10 cheap family hacks for fun in the sun

With the summer holidays just a week away penny-saving mums are compiling their top tips to help families save their cash on days out.

The Dowson family have a passion for farming and education

Farming and education at Mrs Dowson's Farm in the Ribble Valley but their ice cream is the cherry on top

With the decline of the glass bottled milk industry in 2001 the Dowson family of Hawkshaw’s Farm were left with a dilemma – to continue their trade and invest heavily in a new plastic bottle plant or strike out with something completely new.

Tony Day at the Ted talk in China last year

Big Interview: Tony Day and the long and winding road to the Yellow River Soup Kitchen

When successful businessman Tony Day gave up on the life he had always known in 2002 for a new beginning, he had only three things on his list firstly to journal his movements, second to carry on exploring meditation and a variety of retreats and to continue some form of voluntary work.
Bowland Wild Boar Park, Chipping

Family days out: Bowland Wild Boar Park

Situated in the heart of the Forest of Bowland National Park it sits on the banks of the River Hodder. Surrounded by fells and woodland teeming with wildlife and wildflowers it is a great family day out for those who enjoy fresh air, fun in the outdoors or simply want to explore the countryside.

Staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in Preston and Chorley celebrating their 70th birthday

Host of celebrations in Preston and Chorley for NHS70 landmark

Dedicated staff across Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust celebrated the 70th birthday of the NHS with a series of special events and activities.

Sam Haines at Fortitude Fitness

Have a weightlifting

The variety of weightlifting disciplines mean this is a sport for anyone to take part in

Perfect chalet home for  family break at Sandy Balls resort

Travel: Wild horses could not drag you away from the idyllic glades, open moors and cliff top walks in the New Forest

If this weather could be guaranteed for three months a year I am sure more of us would be inclined to give up those last minute holiday searches for a staycation, exploring a little more of England’s green and pleasant lands
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Former keen cyclist Flo Yapp turning 100 years young, with family and friends pictured with sister Elsie 96

A life of adventures great grandma Florence celebrates 100th with a ride down memory lane

In her 100 years Florence Yapp has enjoyed many an adventure not least on the tandem bike she shared with husband Joel.

Garstangs Fairtrade pioneer and the founder of Fair Trade Towns Bruce Crowther MBE visiting Seoul South Korea in 2013 for the launch of the Fair Trade City campaign

From Garstang to Seoul flying the Fair trade flag across the world

It is now 18 years since the market town of Garstang was recognised as the world’s first Fair Trade Town.

From contouring  and highlights to fabulous brows , make-up classes are the perfect way to sharpen your looks with the tricks of the trade

Have a make-up classes

From contouring and highlights to fabulous brows , make-up classes are the perfect way to sharpen your looks with the tricks of the trade

Variety night at Longton VM for Elaine Dalgliesh who is fundraising for stem cell treatment in Russia with friends Emma Sumner and McKenzie Young, husband Rod'Photography: Lee Woolfall

Magical Longton fundraiser for Elaine's Russion mission

Friends of a Longton mum, on a mission to help fund pioneering treatment for her multiple sclerosis, had a few tricks up their sleeves for their latest fundraising extravaganza.

South Ribble
Chick 'n' Mix - chicken skewers served with lemon and garlic

Fulwood's Phantom Winger, making the right deal for no-frills friendly family dining experience

As chain pubs go, the Hungry Horse Phantom Winger in Fulwood, Preston offers one of those menus for even the fussiest members of the family.
Alpacasare part of the Camelidae family, which includes llamas, guanacos and vicunas from South America.

Have a alpaca walking

The Alpaca from Peru may well be known as pack animals and their fleece highly valued for its silkiness but they make great pets too and animal lovers are taking advantage of getting up close and personal with these lovable, sensitive and intelligent creatures


New Longton Artists Society mark milestone with super display

Imagination led the way for the New Longton Artist’s 50th annual exhibition

Ed Sheeran performed four nights at the Manchester Etihad

REVIEW: Ed Sheeran Manchester Etihad Stadium

When Ed Sheeran was announced as last year's headline act at Glastonbury there were the usual band of naysayers out to question whether this one man band could pull it off - big stage, big crowd.

Left to Right: Silver Commander Greater Manchester Police Superintendent Donna Allen, Prime Minister Theresa May, Gold Commander Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, and Lieutenant Colonel Ray Carolin after the Manchester Arena attack.

Queen's birthday honours: Lancashire Army quartet all named on list

Two British Army officers based at Fulwood Barracks in Preston, an army chef and a Royal Navy veteran are among the names on the Queen's Birthday Honours List

Leyland Festival June 2017

Why you need to book in for Leyland Festival

It’s that time of year where festival committees across Lancashire put together the last of their year-long plans and hope just hope the British weather plays ball.

At just 24 years old,paediatric nurse Esther Taylor, from Leyland, made an incredibly difficult and life changing decision

‘I had a double mastectomy at 24 to prevent cancer’ - Brave Leyland nurse reveals how she came to her decision

Making the decision to have a preventative mastectomy to reduce the risk of cancer is a difficult one. NICOLA JAQUES talks to 24-year-old Esther Taylor, who is one of the youngest people in the UK who decided to have the major breast surgery
Preston and South Ribble Street Pastors have received the Queen's Voluntary Service Award

Volunteers 'MBE' for Preston and South Ribble Street Pastors for excellent community service

Preston and South Ribble Street Pastors have been honoured with one of the country’s most prestigious awards for voluntary service.
Preston City Centre
Marie Diamond, International speaker and life coach

BIG INTERVIEW: Marie Diamond - master teacher of ‘The Secret’ to share gift with Preston audience

Many of us, at some point of our lives feel stuck. There is that sense – are we making the right decisions? Working the job we wanted? Living the life we envisioned or simply questioning how we can change our fortunes?

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