The Greater Manchester town of Wigan is located halfway between both Manchester and Liverpool and is perhaps best known for its pies and pier.
However, aside from being the birthplace of George Formby, home to famous food factories such as Heinz and more recently the fantastic self-storage units and drive-up services at SureStore Wigan, the town and surrounding borough also boasts a range of exciting attractions and things to do and see.
So, if you’ve recently moved to Wigan and fancy exploring the area, are looking for a new place to take the family or maybe you just fancy trying something new, then take a look at our list of Wigan’s five biggest attractions, as recommended by SureStore.
Over 70% of Wigan is green, and the borough boasts many impressive spaces making it the greenest urban borough in Britain. However, if you’re planning a day out, then Haigh Woodland Park is certainly one of the biggest and best natural attractions in Wigan and the surrounding North West.
The 250 acres of park and woodland is ideal for picnics, cycling and exploring the miles and miles of walking paths while taking in views across the Douglas Valley and Welsh Hills. Haigh Woodland also offers a wide range of activities and adventure for all the family.
Activities include adventure play areas, high ropes in the treetops, a miniature railway and plenty of golf including 18- and 9-hole courses, Adventure Golf, Crazy Golf and even FootGolf. There’s also the Kitchen Courtyard, home to a café and boutique food and beverage spots including a brewery, bakery, chocolatier and ice cream maker. What better way to end your walk through the park?
The Old Courts is a multi-arts centre at the heart of Wigan Town Centre. A huge part of the community, the centre brings exciting art, theatre, music and dance shows to the area as well as other forms of entertainment and is a wonderful cultural attraction.
The centre consists of several venues including The Bailiff Bar, an intimate basement gin bar and performance venue, as well as The Grand Vault standing venue, and The Old Court Theatre which is both a seated theatre and cinema. It’s also home to The Victorian Court Room, now a beautiful function room and The Isherwood Gallery exhibition space and offers studios supporting local artists and community projects.
In terms of entertainment, the diverse programme runs all year round and is regularly updated. You’re sure to catch your kind of show from music gigs, to comedy shows, children’s shows and interactive events and exhibitions. Find out What’s On and how you can get involved!
As well as natural and cultural attractions, Wigan also has something for the adrenaline junkies and is home to the Northwest’s premier outdoor race circuit. The Three Sisters Circuit offers both adults and children over eight the chance to try go-karting in a fun and safe environment.
Find your inner Lewis Hamilton on the 1.5km circuit, and enjoy a unique experience. Keen racers can even put their own car to the test on selected days, providing you have a full UK driving license. There’s also the opportunity to hire the track privately!
So, if you’re a fan of motorsports and fancy a fast and furious day out in Wigan, check out the Three Sisters Circuit!
History enthusiasts and should head to the stunning Museum of Wigan Life. The museum is one of Wigan's biggest attractions and explores its fascinating past as well as other elements of history. The building's Ancient Egyptian exhibition recently appeared on national television and even boasts a mock tomb for little archaeologists to explore.
In terms of local history, the museum gives a real insight into the areas Roman Roots, porcelain and clock-making industries as well as local culture. Discover the heyday of the 1960s and 70s Northern Soul scene and famous venues such as Wigan Casino which attracted thousands to its all-nighter parties.
Have you ever wondered why local Wigan people are often called pie-eaters? Find out all this and more at the Museum of Wigan Life.
Fancy a skate and a boogie? Wigan Roller Rink is the North West’s Premier Indoor Roller-Skating Destination boasting the biggest wooden-floored rink in Europe and excellent facilities. These include a snack bar, cafe, licenced bar and on-site skate shop selling cool skate clothing and merchandise.
Ideal for families, the rink hosts exciting roller-discos with lights and funky music. There’s a chance for all ages to get involved and adults can enjoy a fun themed bi-monthly disco too so why not hire some skates and hit the floor!