Enjoy a family day out in the Ribble Valley and when the sun sets there are night time adventureS to be had in the Forest of Bowland – entertainment for all ages!

Steeped in history, Clitheroe Castle and the surrounding parkland was bought in 1920 by the people of Clitheroe by subscription and declared a memorial to the men who lost their lives in the Great War. The castle was built in 1186 by Robert de Lacy and it has been a proud landmark ever since. The Castle Museum opened in 2009 following major restoration work and includes innovative interactive galleries, disabled facilities, a changing exhibition space, and a stunning glass entrance housing a souvenir retail space and café. Surrounded by 16 acres of parkland, the castle affords stunning views over the Ribble Valley and Pende Hill beyond. Well worth a visit!

Dark Sky Discovery
Visit the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by night in the beautiful Forest of Bowland. Specific zones have official Dark Sky Discovery Status where it is possible to observe the spectacle of the Milky Way or the constellations such as Orion, with the naked eye. The sky is breathtakingly beautiful. There are now four sites which have been identified as the best places to star gaze – Beacon Fell Country Park, Crook O’Lune picnic site, Slaidburn and Gisburn Forest Hub.

Whalley Abbey
Located in the charming village of Whalley stands Whalley Abbey. A large important Cistercian monastery which dates back to 1296 when Abbot Gregory of Norbury and 20 monks arrived. The ruins are now open to the public and are protected as an important ancient monument.

The Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail
The trail was launched in 1993. The first of its kind to be established in Lancashire, the circular trail runs from Brungerley Bridge to Crosshill Quarry along part of the Ribble Way. There are over 20 sculptures including animals and flowers all made from different materials.

Beacon Fell Summit
Last one to the top buys the ice creams! Enjoy the warm summer air and walk to the peak of Beacon fell, where from the top, outstanding views can really be appreciated. A triangulation pillar is situated on the site of where the beacon would have stood. Records show that there was a beacon here as long ago as 1002 AD. The walk is suitable for all ages. First to spot Blackpool Tower!

Barrowford Park
The beautiful Barrowford Park was first awarded a prestigious Green Flag in 2008. Within the park lays a bowling green, war memorial and two children’s playgrounds. The park is home to wildlife including woodpeckers squirrels and bats plus a lake populated with moorhen, ducks and coots for the children to feed. The stunning picnic area is a great way to wind down and relax after a fun filled day.

The Palace Cinema Longridge
The Palace is no ordinary cinema – it will truly transport you back in time to the day when the National Anthem is played before the start of a film and an usherette brings around ice cream and lollies. While the cinema retains all of its old world charm, it has state-of-the-art technology to screen all the latest blockbusters. Check out the website to see what is showing and enjoy a real blast from the past! You can even enjoy a traditional chippy tea beforehand just across the road at The Top Chippy!



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