Monday, October 4, 2010

The Big Longridge Weekend - Friday 8th - Sunday 10th October 2010

This is a quick plug for The Big Longridge Weekend which starts this Friday. I'll be going along to support it, and I am really looking forward to getting inside the newly restored and extended Old Station Building, which should be a great asset to the community for years to come.

Full details are available on the Goosnargh and Longridge Show website, and there is also a Big Longridge Weekend Facebook Group.

Clitheroe Castle - Autumn Scenes

War Memorial and Trees by Clitheroe Castle
A couple of weeks back I found myself with a morning to kill in Clitheroe. It was a beautiful Autumn day, sunny and fresh, and everything looked great, with the views to the hills largely free from the heat haze that you get in the Summer. Here are a few pictures I took around Clitheroe Castle - they seem to have come out with a remembrance theme, apt for this time of year.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bowland Wild Boar Park

Pig at Bowland Wild Boar Park

Bowland Wild Boar Park, located close to the village of Chipping, is a nice take on the farm park concept. Set in a valley, flanked by the River Hodder, it hosts a selection of farm and exotic animals; the wild boar for which it was named, red and fallow deer, wallabies, meerkats and more. In addition to the animals, the park also offers a series of nature walks, along the bank of the Hodder and up through the wooded valley side - good for watching birds and other wildlife. There are indoor and outdoor play facilities, including a well-stocked playground with two zipwires (always a bottleneck), tractor and barrel rides, and a cafe with a decent selection of meals for adults and children, some made with produce from the farm. Bowland Wild Boar Park is a lovely place to visit, great for families with kids, and with enough to interest those without children too. Here are some snaps taken from our visit last month: