The Rossendale Valley is renowned not just for its independent shops and markets, but for its vibrant arts and culture scene that will see lots of events coming up this Christmas

Just a stone’s throw from the Ribble Valley, the Rossendale Valley will be bustling this Christmas when there will be a whole host of celebrations, including a new festive market.

Switching on the lights in Rawtenstall will be paralympic swimmer and medal winner Tom Hamer.
This will take place on Saturday 26th November when the double silver medallist and former Alder Grange pupil, will be the star of the show.

Ahead of the Christmas lights a new Christmas market will be held in the town throughout the day, featuring more than 50 stalls offering fresh produce and artisan street food.

In Haslingden the switch-on will take place on 3rd December, with a Victorian Christmas market taking place from 5pm to 8pm, with optional Victorian dress.

Visit any of the towns and villages of Rossendale in the run up to the festive season and you will find lots of independent boutiques and shops. Many of the towns are in close proximity providing easy access to the many local shops selling exclusive, hand-made products and traders who celebrate their local skills.

The Valley also has three interesting and lively markets – enjoy a slice of local life and make a date to visit either Rawtenstall, Haslingden or Bacup to see and savour the local produce on offer and the many and varied market stalls.

The shopping experience in all of the towns and villages in Rossendale is unique and that’s largely down to the Valley’s rich heritage. History is abundant in Rossendale’s buildings and traditions – it also has many interesting museums offering an insight into the region’s industrial and cultural heritage.

Visitors to Helmshore Textile Museum can discover how wool and cotton became yarn and hear the stories of inspirational inventors and their magnificent machines while at the Whitaker, in Whitaker Park, there are displays of interesting local history, paintings, and Victorian natural history collections.

Watch out for festive events too at local landmarks and venues – Rossendale is famed for its exciting arts and culture scene as well as the friendly people who live and work in the Valley!



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