Barnoldswick events

Looking for events in Barnoldswick? Local people who live in Barlick have put together a helpful list of Barnoldswick events:

Makers’ Market

Saturday 18 February 2023, 10am to 5pm

Barnoldswick Town Square

Barnoldswick Makers' Market

Barnoldswick in Wonderland

Saturday 25 March 2023, 10am to 5pm

Barnoldswick Town Centre

Bbarnoldswick in Wonderland

Festival of Ice & Fire

Saturday 21 January 2023

A free family-friendly event in Barnoldswick town centre. With this year’s theme “The Hobbit”, you will be transported to Middle Earth with live ice carving, ice sculpture trail, interactive ice wall, fire show, activity trail and free rides.

A packed programme of activities at multiple venues around the town centre, including a winter market and the event finale – the ‘Battle of the Five Armies Fire Show’ followed by a Sound and Light Show:


All day on the Town Square, 10am to 6pm:

  • ice sculpture trail (around the town centre)
  • interactive carving wall
  • lonely mountain activity trail
  • winter market
  • live beer brewing demonstration


Timed activities on the Town Square:

  • live ice carving and a children’s creative activity: Smaug masks and dwarf swords (between 12 noon and 4.30pm)
  • circus show (1pm until 1.40pm)
  • the Battle of the Five Armies fire show finale (4.30pm until 5pm)
  • sound and light show (5pm until 6pm)


In the Rainhall Centre, 10am to 5pm:

  • immersive photo experience, exhibits and demonstrations with local photographers
  • traditional sounds musical duo


In the Civic Hall, 2pm to 4pm:

  • circus workshop: juggling, stilts, diablos, hula hoops


In the library, 10.30am to 12.30pm:

  • scavenger hunt and rune bookmark making

National Trophy Cyclo-Cross

17 & 18 December 2022

The fifth round of the UK National Trophy Cyclo-Cross series is coming to Barnoldswick.
Hosted by Hope Technology & Shibden CC at:

Rolls Royce Leisure, Skipton Road, Barnoldswick BB18 6HU

Racing split over two days, culminating in the Elite races on Sunday afternoon.

Plus a stacked Event Village, serving some of the best local food and drink: including Pizzas, Brownies and even a bar, as well as a selection of brands from the cycling industry showcasing their products.

Something for the Kids too. Hope Academy are running a packed schedule of activities on Saturday to keep your little ones entertained.

Christmas Market

10 & 11 December 2022, 10am – 5pm

The magic of Barnoldswick Switch-on 2022 continues as we enter the festive season.

Following the success of last year’s Winter Solstice market, we have collaborated with RHS Artisan markets to bring you a 2-day Christmas market experience. Expect a range of traditional, personalised gifts, culinary delights, spiced cider and produce from local traders.

In true Barnoldswick style, there will be a programme of live music and entertainment to really enhance the atmosphere of Christmas shopping!

On Saturday there will be a pop-up nativity booth, hosted by Hope Barnoldswick, there will be plenty of photo opportunities!
In the square there will be performances from the infamous Barnoldswick Brass Band, Sounds traditional, Uke & Sing, Giz & Pendle Music School & James Parkinson and students. We will be visited by Alfie the naughty elf from the north pole for fun & games.

Grab yourself a Santa hat and take part in “The 12 days of Christmas” trail. Visit shops around the town to solve the clues for a very special message and a gift at the end. Vote for your favourite Christmas display entry along the way.

And to make the day really magical, there will be children’s Christmas crafts under the gazebo where you can make a snow globe along with other creative activities . . .

Now doesn’t that sound a little bit special?!

Switch On Saturday


Christmas street market, food stalls, lantern making, Santa’s grotto, live performances, lantern parade around town centre streets, marching bands, Christmas lights switch on, live music, dancing in the town square and fireworks.

Usually takes place on the penultimate Saturday in November, 12 noon to 6pm.

Barnoldswick town centre, focussed around the town square BB18 5AA

Salterforth Fun Day

June (usually second Sunday), from 12 noon

Salterforth Park and Playing Fields, Salterforth, Barnoldswick BB18 5TS

Family un day and traditional village fete: Stalls, food, tea tent, BBQ with burgers and hot dogs, games, dancing and disco, donkey rides, performances, fire engine, coconut shy, tombola, fairground stalls, bouncy castle and giant inflatable slide, plus the annual running race up Salterforth drag.

Toilets are available, the field is accessible and level, there’s plenty of seating on hay bales and in the tea tent and the play park is open. Car parking is organised in fields across the canal bridge a short walk away, though most people walk from Barnoldswick. The busses run through Salterforth (between Skipton, Clitheroe and Barnoldswick and Earby, Colne and Burnley) and there’s a bus stop layby at the playing fields in the centre of the village.

Voluntary donations at the gate to raise money for local causes.