Things to do in Rossendale
Rossendale is alive with something for everyone from heritage attractions telling the story of the cotton mill and shoe industry to specialist shopping experiences.
Take a ride on a traditional steam train or be guided along one of the many countryside walkways. See giant sculptures or enjoy the stunning Pennine Lancashire scenery along the Rossendale Way, a 42-mile footpath around the boundary of the Borough.
For the adrenaline seekers, Lee Quarry has become the most talked about mountain bike centre in the country… seeing is truly believing, come see what the fuss is all about. Not forgetting the Ski Slope
Whether you're looking for a varied day out or planning a longer stay, Rossendale has a wide variety of reasons for you to visit. Come for the day or stay a while longer and we'll guarantee you a friendly welcome.
We’ve included some of the things to do in Rossendale below. Adding businesses to our directory is an ongoing process - if we missed your business or activity we’d love to hear from you.
Bacup Borough Football Club was established In 1875. Their first match to take place at their current Brian Boys West View Stadium was in 1889 when one of the founder members of the English Football League Accrington Stanley played there in front of over 1,000 spectators.
Watch association football played with passion and commitment.
Bacup Cricket Club, based at Lanehead in Bacup, in the spectacular scenery of the pennine hills.
The club started in 1892 when the Lancashire League was formed.
The quintessentially Englishmans game is thoroughly appreciated here.
Bacup Golf Club is set against the picturesque backdrop of hills and dales amidst the rolling moorland landscape of East Lancashire. Playing the nine-hole course, you will enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Rossendale Valley, as well as some challenging golf. Visitors are guaranteed a warm and hospitable welcome.
Bacup Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in the area and celebrated it’s centenary in 2010. It has a thriving playing section and when you have finished your round, why not sample the facilities available in the clubhouse. There is an extensive bar and dining area where you can relax and have drink or a bite to eat.
Please feel free to see what Bacup Golf Club has to offer, by using the links at the top of each page to make your way through the site.
Open Wednesdays and Saturdays 9 - 4
The “ Nat” as it is more fondly known locally is situated on Yorkshire Street, Bacup. We are open every Thursday night from 7.30 pm, other times by arrangement. Visitors are welcome to come and view our comprehensive collection of old local newspapers such as the Bacup Times, The Bacup & Stacksteads Chronicle and several issues of the Bacup Echo along with a vast collection of local photographs and local history artefacts in our museum.
The Royal Court Theatre is a huge 484 seat Victorian theatre, and acting on this stage is as close to professional as it gets!
Nestled on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Irwell valley Bleakholt animal sanctuary is a charity committed to caring for dogs, cats, farm animals and small pets. No animal at the sanctuary is ever put to sleep except on veterinary advice. Our aim is to find happy loving homes for many of our dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals and those that cannot be re-homed will spend the rest of their days in our care along with our equine and farm animals
If you go to the Pennine Town of Bacup on Easter Saturday you will be confronted by a band of men the survival of which is as unexpected as it is fascinating and whose strange appearance could certainly be described as exotic! Website http://www.coconutters.co.uk/
Every Easter Saturday no matter what the weather they gather a 9am at the Travellers Rest Public House on the A671 Rochdale to Bacup road accompanied by members of Stacksteads Silver Band to dance their way through the streets following a tradition that takes them from boundary to boundary of the Town.
For further information about the Britannia Coco-nut Dancers, their East Weekend events and The Crown Affair, held on the first Sunday of every July, visit: http://www.coconutters.co.uk/
Clough Head Visitor Centre offers a brief introduction to the local and natural history of the fascinating Grane Valley. Once a thriving industrial landscape the valley was cleared during the late 1800s to accommodate the reservoirs. Today the picturesque and peaceful landscape offers a perfect antidote to the pace of modern life, with excellent walking trials and other countryside pursuits.
Beautifully restored heritage steam and diesel railway that takes you on a captivating 12 mile journey.
The East Lancashire railway is a heritage railway in both Lancashire and Greater Manchester, North-West of England. It is currently (as of May 2013) operating 12 miles between Rawtenstall and Heywood, with intermediate stations at Bury Bolton Street, Summerseat, Ramsbottom and Irwell Vale railway station, respectively.
Quality riding instruction on well mannered horses and ponies in an idyllic location. Fearns is a small friendly riding school that caters for all ages of children and adults from the age of 4 upwards. We have excellent facilities including a 60 metre floodlit arena and our location is close to the Mary Townley Loop providing beautiful hacking. Website is at fearnsequestrian.moonfruit.com
The instructors are British Horse Society registered with a vast array of experience and specialisms. We offer pony morning experiences for children at weekends and during school holidays as well as our usual lessons on evenings and weekends. We offer bespoke pony birthday parties, provide British Horse Society certified courses and hold monthly competitions aimed at our riding school clientele. Call us today to embark on a new and exciting adventure!
Golf Rossendale Driving Range & Academy is a state-of-the-art golf facility set in the rolling hills of the Rossendale Valley.
We have two PGA Professional golfers offering private tuition, as well as an assistant professional and two Level 1 PGA coaches who are on hand to offer help and advice.
Our Junior Academy runs after school and weekends and caters for youngsters of all abilities.
We also offer ladies-only golf lessons, beginners lessons and seniors group lessons.
In the heart of Rossendale, we are easily accessible from Burnley, Blackburn, Bury, Accrington and Rochdale.
We are all friendly and helpful so come and say hello and have a look around.
Visit Haslingden Market for a friendly, unique shopping experience you will want to come back for. Open Tuesdays and Fridays 9am to 4pm.
Haslingden Sports Centre offers many facilities including indoor and outdoor sports, and a new gym and more.
A 25-yard swimming pool with health suite comprising of sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
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. Here you can...
- Soak up the atmosphere of the historic mills and witness original machinery at work.
- Follow a journey to discover how raw wool and cotton were transformed into yarn, ready to be woven into cloth.
- Experience the Revolution gallery, where you can follow the story of Lancashire's unique role in the industrial revolution.
- Feel the grand and mighty waterwheel powering the stocks as they thump the wet woollen cloth.
- Have fun and learn in an exceptional environment, at our many activities, events and special exhibitions.
- Rest and enjoy a tasty meal or snack in our pleasant, friendly café.
Our antique centre is situated in the Lancashire countryside on the edge of Haslingden in the Rossendale Valley. The listed building is a former church, St Stephens. Holden Wood Antique Centre has over 35 dealers in antiques, collectables, contemporary ceramic art, antique furniture, clocks watches, jewellery, militaria, paintings and books.
The antique centre offers a great backdrop to its clients and also its dealers, along with its beautiful stained glass windows and wonderful stonework, it provides a calm and tranquil atmoshere.
We are a busy antique centre relying on a high turnover, we feel we have the correct balance of quality and value for money prices.
Holden Wood antique centre is always interested in buying quality items. We can buy single items, collections or complete house contents. It can sometimes be suprising which items which can have a value and we never mind looking through items that people wish to sell.
We have a 40 seat tearoom within the antique centre which serves a wonderful range from light snacks to full meals
With the introduction of original contemporary works of art to our antiques centre by selected artists, sculptors and potters, there is something for everyone at Holden Wood. Please view the following link for further information UK Art Pottery
The staff at Holden Wood antique centre look forward to welcoming you.
The Houldsworth theatre and performing arts academy is based at the Houldsworth Theatre, Lancashire in the heart of the Rossendale Valley. We also have another academy at Studio 25 in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.
Lots of community events coming up...........
Extending over 33 miles through Salford, Bury and Rossendale, the trail is the largest sculpture route in the UK and makes a great free day out for all the family, connecting local heritage, the landscape and communities. The trail also links a host of cultural attractions from art galleries and museums to the East Lancashire Railway.
Whether you are on foot, on a bike or simply walking the dog, the trail provides a fascinating backdrop to the local landscape. You don’t have to do all 33 miles of the trail in one go, we’ve split the trail into bite size clusters allowing you to take a short walk or spend all day exploring the area.
Irwell Vale is a picturesque village on the valley floor of Rossendale. which lies at the confluence of the river Ogden and river Irwell.
This really is a hidden gem of the area and well worth a visit. The village is on the route of the East Lancs railway and has pretty little streets and a quaint feel. Surrounded by scenic countryside.
Have you visited Lamberts Mill recently? No? Well, you are in for a real treat then! Gifts, clothing, furniture are constantly being added to by new ranges and exciting new products.
The shopping experience is enhanced by the relaxed atmosphere – no hard sell here from the experienced and friendly staff!
On entering Lamberts Mill your first thought will be “WOW! What a massive selection of beds and sofas!” and, whilst you would be right, that is only a small part of what is on offer:
“Over the past few years an exciting new breed of mountain bike trail centre has been developing in East Lancashire. Two disused quarries in the hills above Bacup, Rossendale have been turned in to a paradise for mountain bikers”.
The trails are constantly being developed and there is now a network of red and black graded cross country trails in both Lee and Cragg Quarries. Lee Quarry boasts around 8km of tough technical mountain bike trails comprising rock gardens, drop offs, tabletop jumps, challenging climbs and apparantly, some of the biggest berms you will find in the UK. It also has a very popular pump track and four purpose built cycle trials areas. It doesn’t matter what type of mountain bike you turn up on you will find something to challenge you.
Use of the trails is free and they are always open. All we ask is that you respect other users, whether they're on Mountain Bikes or not!
Lee Mill Quarry, Rushton Street, which can be accessed from Newchurch Road (A681) between Bacup and Waterfoot.
Marl pits sports and leisure centre centre is located at Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall. A 25-metre, 4-lane main pool and separate toddler pool. The pool provides swimming lessons for more than 1,000 local children each week and various other activities. Good disabled access.
The Mather Gallery is a Contemporary Art Gallery, featuring the work of leading published artists: Elaine Cooper, Jonathan Shaw & John Corcoran situated right in the heart of Rossendale at the end of the M66 & close to the East Lancashire Railway Station Rawtenstall.
Britain's Last Original Temperance Bar! Carrying on the tradition of serving refreshing cordials in the true style of the Fitzpatrick family. The 120-year-old temperance bar in Rawtenstall is a great place to enjoy a traditional non alcoholic beverage.
Musbury Fabrics is one of the Northwest s leading suppliers of textiles and soft furnishings.
and can offer everything from face cloths to a full refurbishment, including a full measure, manufacture
Peers Clough Packhorses are based at Peers Clough Farm in the Rossendale Valley in the South Pennines, a wild, wonderful and occasionally wuthering landscape at the place where Yorkshire and Lancashire collide. A land of steep-sided valleys, heather-covered moorland, canals, reservoirs and packhorse trails.
The "packhorses" are locally bred Fell ponies from the Wellbrow stud. Fell ponies do not exceed 14hh but can carry up to 14 stone because of their wide bodies and sturdy legs.They are placid and surefooted as well as being full of character and fun to ride.
Thurs: 08:00 - 16:00
Sat: 08:00 - 16:00
Rawtenstall’s historic market is a sociable place to shop, some stores open as early as 8am and close up to 5 om on Thursdays and Saturdays. At the top of bank Street you can find lots of interesting things and people. More to follow...
Street and Car park
Rooley Moor has a very long road, known for generations as the Cotton Famine Road, runs from the northern end at Rakehead, above Stacksteads to catley lane head near Rochdale. A really pictureque old victorian road up on the moors, which could lay claim to being one of the highest roads in England. Offers amazing views and is excellent walking and cycling country. Not really suitable for cars.
Visitors are welcome to come and test our course and enjoy our facilities. Our 18 hole golf course is a challenging 6,293 yards Par 72 with beautiful views of the surrounding Pennine Hills. The club house, built new in April 2000 boasts a large lounge, dining area, fully stocked bar, sizeable locker rooms, a fully stocked Pro-Shop with all the leading brands in golf and a large car park.
We guarantee that a challenging 18 holes followed by a great meal provided by our resident chef Mitchell Taylor, will make your visit to Rossendale Golf Club a day to remember and we look forward to your visit.
Alongside all categories of membership we welcome green fee players, golf societies and charity events, company and corporate days.
Rossendale Golf Club is a private members Club situated just north of Bury in the foothills of the Pennines. The golf course has recently undergone a series of improvements and this, added to our modern clubhouse and facilities, makes Rossendale Golf Club one of the leading venues in East Lancashire. We are easily found by using the M66 / A56 motorway and Easterly by-pass which passes within half a mile of the Club. Exit at the Haslingden / Helmshore sign northbound and the A681 Rawtenstall / Todmorden sign southbound.
Former winning Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance honed his skills on our course as a young boy when his father Bob was our professional. Our current professional, Stephen Nicholls, continues the tradition of a warm and friendly welcome.
Rossendale Golf Club is part of the B.D.G.A (Bury & District Golf Association) and E.L.G.A (East Lancashire Golf Association). Thanks to the hard work of the Junior Committee, Rossendale Golf Club has been awarded the prestigious Golfmark Accreditation from E.G.U./E.W.G.A.
Based from Ye Olde Boot and Shoe at Waterfoot in the stunning valley of Rossendale we are here to provide you with real adventure and fun amongst some of the best mountain bike and hill walking areas the Pennines has to offer.
Located directly on the increasingly popular Mary Townley Loop, a mile from Lee and Cragg Quarries, on Sustrans regional route 91 and just off The Rossendale Way all rides and walks can be taken directly from our own door step.
We are the first providers of mountain bike hire in the Rossendale Valley providing access to what we believe are some of the best trails in the country.
Our high quality bed and breakfast accommodation has everything you need to relax and enjoy this great Pennine landscape.
Combined with superb facilities, fantastic value food and drink you will want to come back again and again.
So whether its bike hire from us, mountain bike trail guiding and skills training or the base for your own bike and walking adventures, we can offer you the perfect location to begin it all from.
Welcome to Pennine Rossendale, the best kept secret is out.
(RBC) provides opportunities for junior and senior basketball for people from the Rossendale Valley and beyond. RBC have senior teams competing in the Manchester Area Basketball League (MABL) and a local venue Hyndburn league. The club also has a junior basketball development program providing basketball coaching, development and competitive league games for juniors aged 11 and over.
The Northwest’s biggest and best outdoor ski and snowboard centre, and one of the best snow sport venues in the North West of England, situated in the picturesque Rossendale Valley. Located just off the M66, we are just 12 miles north of Manchester and are easily reached from West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Cumbria and Merseyside. The centre consists of three slopes which vary in difficulty, height and gradient. Learning to ski or snowboard at Ski Rossendale will open up a whole new world of opportunity for you, it could include a range of new adventurous winter holidays, meeting new friends, or even competing in the many events we hold each year. Learn to ski and snowboard with the UK’s best instructors and coaches. First class tuition from our very experienced instructors
H+B are 35 years old this year. We started our life in Rossendale, in Lancashire, England, and in Rossendale we remain. In 2013 we work in many of the same ways we did in 1978, with masks, puppets, music and story-telling. Website www.horseandbamboo.org. The company doesn’t work to any formula, and we develop and re-shape ourselves to meet new and changing circumstances.
We now have a wonderful base, the Boo, in Waterfoot, Rossendale, which is large enough to serve as a venue for theatre shows and other arts events of our own making and from visiting companies and artists. The Boo enables us to offer the community in Rossendale and beyond a special place to meet, create and share.
The new millenium theatre is the home of The Rossendale players amateur dramatic group successfully staging 5 varied plays each season.
The Rossendale Valley Sailing Club located at Clowbridge near Burnley, high on the East Lancashire moors provides an excellent high wind venue for windsurfing and sailing. The club's location close to the Pennine Bridleway makes it an ideal access point for horse riding, hiking and mountain biking.
This circular walk takes you on a tour of the lovely Rossendale area of Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
The path passes Haslingden, Whitworth, Stubbins and Healey with a series of attractive reservoirs including Cowpe and Calf Hey real highlights. The walk also takes you through the delightful Healey Dell Nature Reserve with waterfalls and wildlife to enjoy here. The views of the South Pennine hills are also splendid and make a fine backdrop to the walk.
Turn Village is a scenic hamlet in the Rossendale borough of Lancashire, England. It is located amongst the South Pennines, on the A680 road which has some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and furher along the road views all over Manchester.
An intriguing museum housed within an early Victorian country house
Set within tranquil Whitaker Park, displays at Rossendale Museum include a late Victorian drawing room, numerous fine arts pieces, fashion and furniture. We also hold a wonderful natural history collection.
Discover more about this mill-owner's home and the local and social history of the area. Look out for our constantly changing exhibition programme and regular family events/activities.
The display rooms have masses of exhibits, mainly donated by local people. In addition they have an extensive library of documents relating to Whitworth, and a large collection of photographs from the past. A visit to the museum gives an insight into the history of life in the Rossendale Valley:- its homes, churches, schools, transport and industry.
The Whitworth Museum on North Street, Whitworth, and is open to the public from 2 to 4pm on Saturdays, and 7.30 to 9.30pm on Tuesdays, and at other times by prior arrangement. The society also has a programme of monthly lectures, which are held on the first Wednesday of each month between the months of September and June. Visitors are welcome to come along and view our comprehensive archives, and collections of items and photographs relating to the history of the Whitworth area. People researching their family history are also welcome. Admission is free.
- Set in beautiful countryside, Whitworth Water Ski & Recreation Centre boasts some of the best facilities for water skiing and wake boarding.
- We cater for everyone - whether you've been skiing or riding for years, are a total beginner or disabled, we have everything for you to enjoy these thrilling and challenging sports.
- The Centre is run by qualified instructor & driver Andy Knowles.
- Andy is a world class coach, he coaches the British Disabled Water Ski Team and has led our country to success in World and European championships. He is also qualified as a British Water Ski Senior Staff Coach, International Tournament Boat Driver, teacher and examiner for the Ski Boat Driver Award, Club Drivers' and Instructor qualifications. He is also a qualified British Disabled Water Ski Association Disabled Instructor.
- The Centre is open 7 days a week from 9.30am until dusk from April 1 to October 31. There is currently a waiting list for most types of membership but you are welcome to be added to this or come along and have a go anyway - non members are always welcome! We also have a special guest day on Wednesdays.