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The 6 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 6 best things to do in Wigan…

Velocity Trampoline Park Wigan

1) Jump at Our Velocity Trampoline Park in Wigan

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 Wigan is the perfect place for kids parties. 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. Treat yourself with some new fragrances at Holland & Barrett or 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.

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.