I cannot tell you anything about the unit, but I'm from the area.
You should consider yourself extremely lucky to be granted a posting to Lancashire, as they are the finest of humanity.
Preston itself is a right shithole, and I've never spent any more time there than necessary. Not terrible for the old shopping, nights out are just dire.
You'll be not far from Blackpool, and the nightlife delights on offer. If you go out, make the effort to avoid the usual hen party venues, there are some right gems to be discovered.
Lancaster is very student-orientated but actually a very friendly place. I suppose it helps I went to school there and seem to know everybody, but it's a nice period city and a cracking night on't lash.
Weeton was a brand new camp in 1986, 4 man rooms and bunks. Carpets, kitchens and boot rooms. The training wing even had a weapon cleaning room. It wont be that nice still though, we left it pretty tired looking after 8 months of swamping mattresses! Pubs locally were either for the seniors or not worth bothering with. Pads were bussed in from nice places like Wharton! There were some pads next to the camp but mainly seniors.
I enjoyed the short spell we spent in both the old and new camps, we were overseas most of the time!
Weeton is what you make of it.
When i was there, most weekends people tried to make it a rapidly diminishing view in the rear view mirror.
You're equi distant between Blackpool and Preston, but preston is better for a night out, mostly because bogging northerners are drawn like moths to flames by blackpool due to years of ingrained propaganda about donkey rides, it being better than skegness and the daft impression that is is some sort of "northern" riviera.
There are good reasons why Blackpool is the 12th poorest area in UK, has 8 times the national average for teen suicides and 800 convicted high risk sexual offenders live there.
Make sure you have wheels, or failing that get your motorbike licence before you get there. Motorbikes beat traffic on the M6 all the time, so you don't loose half your weekend on your escape plan.
It'll also make you a better all year biker.
The alternative of staying in camp over the weekend means only the really shittiest weather will prevent you escaping.
From easter onwards if back in the UK the lakes was a great place to go hiking, beering it up and basha ing up in the field next to the pub! Motorbikes were plentiful there with a local club being very friendly, lost of camping weekends and piss ups!
Yea I'm posted to 253 in Fulwood and I've been to Weeton a couple of times.
Weeton Bks itself is in the middle of nowehere, about a 30min drive from Preston itself though. Preston isn't too bad a night out in all fairness and the Lancashire area is rather nice. Couldn't say much about accm but it looks modern enough from the outside.
Southport's a half hour down the coast from Preston, it's good for a day out and a mecca for bikers if you go there for a night out, be prepared for a scrap or two but at least it's cheaper than Blackpool.
good trains, lots of good ex squaddies live locally!
Preston being redeveloped has lost its character but there are still nice little village pubs, clay pigeon shoots and amny ways to enjoy a posting there. I nearly managed to get posted back again with our 3rd Bn and would have really liked that.
I have probarbly bumped into you a few times at sunny bordon then! i have been delayed bacuse the doctor wouldnt sign me fit to leave until i had my tonsills out.... so it has been a painful xmas, re-med on the 5th/6th then up to weeton for the 10th when they get back off leave.
realy has p*ssed me off, seems like i cant get out of the place!
thanks for all your replys lads, im a keen biker so should find plenty to amuse in season.
another good thing about the posting is that it is less than half the distance to bordon, so ill be saving a fair bit on juce! and weekendage.
If you are going walking in the lakes sykeside campsite is a good place to stay, they have some bunkhouse rooms. Brotherswater inn part of the site has private rooms. The campsite ground is bloody good for bending tent pegs.