By Calum Johnson

With the summer holidays rapidly approaching an end, here are some suggestions for how to spend those last few days with the family…

1. Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston 

Chorley Citizen: Crafty Vintage at Brockholes Nature Reserve

JOIN in with an array of activities this week at Brockholes Nature Reserve. 

Today sees the park play host to a Forest School taster session, Xplorer Challenge and Pram Walk.

On Friday, head back in time to the age of the dinosaurs and get involved with a range of exciting themed activities from 2pm to 4pm.

Some events must be booked online at:

On Sunday evening, the Nature Reserve will be transformed into a stage for a production of Wuthering Heights.

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Heartbreak Productions have adapted Emily Brontё’s novel for the great outdoors.

Bring a seat and get something to eat before settling down to Brontё’s haunting tale.

Tickets for the production can be purchased here:

The show is aimed at children aged 9 and above, and families benefit from an advance booking price of £44.

2. At Thornton Hall Country Park, take part in Pony Club today.

Or await the arrival of Critters 2 You, who will bring an assortment of creepy crawlies with them tomorrow (Friday).

Children will have the opportunity to get close to snakes, lizards and spiders from 10am to 4.30pm, before being able to explore the rest of the park with its traditional working farm, adventure play area and hay maze.

3. Alternatively, take part in Queen Street Mill’s family workshop this Friday, in Burnley.

Try your hand at puppet-making, paper-weaving and printmaking in the 19th century steam-powered weaving mill – the last of its kind in the world.

Children pay just £2, and the workshops run from noon until 3pm.

4. Towneley Hall children’s tours

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If you’re looking to extend the holidays a little longer, Towneley Hall in Burnley will be running several exciting events across its Heritage Weekend, from Friday 6 until Sunday 8 September.

Both days will feature face-painting and a craft stall, while spooky and guided tours will run throughout the afternoon.

There will also be a theatre group and re-enactments on Sunday 8.

5. Blackpool Illuminations

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If you’re willing to travel, head to the coast for the celebrated Blackpool Illuminations which will be switched on this Friday.

Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon will pull the switch at the official Switch-On concert, alongside a host of talented music artists and dancers including Sigma, Busted and Diversity.

Gates for the show open at 4pm and tickets are available online.

The lights were first introduced to Blackpool 140 years ago and this year’s display will feature new additions as well as old classics. The spectacle is made up of millions of bulbs across 8km of seafront.

The lights can also be seen freely by car, tram or on foot for the next two months and will be turned on at 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.

6. This Saturday join the Burnley Youth Theatre for a dramatic adventure to Treasure Island.

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Follow the story of Jim Hawkins as he navigates countless perils in search of the buried riches of Captain Flint.

The performance will be held outside, so remember to bring appropriate clothing.

Tickets cost £10 for an adult on the door and £8 for concessions. Book online in advance for a £2 discount: