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October 11, 2021

Autumn Activities from the Ribble Valley


If you’ve been thinking about visiting the Ribble Valley this year, autumn is one of the best times to discover this stunning location in Lancashire. With breathtaking landscapes, beautiful autumn walks, Halloween events, nature reserves and festive artisan markets, there is a huge range of things to do this autumn. Check out these autumn activities from the Ribble Valley to make the most of your stay!

Get closer to nature this autumn

If you’re back to work in the city the Ribble Valley is the perfect place to escape this autumn. Discover the local wildlife in the Forest of Bowland and follow one of its many nature trails to learn more about this unique landscape.

Take some time out and enjoy stunning views of Pendle Hill in our beautiful Countryside holiday park with camping pods, holiday lodges and touring pitches for caravans and motorhomes. Check out Malham Cove for a breathtaking view and keep your eyes open for majestic Peregrine Falcons.

Spooky Autumn activities from the Ribble Valley

Autumn also means it’s time for Halloween and in the Ribble Valley, there are plenty of spooktacular events to get into the spirit! Visit the area’s top Halloween destination – the award-winning Scare Kingdom Scream Park in Blackburn – for terrifying scare mazes, scare experiences and a range of exclusive Halloween events. 

You also won’t want to miss family attractions such as Thornton Hall’s Spooky Fields, or the Scare Kingdom Scream Park (available to those over 10 years old).

There are plenty of spooky locations across the Ribble Valley, with centuries of history and some unusual ghost stories! Visit the Sun Inn in Chipping which is said to be haunted by beautiful maid Lizzie Dean. Or The De Lacy Arms in Whalley which is said to be haunted by a white-robed monk! For more ghostly adventures, visit the UK’s only ghost-hunting tram on the Famous Ghost Blackpool Heritage Tour or see The Circus of Horrors at Blackpool.

Lancashire beautiful autumn walks

Follow the famous Ribble Valley Sculpture trail and view more than 20 permanent works of art displayed in truly incredible surroundings. Walk through Brungerley Park, Cross Hill Quarry and more as you discover unique sculptures whilst appreciating the pristine landscape and beautiful views across Ribble Valley. Discover the magical landscapes that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien and follow a Hobbit Trail through ancient woodlands and past beautiful rivers.

Surrounded by walking routes and cycling trails, our Holiday Park in the Ribble Valley is the perfect location for exploring this beautiful part of the country. From woodland walks to epic hikes, our team will be happy to advise you on the best autumn walks in the Ribble Valley.

For more beautiful trails to explore this autumn, Holden Clough Nurseries in nearby Bolton-by-Bowland have some fantastic Autumn events. Take a look at what’s available here.

Bonfire night in the Ribble Valley

There are plenty of local fireworks displays in the Ribble Valley, such as the Gisburne Park Estate’s famous Bonfire Night Spectacular with traditional Lancashire Hotpot Supper. Head to the World Fireworks Championship in Blackpool for one of the most impressive fireworks displays in the country on 25th September 2021. The town of Clitheroe also has some incredible bonfire night events. It features the stunning castle providing the perfect backdrop for fireworks!

Cultural events for the whole family

Lancashire has a long history of the arts, and this autumn there are some incredible cultural events to enjoy. The award-winning Lancaster Music Festival is running from the 14th to the 17th of October and this annual event is completely free! Visit the British Textile Biennial 2021 and appreciate some of the country’s most talented textile artists with a range of exhibitions. If you love bright lights, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is only a short drive, and their spectacular Illuminations have been wowing visitors for decades! With over 10km of lights, the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations are a must-see during the Autumn, with plenty of attractions, amusements, restaurants and cafes.

For those who love vibrant flowers and amazing gardens, the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show will be displaying a selection of handpicked flowers in their Autumn garden. For more fantastic August events at Holden Clough Nurseries, take a look here.

Artisan Ribble Valley Christmas markets

If you love the festive season, there are plenty of artisan Christmas markets and events occurring throughout autumn in the Ribble Valley. Support local Lancashire businesses and treat your loved ones to unique, handmade presents. Visit the original farmers market at Hoghton Tower, with locally grown ingredients and Lancashire treats. Set in a beautiful rural location, the Farmers Market at Cedar Farm is another great opportunity to support local businesses and discover talented artisans in the Ribble Valley. If you can’t wait for Christmas day lunch in Ribble Valley, make sure you book in advance at one of the area’s traditional local pubs.

Book your stay

Discover the Ribble Valley from our stunning family holiday park, with incredible views, relaxing locations and brand new facilities. Our park is open all year round and set just outside Gisburn Village, providing the perfect base for exploring the entire Ribble Valley this autumn. Get in touch with our friendly team to book your stay in the Ribble Valley today!

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