Online Events & Learning

Welcome to a brand new year of online events! 

With everything from bees and butterflies to fungi and fictional dragons! 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:

Previous online events in 2022

Working with Watercourses in the Forest of Bowland (Wyre Rivers Trust)

The Bentham Line - City, Coast, Countryside (Leeds Morecambe Community Rail Partnership)

Medieval Bridges of the Ribble Valley (Chris Hudson)

Bumblebees for Beginners (YDMT)

Fascinating Butterflies and Moths (Butterfly Conservation)


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

There Be Dragons!Roundel_Sunburst City Dragons

Tuesday 20th September, 6pm - 6.30pm


Who would have guessed that Bowland is home to a whole host of friendly dragons?

Lucy, Jack, Alice, Theo and the rest of the fiery clan live in a cave on the side of a mountain and spend their days working playing and having adventures.  Thankfully they have two young friends who help them stay hidden from human eyes…..

Join us for this special, online storytelling event where we follow author, Jane Huddleston, as she climbs Clougha Pike to introduce us to her Sunburst City Dragons family!

Inspired by walks through her beautiful local landscape, and based on tales told to her own children, Jane has created this series of fun, rhyming picture books, complete with lovely illustrations by David Robinson.

And if you want to find out more about these engaging characters, Jane will be online for a live Q & A after our virtual adventure.

Fun for families with children aged four to eight years old.

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