Best things in Lancs are free...

Garry Cook
Garry Cook
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A former Gazette journalist has published a guidebook of his family’s favourite free days out in Lancashire.

Garry Cook, from Wilpshire, in the Ribble Valley, spent three years documenting days out with family and friends – and then compiled a guidebook of the best places to visit in the region.

Every one of the 24 venues in the book are free – making the publication a must for parents looking to entertain their kids over the school holidays.

St Annes beach is one of the four venues in the book Garry names as his favourite.

“Finding things to do with the kids is one of the hardest jobs of being a parent, especially in the summer holidays.

“But the cost of some days out, particularly entrance fees to theme parks, can put a huge strain on the family finances.

“And after several days out over a few weeks, even the cost of a few hours at a play barn can leave a parent feeling stressed.

“But the reality is you don’t have to spend any money to entertain the kids if you know where to go – and that is where this book helps.

“Lancashire has some of the best parks, playgrounds and countryside in Britain – but it’s easy to forget this in the desperate rush to keep the kids entertained.

“I’ve spent hours searching online for great free days but they can be so hard to find.”

Each venue profile consists of information about why the day out is so good, hand-drawn maps of how to get there and fact boxes, including any possible extra charges like car parking, and photographs of kids enjoying themselves.

The book is available on Amazon and Kindle, with the Kindle version also including full-colour photography.