The days are getting warmer and the nights are getting lighter. Summer is upon us!

But if simply sunbathing in the garden isn’t for you then fear not.

We’ve compiled a list of great activities that you can enjoy in and around Burnley over the coming months. Please make sure you check with all venues and organisations where necessary before you visit.

A trip to Towneley

This historic house, art gallery and museum reopened to the public on Monday 24th May.

Some sections remain closed but there is still so much to see and do! The gardens and parkland in particular are perfect to enjoy on a summer’s day. There are also numerous trails to explore, and a large adventure playground is sure to provide fun for the kids.

Refreshments are provided by two cafes, including one in the Riverside Car Park, so you won’t go hungry either. Head to Towneley’s official website to plan your visit.

Towneley Hall

Dine al fresco

On a warm summer’s day it’s lovely to sit in the fresh air and enjoy a bite to eat.

Fortunately Burnley has a fantastic range of cafes and restaurants where you can do just that!

Check out our outdoor dining blog today for a rundown of some of our favourite venues. You can of course just have drinks too if you would prefer!

The Hideaway outdoor seating

All aboard at Thompson Park

It’s full steam ahead at Thompson Park this summer!

The miniature railway is back up and running at weekends providing a scenic half-mile trip around the park.

After a train ride, why not take a walk in the Italian Garden or enjoy a stroll around the boating lake too?

Visit the Thompson Park Railway Facebook page to check their running times.


Step back in time at Gawthorpe Hall

This historic house, just a short drive from Burnley, makes for a fascinating afternoon out.

Explore the grand building, take a walk in the charming woodlands or simply admire the views to Pendle Hill.

Pre-booking for the Hall is essential and it is open from Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm-5pm. Take a look at the national trust website for more information.

Peddle power

Cycling is a brilliant way to explore local landscapes and enjoy the countryside on Burnley’s doorstep.

To help people get out on their bikes, Visit Lancashire has created a list of some great trails in the local area with something for all ages and abilities.

From Burnley’s parks to the Pennines, why not get out on two wheels this summer and enjoy nature!

Following a ride you could stop off in the town centre for some lunch or an afternoon snack too and support our local businesses.

Click here to discover a range of cycling routes.

Time to tee off

It’s time to tee off in Burnley this summer at Towneley Golf Club!

With an 18-hole course, pitch and putt and even footgolf, you can enjoy some competition with friends and family just a stone’s throw from the town centre.

These courses are ideal for serious enthusiasts or those just looking for some fun. Check out the Burnley Leisure website for more details.


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