The top summer days out in the Lancashire countryside
PUBLISHED: 00:00 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 18:07 21 October 2015
Enjoy everything our county’s beautiful countryside has to offer with our guide to some of the best places and events to try. Emma Mayoh reports
Heralded as the biggest steam fair in the north west, Scorton Steam has more than 600 exhibits of vehicles of all ages, shapes and sizes this June 20th and 21st. As well as having the opportunity to get a close look at some of them, there will also be a display by comedy motorcycle stunt team, Purple Helmets, lawnmower racing, crafts, fairground rides and a food hall. There will also be live music on Saturday night from local performer Anthony Huddleston.
Pendle Cycling Festival
Get active this summer with this superb cycling festival which runs from July 1st – 15th. There are a number of rides organised from Pendle as well as the Steven Burke Sports Hub. The event culminates with an exciting elite race, the Colne Grand Prix.
As well as enjoying one of the guided cycle rides, it is also a fantastic chance to discover some of Lancashire beautiful countryside.
The Green Fayre
The Green Fayre at Beacon Country Park in Upholland on July 25th and 26th is a celebration of the countryside and countryside life. You can take a walk through the working woodlands and watch talented woodland crafts people manipulate natural materials to create a variety of useful and beautiful objects and pieces.
You can also sample local produce, shop handmade craft gift items in the craft and healthy lifestyles marquees or learn about Viking life, dog handling and birds of prey by marvelling at the shows in the main arena. Local musicians will also be performing in folk tents.
This popular one-day show celebrates 200 years on August 1st. There a big plans in place to mark this important milestone. Squibb Freestyle, a top FMX stunt display team, will be putting on a performance as well as Welsh Axemen who will hold a number of competitions including a springboard tree climb.
This year there are also some new additions including a covered children’s area. Cbeebies presenter Katy, Ashworth will be entertaining the little ones with fabulous games and stories. There will also be soft play and face painting in the marquee too!
The show will also again host Horse of the Year Show qualifiers and there will also be many trade stands and a farmers’ market.
Royal Lancashire Show
The Lancashire institution, said to be one of the oldest county shows of its kind in the country, is being revived this year. The show, which dates back to 1767, is organised by the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society. For several years it was plagued with bad weather which forced its cancellation. The last one to take place, albeit in a reduced form, was in 2012.
But this year it will be back with a bang on August 7th – 9th with a jam-packed programme at Salesbury Hall, Ribchester. There will be livestock displays, top class showjumping, food and drink, crafts, a country life area and lots of entertainment. There will also be demonstrations from motorcycle and quad stunt rider Jason Smyth as well as vintage tractors, steam engine and classic cars on display.
Pendle Walking Festival
Pendle’s award-winning event, regarded as the biggest free walking festival in the country, takes place from August 15th – 23rd. There is a huge range of activities including walks and rambles that take in the spectacular Lancashire countryside.
It will include something for everyone, including challenge walks, medium walks, and short family walks.
Tractor Pulling Championships, Great Eccleston
Dubbed the world’s most powerful motorsport, the championship finals on August 29th and 30th are a sight to behold. See the machines pulling a weight transfer sledge down the 100 metre track. The sledge gets heavier as it moves down the track. The winner is the machine that can pull the sledge the furthest. You will see everything from small engine vehicles to huge 4.5 tonne machines at the Great Eccleston Showground. It is an enjoyable day experiencing something a little different. www.nwtpc.co.uk
Pendle Sculpture Trail
Learn more about the fascinating Pendle Witches story on this trail that takes in beautiful countryside and woodland. Discover the ten ceramic plaques, each representing the ten people accused of witchcraft more than 400 years ago, as well as being able to see curving tree sculptures and others created from steel and stone. Art, nature and history come together here with the stunning backdrop of Pendle Hill. You can park at Barley and it is around a mile walk to Aitken Wood, where the trail is.
RSPB Leighton Moss
The views alone are worth the trip to Silverdale. But you can also spot some special birds at this beautiful reserve, which has the largest reedbed in the north west. It is home to breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers as well as other wildlife like deer and many butterflies.
You can investigate several different trails, including ones around two lagoons, or go right into the reedbed. There is also a visitor centre with a lovely tea room. www.rspb.org.uk
Don’t be fooled by the entrance, just off junction 31 of the M6. Brockholes is a peaceful nature reserve packed full of wildlife. This popular spot, owned by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, is home to a wide range and ever increasing amount of wildlife.
There are plenty of lovely trails to follow, the Guild Wheel cycle route passes through the reserve and there is a fantastic play area for children.
Brockholes has a busy events calendar with everything from nature walks for babies to outdoor theatre. There is also the fabulous floating visitor centre that has a restaurant, shops and welcome centre.
Explore Lancashire largest forest by bike, on foot or on horseback. There are popular, well known walks or quiet trails to discover peaceful glades and unknown beauty spots.
It is a haven for mountain bike enthusiasts and Gisburn Forest has two fantastic trails, the moderate graded Bottoms Beck for younger or novice riders and the red graded 18km “The 8” for those with a higher level of experience and skill. There is also a new Skills Loop to practice riding mountain bike trail features.
Beacon Fell Country Park
This beautiful part of Lancashire is very popular. There are plenty of footpaths and trails to have a woodland walk. Try to spot any of the many varieties of wildlife that call Beacon Fell Country Park home including roe deer, stoat, red foxes and otters.
There are also a number of sculptures to look out for created by talented local artists.