Rossendale plays host to fabulous events throughout the year.

Offering up a flavour of Rossendale and as many of them are weekend long events they give youthe chance to stay over and explore the rest of Rossendale.

Rossendale prides itself on giving people a real feel of the culture, friendliness and uniqueness of the towns that make up The Valley.


Rossendale 60s Festival (September)

The Rossendale 60’s Festival is acknowedged by all who have been as one of the premier annual events in the Northwest. It is now in it’s third year and as you will see from the posts from last year, it covers much of what people associate with the 60’s era including ‘Scootfest’ a scooter rally, classic cars, live music at a number of venues, fashion, food, hippie markets and for the first time this year we have the ‘Rally in the Valley’, a VW campervan gathering in Rawtenstall. The Festival will be taking place on 11th, 12th and 13th September 2015, and is a Rossendale Valley wide Festival, includes events in Rawtenstall, Bacup, Haslingden and Whitworth. The Festival’s main aim is to attract and expose visitors to the beauty, heritage and culture of Rossendale. What better way than to create a Festival with a theme that young and old can relate to.

60s Fest 4 (BH)

Bacup Easter Festival (Easter)


This year’s Bacup Easter Fair was in the opinion of many locals “the best in years”. There was an excellent gathering of classic cars, a hunt the Easter egg competition, the market was heaving with visitors all being entertained by the Limitless Cheerleading Squad and the iconic Coconutters and the Hub held a range of Easter crafts.


East Lancashire 1940’s Weekend (May)

Events are in and around each station from Heywood to Rawtenstall with vintage markets, music and singing from the 40’s, military shows and a re- enactment at Rawtenstall station.


Rawtenstall Annual Fair (July)


Join the community in a fun-filled day packed with local live music, dance acts, stalls, food, drink and children’s activities.


Christmas in Rossendale (Christmas)

Christmas in Rossendale prides itself in being distinctive. The beautiful Valley of Rossendale, incorporating Rawtenstall, Haslingden, Helmshore, Bacup and Whitworth, all within a 10 mile radius, providing visitors with the opportunity to see Christmas celebrated in many community ways. Festive events with markets, choirs, brass bands and local talent. Santa visit Grottos for the children.


Gravy Wrestling Championships (August)

More than 1,500 people gather in the Bank Holiday sunshine to watch the annual contest in Bacup, Lancashire. Costumed competitors slopped and grappled for victory in the World Gravy Wrestling Championships.

World Gravy Wrestling Championships - Andy & Jon

Haslingden Community Street Fair (September)

This is a true community event, attended by hundreds of local people and visitors. There are bouncy castles, children’s workshops and The Flying Dodos from Thingumajig Theatre touring the streets. The Haslingden and Helmshore band play. Davitt Dancers and local musicians will be performing along with Sparkle Dance Academy, and authentic Asian performances from traditional Punjabi Bhangra drummers.


Rural Rossendale Foodie Walking Festival (September)

An annual walking festival which takes place in Rossendale and provides the opportunity to sample the unique foods of Rossendale while enjoying the beauty and character of the Valley. There are a variety of walks to choose from each featuring a particular food from the area, and with award winning accommodation offered by the members of the Rural Rossendale Group, you are guaranteed an amazing weekend

Key Event 3 - Walking Festival

Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival (June)


Starting with the procession at Burnley road, Bacup and concluding at Stubbylee and Moorlands Park. There is live music, dance, fun and stalls in the park , so come and join us for a fantastic day of entertainment for you and your family.




Holy Trinity

HarFest – Music Festival from Incredible Edible at The Whitaker (September)

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Harvest Celebration is on last Sunday of every September. The event marks the end of the growing season and showcases local food and non-food businesses who each have a stall selling their goods. We also have additional activities for children. HarFest is our FREE music event to compliment the Harvest Celebration. Held in the grounds of the beautiful Whitaker Park it provides entertainment for all ages.

Key Event 2 - TC Activity


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Variety of events taking place throughout the year, please visit the website for more details.