Get creative in the heart of Lancashire

L’Arche Preston is a short walk or bus ride from the city centre. This theatrical Community enjoys eating and singing together at house nights, and they may be partial to a spot of fancy dress for no reason! They're immensely proud of their artistic flair, and enjoy getting creative during craft afternoons and music sessions. Their two houses are located in a quiet, leafy nook in the middle of Preston, and they often enjoy strolls around the beautiful Moor Park (right on their doorstep!), as well as maintaining their Community allotment. 

Preston is my Paris*

If you're looking for community spirit, Preston could be the place for you - the city actually has a community-led economic growth model named after it, you know! Maybe it's not the first place that springs to mind when you think "adventure", but look again and you'll find this lively city has so much to offer.

The Harris Museum, right in the middle of town, is a gorgeous building that houses tonnes of Lancashire history, as well as an art gallery and café. Just across the road you'll find Preston Market, which offers some brilliant local produce, and overlooking this is the "brutalist gem" that is Preston Bus Station. Football fans can watch a game at Deepdale, enjoying a Lancashire butter pie in the very stadium where David Beckham scored one of his favourite goals for Preston North End. Don't fight the Northerness - embrace it!

Preston has a rapidly growing student population, and with this has come a plethora of interesting bars, restaurants and cafés that sit amongst the city's many thriving pubs. If you need a break, you really couldn't be better placed; The Fylde coast is exceptionally close, offering chip shops, craft shops and the Blackpool Illuminations, and National Trust site Formby Beach is easily accessible by bus. Beacon Fell and Rivington Pike (along with Rivington Brewery Tap Room) are exceptionally close, as are the Trough of Bowland and the Ribble Valley, where you can walk in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkein!

Preston's rail links are exceptional, and you can be in Manchester, Liverpool, or Lancaster in under an hour. You're also well positioned for a trip to the stunning Lake District, with regular trains to Penrith taking just 50 minutes. Not too shabby, right?

Are you ready to go North West? For any queries regarding our Preston Community, contact [email protected], or apply below!

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