There is no entry fee at Brockholes but we do operate car parking charges. The income generated by car parking charges is really important to Brockholes Nature Reserve. It costs £2000 every day to run Brockholes and as we don’t receive government funding it is this income that enables us to keep Brockholes as a nice place to visit!

The car parking charges help us maintain our play area, toilets and other facilities, and to carry out the crucial conservation work on the reserve.

What are the charges?

Winter (7 November 2016 – 3 April 2017)

£2 Up to 1 hour
£3 1-2 hours
£4 2-3 hours
£5 3-4 hours
£6 4 hours+

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays during this period we have the following offers:

Tuesday
Spend £10 or more in restaurant and get free car parking

Wednesday
Car parking is ‘all day for £2’.

Regular visitors can also purchase a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month Visitor Pass which provides fantastic value and allows you to visit as many times as you like for one set price. Click here for more information.

These charges apply to all cars and minibuses (up to 17 seats) and blue badge holders, in all areas at all times. The car park uses ANPR technology (vehicle registration number recognition cameras) to record when you enter and leave the reserve.

How does it work?

Prices are per car, not per person. Our pay machines accept coins or card.

  1. The cameras will record your vehicle registration number on arrival. You will not be issued with a ticket. You do not need to do anything else until you are ready to leave.
  2. Before you leave, enter your full registration number at a pay machine in the car park
  3. Pay the amount shown on the screen
  4. Thank you! That’s it; you have just helped support your local wildlife!

What happens if I forget to pay?

If you forget to pay before you leave you can pay online up to 48 hours after your visit. If you don’t pay within the time limit you will receive a Parking Charge Notice from Park with Ease and will be liable to pay a Parking Charge.

Click here to visit the Park with Ease website and make a payment.

What happens if I receive a Parking Charge Notice?

The car park is managed by Park with Ease, a member of the IPC, an accredited trade association.

If you do receive a Parking Charge Notice from Park with Ease and you dispute liability for the parking charge you must follow the appeals process which is outlined in the letter. Please note that the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Brockholes is not able to respond to appeals.

You can find out more about Park With Ease by visiting their website here.

Why can’t members have free parking?

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has spent a lot of time taking advice from VAT and tax consultants to try and find a way to offer our members something on the parking charges. However, any benefits to our members, that non-members do not receive, will make our membership subject to VAT.

This means we would lose 20% of our income from membership donations and would risk bankrupting the charity. We are not giving up and we will continue to look for solutions. In the meantime we hope our members will continue to support us to protect local wildlife.