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Enjoy the natural treasures of Martin Mere

Here in west Lancashire, just 13 miles north of Liverpool, track down rare and exotic wildlife at the Martin Mere wetland nature reserve. Just a stone's throw from Ormskirk, the reserve plays host to flamingos, swans and geese, not to mention birds of prey. Craft activities, discovery trails and otter-feeding sessions make it a popular family day out.

See a working farm in action

Treat the kids with a visit to Windmill Animal Farm. Packed full of play areas and friendly animals, this working farm also boasts its own miniature railway. If you're lucky, you might see some exotic reptiles and birds of prey.

Get some retail therapy at Ormskirk Market

The shopping malls of Liverpool may be Nearby, but for a true taste of local life, there's nothing better than a stroll round Ormskirk Market. Held every Thursday and Saturday, the market dates back to 1286 and these days boasts around 100 stalls. From fresh bread, pies and vegetables through to flowers and clothing, you won't be short of variety. Planning a trip to Ormskirk? Travelodge Southport is only eight miles up the coast. For something a little closer to the big city, Liverpool Stonedale Park Travelodge is also just eight miles away.