Events

There is something for everyone when it comes to events in Ribble Valley, with a range of things happening throughout the year for people to see or be involved in.

For families we have many agricultural shows, these range from small village show to the Royal Lancashire Show where our farming communities come together to celebrate their work and passions. The popular Chipping Steam Fair allows people to step back in time to an era when machine were huge and colourful.

There are many fetes and farmers markets through the Borough, including specialist markets as well as the weekly markets in Clitheroe, when some of our best local produce is available to taste and buy. For foodies the excellent array of fine eating places from cosy pubs to restaurants often stage special events to celebrate their success and display their talents, such as the Obsession event at the Michelin starred Northcote Manor.

The award winning Clitheroe Food Festival is an annual celebration of food and drink, which brings together over 100 stalls providing the some of the finest produce that Ribble Valley and Lancashire have to offer, many thousands of people visit this event staged around the street of Clitheroe.

For those looking for more cultural activity, we have many music events covering all genres, ranging from classical and opera to proms in the park with brass bands playing at the bandstand in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle and also the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. The hugely popular Beat-Herder festival brings thousands of young and old music fans to the area to enjoy a weekend of fun. The Cloudspotting Festival provides a unique forest backdrop to a range of eclectic music and family fun. The ever-popular mod weekend brings together scooters and music in Clitheroe.

There are many arts related events, based at one of the many wonderful studios in the Valley and these are now joining together to celebrate the success of local and national artists with Create Longridge and the popular Arts Walks in Clitheroe. Whalley stages Pickwick night in November when the village welcomes everyone to an evening harking back to time gone by. Longridge has a wonderful carnival when the town comes together with a street parade that culminates in Longridge Field day.

Ribchester celebrates the Roman heritage of the area with events during the year based around their Roman museum. For the more active there many popular cycling events, such as Ribble Valley Ride, when several hundred cyclists ride up to 100 miles for charity around the quite rural lanes of the Valley. Gisburn Forest plays host to many mountain bike events at the purpose built trail centre. The annual 10k run at Clitheroe has seen Olympic medal winners compete alongside others with more modest ambitions, whilst the Clitheroe triathlon provides a multi-sport challenge for those willing to test themselves.

Ribble Valley a place where events are just round the corner.