Clitheroe is at the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley and in summer time it is simply stunning

Throughout the year Clitheroe attracts shoppers from far and wide but in summer, when shoppers flood into the town to visit the many and varied independent boutiques and open air café bars, the town is buzzing and it is a magical place to be!

While the town enjoys a fantastic reputation for its shops, cafes and restaurants it also is renowned for its artisan produce that can be bought locally.

Steeped in history, Clitheroe lies at the heart of the Ribble Valley and its most prominent feature is the 12th century Norman castle keep set upon a limestone outcrop.

Visit the museum there or while away the time admiring the castle grounds and the stunning views.

There have been many changes in the course of the town’s history and that of the surrounding towns and villages, but the characteristics stay much the same –
the friendliness of the residents and businesses and the diversity of the Ribble Valley’s independent shops, restaurants, bistros and bars.

Clitheroe has access to all that the Ribble Valley has to offer – wonderful artisan produce much of which is made in many of the surrounding villages, ranges from cakes and breads made in farmhouse kitchens to local cheeses, chutneys and meats.

The town is host to an open air market which sells this local produce and Clitheroe also has a wide range of specialist shops, many of which have been run by the same family for generations. Because these businesses are independent they offer a wide range of unique products making Clitheroe the ideal location for sourcing something that little bit different!

During summer there are also lots of events going on in the Ribble Valley – check out our comprehensive What’s On guide to discover all the upcoming dates, not forgetting the UK renowned Clitheroe Food Festival in August when the town comes alive with TV chefs working their magic, culinary workshops, tastings and stalls selling the best Lancashire produce!

If you are planning a trip to Clitheroe, make a day of it and enjoy the town’s fantastic social scene that is especially vibrant as the summer season gets underway.



Tedd Walmsley

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