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Points of Interest: Preston
Preston sits just a short hop from Blackpool on the North bank of the River Ribble. Boasting an abundance of cultural attractions and heritage sites, there’s plenty to savour in this town. Having undergone a transformation in recent years, it is here you’ll find the perfect mix of old and new architecture.
With links to the Industrial Revolution and Thomas Arkwright, the area boasts an array of historic connections. It’s also home to an abundance of green city spaces, child-friendly attractions and wildlife habitats.
Celebrated as Lancashire’s premier shopping destination, there are not one, but two shopping centres, which play host to numerous on-trend high-street brands and designer goods, making it a great place to indulge in a little retail therapy. The area is home to various indoor and outdoor bustling markets, boutiques and independent stores, selling everything from fresh Lancashire produce to clothing, crafts and jewellery.
Aside from its many shops, Preston is renowned for its plentiful top-notch restaurants, cosmopolitan cafes and cutesy tearooms, all of which offer a variety of tasty dishes. The area has also been awarded Purple Flag status for its quality but safe entertainment scene making it a popular place for an evening out – especially with many bars, clubs, pubs and theatres, all promising live music, dance, arts and comedy.
Indulge in everything from traditional events such as the famous Easter Egg Rolling attraction, which takes place in Avenham and Miller Park, to the various summer and winter festivals, which play host to an abundance of performances and art recitals. The area’s busy calendar of events means there is always something to do and see in Preston, regardless of the season.