Four festivals mean arts extravaganza in Clitheroe

Acoustic guitar laying on a white background
Acoustic guitar laying on a white background

AN arts extravaganza comes to Ribble Valley in May when the borough hosts a month-long celebration of art, music and theatre.

The borough will host no less than four festivals, as well as a feast of exhibitions and family events, during the month.

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival features 25 live music events until Bank Holiday Monday, May 2nd, at nine venues in Clitheroe, culminating in a dance party at the Grand featuring King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys.

For singing enthusiasts, SingFest at St Mary’s Centre, Clitheroe, on May 6th, will see eight local choirs take to the stage, while UK salsa champion Noel Hernandez, will lead a dance masterclass at the Grand on May 21st, in a joint bill with nine-piece Cuban band Sierra Maestra.

Family-friendly events include the popular Sheepfest on May 7th and 8th, featuring a weekend of displays and workshops, decorated sheep and traditional dance.

While for fine ale enthusiasts St Mary’s Centre will also host the Clitheroe Beer Festival from May 13th to 14th.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s arts development officer, Katherine Rodgers, said: “Ribble Valley has hosted some superb arts events over the years, but many of them in isolation.

“Now these events have been brought together in a fantastic celebration of Ribble Valley art and culture, and we are looking forward to an exciting, vibrant month.”

l Comprehensive MayFest listings and further information is available from the Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre on 01200 425566 or