A wedding in Lancashire (and a Preston mini guide)

Samlesbury Hall, PrestonSamlesbury Hall, Lancashire

Our early May bank holiday weekend was spent in Lancashire, where my best friend got married. Obviously it’s an occasion I’ve been looking forward to since she got engaged, over a year ago, and it was a brilliant weekend all round: filled with love and laughter.

I bought my outfit in December (a red broderie anglaise midi dress and black strappy heels) so I was glad when the snow they’d had up north earlier that week cleared; even on the day of the wedding it was sleeting as I sat gossiping with the bride and her Mum in their hotel room, but the sun came out just in time for us all arriving at the venue – the stunning 14th century Samlesbury Hall. It’s definitely worth a visit, either as a wedding guest or otherwise, and the afternoon tea is delicious!

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A quick guide to Preston, Lancashire

While it’s not the most exciting place in the UK, I have a soft spot for Preston: I spent 3 years here getting my media degree and even stayed for another year after that. I like to think I know the city well but of course it’s changed a bit since I left in 2008. Below I’ve rounded up some old and new favourites, in case you ever find yourself here for 24 hours or so.

Preston train stationHarris Museum, PrestonHarris Museum, PrestonMiller Arcade, PrestonMiller Arcade, PrestonInside Brucciani's 1930s café, PrestonVictorian train station in Preston, Lancashire

Things to see and do

  • Miller Arcade, PR1: Victorian indoor shopping centre, built in the 1890s.
  • Harris Museum, Market St., PR1: fine art, digital media, textiles, ceramics, archaeology and more.
  • Avenham Park, PR1: pretty city-centre park with a Japanese garden.
  • Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Rd., PR5: built in 1325, this Tudor manor was saved from demolition in the 1920s (imagine!). Also, animals.
  • Preston Bus Station, PR1: no I haven’t gone mad, this impressive Brutalist building used to be the biggest bus station in Europe.

Places to eat and drink

  • Turtle Bay, 8 Cheapside, PR1: Caribbean food and the longest 2-for-1 cocktail happy ‘hour’ I’ve ever seen!
  • The Ferret, 55 Fylde Rd., PR1: diner-style food and live music.
  • Old Black Bull, 35-36 Friargate, PR1: quiet, old-fashioned pub serving local ales.
  • Brucciani’s, 91 Fishergate, PR1: founded in the 1930s, this café is stunning but the food and drink not so great – a decent pit-stop for tea, just so you can have a nosy.

Where to sleep

  • Holiday Inn Preston, The Ringway, PR1: cheap-and-cheerful city centre hotel.
  • Samlesbury Hotel, Preston New Rd., PR5: great breakfasts but the fact it’s further out of town means a (steep) minimum taxi fare of £10.

Becky x

Turtle Bay, PrestonTurtle Bay, PrestonThe Ferret, PrestonBrucciani's café, Preston - founded in the 1930sFounded in the 1930s, Brucciani's café, PrestonBrucciani's is an 80+ year old café in Preston, England

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