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.
Annual Summer Puppet Festival from the Horse and Bamboo Theatre in Waterfoot. It is a perfect blend of theatre shows, free puppetry, music, walkabouts and making activities in the garden, a delicious café to keep you nourished and refreshed every day, and to top the weekend off – a magical musical puppet parade on Sunday afternoon!
The Rossendale 60’s Festival is acknowedged by all who have been as one of the premier annual events in the North West. It is now in it’s fifth year and 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 we have the ‘Rally in the Valley’, a VW campervan gathering in Rawtenstall. Attracting and exposing visitors to the beauty, heritage and culture of the Valley of Rossendale with a theme that young and old can relate to.
See the famous Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup perform their annual boundary to boundary dance. Plus stalls, crafts, entertainment and activities in various venues throughout Bacup town centre.
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.
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 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.
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.
This is a true community event attended by hundreds of local people and visitors. There are bouncy castles, food and craft stalls, street entertainers, demonstrations, music, bands, folk group, children’s activities, dance groups and much more.
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.
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.
Variety of events taking place throughout the year, please visit the website for more details.