Join Festival Bowland for an Arts Festival, Wildlife Forays, Forest Bathing and More...

13th March 2023

It's a delight to be in Bowland during the spring-time months and this year's Festival Bowland events programme offers lots of opportunities to explore this lovely area.

Dunsop Bridge in the Spring

The well-established Garstang Walking Festival will be back between 5th and 14th May this year and you can get a taster of what's to come thanks to an online introduction on the evening of 22nd March.

History hounds can enjoy a series of three walks focusing on famous Bowland visitors. So, if you want to find out more about Wainwright, Cromwell or Gandhi – and explore some beautiful places at the same time – sign up with All Routes North for their sessions in March, April and May.

Pop into the village institute in Hornby over the weekend of 15th and 16th April to enjoy a display of ceramics, art, silk paintings and carving from the Lune Valley and beyond. You'll be able to chat to the makers – and perhaps even treat yourself!

Wildlife enthusiasts can discover the underwater world of invertebrates and fish with the Wyre Rivers Trust's monitoring morning in Scorton on 13th April; explore the weird and wonderful world of earthworms online on the 27th April and seek out waders (and fingers crossed some chicks!) in Claughton-on-Brock with the RSPB on 28th.

The RSPB also have three, guided moorland safaris from Slaidburn starting on 21st April and repeated on 1st and 29th May.

Snipe by Andy Hay

Step back, take a breath and reconnect with your surroundings in Gisburn Forest on a forest bathing evening with Rewilding Outdoor Therapy on 28th April or book a Tramper to explore lovely Grizedale with Wyre Coast & Countryside Service on 29th.

If you want to get out and about but don't want to walk too far, there are regular short walks from Garstang on most Mondays, which don't need booking in advance – so you can make your mind up on the day.

For the keen walker, the Pendle Peat and Pie Challenge on 25th May offers a great (if muscle-testing) opportunity to find out more about one of Bowland's key habitats – peatlands; or why not become a BeeWalker and learn how to monitor bumblebees during the summer?  All will be explained in a morning session at Gisburn Forest on 26th May.

Full details of all Festival Bowland events, including booking information, can be found on the Forest of Bowland National Landscape website at

Bowland Dark Skies Festival 2024

- 21st December 2023

Traditional Boundaries Training

- 21st November 2023

All-Terrain Wheelchair Demo Day

- 20th September 2023

Tramper Taster Day

- 22nd August 2023

Pendle Peat & Pie Challenge

- 26th April 2023

New Bowland Visitor Guide

- 20th February 2023

The Festival Continues!

- 10th October 2022

Hay Time Gets Creative!

- 3rd August 2022


- 20th July 2022

Langden Intake Gravel

- 1st July 2022

Meadow Art Workshops

- 23rd May 2022

Discovering Wonderful Waxcaps

- 9th September 2021

Tramper Taster Day

- 8th September 2021

Visiting Bowland

- 14th June 2021

Name that Bee!

- 13th April 2021

Meadow Makers Project

- 8th April 2021

Festival Bowland 2021 is here!

- 6th January 2021

COVID-19 Update

- 5th January 2021

Covid-19 Update

- 31st December 2020

Green Recovery Challenge Fund

- 10th December 2020

Bringing Home the Turf

- 7th December 2020

Let's Support Local This Christmas

- 26th November 2020

Photo Competition Winners

- 18th November 2020

COVID-19 Update 05.11.2020

- 5th November 2020

Best of Bowland Photo Competition

- 12th October 2020

New Discover Bowland website

- 29th September 2020

Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoety

- 26th August 2020

Festival Events Go Virtual

- 10th August 2020

Days to Remember

- 31st July 2020

Coronavirus Update

- 6th June 2020

COVID-19 Update

- 20th March 2020

Hay Time Rescue - Project Summary

- 11th February 2020

Bowland Dark Skies Festival

- 6th January 2020

What is Bowland Without its Trees?

- 3rd September 2019

Postcards for Kindness

- 4th July 2019

Meadows to Morris Dancing

- 10th June 2019

Tramper Taster Day

- 15th May 2019

Half a Kilometre of Hedge

- 24th January 2019

Wildflower meadow rescue mission

- 17th October 2018

Traditional Boundaries Training

- 20th September 2018

National Landscape Family's Week

- 13th September 2018

Bowland Heads Back to the Stone Age

- 12th September 2018

Bowland by Night

- 3rd September 2018

Meadow Magic

- 18th June 2018

June is Blooming!

- 15th May 2018

Bowland Wader Project Newsletter

- 22nd February 2018

Outstanding Week 2017

- 5th September 2017

Festival Bowland Fun in Autumn

- 22nd August 2017

Summer in Bowland

- 26th June 2017

Winter Hedge Laying Workshops

- 29th November 2016