Tourism, leisure & culture

Transformation of the Whitaker takes a step forward

Published on May 29, 2020 at 3:37 pm

An exciting £1.9million National Lottery-funded transformation of The Whitaker in Rawtenstall will begin in June after local firm B&E Boys was awarded the contract.

The project which includes converting the former barn and stables is being delivered by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Whitaker CIC and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with matched funding of £189,950 from the council.

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Have your say on walks around the borough

Published on February 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm

A special walking summit is being held to let people give their views on how to boost walking activities in Rossendale.

Rossendale’s Together an Active Future project is looking at how to encourage a more active community and want your input on making it easier for people.

It is hosting a walking summit on Wednesday, February 27th at The Riverside in Whitworth, OL12 8DP.

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Christmas lights bring festive sparkle to Rossendale

Published on November 19, 2019 at 9:43 am

Rossendale is set to glitter this Christmas as festive lights turn on across the borough.

Fun performances, parades and tasty food will entertain the crowds before the lights turn on to mark the official start of Christmas.

Whitworth is first to light up on Sunday, November 24th at the Civic Hall at 6pm.

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Tourism boost as visitor numbers rise in Rossendale

Published on October 17, 2019 at 2:03 pm

The leisure and tourism industry is booming across Rossendale as the number of people visiting the borough has risen.

1.5 million visits were made to Rossendale’s various attractions in 2018, according to new statistics released by Marketing Lancashire. This was up 4.2 per cent from 2017.

The results have been driven by a rise of 4.6 per cent in day visitors, who spent £63.5 million, 8.7 per cent more last year.

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Play area in Bacup to be transformed this summer

Published on May 15, 2019 at 10:27 am

Moorlands play area is undergoing a £130,000 transformation.

The play area in Stubbylee Park will include fantastic new equipment including a jungle climber, five-way swing, scooter roundabout, music cottage, wizard’s hideaway and a cradle seat swing.

Rossendale Borough Council worked with Bacup Pride to secure £30,000 from Lancashire Environment Fund and £80,000 from Viridor for the project.

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Leader welcomes multi-million pound Sport England boost

Published on March 25, 2019 at 4:01 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has welcomed more good news for the borough as it was announced Pennine Lancashire is to benefit from potentially up to £10m in funding to help more people be physically active.

Last year Pennine Lancashire, which Rossendale is part of, was successful in being named as one of 12 pilot areas to work with Sports England to develop bold new approaches to build healthier, more active communities.

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Spring into Easter with a family fun festival in Bacup

Published on March 22, 2019 at 9:15 am

The Bacup Now Easter Festival is on its way with a massive line-up for kids big and small.

Taking place on Saturday, April 20th, from 10am to 4pm at Bacup Market and on Irwell Terrace, there will be the traditional Britannia Coconut Dancers Easter Boundary Dance, a chance to meet ‘Star Wars’ characters and performances by Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts and The Rossendale Drum Majorettes.

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Council welcomes leisure partnership announcement

Published on March 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that Rossendale Leisure Trust and Community Leisure Association of Whitworth have agreed a new partnership.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“We welcome this announcement and look forward to continue to work with both organisations. We will continue to support the partnership by providing back office assistance such as payroll, IT and transaction services.”

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Council leader delighted premier mountain biking event returns to borough

Published on February 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Northern Grip, a premier mountain biking festival, which attracts hundreds of people from across the country to the borough, is returning to Rossendale.

Commenting on the news, Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“I am delighted Northern Grip will take place in Stubbylee Park and Lee Quarry again.

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Council leader statement on parking in Rossendale

Published on February 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm

There has been a few concerns raised about parking in the borough over recent weeks.

Responding to the concerns, Council leader Alyson Barnes said:

“I fully understand concerns over parking in Rawtenstall and also the wider borough. Good availability of parking spaces is one of the key reasons people decide to come to a place and spend money and time in a centre.

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