Forest of Bowland ‘must visit’ spot of 2014

50th Anniversary of the Forest of Bowland
50th Anniversary of the Forest of Bowland

The Forest of Bowland is being highlighted as a “must visit” place for tourism in the New Year.

This year marks 50 years since the Forest of Bowland was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Marketing Lancashire, the county’s tourism organisation, features the AONB in “Welcome to Lancashire 2014”, the definitive guide to the county for visitors and for the county’s own residents who want to discover more of what’s on their own doorstep.

The Forest of Bowland AONB covers 803 square kilometers of rural Lancashire and North Yorkshire andis described as “a distinctive landscape of high, open fells, steep-sided cloughs and rich, green lowlands.”

It was recognised as being amongst the finest in the country and given its official status in February 1964.

Festival of Bowland events throughout 2014 will include wildlife rambles, hedge laying and heritage talks.

Other highlights of Lancashire’s year include:

Blackpool Tower celebrating 120 years of success.

A new natural history gallery and exhibition space from February 1st at Towneley Hall, Burnley.

The Northcote Cookery School from April with Northcote’s Michelin chefs.

Lytham Proms with Tom Jones headlining, in August.

“Lancashire Loves Vintage” including events at the 1920s Midland Hotel at Morecambe, psychedelic 60s and scooters at Rawtenstall, Lytham’s 1940s Wartime Weekend and the regular Crafty Vintage weekends at Brockholes, near Preston.

“Welcome to Lancashire 2014” can be ordered or downloaded from at the end of January, or can be ordered in advance via the website.