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Happy Mount Park, Morecambe
Happy Mount Park has a natural adventure play area, with trees and natural resources such as boulders, sand, and logs. It also has a 34m zip line, a 5m high swing, and a maypole.
There is also a safe play area with a climbing frame, slide, and swings, including some suitable for under fives. Families can also try the Woodland Walk, with a habitat trail to follow.
The scenic pathways make for a relaxing stroll, with plenty of local birds and wildlife to be spotted. The traditionally designed Japanese Garden is especially beautiful in spring and autumn. Happy Mount Park is a wonderful place for all ages to enjoy the sea air in Morecambe, all year round.
Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields (formerly Play4 U), Lytham
This park boasts a number of activities for all ages, from sand pits to water pools (these may not be in operation). There is a toddler play area; a teen zone; BMX track; and skate park. For adults, there is a trim trail, or a walk through Wishing Well Wood.
Worden Park, Leyland
This park has equipment for young children, including swings, climbing frames, springy toys and a large sand pit with sand diggers. It also has play apparatus for juniors, including a rope climbing frame and cable way.
The hedge maze is open at all times and is one of very few such mazes which is free of charge to explore. You can have some great fun finding your way into the centre, but it’s harder to find your way out.
Stanley Park, Blackpool
Stanley Park boasts an array of family fun.
The animal farm-themed play area, aimed at two to eight- year-olds, contains modern versions of playground classics such as rocking horses; see saws; slides; climbing frames; swings; and roundabouts.
The play area also contains play features including interactive surfboard; rota web; play vehicle; and 3D spring ride-ons.
There is also a ramp arena for BMX and skateboard enthusiasts.
Adults might enjoy the Italian gardens, water fountains, rose gardens, Remembrance Garden and the Cocker Tower – a memorial to Blackpool’s first Mayor Dr William Cocker.