Clitheroe’s history will come to life between Thursday and Sunday this week in a programme of special events to mark Heritage Open Days, the UK’s biggest celebration of heritage and culture.
Co-ordinated centrally by the National Trust with funding by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the festival encourages volunteers to organise free events which open up the fascinating stories of what make places special. All our Stories is the theme for this year’s festival, with around 4,000 events taking place across England. Clitheroe’s highlights include free entry to Clitheroe Castle, a visit to the dungeons under the library and a discovery quest around the town centre.
There’s an evening of poetry and local history at the Atrium café at Clitheroe Castle on Thursday, with Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza Group. Award-winning poet Philip Burton and other group members will read poems inspired by Clitheroe’s special buildings with a presentation on their history by Clitheroe Civic Society’s acting Chairman Steve Burke.
An exhibition at Low Moor Reading Room and Club on Saturday will celebrate the village’s mill heritage and feature a special appearance of Percy, the Low Moor pig.
Also on Saturday, Clitheroe Library is offering tours of its building, including the Moot Hall and dungeons, and visitors will be able to collect copies of a Town Trail Guide to the historic town centre from outside the Tourist Information Office.
Throughout the four days, there will be an exhibition in the Pendle Suite at Clitheroe Castle, also organised by Clitheroe Civic Society, marking the 50th anniversary of conservation areas and showcasing what Outstanding Conservation Achievement status has achieved for Clitheroe.
Clitheroe Castle Museum will be offering free entry on the Saturday, with a special display on clogging and some decorative bunting specially produced for Heritage Open Days by Year 5 pupils at Edisford County Primary School on show during the festival.
A quest leaflet for families to have fun exploring the town centre will be available throughout from Tourist Information and other outlets, while Holmes Mill will also be inviting people to learn more of the mill’s history with information displays focusing on the restored steam engine.
Heritage Open Days Manager, Annie Reilly said: “It’s great to see the growth of Heritage Open Days events in Clitheroe. The festival is a great opportunity for communities to discover the treasures on their own doorstep absolutely free.”
Full details of the Heritage Open Days events in Clitheroe can be found at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting.