Online Events & Learning

Welcome to a brand new year of online events! 

With everything from rivers and railways, to butterflies and medieval bridges, we hope that the 2022 programme offers something for you – whatever your interests.

We'll be adding more events during the year, so don't forget to pop back and see what's new!

(Under 18s will need to be accompanied at all our online events.)

For the full Festival Bowland events programme, please go to:

Working with Watercourses in the Forest of Bowland (Now finished)Smithy Beck_Wyre Rivers Trust

Tuesday 8th March, 6.30pm - 8pm


Did you know that the River Wyre flows entirely within Lancashire? The source of the river sits in the Bowland fells, where the Marshaw Wyre and the Tarnbrook Wyre are formed. It then flows south through Garstang before turning sharp north west and completing its 28-mile journey at Morecambe Bay.

Find out more about the work of the Wyre Rivers Trust within the Forest of Bowland and the work they do to improve water quality, create better habitats for wildlife and raise awareness of the issues in the Wyre catchment.

This is your chance to hear about their latest projects, find out about the varied volunteer opportunities available and ask any questions you may have.

Booking essential. To book a place please email or phone 07973 923142


The Bentham Line - City, Coast, Countryside (Now finished)The Bentham Line_historic_LMCRP

Wednesday 23rd March, 6.30pm - 8pm


Skirting the northern boundary of the Forest of Bowland AONB, the 75-mile Bentham Line (aka the "Little North Western") travels between Leeds, Lancaster and Morecambe through some of the most scenic landscapes in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Join us online to find out about the history of the line from the mid-19th century to the present day; the communities it serves, the role it has played in the past (including links to the building of Stocks Reservoir) and how the local Community Rail Partnership is looking to the future through its green credentials and a pioneering Dementia & Community Rail programme.

Booking essential. To book a place please email or phone 07973 923142


Medieval Bridges of the Ribble Valley Edisford Bridge_Chris Hudson

Re-scheduled from 10th May to Thursday 16th June, 7 - 8.15pm


How many medieval bridges are there in the Ribble Valley? 

In 2017, Chartered Civil Engineer, Chris Hudson, was approached by Clitheroe Civic Society to answer that very question.

Chris's presentation will provide an insight into the forensic approach taken to date masonry arch bridges and is underpinned by interesting facts relating to local history, the development of the highway infrastructure and the principles of stone arch bridges.

A member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Chris currently sits as Chairman for the North West of England. 

Booking essential. To book a place please email or phone 07973 923142


Bumblebees for BeginnersBumblebee on meadow flower_FoB AONB

Wednesday 18th May, 12:00 noon – 1pm


Bumblebees are declining in our countryside, but one important way to help with their conservation is learning how to identify the different species and record what you see for the national records on iRecord.

In this Forest of Bowland AONB/Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust workshop you can learn about their lifecycle, why they are important and how to identify our seven more common species.

Booking essential.  Please contact for more information and to book a place.

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via

Fascinating Butterflies and MothsRed admiral on chives_FoB AONB

Thursday 26th May, 6.30pm - 8pm


Dave Wainwright has worked for Butterfly Conservation for20 years at both site and landscape level. His talk will encompass butterflies and moths, their life cycles, habitat preferences and the differences that volunteering and conservation can make. 

Naturally, there’ll be some stunning photos (how could it be otherwise, given his subject matter) and plenty of time for Q&A.

Booking essential. For more information and to book a place please email


Fungi in the Forest of BowlandYellow fungus_Forest of Bowland AONB

Tuesday 13th September, 7pm - 8pm

Fruiting bodies, hyphae, mycellium..... Neither animal nor vegetable, fungi are little-known by many of us, but undoubtedly fascinating.

Join us online when Dr Irene Ridge, of the North West Fungus Group, introduces us to the fascinating world of fungi and the kinds we can find in and around the Forest of Bowland.

Booking essential. For more information and to book a place please email

The 1927 North West Solar Eclipse1927 North West Solar Eclipse from Giggleswick Scar_G McLoughlin archive

Wednesday 21st September, 7pm - 8pm


Graham  McLoughlin FRAS, Secretary of Preston and District Astronomical Society, has a special interest in local astronomical history.

Join him online as he turns the clock back to 29th June, 1927 and the first total eclipse of the sun to be viewed from the UK in over 200 years.

The narrow eclipse path spanned north Wales and the North West of England, with the moon's shadow departing over Hartlepool and the North Sea.  Many travelled to the Forest of Bowland to observe the phenomenon, with over 30,000 people gathering on Waddington Fell to observe this once in a lifetime spectacle.

Graham will share archive images and reports of this very out of the ordinary event.

Free but booking is essential. Please email