Online Events & Learning

Each year we look forward to meeting new people and seeing old friends at events and activities throughout the Forest of Bowland AONB. Sadly, at the moment, we are unlikely to be able to run many of the face to face events which had been planned as part of the Festival Bowland and Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership programmes.

Instead, where we can, we're going digital and bringing events to you online.

These will either be live events which you'll need to pre-book, or recordings which you'll be able to enjoy when it's convenient.

All our online opportunities will be listed on this page, including details of how to book where needed.  Most of the events will be free but donations to Champion Bowland (or the organisation highlighted in the event information) will always be welcome. 

Please note that all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult at our online events.

We'll be adding more events as we get the details finalised so do keep checking back to see what's new!

To re-visit information and links from past online events run during in 2020 click here.

PROGRAMME:

Goosnargh Gin_credit Goosnargh GinPLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR

Thursday 24th September, 2020

Meet the Producer: A Showcase of Bowland's Finest Food & Drink

7pm - 8.30pm 

We are becoming increasingly passionate about the food we eat and where it comes from; join us for an evening of conversation with some of our local food heroes.

Here in Bowland our local producers provide an amazing range, from award winning dairy produce and cheeses, to home-reared meat and game; made with dedication, enthusiasm and authenticity.  And while we can't sample the produce in person, we'll be joined by Emma Mayoh – food and drink editor for Lancashire Life – to shine a spotlight on 3 producers:

Gazegill Organics - Gazegill has remained with the Robinson Family for nearly 500 years. Gazegill Organics are an award winning organic farm offering raw milk and a wide range of rare breed organic meat boxes and products.

Goosnargh Gin - multi-award winning Goosnargh Gin is lovingly crafted by Richard and Rachel Trenchard at their micro-distillery, based at the foot of Beacon Fell.  Their gins are distilled in small batches by hand, using traditional copper alembic stills.

The Courtyard Dairy - Since The Courtyard Dairy’s opening in 2012, owners Kathy and Andy have won many awards and helped to promote British cheese in a multitude of ways; the Courtyard Dairy cheesemongers know the background and the stories behind the cheeses.

Cost: Free - but donations to Champion Bowland (via a link on booking) are welcomed.

Booking essential: 

We will post the new date and booking link for this event as soon as the details have been finalised. 


Plug plants grown at Beacon Fell_Forest of Bowland AONBSaturday 10th October, 2020

Create and Maintain a Mini Wildflower Meadow or Pollinator Patch

10am - 11.30am

Whether you want a wildflower patch in your garden or village, join us for advice and inspiration.

One of the best ways to help our pollinators is to provide them with an abundance of natural food. Sowing native seed, watching it grow and feed your local wildlife is not only satisfying but therapeutic in these strange times. Now is the ideal time to source your seed and prepare the ground!

Get inspiration from past and present projects and learn how to prepare your patch, where to source your seed and long term maintenance.

This event will be hosted as a live Zoom session.

Cost: Free - but donations to Champion Bowland (via a link on booking) are welcomed.

Booking essential: Please book via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/create-and-maintain-a-mini-wildflower-meadow-or-pollinator-patch-tickets-121036378065


Bowland (Virtual) Apple DayApples on table

Join the Friends of Bowland's, Martin Charlesworth, for an illustrated talk celebrating local apples! 

Martin's wide ranging presentation will cover religion, myth & folklore, an exploration of the decline of traditional orchards, plus commercial growing and supply. 

The session will also feature video contributions from Phil Rainford, of the Northern Fruit Group, and local farmer and historian, Muriel Lord. Phil will talk about "lost" local varieties and his passion to rediscover them, whilst Muriel will share stories about the apples in her garden.

The event will be hosted as a live Zoom session on Saturday 17th October and then repeated on Wednesday 21st October.

Cost: Both events are free but donations to the Friends of Bowland are welcome.

Booking essential: Please book via Eventbrite at the following links:

Sat 17th Oct, 10am to 11.30am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bowland-virtual-apple-day-presentation-tickets-121714534449

Wed 21st Oct, 6.30pm to 8pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bowland-virtual-apple-day-tickets-121723553425