Historic hall is one of Valley’s summer treats

Browsholme Hall
Browsholme Hall

Browsholme Hall home to the Parker family, Bowbearers of the Forest of Bowland, and Ribble Valley’s most historic house will open to the public on every Wednesday in June, July and August and for the popular monthly Bowland Farmers Market and Craft Fair on the first Sunday in every month.

A visit to Browsholme this summer provides a real family day out for locals and tourists alike. Attractions include guided tours of the hall, picnics in the gardens or on tables by the lake, a delicious new local food menu in the Tithe Barn tearoom, or just a good long walk for the dog in the hall’s magnificent grounds.

This Sunday, June 2nd, sees the first Farmer’s Market of the summer at the Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall – a real celebration of artisan local foods and crafts. Alongside fresh produce such as cheeses from Leagram’s organic dairy, smoked fish from Bessy Beck’s trout farm, Oliver’s Ice Cream and Yoghurt, Kim Gardiner’s bread and meat from Dalesbred, some of the area’s best craftspeople exhibit their wares.

They include beautiful wood turned bowls and ornaments, sculptural pottery, fabric toys handmade soaps. Other stalls offer a delicious range of curries and Indian products, spicy pickles, decadent cakes and delicious preserves and honey. A plant stall is run by Stanley Grange Plant Centre and, also one for the keen gardener or naturalist, a new trail around a restored three-acre lake.

Visitors can also take a tour of the historic hall, home to the Parker family for 500 years. Robert and Amanda Parker will lead the tours, highlighting many works by well known artists such as Angelica Kauffman and Romney, furniture that dates back to the 1500s, rare porcelain and artefacts from the Civil War and the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Browsholme Hall and Gardens will be open every Wednesday in June, July and August from noon to 4-30 pm. Adult tickets £7, OAP’s/concessions £6, children under-16 £2. Entry to the Farmers Market is just £2.00 and tours of the hall start from noon every day. Visit www.browsholme.co.uk to find out more.