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Great South Pennines stuff

to do in 2014

The South Pennines website has some great sections on what to do, where to go and what festivals to visit so have a browse here, but we’ve also listed a few events below to wet your appetite.
This year is of course an exceptional one. No events listing would be complete without reference to the amazing list of events that are happening as part of the Yorkshire Festival .


Festival Bowland events in the Forest of Bowland run throughout the summer months with loads of walks and wildlife watching days out.  Choose the event for you, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Naughty of us to promote a Festival quite so far outside our area, but you could visit us on your way to and from the Settle – Carlisle Walking Festival, ride2stride. They are a free festival run by volunteers with no budget (so us Festival organisers  must stick together and promote each other!)
Pendle Witches Vintage Velo charity cycle sportive starts and finishes at the Craven Heifer Public House in Rawtenstall – it always falls on Easter Sunday


Hepworth Feast and Plague Commemoration  marks the end of the plague in 1665 in this small Yorkshire village near Holmfirth with a walk, band and market stalls


Oxenhope Straw Race is an annual charity fundraising event taking place at Oxenhope near Haworth - teams of  two people run two and a half miles between two pubs carrying a bale of straw, cheered on by spectators.  They have to stop at set points along the way to drink a pint of beer . . . . .
Pontefract Liquorice Festival  – as well as the expected edibles and drinks made from the roots, there are street entertainers, activities for children, history talks and stalls.
Rochdale Canal Festival celebrating the South Pennine Canal Ring.  There are canal events all year round celebrating the history of the Canal and encouraging people to try different uses of the waterway. .


Hebden Bridge Vintage Car Weekend .  A fun day out for all the family with lots for everyone to enjoy. As well as a fabulous display of vintage, veteran and classic cars, motorcycles, commercials, kit & replica cars….. and lots more, there are craft, auto jumble and produce stalls, a wide range of on site catering, entertainment for children and live music from a jazz band. The Show attracts up to 600 vehicles, covering the history of British motoring.
The Nook Brewhouse Beer Festival   in Holmfirth showcases some of the area’s finest ales produced in the summer wine countryside!
Saddleworth Rushcart Procession takes place in the Saddleworth villages and ends at St Chad’s Church, Uppermill on Bank Holiday Sunday.
World Gravy Wrestling Championship  takes place in Stacksteads in Lancashire and involves wrestling in a sixteen foot pool of gravy – what not to like!


Pendle Walking Festival  in East Lancashire takes in some fantastic scenery on guided walks
Norland Scarecrow Festival  Discover unexpected artworks in gardens and fields around Norland in Calderdale
Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival  is a curious local tradition which results in huge blisters and the need for beer
Whitworth Rushcart Celebration is the only such festival that uses heather rather than rushes on the Cart.  The procession forms part of an afternoon event including morris dancing, Shire horses, Whitworth Vale and Healey Brass Band, face-painting, crafts, food and drink . . .
World Black Pudding Throwing Championship  in Ramsbottom, Lancashire.  Puddings for consumption can also be purchased.
Heritage Open Days   a chance to visit unusual sites and buildings not usually open to the public
Brighouse Arts Festival  for visual arts, dance, drama and music set in the market town of Brighouse.


Rural Rossendale Foodie Walking Festival includes events such as the Cheese Breeze and the Soup Loop – visit the website for full programme and booking details
Ilkley Literature Festival a wonderful annual festival held in Ilkley bringing renowned writers and poets to our area. The site also hosts details of the Stanza Stones trail which is a poetic long distance walk across the South Pennines.


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