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Rawtenstall Christmas Lights On

Date: 29 November 2014

Location: Rawtenstall Town Square

Time: 10:00 - 20:00

Cost: Free

Rawtenstall is going to be full of festive fun ready for the big Christmas Lights Switch On event. Don't miss out, it's fun for everyone!


Join us on the Square for the Lights Switch On with Carols and mulled wine, hot chocolate and festive treats.

Family friendly events across town all day 10am – 4pm ;

Santa’s Grotto at Woodcocks on Bank Street

12 Days of Christmas treasure hunt from Rawtenstall Market – everyone wins a prize, and a chance to win the Family Christmas Hamper. 

Make a Christmas wish – Mather Art Gallery

Christmas Charity Fair and café – grab some festive bargain, have a go at the tombola, raffle and have a cuppa too.

Lantern Making workshop – Kay Street Baptist Church.  Make a lantern to take to our carol singalong

Community Art exhibition – Kay Street Baptist Church (open Friday)

Happening Today, 27 November 2014

Biking Bacup

Date: 06 March 2014 - 02 April 2015

Every week

Location: Bacup Family Centre

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Cost: Free

Join Bacup Family Centre's Biking Session

'Biking Bacup' session at Bacup Family Centre includes cycling, building, and repairing bikes. All bikes are provided but you can bring your own bike for "doing up".

Any donated bikes will be repaired and attendees get to keep a bike!

1-3pm during term times, with the option of family days during school holidays.

Christmas Lights Switch On Across Rossendale

Date: 17 November 2014 - 07 December 2014

Every day

Location: Various

Cost: Free

Dates of light switch on events around the Borough

Whitworth, Civic Hall…………… Sunday  23rd November 17.00

Rawtenstall, Valley Centre……Saturday 29th November  16.30

Haslingden, Library  ………………Tuesday 2nd December 16.00

School St , Stacksteads  …… Sunday 7th December 17.00


Cyber Cafe Drop In

Date: 22 May 2014 - 04 June 2015

Every week

Location: The Zone, Rawtenstall

Time: 13:00 - 17:00

Cost: Free

Cyber Cafe drop in for young people seeking advice and support on Education, Training and employment.

Different Moons Exhibition

Date: 15 November 2014 - 28 December 2014

Every day

Location: The Whitaker

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Cost: Free

Different Moons is an arts and heritage project, devised by Horse + Bamboo, to celebrate the local South Asian community.

DIFFERENT MOONS (this is an ongoing umbrella project under which the individual events fall).

 It’s aim is to rediscover the stories of the first migrants before they are lost, and then use them as a creative springboard to encourage new writing and art.


Saturday 15 November to Sunday 28 December 

Every Tues-Sat



The Whitaker, Whitaker Park, Rawtenstall BB4 6RE

Different Moons is an arts and heritage project, devised by Horse + Bamboo, to celebrate the local South Asian community, rediscovering the stories of the first migrants.

The Different Moons exhibition opens on Saturday 15 November at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall. Using poetry, recordings, installations, paper-cut art and animation, it tells the stories of those who came to Britain from Pakistan and Bangladesh to work in the Rossendale Valley from the 1950s onwards.

 The exhibition will also have a number of parallel festival events running alongside it during November including a mela, theatre show, bazaar and mushaira (poetry reading).

See Moons 2014/different-moons/ for more info

Forget-Me-Not Display

Date: 03 November 2014 - 31 December 2014

Every day

Location: Bacup Library

Cost: Free

Beautiful forget-me-not display on at Bacup Library to mark the centenary of World War One and local soldier's.

Daily at the library, during normal opening hours.

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War we are creating a 'forget-me-not' display in the library. A 'forget-me-not' will be added to the display on the anniversary of a local soldiers death, from details in the Bacup Times.

If you would like a 'forget-me-not' adding to the display in remembrance of someone who died in the war please let a member of staff know.

Haunted Rossendale Events

Date: 24 April 2014 - 23 April 2015

Every week

Location: Various

Cost: Various

A brand new exciting attraction has come to Rossendale

There are some fantastic events coming up from Haunted Rossendale, the ghost hunting experience, check out their website for more details and to confirm dates;

Help Direct Drop In Sessions

Date: 26 June 2014 - 25 June 2015

On this day every month

Location: Bacup Library

Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Cost: Free

Free Drop In Session run by Help Direct which is a sign posting service to help you with information, support, and guidance around lots of different matters.


Help Direct is a sign posting service, offering information, support and guidance around matters concerning Home and Garden, Managing Finances, Mobility and Transport, Learning and Leisure, Volunteering and much more.

We offer a stress-free way to get the help you need to ease your situation. We work with a wide range of organisations, community groups, charities and local councils getting you the help and support you need.

Kids Rock

Date: 19 September 2013 - 18 December 2014

Every week

Location: St Anne's Church, Edgeside

Time: 13:30 - 14:30

Cost: £2 per family

Kids Rock is a fantasic musical experience for children under 5

Come to St Anne's Church where every Thursday from 1:30 is the fantastic Kids Rock session where children under 5 can enjoy learning and playing together.

This session is also particularly beneficial for children with disabilities.

Library Sewing Bee

Date: 18 September 2014 - 01 January 2016

Every fortnight

Location: Haslingden Library

Time: 13:30 - 15:00

Cost: Free

If you are interested in sewing come along to the library and join uin the sewing bee, remember to bring a project with you!


The Sewing Bee is on fortnightly form 1:30-3:00pm.

Upcoming dates are;

19th September

3rd October

17th October

31st October

(continues fortnightly)


For more information please contact Haslingden Library;

01706 215690


Owd Bacup Week 1914/18

Date: 17 November 2014 - 31 December 2014

Every day

Location: Various

Cost: Free

The Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative Communications & Engagement Group has put together a programme of events and activities to commemorate and highlight life in Bacup during World War One.


Owd Bacup 1914/18

The programme includes exhibitions, talks, genealogy, food tastings and a play that depicts life in the trenches. Many of the events are interactive and therefore the Group encourages you to bring your own stories, artifacts, recipes and documents with you. The journey promises to be a surprising and enlightening experience

The Programme:

10th November, 4:30pm at Bacup Library: Your World War One Ancestor: where to Begin – there will be a talk by Fiona McIntyre from the Community Heritage Team on how you can research your family history from the wealth of freely accessible information available in libraries, museums and the Lancashire archives. Contact Bacup Library to book a place – in person, by phone 0300 123 6703 or email

11th November at The Boo Theatre- The Muddy Choir – there will be a special schools performance of the acclaimed play The Muddy Choir. The play aims to provide an insight into the experience of three boys in WW1.

12th November at Bacup Library WW1 Family History Drop-in – following on from the talk on by Fiona McIntyre, the Community Heritage Team is providing the facilities and support for you to research your own family members back to WW1 and beyond between 10am and 4pm in the Library. Contact Bacup Library to book a half hour session to look at the resources freely available with expert assistance from the Community Heritage Team – in person, by phone 0300 123 6703 or email

13th November on the streets of Bacup – Crime Walk PC Neil Gregson will be leading a crime walk around Bacup, and will be looking at the more famous cases. The walk will be happening on meeting at Bacup Police office, Union Square, Bacup at approximately 5:45pm to set off at 6pm. The walk should take about an hour to an hour and a half. The plan is to finish at the Nat on Todmorden Road for its opening at 7:30pm. Torch advisable.

1st December at Bacup Nat– there will be a travelling exhibition and talk entitled ‘World War One Shared Histories’ which looks at experiences of other countries during WW1 and focuses on the British Indian Army. This is an interactive event with opportunities to handle some of the exhibits, and wear uniform of the period. This event will run from 2pm to 5pm

13th December at Bacup Nat – there is an open day and an opportunity to experience Christmas in 1914 and a detailed reconstruction of a Fernhill Hospital ward from World War One

15th December at Bacup Library- 5pm-6:30pm- Steven Illingworth will present a talk on Conscientious Objectors in the First World War, highlighting the experiences of people in the local and regional contexts. Contact Bacup Library to book a place – in person, by phone 0300 123 6703 or email

November-December – there will be a display of photographs, facts and stories displayed in various venues throughout the event.


In 2015 we'll be time-travelling to Bacup in the 1930s and 40s.  What would you like to do on that journey?

Find out more at


Or e-mail for further information

Patter and Natter

Date: 19 September 2013 - 18 December 2014

Every week

Location: St Anne's Church, Edgeside

Time: 09:00 - 11:30

Cost: £1.50

Joing the Patter and Natter Group at St Anne's Church, Edgeside

The Patter and Natter Group is a great meeting group for pre-school children and carer groups.

Enjoy socialising with others while your children make new friends in the play environment,

The Patter and Natter Group is on every Thursday 9-11:30am.

Youth Club

Date: 22 May 2014 - 04 June 2015

Every week

Location: The Zone, Rawtenstall

Time: 18:30 - 21:00

Cost: Free

Join the Youth Club (12-19 years age or up to 25 for SEN Young People) at The Zone, Rawtenstall. Great facilities and a fantastic way to meet new people.

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