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Making History

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.”

more information.






Lancashire Visitor Magazine 2017  
Lancashire Visitor Magazine 2017  

Featuring the very best places to stay, visit, experience and dine, the annual visitor magazine showcases the very best of Lancashire.