Festivals and Events

Whatever time of year you visit, Ribble Valley has a packed programme of festivals, events and cultural activities for all the family.

In the heart of Lancashire’s farming community, there are traditional country fairs and shows like the Hodder Valley Show, Chipping Agricultural Show and Goosnargh & Longridge Show celebrating all that’s great about our farming heritage and country life.

Clitheroe Food FestivalThe Clitheroe Food Festival provides a showcase for local food and drink producers and their fabulous products. The town is literally taken over by food, and food related events, with ample opportunity to sample and buy the very best local produce.

Real ale lovers can raise a glass or two at the Clitheroe Beer Festival, whilst fine food and drink connoisseurs meet face to face with some of the greatest chefs in the world in the Obsession Festival of Food and Wine at Northcote Manor.

Clitheroe town beats to the rhythm of jazz every May Day bank holiday weekend during the Ribble Valley Jazz festival. In July, the Ribchester Roman Museum hosts a weekend of re-enactments and heritage related activities.

Ribble Valley hills are alive with the sound of music
There’s nothing quite like live music!
And the Ribble Valley is home to not only many talented
home-sprung musicians and bands, but a plethora of venues and genres to delight all earbuds. From the mirth and jollity of summer music festivals to laid back acoustic evenings in the local pubs throughout the year, you can sit back and soak up, or else get up and dance along to, all kinds of musical events. Supporting live music is a great way to experience something unique, and you may well discover a new favourite band or artist along the way!


Seek Out
The award-winning family friendly, wholesome, artistic, folksy.
Discover poetry, yoga, craft, musical jam sessions.
Something for everyone and many homegrown bands.
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Unbridled revelry! Growing in abundance and abandon, creativity swelling each year to heady heights since its beginnings in 2006. Beatherder is really making a name for itself amongst some of the best small-scale festivals in the country, with more than 17 areas for live music and 14 bars serving local ales and ciders. Join the party and ‘Herd em up!’.

Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues
Celebrating the best in jazz, blues and soul. Held around various venues across Clitheroe, an opportunity to explore an eclectic range of music from national to international artists.
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Clitheroe Concert Society
A host to several concerts a year, this society has brought the highest calibre of internationally renowned musicians to the Ribble Valley since 1952.

Ribble Valley Music Festival
This festival runs throughout the year, and nurtures young aspiring talent, with performances across a host of venues in the Ribble Valley. All proceeds are donated to support local heritage.
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The Grand
Clitheroe’s 1870s era auditorium is now home to contemporary entertainment venue The Grand. Check the website for their wide variety of events throughout the year.

Ribble Valley Scooter Rally
Formerly known as Ribble Valley Mod Weekender, enjoy live music
throughout venues in Clitheroe and a procession of 500 scooters
through the streets.

Holmes Mill
A converted cotton mill with industrial chic, hosting regular jam sessions, jazz nights and more with acclaimed musicians.

Whatever your passion there is sure to be an event to experience in Ribble Valley. Here are a few of the major events in our calendar but to view the most up to date listing for your visit the What’s On Guide

To find out about events and festivals happening across Lancashire go to www.visitlancashire.com

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