Enjoy Festival Bowland activities this spring

A beautiful bluebell wood in Bowland in springtime  PHOTO: Graham Cooper

A beautiful bluebell wood in Bowland in springtime PHOTO: Graham Cooper


Birds, brass bands and bluebell teas – plus lots more besides – will be on offer as part of the Festival Bowland events programme this spring.

Staff from the RSPB are leading the popular guided walks from the Trough of Bowland, with participants having the chance of spotting some fantastic birds and finding out about the upland habitat they call home. The next one is on May 26th

There is also the chance to catch a glimpse of whimbrel as they break their long journey from Africa to Iceland with the Wyre Council and RSPB event at Barnacre on the evening of April 29th.

Over in the north and west of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there is the opportunity to explore Bowland’s woodlands as they come into leaf.

A full day event on April 26th will feature native woodlands in the Roeburndale Valley.

On May 11th there will be the chance to combine a walk in the arboretum with a visit to the Apple Store café at Wyresdale Park, near Scorton.

Also in Roeburndale, this time on May 7th, Dr Rod Everett will look at the effects of water flow – past, present and future – on a free guided walk.

Calder Vale village hall will host its annual bluebell tea strolls every Sunday during May, while also that month Garstang Walking Festival’s “Bowland to Bay” runs from Saturday the 10th to Sunday the 18th, with everything from family-friendly wanders to a 14-mile trek.

Also in the Wyre district, Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens is offering the chance to find out all about its education work with schools on April 30th.

If rocks are your thing, local geologist Paul Kabrna will explore the iconic landscape of the Trough of Bowland on May 4th.

For the chance to discover another famous landmark, Lancashire County Council will be offering a ranger-led walk on Pendle Hill on May 24th to look at wildlife and modern day management.

If you prefer to view the hills without getting your boots muddy then Maiden Bridge Gallery, at Tatham, offers a great alternative from May 24th, hosting an exhibition of work featuring the landscape and wildlife of the Bowland hills.

To round off the festival’s spring events, Slaidburn Silver Band will stage the first of a series of free Brass at the Bounty concerts at the Hark to Bounty Inn, Slaidburn, on Thursday, May 29th.

Details and booking information for all Festival Bowland events can be found at www.forestofbowland.com or by contacting the AONB team on 01200 448000.

The Festival programme booklet is also available from tourist information centres and local venues throughout the area.




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