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Have an adventure. Discover South Ribble. 

With stunning Green Flag award winning parks, impressive buildings and thriving high streets, South Ribble is a fantastic place to see, do and stay.



Fun things to do in South Ribble for all the family

Spend quality family time together, exercise and unwind in South Ribble's beautiful, award-winning green spaces including Worden Park, Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve, Withy Grove Park and Hurst Grange Park.

These parks include children's playgrounds, a miniature railway, crazy golf, and charming places to eat and drink, Hurst Grange Coffee House and Cafe and The Folly Coffee House.

And there is also the newly renovated local landmark, Worden Hall, which has recently re-launched as a community space for events, weddings and local businesses to enjoy.

If you're a thrill-seeker at heart or fancy life in the fast lane, take a trip to Paintball Preston or Boulder UK 

Try your skills at Turbary Leisure Park for archery, laser clay shooting, fishing and kid's high adrenaline adventure course, Crazi Bugz - or visit the beautiful, graceful inhabitants of Turbary Woods Owl and Bird Sanctuary.

And for those seeking family days out, take a look at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum - an interactive and colourful motor museum dedicated to preserving South Ribble's extensive heritage in the design and manufacture of trucks and buses. 


Fun things the do in south ribble


Woman walking dog

Be immersed in the great outdoors - The Garden of Lancashire

The borough also offers miles of South Ribble cycling routes, including picturesque old railway lines and thrilling off-road courses along the River Douglas, and the meandering Ribble Way. 

Alternatively, lace up your walking boots for one of the South Ribble Walking Routes or walk the borough's history with South Ribble Heritage Trails.

Families and friends can also take advantage of South Ribble Leisure and their four leisure centres with swimming pools and fitness centres at Bamber Bridge, Penwortham, Leyland and South Ribble Tennis and Fitness Centre.



Events in South Ribble

Discover what makes South Ribble a vibrant borough of culture, creativity and community. Check out our events page for information about upcoming gigs and performances, festivals and seasonal events that we know you'll love. 

The annual Music in the Park event is a highlight in the calendar with the best of 80s an 90s stars bringing the party to Worden Park while South Ribble Live events showcase the absolute best of our night time offer with hundreds of bars and other venues coming together to host the best artistic talents. 

The fantastic annual Leyland Festival also takes place which sees tens of thousands of visitors each year to view the Leyland parade and festival on Worden Park.

A Taste of Leyland offers a fantastic showcase of the best local food and drink traders - in a brillaint annual September event.

South Ribble has a thriving events scene with many of the bustling pubs, bars and restaurants holding regular live entertainment and open mic nights. 

Penwortham Arts Centre, which is housed in a historic former library, is now a vibrant community hub offering film nights, gigs, plays and comedy nights with a fully licensed bar and lively events programme.


Music in the Park


Independent cheese stall

Shopping in South Ribble

Planning the perfect shopping trip? Want to learn more about what makes the area unique?  South Ribble truly has something for everyone. 

Visit independent, family run stores, restaurants and bars along the charming high streets of Hutton, Penwortham, Leyland and Longton - and if you're looking for big name brands, head to the Capitol Centre in Walton-le-Dale. 

South Ribble proudly supports a number of local, independent businesses from beautiful home and gift emporiums, clothing boutiques, mouthwatering cake and coffee stores, and local farm shops selling the finest food and drink - including produce grown right on our doorstep. 



History and Heritage

Step back in time and visit Samlesbury Hall - a haven for history lovers and one of the most beautiful historic homes in Lancashire - their charming Heritage Cafe, Mayflower Playground and Dottie's Wafflery. 

Visit Ye Olde Hobb Inn in Bamber Bridge where the 'Battle of Bamber Bridge' famously took place in June 1943. The pub, that is still very much a centrepiece of the community in Bamber Bridge, hosted a significant number of American troops who were based in the area.

During the WWII American troops were segregated based on race, so when drinking in the same pub, a brawl took place between black American troops and white military police. The fight broke out between the two sets of soldiers, causing a ruckus and later gunfire exchange. One person died as a result of the violence with several others injured.

According to writer Anthony Burgess, the people of Bamber Bridge supported the black troops in the altercation, with all three local pubs posting 'Black Troops Only' signs.

Ye Olde Hobb Inn


Worden wedding

Celebrating your big day in South Ribble

If you're looking for that special somewhere to celebrate a big day - whether it's an upcoming wedding or a milestone birthday - there are plenty of places to choose from.

The recently refurbished Worden Hall provides a beautiful setting for intimate ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. 

Whether you want a large luxurious affair or something more quirky, we have the perfect location for you. 


Stay in South Ribble

After a busy day exploring and enjoying delicious food and drink, there are a wide variety of places to lay your head for a superb night's sleep.

From stately homes and lodges, to family run B&Bs, guest houses, Shepherds Huts at Samlesbury Hall, caravans and eco-camping pods, South Ribble has a wealth of choice. 

And in the morning, you can refuel and start all over again! 



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