From the famous Coconutters to the internationally acclaimed puppet theatre; from open mic nights in local bars and restaurants to acoustic sessions in a museum! You’ll be amazed at what you find

The Valley of Rossendale’s diversity offers a haven for photography, with beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna and its traditionand industrial heritage providing challenging opportunities for even the most demanding of photographers.


The Whitaker

Whitaker Park Haslingden Rd Rawtenstall
T: 01706 260785

Open: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–4pm, The Bar: Thur/Fri/Sat 5pm–11pm, Evening meals: Thur/Fri/Sat 5.30pm–9.30pm. Set in the beautiful Whitaker Park in the Valley of Rossendale the museum displays interesting local history paintings and Victorian natural history collections and a very active contemporary art gallery. There’s also a wonderful cafe/restaurant. Keep your eye out for the fantastic Acoustic nights.


The Horse and Bamboo

The Boo, 679 Bacup Road, Waterfoot BB4 7HB

Horse + Bamboo Theatre, known as The Boo, have been part of the Valley of Rossendale since 1978. Known for their work with puppets and masks, they produce high quality visual theatre for children and adults in Waterfoot. Music and story-telling are central to their thought-provoking shows, staging a broad range of productions throughout the year along with the annual Puppet Festival.

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The Halo

T: 01282 421986

A walk up to the Halo is a great way to commence your visit to the town of Haslingden and on a clear day you can see the city of Manchester and the hills of North Wales. If you are feeling really energetic there’s a network of footpaths and woodland walks in the area. The Shoe Trail can be accessed from the Halo which takes you to the East Lancashire Railway at Rawtenstall (just follow the clay shoes) or the old Kings Highway, a former packhorse trail, will take you to Stonefold Village, Accrington and beyond.

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Mather Gallery

28, Bury Road, Rawtenstall BB4 6AA
T: 01706 561430

East Lancashire’s Contemporary Art Gallery Situated in The Rossendale Valley Town of Rawtenstall at the end of the M66 link Road & Northern Terminus of The East Lancashire Railway, we’re at the Gateway To Rossendale. Just 35 minutes’ drive from Manchester City Centre & are served by a regular Bus Service & the Heritage Railway. The Mather Gallery is a welcoming friendly gallery where we always like to have a fantastic selection of work from leading artists on sale including Top Selling Artists: Rozanne Bell, Elaine Cooper, Jonathan Shaw, Ruby Keller, Allan Morgan & Nigel Cooke. We encourage visitors to pop in say hello & have a look around, browsers are very welcome.

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Bacup Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre, Rochdale Road Bacup OL13 9NR
T: 01706 874299

The Royal Court Theatre in Bacup, Rossendale, owned and operated by The Bacup Theatre Ltd.


The Rossendale Players

T: 01706 213560

The Rossendale Players have been producing plays in the Valley of Rossendale for almost 70 years. A new exciting chapter began with the opening of THE NEW MILLENNIUM THEATRE in September 2000. Many of our members have been nominated for and won various awards by both NODA and GMDF over the ten years of productions here




Whatever the history, the ‘Nutters’ are fiercely proud of their tradition and are much Loved and respected by the people of Bacup. One thing is certain wherever the ‘Nutters’ go, their appearance, the dances, the music and name of Bacup remains vivid in the memory of the people because nowhere is there a traditional dance team quite like The Britannia Coconut Dancers! In a word – they are unique!


Walking on Glass
T: 01706 231 722
M: 07980 354 727

Artisan Hand Drill & Sand Carved Glass & Crystal Engraver – Creating beautifully engraved pieces of Glass or Crystal that are treasures for ever!