Days Out In The Ribble Valley

From artisan markets to a beautiful open garden weekend, there are some fantastic days out to be had in the rural countryside of the Ribble Valley

Just a stone’s throw away from Preston and Fylde, the countryside of the Ribble Valley is stunning – and no more so than in the pretty village of Mitton where there is the wonderful All Hallows medieval church. Next door to the church is Great Mitton Hall, a private Tudor house that each year opens up the lovely gardens to the public in order to raise money for charity.

Last year owner and organiser Jean Kay raised £4,200 for three of her chosen charities Combat Stress, the Walking Wounded and The Brooke. This year on 6th and 7th August, from 1pm – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, Jean will once again open up the gardens at Great Mitton Hall for the same charities. Visitors can meander through the pebble paths where wild roses tumble over ancient stone walls with the sweet scent of lavender in the air. Garden sculptures and carefully manicured topiary can be seen while at the centre of the garden is a large pond with Koi carp.

Tea and cakes are served throughout the afternoon and there will also be book, bric-a-brac and plant stalls too. A visit to this delightful garden with stunning views over the River Ribble and All Hallows church as a backdrop, is an absolute must!

Great Mitton Hall, Mitton Road Mitton near Clitheroe BB7 9PQ

Clitheroe Food Festival is an annual showcase of the hard work and dedication of local food and drink producers, and their fabulous produce. Expect glorious quality Lancashire produce, inspirational chefs and exciting culinary activities for all the family. Date: 20th July

A three-day extravaganza designed to be an annual get-together of inspirational creators, inventors, designers, makers, distillers and thinkers. Some of the most forward-thinking minds from the region all under one roof, with the opportunity to share ideas and sell amazing products. The event will be held at Lanx HQ in Whalley. Date: An Evening with Joe Foster founder of Reebok 5th August (ticket only). Pop-up shop 6th & 7th August bar, music and food.

Built in 1325 Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history. Retaining its original typical black and white exterior, the hall is almost equidistant between Blackburn and Preston, yet retaining a rural feel. Go to the website for dates of Simon Entwistle’s spooky tales and Janey the witch’s amusing tours.

Located in the heart of the village, this weekend market brings together art, design, fashion, vintage and more from over 35 local creators, makers and curators every month! Dates: 30th & 31st July, 27th August – 29th August.

Set in 16 acres of parkland there are numerous events at the castle over the summer including a Wheelie Good Cycling Exhibition, a Calling All Superheroes event, an Archaeology Day and a Day of Knights with the Silver School of Arms featuring weapon handling and displays of medieval sword fighting. For more details and dates visit the website.

This is just a very small selection of what the Ribble Valley has to offer, read on for some more must see places to see and visit.



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