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3 May Day Bank Holiday Days Out in the Ribble Valley

The Warren is a new development of 30 beautiful homes set in the picturesque village of Hurst Green, just 5 miles from Whalley.

As locations go, it’s one of the best! The development offers breath-taking views extending over glorious countryside right out to Pendle Hill and is perfectly placed to enjoy all the delights the Ribble Valley has to offer – and there is a lot to choose from!

Indulge in fine dining at Northcote Manor, boutique shopping in Whalley, live music at Holmes Mill, long country walks along the Tolkien Trail or even mountain biking in Gisburn Forest; you’ll never be short of things to do or new places to explore.

The area is home to some fantastic days out attractions and a year-round calendar of special events. As it’s the Bank Holiday, we’ve chosen three you might enjoy…

Bank Holiday Blues

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Of course we’re not suggesting you spend the bank holiday weekend feeling down beat but to chill out and spend precious time off listening to great music and enjoying fabulous food and drink at the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival, at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May (6 miles from The Warren).

It’s free to attend and starts at 12pm with different acts performing each day right up to 5.30pm. There’s something for everyone, from the Jacky Bond Blues Band to local ensembles Pancake and the Clitheroe Ukulele Orchestra. Sunday will see several local youth groups taking to the stage, including Accrington Academy and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Swing Band, who’ve not only toured Europe but have even cut several CD’s in recent years.

Holmes Mill is a great local attraction; a former textile mill converted into a hub of different themed establishments delivering all day long entertainment and great food and drink. Check out the website for more information.

On Yer Bike!

Cycling is a great past time for people of all ages and the Ribble Valley is full of exciting and interesting trails open to anyone with two wheels and a sense of adventure.

So, with the weatherman promising sunshine this Bank Holiday Weekend, pack a picnic and some factor 50 in your rucksack and get ‘on yer bike’ for a fun and inexpensive day outdoors.

Our favourite location for biking is Gisburn Forest, which is about 16 miles from The Warren. Gisburn Forest offers four different cycle loops that riders can choose from according to their experience and the distance they want to cycle.

For novices there’s the Skills Loop, located right next door to the Forest Hub, which consist of four mini loops each one harder than the last. If you’re a beginner or back in the saddle after a long break, it’s an excellent way to build up your experience and confidence before trying a longer ride.

For longer rides try Bottoms Beck (9.5km – moderately difficult) or The 8 (18km – difficult) which both offer a range of down and uphill challenges, twists and turns as well as some lovely scenery.

Alternatively, try your luck on the appropriately named ‘Hope Line and Leap of Faith’, which offers half a mile of berms, jumps and drop offs where full face helmets, body armours and white knuckles are compulsory!

If you’re happier on two feet than two wheels, Gisburn Forest also offers miles and miles of picturesque walks with views over Stocks Reservoir and the chance to spot some of the local birdlife in their natural habitat.

For more information visit the Gisburn Forest website

Tea in a Turner Landscape

Nearby Clitheroe (approximately 6 miles away from The Warren) is home to historic Browsholme House (pronounced Brew-zum) a beautiful historic home which lays claim to being one of the oldest family homes in England.

As well as providing the chance to explore an eclectic collection of treasures dating from the rein of Henry VII to the present day, Browsholme House offers the chance to roam acres of beautiful gardens and countryside. Watercolour artist JMW Turner famously captured this picturesque landscape in 1798.

Of course no visit to a stately residence would be complete without the obligatory tea and cake; Browsholme’s Tea Room and café offers a choice of sandwiches and delicious baked goods. There’s even the chance to take home your own little piece of Browsholme magic with a trip to the plant stall.

Browsholme is still home to the Parker family so is open on selected days of the year, luckily its open this bank holiday weekend! Visit on Sunday 6th or Monday 7th May from 11.30am to 4pm.

For more information visit the Browsholme House and Gardens website

Find out More About The Warren

If you’re interested in living in the Ribble Valley you’ll love our new development, The Warren, in Hurst Green. Find out more at our public information day on Sunday 20th May at The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Hurst Green village, and will provide the opportunity to:

  • Find our more about the development
  • See brand new images of the different house types
  • Watch our amazing new fly-thru animation of the development
  • Register your interest in a specific plot

It’s also a great opportunity to sample the warm hospitality and great community atmosphere on offer in what would be your ‘local’ if you made the move!

Our Information Day is free to attend with no obligation and no hard sell (that’s simply not our style). We’ll be serving light refreshments too. We’d love to see you there! Register your interest to attend on our website here