Best family friendly pubs in Lancashire with indoor and outdoor play areas

The arrival of spring often brings optimism.

The daffodils popping up, the days getting brighter and longer and the temperatures creeping up help us look forward to making plans for the spring and summer months ahead.

And family pubs are often a great place to start, especially if they have play areas to keep the younger members of your clan entertained – and even better if there is one outdoors for when the sun is shining.

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We’ve put together a little round-up of pubs with indoor and outdoor play areas in Lancashire suitable for children 10 and under, ready for your little ones to have some fun.

If you have a favourite go-to family-friendly pub you love to visit and we haven’t mentioned it here, let us know in the comments below.

Saracens Head, Halsall

The Saracens Head, Halsall
The Saracens Head, Halsall
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Set on the banks of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, the large beer garden is ideal for families out enjoying a walk along the canal, to stop off for lunch or a drink.

There is a little wooden play area with a slide and the open space next to the pub is a great spot for supervised children to feed the ducks and watch the barges go by.

The Highfield, Croston

The Highfield, Croston
The Highfield, Croston
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Part of the Sizzling Pubs chain, this venue is made for families, with Fuzzy Ed’s indoor and outdoor play areas, complete with a ball pool and tunnel slides.

Outside there’s a climbing frame, see-saw and a slide and this place is also ideal or a children’s party.

The Highfield is located in the cute, ancient village of Croston, near to Preston and Chorley.

Western Frontier, Leisure Lakes, Mere Brow

The 'beach' area at Leisure Lakes in West Lancashire
The ‘beach’ area at Leisure Lakes in West Lancashire

Thought of as a bit of a ‘hidden’ gem on the West Lancashire-Merseyside border, this venue is set in 300 across of countryside at the Leisure Lakes campsite near Southport.

It has a huge fishing lake and even its own beach along with a picnic area and outdoor adventure play park, with the Western Frontier pub serving food and drink suitable for all ages.

For when the weather takes a turn for the worse, children can head inside to enjoy some soft play at Jollie’s Play Barn nearby.

The Bowling Green, Charnock Richard

The large outdoor play area at The Bowling Green
The large outdoor play area at The Bowling Green
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This Joseph Holt pub is popular for families looking for an indoor and outdoor play area for their kids to run off some energy.

There is an outdoor climbing farmer for older children and colourful plastic play houses for toddlers.

It’s spacious inside and out and set-up for families with pushchairs and in need of high-chairs.

There’s a carvery, lighter bites and pub classics on the menu at this Chorley pub.

Brown Hare, Penwortham

The Brown Hare, Penwortham
The Brown Hare, Penwortham
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This pub near Preston has an enclosed wooden play area, with swings, a climbing frame and a slide.

It is situated next door to a Booths supermarket, making it an ideal spot for a post grocery shop meal.

You can expect classic pub grub on the menu, with children also well catered for.

Red Lion, Blackpool

The Red Lion, Blackpool
The Red Lion, Blackpool
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This Beefeater pub has plenty of space inside and out, with modern and contemporary decor serving classic pub food and specialising in steaks.

The play area is small but well maintained and is themed around a castle and turrets, complete with a drawbridge.

The Red Lion is located minutes from the beach in Bispham and a short drive from Blackpool’s main attractions.

The Phantom Winger, Preston

The Phantom Winger
The Phantom Winger
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Part of the Hungry Horse family, The Phantom Winger has an in-house Wacky Warehouse soft play centre and a substantial outdoor fun area for youngsters.

It is set up with families at the heart of service, with the play areas in view of tables so parents can sit back and enjoy a drink while their children play.

There’s all sorts from ice cream sundaes, burgers and sharing platters on the menu, while kids can choose from veggie dippers, chicken wings, tacos and chilli.

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