12 things to do in the Ribble Valley this summer
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Here’s our pick of some of the best summer happenings
Super Car Sunday: Classic Car Special
This is the ideal event for all automobile enthusiasts, whether you’re a supercar owner or just an interested spectator. Park for free in either Holmes Mill or Sainsbury’s Clitheroe. Money raised will be split equally between chosen charities.
Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe, BB7 1EB www.holmesmill.co.uk
Enjoy a tour of the award winning Gibbon Bridge gardens with their head gardener Robert Lowe and gardening expert, Peter Foley. After the tour, enjoy a delicious two course lunch.
The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Green Lane, Chipping, PR3 2TQ Tel: 01995 61456, www.gibbon-bridge.co.uk
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July 14 - 16
Beat Herder Festival
Returning to the Ribble Valley for its 12th year, festival goers can expect to see music from Kelis, Crystal Fighters, Trentemøller, The Sugar Hill Gang and High Contrast..
Sawley, BB7 4LF www.beatherder.co.uk
Midsummer Proms Concert
Longridge Band holds their ever popular midsummer concert with a patriotic theme and traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’ finale.
Longridge Civic Hall, Calder Avenue, Longridge, PR3 3HJ
July 21 & 22
Holmes Mill host their very first gin festival that takes place over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of July. There will be a variety of gins from local, independent and national distilleries and you get a commemorative gin glass as part of the entry fee.
Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe, BB7 1EB www.holmesmill.co.uk/events/gin-fest
July 22 & 23
downham hall open garden
The Assheton family open their gardens for local good causes. Expect brass bands and magic as well as garden tours.
Downham Hall, Downham Village, near Clitheroe.
July 28 - 31
Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival
Retreat to Gisburn Forest for a fabulous weekend of music and art. The family friendly festival is now in its seventh year. This year, headliners include Congolese poet, composer-lyricist, scriptwriter and performer BALOJI and cosmic concept band Henge. They will perform alongside emerging and established alternative music, touring family theatre, interactive arts and music workshops, plus fine food and a beer tent.
Gisburn Forest, BB7 4TS www.cloudspotting-festival.co.uk
The Pendle Piano Trio
Gaynor Sutcliffe, Paul Greenhalgh and Robert Buller, highly successful musicians in their own right, have combined their skills to perform an imaginative programme of popular light classics. The afternoon of quality music will be followed by afternoon tea. All proceeds go to St Andrew’s Church.
Slaidburn Village Hall, The Green, Slaidburn, BB7 3ES Tel: 01254 384893
August 4 - 6
Antiques and Fine Art Fair
Organised by Galloway Antiques Fair, find a variety of things on sale ranging from furniture, porcelain and jewellery, to clocks, sculpture and paintings.
Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, BB7 9PZ www.gallowayfairs.co.uk
Starts August 6
Ribble Valley Open Art Exhibition
The theme for this year’s Ribble Valley Open Exhibition is ‘time’. The exhibition, which is held in the Steward’s Gallery, will showcase both amateur and professional artists from across the Ribble Valley and adjoining boroughs. Visitors can take part in the people’s choice competition, where you can choose your favourite piece for the chance to win a Lancashire Museums Family and Friends Xplorer ticket.
Clitheroe Castle Museum, Castle Hill, Castle Street, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Clitheroe Food Festival
An annual showcase of food and drink producers from the Ribble Valley and beyond, this festival is not one to miss. Taking over the town centre, enjoy a street food smorgasbord that has something to suit all tastes. There will also be entertainment, demonstrations from local chefs and activities for all the family.
Stonyhurst College will be host to Chapterhouse Theatre Company, performing an outdoor production of Charles Dickens’ classic, Great Expectation, in the grounds of the historic college. There is also the opportunity to pre-book an historic tour of the college and afternoon tea prior to the performance.
Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, BB7 9PZ
Tel: 01254 827014, www.stonyhurst.ac.uk