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The 11 Best Things to Do in Wigan for the Whole Family

Wednesday 31st October 2018

Are you looking for things to do in Wigan? Then you’ve come to the right place. This North West town has a little bit of everything, from one of the largest indoor trampolines parks in Europe to stunning country parks. We will help you identify some of the best activities for the whole family.

Here is a list of the 10 best things to do in Wigan…

Velocity Trampoline Park Wigan

1) Jump at a Trampoline Park

Where better to start than with our very own trampoline park. We are delighted to be able to provide one of the largest indoor trampoline parks in Europe, offering an amazing choice of activities, games and classes where age doesn’t matter. So what can you do? Just about everything! Whether you want to have fun, practise your skills or compete against friends, our trampolines will entertain. Adventurous types will definitely want to experience the Clip ‘n’ Climb activity!

Velocity is the perfect place for kids parties in Wigan. Our party packages have been designed to ensure that birthday guests and their friends have the most memorable of days. We also run a Toddler Time activity every morning so that little ones can jump at their own pace. Is the purpose of your visit to get in shape? Our fitness classes allow you to get fit the fun way!

Situated right next to the M6 motorway, we welcome guests from across the North West region and beyond with Manchester and Liverpool both just a short 20 minutes drive away. Book your session online to confirm your visit to Velocity Wigan.

2) Unleash Your Artistic Self

The Old Courts in Wigan

The Old Courts

Do you have an inner artistic side? Get your arty senses tingling at The Old Courts. This non-profit centre focuses on all kinds of cultural activities featuring art, music, comedy and dance. Events, classes and exhibitions are hosted here all year round. The Old Courts is a community-driven facility where all revenue is used to develop bigger and better events and opportunities for the people of Wigan. Whether you want to watch a performance or marvel at new artwork, this is the place to be.

The Wigan Little Theatre is another great option for fans of drama. The theatre has existed for over 70 years and is run by a team of dedicated volunteers who make the magic happen. You can catch amateur productions here as well as fan favourites in the theatre world. Big plans are already in motion for 2019 with highlights including Goldilocks & The Three Bears, The Entertainer and Made in Dagenham, The Musical. Tickets start at just £10 per show but if you plan on regular visits, be sure to take advantage of a Season Ticket.

3) Expand Your Knowledge at a Museum

The Museum of Wigan Life

The Museum of Wigan Life

Museums are always a great source of knowledge when it comes to learning about a town and its history. The Museum of Wigan Life is Wigan’s primary museum based in the heart of the city centre. You will be able to check out over 30,000 objects which depict the past and present of Wigan, from 16th century pewter ware to World War I artefacts. The museum hosts a range of year-round events including temporary exhibitions and talks from guest speakers. Admission is free but certain events may require a fee.

Fancy something a little different? Check out the Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine. This museum allows you to get up close and personal with one of the largest steam engines – built over a staggering 100 years ago! The steam engine has been restored to its former glory and you will be able to see it running at full power. The mill itself was a vital cog in the development of Wigan’s industrial infrastructure and the supply of cotton. Public access is only available on Sundays but schools and groups can arrange for weekday visits.

4) Explore Stunning Nature at a Country Park

Haigh Woodland Park in Wigan

Haigh Woodland Park

Lancashire is a fantastic region for exploring the English countryside. Whether you fancy a picnic with the family or a hike through the woodlands, the Haigh Woodland Park is a great option to consider. There’s plenty of exploring and fun to do here. Take a peaceful walk past the canal or work your way through an endless trail. There’s even a 27-hole golf course for adults and adventure golf for kids! The park’s opening times vary so be sure to check ahead of your visit.

The next nearest park to add to your list is the Pennington Flash Country Park. This impressive 490-acre park features numerous large lakes which were formed as a result of mining subsidence. Over 230 species of bird have been recorded at this park such as nightingales, spoonbills and cattle egret. There are paths around the lakes allowing you to take in the peaceful atmosphere. There’s also a 9-hole golf course, picnic areas and opportunities for horse riding and fishing.

5) Shop to Your Heart’s Content

The Grand Arcade in Wigan

The Grand Arcade

Are you interested in shopping? The Grand Arcade is one of the largest shopping centres in Wigan. Here you can discover some of the best brands in the retail industry. Your clothing options include Next, River Island and Debenhams. Check out a range of healthy food and nutrients at Holland & Barrett or treat yourself with some new fragrances at The Perfume Shop. As for food and drink, you can head to Costa, Millie’s Cookies and Cafe Nero to name but a few.

The Galleries shopping centre is home to 50 stores comprising of well-known brands and independent outlets. You can choose to freshen up your appearance at Barbers or Toni & Guy with a stylish haircut or close shave. On the lookout for some new bling? The Jeweller’s Workbench, H.Samuel and Ernest Jones have you covered. Treat yourself with some yummy chocolates at Thorntons or a hot snack at the Poundbakery.

6) Eat out at a Restaurant or Cafe in Wigan

Eating Out in Wigan

Summat To Ate

Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat for lunch or receive a fine dining experience for dinner, there are a selection of restaurants and cafes to choose in Wigan. Summat To Ate provides one of the finest experiences and no matter if you are going for a quiet dinner or a function event, you can expect a delightful atmosphere. This restaurant specialises in steak which is cooked over a volcanic rock, allowing your meal to be cooked to your very own perfection. Another fine restaurant to consider is Gallimore’s where you can enjoy a range of traditional and continental dishes. Fancy a night at the pub? Head to The White Lion!

Maybe you’re more interested in a quaint setting? A cafe is a great place if you just want to chill out and have a catch up with some friends and family. One of the best to choose in Wigan is Mrs Lyon’s Tea Room. This cafe features lovely decor and is perfect for afternoon tea. Or how about Caffee Rosso? Fill up your energy with a variety of hot beverages and tasty snacks such as freshly prepared cakes and scones.

7) Go for a Wander Through Wigan Pier

The Orwell Bar & Restaurant

The Orwell at Wigan Pier

The Wigan Pier is our next tip of things you can do in Wigan and is not only a great place to walk along the lengthy Leeds & Liverpool Canal, but also has quite the history. One of our earlier mentions, the Trencherfield Mill, is within the pier area but it’s George Orwell that this location is most well known for. Orwell published a book in 1937 entitled “The Road to Wigan Pier” which brought an increased level of fame and attention to the area. The book focussed on the living conditions working class citizens endured before World War II as well as insight into his middle-class upbringing and how it affected his political stance.

Big plans are in motion to re-develop the Wigan Pier into a multi-million pound leisure destination. Three of the derelict 18th century buildings that inhabit the area will be transformed into multi-functional venues. The development is definitely one to keep an eye on but for now, why not visit an iconic location and see the canal for yourself!

8) Visit the DW Sports Stadium

DW Sports Stadium in Wigan

DW Stadium

Do you consider yourself a sports fan? Then a trip to the DW Stadium should be on the cards for your itinerary. This stadium is perfect for sampling the atmosphere that Northern sports fans deliver on a regular basis. The DW is mainly home to Wigan Athletic, a football team currently playing in the Championship, but if you are a fan of Rugby, you’ll also be happy to know that the Wigan Warriors Rugby League team play here between February and March. Tickets to watch matches of either team typically cost around £15-£20.

The DW Stadium isn’t just for attending football or rugby matches. It’s also a great place for hosting party nights, weddings and other celebratory events. Should you add this to your list, make sure you try one of the famous Wigan pies!

9) Check out the Famous Statues of Wigan

One of Wigan's Most Famous Statues

Face of Wigan

Wigan is home to a number of magnificent statues, each of which possess their own iconic significance. Perhaps one of the most striking and famous statues of them all is the Face of Wigan. This enormous sculpture is 18ft tall and can be found at Wigan’s Believe Square. The status is regularly decorated to commemorate certain events such as pride and autism.

Close to the Face of Wigan at Believe Square is a statue honouring legendary rugby league player Billy Boston. Boston played for Wigan over 15 years where he achieved a club-record of 478 tries. Are you more into the music scene? Wigan-born George Formby also has his very own statue within the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre. The George Formby Statue was unveiled in 2007 to celebrate one of Wigan’s most famous personalities.

10) Embark on an Unforgettable Canal Cruise

A Luxury Canal Cruise in Wigan

Kittywake Canal Cruises

Take your exploration of the famous Leeds & Liverpool Canal to a whole new level! Our next recommendation for things to do in Wigan focusses on a canal cruise with Kittywake Canal Cruises. This isn’t just any canal boat but offers an unforgettable experience like no other. Kittywake provide various services including private hire or public trips. It’s even a popular choice for film & TV hire!

Whatever package you decide to choose, you will be boarding a luxury canal boat designed to meet your specific requirements. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a romantic afternoon with your loved one or a lively stag & hen night with your pals. If you’re planning a party, you can even request a specific theme such as James Bond, Retro and Pirates! A selection of hot and cold food is served onboard.

11) Visit the Local Nature Reserve

The Local Nature Rerserve in Wigan

Wigan Flashes Local Nature Reserve

The Wigan Flashes Local Nature Reserve is a wonderful destination for all lovers of nature. This reserve was formed by subsidence and flooding having once been the home of a coal mine. The area is now part of a reclamation scheme that began over 40 years ago to develop the landscape. This 260-hecatre reserve is a favourite spot for hikers, dog walkers, picnic goers and school trips.

The reserve is home to eight shallow wetlands and surrounded by open water, reedbeds and mossland. Visitors can catch sight of a range of wildlife such as water vole and rare birds like the willow tit and bittern, making it a popular hotspot for birdwatchers.

There’s Plenty More Things to Do in Wigan

In this article we have highlighted just a few of the fun, creative and insightful activities that you can do in and around the Wigan area. Whether you want to jump as high as possible at a trampoline park or shop till you drop, you should now have a good starting point for an entertaining day out. That said, there’s still plenty more potential ventures to add to your list. Keep checking back as we will be updating this post regularly with more things to do in Wigan.

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Velocity Trampoline Park tops the list of the best things to do in Wigan for kids and families. Book your tickets now via our online system to secure your session or call us on 01942 410 781. Velocity Wigan is based in a growing business district home to several businesses such as TK Property Group.

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