28 January 2019 | News and features | Back to Blog

Welcome to Lancashire: Barrowford unwrapped

Explore Barrowford and its surrounding hidden gems with this handy area guide. We’ve done the hard work for you by picking some of the best spots to visit, so that you can delve into local history, entertainment, and cultural pursuits and discover some of Lancashire’s best kept secrets.

Absorb the breathtaking views on Barrowford’s doorstep

  • See for yourself the unique beauty of Lancashire’s countryside, rivers and woodlands, where gentle ramblers and thrill seekers alike flourish. Within 15 minutes by car, you can explore the peaks and troughs of the Forest of Bowland AONB, or take an amble over Pendle Hill, made famous by the Pendle witch trials 400 years ago.
  • Walking With Witches Trail – Why not use this as a place to start? Take a picnic and tread the same path as the Pendle witches before they stood trial with this 7.5 mile walk. We recommend checking in at the Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford first, and then heading to Barley to get started. Click here for more local walks.
  • The Barley-Mow pub – Once you’re back in Barley, why not recharge your batteries at its historic pub, the Barley-Mow. Grab a light bite and a drink for under a tenner!

Theatres and entertainment

  • The Muni Theatre based in Colne is just a 5 minute drive from Barrowford. This Edwardian venue plays host to big name comedians, as well as offering live music, dance nights and an annual pantomime.
  • Nelson’s ACE Centre hosts a range of exciting arts, film, music and theatre programmes. Head down to enjoy dinner in the bistro before experiencing an evening of film in the auditorium.

Food and drink

  • Gisburn Road is for the foodies out there. Check out the high street in Barrowford to discover some great restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines from across the world. Our top picks are the rustic pizzas at Italian restaurant Zio, or Bombay Lounge for some freshly prepared Indian food. If it’s the nightlife you’re after check out cocktail bar, The Lounge.
  • The White Bear Inn is Barrowford’s local pub. It offers a wide range of beer and cider which you can enjoy in the bar along with some traditional pub food. Alternatively, be seated in the restaurant for an evening of wining and dining.
  • Bowland Brewery – If you’re feeling inquisitive, take a scenic drive over Pendle Hill towards Clitheroe, for a brewery tour. See first hand how craft beer is made, and even try some samples!

Cultural pursuits

  • Give the gallery @ arteology a visit and discover the local Lancashire talent. Browse a variety of fine art, limited edition prints, studio glassware and handcrafted jewellery.
  • Haworth is a 30 minute drive from Barrowford. This village was made world famous by the Brontë sisters, and is definitely a sight you won’t want to miss. Take a stroll through the village and visit the old parsonage where the Brontë’s grew up, or drive into the surrounding countryside to see what inspired some of the greatest literary giants of the 19th Century.

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