A guide for your next visit to Wigan

Posted: Wednesday 22nd June 2022

If you’re looking for an ideal location for a day trip, there are a range of places to visit in Wigan Borough. Whether you’re looking for a day out with family, to meet up with friends for lunch or spend time with a loved one, there’s so much to get involved in.

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s take a look what you can do.

Haigh Woodland Park

At Haigh Woodland Park, you can discover a world of adventure with family-friendly activities, enchanting woodlands and perfect picnic spots. From high ropes and FootGolf to railways and walkways, there’s something for every age group – even the adults won’t get bored!

Leigh Sports Village

Leigh Sports Village is a hub of activity and is home to state-of-the-art facilities for sport, physical activity, education, health and leisure.

So, what facilities will you find at the Village?

  • Athletics stadium
  • 400m running track
  • Indoor sports centre with pool, sports hall and gym
  • Walking tracks
  • Leisure and shopping facilities
  • Bars, restaurants and cafés

DW Stadium

If you’re a sporting fanatic, why not pay a visit to the home of Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors?

Located just outside of Wigan town centre, the DW Stadium was opened in 1999 and is an iconic sports venue, not only in the borough itself, but in the North West region.

Fancy catching a game while you’re visiting Wigan? Head to their website to find out more (external link).

Wigan Little Theatre

Are you looking to spend some quality time with the family? Why not head to the Wigan Little Theatre?

For the last 75 years, the theatre has been filling families with joy – making them laugh, smile and sometimes even cry, because that’s what theatre is all about.

Take a look at which performances (external link) are on.

Three Sisters’ Nature Reserve

Get away from all the stresses and strains of modern life by heading to the Three Sisters’ wildland wetland reserve. Be at one with nature, seek out the tranquil beauty of the lake, enjoy the sights of nationally rare birds and take in the fresh air.


If you’re visiting Wigan with the family, and you’re looking for something to keep both the grown-ups and the kids entertained, head to AppleCast in Newburgh (external link) to try your hand at angling!

As well as offering young people the chance to achieve through the sport of angling, AppleCast also has on-site café and garden centre, making it the perfect location for a tranquil day out in the borough.

Lancashire Mining Museum

As the last surviving headgear and winding house in the whole of the Lancashire coalfield, Lancashire Mining Museum in Astley Green is a historic attraction, perfect for a day out exploring the heritage of the region.

As well as housing a steam winding engine and headgear, the museum is also home to a number of fascinating exhibits, including a collection of 28 colliery locomotives, which is the largest collection of its kind in the country!

The Old Courts

The Old Courts aim to create, engage and inspire their audience though live events such as gigs, dance shows, theatre shows, exhibitions, film screenings, sector conferences, audience events and seminars to give the public access to art from a variety of forms.

Art brings communities together, so if you’re looking for something fun and creative to get stuck into, take a look at what’s on (external link).

So, if you’re looking for a fun day out with all the family or somewhere to spend quality time with friends, there's something for everyone when you visit Wigan. Keep up to date with all the latest news on our social channels.