Wigan is home to plenty of parks and greenery that provide the perfect opportunity to relax and have a nice picnic.

If you're looking to spend a nice day out with the family or kids and get some fresh air away from the city then you'd be surprised how many parks and picnic areas are close to the city centre.

While Wigan council lists a few official nature reserves that the public can visit, there are also some hidden gems that people in the area may not be aware of.

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We've compiled a list of the best parks and picnic areas scattered around Wigan that are perfect for families and kids who want to spend some time with nature.

Pennington Flash Country Park

Part of the huge lake at Pennington Flashes

Pennington Flashes is home to a beautiful scenic lake and marshland which contains a wide variety of animals, birds and insects.

In fact, over 230 species of birds have been recorded at Pennigton Flash Country Park, making it the perfect location for a bit of bird-watching while enjoying a nice picnic.

The park also has a mapped out mile walk that will take you around the 70-hectare lake, allowing you to take in the immense view of the natural scenery.

Pennington Flash Country Park is situated on St Helens Road, WN7 3PA.

Mesnes Park

Mesnes Park is perfect for a hot day out

Located on the edge of Wigan's town centre, Mesnes park is great to walk around with the family while admiring the sights and scenery.

Adorned with a bandstand and waterfall there are plenty of things to appreciate when visiting the park - you can also keep the kids busy at the children's play area.

If you're visiting on a hot day, or just fancy a sweet treat, the pavilion building houses Frederick's ice cream parlour.

Mesnes Park is near the town centre. To find it the postcode is WN1 1TU.

Haigh Woodland Park

Haigh Woodland Park offers plenty of activities for kids

Haigh Woodland Park offers a wide range of exploration activities for kids and adults while promoting a fun and healthy lifestyle.

Activities include high rope courses, adventure golf, a miniature railway, and wooded hiking trails.

The park is not too far away from the city centre and is only a small driveway with a spacious car park included for large vehicles.

Open from 8am to 6pm every day of the week.

Haigh Woodland Park is located on School Lane, WN2 1PE.

Amberswood and Low Hall

While Amberswood and Low Hall was previously an area that came from mining, it is now a rich wildlife area with 160 hectares of nature reserve.

There are plenty of small lakes and ponds which offer a great view and atmosphere if you're planning a picnic.

A variety of public footpaths also mean you can enjoy a nice little walk while visiting the area.

Amberswood and Low Hall is located near Liverpool Road.