Office volunteer opportunity

20th October 2016

Office Volunteer Opportunity

The Forest of Bowland AONB team is looking for an office volunteer, one full day or two half-days per week, initially for a period of six months. Mainly helping with administrative duties, there may be the chance to get involved with other projects if you have skills or interests in these areas.

Our office is based in Dunsop Bridge and there is currently no public transport to the village so alternative transport would be needed.

For full details see the Office Volunteer role description here.

"Lots" to Bid for in Beautiful Bowland Seven days, seven fantastic prizes! Champion Bowland charity auction starts Monday 26th September

22nd September 2016

Charity Auction Launches On-line!

Tourism businesses in and around the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have donated some fantastic prizes to a charity auction raising money for environmental and tourism charity, Champion Bowland.

The auction with be launched on-line, via the Forest of Bowland AONB Facebook page, on Monday 26th September, with one new "lot" becoming available each week day between then and Tuesday 4th October.

Anyone wanting to bid should enter their price as a comment on the relevant Facebook post and on-line bidding will close at noon on Friday 7th October 2016.  The highest on-line bids will be announced on Monday 10th October.

The auction has gained the support of businesses from across the length and breadth of the AONB with James' Places, The Spread Eagle at Sawley and Mrs Dowson's contributing prizes, along with Dale House Bed and Breakfast near Slaidburn and Cobden View cottage in Sabden.  Artist, Peter Osborne, from Tatham has donated a landscape painting, whilst well-known plantsman, Peter Foley, is offering a tour of his and his wife's garden with afternoon tea included.

Champion Bowland is a small charity which awards funds to local projects benefiting the environment, communities and visitors and the auction is a fantastic way of encouraging people to support it – and come away with a brilliant prize.

The fundraising ceilidh at The Priory is open to all, with music provided by "Apples in Winter".  Tickets cost £10 including a hotpot supper and are available from the Forest of Bowland AONB office on 01200 448000 or by emailing There will also be a raffle with more great prizes donated by local businesses. A copy of the auction terms and conditions can be found here

Annual Lord of Bowland Lecture - "Scandinavians and Celts": The Birth of Medieval Bowland – Tuesday 4th October.

15th September 2016

The Lord of Bowland's sixth annual lecture will be given by Dr Fiona Edmonds, newly appointed director of Lancaster University's Regional Heritage Centre.  The lecture will be held in the Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall, 7.00 for 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th October, by kind permission of the Parker family.

A native Lancastrian, Fiona is a former Senior Lecturer in Celtic History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. She is a leading authority on northern Britain, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man between the seventh and the twelfth centuries; and Anglo-Saxon history, especially the kingdom of Northumbria.

All donations will go to Slaidburn Archive and Champion Bowland to support heritage, landscape and tourism projects in the area.

Entry to the lecture is free but places need to be booked in advance by contacting:

Slaidburn Archive, 01200 446161 – (Archive open Wednesdays and Fridays, 11.00am – 3.00pm) or Forest of Bowland AONB, 01200 448000 –

In addition, William Bowland, sixteenth Lord of Bowland, will be delivering a presentation to Clitheroe Civic Society on the history of the Lordship of the Forest of Bowland, on Monday 3rd October. The talk will take place in Ribble Valley Council Chambers, Church Street, Clitheroe and will start at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome and tickets cost £3 (students free).  Refreshments will be included.

Outstanding Week

10th August 2016

AONBs are some of the most beautiful, cherished and outstanding landscapes in Britain. They are vibrant landscapes which offer a wealth of opportunities for everyone to enjoy them.

Outstanding Week is an opportunity for you to get involved and get out into our outstanding landscapes to enjoy country shows, dark sky discovery nights, walking festivals, archaeology walks, wood fairs, foraging and local food festivals, wildlife walks, coastal and marine days, thatching courses, drystone walling competitions, charcoal making, bioblitz, inspiration through art and many, many  other activities.

We have lots going on here in the Forest of Bowland, so why not join us?

Catch the Wind!

Sunday 18th September, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Gisburn Forest Hub

Kite making and flying with Alan Poxon.

Booking essential.  Call 01200 448000 or email

£2.50 per child, accompanying adults free

Autumn Colour in the Grizedale Valley

Thursday 22nd September, 10.30am – 2.00pm, Scorton

An autumnal walk and Tramper trek down this beautiful valley.

Booking essential. Call 01995 602125 or email


Autumn Bat Walk

Friday 23rd September, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, Brungerley Park, Clitheroe

Wrap up warm and bring a torch for this evening bat walk with Phil Dykes.

For more information call 01200 448000 or email

£2.50 per adult, accompanied children come free

Seed Collecting!

Saturday 24th September, 10.00am – 12 noon, Slaidburn

A morning collecting seed from meadow species to sow or grow.

Booking essential. Call 01200 448000 or email


Discover the Stars

Saturday 24th September, 8.00pm – 10.00pm, Beacon Fell Country Park

Join amateur astronomer, Robert Ince, for a fascinating journey through the constellations.  Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies and there'll be powerful telescopes to use too!

Booking essential.  Call 07511 403702 or book via Eventbrite at


Full details of all our Outstanding Week events are available at

For information about Outstanding events throughout the country, go to

The Forest of Bowland AONB exhibited in the Ribble Valley

9th June 2016

An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 2014 will be on display in Clitheroe this month.

Clitheroe Castle Museum will host the exhibition from Saturday 28 May until Sunday 17th July.

The display includes a range of authentic equipment from the museum's own farming collection, as well as featuring items from the Bowland Scrapbook, a specially commissioned anniversary publication showing rural life in Bowland over the last 50 years.

Visitors can enjoy activities including a family-friendly wildlife spotter game and the chance to have a go at building an imitation dry stone wall.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: "The Forest of Bowland AONB is an area that we are very proud of in Lancashire.
"I'm delighted that this exhibition will celebrate its natural beauty and also encourage people who have already visited to explore the area again, or anyone who hasn't so far to visit it for the first time.
"I'm sure that families will enjoy taking part in the superb activities."

The Bowland Scrapbook will be available to purchase with money raised from this being donated to Champion Bowland, a social enterprise charity that supports environmental and tourism projects within the AONB.

The exhibition has been produced by The Forest of Bowland and museum's Team.

The exhibition is free to visit but admission to the Castle Museum is £4.20 for adults and £3.10 for concessions. Young people aged 13 to 18 and accompanied children up to the age of 12 go free.

More information about the Forest of Bowland AONB and the exhibition is available from Sandra Silk on 01200 448000 or email

For more information about Clitheroe Castle phone 01200 424568 or email

Alternatively, visit

Clitheroe Castle Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council's museum service, on behalf of Ribble Valley Borough Council.

Bowland Gets the Buzz!

12th April 2016

We had a great time making bee headbands and butterfly collages at our Heard the Buzz event recently!  Bees and other insects are vital for pollinating our beautiful plants and flowers so it's really important that their habitats flourish.

Our Hay Time and Networks for Nectar projects, in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, have been working to do exactly that by improving the diversity of Bowland's meadows and encouraging local groups to plant pollinator patches.

The families who came along to our craft workshop made some fantastic stripy bee headbands and beautiful butterfly pictures – a brilliant way to anticipate warmer days ahead when the air is full of fluttering wings and the sound of humming.

'Heard the Buzz?' event was part of the Festival Bowland programme - for other events coming up be sure to have a look at

Festival Bowland Easter Highlights

17th March 2016

Festival Bowland Easter events get a great start thanks to the Beacon Fell Easter Trail on Saturday 26th March with the fun kicking off at 11.00am.

Join the rangers for an early morning Brown Hare Walk around Bleasdale on Sunday 3rd April or perhaps one of Wyre's regular Garstang Monday Walks the following day.  And if you're over in Wyre, why not make the most of Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens café after the Cobble Hey Legstretcher on Friday 8th?

There are two events to choose from on Saturday 9th April, with RSPB's Moorland Safari Walk from Slaidburn looking for some of the area's special bird life, and the family friendly Heard the Buzz? at Downham Village Hall which has crafty activities on a bee and butterfly theme!

The Abbeystead landscape will provide inspiration on Thursday 14th April when an experienced tutor will take us From Fleece to Felt and help you produce a beautiful piece to take home. (Limited places for this event so early booking recommended.)

And finally, for a good leg stretch, why not join us on Saturday 23rd April when we'll be Climbing Pendle Hill.  The first of three opportunities this year to find out more about the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership project which is currently at the development stage.  Fingers crossed for good weather when we'll get some great views!

For more details of all these events, including booking information where needed, take a look at the Festival Bowland 2016 programme at