The Ribble Valley is never short of a great day out so here at Ribble Valley View HQ we thought we'd put together this handy guide to 5 top days out for the 2017 Summer period. Enjoy.....
Waddington Duck Race and Scarecrow Festival
When: 25th June 2017
Taking place in the picturesque village of Waddington, near Clitheroe, this annual event is a must for all the family and one to put a smile on your face. The day features the famous Duck Race, Rose Queen Procession, Maypole Dancing, Live Music and Choirs, Scarecrow and Flowerpot Trail and Street Entertainers. As well as this there are many stalls and refreshments and four cracking pubs to checkout. Whats not to love!
See: https://www.facebook.com/waddyducks/ for more information.
Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival
When: 28th to 31st July 2017
Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival is a family music festival and camping event, you can get tickets for the day or weekend for this event, which takes place in the beautiful Gisburn Forest across the last weekend of July.
Headlining Saturday night is Congolese poet, composer-lyricist, scriptwriter and performer BALOJI for his only northern UK festival performance of the summer.
Another artist laying claim to an international audience is Lancashire based DMC World Champion turntablist DJ Woody. DJ Woody will be appearing on Friday prior to main stage headline act HENGE.
Cloudspotting Sundays are gloriously chilled days reflected by a more acoustic edge to the music programme. With that in mind, three leading female artists on top of their game have been confirmed to star on Sunday. With food and drink stalls, arts and crafts activities and much more all in the perfect scenery of the forrest it really is a 'cracking' event!
See: http://www.cloudspotting-festival.co.uk/ for more details
Royal Lancashire Show
When 11th to 13th August
Located a short walking distance from the park, the Royal Lancashire Show takes place at Salesbury Hall, nestled next to the River Ribble. This show celebrates all that is great from the Lancashire County including magnificent livestock displays, wonderful food and drink, crafts, a huge country life area, and lots of traditional entertainment and avenues of trade stands offering a wealth of produce..
Other highlights include a wonderful local food and drink showcase. On the day there will be celebratory real ales and traditional ciders and award-winning artisan foods as well as magnificent meat.
See: http://www.royallancashireshow.co.uk/ for more details
Clitheroe Food Festival
When: 12th and 13th August
This is a nationally renowned food festival with Michelin Star Chefs, demonstrations and local produce all on show. Taking over the streets and markets of Clitheroe, the Food Festival is certainly one to get your senses tingling. The event attracts more people year on year and plays a huge part in showcasing the regions food and drink tourism industry. If you are passionate about food, a budding chef or even a professional in the food industry, this event will have something for everyone.
More info: http://clitheroefoodfestival.com/
Oktoberfest at Holmes Mill
When: 7th October 2017
Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest, (that's a beer festival and traveling fun fair to you and I) held annually in Munich, Germany, it is a 16-18 day folk festival running from mid to late September. Visitors are invited to drink beer by the litre, eat traditional Bavarian food; such as pretzels, wurstl (sausages) and sauerkraut and listen to live bands playing traditional Bavarian music.
The brilliant Holmes Mill, Clitheroe thought "What a good idea!" and ever since they opened the Mill, a venue that feature the worlds longest bar and over 40 beers, they have hosted their very own Oktoberfest, be sure to check it out.
See: http://www.holmesmill.co.uk/events/oktoberfest/ for more details