Valley packed with events for first Rossendale Heritage Festival

2018 Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival – photo: Liz Henson Photography

A HUGE summer heritage festival will see 10 days of activities and events held across Rossendale for all cultures and ages.

The first Rossendale Heritage Festival will run from Friday June 28 to Sunday July 7 beginning with an event at The Boo Theatre in Waterfoot and concluding with the annual festival service at historic Goodshaw Chapel.

Activities will begin in earnest on Saturday June 29 when South Asian heritage and arts group Apna Rossendale will be holding an event in Haslingden. That first weekend will round off with the traditional Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival, which this year is celebrating the centenary of the Peace Procession of 1919, the forerunner of the present day event.

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant has been obtained by Bacup Natural History Society to help youth groups and schools recreate parade entries from 100 years ago. Artist in residence at The Boo Alastair Price is the parade and outreach co-ordinator for Waterfoot Wakes, a two-day festival that will be held on July 6 and 7 at the end of the festival.

He said: “When we held the first Waterfoot Wakes last year we realised that there seemed to be a lot of events happening in Rossendale over a short period of time in the early summer. We thought a heritage festival would be a great way of bringing all kinds of different events together under one umbrella. It will mean all of the activities will be better promoted and we will make sure people get to know more about what is going on.”

Cacophony Arkestra lead the Waterfoot Wakes 2018

Rossendale Heritage Festival is being backed by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant secured by CAST – Community Assets Standing Tall – a charity set up to identify and preserve assets that the community values.

A small group has been formed of representatives from the different events and information for a programme is currently being compiled. Alastair will be running a series of workshops to help participants make parade entries for the carnival and also the Waterfoot Wakes procession and these visual representations will be based around assets that CAST has identified. At the same time as Waterfoot Wakes, Rawtenstall Annual Fair will be happening with events all weekend at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall.

Fair organiser Sid Calderbank is Chairman of The Lancashire Society and is co-ordinating a large group of performers who will be taking to the stage to keep traditional Lancashire dialect songs and poetry alive for present generations.

Alastair is also a member of Cacophony Arkestra – a musical carnival procession entry that will be appearing in both parades. He said: “The festival will be a cultural celebration and will be an opportunity to bring together people of all ages and communities. We have a living heritage and it is about making that accessible to a modern day audience.”

Organisers are keen to hear of heritage related events and meetings that are happening over duration of the festival so they can be publicised in the programme. For more information contact Esther Ferry-Kennington at the Horse and Bamboo Theatre on 01706 220241 or email esther@horseandbamboo.org

Promenade Bar Grill

Promenade Bar and Grill Whitworth

Our restaurant is located just 5 minutes either way from both Rossendale and Rochdale, nestled close to the Healey Dell nature reserve.

We are a specialist grill and steakhouse that caters for couples, families, group bookings and private parties.

Enjoy our delicious locally sourced meat from own butcher based in Whitworth.

Website:

http://www.promenadebargrill.co.uk/

Address:

142 Market Street, Whitworth OL12 8SZ

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Thursday: 5pm – 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8:30pm

Lords The Caterers

Lords The Caterer

We provide a personalised service with high-quality catering for all occasions and budgets, catering for group sizes from ten to five-hundred people, all freshly prepared on our own premises! Our corporate catering clients are as diverse as local authorities, industrialists, high street banks and sports clubs. At Lords we can offer you waiter service by uniformed staff, Collection or Delivery – just ask and we can provide what you need. We have new purpose-built kitchens to prepare your food in a clean modern environment.

Website:

http://lordscaterers.co.uk/

Address:

Unit 2, Spring Bank Mill Street, Whitworth OL12 8QP

Opening Hours:

Contact for details

Berni Inn

Function Room in Whitworth

The Berni Inn is an ideal function room and venue and can accommodate up to 150 people over 2 floors. We can decorate the room to your requirements, from balloons to bouquets or you can come in and put your personal touch to our venue – making sure your party or event has precisely the look and feel you require. Most types of event or party can be held here. Perfect for business, flexible and friendly with a range of speciality buffets, including our famous ‘Around The World’ buffet.

Website:

http://www.berniinn.co.uk/

Address:

Millfold, Facit, Whitworth OL12 8DN

Opening Hours:

7 days a week by prior agreement

Basil’s Restaurant

Basils Restaurant in Whitworth

 

Steve and Jane Butterworth have over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and realised there was an opportunity to open a quality steakhouse within the Whitworth area.

Our food is naturally full of flavour, full of goodness, and from people, we know and like.

We often cook with seasonal ingredients, olive oil and fresh herbs Where possible all our products are sourced locally so that we can provide an excellent dining experience. We visit our suppliers regularly.

Website:

http://www.basils-restaurant.co.uk/

Address:

264 Market Street, Whitworth OL12 8PW

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm

Sunday: 12:30pm – 10pm

Trip Advisor Rating

Whitworth Food and Drink Guide

Whitworth MapWhitworth stretches three-a-half miles along the valley bottom from Shawforth to Healey corner and it is home to some 7,500 residents.

Along the main road, there is a stream of shops, everything from butchers to a petfood business; hardware to groceries; several pubs; cafes and takeaways.

It is the only area in Rossendale to have a town council, paid for by an additional precept on the council tax.

Cowm Leisure offers outdoor sports including waterskiing. In the former quarry on the hill, there is motocross and the town’s sports and leisure complex is run by the Community Leisure Association of Whitworth.

As you head towards Rochdale stop off and admire the picturesque Healey DellNature Reserve.

In the Whitworth Guide:

  1. Ashoka Restaurant
  2. Ashton’s Fish & Chip Shop
  3. Basil’s Restaurant
  4. Berni Inn
  5. Nibble’s Cafe
  6. Promenade Bar Grill
  7. Thai Cuisine at Birches Pub

Also visit in Whitworth

    • Cock & Magpie Tong End, Whitworth OL12 8BJ
    • Lords The Caterers, Unit 2 Spring Bank Mill, OL12 8QP
    • Cakes by Kelly Marie, Whitworth, OL12 8PP