Take a stroll along the Leeds-Liverpool canal • go on ghost walk climb to Pendle Hill’s 557 metre high summit • order apple pie for pudding • watch the migrating birds over Morecambe Bay • go stargazing at Beacon Fell Country Park • listen to live music in a country pub • catch the Pendle witches bus tour
RHAPSODY TO THE LEEDS LIVERPOOL CANAL, King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 16 October
Composed and written by Ian Stephens and Ian McMillan, performed by choral voices of all ages, accompanied by the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, soprano, Amanda Roocroft and cellist, Jonathan Aasgaard.
FLYING SCOTSMAN RETURNS, East Lancashire Railway, Rawtenstall 13-16 October
See this world famous locomotive thunder down the tracks to Rawtenstall. You can take a ride on the Scotsman or watch it drive by throughout the weekend.
A Tale of Two Cities, The Grand Theatre, Blackpool,11-15 Oct, Lancaster Music Festival, 13-17 Oct, Ghost Hunt at Lancaster Castle, 15-16 Oct, Shout! Blackpool Opera House & Winter Gardens, 19 Oct – 3 Nov
Right at the foot of Pendle Hill, the four star Barley Mow Inn in Barley is the perfect base for exploring the area with the added bonus of also having great menu of hearty food and ales – great for refuelling on a chilly day.
Discover curios and wonderful Victorian natural history on display at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall, together with contemporary art and a delicious menu in the museum café which includes Sunday brunch and lunch.
Explore Blackburn’s new cathedral quarter and stop off for afternoon tea at Café Northcote in the heart of the city, then pop into the famous Blackburn Market Hall to pick up some seasonal treats.
Choose from a wide selection of contemporary art and craft in the beautiful village of Barrowford from 8-9 Oct. Higherford Mill and Pendle Heritage Centre will host the Pendle Art Fair and Open Studio where shoppers can meet over 40 artists selling the best of northern art and craft
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