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Places to Visit
Give the car a rest Walking and cycling are a great way to see the area without adding to the traffic. There are several walks right on your doorstep.
Some ideas for car free days out (33kb PDF)
Horse Riding / Trekking
Braeden Pony Trekking Centre web site
Festival of Bowland
Festival Bowland is a ‘year-round' calendar of events that celebrate the birds, wildlife, landscape and culture of the Forest of Bowland AONB. Festival Bowland events showcase the area's special qualities and shares with others what makes it such a special place for people and wildlife and provides a wealth of events and opportunities for people to explore the area's special qualities throughout the year. The Festival of Bowland (3mb PDF)
Farm visitor centre with rare breeds tea room and gardens, just a ten minuite walk away across open fields. www.cobblehey.co.uk
Calder Vale Children's Festival on the second Saturday in June.
Bowland Wild Boar Park
View wild boar, longhorn cows and other animals. Children's playground, tractor rides, cafe and picnic area. www.wildboarpark.co.uk
Clitheroe Castle and Museum
The Norman castle keep of Clitheroe has dominated the skyline for more than 800 years since being built around 1186. Recently refurbished the museum is packed with interesting exhibits plus has a modern cafe and gallery space.
Samlesbury Hall and Huntleys Farm Shop
timber framed hall Samlesbury Hall is well worth a visit. Nearby is Huntleys Farm shop and restaurant features a wide range of local quality food, ice cream with in the summer has a Miscanthus crop maze and pick your own fruit.
Villages and Towns
Full of charm Chipping has won a number of best kept village competitions over the years. There are three pubs, Cafe, High Class Butchers and Icecream makers plus The Craft shop and gallery, which is the oldest continuously trading shop in Great Britain, open since 1668. In the village is an ancient water-wheel and the village church was founded in 597AD.
There is a yearly steam Fair, held the weekend of the May Spring Bank Holiday. Chipping Show celebrates all aspects of farming and rural life with a variety of attractions for all members of the family.
A village with three churches but no pub. The Barn garden center and gift shop and the Priory restaurant are worth a visit.
Also an annual
Vintage & Country Fayre.
Garstang is a historic market town off the A6 midway between Preston and Lancaster in Lancashire, England. It has a population of about five thousand. At a Public Town Meeting on Thursday 27th April 2000 the people of Garstang voted virtually unanimously for Garstang to become the world's first Fairtrade Town. Garstang Agricultural show is held every year on the first Saturday in August and is seen as one of the best one day shows in the country.
Garstang Arts and Music Festival
The Arts and Music Festival has been running in Garstang for nearly 15 years. The festival takes place in August for one week. Please check for details.
Garstang & District Children's Festival, May Spring Bank Holiday
Garstang Fairtrade Directory (51kb PDF)
Lunesdale Studio Trail
Every year in Beautiful Lunesdale, artists open their studios to the public. More info at Lunesdale Arts.
Great Eccleston Agricultural Show, second weekend in July.
The Hodder Valley Show
A traditional agricultural and horticultural show and a perfect family day out, with something for everyone to enjoy. Every year upwards of 3000 people, experience a slice of rural life in an idyllic setting.This year the show is on 12th September. Visit The Hodder Valley Show for Details.
Wildlife and Birdwatching
See our wildlife page for wildlife watching ideas
Interactive Map of wildlife Hotspots in Lancashire.
Nature reserves, visitor centres, wildlife walks and the best places for bird watching.
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