Online Events & Learning

We're very excited to bring you our Festival Bowland online events for 2021!
We'll be exclusively online until Easter, at which point we hope to re-introduce small-scale, face to face events once it's safe to do so. However, we loved welcoming old friends and new audiences to our virtual events last year, so we'll be continuing an online programme for the rest of the year and beyond. We hope that this will be a great way for you to discover Bowland, even if - for whatever reason - you can't join us in person.
You'll find all the online event details below but don't forget to keep checking back as we'll be adding new ones as we finalise them!
(Please note that under 18s must be accompanied by an adult at all these events.)
If you'd like to take a look at the full Festival Bowland programme you can find it here https://www.forestofbowland.com/Festival-Bowland-Events

 

 

DARK SKIES FESTIVAL

February

Dark sky veil_Robert InceBOWLAND DARK SKIES FESTIVAL - AURORA WATCH
Saturday 13th February
7pm – 8pm

Join us for a livestream from the Arctic Circle where, weather permitting, our expert guide Matt will show us the Northern lights live! If the weather is poor or the lights are shy we will show images and videos and have an impromptu talk.

Booking essential. For further information and to book please email Hetty Byrne at hetty.byrne@lancashire.gov.uk

Free but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/


Orion's belt_crop_Steven KiddBOWLAND DARK SKIES FESTIVAL - CONSTELLATION STORIES
Sunday 14th February
5.30pm – 6pm

 

Legend has it that the night skies are filled with fable and populated with a host of characters.

Join us for an early evening of fun as local storyteller, Sue Allonby, shares starry tales from the constellations and the Pendle Hill team reveal fascinating facts about the twinkly patterns which emerge as darkness falls………

Aimed at families with children between eight and 12 years old – although older and younger children are welcome.

Booking essential.  For more information and to book a place please email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk or phone 07973 923142

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/


Dark skies_knotts_milky way_crop_Robert InceBOWLAND DARK SKIES FESTIVAL - WHAT'S IN THE NIGHT SKY TONIGHT?
Monday 15th February
7.30pm – 8.30pm

 

Join local astronomer, Robert Ince, who will show us what to see in the Bowland night sky tonight and in the next few days, using Stellarium. This software allows us to plan what to see, when the weather allows, with the naked eye or binoculars and will show you how to find your way around the heavens.

Booking essential. For further information and to book please email Hetty Byrne at hetty.byrne@lancashire.gov.uk

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/


Barn owl_Mark HarderBOWLAND DARK SKIES FESTIVAL - BOWLAND'S OWLS
Tuesday 16th February
6.30pm – 7.45pm
 

Join the RSPB's James Bray for an insight into these fascinating creatures.

Owls are some of the most elusive and mysterious birds on the planet. They can be found from the tropical rainforests to the arctic tundra. Many species have had close links with humans for thousands of years, and are the subject of myths and legends, and even act as natural rodent controllers.

This talk will also cover the owls that can be found in Bowland, and how you might see or hear them.

Booking essential. For more information and to book a place please email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk or phone 07973 923142

Free, but donations to RSPB welcome via https://www.rspb.org.uk/


Moon by Matthew Greenhalgh
BOWLAND DARK SKIES FESTIVAL - LIVE MOON WATCH
 
Wednesday 17th February

7.30pm – 8.30pm

Join our guides, Robert Ince and Wil Cheung, and see a live transmitted show of our own moon through large telescopes. We will hear about the features we hope to see on the moon's surface and find out how the moon changes its appearance through the month.

If the weather is poor we will show images and videos and have an impromptu talk.

Booking essential. For further information and to book please email hetty.byrne@lancashire.gov.uk

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/


Tawny owl_D OystonBOWLAND DARK SKIES FESTIVAL – FREE FAMILY NATURE EVENT: ANIMALS OF THE NIGHT
Thursday 18th February
10am - 11.30am or 2pm – 3.30pm

 

Learn about the animals that come out at night around Bowland and Pendle Hill. Listen to some fascinating facts, make nocturnal crafts and find out how you can look for signs of animals in the dark.

The online session will consist of 1 hour talk, a make at home craft (details to be supplied on booking) and time for questions. Families can leave session at any time.

Activities aimed at 4 - 12 year olds - see booking website for more details. Parent/carer must accompany children at all times while participating online.  

Booking essential. For further information and to book a place please email PendleHill@ernestcooktrust.org.uk

Free


Crook o' Lune night sky_Robert InceBOWLAND DARK SKIES FESTIVAL – AN INTRODUCTION TO SMARTPHONE NIGHT SKY PHOTOGRAPHY
Friday 19th February
7.30pm – 8.30pm

 

An online introduction to astrophotography using smartphones. Learn how to use your phone to capture the skies including the Milky Way, the moon and even aurora.

Booking essential. For further information and to book please email Sandra Silk sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/


March

Bowland field barns_C HedleyMAINTAINING TRADITIONAL BUILDINGS
Tuesday 2nd March
6.30pm – 8.00pm

 

Bowland's many traditional farm buildings add to the AONB's landscape character and sense of place. Join architect and historic buildings consultant, James Innerdale, as he shares practical ideas and helpful tips on how to care for, and maintain, them.

James has delivered a number of training sessions on behalf of SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings).

Booking essential.  For more information and to book a place please email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk or phone 07973 923142

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland are welcomed via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/


Common lizard_Steven KiddAMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES
Thursday 11th March
6.30pm – 8pm

 

The Amphibian and Reptile Group of Lancashire was formed in 2004 and since then it has been working to promote the conservation of amphibians and reptiles across Lancashire.

In this talk its chair, David Orchard, will explain which species are present in the county and how to identify them. He will also review some of the practical conservation projects undertaken by the group and discuss the importance of recording.

This event will be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about our native species and what we can do to help them.

Booking essential. For more information and to book a place please email jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/


PENDLE RADICALS
Tuesday 23rd March
6.30pm – 8pm

 

If heritage is your thing, don't miss an encounter with the Pendle Radicals – folk who were key to the history of the area (and beyond) but not all of whom will be familiar to a wider audience. 

Part of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership project, Pendle Radicals is being delivered by Mid Pennine Arts, with the help of an enthusiastic team of volunteer researchers.

Booking essential. For more information and to book a place please email jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk

Free


April

 

Sawley Abbey_crop_Forest of Bowland AONBSAWLEY ABBEY: THE BUILDINGS AND PEOPLE OF A MEDIEVAL MONASTERY
Wednesday 21st April
6.30pm – 8pm

 

Between 1148 and 1537, Sawley Abbey was home to a community of white-clad Cistercian monks. This talk will examine the insights the abbey's ruined buildings provide into the evolution of the monks' way of life over 400 years, and question traditional notions of late medieval decline leading to Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. It will also use art and architecture to illuminate the lives of the people who lived, prayed and worked at the abbey between the 12th and 16th centuries. 

Dr Michael Carter is senior properties historian at English Heritage. He specialises in monastic history, art and architecture and has an especial interest in the Cistercians in northern England. He has published and lectured widely.

Booking essential.  For more information and to book a place please email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk or phone 07973 923142

Free, but donations to English Heritage are welcomed https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/support-us/donate-now/

 

May

Bombus pascuorum on white clover_Forest of Bowland AONBBUMBLEBEES FOR BEGINNERS
Thursday 6th May
12noon – 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 carol.edmondson@lancashire.gov.ukfor more information and to book a place.

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/


June

Bat Walk_Forest of Bowland AONBRIBBLE RIVERS TRUST VIRTUAL BAT WALK
Tuesday 1st June
6.30pm – 8pm approx

 

Join Ribble Rivers Trust on a virtual bat walk in the Hodder catchment, where we will learn more about these elusive nocturnal mammals. The evening begins with a family-friendly presentation about bats, their behaviour, diet and habitat - and how we can help them.

Booking essential. Please contact the Ribble Rivers Trust on admin@ribbletrust.com or 01200 444452

£5 per family. (Your donation will go directly to Ribble Rivers Trust and will help to create and improve habitat for bats and other species in the Ribble catchment.)


Sabden weir after_Ribble Rivers TrustRIBBLE RIVERS TRUST VIRTUAL FISH PASS TOUR
Tuesday 22nd June
6.30pm – 7.30pm

 

Join Ribble Rivers Trust for a virtual tour of one of our fish passage projects in the Forest of Bowland AONB. Find out all about the project, from why the fish pass is needed, to how it was built and which species it will help. One of our Project Officers will talk you through the project and take any questions.

Booking essential. Please contact the Ribble Rivers Trust on admin@ribbletrust.comor 01200 444452

This is a free event but donations to the Ribble Rivers Trust are welcomed - https://ribbletrust.org.uk/donate/


September

Bat walk_Forest of Bowland AONBFROM NOCTULES TO NATTERER'S: LEARN MORE ABOUT BOWLAND'S BATS
Thursday 2nd September
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm

 

After a wonderful online talk last year, we are happy to say that Gail Armstrong will be returning to provide us with an informative session about bat species in Bowland! Gail, volunteer bat worker, licensed bat carer and bat surveyor, will give us information about the lifestyle of bats, as well as local bat species and where to see and hear them.

Suitable for all the family. Parent/carer must be supervising any under 18s throughout this event.

Booking essential. For further information and to book a place please email jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk

Free, but donations to The Bat Conservation Trust welcome https://www.bats.org.uk/donate/pledge