History & Culture In Rossendale

Attractions dedicated to history and culture are at the heart of the Rossendale Valley.

Our three town centres offer a variety of cultural events throughout the year.

Museums, including The Whitaker, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum and Bacup’s Natural History Museum exhibit the Valley’s industrial, cultural and historical heritage. You can explore the area’s industrial heritage and colourful history. One of the more popular and traditional events takes place in Rossendale every August Back Holiday – the Gravy Wrestling Championships at the Rose & Bowl, Stackstead.

Theatre is a prominent part of Valley life – the Boo, is a cultural hub for creative works in Waterfoot and Bacup’s Royal Court Theatre has been standing for over 125 years’ and has an impressive selection of artists, comedians and pantomimes performing weekly.

The combination of history, culture and dramatic landscapes makes Rossendale Valley a haven for photography. The beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna and traditional industrial heritage provide a host of opportunities for even the most demanding of photographers.