Boasting a purple flag award for the quality of its evening entertainment, the vibrant city of Preston offers an unrivalled array of leisure opportunities for visitors and residents alike.
There are a range of cultural attractions to be sampled in Preston with the Guild Hall and Charter Theatre presenting over 300 events each year. With touring plays, musicals, ballet, comedy, pantomime, live music and even regional talent shows amongst its offerings, the venue is undergoing a major makeover to include an exclusive dining and retail centre. Preston’s amateur theatre circuit is well-represented by The Playhouse which is run entirely by volunteers and has an esteemed reputation for showcasing impressive local acts since its opening in 1949.
Preston is famous for its extensive green spaces, with stunning country parks and picturesque waterfront landscapes to be enjoyed throughout the year. Residents of these new homes in Lancashire will enjoy close proximity to Preston’s oldest and largest public park, located just over ten minutes from Sycamore Gardens by car. Moor Park boasts a Grade II listed status as one of the finest public parks in the country, with an impressive range of facilities including a multi-use games area, skate park and outdoor gym. Just five minutes away by car, is the 100-year-old Haslam Park, which presents a large play area, attractive water features, bowling greens and a basketball court, while its Local Nature Reserve status ensures the park remains an ideal site for wildlife-spotting in all seasons.
The county of Lancashire has seen a long history, leaving behind a fascinating array of historic sites to be explored, featuring Tudor, Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian influences. The Museum of Lancashire is an impressive venue with an extensive selection of interactive displays demonstrating the daily lives of Lancastrians throughout the centuries. The Harris Museum and Art Gallery promises an enlightening day out covering three floors of remarkable fine art, costumes, textiles and artefacts. This Grade I listed building at the heart of Preston boasts an impressive calendar of family-friendly events and is completely free to enter, situated a 13-minute drive from home.
Active residents will find two state-of-the-art leisure centres within close proximity, both offering an excellent range of fitness and sporting facilities. Fulwood Leisure Centre is just an eight minute drive from the development and presents a fully-equipped gym, 25m swimming pool and an extensive range of fitness classes including Thai Chi, mind and body exercises and bootcamp sessions of various experience levels. The West View Climbing Centre is also nearby, and specialises in indoor climbing for a range of ages, as well as offering pre-school leisure classes, swimming lessons, and even an on-site crèche and childcare facilities.
For indoor entertainment close to home, there is multiplex cinema just over 10 minutes away by car, presenting 10 3D-screens and optional Premier seating, along with an ice-cream parlour and popular café on site. MFA bowling centre is just a nine minute drive from Sycamore Gardens and boasts a full-size bowling alley, along with a family amusement arcade, pool tables and an American style diner and bar for much needed refreshments.
The vibrant city of Preston is well-known for the diversity of its shopping scene, with a comprehensive mix of department stores, retail parks and independent boutiques.
Known regionally as ‘Lancashire’s shopping destination’, Preston is home to two large shopping centres, both located just over ten minutes from the development by car. St. Georges Shopping Centre boasts over 100 stores of leading brands and high-street favourites, along with convenient facilities such as cycle racks, a 400-space car park and free Wi-Fi available throughout the centre. With a history of over 40 years, this impressive venue promises an unrivalled shopping experience with VIP retail parties, celebrity appearances and exclusive launches taking place throughout the year.
Fishergate Shopping Centre is in the heart of Preston’s thriving city centre and offers a generous range of well-known stores, covering fashion, homewares and gifts. For daytime dining, the shopping centre presents an excellent selection of eateries with expansion plans to include several additional family restaurants and even a multiplex cinema on site.
Slightly further afield at 15-minutes away by car is the renowned Miller Arcade, characterised by its impeccably-preserved Victorian design. A building of interest in its own right, this early 19th century shopping arcade is a Grade 1 listed building with an architecturally-stunning design and is home to the notable open-kitchen restaurant, The Olive Tree Brasserie.
Ideally located for growing and mature families, these new homes in Lancashire benefit from close proximity to a range of well-regarded schools.
Residents will find Cottom Primary and Holy Family Catholic Primary School within a five minute drive of the development, while the popular Pool House Community Primary and Lea Neeld’s Endowed CoE Primary School are both located just three minutes from home by car.
Students of secondary school age are well-catered for with the highly-regarded Broughton High School, Our Lady’s Catholic High School and Archbishop Temple School all within a 10-minute drive of Sycamore Gardens.
Preston is home to one of the largest colleges in England which offers an extensive range of courses suitable for higher education, apprenticeships, school leavers, business training and adult learning. At just 10-minutes away by car, this enterprising college has been established for over 25 years and boasts a host of well-known alumni from professional athletes to world-famous musicians.
Those pursuing further education will enjoy close proximity to the University of Central Lancashire which was the first modern UK university to appear in the QS World University Rankings, with a portfolio of over 600 undergraduate and post graduate courses. Other award-winning universities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Edge Hill are reachable in just over an hour by car.
Transport connections in the area are excellent, with convenient local road links and extensive rail services nearby.
The A6 is just over two miles away via the B6241 and runs from Carlisle in the North to Luton in the South, passing Manchester city centre on route. The M55 joins the M6 in under 10 minutes from the development, allowing northward travel past Lancaster and Carlisle, or southward towards Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. The M65 and M61 can both be reached in under 20 minutes via the M6, with the M61 allowing north-westerly travel past Bolton and Chorley.
Preston is home to a major train station on the West Coast rail network and is located under five miles from Sycamore Gardens. The station provides regular services as far as Glasgow Central in the North and London Euston in the South, covering Blackpool North, York, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Airport and Edinburgh amongst its other major destinations.