Visitor Magazine 2017
LANCASHIRE Rural Escapes, City Breaks & Coastal Adventures Literary Landscapes World Class Events, Shows & Festivals Family Friendly Days Out
AWARD WINNING CHEFS serve up a Lancashire Feast
WINTER GARDENS BLACKPOOL
9 - 11 NOVEMBER 2017 FESTIVE FOOD & FLOWER SHOW
23 OCTOBER - 4 NOVEMBER 2017 FLASHDANCE
9 - 14 OCTOBER 2017 OUR HOUSE
18 - 23 SEPTEMBER 2017 HAIRSPRAY
29 AUGUST - 2 SEPTEMBER 2017 DIRTY DANCING
25 - 27 AUGUST 2017 GREAT NORTH WEST MOTORBIKE FESTIVAL
22 - 27 AUGUST 2017 SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL
4 - 8 JULY 2017 THE WEDDING SINGER
19 â€“ 24 JUNE 2017 EVITA
16 - 18 JUNE 2017 BLACKPOOL INTERNATIONAL SOUL FESTIVAL 2
24 - 29 APRIL 2017 DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS
10 - 15 APRIL 2017 WONDERLAND
8 - 12 MARCH 2017 CIRQUE BERSERK
21 - 25 FEBRUARY 2017 LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
A taster of 2017
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ife certainly feels good in Lancashire and for our 64 million visitors each year, there are almost as many reasons to spend time in our wonderful county and you’ll find lots to whet your appetite in this magazine.
Whether you are looking for a cultural short break or an
unforgettable gourmet experience, a tour of a historic house or a castle, or want a more physical challenge on skis, bikes or in your walking boots, our spectacular countryside, traﬃc-free lanes and 137 miles of superb coastline oﬀer something for everyone. With a welcome that’s second to none Lancashire is a place for families to enjoy half terms and holidays, in award-winning holiday villages, family hotels, cool camping pods and beach or shepherd huts; with some of the most popular visitor attractions and events on your doorstep, whatever the time of year. If you’re looking for a romantic break or a great getaway for a group of friends, then browse through our guide and find the perfect bolthole just for two, the best days out and hundreds of unforgettable experiences for sharing special times with friends and family. From Britain’s best hotel to the country’s best pub food, from world-beating spas to national theatre award-winners it’s oﬃcial, Lancashire boasts some of the very best accommodation, places to eat and drink, attractions and experiences in the UK. In Lancashire you’re never far from the fun-packed, favourite seaside resort of Blackpool or, the wide open vistas and designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Bowland and Arnside & Silverdale. You’ll be amazed at our wealth of great places to taste local food and drink, from Michelin-starred fine-dining, to the best fish & chips enjoyed gazing out to sea, from afternoon tea on the farm to beer tasting in one of our award winning micro-breweries. Stay in the finest hotels, in a cottage with a view, a castle turret just for two, an inn by the river, even a converted helicopter – there’s so much choice. With so much to oﬀer you’ll simply have to stay a little bit longer to sample all our delights! We look forward to welcoming you.
Ruth Connor Chief Executive, Marketing Lancashire
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A great day out for the family
Generations of Experience We are an award-winning, family run, dairy founded in 1957 by George Kenyon. Today the dairy is managed by his grandsons and 3rd Generation cheesemakers Nick & Richard Kenyon, who continue to follow the Lancashire cheesemaking methods used by their grandfather and father before them.
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A BEER BREAK in the Ribble Valley with James’ Places
A Lancashire Feast
24 Hours in the Ribble Valley
My Lancashire by Nigel Haworth
Gin with a Bling
A Taste of Lancashire
Brewing up a Storm
24 Hours in Burnley
Lancashire Spa Guide – You Deserve it
24 Hours in Blackburn
Made in Lancashire
Accrington’s Artistic Brilliance
Lancashire Canal Network
Lighting up Lancashire
24 Hours in Preston
24 Hours in Blackpool
My Lancashire by Leye D Johns
The Best of Family Friendly Lancashire
24 Hours in Fleetwood & Cleveleys
24 Hours in Lytham & St Annes
Sea, Sun & Sand or Shepherd’s Delight?
Arise Sir Loin
24 Hours in & Around Ormskirk
24 Hours in Leyland
24 Hours in Chorley
24 Hours around Pendle
Lancashire from Above
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
24 Hours in Rossendale’s Adrenaline Valley
Walking in the Footsteps of Literary Greats
48 Hours in & around Lancaster
My Lancashire by Zoe Dawes
Caught on Camera
Weddings in Lancashire - Perfect Venues & Day
Rest and Relaxation Accommodation guide
Events & Festivals guide
Planning your trip
Enter our latest prize draw and you could be lucky enough to win Bed & Breakfast for two at The Waddington Arms, a personal tour of the Bowland Brewery and then lunch in the magnificent Holmes Mill Beer Hall. You’ll also get a gift set of Bowland Beer to take home. Located in the picturesque village, The Waddington Arms is the perfect base to explore the Ribble Valley and the Centre of the Kingdom at Dunsop Bridge. After a relaxing night’s sleep and a delicious Lancashire breakfast you’ll drive into Clitheroe for a tour of the award winning Bowland Brewery within the brand new Holmes Mill development. This 45 minute tour will involve sampling some of their famous beers before you’ll sit down to enjoy a tasty lunch in the Beer Hall, which overlooks the brewery. Our lucky winner will also get a gift box of beers to take home, which will include the most popular ale, Hen Harrier.
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Head for the beach
The very first Festival of Making
There has never been a better
After opening the Shepherd Hut
Holmes Mill, on the edge of
will take place in Blackburn,
time to head for the beach in
Hamlet in 2016, Samlesbury Hall
Clitheroe town centre, is already
from 6-7 May and will celebrate
Lancashire. Voted best shoreline in
will be adding more new Shepherd
part way through its transformation
the UK’s unrivalled making
Europe, second in the world after
Huts for guests in 2017. These
into the town’s latest food and
heritage and its bright future.
Dubai, Blackpool scored highly
colourful huts provide a rustic
drink experience. The award
Manufacturers large and small will
in terms of interesting features,
and carefree alternative to a
winning Bowland Brewery relocated
collaborate with artists on a series
clarity of the horizon, sea colour,
traditional hotel room. Beautifully
to Holmes Mill in 2016, followed by
of new commissions interlacing
sand, air quality, cleanliness and
handcrafted, complete with two
the opening of a stunning Beer Hall
traditional techniques and
weather. Blackpool South Beach
double beds, electricity and cosy
(with the longest bar in Britain),
materials with contemporary ideas.
has also been named in the list of
en suite with ﬂuﬀy towels and
café, gelateria and shop. Group
Wayne Hemingway, joint founder
Blue Flag beaches for 2016, putting
luxury toiletries, the hamlet will
Marketing Manager Heidi Kettle
of the National Festival of Making
it on a par with world renowned
eventually have 28 huts. Other
adds: “We have only opened a tenth
and of HemingwayDesign, added:
sites including in the Caribbean
new developments at this stately
of the mill so far. Still to come is a
“..we are here to have a celebration
and the Pacific coastline.
home include the new Mayﬂower
30 bedroom hotel, urban spa and
so expect The Festival of Making’s
playground and Dottie’s Waﬄery.
gym and top ﬂoor, fully equipped
music to make you move your feet,
Admission to the hall is free. See
oﬃce spaces. Imagine what an
it’s street food to tickle your taste
if a Shepherd Hut break is for you
exciting place Holmes Mill is going
buds, it’s craft beers to hit the spot
on page 80.
to continue and grow to be in the
Hamlet and Huts
New life for the Mill
and it’s workshops to introduce
heart of Clitheroe.” See page 30 for
you to new skills.”
2017 HIGHLIGHTS 8 |
4 Spa Satisfaction Voted Best Spa in the North for three years running, Woodland Spa in Burnley was also voted Global Day Spa of the year in 2016 for a second year running. For more information see the Lancashire Spa Guide on page 40.
Father of Time
5 New gourmet destination Led by award winning chef Mark Birchall the brand new Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms in Aughton will open its doors in March. Lancashire born Mark Birchall, who was most recently the Executive Chef of 2 Michelin Star L’Enclume in the Lake District, is at the helm of this new Lancashire gourmet experience. With seven unique, luxury guest bedrooms,
2017 also sees the 400 anniversary
we are expecting great things
of the birth of Sir Jonas Moore.
from this fine dining restaurant.
Born in 1617 in Higham, Pendle
A converted barn in the grounds
he helped found the Greenwich
will follow at a later date as a
Observatory in London from
contemporary casual dining venue.
which Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is drawn. Aﬀectional called the ‘father of time’, there will be a number of events in the Pendle area during 2017 to commemorate the anniversary. See visitlancashire.com for details.
Live in Lytham
2017 is a year of literary
Chart topping pop star Olly Murs,
anniversaries, many with links
the Human League, Midge Ure,
to Lancashire. It’s the 125th
the legends Madness and a host
anniversary of the publication of
of Westend stars will take to stage
the first Sherlock Holmes short
at Lytham Festival from 2 – 6
story and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
August. Tickets on sale now.
was educated at Stonyhurst College in Ribble Valley and used
Treasure in the Park
the college as inspiration for his stories. It’s also 125 years since the birth of J. R. R. Tolkien, British novelist, poet, scholar and educator, best known for his
The UK’s biggest walkabout
fantasy novels The Hobbit and
theatre presents Treasure Island
The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien
from 4 July – 12 August in
spent a great deal of time in the
Lancaster’s Williamson Park.
Ribble Valley whilst working on Lord of the Rings which is evident when you follow the Tolkien Trail around Hurst Green. 2016 also saw the launch of the new Lancaster Literary Trail which celebrates the city’s literary links to writers and
In 2016 the Dukes walkabout production of the Hobbit scooped the UK Theatre award for Best Show for Children and Young People. See page 136 for more information on this year’s show.
poets, past and present. See page 110 for more information.
Fit for a King
Celebrating over 100 years of
Hoghton Tower celebrates the
truck manufacturing in Leyland
400 year anniversary of the
the world’s first truck trail will
Knighting of Sir Loin by James
be unveiled this year. Between
I with re-enactments and study
April to September visitors will be
days throughout 2017. On 5 May
able to follow a self-guided trail
senior academics will explore
from Leyland railway station to
various aspects of King James I’s
the award-winning Worden Park
visit including the food he ate,
which will feature 14 6ft trucks,
entertainment and travel in the
each with their own character
Stuart era. The King’s visit will
and personality. The pieces are
be celebrated 8-9 July with a full
all designed around a vehicle
re-enactment by actors, local
produced by Leyland Trucks and
children and a range of Stuart
will boast names including ‘Super
entertainment and activities. See
Hippo’, ‘The Comet’ and ‘Military
page 84 for more information.
Martian.’ See page 91 for details.
Front Room Theatre
Lancashire Tourism Award’s 2016 Cultural Venue of the year, the Burnley Mechanics Theatre, has recently unveiled a new theatre experience for the venue. The Front Room, as it’s called, will host a number of intimate performances during 2017 including the one man show ‘The Story of Richard Burton’ on 26 Feb and several dining events such as a Spanish Night in March featuring tapas and themed entertainment.
11 2018 Construction Throughout 2017 Blackpool Pleasure Beach will be building a new £16 million rollercoaster. It will be the UK’s first ever doublelaunch coaster, an advanced technology that gives the roller coaster two powerful thrusts of acceleration during the ride. Code named ‘Construction 2018’ it will interact with several other rides across the park including the world famous Big One, one of the tallest and longest rollercoasters in the world. Voted the UK’s No.1 Amusement Park by Tripadvisor, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is open as usual from 11 Feb.
For more information go to visitlancashire.com @visitlancashire
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A modern restaurant for fifty guests, a private dining room, relaxing bar and lounge with seven luxury bedrooms. Within five acres of breath-taking gardens with views to the south over a beautiful lake. Talented chef patron, Mark Birchall, creates delicate, produce driven menus inspired by the exceptional surroundings and home grown ingredients. Mark, most recently Executive Chef of 2 Michelin Star Lâ€™Enclume, won the Roux Scholarship, the premier competition for chefs in the UK. He also worked at El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant owned by the Roca Brothers, twice voted the worldâ€™s best restaurant.
BOOKINGS BEING TAKEN FROM 1st MARCH 2017 Moor Hall, Prescot Road, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 6RT Tel: 01695 572511 | Moorhall.com
Lancashire’s award-winning chefs and food producers headed to London to celebrate Lancashire Day by preparing a five course feast for top food writers and critics at an exclusive London venue. The five award-winning chefs in the kitchen were Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Head Chef of Michelin-starred Northcote; Maurizo
Gazegill Organics. Drinks served included Burnley Batch
Bocchi from La Locanda, the highest rated Italian
Brew gin, bottled beer from Bowland Brewery
restaurant outside of London and Lancashire
and non-alcoholic cordials from Fitzpatrick’s
Tourism Awards Taste Lancashire Award winner
of Rawtenstall. The meal was finished oﬀ
2016; Chris Bury from The Cartford Inn, recently
with coﬀee from Lancaster coﬀee importers
voted Best Inn in Britain at the Great British
Atkinsons and Lancashire cheeses from Dewlay
Pub Awards; Stosie Madi from Parkersarms
and Mrs Kirkhams.
(Top 100 Gastropubs) and Steven Smith from
We Lancastrian’s have long known about
the Freemasons at Wiswell, the highest rated
Lancashire’s rich supply of top notch produce
dining pub in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017.
and makers, who supply our many award
Each chef created a diﬀerent course for the event featuring a wealth of Lancastrian producers from traditional Morecambe Bay
winning restaurants, pubs and cafes, but perhaps this was not as well known nationally. We predict you’ll be hearing lots more from
shrimps and Lytham cockles, Goosnargh duck,
these great chefs in the next 12 months, along
artisan goat’s cheese from Capra Products,
with the hundreds of other places to eat across
Ormskirk potatoes, Salt Marsh lamb from
our fine county.
Cockerham, Brockhall village apples, honey
Lancashire Day is celebrated on 27 November. Follow @VisitLancashire on twitter to join in the annual celebrations.
from Crossmoor Farm and raw milk butter from
It was fantastic to be part of the lunch; a proud showcase of Lancashire talent. At Northcote, local provenance is central to our philosophy and we were delighted to serve produce from right on our doorstop to some of the UK’s most well-respected food writers and critics. Lisa Goodwin- Allen, Executive Head Chef at Northcote, Langho
Lisa’s delectable dessert was Brockhall Village apple ‘cheesecake’ sorbet and liquorice.
FOOD AND DRINK
Steve served up a medley of Ormskirk potatoes cooked in bacon dashi, Slaidburn crispy hen’s egg, Goosnaugh duck ham and hen of woods from Wiswell Moor.
“There is an abundance of quality operators and producers in our region and it was fantastic to be able to deliver it to an esteemed audience in London. I’m very proud that The Freemasons was part of such a great event, which really showcased what we’re capable of in Lancashire.” Steven Smith, Chef Patron at The Freemasons at Wiswell
FOOD AND DRINK
Maurizioâ€™s served luscious handmade tortelloni filled with Capra Products goats cheese, Crossmoor Farm chilli honey and mint served with homemade Gazegill organics raw milk butter and sage.
As an adopted Lancastrian who tries to celebrate the Lancashire larder in every dish I produce, it was fantastic to be able to showcase this in London. I was very proud to be a part of such a great event. Maurizio Bocchi, Chef-Patron at La Locanda, Gisburn
“It was a spectacular showcase and a chance for some of the UK’s most respected critics and writers to try our food. I served a Cockerham Saltmarsh Lamb and Lytham Cockle Pie, and received some wonderful feedback, a very proud moment.” Stosie Madi, Chef-Patron at multi award-winning Parkersarms, Newton-in-Bowland
Stosie’s mouth-watering main course was a Cokerham salt marsh lamb and Lytham cockle pie, soused fennel and Duerden’s watercress oil.
FOOD AND DRINK
Lancashire has a great deal to offer and itâ€™s fantastic to be a part of an initiative to raise our food and drink reputation to its rightful place. Only a few weeks ago we were voted the Best Inn in Britain at the Great British Pub Awards, alongside other top Lancashire establishments. The dish I served at the Lancashire Day Lunch was a Cartford classic, celebrating outstanding Fylde coast seafood, served on specially made Pilling Pottery plates. Chris Bury, Head Chef at The Cartford Inn, Poulton Le Fylde
Chris created a dish of melt in the mouth hot buttered Morecambe Bay shrimps, line caught Morecambe sea bass, sourdough and Jerusalem artichoke.
For more information on all the chefs and establishments mentioned go to visitlancashire.com
Character and charm THE FLEECE INN Where a warm welcome awaits you.
Following signicant investment and refurbishment, The Fleece Inn is back doing what it does best: providing delicious food, drink and beautiful accommodation in the heart of the breathtaking Lancashire countryside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With nine luxurious bedrooms and a menu of dishes created using locally sourced ingredients, The Fleece Inn is the perfect place to create special memories. Morecambe LANCASTER J33
Forest of Bowland
Contact us today to book your stay.
01524 791233 The Fleece Inn, Dolphinholme, Lancaster LA2 9AQ
The aroma of roasting coffee will draw you into one of our Victorian Coffee houses in Blackburn or Clitheroe, where you will find over 35 of the world’s finest arabica coffees & over 65 speciality teas. The shops contain a wonderful variety of coffee & tea related homewares, after wander through into the coffee house and choose from any coffee or tea we stock plus a wide selection of sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes, homemade weekly specials and of course cakes! Free WiFi available. Open Mon–Sat 9-5.30 (Coffee House closes 5pm).
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PUBS • BEDROOMS • DINING
Quintessentially English destinations Discover the Lancashire countryside...
HRS IN THE RIBBLE VALLEY The Ribble Valleyâ€™s stunning landscape and rich heritage is integral to the food grown and produce made here. Enjoy a delicious 24 hours eating your way around this bountiful part of Lancashire.
Byrnes Wine Merchants
the longest bar in the UK and home to at least 24 different cask ales perfect place to stop for a mid-morning coﬀee,
have lived in the area and the areas famous
in the tiny village of Bashall Eaves, within the
whilst you admire the splendid views across
legends and folklore. Clitheroe itself is a unique
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural
Lancashire market town with a proud range
The Red Pump is a picturesque country inn
Drive down to the River Ribble, the area’s
of speciality shops including the cellars of the
open fires and eight boutique bedrooms
namesake, to The Aspinall Arms, right on the
famous Byrnes Wine Merchants, the amazing
complete with French antique beds and powerful
banks of the river overlooking the medieval
range of coﬀees available at Exchange Coﬀee
wet room showers, make this a real luxury B&B
All Hallows Church and the 14th Century Great
and Cowman’s renowned sausage shop.
experience. Recommended in Alastair Sawday’s
Mitton Hall. With terraced and landscaped
Secret Places and the Good Pub Guide, you’ll
gardens outside, and ﬂagged ﬂoors and open
conservation village of Dowham and the award
have a fantastic night sleep and great food.
fires inside, it’s just the place for walkers,
winning Assheton Arms. Boasting stunning
cyclists and anglers to mingle with the locals.
views of Pendle Hill, this traditional country
with a visit to the renowned Melt Candle shop,
Have a short walk along the Ribble before you
inn has a great atmosphere and serves up
Chandlery and Reading Room. Renowned for
settle in for a delicious lunch.
the best of local and British produce whilst
Beauty. Stone ﬂag ﬂoors, oak beams, crackling
After breakfast it’s time to explore. Start
their exquisite fine fragranced hand poured
For dinner we recommend driving to the
specialising in seafood.
After lunch head into Clitheroe to the
After dinner head back into Clitheroe to the
candles, Melt have been making and exporting
town’s castle keep and museum that stand high
candles in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley
on Castle Hill and have dominated Clitheroe’s
Beer Hall at Holmes Mill, the longest bar in the
since 1999. Each candle takes up to 36 hours to
skyline for over 800 years. The Castle Keep
UK and home to at least 24 diﬀerent cask ales,
produce – resulting in a unique and beautifully
itself is free to explore and enjoys panoramic
including beers from the on-site award winning
fragranced candle. Just along the road is Bashall
views across the valley and over to Pendle Hill.
Bowland Brewery. Finish the day by raising a
Barn, a farm shop with a diﬀerence. Oﬀering a
The museum tells the story of Clitheroe and
glass to the beautiful and bountiful Ribble Valley!
wide selection of locally produced food together
its surrounding area from the formation of the
with a variety of quality gifts. Bashall is also the
land 350 million years ago to the people who
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/ribblevalley
The Beer Hall at Holmes Mill
panoramic views across the valley and over to Pendle Hill
Elegant, sophisticated and some of the finest food in the country Northcote is an award-winning luxury country house hotel and restaurant nestled in the heart of the picturesque Lancashire countryside. Renowned for its genuine hospitality and refined Michelin-starred cuisine, this elegant hotel is recognised as one of the UK’s leading gastronomic destinations. The Manor House and sophisticated Garden Lodge comprises of 26 individually styled bedrooms including an opulent master suite Elegant & stylish Michelin-starred restaurant Menus created by celebrated chef, Nigel Haworth Seasonal 3-course lunch menu inc. coffee - £33.50 Sunday 4-course lunch menu inc. coffee - £45.00 Afternoon Tea available to non-residents Monday to Friday - from £25.00 A la carte, gourmet and tasting menus available lunch and dinner Overnight Gourmet Breaks from £350 per room, based on two people sharing.
Tel: 01254 240 555
Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire BB6 8BE /northcoteuk /northcoteuk www.northcote.com ONLY 10 MINUTES FROM JUNCTION 31, M6
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e r i h s a c n My La Chef Patron of the multi award winning Northcote and Ribble Valley Inns group, and all round Lancashire food champion.
NIGEL HAWORTH FOOD CHAMPION
Q. What do you love about living in Lancashire? A. I am very fortunate that I live in a beautiful village called Ribchester in the Ribble Valley and have access to the Trough of Bowland and the beautiful Bowland Fells. Despite living in a small village surrounded by farmland and hills we’re not that far from Blackburn and Preston – its great being able to get around the county so quickly.
Q. What do you do to relax when you’re not in the kitchen? A. Watching Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park is a big passion of mine, although it’s not very relaxing. I also enjoy running and walking through the fields and lanes around Ribchester. My wife and I take our Golden Retriever, Rocky up to Longridge Fell and Jeﬀrey Hill, all the space is so reinvigorating and the views across Lancashire and out to the coast are amazing.
Q. What do you tell guests or visiting chefs they must see when in Lancashire?
A. During Obsession most of the chefs come from overseas and are usually fascinated by Lancashire’s historic buildings and landmarks. I usually tell them to visit Stonyhurst College and Hoghton Tower to get a sense of the county’s history with its royal and literary links. I also think you can’t visit Lancashire without going to Blackpool – there’s no-where like it on earth. And of course they must go to Ewood Park to watch Rovers play. Blackburn Rovers
Q. Over the 17 years of your Obsession event you’ve brought a lot of international chefs to Lancashire – what has surprised them most about our county?
A. Without doubt it’s how green the countryside is in this area and the great history that we have in Lancashire’s many old buildings and landscape.
Q. Describe your perfect Lancashire meal A. Potted Morecambe Bay Shrimps with toasted muﬃns, followed by Lancashire Lonk Lamb hotpot, with pickled red cabbage, and finished oﬀ with Bramley apple crumble with Lancashire Cheese ice cream. Delicious!
For more information on Northcote and the Ribble Valley Inns go to visitlancashire.com visitlancashire.com
THE PERFECT RIBBLE VALLEY
HURST GREEN IS HOME TO ONE OF THE VALLEY’S MOST WELCOMING RURAL INNS OFFERING BEAUTIFUL INTERIORS AND DELICIOUS FOOD SET AMIDST BREATH-TAKING COUNTRYSIDE.
ocated in the beautiful village of Hurst Green, the Shireburn Arms represents the very best in picturesque country dining and interesting walking trails. It is ideally located for exploring the Ribble and Hodder Valleys on foot, on a cycle ride or by car and there are lots of routes to choose from. Then after you’ve worked up an appetite where better to head than the perfect country pub in the perfect country village? The menu is a fabulous showcase for the regions produce and features many local specialities using the freshest ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible. Dining is available throughout the pub, inside and out, so you can enjoy your dining experience whatever the unpredictable British weather. Oh, and if you want to make a night of it we’ve 18 beautiful bedrooms too!
Call us today for more details on 01254 826678 www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk | Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ
“the Burnley Bling pays tribute to a proud drinking tradition that can be traced back to the First World War.”
Gin with a Bling by Joanne Etherington Editor of Burnley Magazine
urnley’s very own gin
consciousness when Lancashire regiments
distillery, Batch Brew,
acquired a taste for it during the Great War.
is a new micro distillery
The Burnley Bling is introducing a whole new
producing small batches of
generation to this wonderful drink.”
artisan gins, individually sealed in gold.
WHY NOT TRY… The Burnley Bling
Phil Whitwell, Batch Brew’s director,
Batch Brew is taking the gin world by
knew the product was a winner even
storm having won a silver medal at the
before they picked up a silver medal at the
World Spirit Competition in San Francisco.
World Spirit Competition in San Francisco.
The family-run business is now
He said: “We thought it would be better
mixing their premium spirit to create The
to focus on the north west market rather
Burnley Bling, a slug of gin generously
than London because London gets lots of
mixed with the liqueur Bénédictine, known
new gins. “We believe we have a quality
as ‘Benny’, popular across East Lancashire.
product which we spent a long time
Phil Whitwell Batch Gin’s director says
developing.” The first product was a
“the Burnley Bling pays tribute to a proud
premium gin including frankincense
drinking tradition that can be traced back
and myrrh and other new lines are now
to the First World War.”
“Burnley, once the world’s largest
Try Batch Brew Gin in the Burnley
producer of cotton, is famous for being
Mechanics Gin Bar or Bertram’s at the
home to the largest single consumer of
Woodland Spa in Burnley or you can
Bénédictine. We’ve added a diﬀerent twist to
pick up a bottle from D. Byrne & Co
a drink that established itself in local people’s
2 parts Batch gin
2 parts Benedictine
1 part Chambord
1 part fresh lime juice
1/2 part grenadine Angostura bitters
Method Put all ingredients, except the fizzy water and bitters, in a cocktail mixer, shake over ice and serve in a champagne glass (or a dimpled half-pint mug - as is traditional). Top with soda and crown with a frozen raspberry. Adjust the bitter/sweetness balance with suitable drops of bitters.
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A TASTE OF LANCASHIRE IF YOU WERE TO TAKE A BITE OUT OF LANCASHIRE, HOW WOULD IT TASTE?
From Michelin starred Northcote to cosy inns and traditional pubs with roaring ﬁres, or independent coﬀee shops serving gastro-sandwiches, Lancashire has it all. For more information go to visitlancashire.com
Lancashire is blessed not only with a diverse landscape but also a vast amount of scrumptiously delicious food and drink. Take your pick of Lancashire grown vegetables, fruit and salad; locally reared meats and freshly caught ﬁsh and seafood. Some might call us greedy but we can’t resist Lancashire’s natural bounty, and neither can our restaurants, pubs and inns.
SALT MARSH LAMB
Would it be the creamy cheese from the Lancashire milk ﬁelds around Garstang and Chipping, potatoes from the peat soil of West Lancashire or moorland reared lamb from the Forest of Bowland? Or what about shrimps heaped on buttered toast from the stunningly beautiful Morecambe Bay, or melt-in-the-mouth Lancashire hotpot? It’s certainly a tough call.
FOOD AND DRINK
BEER LETTUCE SARSAPARILLA CAULIFLOWER CELERY Preston
EAGLE & CHILD Serving Pub Classics with a Twist
wner Glen describes the food
dishes ranging from the award winning ‘Double
whilst providing the perfect backdrop on a
at the award winning Eagle
Bomber’ Pie, made with Lancashire Bomb cheese
summer’s day, when the pub’s barbeque is lit
& Child as “quirky, seasonal
and curd and Thwaites beer onions, served with
and the beer is chilled.
and with distinct provenance
homemade baked beans to Albert Matthew’s
to Lancashire” and it’s this clear identity and
rack of heather fed Bowland lamb served with
passion that has led to award winning success
creamed cannellini beans, baby leeks and
for this socially run enterprise in Ramsbottom.
buttered greens. Finished oﬀ with Longridge ice
Transformed from a boarded-up pub five
cream and Glen’s very own Sloe Gin & Blackberry
years ago, Glen and his team are now picking
Jelly, using fruit from the pub’s one acre garden.
up awards for their menu and warm welcome,
Incredible Edible Beer Garden
and are now expanding to include new stylish bedrooms and a very unique dining experience. The whole operation is run as a social enterprise
Winner ‘Best in Class: Food and Drink’ Made in Bury business awards 2016
Step out of the Eagle & Child and you will find
Winner ‘Best Trainer’ Daniel Thwaites
into employment, so for those of you who choose
the usual beer garden set-up with a diﬀerence.
Awards for Excellence, 2016
to shop socially, you can feel good that your
Committed to regeneration and environmental
money is being well spent here.
education in his business ventures, Glen has
– supporting disadvantaged local young people
Their menu puts a quirky spin on heritage
created a garden where everything grown is
Winner ‘Hospitality & Tourism’ Skills for Business awards, 2016
favourites such as fish & chips and cheese &
there to be eaten. You’ll spot 14 free range
Winner ‘Entrepreneur of the year’
onion pie. Making use of local suppliers and
chickens, fruit trees, polytunnel and raised
Skills for Business awards, 2016
their own home-grown fruit, vegetables and
beds packed with vegetable and herbs – a truly
eggs, the team at the Eagle & Child serve up
edible beer garden. Fruit and veg from the
quality dishes with a very local provenance, each
garden features heavily on the specials board.
with its own special twist.
Last summer Sunday Lunch diners tucked into
Start your meal with some quirky appetisers,
dishes such as smoked pork belly with red wine,
such as their Manchester Egg made with Bury
new potatoes, runner beans and broad beans,
black pudding and a pickled egg, or how about
which made the most of the glut of home grown
salt & pepper fish fingers, lime, coriander and
produce growing rampantly in the garden. The
sriracha mayo. Next it’s on to main courses with
hillside location lends itself well to growing
FOOD AND DRINK
Winner ‘Best Food Pub’ Manchester Food and Drink Festival, 2016
3 Whalley Road, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 0DL Tel: 01706 557 101 eagle-and-child.com
Make a night of it But there’s no standing still for the Eagle & Child. In early 2017 the pub will undergo extensive refurbishment with the creation of five boutique style bedrooms and new Orangery dining area. Two of the bedrooms will have private balconies with sweeping views across the Rossendale Valley and each will be individually furnished. In true
quirky, seasonal species of owls and you’ll wake to a freshly cooked and with Lancashire breakfast and home baked pastries. Rather distinct uniquely the green roof of the new Orangery will also be home to two bee hives, supplying honey provenance to guests and diners. to Lancashire Eagle & Child style the five rooms
will be themed around indigenous
Out and about
Just a short distance from the East Lancashire Railway’s Ramsbottom station, the Eagle & Child is a great base for exploring the area and taking part in the festivals that take place locally including the vintage 1940s Weekend (2729 May), Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival and the completely bonkers Black Pudding Throwing Championships (10 Sept). If you’re looking for more of a challenge the pub is just a short drive from the Rossendale Valley home to the northwest’s biggest outdoor ski and snowboard centre and the Grip & Go indoor climbing centre. And after all that excitement you’ll be sure of a good meal and a relaxing night’s sleep at the Eagle & Child.
The team at the Eagle & Child look forward to welcoming you soon.
BREWING UP A STORM
Award winning beers, a new state of the art brewery and stunning new branding, Bowland Brewery is brewing up a storm at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe. It’s been a busy 18 months at Bowland Brewery,
‘a refreshing beer filled with soft citrus and
not only have they relocated to become part
peach ﬂavours’ and the bird it is named after
of the exciting redevelopment of Holmes Mill
is synonymous with the Forest of Bowland, but
in Clitheroe but they’ve also scooped multiple
we’ll come back to that later. If you fancy a challenge and want to
awards for their great tasting beer including being the winner of the 2016 Lancashire
try all 24 beers on tap then pick up the
Producers & Makers Award. Add to this a bronze
Circumnavigation ticket (starting from £25)
award for Buster IPA at the International Beer
which gives you a third, half or pint of every
Challenge and a silver for Bowland Gold at
beer on the bar. Happily this can be enjoyed
the North West SIBA (Society of Independent
over a month so there’s no need to get them all
down by last orders, unless you want to. There’s
The new brewery sits at the heart of the
also the Bowland Beer Club which is free to
venue and is four times bigger than its previous
join and gives you a discount on ales and most
location, although it still holds the precious
importantly we think, invitations to beer tasting
micro-brewery status. Excitingly, drinkers and
days and brewery tours. At just £10 the new
diners at Holmes Mill can see the shiny vats and
brewery tours include three thirds of ales and
the brewers at work through a glass window at
take around 45 minutes. Along with the core favourites Bowland
the far end of the beer hall, which incidentally is also home to the longest bar in Britain. If you enjoy your ale then you’ll be pleased
Brewery also produces a variety of seasonal and occasional ales. Look out for Mil’d, a mild and
to note that the Beer Hall has a minimum of 24
malty brew, only available in May and a golden
cask ales on tap (we’d recommend consulting
ale called Sprinter available May – July. And you
the beer bible on the bar if you’re unsure
must try the award winning Buster IPA created
where to start) from all parts of the country
by Brewery Manager Craig and which his fellow
and world, including all those brewed inhouse.
brewer Ed Czarnecki calls ‘a masterpiece’ so you
The best seller is Hen Harrier ale, described as
can judge for yourself.
FOOD AND DRINK
The story behind the label Although the Bowland Brewery has being brewing beers
They did this by agreeing to donate 1p from every
for over 12 years prior to the move to Holmes Mill the
pint of hen harrier sold across the bar and every bottle
new team felt that the various beer brands didn’t really
sold through retailers to the hen harrier conservation
reference the brewery’s providence. With this in mind
project. Heidi Kettle, Group Marketing Manager added
artist Clare Brownlow was commissioned to create unique
“It’s a great way to spread the word about our fabulous
artwork for the core beers that would better link them
beers, Hen Harrier our ﬂagship ale, and the beautiful
to the Bowland location. Using pheasant feathers she
part of the kingdom that they come from to an
painted four animals with links to the area– a hen harrier,
pheasant, deer and wild boar- which now grace the
No doubt reading this article has made you a tad
bottles, beer clips and indeed the walls of the Beer Hall at
thirsty. You can taste Bowland Beers yourself at a variety
Holmes Mill. The new artwork has proved to be a massive
of pubs and inns across the north of England (see the beer
hit with sales increasing as a result.
finder on bowlandbrewery.com), and can buy Bowland
In March 2016 Bowland Brewery entered into a partnership with the RSPB to help fund conservation to
bottled beer from selected branches of Booths, Co-op and SPAR supermarkets. Cheers!
halt the decline in breeding hen harriers.
For more information on Bowland Brewery and Holmes Mill go to visitlancashire.com
SCOTT THE BREWER
Q. What do you love most about living and working in Lancashire?
A. By far, the thing I love most about Lancashire is it’s breath-taking countryside. Step out of any town and your eyes and lungs are treated to miles of rich landscape, history, and clean air. Living and working on the edge of Bowland also provides me with an abundance of exhilarating walking
“Step out of any Lancashire town and your eyes and lungs are treated to miles of rich landscape, history, and clean air.”
and motorcycle routes.
Q. What’s your favourite pub? A. I have collected many fuzzy memories between the walls of the New Inn in Clitheroe. Character is key here. And the New Inn has plenty of it. The multi-roomed layout allows for a mix of all ages and opinions, making it easy to find good conversation. Live music can be heard regularly, by musicians that seem to just appear between pints. The beer is always in good condition and the selection regularly changes which includes Bowland Ales next to a core of house favourites.
Q. What drew you to brewing?
WHY NOT TRY…
A. Brewing is a very rewarding subject for me as it utilises a blend of science, engineering, art and psychology. It
Hen Harrier Poached Salmon
involves a plethora of rich, characterful ingredients that are simply a joy to work with, especially Munich Malt and Nelson Sauvin hops. More important than that, I get to sample beer as part of my job!
2 x 8oz Salmon fillets
2 Slices of lemon
½ Pint Hen Harrier
Salt & pepper
1 Bay leaf
Method Take a frying pan and put the Hen Harrier, bay leaf, lemon, salt & pepper into the pan. Bring up to a gentle simmer and then place the salmon gently in the pan for 10-12 minutes. Take the salmon out of the pan, drain oﬀ excess liquid and serve immediately. Serve with new potatoes and seasonal crisp vegetables.
Q. What beer would you recommend to drink alongside a Lancashire Hotpot?
A. I would highly recommend a bottle of our Deer Stalker. A hearty dish such as Lancashire Hotpot requires a full bodied beverage in my opinion. Deer Stalker’s back bone of roasted malt, liquorish, dark fruit and bitter chocolate complement the deep, rich ﬂavours a good hotpot should possess. If I was making the hot pot myself, I wouldn’t hesitate to add a glug to the stew for a deeper gravy. visitlancashire.com
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BEST FOOT FORWARD MULTI-AWARD WINNING RETAILER With a wealth of natural beauty beckoning you to explore, the Ribble Valley is the ideal location for pursuing outdoor activities. The great British weather needn’t stand in your way either, with the right clothing and footwear it’s possible to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather whilst remaining comfortable and warm and with an award winning independent outdoor retailer on your doorstep there really is no excuse! Situated in the picturesque village of Whalley, family run outdoor shop Whalley Warm & Dry is one of the best places in the country to purchase footwear and clothing specifically designed for the very changeable British weather. Their hand-picked high quality brands and unrivalled customer service are reflected in their tally of ten national awards which include ‘Best Independent Outdoor Footwear Retailer’ at the Footwear Industry Awards.
I very much appreciated the time and effort you spent in comprehensively measuring and assessing my feet to ensure the best possible fit. I have never experienced such a level of attention before. The result is that I can already say that the Alt-Berg Tethera boots I purchased are proving a revelation in terms of comfort and fit. At last I have some boots that are both the correct size and width!
THE BOOT FITTING SPECIALIST Customers are travelling from across the country to Whalley Warm & Dry for their renowned award-winning specialist footwear fitting and insole service and wide range of respected footwear brands. Their fitters take the time to take ten detailed measurements to identify your foot length, volume and size, before recommending the right footwear and insoles for your unique foot shape and chosen activity. They stock high quality leather boots that come in 5 width fittings, from extra narrow to extra wide.
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FINEST LOCAL FOOD & DRINK AT THE SPARROWHAWK IN FENCE We’re just off the A6068 on the fringe of the Pendle Forest in the heart of Pennine Lancashire. Whether you visit The Sparrowhawk for a light lunch, or to settle down by the fire for a hearty evening meal, you can be sure of our warm Lancashire welcome. For table bookings and general enquiries please call us on;
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Monday-Friday • Award-winning hotel and gardens • Indoor and outdoor dining • Contemporary and homely • Special celebrations • Musical afternoon teas • Weddings Gibbon Bridge Hotel & Restaurant Chipping Forest of Bowland Lancashire PR3 2TQ Telephone 01995 61456 www.gibbon-bridge.co.uk
Since opening The Emporium, in an old Methodist Chapel back in 1998, weâ€™ve created extraordinary experiences unlike anywhere you have seen or been before. The Parisian Grand Cafe style appeals to everyone. Half coffee shop, wine bar and brasserie, half interior design superstore. Youâ€™ll find three huge floors of eating, drinking and shopping, a buzzing atmosphere and delightfully elegant touches. We serve food and drink that reflects our heritage, with modern twists to surprise, inspire and delight every taste. Take a look around! Every item you lay your eyes upon can be bought or ordered in as new. Explore our eclectic mix of dining tables, chairs, mirrors, candles and much more to find yourself a hidden treasure.
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EAT, DRINK, SLEEP. Located beside an ancient stone bridge over a babbling brook at the heart of the picture postcard village of Waddington, the Waddington Arms is the hub of this vibrant little community and an ideal base for a multitude of walks - from a gentle countryside amble, to pretty riverside walks or challenging hikes up into the fells to the north of the village. Fabulous food from well thought out menus is served for lunch and dinner seven days a week and six beautiful bedrooms provide a comfortable base for exploring the Ribble Valley by car or on foot.
01200 423262 | www.waddingtonarms.co.uk | Waddington, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3HP
HRS IN BURNLEY Historic houses, wild Pennine moorland and an emerging cultural vibe makes Burnley an exciting place to explore in 24 hours. The Palazzo
homemade cuisine and cask conditioned ales, not to mention amazing views across the valley Start by booking yourself into Hurstwood Hall,
and converted to a pub in 1861, the pub has a
the Offshoots Permaculture Project in the
a Grade II listed Elizabethan hall, built in 1579,
fine reputation for homemade cuisine and cask
hall’s old walled garden. The award-winning
and retaining many of its original features. After
conditioned ales, not to mention amazing views
Offshoots Permaculture Project demonstrates
a great night’s sleep in one of their unique and
across the valley.
the techniques of permaculture gardening and
luxurious bedrooms, followed by a delicious
After lunch it’s time to visit Towneley Hall -
regularly holds workshops and activities such as green wood working and yurt building.
freshly cooked breakfast you’ll be ready to start
a historic house, art gallery and museum in one.
From the priest’s hole to the attic, Towneley Hall
After a busy day you’ll have earned a
is a fascinating place with period rooms covering
pre-dinner cocktail and dinner at The Palazzo
Singing Ringing Tree, on the moors above
several centuries of life at the hall. See the cat
in the centre of Burnley. Enjoy a fabulous
Burnley. This stunning sculpture was chosen
fast asleep by the range in the Victorian kitchen,
seasonal menu using locally sourced produce
by The Independent as one of 21 landmarks
stroll along the Long Gallery past bedrooms
and traditional Italian recipes.
that define Britain in the 21st Century and you
dating back to the 16th Century, imagine the
can see why. The sculpture is a three-meter-
glamorous parties held in the Regency rooms
the 2016 Lancashire Tourism Awards Cultural
tall, wind-powered musical sculpture made of
or have a quiet moment in the Towneley Chapel
Venue of the year, Burnley Mechanics.
galvanized steel pipes. The pipes swirl to form
(Fridays by appointment only).
Formerly a Mechanics’ Institute, built in
The first stop has to be the incredible
the shape of a tree, bent and blown by the wind,
You can’t leave Burnley without visiting
Towneley Hall sits in 400 acres of historic
1855 and converted to a theatre in 1979,
parkland, formal gardens and woodland, so
this Grade II listed building is a thriving
if the weather’s fine make time to explore
cultural hub with state of the art lighting,
you’ll be ready for lunch and maybe a pint of
the parkland and sculpture trail. You’ll also
excellent sound facilities, two bars, and two
real ale, so pop into The Kettledrum Inn on the
find the Museum of Local History in the Old
performance venues so take in a show while
outskirts of the town. Originally a toll house
Brew House, alongside the main hall and
you’re in town.
and produce an eerie, melodious hum. After a walk up to the Singing Ringing Tree
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/burnley
Singing Ringing Tree
one of 21 landmarks that define Britain in the 21st Century... Mechanics Theatre
Towneley Hall Chapel visitlancashire.com
YOU DESERVE IT
e all deserve a bit of luxury every now and then. The opportunity to escape from the day to day and to feel thoroughly relaxed and indulged. Lancashire has become quite a hot spot for award winning spa breaks
and is also home to Woodland Spa who have taken the title of Best Global Luxury Day Spa for two years running. Weâ€™ve put together this handy guide so you can choose the best Spa for you. As well as the three spas featured there are many other spas available across Lancashire. See visitlancashire.com for more information.
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The SPA Hotel at Ribby Hall Village
Stanley House Hotel & Spa
The Woodland Spa
Whilst only four miles from Preston
Set in 100 acres of pasture and
and a few miles from J31 of M6, the hill
woodland, with views of the dramatic
top location makes it feel like you’re a
Pendle Hill, and just two miles from
million miles away from the real world.
Burnley town centre and the M65.
Five Bubble Spa
Five Bubble Spa
Five Bubble Spa
WINNER - Good Spa Guide
Finalist - Good Spa Guide Best
WINNER - Good Spa Guide Best Spa
Best Spa for Value 2016
Spa in the North West 2016
in the North 2014, 2015, 2016
Set within a 100 acre five star holiday Location
village, near the village Wrea Green, eight miles south of Blackpool.
Finalist - Best in Spa in
WINNER – Global Luxury
North West award 2016
Day Spa (2015 & 2016)
Groups and hen parties. Also good for solo spa goers
Couples and mother & daughter treat
Couples, groups and solo spa goers
The Aqua Thermal Journey Thermal Suite – heat and ice journey.
Aroma room, aroma steam room,
saunarium, Balinese salt inhalation room,
Thermal Bathing - Includes salt
herbal sauna, outdoor rustic sauna, Roman
infusion room, Sensation Showers,
pedidarium, tepidarium, outdoor spa pool,
Aroma Steam Room, Herbal Sauna,
hydrotherapy pool and monsoon showers.
Ice Fountain, Rural Hydro Pool.
Hydrotherapy Pool, Serenity Pool, Outdoor Infinity Pool, Sauna, Saunarium, Steam, Salt Room, and Roman foot baths.
There’s also a new Zen Garden with relaxation area and bar. Spa Day price
Rasul Mud Chamber - A unique
ILA Treatments - ILA means earth and
experience, perfect to share with a partner
absolutely everything in ILA products
or friends. The Rasul mud is harvested
comes from a plant or mineral. Choose
from the glaciers of the Austrian Alps.
from a variety of facials and massages.
Choose from the Champagne Bar, the Lounge Bar, The Brasserie and The Orangery. The Brasserie holds two AA Food
Rosettes and there is a good selection of fine dining choices, it’s also over 18s only. Afternoon tea, spa lunch and gourmet dinner available.
food, using the best Lancashire produce. Afternoon tea, lunch menus and evening meals available.
combination of micro-currents, ultrasound and LED futuristic technologies. Dramatic visible results after just 1 treatment. Choose from Bertram’s Restaurant or the Lounge at Crow Wood. Food is exquisite with lots of locally produced ingredients and a good range of choice. Bertram’s is also an adult-only restaurant. Afternoon tea, lunch and evening meals available.
Stanley House is a four star Gold Country
The Woodland Spa has three luxury
House Hotel, with 30 bedrooms. The
ensuite bedrooms and one exclusive
Overnight spa breaks include access to
‘Escape for the night’ package includes
luxury Spa apartment which is ideal for a
the Aqua Thermal Journey, dinner and
a spa treatment, dinner and B&B in
group of friends enjoying a spa break.
B&B. There are also a number of suites
one of the luxuriously designed rooms.
and penthouses available and you can
Every room has a media hub, double
Six new bedrooms are also
add treatments to your package.
ended bath and walk-in shower.
being added in early 2017.
The Spa & Patisseries package combines
You can add the therapeutic Rasul mud
a visit to the spa with afternoon tea.
ritual to your thermal experience.
Lytham has a lovely town centre with high
Brockholes Nature Reserve is a short drive
A few miles away Gawthorpe Hall
end shops and fine dining restaurants.
away and is home to the UK’s only ﬂoating
looks like a mini Downton Abbey and
visitor centre. Entrance is free and there’s a
houses the fascinating Gawthorpe
gift shop and café with views across the lake.
Textile Collection. There is also a café
Journey for an evening spa
Take a walk along the promenade
option serving serious, straightforward
to cosmetic surgery it is an exclusive
bedrooms and is adult only.
experience with a glass of bubbly.
or The Grill on the Hill, a fining dining
CARITA CINETIC™ - The alternative
The Spa Hotel is a four star hotel with 38
Try the Twilight Aqua Thermal Add-ons
Choose either the more casual Mr Fred’s
and pier at St Annes. Less than a mile away Samlesbury Hall
and National Trust shop on site.
If you like golf there are several
is a beautiful historic house with
Towneley Hall Art Gallery and
championship golf courses close
a fascinating history. Entrance is
Museum is on the other side of
by including Royal Lytham &
free and there is a restaurant, shop
Burnley. Home to a rare collection of
St Annes Gold Course.
and gardens to walk around.
art, natural history and Egyptology.
You can enjoy dining alfresco in the
The spa has a beautiful pilates
gorgeous Lily Pad Breeze House.
studio with serene views.
There’s a fire pit area outside with soft seating on two sides, and a bar area serving drinks and tapas.
WEDDING OPEN EVENING 20TH MARCH 6PM - 9PM
Wedding open evening 20th March 6pm - 9 pm
For the perfect day
The perfect venue for a special day, Ferrari’s is set amidst beautiful landscaped gardens, providing a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding. Our specialist staff will assist and advise you, whether you would like a buffet or a five course banquet.
Bespoke wedding or civil ceremonies Fine wine / champagne Quality without compromise
Ferrari’s Country House Hotel & Restaurant Chipping Lane Thornley Longridge Preston PR3 2TB Tel: 01772 783 148 Fax: 01772 786 174 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Millstones Inn Waddington Road, Clitheroe BB7 4SX | 01200 443339
amily-run business, the 3 Millstones is a small but perfectly formed restaurant which offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. They pride themselves on providing a full dining experience, beautifully cooked and presented food and an excellent selection of beers, ales, and wines.
All of the food at the restaurant is locally sourced and prepared using local ingredients from local suppliers. The 3 Millstones is also available for small functions up to 60 people. You can enjoy having the whole restaurant to yourselves for christenings, birthdays or even an intimate wedding breakfast and with the added bonus of having 5 luxury rooms for you and your guests to stay.
Enjoy an hour, a day or an overnight stay
· 38 bedrooms including 8 suites and 2 penthouses · Stunning Zen Garden for outdoor relaxation
FROM AS LITTLE AS
£99 per person*
· Award winning fine dining options and spectacular spa facilities
To book or request a brochure call 0800 107 1741 or visit ribbyhall.co.uk/spa-hotel SEE WEBSITE FOR SEASONAL SPECIAL OFFERS!
*Terms & Conditions: Prices correct at the time of print. T’s & C’s apply. Offers subject to availability. Check in time from 2pm, includes unlimited use of the Aqua Thermal Journey, dinner, bed and breakfast (£25 dinner allocation per guest).
HRS IN BLACKBURN From the new Cathedral Quarter and the delectable CafĂŠ Northcote to the expansive Pennine countryside that surrounds this vibrant Lancashire town, a visit to Blackburn will give you a taste of it all.
Stay at the Blackburn town centre Premier Inn, ideally situated close to the railway station, Blackburn Cathedral and all the town centre amenities, with free parking and friendly staﬀ to help make your visit go smoothly. Leave your car and take the bus or train to Witton Country Park, where you will find 480 acres of woodland, parkland and farmland to
one of England’s newest cathedrals but one of the oldest places of worship
explore. Follow the six mile Beamers Trail through the park and up to The Yellow Hills above Pleasington, where a young Alfred Wrainwright (British guide book author) stopped
(crowned Best British High Street in 2016),
to take in the stunning views across Lancashire.
including the bustling continental style, indoor
at the range of entertainment provided by
In the evening you’ll be spoilt for choice
market. New for 2017 is The Drummers Arms on
the three local theatres. King Georges Hall,
The Clog & Billycock or The Butlers Arms and
King William Street, Blackburn’s first micro bar,
Blackburn plays host to some of the biggest
sample some locally produced fayre, from a
oﬀering local craft ales and a variety of gins for
names in comedy in 2017, such as Jon
creamy Lancashire Cheese sandwich to a hearty
you to taste. Pop into The Making Rooms to see
Richardson and Omid Djalili. They also hold
Lancashire Hot Pot.
and try out new cutting edge technology such
regular classical music nights with concerts by
as 3D printing, alongside artist workshops and
The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. If
you prefer to dance the night away then make
On route you could stop for lunch at either
Return to Blackburn for a leisurely afternoon exploring the town centre, shops and market. A visit to Blackburn Cathedral is a must. This
For your evening meal take a short drive
is one of England’s newest cathedrals but one
to the outskirt of Blackburn to sample one of
of the oldest places of worship. See the new
our newest restaurants – Ego, at Brownhill,
Cathedral Court and stop for coﬀee and a slice
oﬀering stylish mediterranean dining and
Theatre also oﬀer a wide range of music, plays
of homemade cake in the new Café Northcote.
excellent customer service. Take advantage
and dance to suit everyone’s taste.
If you like a touch of retail therapy then you’ll
of one of their mid-week specials or try one
love the range and variety of shops in Blackburn
of the signature cocktails.
sure you are around for one of their popular Northern Soul or club Nights. Thwaites Empire Theatre and Darwen Library
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/blackburn Blackpool Airshow, 12-13 August
new Café Northcote... Lancashire Hot Pot at the Clogg & Billycock
Discover the Award-Winning Three Fishes - voted Lancashire Pub of the Year 2017
There are five Ribble Valley Inns each with its own unique character - but which one is your favourite? With over a decade of experience the philosophy remains the same today as it always has been. We champion the freshest local, seasonal produce and it has to be full of flavour... it’s the rule. So if you like a pub packed with character serving up a mouth-watering menu with genuine hospitality book a table today and discover the award-winning Ribble Valley Inns for yourself. THE CLOG & BILLYCOCK www.theclogandbillycock.com Pleasington, Lancashire BB2 6QB Tel: 01254 201 163
THE THREE FISHES www.thethreefishes.com
Mitton, Nr Whalley, Lancashire BB7 9PQ Tel: 01254 826 888
THE BULL www.thebullatbroughton.com
Broughton, Skipton, N. Yorks BD23 3AE Tel: 01756 792 065
THE HIGHWAYMAN www.highwaymaninn.co.uk
Burrow, Nr Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2RJ Tel: 01524 273 338
THE NAG’S HEAD www.nagsheadhaughton.co.uk
Haughton Moss, Cheshire CW6 9RN Tel: 01829 260 265
To make a reservation at any of our Ribble Valley Inns call or go online today!
For further information on all our Ribble Valley Inns visit www.ribblevalleyinns.com
British fashion designer, Patrick Grant, has reignited Blackburn’s textile manufacturing industry with his new Community Clothing range and store in Blackburn town centre. Although historically Lancashire might have been at the heart of the British textile industry, this certainly hasn’t been the case in recent years, and this is what Grant’s innovative social enterprise is seeking to change. Launched in 2016 Grant is determined to make exceptional quality British clothing more aﬀordable; “clothes we can all feel proud of.” Not to mention the added benefits of job creation and the restoration of pride in the UK textile working community. The first Community Clothing store opened in November in Blackburn which is also home to two of the factories in the Community Clothing co-operative, a network that now numbers seven manufacturers across England and Scotland. It oﬀers a concise range of quality, staple, everyday garments for women and men, including jeans, a classic Harrington jacket, cotton twill raincoats and a range of knitwear.
“We believe that everyone should be able to buy exceptional quality Britishmade clothes, and to play their own part in sustaining and creating British jobs. Community Clothing will make British clothes affordable to all.”
WHY NOT TRY…
Grant adds “By designing with simple manufacturing in mind, these products can be sewn in the same premium fabrics and with
See, make and do at the ﬁrst National Festival of Making in Blackburn 6-7 May.
the same quality as the best high-end designer clothes. And with our profits we will invest in programmes in those same communities where the factories are located. We will support skills training, personal development programmes and apprenticeships that help get people into skilled
Live music, markets, street food,
work in the textile and garment industry.”
art, performance, tours, talks
Although Community Clothing have
and above all, an eclectic mix of
partnered with eBay, allowing customers to
making experiences to see and
browse and buy the collection directly, we
try. Manufacturers large and
recommend calling in the Blackburn store for a
small will also be collaborating
quick coﬀee (or local favourite, a hot Vimto) and
with artists on a series of new
to have a chat to the team.
commissions. Head to Blackburn to find out more.
For more information go to visitlancashire.com visitlancashire.com
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Destination Garden Centre o f the Yea r 2012, 13
, 14, 15 & 2016
With a covered outdoor plant area, award-winning Farm Shop and Cook Shop, two restaurants and the friendliest welcome from our lovely people, youâ€™ll soon understand why the Garden Centre Association named us the Destination Garden Centre of the Year for FIVE years running. Come and see us soon and discover the Barton Grange experience for yourself! Barton Grange Garden Centre | Garstang Road | Brock | Preston | PR3 0BT
01995 642900 | www.bartongrange.co.uk | email@example.com
Accrington’s Artistic Brilliance Visiting Accrington’s Haworth Art Gallery is like stepping into a jewellery box. The oak panelled entrance hall and richly carved interior features are classic examples of the Arts and Crafts movement. Combined with the iridescent colours projected through the heraldic stained glass windows creates an exquisite backdrop to the treasures within.
Most visitors are surprised to discover that the Haworth Art Gallery is home to Europe’s largest collection of Tiﬀany Glass. The collection consists of a variety of glass tiles, a Tiﬀany library lamp and a wide range of vases and mosaic samples including the distinctive Art Nouveau cockatoo mosaic. The mosaic panel depicts a pair of Australian Greater Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos, perched in a tree against a sunset sky. The lustre eﬀect surface is achieved by preparing the glass with metallic oxides, then exposing it to acid fumes. Attributed to Joseph Briggs, it demonstrates his skill as a draughtsman, first developed as an apprentice engraver in Accrington. Alongside the Tiﬀany glass collection you’ll also see intricate textiles and fine art collected by the family who built and bequeathed the house to the people of Accrington. Above the front entrance of the house are twelve Grotesques in the form of various animals, including dogs, birds and squirrels. In the past they have been mistaken for Gargoyles, the major diﬀerence between Gargoyles and Grotesques is that Gargoyles have open mouths, which help drain rainwater away from a roof’s guttering - Grotesques are small stone decorative features which are supposed to ward oﬀ evil.
For more information go to visitlancashire.com
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Carnforth Explore the countryside along the Lancaster Canal around Carnforth on one of four Carnforth canal walks which includes a ﬁve mile circular walk along
The Irish Sea
the Lancaster Canal and the Lancashire Coastal Way, which has stunning views over Morecambe Bay.
The Lune Aquaduct
The Lancaster canal has the longest lock-free stretch
of canal in the country
Blackpool Barton Grange Marina
Opened in 2012 The Ribble Link connects the once isolated Lancaster Canal with the national network, running around the outskirts of Preston into the River Ribble and then on to the Leeds – Liverpool Ruﬀord branch. With nine locks (seven canal, one river and one sea lock) it’s certainly
Ruﬀord Old Hall
not an easy route to navigate and is best left to the experts.
The area around Burscough is some of the ﬂattest in Lancashire, making it easier to tackle a longer route. Try the 14 mile Wetlands & Waterways loop along the Ruﬀord branch (passing Ruﬀord Old Hall), the Leeds- Liverpool canal and the wetlands around WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre. Start and ﬁnish at Burscough Wharf, perfect for grabbing a well-earned lunch.
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Look out for yellow wagtail, curlew, bullﬁnch, wren and dipper.
CANAL NETWORK Cruise, walk or cycle along Lancashire’s magniﬁcent canal network to experience a wide variety of landscapes, history and wildlife. The slower pace of the waterway, just four miles per hour by boat, means there’s absolutely no rush. So take your time, stop for a coﬀee, watch the world ﬂoat by and enjoy the view.
Foulridge Tunnel Travel through the tunnel,
which has no towpath, which is only possible in one
The Leeds-Liverpool Canal is 127¼ miles long and was opened in 1816.
direction at a time, so traﬃc lights control a ten minute window in each direction.
Keighley Colne To Leeds > Foulridge Wharf/tunnel Burnley Burnley's Straight Mile
Choose from four short canal walks around this section of the canal including a two and a half circular Pendle canal walk from the mile long tunnel at Foulridge to the pretty Barrowford locks and then through the surrounding countryside.
Rather than taking a long detour Download all routes mentioned and others
following the contours of the land, a
large embankment was built to carry the Leeds and Liverpool Canal through the centre of Burnley. At almost a mile long and up to sixty feet high it is considered
Greenberﬁeld Locks, Barnoldswick
one of the Wonders of the British Waterways and provides fantastic views across the valley.
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Look out for bats, fox, rabbits and deer, Red Admiral and Meadow Brown Butterﬂies.
UP Look towards the hills, down a city alleyway, by the coast and in other unexpected places. Lancashire is home to a weird and wonderful collection of sculptures, cultural events and pop-up art.
like a radioactive tomato, enticing visitors with its voluptuousÂ beauty.
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2016 was a stand-out year for arts in Lancashire. Adding
Steve Messam’s final pop-installation was created for
to the cornucopia of existing events such as Blackpool’s
Light Up Lancaster as he explained to Zoe Dawes when
LightPool with its cutting edge light installations and
she spoke to him.
3D projections, environmental artist Steve Messam was
“I really like being a part of the festival because
commissioned to produce a series of pop-up installations
of its accessible scale, its friendly atmosphere and the
across the county. Inspired by the symbolic red rose of
way Lancaster lends itself to a variety of settings for the
Lancashire the artist created ‘When the Red Rose’ at three
events and installations. The whole city comes out to
“The whole city comes out to enjoy it”
Travel blogger Zoe Dawes visited ‘When the Red Rose’
Zoe spoke to
in Blackpool at the end of October as part of the LightPool
him as they were
Festival and likened it to “a radioactive tomato, enticing
visitors with its voluptuous beauty.” Adding that, “children
a collection of
ran up to it and gazed in amazement. Photographers tried
bright red balloons
to capture its scarlet vibrancy, cyclists glanced at it as they
of various sizes,
some of which had lights
“LightPool is now an annual celebration that
bobbing around inside
ties in with Blackpool Illuminations, featuring art
them. Rain gently pattered
installations along the promenade, live performances
onto the brilliant globes.
and special exhibitions. It also included brilliant 3D
Steve added “It’s a lovely
films projected onto Blackpool Tower including Chasing
sound, isn’t it? Working with balloons is about colour
Stars: Our adventures in Space from British astronaut Tim
and size. It’s visual and about the sound too. They make
Peake and Yoko Ono had a couple of installations including
‘Imagine’ at the head of the North Pier.” The Light Up Lancaster Festival, has for the past three
Speaking of keeping people happy, earlier in the year one of the county’s biggest annual events Fleetwood
years, been part of the Light up the North Consortium,
Festival of Transport (traditionally known as Tram
brightening up the city over the 5 November Bonfire
Sunday) incorporated arts performances from SpareParts.
night weekend. Local and international artists put on
This included crazy jugglers performing in a moving
lively street performances and virtually every corner of the city
aluminium contraptions to poetry takeaway and a super
had some quirky artwork or show to illuminate the evening.
scrap race – all guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
More fantastic artworks over the page
Zoë Dawes is an award winner blogger. You can read more of her travel blogs at quirkytraveller.com and follow her on twitter @quirkytraveller
1: The Halo
1: Singing Ringing Tree
1: The Atom
Permanent art installations to see 1 Lancashire’s Panopticons Four completely diﬀerent art installations positioned in stunning locations across East Lancashire. Each designed especially to make the most of the panoramic views. Includes the spectacular Singing Ringing Tree above Burnley and the Atom in Wycoller Park near Colne.
2 Mythical Coastline Sculpture Trail Inspired by the children’s story ‘The Sea Swallow’ this series of interactive sculptures brings to life a mythical coastline
with an ogre, giant shell and beautiful artwork. A good one for children as many of the pieces are on or around the beach.
3 Great Promenade Show Blackpool
An intriguing collection of structures, including the famous giant mirror ball, stretching for 2 kilometres along the south promenade.
4 The TERN Project, Morecambe Promenade Another seafront arts trail although this one takes inspiration from the natural world and the Bay itself. Steel cormorants gaze across Morecambe Bay and watch over passing walkers. Other sculpture trails to try – Pendle Sculpture Trail at Barley, Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail, Clitheroe and Towneley Hall Sculpture Trail, Burnley.
For more information on any of the events or trails mentioned go to visitlancashire.com
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Discover it in Quirky independents High street brands Fabulous food Urban oasis Exhibitions Live music Events
HRS IN PRESTON Just two hours from London or Glasgow by train, Lancashireâ€™s newest city is a convenient and fun filled destination to explore in 24 hours.
head to Winckley Square Gardens - a charming Georgian square that’s a real hidden gem at the centre of the city First things first, check into the city centre
Walk oﬀ lunch in the beautiful Avenham and
The following morning, once you’ve
Premier Inn, grab a Guild City map and head
Miller Parks, tranquil settings on the banks of
checked out, grab a takeaway breakfast from
to the Harris. Visit the Fine Art Gallery and
the River Ribble situated on the doorstep of the
the Winckley Café and stroll over to the newly
Discover Preston exhibition whilst exploring the
city centre. From there head back to Fishergate
restored Winckley Square Gardens – a charming
iconic Grade I listed building. While you’re there,
- the main high street - to meander round the
Georgian square, home to some fantastic period
check if any workshops are taking place in the
wide selection of high street brands and quirky
architecture. This hidden gem at the centre of
Makerspace, Preston’s new shared workshop and
independent shops, not forgetting to look up
the city will keep you close to wherever you
meeting point where art, technology, craft and
at the some of the city’s fantastic architecture.
want to go next, whether that’s more exploring
design converge. Once you’ve had your fill of
When you are ready for a break, treat yourself
around Preston or back to the railway station for
local history, art and creativity, stop for a spot
to something sweet at Heavenly Desserts, a
your journey home.
of lunch at one of the independent eateries at
dedicated dessert café, back at Miller Arcade.
the Victorian Miller Arcade or Ham and Jam on
Venture across the Flag Market back to
We are sure you’ll enjoy your 24 hours in Preston and hope to see you again soon; there’s
Lancaster Road which oﬀers a welcome retreat
your hotel to freshen up before enjoying
so much more to explore and experience in our
from a busy day!
pre-dinner Caribbean cocktails at Turtle Bay.
Followed by a meal at Villa Italian and a show at Preston Guild Hall.
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/preston
Ham & Jam
high street brands and quirky independents...
ho can resist the heritage and majesty of the Blackpool Tower? Opened in
1894 and still welcoming visitors over 120 years later with its dazzling 120ft square ballroom, family attractions and of course the magnificent 518ft tower itself. After a 69 second ascent you’ll feel on top of the world, but do you dare step out on to the 5cm thick glass SkyWalk? We promise you that it can hold the weight of two elephants but how did they get them up there to check? Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in the 2016 Lancashire Tourism Awards, the Tower Ballroom is now famous for its annual appearance on Strictly Come Dancing but even if you can’t dance, make time for afternoon tea in this glorious setting and take a lead from the Shakespeare quote above the stage…
…bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear. For more information go to visitlancashire.com
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HRS IN BLACKPOOL There is so much to do and see in Blackpool you really do need a few days to take it all in. But if you’ve only got 24 hours to enjoy the best of the UK’s favourite beach resort prepare yourself for a day and night you will never forget.
Blackpool Illuminations & Lightpool, 1 Sept – 5 Nov
AFTERNOON: After you arrive in the resort, head for a stroll down the Promenade to get your bearings and soak up that unique atmosphere while marvelling at the gag-tastic Comedy Carpet. It includes the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers from the days of music hall
from Champagne and oysters to traditional fish and chips...
right up to today’s stand-up greats. “Garlic Bread” anyone? If you’re feeling peckish, why not tuck into some traditional fish and chips and sit on the
seafront to watch the world go by? After that, call in at the majestic Blackpool Tower Ballroom and enjoy afternoon tea followed by a quick two-step. While in The Blackpool Tower take a trip to the SkyWalk at
Why not start the day in one of the cafes in
It’s dinner and showtime!
pastry while relaxing?
From Champagne and oysters to traditional
Cedar Square where you can enjoy a coﬀee and a With a tight schedule, make time to visit
the top where you can walk on the glass ﬂoor
fish and chips, Blackpool has it covered from the
at least one of Blackpool’s three piers – North,
and take in stunning views of the Golden Mile
traditional to the gastronomically swanky.
Central and South. On Central and South you
– including our world famous three piers, as
With hundreds of cafes, restaurants, take-
can enjoy traditional amusements and funfair
well as across the Irish Sea and the beautiful
aways and bars, there is an enormous variety to
rides or at North Pier stroll down the full stretch
suit not just every taste but every pocket.
of Blackpool’s oldest boardwalk and hop on the
Alternatively, why not spend a few hours
And as the day comes to a close, the night
historic carousel at the end.
rubbing shoulders with the stars at Madame
comes alive. Blackpool oﬀers entertainment
Before the end of your magical 24 hours in
Tussauds. From Olly Murs, Ant & Dec, to the
to suit every individual all year round. West
Blackpool, you’ve still got some time to catch a
Two Ronnies and The Beatles, there are famous
End Shows, ballet, opera and art exhibitions sit
tram so you can ride along Blackpool’s six miles
faces everywhere. You can even have a go at
alongside gigs from the latest bands, comedians
of Promenade. A truly relaxing way to bring your
casting your own hand in wax!
and tribute acts. You will not be disappointed.
trip to a close.
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/blackpool Blackpool Airshow, 12 & 13 August
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Lancashire’s 2016 Tourism Superstar and all round visitor ambassador. Leye runs VIVA Blackpool, a show and event venue on Blackpool’s famous promenade.
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LEYE D JOHNS TOURISM SUPERSTAR
Q. What do you love about living and
working in Lancashire?
A. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of wonderful things there are to see and do across the whole of the county, there’s everything from beautiful beaches to glorious countryside. Blackpool has its own special buzz and I love seeing our customers coming in through the doors at VIVA, they have all come for our unique blend of entertainment, fun and razzamatazz, so whether they are young or not so young, we hope they all have an enjoyable night.
Q. When you’re not entertaining Blackpool visitors, where do you go to relax?
A. Ideally I like to be fed grapes whilst being fanned by palm leaves but failing that I love going for a walk along Blackpool Promenade. I always try to stop at the Comedy Carpet for a quick read and seeing all that entertainment history laid out like that makes me proud to carry on the traditions of so many big name stars.
Q. What do you think are the top three things that visitors must do in Blackpool?
A. Well apart from our wonderful shows, the Pleasure Beach is an absolute must for thrills galore. If you are a grown up give Funny Girls a whirl, it’s a stunning venue and finally for a bit of traditional Blackpool, ride in one of the famous landaus through the shimmering Illuminations whilst eating some freshly made donuts, not that they ever pass my lips of course!
Q. Now that you’re the 2016 Lancashire Tourism Superstar – what’s next?
A. A BAFTA? An OSCAR? Or even a Jam-making certificate from the Lancashire Women’s Guild… but seriously, maybe I could ﬂy the ﬂag for Lancashire nationally.
You can see Leye and cast in action at VIVA Blackpool throughout the year. For more information go to visitlancashire.com
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The Best of
When it comes to family friendly activities we think it’s the children and parents who know best. So we asked parents on Facebook and Twitter to tell us their favourites and these are the results.
Park View 4U, Lytham Award winning 3-generational play park.
Worden Park, Leyland Playpark, miniature railway and maze.
Happy Mount Park, Morecambe Play park, splash zone and trampolines.
Withy Grove Park, Preston Woodland and children’s adventure playground.
Samlesbury Hall, Preston New for 2016 featuring a Mayﬂower ship and miniature replica of the hall itself.
FREE THINGS TO DO 1.
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston 250 acre reserve with adventure playground and ﬂoating visitor centre.
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston Activities for kids and regular events.
World Horse Welfare Penny Farm, Blackpool Meet the horses and ponies who have been rescued and cared for by the centre.
The Whitaker, Rawtenstall Intriguing natural history collection, kid’s events and cafe.
Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery Varied collection, events and kids activities.
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Whether you want to have some downtime with just your partner or wish to bring all the family along for a generational get together: you’ll feel truly at home here with us. We even have Dog Friendly properties available! 174 self catering cottages to stay in – or try a luxurious pine lodge or larger accommodation option with private hot tub! New family fun lagoon style, swimming pool available from Spring 2017 Indoor & outdoor activities for all ages – from golf, to segway, soft play to waterwalkerz! Restaurants, cafes, bars and entertainment on The Village – including special events through the year Exclusive multi award-winning Spa for adults only
T’s & C’s: Price based on midweek stay 24th April 2017. Subject to change and availability. For up to date prices, please go online.
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ANIMAL & WILDLIFE 1.
Blackpool Zoo Big cats, elephants, giraﬀes, gorillas and sealions.
Thornton Hall Farm, nr Barnoldswick Animals, farm safari, play barn, ride on tractors and play area.
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough Otter feeding, weekend crafts, duck trail, den building and adventure playground. Plus thousands of ducks and waterfowl.
Farmer Parrs Animal World, Fleetwood Fab-ewe-lous animal farm with outdoor and indoor play areas, with a bouncy castle.
Farmer Ted’s Farm Park, Ormskirk Animal barn, pony grooming, tractors ride, go karts, reptile house and guinea pig village.
East Lancashire Railway, Rawtenstall to Bury Look out for themed events including Thomas, Neverland and Princess Adventure Trains.
Lancaster Castle Kids will love getting locked in the prison cells.
Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Burnley 400 acres of parkland, sculpture trail, playground and activities.
Clitheroe Castle and Museum Explorer back packs, treasure trails and hands-on activties.
British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland Climb aboard heritage vans, huge rucks, retro buses and a ﬁre engine.
THRILLS AND SPILLS! 1.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach The biggest, fastest and best.
Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool UKs largest indoor waterpark with more than 18 slides and attractions.
Blackpool Tower Eye and 4D Experience 4D cinema, 380ft panoramic views and thrilling SkyWalk.
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Blackpool Tower Dungeon Villains, rogues and rascals feature in 10 shows, special eﬀects and exciting drop ride.
Go Ape Rivington Award winning tree top adventure for ages 10+.
DID YOU KNOW?
Book online in advance and you’ll save between 10-20% on the big attractions
The Blackpool Big Ticket and the Blackpool Resort Pass both offer great discounts if you are visiting multiple attractions in Blackpool
Take a picnic instead of buying lunch –
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has a Rainy Day Return Policy?
most attractions have picnic areas •
Look at the free days out page on visitlancashire.com and check the special offers page
Should it rain for more than 3 consecutive hours during your visit you can come back the following day free of charge or half price on any Sunday during the season.
For more information all the places mentioned and many, many more go to visitlancashire.com
See website for details.
HRS IN FLEETWOOD & CLEVELEYS Stunning wildlife, a beautifully flat coastline with amazing views and a rich maritime history makes Fleetwood and Cleveleys a great area to explore with the family, on a short break.
Fleetwood Festival of Transport, 16 July
Maryâ€™s Shell, Cleveleys
follow the Mythic Coastline Sculpture Trail along the coast Book yourself into the award winning Brickhouse
July. Of course a trip to the seaside wouldn’t be
crouching ogre and giant conch shell to intricate
Farm Cottages, winner of best self-catering
complete without a walk or play on the beach,
carvings and elegant eﬃgies – discover a story
accommodation in the 2016 Lancashire Tourism
choose between Cleveleys smart promenade or
of history, magic and folklore intertwined with
Awards. With its excellent facilities and pretty
Fleetwood’s more expansive beaches.
the coastal landscape.
lakeside location it’s a great base to explore the Fylde Coast and beyond. Start the day with a walk along the beautiful
Lunch could be a picnic on the beach or
Later in the afternoon call into the ancient
perhaps fish and chips at the North Euston
market town of Poulton and see if you can find
Hotel right on the seafront with the estuary and
the so called ‘pirates grave’ in the church yard of
Victorian seafront at Fleetwood and let the kids
Morecambe Bay beyond. Watch the Knott Ferry
St Chads with its skull and crossbones carving. If
play at Marine Splash on the Esplanade with its
as it trundles to and fro across the River Wyre,
there’s time browse the independent shops and
water jets, water tunnels and paddling area. Dry
or hop on and take a ride across. Keep a look out
visit the outdoor market on Mondays.
oﬀ with a walk through the recently restored
for porpoise who swim in the area.
Mount Gardens for fantastic views along the
Finish the day with dinner at the new
After lunch head south to Cleveleys to follow
Brasserie Bridge 42 before heading back to
coast, then head down to the boating lake on the
the Mythic Coastline Sculpture Trail. Pick up
Brickhouse Farm Cottages for a well-earned dip
promenade to watch the model yachts in action.
a copy of the Sea Swallow children’s book
in the hot tub.
Look out for family events throughout the year
and you’ll see how the story and illustrations
including the Fleetwood Festival of Transport in
inspired the creation of the trail. From a
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/ﬂeetwood
Lunch could be a picnic on the beach or fish and chips...
Cleveleys Sea Ogre
shopping A seaside
Enjoy a day of shopping and sightseeing at Morecambe’s Festival Market
A traditional market with over 200 stalls. A shopper’s paradise for gifts, clothing and household goods. Bag a bargain today. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all year round, 9am - 4.30pm
A traditional covered market with more than 100 stalls and two cafes and just a stroll away from Morecambe’s glorious promenade. Open Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun (9am - 4.30pm) Central Drive, Morecambe, LA4 4DW www.lancaster.gov.uk/festivalmarket
Also open all Bank Holidays and Tram Sunday /FleetwoodMarket Victoria Street / Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6AB
Life feels good in Lancashire
Find out more at visitlancashire.com
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS Be inspired by natural beauty. Be inspired by Morecambe Bay.
Visitor Information: (01524) 582808
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Morecambe Bay is a place of big views and big skies. The vast sands and mud ﬂats are nature’s larder for hundreds of thousands of birds,
Arnside & Silverdale
and it is one of the most important places in Britain for birdlife. Alongside this natural splendour the history of the Bay takes us from Stone Age communities to the heyday of the British seaside resort with its Art Deco architecture. Take a stroll, catch the train or ride your
bike around this stunning amphitheatre and you’ll see for yourself.
Glasson Dock M6
Wildlife Bay Watch out for oystercatchers, greenshank, bar-tailed godwit and whimbrel, lapwing, pink footed geese, grey seal and artic tern
Site of Special Scientiﬁc Interest (SSSI) and part of the Morecambe Bay
Social Area of Conservation, the salt marsh and intertidal ﬂats are a vital feeding ground for a quarter of a million wading birds, ducks and geese.
Hest Bank – During the hour before high tide spectacular ﬂocks of wading
birds gather to roost at Hest Bank.
RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve Home to birds,
bats, bugs and otters – and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the red deer. The new viewing platform provides an unrivalled vantage point to view the area.
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Sambo’s Grave – once the fourth largest slave port in the UK, this part
of Lancaster’s darker history is remembered by Sambo’s grave near Sunderland Point. Sambo was a slave or servant who died in 1736 and his grave lies in unconsecrated ground beside the shoreline.
Sunderland Point – reputed to be the landing place of the first bale of
cotton to come into Britain and with just 30 or so houses and farms at the end of a tidal causeway it feels very isolated, even though Sunderland Point is only seven miles from Lancaster.
Leighton Hall – home to the Gillow furniture making dynasty and still
EDF Heysham Power Station Visitor Centre – features exhibitions on nuclear power.
home to the family today. The spectacular
Tours of Heysham Two nuclear power station can
Bay backdrop makes a visit here extra
special. Look out for events including a
Glasson Dock – along established port dating back to 1779. The old
branch railway line that once connected Glasson with the main line is now a linear park and cycleway.
regular programme of outdoor theatre throughout the summer.
Way of the Roses Cycle Way – starting from Morecambe promenade
- A 170 mile route from Morecambe to
The notorious sands of the bay have
Bridlington through the Lune Valley.
been crossed on foot and by carriage
for centuries. They are treacherous and with shifting quick sands and fast tidal channels crossing should only be attempted with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. See visitlancashire.com for a list of guided walks led by the Queen’s guide Cedric Robinson who has been in the role for over 50 years.
Brucciani’s Café – Art deco Italian ice cream parlour and café. Try the
Morecambe Winter Gardens A unique example of a surviving Victorian
music hall, built in 1869. Whilst restoration and preservation work is ongoing it is used regularly as a film location and has a programme of events running throughout the year.
Midland Hotel – Art deco beauty, built in 1933 and then refurbished and
reopened in 2008. Adorned with Eric Gill seahorses on the outside and fabulous decadent murals on the interior. Sip a glass of champagne whilst you admire the Bay view from either the restaurant or one of
the stylish bedrooms.
Bay Cycle Route (NCN 700) – starts on Walney Island near Barrow and
takes in the breath-taking scenery right
The Platform – the old promenade
round to Glasson Dock, south of Lancaster.
railway station is now an events and
This relatively ﬂat route hugs the
entertainment venue, and is home to the
spectacular coastline of Morecambe Bay
Visitor Information Centre.
along quiet roads, greenways, canal towpaths and promenades.
St Patrick’s Chapel, Heysham – said to have been founded by St Patrick
after he was shipwrecked here in the 6th Century. More recently the site featured on a Black Sabbath album cover.
Sail into un-charted waters with Bay Sea School. It’s a rare person who can
say they’ve sailed across the Bay from Morecambe
Morecambe to Arnside. There are no sea charts for the upper reaches of Morecambe Bay and the channels are constantly changing. Bay Sea School sail up to this secret corner of the Bay on their 22ft yacht. See visitlancashire.com for full details.
This article was produced using content from the Seldom Seen Maps produced by the Morecambe Bay Partnership.
See visitlancashire.com for full details.
HRS IN LYTHAM & ST ANNES Wide open sandy beaches, sand dunes, a traditional pier, boating lake and even modern beach huts, there’s plenty to do in and around this most traditional of English seaside resorts.
St Annes Kite Festival, 2-3 Sept
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St Annes Beach Huts
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The Fylde Gallery
soak up the atmosphere of this sophisticated seaside town Stay in one of the smart hotels along the St
For something completely relaxing at the
For lunch head into Lytham for wine bars,
Annes seafront with views over the beach, many
top quality eateries and stylish cafes and if the
end of the day head over to The Spa Hotel at
oﬀering a range of leisure activities and dining
weather’s sunny, sit outside and soak up the
Ribby Hall Village for a Twilight Aqua Thermal
or opt for self-catering at the stylish St Annes
atmosphere of this sophisticated seaside town.
Journey. Spend a heavenly two hours relaxing
Beach Hut Apartments. After breakfast take a
Linger over lunch in a restaurant such as Gusto
your way through more than 10 diﬀerent steam,
stroll along the promenade and out along the
or Zest and discover for yourself why Lytham
heat or water experiences, followed by a glass
pier with views over to Southport and North
has established a fine reputation.
of bubbly in the lounge afterwards. Finish oﬀ
Wales. Look out for events throughout the
the day with dinner in the Spa Hotel Restaurant
Catch a show at the Lowther Pavilion, which
year including the St Annes Kite Festival in
regularly stages shows, musicals, opera and
which holds two AA Rosettes and stay over in
September. Visit the historic windmill on
comedy, or head into the Fylde countryside to
one of the luxurious bedrooms.
Lytham Green (also home to the 1940s Wartime
Glasform in Singleton where you’ll see a master
Weekend 19-20 August) or pop into the Fylde
glass blower at work and choose from a huge
Gallery (free) at the Booths store where the
array of glass design to buy and take home.
exhibitions change regularly.
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/lythamstannes Glasform
The Spa at Ribby Hall Village
a Twilight Aqua Thermal Journey... St Annes Pier
WHILE LONGER Not far away from the coastal towns of Lytham and St Annes you’ll discover wonderful Lancashire countryside full of hidden gems; places to explore that may have passed you by but which are certainly worth taking the time
If you’re looking for more wildlife then a
The Fylde countryside is a haven for bird watching, ideal for walking and cycling and has plenty of pretty little villages filled with ‘chocolate box’ style cottages, cafes, tea rooms and specialist shops. Stop oﬀ in the pretty village of Wrea Green with its traditional village green, duck pond (known as The Dub) and church. From here you can pick up a five mile circular walk through the surrounding fields, skirting the edge of Ribby Hall Village and the tiny hamlet of Bryning. There’s excellent views towards Beacon Fell in Bowland and plenty of opportunity to spot birds and small mammals in the hedgerows.
for walking around an 18 hole golf course,
good starting point is the RSPB Ribble Discovery
with several championship courses within a
Centre at Fairhaven Lake, overlooking the
few miles including the host of the Open Golf
Ribble Estuary. It’s the most important single
Championship Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Course.
river estuary in the UK and attracts over
All this fresh air and exercise is perfect for
270,000 birds each year so you’re pretty much
working up an appetite. Try the Cartford Inn in
guaranteed to see the likes of teal, wigeon and
Little Eccleston which was named Best Inn in
pintail overwintering here as well as waders
Britain in the 2016 Great British Pub Awards,
such as redshank and lapwing. Entrance is free
for great food which showcases the very best of
and there are special events throughout the year
the region’s producers and the chance to stay
for both families and more serious twitchers.
over in one of their 15 luxuriously designed
From here you can walk or cycle along the coast
bedrooms. Excitingly during 2017 they will also
all the way up to Fleetwood. The terrain is fairly
be unveiling two brand new Water’s Reach Sky
ﬂat with some smaller inclines and it’s a great
Lodges within the grounds of the inn, perfect
way to explore the coast.
for a decadent weekend away. There’s plenty of
There’s a wide choice of walking and
other pubs to choose from including the Ship at
cycling routes across the area, making use
Elswick, an independently run pub serving the
of the quiet country lanes, bridle paths and
finest local ingredients and great place to rest and
canal towpaths. You’re also in the right place
recover at the end of a long walk.
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/lythamstannes
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SUN, SEA AND SAND Take our quiz to help you decide whether you should have sand beneath your toes or campfires by moonlight.
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the sound of the sea lapping on the shore?
morning bird song
What’s your preference? lying in, under a warm duvet
stretched out on a deckchair
Do you love building sandcastles and playing beach rounders
wooden paths & hidden hamlets
Supper has to be sizzling sausages
fish & chips
Followed by a moonlit walk
a sunset stroll
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St Annes Beach Huts
Set within the grounds of a medieval hall the Shepherd Hut
You'll love the chic interiors and the practical touches
Hamlet at Samlesbury Hall oﬀers luxury accommodation with a
(each beach hut comes with its own fridge, kettle, microwave,
rural edge. The hand-crafted shepherd huts are each furnished
deck chairs, cutlery and crockery) so you can concentrate on
with two double beds, ensuite bathrooms, ﬂuﬀy towels and
the really important stuﬀ. Relax with your friends and family
luxury toiletries – so not your usual camping experience. Nestled
whilst gazing out across the wide open sands St Annes.
in the Lancashire countryside the hamlet is great venue for
Even if the weather is less than ideal, there are heaters
groups of friends and family to stay together – there’s even a fire
and double-glazing so you stay snug and warm inside
pit available to you can enjoy camp fire songs well into the night.
eating fish and chips.
Maybe hut dwelling’s not for you. Fear not, we’ve plenty of unique and beautiful accommodation choices available to tempt you. Find out more at visitlancashire.com
samlesbury hall lancashireâ€™s historic home
Visit Lancashireâ€™s historic home and be transported back in time, where ghosts walk the rooms and history comes alive.
From exhibitions and family events to fantastic food and local Lancashire produce... Samlesbury Hall has something for everyone. Sunday - Friday 10am - 4pm Occasional Fri closing Saturdays - closed FREE ENTRY
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Discover our 250 acre nature reserve and floating Visitor Village explore
Swing, climb, balance and bounce in the adventure play area
Relax in our floating Reedbed Restaurant and enjoy the beautiful lake view
Hunt out our series of trails and hides that bring you closer to nature
Treat yourself to something in our gift shop, The Nest
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Take a stroll along the river, discover our ancient woodland and amble around our lakes
he next time you tuck into a sirloin steak you might want to spare a thought for Sir Richard De Hoghton of Hoghton Tower near Preston. Back in 1617 the lavish and unstinting hospitality of this
17th Century baron to his King may well have resulted in the knighting of ‘Sir Loin’ but it was also his ruin. debtor’s prison. Needless to say the King wasn’t
400 hundred years ago the Lancashire
baronet invited King James I to stay at his
Today you can take a tour of the same
hilltop manor just outside Preston, welcoming the monarch with a huge red velvet carpet that
banqueting hall and staterooms visited by
stretched the full length of the ¾ mile driveway.
James I where you’ll also see the menu from the
During the three day visit the King enjoyed stag
famous ‘Sir Loin’ banquet. To commemorate the 400 year anniversary
hunting and dined lavishly in the company of dukes, earls and knights – all at the expense
there will be a number of events held throughout
of Sir Richard. It is said that the King was so
the year including a re-enactment of the King’s
enamoured by a loin of beef he ate during a
visit on 8-9 July. This impressive spectacle will
banquet at Hoghton Tower that he knighted
involve actors, local school children and will
it ‘Sir Loin’ which is how it got its name.
feature Stuart side shows and entertainment.
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HERITAGE & CULTURE
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AMANDA PARKER... ...current lady of Browsholme Hall and Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire might live in a 16th Century historic house but her passion for sustainability means she aims to ensure a future for this exceptional family home for future generations.
An historic house, lived in by the BowBearer of the Forest of Bowland and in continuous family occupation for over 500 years. That’s a great story in itself. Why do you need to pursue sustainable practises?
biomass boiler or our waste management plans they
A. Many in the heritage sector don’t believe that a
including a 20 acre Biological Heritage Site.
Grade 1 listed building can support a sustainable business; we have proved it can be done. As a result culturally, economically and environmentally, Browsholme has never been in a stronger place. Looking at every aspect of our family life and the visitor enterprise we undertake sympathetic renovation projects, finding new uses for historic buildings. We have found that we can improve facilities to help to increase visitor numbers that enhance their experience and minimise environmental impact. We have overcome planning, structural and recruitment hurdles by being ﬂexible and innovative in our approach. Energy use has been reduced with a conversion to renewable and eﬃcient sources. Rare wildlife is encouraged with sightings this year of kingfisher and otter, while also securing a habitat for our hedgehog population. Waste and thereby landfill are
will be interested to hear about how we encourage wildlife or that all the food & drink is from local businesses and producers. The Hall and Tithe Barn are surrounded by 20 acres of lakes and gardens, and 120 acres of managed woodland In 2015 visitors observed, in the parkland alone, fifty bird species, seventy-seven of moths (fourteen on national moth night) and eighteen hedgehogs were spotted on one night in September. The help of our visitors is essential to record these sightings. Visitors are oﬀered leaﬂets describing the walks, ﬂora and fauna they may see, with checkboxes so they can tell us what they have seen.
Now that you have been winner of the Lancashire Sustainable Tourism Award two years running, what new developments can visitors expect to see in 2017?
A. Over the last ten years our eﬀorts have been concentrated on the sustainability of the Hall and Tithe Barn. Now we would like to focus on the garden,
reduced and visitor numbers are growing.
parkland and water features by determining a
Q. What do visitors to the hall and gardens think
planting, an arboretum and paths and walks for all our
conservation and landscape plan that will include new
about what you’ve done?
visitors to enjoy.
A. We want our visitors to feel welcome in our home
with particular needs, for example partially sighted
and understand what we are doing. Whilst most people will not necessarily be interested in the eﬃciency of our
We are widening our welcome to encourage visitors and hard of hearing. With help from our guides we’ve designed sensory and signed guided tours and walks, inside the Hall and out in the gardens.
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HERITAGE & CULTURE
Forest of Bowland, Clitheroe BB7 3DE The home of the Parker Family Day Visitors Every Wednesday May—October
Exclusive Group and Coach Tours By arrangement throughout the year
Garden Demonstrations and Workshops
Decorated for Christmas Special
for groups, coach parties and day visitors and Simon Entwistle’s ‘Ghostly Tales of Christmas Past’
For full details and booking www.browsholme.com or 01254 827160 Disabled access , tearoom, free parking, coach and group tours, school visits, dogs welcome, wedding receptions and special events.
The hidden gem in the heart of Lancashire
HISTORY COMES ALIVE… …HIGH ON A HILL Join us for a fun-packed events calendar throughout the spring/summer period at Hoghton Tower House, tea room and gift shop opens April until October, Sunday to Thursday 01254 852986
Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston PR5 0SH Registered charity no: 508357
HRS IN & AROUND ORMSKIRK Rare wildlife, fascinating Tudor history and gourmet dining brings together some of Lancashire finest for an idyllic short break.
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follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps and visit one of Lancashire’s finest Tudor buildings MORNING:
Start early at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Nature
Follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps and visit
Spend a truly sumptuous evening and night at
Reserve to see more than 100 types of rare and
one of Lancashire’s finest Tudor buildings
the brand new Moor Hall (opened Feb 2017). Set
endangered water-birds. Get up-close to feed
Ruﬀord Old Hall, built in the 1530s. You will be
within five acres of beautiful gardens and with
them or watch from the comfort of one of the
wowed by the Tudor Great Hall and its beautiful
lake or garden views, each of the seven rooms
many hides, then pop into the Mere Side Café for
furniture, suits of armour and the carved oak
are individually decorated and luxuriously
a mid-morning coﬀee and cake. If you’re feeling
screen, a rare survivor from the 1500s. The
furnished with roll top baths and sumptuous
adventurous take a canoe safari through the
Hesketh family’s 400 year residency at Ruﬀord
décor – perfect for a romantic getaway.
wetland landscape or join a wardens talk.
is evidenced by numerous portraits, while the
Downstairs the fine dining restaurant will serve
grounds feature late-Victorian styled gardens,
you with a feast of the very best Lancashire
topiary an orchard and woodland walk.
produce, grown and reared within miles of the
Keeping with the bird-theme, take a short drive to The Aviary restaurant, Ormskirk. Taking its name from the aviary which holds over 100
End your day with a quick visit to Burscough
hall. Chef Patron Mark helped guide the team at
birds at the rear of the restaurant (containing a
Wharf, a unique shopping centre alongside the
Cumbria’s L’Enclume to five AA Rosettes, two
variety of parrots, canaries and other beautiful
Leeds Liverpool Canal with a range of food,
Michelin stars so we’re expecting great things
birds), The Aviary are passionate about good
drink, arts, crafts and fashion to browse.
from this new Lancashire restaurant. The nearby Arts Centre houses Edge Hill
food, using fresh, seasonal produce and serving
University’s Performing Arts Department and the
up a variety of meal choices.
Rose and Studio Theatre. Choose from a variety of comedy, dance, drama, literature, music, film, live theatre screenings, and family-friendly shows.
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/ormskirk
WWT Martin Mere
see more than 100 types of rare and endangered water-birds Burscough Wharf
Ormskirk Town Centre
HRS IN LEYLAND Although known internationally for its truck making heritage, a visit to Leyland isn’t just for those who love the smell of a diesel engine. Discover a bustling market town, independent restaurants and quirky museums. After a night staying in the four star Hallmark
opened in 1951 the park is now Grade II listed
Leyland and a hearty breakfast wave hello to
and the Folly Coﬀee Shop is the latest business
Norma the Leyland Fire Engine (who lives right
to join the existing craft centre and arts studio.
outside the hotel) and head to the South Ribble
You’ll easily while away a few hours exploring
Museum (free), a short drive away. This timber
the park and browsing the crafts and gifts for sale.
framed Tudor school house now houses displays
Head back to Leyland for dinner at La Corte
about local history and archaeological finds from
Italian restaurant which is uniquely located
the area, along with regular art and photography
within the old police station. Prison cells have
been transformed into intimate booths for
If you are ready for lunch, stroll into the
private dining and the former judge’s chambers
town centre and choose from one of the town’s
and courtroom are now the main dining room
characterful cafes. Lucy’s Teatime Treats and
with opulent chandeliers.
Curious Café both opened in 2016, and oﬀer
Finish the day with a pint, or two, of real
very tempting homemade cakes, freshly made
ale in one of the town’s micro-pubs such as the
lunches and afternoon tea. After lunch take a
Golden Tap and The Market Ale House. Cheers!
walk through Leyland Market and pop into some
If you’re staying for longer you could also
of the independent shops on the main street.
visit the British Commercial Vehicle Museum or
Just a few miles from the town centre,
take a drive out to Samlesbury Hall, a beautiful
Worden Park is over 100 acres of meadows,
stately home dating back to 1325 which has free
woodland water features and play areas. First
entry and a fantastic restaurant.
Norma the Leyland Fire Engine
100 acres of meadows, woodland water features and play areas...
finish your day with a pint, or two, of real ale in one of the town’s micro-pubs
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/leyland
COMES TO LEYLAND April 2017 will see the world’s first truck trail
part in Leyland’s trucking history incorporated in
come to the market town of Leyland. Thirteen
the design. In addition to this, visitors will be able
6-foot replica trucks will become a semi-permanent
to collect clues from each truck to enter the Truck
feature at sites around the town centre for six
Trail online competitions via the Truck Trail
months, celebrating Leyland’s 100 years of truck
manufacturing heritage and inspiring a future generation of engineering capability. This is the first ever attraction of its kind and offers the perfect mix of going outdoors to explore the market town of Leyland, discovering local engineering heritage and its part in the history of the area, as well as allowing a fantastic educational element to a great day out with various ways to interact with the trucks as visitors make their way around the trail. Free illustrated maps will be available online and from retailers around the town, allowing visitors to navigate the route, stopping off at each of the thirteen trucks along the way to discover where they fit in to the timeline of truck development. Each unique, fun and colourful truck has been designed by Leyland-based marketing agency, Stone Create
The Truck Trail will draw crowds from far and wide – the designs will capture the imagination of children of all ages and help inspire our engineers of the future – even the big kids amongst us!
Councillor Peter Mullineaux of South Ribble borough Council said: ‘The Truck Trail will draw
The Truck Trail is also set to become one of
crowds from far and wide – the designs will
the main attractions of June’s Leyland Festival,
capture the imagination of children of all ages
an event that sees thousands of visitors from
– even the big kids amongst us!’
across the North West coming to the award-winning Worden Park in the town for a
All of the trucks have an interactive and
day of fun and activities to do for all. The
educational element to them. From the ‘Military
fourteenth and final truck on the trail, the truck
Martian’ to ‘The Comet’ and the ‘T45 Cruiser’
of the future, will be designed by local school
each unique truck will have a description and its
children will be unveiled at the festival.
For more information go to www.trucktrail.org.uk
Shop, dine & relax
Over 60 unique retailers including butchers, deli, fruit & veg, gifts, crafts, clothing, jewellery, handbags, art gallery, tea room & much more. • FREE entry and parking • 5 minutes from junction 27 M6 • 2 minutes from Charnock Richard Services www.heskinfarmersmarket.co.uk Heskin Farmers Market & Craft Centre @HeskinMarket Heskin Hall Estate, Wood Lane, Heskin, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 5PA 07599 831907
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HRS IN CHORLEY Spend a relaxing 24 hours exploring Chorley’s historic houses, famous market town and surrounding countryside.
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Go Ape: Rivington
in the hall stands the Sirloin Chair, reputed to have been used by King James I when he knighted the loin of beef in 1617 A visit to Astley Hall is like a voyage into the
parkland pop into Café Ambio for a coﬀee and a
ice cream parlour, Massa’s. The only problem
past, to the time of Tudor and early Stuart
slice of homemade cake.
you’ll have is deciding which one to choose!
England (1580-1650) as you’ll get a rare
Next stop has to be a trip into Chorley
After lunch take a walk up to Rivington Pike
opportunity to experience life in an English
town centre for a spot of shopping at the
(a historic tower, reputed to date as far back
country house during this period. The Grade I
town’s famous market. Visit on a Tuesday and
as 1138) for breath-taking views of Rivington
listed hall is built around a central courtyard
you’ll have the pick of over 150 diﬀerent stalls
Reservoir and beyond. If there’s time, walk down
and contains a unique collection of furniture
including a fantastic range of locally grown
to the Anglezarke Reservoir for an easy ramble
and stunning Jacobean plasterwork ceilings.
produce and fresh seafood. Aside from the
along the shore. The more adventurous can
In the hall stands the Sirloin Chair, which is
market there are plenty of shops to browse
also give Go Ape: Rivington a try with treetop
reputed to have been used by King James I when
with a good mix of high street names and
obstacles and rope bridges.
he knighted the loin of beef. If you want to
independents to choose from.
explore this story further go to Hoghton Tower,
By now you’ll be ready for dinner so head to
You can’t visit Chorley without visiting
the 4 star Shaw Hill Country House Hotel for a
just north of Chorley, which is celebrating the
Fredericks, and sampling one of their award
delicious meal in the restaurant and a relaxing
400 year anniversary of the knighting with
winning ice creams. Perfected over four
night’s sleep in one of the individually styled
exhibitions and events throughout 2017. After
generations, the Federici family serve over 24
bedrooms of this Georgian manor house.
a walk around Astley Hall and its beautiful
diﬀerent ﬂavours of ice cream from their Chorley
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/chorley
Astley Hall and Gardens
over 24 different flavours of ice cream...
Chorley Market visitlancashire.com
HRS AROUND PENDLE
From witches to waterways explore this part of East Lancashire, famous for its links to the now notorious witch trials of 1612. Pendle Hill and its surrounding towns and villages are a truly bewitching area of Lancashire.
blow away the cobwebs with a bracing walk around the Pendle Sculpture Trail After a great nights sleep and a delicious freshly
strenuous option with its exhibition about the
warehouses along the banks. If you want a more
cooked breakfast at the Forrest in Fence, blow
witch trials and there are numerous guided and
strenuous cycle route then the Grand Tour of
away the cobwebs with a bracing walk around
self-guided tours you can follow.
Pendle takes you on a 35 mile circular tour of the
When you’ve had enough of witches, head
The Pendle Sculpture Trail. Commemorating the famous witch trials
area but be warned it is hilly.
into Colne town centre for lunch. With a variety
Finish the day with a well-earned meal at
of 1612 the trail features a variety of artistic
of independent coﬀee shops, cafes and quirky
The White Swan in Fence. Chef and rising star
pieces and plaques about the so-called witches,
shops you’ll be brought bang up to date with the
Tom Parker serves up an ever changing menu
scattered through the woodland and hillside.
latest trends and great food. Try Green Chimney
of seasonal and local food, often serving
You’ll get great views of the mighty Pendle Hill
Bar or Bar 12 for lunch and then head back out
Lancashire classics with modern panache. His
through the trees as you spot which witch is
into the countryside for a boat trip on the Leeds-
repertoire has included a 17 course Lancashire
which. If the trail leaves you feeling inspired to
Liverpool Canal from Foulridge Wharf.
Tapas Night and a granita made with Sarsparilla.
discover more about the witch trials and to see
Take a cruise along this celebrated canal
Finish the evening with a show at the Colne
more of the surrounding countryside then the
awash with heritage and wildlife, or bring
Muni or the beautiful art deco theatre that is
Walking with Witches 7.5 mile walking route
your bike and cycle along the towpath. Look
starts from nearby Barley. Pendle Heritage
out for the kingfishers, swans and water voles
Centre in Barrowford oﬀers a slightly less
alongside the old Wharf Master’s House and old
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/pendle
Vacary Walls nr Wycoller
Pendle Sculpture Trail
cruise along this celebrated canal, awash with heritage and wildlife...
Lancashire from above Last year Visit Lancashire commissioned SkyOptics to capture our stunningly beautiful county from the air and the result was a fantastic film that showcases Lancashire at its finest.
The Village of Downham, nestled in the Ribble Valley on the north side of Pendle Hill. With its lack of overhead electricity lines, aerials or satellite dishes it is a popular
ol Lloyd, pilot and founder of SkyOptics, relished the
choice as a film location.
opportunity to exploit the fantastic vantage point that the drones provided. He explained “Each of the locations had its own challenges. The downhill Enduro race at Lee
Quarry was exciting to film and allowed us to get some great high speed tracking shots with our drone. The East Lancashire Railway took a lot of planning and logistics to get the aerial shots of the trains. Morecambe was interesting, ﬂying out over the Bay area and Williamson Park was a challenge and took a lot of planning with the director of the walkabout theatre production. We wanted to film the action of the outdoor theatre, but rightly so, this had to be done with the drone never in line of sight of the audience. And Lytham Festival was exciting to ﬂy at when Bryan Adams was playing to several thousand people.” “I’ve been a keen cyclist for several years, but wasn’t aware of the amount of routes and great places to ride in the Forest of Bowland. When you see it from 400ft up, it’s certainly makes you want to go back and explore on two wheels.”
You’d never guess from the air that The Rivington Reservoirs were manmade (built between 1852-1857). Remains of buildings covered by water can still be seen when water levels are low. Explore the area around the reservoir by foot or bike and even through the treetops at Go Ape: Rivington.
...flying out over the Bay area and Williamson Park was a challenge and took a lot of planning... Lancaster Castle and Lancaster Priory Church occupy the summit of Castle Hill, standing proudly above the historic city of Lancaster. The The award winning St Annes Beach Huts were re-introduced
Church itself is a Grade 1 listed building and has seen Christian worship
to the promenade in 2012 (the previous huts had been
since Saxon times. It occupies the site of the original pre-1430s structure
demolished in the 1980s). St Annes Beach Huts were
and some of the old stone, belonging to the original Priory building,
the 2016 Visitor Experience Award winners in the annual
was used in the construction of this Medieval church. The views from
Lancashire Tourism Awards.
the church yard out across Morecambe Bay are worth the climb.
SkyOptics are approved by the Civilian Aviation Authority. All their technology, operations and procedures have been examined and fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Built for love between 1907 and 1909 and a familiar sight to many who travel along the M6. The Ashton Memorial in Lancaster’s Williamson Park is itself a fantastic panoramic view point to view the surrounding Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Morecambe Bay. It was built by Lord Ashton in memory of his wife Jessy and has been described as the Taj Mahal of the North.
Just outside Bacup and originally working quarries, Lee Quarry and its neighbour Cragg Quarry have been transformed into a mountain bike trail centre. Packed full of drops, berms, table top jumps, rock gardens and demanding climbs, to name just a few of the challenges, and it’s completely free to access.
The ﬁlm created by SkyOptics is available to watch via the Visit Lancashire channel on YouTube and on visitlancashire.com.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM A failing museum, council budget cuts and three passionate people who were determined to turn it into a successful cultural venue. It might sound like the synopsis for the latest bestseller but this is the true story of how three friends turned Rossendale Museum of old into the award winning museum and arts venue it is today.
e all have a favourite
personal connection to the Rawtenstall museum,
prepared for the adventure and steep learning
museum or art gallery but
they all knew it well and Jackie fondly recalls
curve that lay ahead.
do you love it enough to
childhood memories of sitting on the baby
take it over and run it as
elephant exhibit and visiting with her mother
12 months were tough. It took long hours and
a sustainable not-for-profit business? Well
who was a Friend of the Museum. Whilst they
working seven day weeks alongside volunteers
that’s exactly what local residents Carl, Jackie
had experience of running a commercial art
to transform the Rossendale Museum into The
and Julian decided to do in 2012. All three had a
gallery in a local village they certainly weren’t
Whitaker you’ll see today. Remarkably they
They will be the first to admit that the first
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only closed for two weekends during this time, renovating the space, adding a smart new café and bar, improving interpretation and reinventing The Whitaker into a contemporary cultural venue. Carl is keen to point out “We wanted to create a venue that was decorated in the styles we like, and has events and exhibitions about the things we were interested in. A place to call in for brunch with great coﬀee, a meeting space for local groups and clubs to meet, a live music venue and a hub for cultural events. But most of all we wanted a place that was unique to everyone” “To be fair we had the basics; the museum is set in the beautiful Whitaker Park, in a handsome Victorian building and we’ve got a treasure trove of curios and fascinating artefacts. It just needed a team like us with the vision and audacity to make it happen.” Look at The Whitaker website and you’ll see listed film nights, acoustic evenings every
don’t go quite go to plan or attendance at events
South Asian communities that moved to the area
Wednesday, poetry and spoken word events,
is low. “We’ve all invested so much into this
to work in the industry.”
family days, brunch specials and regular
place it is a real labour of love.”
In 2015 The Whitaker was named Cultural Venue of the Year in the annual Lancashire
changing art exhibitions in the new gallery on
Major achievements since opening include
the first ﬂoor. And let’s not forget the original
becoming an oﬃcial accredited museum which
Tourism Awards which was a major milestone
museum collections. Carl still loves the reaction
has opened the door to potential funding. It is
for the team and gave them a great sense of
from new visitors. “It’s the best feeling when
hoped that a recent Heritage Lottery Bid will
what they’d achieved. “What a year that was.
you see visitors getting excited about exhibits.
provide the funds to renovate the adjoining
As well as the award we had a fantastic response
From our rather eerie shrunken heads to the
barn and stables into an exhibition and venue
to a 1970s Music Poster and Album Exhibition.
famous Tiger & Python, the only piece of its kind
space. Jackie adds “The bigger space will give
Local bands performed, we had talks from the
in the UK. We’ve got some cracking exhibits,
community groups the ability to hold events,
designers and even attracted coverage on BBC
and it makes us all really proud when someone
and we hope to house an exhibition about the
Radio 6 Music. Visitors came from across the
heritage of shoe and slipper making in the area.
north west. It was great.”
It is absorbing history, especially the incredible
At the other end of the scale Carl admits it’s
contributions and inﬂuences from the Irish and
hard not to take things personally when things
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For more information go to visitlancashire.com
Towneley Hall, Park & Gardens
A great day out
Towneley Hall, a 14th Century historic house with art gallery and museum, located in 400 acres of beautiful parkland, provides all the ingredients for a fun, adventurous and educational day out.
IN ROSSENDALE’S ADRENALINE VALLEY Take a deep breath and get ready to go! Escape to the beautiful Rossendale Valley in East Lancashire for an energising family break you’ll never forget. Grip & Go
Start the day with a splash (or hopefully not) at the Whitworth Water-Ski Academy with a water-skiing lesson on the beautiful Cowm Reservoir. All abilities and ages are catered for and equipment is provided. Once everyone has dried oﬀ, drive over to the Whitaker in Rawtenstall for lunch. This beautiful and stylish museum café is set in the beautiful grounds of Whitaker Park and they pride themselves on using local suppliers in the café. Choose from seasonal soups, tapas style dishes and if you visit on a Sunday, we recommend The Whitaker full breakfast brunch. After lunch check out the latest art exhibition and the Victorian natural history collection which includes some very unique taxidermy. Now you’re re-fuelled you’ll be ready to head out onto the slopes for an afternoon of skiing and snowboarding at Ski Rossendale. It’s the north west’s biggest outdoor ski and snowboard centre with a choice of slopes depending on ability and lessons available. New developments at the centre in 2017 will include
the north west’s biggest outdoor ski and snowboard centre with a choice of slopes
a brand new café complex so you’ll be able to pop in for some apres ski refreshments when you’re done. If you’ve still got energy to burn then
After such a busy day you’ll have earned a
Round oﬀ a great day by staying in a
finish the day with a session on the climbing
steak at the Firepit in Rawtenstall but don’t be
Rossendale Holidays Glamping Pod, nestled
walls at Grip & Go at the Adrenaline Centre, in
fooled this is no ordinary steak restaurant. Order
in the hills above Rawtenstall. Each pod has
Haslingden. Anyone from aged four and up can
Steak on a Stone and you’ll get your choice of
its own elevated decking, perfect for wildlife
attempt to scale the 18 diﬀerent walls and for
steak served on a slab of 350ºC lava rock. Finish
watching and star gazing after dark. Inside, curl
those brave enough there is the very daunting
the night with some live music at The Artisan
up in cosy full size beds after an exhausting but
leap of faith challenge.
incredibly fun day.
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/rossendalevalley
The Water Ski Academy
Rossendale Holidays Glamping Pod
wildlife watching and star gazing after dark...
Café at The Whitaker
in Kirkby Lonsdale...
Kirkby Lonsdale is a famously picturesque town, renowned for its photogenic charm. Enchanting, characterful buildings separated by narrow cobbled lanes are framed by a landscape of rare beauty. In short, the most spectacular setting for a short break. Whether you’re taking in the stunning scenery or strolling around the shops, there’s plenty to see and do. And when you’ve exhausted the great outdoors head back to The Royal Hotel for a sumptuous meal and relaxing overnight stay in one of our boutique bedrooms, followed by a fabulous breakfast the following morning.
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e all just love taking photos, be it on our phones or our cameras, we are taking more photos than ever before. As much as we like to take photographs we also love to share them.
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, twitter, Snapchat; our social media time lines are bursting with photos of friends and family, fabulous views, meals we eat, cute animals, the list is endless. Some make you smile, others make you a tiny bit jealous and some make you want to drop everything and go on holiday that very day. When you visit Lancashire in 2017 don’t forget to capture some of your favourite sights and experiences and then tag online using #Wherelifefeelsgood so we can share with the world just how much you are enjoying yourself. We asked Andrew Barton from Fat Badger Photography to give us some pointers on capturing the best photographs.
SHOOT AT NIGHT Keep your camera as still as possible. Low light means your camera will select a longer shutter speed. Consider using a tripod or a nearby wall to support your camera in order to reduce blur in your shot.
EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES The key to good food photography is lighting. Try to place a light above the food in order to reduce the amount of shadows. You could use a piece of tracing paper to diﬀuse the light and make it softer on your subject.
sharply as possible. If your camera
UP CLOSE WITH NATURE
allows, select a fast shutter speed
Always try and take the images
such as 1/1000th of a second or
from the same height as the
Action shots in general mean that your subject is fast moving and as a photographer you’ll want to try and capture your subject as
more, which will help to stop
subject. Getting eye-line
the action. Some cameras have
perspective gives a sense of being
a ‘sport’ mode which will help.
immersed in the animal’s world.
Tips provided by Fat Badger Photography
Share your images with Visit Lancashire using #Wherelifefeelsgood
based at Burscough Wharf, near Ormskirk. Fat Badger were also commissioned by Visit Lancashire to take the photography for the Lancashire Feast feature on the
cover and in the article on pages 12-17. Find out more at Fatbadger.photo
From Wordsworth and the Brontë sisters to Tolkien and Carol Ann Duﬀy, Lancashire’s history and landscapes has inspired a ream of poetry and classic novels.
WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF
LITERARY GREATS Well-read in the Ribble Valley Many areas of the UK claim to have inspired JRR
Whatever the connection this historic 17th
Tolkien’s creation of middle earth but the author
century inn is now a welcoming gastro pub, with
certainly spent much of his time at Stonyhurst
stylish rooms and is also dog friendly so they get
College whilst he was working on Lord of The
to explore ‘the shire’ as well.
Rings during the Second World War. Many have
Also linked to Stonyhurst College is
found connections with the landscape around
Victorian crime writer Arthur Conan Doyle
Stonyhurst and a number of names which occur
who was a student from September 1868. The
in The Lord of the Rings are similar to those
dramatic college building is said to have inspired
found locally. The five and a half mile Tolkien
some of the locations in his Sherlock Holmes
Trail explores the Ribble landscape that may
novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. Most
have inspired him, starting and finishing at
notably as Baskerville House is described just
the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green. Stay for
like the West Front at Stonyhurst, mullioned
the night or call in for a pint, though we can’t
windows, a central block with ‘twin towers,
promise you’ll find the Hobbit’s favourite,
ancient, crenelated’, and ‘to right and left more
Barliman’s Best, on tap.
modern wings’. Records show that a boy named
Some say that the Shireburn name (local
twin towers, ancient, crenelated...
Moriarty was also at Stonyhurst at the same time
landowners) may have inﬂuenced the naming
as Doyle so he may have drawn on his school
of the River Shirebourn in Lord of the Rings.
years for other inspiration.
Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green visitlancashire.com
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Wycoller Park, Colne
Brontë Rambles self-catering cottage near Colne. Although there are no actual links to the Brontё sisters at this
Although much more associated with Yorkshire, The Brontë sisters actually spent much of their lives in Lancashire walking from the family home at Haworth across the South Pennine Moors. Charlotte and Emily Brontë are thought to have frequently visited the picturesque hamlet of Wycoller near Colne and in particular the secluded ruins of Wycoller Hall. The Hall is said by several experts to be the model for Ferndean Manor in Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre and was used to illustrate the 1898 edition. There is now a four and a half mile Brontës in Pendle walk through the countryside visited by the literary sisters, starting in the village of Trawden. The walk includes the beauty spot of Lumb Spout before taking the old moorland pack horse trail to the village of Wycoller and the ruins of the hall. You can’t do the Brontës in Pendle walk without staying at Heathcliﬀ Cottage, a four star
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cosy cottage who could resist this tribute to Emily's famous brooding anti-hero. Charlotte Brontë also visited her neighbour Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth at Gawthorpe Hall on a number of occasions in the 1850s and it was whilst staying at Gawthorpe that her pseudonym ‘Currer Bell’ was blown. Sir James showed her the sights of his district including the ruins of Whalley Abbey near Clitheroe. Follow the Gawthorpe four mile circular walk and you’re likely to be following in Charlotte’s footsteps. The walk includes the nearby town of Padiham and the grounds and woodland of Gawthorpe Hall. After the grandeur of Gawthorpe Hall play Lord and Lady of the manor in the exclusive Woodland Spa Apartment in Burnley and make use of the award-winning Woodland Spa.
FEELING INSPIRED… Gain a better understanding of Lancashire’s literary past and future at one of the LitFest events.
Lancaster LitFest, 3 – 26 March,
The Storey Gallery and other city centre venues.
Burnley Literary Festival, October,
Burnley Mechanics Theatre and other venues
every feature which constitutes a perfect landscape.
The Inspirational Lune Valley John Ruskin, the Victorian artist, poet and art critic famously wrote of the Lune Valley ‘I do not know in all my own country, still less in France and Italy, a place more naturally divine.’ The spot in Kirkby Lonsdale is now known as Ruskin’s View and is still a great vantage point to view the area. Stay over at The Royal Hotel in the town centre so you can visit early before anyone else. The Lune Valley, also painted by Turner and Constable, particularly impressed the 18th century poet Thomas Gray who described the Crook O’Lune in particular as having “every feature which constitutes a perfect landscape.” You can walk or ideally cycle from Lancaster to Caton and the Crook ‘O’ Lune (a sharp bend in the river likened to a shepherds crook), 15km along the banks of the River Lune. You’ll pass Gray’s Seat and so can see for yourself what the poet so admired, since the view has barely changed. The Fenwick at Claughton (between Caton and Kirkby Lonsdale) is a 250 year old country inn that’s been refurbished as a four star inn and gastro-pub with large open fires, low-beamed ceilings, oak planked ﬂoors and fantastic food. You can almost imagine Thomas Grey calling Lune Valley
in for a ﬂagon of ale after a day of walking and musing.
The stones of Lancaster do sometimes whisper Wordsworth Literary Lancaster The Literary Lancaster two and a half mile walking tour takes you on literary journey via eight key locations and gives you the opportunity to dip into a range texts which have been inspired by the ancient city. Did you know Wordsworth wrote a sonnet titled ‘Suggested by the View of Lancaster Castle’ or Charles Dickens used The Royal Hotel as a location for one of his stories? Morecambe Bay (as viewed from the Ashton Memorial or the church yard or The Priory) has been much eulogised and the dangerous sands and tides mentioned in many stories, including one by Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. The castle is most famously known for its links to the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612 which have been commemorated by many including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duﬀy who was commissioned to write a poem as part of the 400 year anniversary in 2012. The trail also mentions The Royal Kings Arms on Market Street. There’s been a hotel on the site of this Grade II listed building since 1625, and Charles Dickens and fellow author Wilkie Collins stayed in 1857 (the building was demolished in 1879). This visit formed part of their northern tour which inspired ‘The Lazy Tour of two Idle Apprentices’ which was published in October 1857. The now Royal Hotel is right opposite The Storey Gallery, home to Lancaster LitFest and a very short walk from Lancaster Castle itself. Although recently refurbished they’ve kept the beautiful late Victorian stained glass and minstrel’s gallery. Charles Dickens had previously visited Lancashire at the beginning of 1854, when he stayed
For more information on all the
at Hoghton Tower near Preston. The then heavily
routes and places mentioned go
industrial town of Preston is believed to be the
inspiration for his social novel Hard Times, the only one of his novels not to have scenes in London. visitlancashire.com
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HRS IN & AROUND LANCASTER
History runs through the cobbled streets of this compact city. From the hilltop castle overlooking the glorious Morecambe Bay to the Lancaster Canal winding its way through the city’s industrious past and out into the surrounding countryside; Lancaster is a small city with a big story. The City Museums
© Joe Mather
The City Museum
© Joe Mather
Lancaster Market Square
Small enough to explore on foot, and right on the West Coast Main Line (not to mention the M6), a visit to the historic city of Lancaster is more than just your usual city break. 48 hours in Lancaster allows you to explore the streets and attractions of the city and the stunning countryside beyond.
a guided tour of the castle. The tour includes the medieval dungeons, the Drop Room (for public hangings), and the court rooms, still in use, with its branding irons for malefactors (thankfully not still in use). While you’re up on Castle Hill take half an hour to visit Lancaster Priory, adjacent to the castle. Parts of the church date back to Saxon times and it has beautiful medieval carved choir stalls, enhanced with more recent embroideries. After lunch in one of Lancaster’s cafes or old school pubs, visit Williamson Park and the Ashton Memorial. The memorial is the domed building on the skyline to the east of the city which has probably been catching your eye all the time you’ve been in the city. Head east across the city centre and cross Dalton Square in front of Lancaster Town Hall under the
unsmiling eyes of Queen Victoria. You reach Williamson Park by walking up to the top of East Road: half-way up is Lancaster Cathedral, not as ancient a building as the Priory, but equally inviting and with a beautifully painted interior. Once at the park, explore the meandering paths running throughout its 54
If you want to get a feel for the history of
Music Room in Sun Square and The Hall on
acres of stunning parkland. Why not visit The
Lancaster, there’s no better place to start than
China Street serve freshly ground coﬀee and
Mini Beast Centre which is also home to an
at one of the museums. The City Museum, a fine
delicious cakes, and The Print Room in The
engaging troop of meerkats, or, during the
Georgian building in Market Square and once
Storey serves a great range of drinks and home-
spring and summer months, view the exotic
the town hall, oﬀers an overview of Lancaster’s
cooked food. Whilst in The Storey, pop into
butterﬂies in the tropical palm house. On
history from Roman to current times and regularly
Lancaster Visitor Information Centre (Open Mon
summer evenings The Dukes theatre puts on
hosts interesting exhibitions on the ground ﬂoor.
- Sat 10am – 4pm) to pick up maps and leaﬂets.
magical open-air plays in the park.
Alternatively, wander down China Street to the
But if your visit doesn’t fall during the
No introduction to Lancaster would be
river and walk along St George’s Quay to the
complete without a visit to Lancaster Castle,
summer, there is still plenty to do in the
Maritime Museum, another fine Georgian building
founded (it is thought) in the 11th Century and
evening. The Dukes oﬀers both live theatre
and once the Port of Lancaster Custom House.
used as a prison, amongst other things, from
entertainment and cinema screenings. The
the end of the 12th Century until 2011. You can
Grand Theatre hosts drama, comedy and music
now visit parts of the one-time prison and take
events throughout the year.
Grab a mid-morning coﬀee in Lancaster’s newly-established ‘Coﬀee Quarter’. Atkinsons’
The Dukes Promenade Theatre
grab a mid-morning coffee in Lancaster’s ‘Coffee Quarter’
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It’s time to head out of Lancaster to visit
along the main street which oﬀers a number of
my country, a place more naturally divine...”
the beautiful surrounding countryside and
attractive boutique gift shops, antique shops and
From here, continue down the Radical Steps and
coastline with a day in Kirkby Lonsdale or
along the river footpath to Devil’s Bridge with
After a picnic lunch by the river or lunch at
Carnforth and Silverdale.
its three ribbed medieval arches. Legend has it
The Royal Hotel on Kirkby’s main street, take
that the devil appeared to an old woman, and
Lonsdale, home to many 17th and 18th Century
a moment to admire the wonderful Ruskin’s
promised to build a bridge in exchange for the
buildings. Visit the Georgian Market Square
View - a stunning panorama of the Lune
first soul to cross it. As the bridge was finished,
with its Victorian covered stone cross which still
Valley which moved John Ruskin, art critic and
the woman threw bread over the bridge and her
hosts a lively market every Thursday, or stroll
philanthropist, to declare, “I do not know in all
dog chased after it, thereby outwitting the Devil.
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Kirkby
“I do not know in all my country, a place more naturally divine...” John Ruskin
© Joan Martin of Photo North
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outstanding example of Art Deco design with stunning panoramic views across Morecambe Bay public transport or bicycle. Family activities take
across Morecambe Bay. Facing the sea, you can
to Carnforth Railway Station, made famous
place in the summer holidays and Wednesday
sit outside or within the glass fronted veranda,
by the film Brief Encounter, and now lovingly
Walkabouts are guided walks themed to suit the
as you sip your drink and watch the ever
restored as an award-winning heritage centre.
season and wildlife. The cafĂŠ at Leighton Moss
changing scenery of the bay and the undulating
The station refreshment rooms have been
boasts the Taste Lancashire Award and serves a
Lake District hills beyond. Before retiring to
restored to resemble the set used in the film and
wide selection of locally sourced, seasonal food.
bed, take an evening stroll down the Stone Jetty,
Alternatively, catch the train from Lancaster
After a busy day of walking and exploring
now serve delicious refreshments daily.
home to a series of art works known as the
the countryside, your thoughts are probably
TERN project, stretching away from the Midland
alight here to visit RSPB Leighton Moss Nature
turning to dinner? The place to go for a magical
into the Bay. Remember to wrap up warm as
Reserve, a 250m walk from the railway station
experience is the Midland Hotel in Morecambe.
the breeze at the end of the jetty even on a fine
and home to a wealth of amazing wildlife. There
The Midland is an outstanding example of Art
evening can be chilly â€“ although the amazing
is free entry to the nature trails when arriving by
Deco design with stunning panoramic views
sunsets more than make up for this!
Hop back on the train to Silverdale and
For more information go to visitlancashire.com/lancaster Midland Hotel
RSPB Leighton Moss & Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve
City of Heritage Unlock castle prison walls or admire Georgian splendour. Lancaster is one of Englandâ€™s Heritage Cities with a big story to tell.
www.visitlancaster.org.uk (01524) 582394
ee s t th e Meerkat
TO THE PARK
01524 33318 www.lancaster.gov.uk/williamsonpark
Enjoy fantastic facilities for all of the family at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre! XHeight indoor climbing, Energy indoor soft play, Gravity Europe’s first outdoor flight tower, indoor heated swimming pool with slide, Refuel Cafe serving delicious food and much more!
AND THE WINNER IS…
he end of 2016 saw one of our most successful tourism celebrations to date. Held in the magnificent Blackburn Cathedral the Lancashire Tourism Awards celebrated the huge variety of businesses who make Lancashire a great
place to visit and stay. Be sure to include a visit to any of our winners on your next visit to Lancashire.
• BEST HOTEL AWARD
26ft multi-level structure, up to 12 yrs (max 148cm high). £4 per child, under 1s free
• BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION AWARD
Hipping Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale
• SELF-CATERING HOLIDAY AWARD
Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages, Hambleton
• SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION AWARD
Carnforth Station Heritage Centre
Europe’s first outdoor flight tower! Test your nerve and leap from the 21m apex, The Drop.
18 exhilarating panels,
Are you brave enough?
5 yrs +. Junior - £8, Adult £10
• LARGE VISITOR ATTRACTION AWARD
The Blackpool Tower
• VISITOR EXPERIENCE AWARD
St Annes Beach Huts, Lytham St Annes
OPEN DAILY www.lancaster.gov.uk/saltayre | 01524 847 540
• TOURISM PUB AWARD
The Three Fishes, Whalley
• TASTE LANCASHIRE AWARD
La Locanda Ristorante Italiano, Gisburn
Assembly Rooms Emporium
• SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD
Browsholme Hall and The Tithe Barn, Clitheroe
• ACCESS FOR ALL AWARD
Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool
Step back in time at one of Lancaster’s 18th century heritage buildings & enjoy an intriguing mix of stalls selling authentic vintage, retro & alternative clothing, books, jigsaws & handmade craft & gift items. The Assembly Rooms Emporium is open: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm Saturday 10am - 5.30pm
• CONFERENCE OR MEETING VENUE AWARD
Winter Gardens Blackpool
• WEDDING VENUE AWARD
The Wellbeing Farm, Turton
• SMALL TOURISM EVENT AWARD
Chorley Flower Show
• LARGE TOURISM EVENT AWARD
Vintage By The Sea, Morecambe
• CULTURAL VENUE OR ORGANISATION AWARD
Burnley Mechanics, Burnley
• LANCASHIRE PRODUCERS & MAKERS AWARD
Bowland Brewery, Clitheroe
• NEW BUSINESS AWARD
Lancaster Music CIC, Lancaster
For more information visit: www.lancaster.gov.uk/assemblyrooms Tel: 01524 414251 /assemblyroomsemporium
• LANCASHIRE TOURISM SUPERSTAR
Leye D Johns from VIVA Blackpool
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e r i h s a c n a yM L Lancaster Castle
Lancashire was pleased to welcome a visit from award winning travel writer and self-proclaimed ‘happy northerner’
THE QUIRKY TRAVELLER Q. What do you love about living in Carnforth?
Q. As Britain’s Best Culture and History blogger
A. It’s a small, friendly place, with good shops and
2015 – what do you think are Lancashire’s top historical and cultural assets?
it’s not been ‘tarted up’. It’s very handy to get to places. There’s a good train service from the ‘Brief Encounter’
A. So tough to choose a few – we have a fantastic
station, it’s only half an hour into the Lake District or
heritage. One of the top historical sights is Lancaster
Yorkshire, good local transport links and the M6 is on
Castle. It has buildings dating back to the 11th Century,
it was the site of the Lancashire Witches trial and has
Q. When you’re not travelling the globe where do Heysham Barrows
you go to relax?
one of England’s oldest working courts. We have a rich industrial heritage; Queen Street Mill and Textile Museum, Burnley is a good place to see this. We have many excellent art galleries and museums, including
A. Morecambe Bay is just up the road and I often
some real gems like the Harris Museum in Preston.
walk along the Jetty or say hi to Eric on the Prom. My
I love outdoor art so the Pennine Panopticons are
favourite local spot to relax is Heysham Barrows; I often
another favourite. Blackpool has probably got the
wander up there and admire the views across the Bay.
richest seaside history in the world.
Sometimes I just get in my car and set oﬀ to explore somewhere new. I’m forever getting lost in the Trough
Q. What do you think makes Lancashire a
of Bowland; it’s so pretty. Lancaster is just up the road
‘quirky’ place to visit and stay?
and has a couple of great theatres, plus plenty of pubs and restaurants to eat out with friends.
A. Lancashire is one of the UK’s lesser known counties so it’s less ‘touristy’, more real and visitors
Q. What’s your favourite Lancashire food?
benefits from discovering its charms. There are unspoilt villages, great seaside attractions, interesting towns and
A. I was born in Lancashire (Southport was in
our county city, Lancaster, is developing a really vibrant
Lancashire then!) and we grew up on Lancashire Cheese.
arts and creative scene. We are still a working county
I’ve moved from crumbly to VERY tasty now, so Mrs
and our heritage is bound up in our every-day lives. So
Kirkhams is tops for me. I still make Lancashire Hotpot
many places in the UK have lost that genuine feeling
for my son (not as good as my Mum’s) and we used
of place, but we have it in bucket-loads here. Food and
to have parkin every Bonfire Night. I often go over
drink are becoming hugely important as we celebrate
to Lancaster Smokehouse at Glasson Dock for their
local produce and quality cuisine. Quirky Travel is about
excellent smoked fish. The Burrows in Lancaster and is
looking for unusual places and finding the unfamiliar
a good place to eat and the Edelweiss Café in Carnforth
in the familiar; Lancashire has both. People think they
serves great toasties.
know Lancashire but they need to visit to discover its true personality. Although I travel all over the world, I still love coming back home to Lancashire.
Follow The Quirky Traveller @quirkytraveller and read about her travels at thequirkytraveller.com
“I love you. I love your wide eyes, the way you smile, your shyness, and the way you laugh at my jokes.”
What do Brief Encounter, The Trip and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children all have in common? Whether it be a quaint railway station, award winning restaurants or iconic landmarks these and many other television programmes and ﬁlms have been ﬁlmed in Lancashire.
f you’ve ever wondered where your favourite TV
drama which saw the pair travelling around Lancashire,
series was filmed, or been momentarily distracted
Cumbria and Yorkshire posing as restaurant critics. These
by a stunning view in the background of a film and
locations weren’t particularly diﬃcult to pin point but did
thought you’d like to go there, you are not alone.
you spot Queen Street Textile Mill in the Oscar winning
In fact screen tourism is a growing phenomenon with
The Kings Speech and the TV drama an Inspector Calls? Or
more people than ever choosing to visit a location they’ve
perhaps Morecambe Winter Gardens in the mini-series Close
seen on screen. Whether you are inspired by the dramatic
to the Enemy? We didn’t spot Lancaster Castle’s prison in the new
scenery or want to re-live your favourite screen moments
series of Cold Feet but perhaps you did? The prison, only
you are in good company. Lancashire’s historic buildings, countryside and seaside
closed to inmates in 2011, was also used in the 2014 film Get
resorts have provided a backdrop for a wide variety of TV
Santa starring Jim Broadbent, and this part of the castle is
programmes and film, some you might have spotted and
now included on the guided tour if you’re interested to see
others that were cleverly disguised.
the location in more detail. More recently Rivington Pike and the surrounding
Bookings to the Inn at Whitewell and Hipping Hall (2016 Boutique accommodation of the year in the Lancashire
landscape near Chorley provided a suitably dramatic location
Tourism Awards) went through the roof after Steve Coogan
for A Monster Calls, released in early 2017, staring Sigourney
and Rob Brydon visited during The Trip – a six part comedy
Weaver and Liam Neason as the voice of the monster. More obvious locations which are also open to the
capturing the imagination of audiences for over 70 years
public include Hoghton Tower in Last Tango in Halifax and Stonyhurst College in the ghostly TV movie Tractate Middoth directed by Mark Gatiss, although Stonyhurst is probably still most famous for its appearance in the 1990 film Three Men and a Little Lady staring Tom Selleck. You certainly won’t miss Blackpool in the 2016 film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Look out for the Blackpool Tower and Circus, North Pier and the promenade in this Tim Burton blockbuster staring Samuel L Jackson. Tim Burton enjoyed his time filming in Blackpool so much that he switched on the Illuminations in 2015. But perhaps the granddaddy of all film locations is Carnforth Station which posed as Mitford Junction in the ultimate romantic classic Brief Encounter. David Lean’s classic 1945 film ranks second in the British Film Institute’s Top 100 ‘best British films’ list and has continued to capture the imagination of audiences for over 70 years. Interestingly, as it was filmed at the end of the second World War the Ministry of Transport chose the station as a film location because it was deemed safe from enemy fire, and filming took place at night so not to interrupt regular train services. The external filming of the ‘Milford Junction’ refreshment room used film ‘ﬂats’ specially erected on Carnforth station, however following restoration work the genuine refreshment room bares a very close resemblance, so you can still imagine yourself as Celia Johnson or Trevor Howard when you take tea in the visitor centre café or stand beneath the famous clock. As well as a great little café Carnforth Station Heritage Centre (Winner of the 2016 Visitor Attraction Award at the Lancashire Tourism Awards) includes a fascination exhibition about Brief Encounter featuring the film itself on continuous play, changing exhibitions and shop.
For more information go to visitlancashire.com
The King’s Speech at Queen Street Textile Mill
Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green
HERITAGE & CULTURE
Don’t forget it’s
#WorldMarriageDay on 12 February
PERFECT VENUE & DAY If you are looking to the natural world for inspiration when planning your wedding day then where better to start than in Lancashire’s rolling hills, windswept moors and stunning countryside. Embrace the beauty and natural tranquillity of tying the knot outdoors by using natural decorations, mismatched pots and hand-picked wildﬂowers to make your wedding day timeless and unique.
For weekly wedding updates follow #LancsWedHour every Thursday 3-4pm on twitter and get some inspiration for your perfect wedding in Lancashire.
FOOD AND DRINK
LANCASHIRE WEDDING VENUES THAT MAKE THE MOST OF THE NATURAL WORLD
For somewhere slightly quirky the Lancashire Tourism Awards wedding venue winner 2016 is The Wellbeing Farm in Edgeworth. This unique venue comes complete with bow tie-wearing llamas, vintage tractors and even rustic barns, nestled on a Pennine hillside.
Take your vows whilst ﬂoating on water at the 250 acre Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston. Share your day with the rare and varied species of birds and wildlife who live and visit the reserve. You could give your guests binoculars and bird feeders to commemorate the day.
The Gibbon Bridge Hotel has over 35 years of experience in celebrating weddings and embraces the natural world by holding ceremonies in a bandstand surrounded by mature trees, rolling lawns and cottage garden ﬂowerbeds. At the request of a bride recently, The Gibbon Bridge developed a bespoke wildﬂower garden so she could have ‘home-grown’ ﬂowers at her wedding.
The 17th Century Tithe Barn situated in the grounds of the historic Browsholme Hall is surrounded by picturesque gardens, parkland and a romantic boating lake, where you can pose on a boat for romantic wedding photos.
Wellbeing Farm, Edgeworth
(But please don’t fall in!)
Foxfields Country Hotel and Wedding Venue, situated within nine beautiful acres of the Ribble Valley, have recently opened their new Woodland Walk which not only provides a stunning backdrop but it also gives guests somewhere to explore whilst they are waiting for the photographs to finish.
WHY NOT TRY…
Hen and stag activities to try in Lancashire
COOKERY SCHOOL CELEBRATION Cook up a treat with your hen or stag party at
BREW YOUR OWN BEER
the award-winning Northcote Cookery School
Getting married at Holmes Mill? New for 2017
in Langho. Choose from a range of exciting and
stags and hens can brew their own cask ale
inspirational culinary courses at one of the UK’s
with Bowland Beer based at the mill and then
top culinary schools and then sit down to eat
serve the beer on the big day to wedding guests,
and enjoy all your hard work.
branded with its own unique name. BEACH HUT PARTY
Bring together both wedding parties with a day by the seaside by hiring a couple of the award winning St Annes Beach Huts. Equipped with fridges, kettles and the all-important glasses, the huts provide a luxury base for the lots of fun and games on the beach. We challenge you to a game of rounders, hens vs stags! visitlancashire.com
Meetings, Events, Functions and Accommodation
Great value 3* accommodation at the University of Cumbriaâ€™s Lancaster campus, close to the city centre. Self-catered, single study bedrooms, free Wi-Fi in all the rooms, shared kitchen facilities and a mix of en-suite and shared bathroom facilities. A comfortable, cost effective alternative to a hotel or hostel, with personal service and superb catering. For further information visit www.cumbria.ac.uk/conferences or to make a booking contact us at: University of Cumbria Bowerham Road Lancaster LA1 3JD t: 01524 384460 e: email@example.com Copyright ÂŠ University of Cumbria 2016 (UOC 825)
REST AND RELAXATION
from Lancashire’s Award Winners
Well known as being a Michelin starred restaurant, did you know Northcote currently holds the title of AA Hotel of the Year 2016/17 and is the Lancashire Tourism Awards Hotel of the Year 2016?
ith 26 individually sumptuously styled rooms and suites, many with views over the gardens and the Ribble Valley beyond, transform an evening out into an exquisite gourmet break. Wake in
the morning to one of Northcote’s famous Lancashire breakfasts or might we suggest something a little diﬀerent? How about Lancaster Smokehouse juniper and beech smoked salmon thinly carved with free range scrambled eggs or can we tempt you to Mrs Kirkham’s melting Lancashire cheese souﬄé, served with grilled tomato?
“Exciting menus rooted in Lancashire traditions” After breakfast take a walk through Northcote’s gardens. For ten months of the year the gardens, dependent on the weather, supply organic salads, edible ﬂowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit which you can enjoy in many of the dishes. Arrive early afternoon and you can sample an exquisite Prosecco afternoon tea beside a roaring fire in the lounge, or simply sit beside the bar and watch the spectacle of your cocktail being made to order. Under Chef Parton Nigel Haworth’s direction and Executive Head Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen the Northcote kitchen have always had deep loyalty to artisan producers and the great larder of Lancashire, with seasonality at its heart.
Other Lancashire Tourism Award winners • Hipping Hall in Kirkby Lonsdale Best Boutique Accommodation 2016 • Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages in Hambleton Best Self-catering Holiday 2016.
Whether you want a budget B&B, a cosy farm stay or a fabulously decadent boutique hotel – we’ve got every kind of accommodation in Lancashire.
Go to visitlancashire.com to browse and book. visitlancashire.com
WHERE TO STAY
AWARD-WINNING FAMILY RUN HOTEL
A COSY RETREAT
THE BRIARDENE HOTEL
THE MILLSTONE AT MELLOR
The Briardene Hotel is a top of the range three star small hotel,
An old coaching inn at the heart of a beautiful village. Cosy and
with 16 modern superior and deluxe bedrooms. Now run by the third
comfortable guest rooms combine with fabulous food deserving of
generation of the Heywood family, the hotel boasts an award-winning
two AA rosettes and great cask ales brewed just two miles away by parent
restaurant for both breakfast and evening meals.
› 56 Kelso Avenue, Cleveleys, North Blackpool, Lancashire, FY5 3JG.
› Church Lane, Mellor, BB2 7JR
› 01253 338300
› 01254 813333
A TRANQUIL ESCAPE
BEST WESTERN BOLHOLT COUNTRY PARK HOTEL › Walshaw Road, Bury, BL8 1PU The Best Western Bolholt Country Park Hotel is close to Manchester, and just a mile away from
› 0161 764 5239
Bury. However, it is still a world away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby cities and towns,
enjoying a tranquil location amongst 50 acres of beautiful lakeside gardens and parkland.
WHERE TO STAY
SEA VIEW HOTEL
AWARD WINNING HOTEL AND SPA
STANLEY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA
Centrally located, next to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. All rooms are en-suite;
Stanley House Hotel is a stunning, award winning hotel, set in 54 acres
some with panoramic sea views across the promenade and Illuminations.
of Ribble Valley countryside in Mellor, Lancashire. With 30 first-class
All rooms have Egyptian cotton bedding and towelling, complimentary
bedrooms, unrivalled wedding and conference facilities, the stylish Grill
toiletries and slippers, free Wi-Fi, tea/coﬀee facilities and ﬂat screen TVs.
on the Hill restaurant, the hugely popular Mr Fred’s bar and lounge and a world-class spa, Stanley House is truly a hotel like no other.
› 553 New South Promenade, Blackpool, FY4 1NF
› Further Lane, Mellor, Lancashire BB2 7NP
› 01253 341 442
› 01254 769200
THE HEART OF LANCASTER
SELF CATERING IN HISTORIC GROUNDS
TOLL HOUSE INN AT LANCASTER
A unique inn with a fabulous location at the heart of Lancaster. Guest
With an elegant Jacobean Great Hall, this stylish, self-catering resort
rooms are cosy and comfortable with all mod cons, and downstairs
features a leisure centre and traditional restaurant. Thurnham Hall
there’s a busy bar with great selection of cask ales and delicious food
is a 12th-century country estate, set in nearly 30 acres of grounds
served throughout the day.
in scenic Lancashire.
› Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XT
› Thurnham, Nr Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 0DT
› 01524 599900
› 0800 358 6991
› DiamondResortsandHotels.com visitlancashire.com
WHERE TO STAY
ACCESSIBLE SELF CATERING HOLIDAY COTTAGES
HISTORIC GEORGIAN HOUSE
BRICKHOUSE FARM COTTAGES
EDEN VALE HOLIDAY FLATS
Accessible holiday cottages set amongst a private fishing lake and acres of
Eden Vale is a large Georgian property of historic interest, converted
stunning countryside. Varying in size, from two to four bedrooms, some
into seven self-catering ﬂats. Situated on an elevated private road on
with accessible hot tubs under the stars. Purpose built to provide holiday
Morecambe’s promenade, commanding unspoilt views of the sea, the
accommodation for families, friends and carers.
Lakeland Hills and stunning sunsets over the bay.
› Brickhouse Lane, Hambleton, Poulton-Le-Fylde, FY6 9BG
› 338 Marine Road, Central Promenade, Morecambe, LA4 5AB
› 01253 702122
› 07739 008 301 and 07946 021 669
SEA VIEW VICTORIAN APARTMENTS
COSY CAMPING PODS
BOWLAND WILD BOAR PARK CAMPING PODS
HOLIDAY APARTMENTS High quality, self-catering accommodation with sea views. The
Set in the heart of the Forest of Bowland these cosy camping pods sleep
magnificent Victorian apartments are close to the promenade, shops,
up to four people at a time and cost just £50 a night which includes a
restaurants, four Championship golf courses and the thrills of Blackpool -
complementary family ticket to the park. Enjoy a picnic or go for a ramble
it’s all here on the doorstep. Apartments come with free Wi-Fi, private car
around the footpaths whilst visiting all the animals.
parking and are non-smoking. › 383 Clifton Drive North, St. Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire FY8 2PA
› Bowland Wild Boar Park, Forest of Bowland, Chipping PR3 2QT
› 01253 726082
› 01995 615 54
WHERE TO STAY
HOLIDAY AND CARAVAN TOURING PARK
SCANDINAVIAN-STYLE SELF CATERING
WESTGATE CARAVAN PARK
PINE LAKE RESORT
Situated within easy reach of local attractions. Facilities include, onsite
Unique Scandinavian-style Lodges in a tranquil location by Pine Lake,
shop, laundrette and children’s play area. Fully equipped six berth holiday
Carnforth. Guests can enjoy water skiing, sailing and canoeing and
homes for weekly hire. Touring pitches with electric hook-up and facilities.
there is also an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa
No tents or awnings. Season March to October.
available at the resort.
› Westgate Caravan Park, Westgate, Morecambe LA3 3DE
› Dock Acres, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA6 1JZ
› 01524 411448
› 0800 358 6991
AWARD WINNING HAVEN
SUNSET PARK Surrounded by a haven of beautiful countryside, the Five Star award winning Sunset
› Sower Carr Lane, Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 9EQ
Park oﬀers caravan and luxury lodge accommodation with hot tubs close to Blackpool.
› 01253 700222
The park runs a schedule of weekly events in the extensively refurbished entertainment complex. Facilities include a pub and restaurant serving traditional pub food, a sports bar,
coﬀee shop and children’s play areas.
› sunsetpark.co.uk visitlancashire.com
WHERE TO STAY
EVENTS & FESTIVALS We Lancastrians consider events as one of our specialities; Starting with the biggies like Blackpool’s world famous Illuminations and the UK’s biggest Walkabout theatre in Lancaster down to the quirky Tractor Pulling Championships in Great Eccleston and the downright silly Gravy Wrestling event in Bacup there’s not much we don’t off er. Throw into the mix our award winning uber-stylish Vintage By The Sea in Morecambe and the shiny new Chorley Flower Show and you get the picture. We could go on to mention our breezy kite festivals, nostalgic 1940s events, fi rework spectaculars and music festivals, but we think you’d be better seeing them for yourself. Look through our events and festivals guide and see what takes your fancy.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Lancashireâ€™s rural areas are perfect for stargazing and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty holds Dark Sky Discovery Status at four sites including Gisburn Forest. The low light pollution and good sightlines make many areas of Lancashire ideal for exploring the night sky. Wrap up warm and head to one of the events listed below to learn more. 3 Jan
Dark Sky Stargazing
Brockholes Nature Reserve,
Brockholes Nature Reserve,
Brockholes Nature Reserve,
Gisburn Forest Hub
Gisburn Forest Hub
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
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JAN 1 Jan New Year - Visit to the Coast Rossall Point Observation Tower, Fleetwood 3 Jan Winterfest Stargazing Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston 13-15, 19-22 Jan Beauty and the Beast Burnley Mechanics Theatre 19-21 Jan Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Civic Arts Centre and Theatre, Oswaldtwistle 20 Jan - 5 Feb Obsession 2017 Northcote, Langho 25 Jan - 25 Mar Celebrating Ormskirk Heritage Exhibition Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
18 Feb - 29 Jul India’s Gateway; Gujarat, Mumbai & Britain Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery 18 Feb
Ghosthunt at the Station
What’s Your Story, Chorley?
Chorley Town Centre
Dark Sky Stargazing
Jupiterwatch - Stargazing
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston
Great Hall, Lancaster University
Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Life of Richard Burton
Goldilocks & the Three Bears
Burnley Mechanics Theatre
The Dukes, Lancaster 15 Apr
Chorley Grand Prix Chorley town centre and the surrounding area 16-17 Apr Easter Trail at Gawthorpe Hall
Lancaster Beerfest Lancaster Town Hall
FEB 1 Feb - 29 Mar Harris Live Wednesday Evenings, Harris Museum, Preston 2-4 Feb Pendle Beer Festival Colne
17 Apr Egg Rolling
Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston
The Tempest Grand Theatre, Blackpool
17-23 Apr St George’s Day Charity Festival
King of Pop Burnley Mechanics Theatre 3-26 Mar Lancaster Litfest Storey Gallery and other Lancaster venues 11-31 Mar WOW Weekends Blackpool Pleasure Beach 16-17 Mar St. Patrick’s Day Shows Oswaldtwistle Mills, Accrington
21-23 Apr Great British Food Festival
Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green
The Bon Jovi Experience Civic Arts Centre and Theatre, Oswaldtwistle 11-14 Feb Showzam! Winter Gardens and other Blackpool venues.
22 Apr - 1 May Wray Scarecrow Festival and Fair
March Flavours with Nigel Haworth Northcote Cookery School, Langho
23 Apr The 100 Voices of Gospel King Georges Hall, Blackburn 27 Apr - 1 May Ribble Valley Jazz Festival Various locations across Clitheroe & Ribble Valley
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
SHIP-AHOY 4 Jul - 12 Aug Treasure Island, Dukes Walkabout Theatre Williamson Park, Lancaster Celebrating 30 years of the Dukes Walkabout Theatre in Lancaster’s Williamson Park. This year it’s ship-ahoy for a tale of pirates and adventure on the seas as the UK’s biggest promenade theatre presents Treasure Island.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Chipping Steam Fair
Elton John & his Band
Chipping, near Clitheroe
Ewood Park, Blackburn 17 June
Sundays May- Sept
Colne Music & Food Festival
Brass Bands in Happy Mount Park
National Festival of Making
Leyland / Worden Park
King William Street, Blackburn
Blackpool Armed Forces Week
Garstang Walking Festival
Garstang, Bowland and surroundinh Villages 27-29 May 13-14 May Ormskirk Medieval Weekend
19 June - 7 Aug
Bands on The Square
Lytham St Annes Art Collection:
Turner and his contemporaries
Coronation Park, Ormskirk
Fylde Gallery, Booths, Lytham
28-29 May 14 May Alice in Wonderland
Darwen Live 2017
Darwen town centre
Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Stubbylee & Moorlands, Bacup
28 May 19 - 21 May North Lancashire Soul Festival
Lytham Club Day
Morecambe 20 May Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra King Georges Hall, Blackburn 20-21, 27-29 May Lunesdale Arts Trail Studios around the Lune Valley 20 May - 30 Jul Maiden Bridge Summer Exhibition Tatham, Lancaster 24-28 May Nice ‘N’ Sleazy Festival Morecambe 25-27 May Love Your Local Market Ormskirk Town Centre
JUNE 1 June Neverland Express East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall 2-4 June A Splendid Day Out - Steampunk Weekend Morecambe 24-25 June
Morecambe Catch the Wind Kite Festival
Late Night Riding & Fireworks
Morecmabe Beach and Promenade
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Picnic in the Park
Accrington Food Festival
Astley Park, Chorley
Classic Vehicle Show
Cleveleys Classic Car Show
Towneley Park, Burnley
Cleveleys Promenade and Victoria Road West 9 -11 June Blackpool Pride Festival Blackpool town centre and Winter Gardens
27-29 May 1940s Weekend East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Chorley Flower Show
Pendle Walking Festival
Astley Park, Chorley
Pendle 13 Aug
1 - 2 July
Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival
Crafty Vintage Fair
Marine Hall, Fleetwood
19 Aug - 20 Aug
1 - 2 July
Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival
Jazz & Blues Festival
Blackpool town centre and Winter Gardens
Moor Park, Preston 31 July - 6 Aug 2 July
Lytham Festival 2017
18th Classic Car & Bike Show
4 July - 12 Aug Treasure Island, Dukes Walkabout Theatre Williamson Park, Lancaster 8-9 July
The King’s Visit Re-enactment
Hoghton Tower, Preston
21-27 Aug Garstang Arts and Music Festival Throughout Garstang 22-27 Aug Sister Act Winter Gardens, Blackpool 25-28 Aug Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival Colne
Barnoldswick 26 Aug
Aug - Sept
Pendle Cycling Festival
Sawley, The Ribble Valley
Taste of Leyland Leyland town centre
Pendle 27 Aug
Great Eccleston Show
Great Eccleston Showﬁeld
Ormskirk MotorFest Ormskirk town centre
Fleetwood Festival of Transport
Royal Lancashire Show
Witton Country Park, Blackburn
16 July Theatre in the Park Astley Park, Chorley 22 -23 July Green Fayre Beacon Country Park, Upholland 28 Aug 25 July
World Gravy Wrestling
Colne Grand Prix Cycle Race
Rose ‘N’ Bowl, Stacksteads
Colne 28-29 Aug 28-30 July
Clitheroe Food Festival
Stephen Park, Gisburn Forest
Various locations across Clitheroe
Great Eccleston Tractor Pull Great Eccleston Showﬁeld 29 Aug
Ormskirk Gingerbread Festival
Blackpool Air Show
Ormskirk town centre
Around the World in 80 Days
Crafty Vintage Fair
Hoghton Tower, Preston
Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Ride the Lights Blackpool Promenade
BLOOMING BRILLIANT 29 - 30 Jul Chorley Flower Show Astley Park, Chorley The award winning Chorley Flower Show returns for a second year at Astley Hall, Chorley. Get top tips from celebrity garden experts, admire the show gardens and pick up some inspiration and plants for your own garden.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
FLAPPING GOOD FUN 2 - 3 Sept Vintage By The Sea Morecambe Morecambe’s vintage extravaganza celebrates all things vintage and retro with local lad and inspirational designer Wayne Hemingway at the forefront. Whether you’re a ﬂapper girl or a stylish mod, head to Morecambe for an award winning weekend of parties, events, classic cars, fashion shows, live entertainment and a vintage fairground.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
OCT 8, 15, 22, 29 Sept International Fireworks Championship Blackpool Promenade
Blackpool Illuminations Switch On
1 Sept â€“ 5 Nov
Oct - Mar
Blackpool Illuminations and LightPool
Lancashire Game and Country Festival
Promenade and Comedy Carpet
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough
Classic Vehicle Show
Chorley town centre
10 Sept Heritage and Woodland Day Towneley Park, Burnley 16 Sept Nelson Food Festival Nelson 2-3 Sept St Annes Kite Festival St Annes Beach 2 Sept Theatre in the Park Astley Park, Chorley 2-3 Sept Vintage by the Sea Morecambe Promenade 7-10 Sept Heritage Open Days Across Lancashire
18-23 Sept Hairspray Winter Gardens, Blackpool 12-16 Oct
Lancaster Music Festival
The Ormskirk Beer, Food & Wine Festival
Venues across Lancaster
Ormskirk Cricket Club
Late Night Riding & Fireworks
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Halloween Ghost Train
East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall
Gisburn Forest Hub
Rossendale 60s Festival
Oswaldtwistle Mills, Accrington
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
HOME FOR THE WINTER Oct - Mar Swan Spectacular WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough In winter, many thousands of wild ducks, geese and swans are drawn to WWT Martin Mere Wetlands in West Lancashire, oﬀering spectacular displays of feather and ﬂight with an award winning experience called Swan Spectacular. This annual migration sees over 40,000 pink footed geese use the reserve for feeding and you can witness the sight of over 2000 whooper swans being fed every day during the winter at 3pm.
18-19 Nov Lancashire Weekend East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall 24 Nov
Crafty Vintage Fair
Ormskirk town centre
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston
Lancashire Day & Christmas Switch On Nelson 25-26 Nov Santa Specials East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall
Light Up Lancaster Lancaster 4 Nov Charity Bonﬁre Witton Country Park 17 Nov Bowland Meteors Gisburn Forest Hub 18 Nov
Ormskirk Christmas Lights Switch On
DEC 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 20-24 Dec Santa Specials East Lancashire Railway, Bury - Rawtenstall 7 Dec Whalley Pickwick Festival Whalley
27 Nov Lancashire Day Events across Lancashire - Follow #LancashireDay for more information End of Nov Leyland Christmas Festival Leyland town centre End Nov - Dec Christmas in Rossendale
The Whitaker, Ski Rossendale and
Victorian Christmas Weekend
other venues in the Rossendale Valley
Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham
Chorley’s Christmas Lights Switch On Chorley town centre
11-12 Dec Garstang Victorian Festival Garstang
To ﬁnd more exciting events in Lancashire go to visitlancashire.com/events
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Wed 18 to Thu 19 January (Various times)
The James Taylor Quartet & special guests Thursday 19 January 7.30pm
Come and experience the very best in tapas cuisine from around the world. With high quality, locally sourced ingredients and first class hospitality, we guarantee excellent service and divine food to match. Tel: 01772 80 44 45
Wednesday 25 January 7.30pm
Ladbrokes World Grand Prix
Mon 6 to Sun 12 February (Various times)
Brendan Cole - All Night Long Saturday 18 February 7.30pm Professor Robert Winston Modifying Humans Where Does Genetics Stop? Tuesday 21 February 7.30pm
Ruby Wax - Frazzled
Monday 6 March 7.30pm
Monday 6 March 9.30pm David Walliams’ - Gangsta Granny LIVE! Wed 8 to Sun 12 March (Various times)
Omid Djalili - Schmuck for a Night
The Villa Italian Preston offers a signature style of authentic Italian cuisine served in a stylish new city centre location at the front of the Preston Guild Hall complex. Tel: 01772 80 44 48
Thursday 23 March 8pm
Count Arthur Strong
brings you ‘The Sound of Mucus’ Friday 7 April 8pm
Back to the 80’s Live - Starring Katrina, Paul Young, Sonia, & more! Saturday 15 April 7.30pm
Joseph & His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Tue 18 to Sat 22 April (Various times)
Boycott & Aggers
Thursday 27 April 7.30pm
Dave Spikey- Juggler On A Motorbike Friday 9 June 7.30pm
Our brand new cocktail and wine bar serves up a wide range of classic and bespoke cocktails alongside Review’s signature sound courtesy of their in-house DJs. Tel: 01772 80 44 46
See full show listings at prestonguildhall.com
ELTON JOHN AND HIS BAND
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Subject to licence. Tickets sold subject to booking fee and Promoters terms & conditions (details on request). Disabled customers advised to book early. in association with
Saturday 5th August 8:30am till late
A Great Family Day Out In The Country! SHOW HIGHLIGHTS Squibb Freestyle Motorcycle Stunt Show Agricultural and Horticultural Exhibits Childrenâ€™s Entertainment / Rare Breeds Farmers Market / Countryside Displays Horticulture & Craft Tents / Vintage Section
SHOWFIELD GREEN LANE EAST, GARSTANG. PR3 1JS Details & Tickets: www.garstangshow.org or call the show secretary on 07867 313 346 Follow us:
PLANNING YOUR TRIP By Road
The M6 runs right through
Lancashire has excellent rail
Both Liverpool John Lennon
Bring your bike to Lancashire
Lancashire connecting to the M61,
connections from all over the
Airport and Manchester Airport
(or hire one when you get here)
M65, M55 and several major A
country – just two hours from
have frequent ﬂights serving
and appreciate the variety of
roads. In less than an hour’s drive
London on the West Coast Line
Europe and international airports
terrain and breath-taking views.
from Manchester, Liverpool and
with Virgin Trains with stations
including Beijing, Hong Kong and
You can pick up hire bikes from
Leeds you could be exploring the
at Preston and Lancaster. Change
New York. Manchester Airport has
a number of railway stations
vast Pennine Fells, beautiful Ribble
at Preston to reach the towns of
direct trains to many Lancashire
including Morecambe, Blackburn
Valley or driving along the world
Clitheroe, Burnley, Blackburn,
destinations every 30 minutes and
and Ormskirk, all at reasonable
famous Blackpool promenade.
Colne and Ormskirk. There are
it’s less than an hour’s drive from
prices. Leisure Lakes Bikes in
also direct trains traveling from
Manchester to Preston.
Lancaster city centre has a range
Manchester to most Lancashire
of hire bikes including electric and
towns and cities.
hybrid, and Blackpool hire scheme has comfortable yellow bikes from the Palatine Leisure Centre. See cyclelancashire.com for a full list of cycle hire venues.
For more information on travelling to and around Lancashire go to visitlancashire.com
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42 hand pulls for cask ales world beer food
wide selection of lagers, ciders, wines and gins brewery tours Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB W . www.holmesmill.co.uk | T . 01200 401035
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Published on Jan 13, 2017
Featuring the very best places to stay, visit, experience and dine, the annual visitor magazine showcases the very best of Lancashire.