Celebrating Lancashire Day: 10 Things to do in Lancashire
Date posted: 27 November 2018countryside, canals, coast and towns.
In 1612 ten people were executed on the moors about Lancaster, having been found guilty of witchcraft at Lancaster Castle. The evidence given against the so called ‘Pendle Witches’ was based on memories, hearsay and superstition and would not be considered in a modern court. But life was very different 400 years ago; religious persecution was rife and people lived in wretched fear and poverty.
The Pendle Witches
Over 400 years later you have the chance to follow the journey taken by the accused witches, to learn about their lives and the trial that made British history. From the untamed moorlands of Pendle Hill to the mighty court of Lancaster, take a journey of discovery through Lancashire’s dramatic and historic past by walking the famous Pendle Witch Trail.
> Click here to read the story of the Lancashire Witches & find out more about the trail
Many areas in the UK claim to have inspired J.R.R Tolkien creation of middle earth but the author certainly spent a lot of his time at Stonyhurst College working on The Lord of the Rings during the Second World War. Many have found connections with this landscape around the college and the 5.5-mile Tolkien Trail explores the Ribble Valley that almost certainly inspired him.
In the Footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien
A number of names which occur in 'The Lord of The Rings' are similar to those found locally including Shire Lane (in Hurst Green) and River Shirebourn (similar to the family name which built Stonyhurst).
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This 14th century grade 1 listed hall has a rich history with many stories to tell, with grand period rooms decorated with oil paintings and sculptures covering several centuries of life at the hall which was the home of the Towneley family for over 600 years.
Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum
Today the hall hosts an eclectic collection including an Egyptian mummy, the whalley abbey vestments Lancashire made oak furniture Pilkington pottery and Kashmir embroidery.
The art gallery boasts a spectacular collection of oil paintings including works by Tadema, john William waterhouse and Zophany A program of exhibitions in the galleries cover a wide range of subjects and there is always something new to see.
The Victorian kitchens are open where you can explore all the wonderful culinary gadgets with the guide on duty or go to visit the family dining room and see how they would have eaten in the company of Lady O Hagen.
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Fun for everyone in the 12 acre Wild Maze, follow the quiz trail, collect the answers to the clues and enter the end of season prize draw! Large indoor and outdoor play area, pedal go-karts, football net, basketball hoops, trampoline, large sandpit including buckets, spades, pedal tractors and more!
Singleton Maize Maze
The maze has a café with a selection of freshly made sandwiches, toasties, cakes and ice creams to enjoy in the large indoor and outdoor seating areas.
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Rivington Pike is one of the north of England's best viewpoints. The historic tower is reputed to date as far back as far as 1138 and boasts breath-taking views of Rivington and beyond.
A walk along the Anglezarke Reservoir is an easy ramble along the shore. The Rivington Reservoirs are manmade (built between 1852 - 1857). Remains of buildings covered by water can still be seen when water levels are low. Explore the area around the reservoir by foot or bike and even through the treetops at Go Ape: Rivington.
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Blackpool's award-winning attraction the Blackpool Model Village & Gardens, established in 1972, has been inspiring the imaginations of families for decades.
Model Village & Gardens
With hundreds of hand-crafted models and figures are set into more than 2.5 acres of stunningly beautiful landscaped gardens with paved pathways providing access for all.
Marvel at the many hand-crafted models and figures that represent life’s rich tapestry and step back in time to those bygone days when life seemed to move at a slower pace, from a Scottish Castle, protected by its ranks of guardsmen to a tranquil Cornish fishing village.
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The Brontë sisters actually spent much of their lives in Lancashire walking from the family home at Haworth across the South Pennine Moors. Charlotte and Emily Brontë are thought to have frequently visited the picturesque hamlet of Wycoller near Colne and in particular the secluded ruins of Wycoller Hall. The Hall is said by several experts to be the model for Ferndean Manor in Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre and was used to illustrate the 1898 edition.
The Brontë Sisters Walk
There is now a four and a half mile (7km) Brontës in Pendle walk through the countryside visited by the literary sisters, starting in the village of Trawden. The walk includes the beauty spot of Lumb Spout before taking the old moorland pack horse trail to the village of Wycoller and the ruins of the hall.
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Submerge yourself in a nostalgic environment, packed with sounds, smells and sights from a bygone era. Enjoy a sensory experience loved by both young and old. Hear the real people stories, from factory workers, drivers and as well as the great inventors whose innovations shape our everyday lives.
British Commercial Vehicle Museum
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum charts British commercial vehicle history since the 1800’s and gives you the opportunity to get up close to vintage vans, huge trucks, retro buses glorious red Fire Engines and more.
> Click here to enjoy a marvelous motor experience
If you find peace at heart gliding down a beautiful waterway and have always wanted to go on your own voyage, then drifting along a tranquil canal on a narrowboat is for you. Watch the rolling ﬁelds and wildlife as you pass by, before mooring up next to a quaint pub by the side of the water.
Wonderful Water Ways
What better way could there be to spend a Lancashire holiday?
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Built in 1325, Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior. Enjoy intrigue, witchcraft and centuries of enthralling times gone by throughout their archive rooms.
From the Tudor priest holes to the Victorian kitchen, the Hall has history from (and for) every age. With the turbulent tales of its Catholic families, witches and the haunting of Lady Dorothy (and other ghost stories), a captivating insight into life from the early 14th to the 21st century is all waiting to be discovered.
> Click here to step back in time at Samlesbury Hall
Nestling side by side in the quiet village of Helmshore in the stunning Rossendale Valley are two original Lancashire textile mills, Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill, together known as Helmshore Mills Textile Museum.
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
Here you can soak up the atmosphere of the historic mills whilst witnessing original machinery at work and follow a journey to discover how raw wool and cotton were transformed into yarn, ready to be woven into cloth.
Experience the Revolution gallery and learn the story of Lancashire's unique role in the industrial revolution. Gain a snapshot into a very important part of our Lancashire history.
> Click here to learn more about our fascinating Textile history