brilliant new Mayflower playground nestled in the woods provides hours of entertainment. It makes for a great day out as parking and entrance to the hall, playground, animals and bee centre are completely free of charge!
As access to the whole of the site is free picnics are not allowed here. The charity that runs the hall relies on the money they make from the delicious food and drink that is sold. We had a delicious lunch in the main restaurant and then got to explore the hall and discover more about its history. We can't wait to come again as we want to try out the gorgeous looking waffles that were being served in Dottie's wafflery.
The highlight of our trip here had to be the playground. It was a fantastic space and incredibly safe for the children to run around in. We loved the Mayflower ship and took great delight in walking the plank and pretending to be pirates. The miniature Samlesbury Hall replica was a fabulous place to explore and we spent lots of time climbing within and around it. A big rope bridge connects the two together. There is also a charming wooden trail; with bridges, swings and lots of fun obstacles to take part in.
There is now a growing family of animals at Samlesbury Hall, including; rabbits, goats, sheep and pigs. The hens on site were rescued as chicks from a local owl centre and a battery farm and they now have plenty of space to run around. Their eggs are now used in the kitchens and help make their home made scones delicious. They also have a bee centre with busy hives, providing the shop with honey. Watch out for the interactive demonstrations that are held here.
There is a regular schedule of events held here and so much going on during school holidays to keep the whole family entertained. A number of tours are available including; spooky tours with Simon Entwistle, tours with Witch Janey and guided tours with King Henry VIII. Breakfast with Santa is the highlight of any festive calendar and will be running from the 1st to the 24th December. For more information about events see here.
In the grounds of historic Samlesbury Hall sits a gathering of colourful huts which make for the perfect getaway and overnight stay. Samlesbury Hall Shepherd's Hut Hamlet is a rustic and carefree alternative to your traditional hotel room. Just as luxurious but with a rural edge, the hamlet is home to a collection of beautiful shepherd's huts, hand crafted to keep you toasty in winter and cool in the summer. Complete with two double beds in European oak and well equipped bathroom these sleep four people. Escape is easy with a walk through the grounds of the picturesque Samlesbury Hall.
Further information: Address: Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UP
Opening hours: Sunday to Friday 10:00am until 4:00pm (occasionally closed on Fridays for private weddings, check the website for more details here)