Barnoldswick events

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Bands on the Square

26 to 29 May 2023
Barnoldswick Town Square

BOTS 2023

Iconic free music festival in Barnoldswick town centre, presenting the best bands and artists from the area. Bands on the Square brings 4 days of performances on a custom built stage on Barnoldswick town square, with parking, toilets and facilities in Barnoldswick town centre. All ages welcome.

Friday 6pm to 10.30pm
Saturday 12 noon to 10.30pm
Sunday 12 noon to 10.45pm
Monday 12 noon to 6.15pm

Steaming Day at Bancroft Mill Engine Museum

See the engines and looms in operation, plus guided tours of the museum.

2023 steaming days

11am to 4pm. The engine starts at 1pm.

4 June
25 June
16 July
6 August
27 August
17 September
8 October
19 October
19 November


On Steaming Days, you can see the engine in operation, running at its original speed. In the weaving shed there are three looms, one of which was believed to have been in use at the mill before it closed. The museum currently weaves with the Cooper and the Pilling looms. The Pilling loom has a Jacquarette and is used to weave Bancroft Mill souvenir tea towels, which you can buy in the shop. The Cooper loom produces a plain cloth, very much like the bulk of the production at the mill when it was in operation. Also on display is a large collection of artefacts from the weaving industry which brought so much employment to Barnoldswick and the region.

In the museum is the original boiler which powered the engine, driving all the looms and other machinery in the mill. There is a smaller boiler, which is now used on Steaming Days. In a separate building there is a Smith and Eastwood engine, which ran Green’s Mill in nearby Bradley until 1978.

Barnoldswick Kite Festival

22 July 2023
Victory Park, Barnoldswick

2023 event details to be confirmed

Barlick Beach

Barnoldswick’s covered popup beach in the town centre – sand and seaside feel in the heart of the hills!

August on the Town Square

It’s fifteen years since the first ‘Barlick Beach’ in Barnoldswick. Over the years, the summer event has grown from lasting just a week to a month full of family-friendly activities in the heart of the town.

In 2023, Barnoldswick’s Beach is likely to be open on the Town Square throughout August,  with sand and activities on a daily basis. Dates to be confirmed.

With Barnoldswick Town Square’s popular new vibe as a food court, there will be tables and chairs with a great alfresco feel (although there’ll still be some covered space).

Barlick Beach usually has sand, donkeys and surfing, together with lots of activities for the whole family. There’s a marquee over the sand beach, so seaside style fun can be enjoyed whatever the weather.

The town centre has free parking, free public toilets and baby changing, plus fish and chip shop and cafes offering drinks, meals, ice creams, takeaways and picnic boxes.

Barnoldswick’s favourite free family summer attraction!

More details – including Barlick Beach dates, times and activities – will be added soon.

Community Iftar Party

Monday 27th March 2023 at 7pm (Iftar: 7.41pm)
Barnoldswick Town Square

Join us in celebrating the blessings of Ramadan by enjoying the Iftar (breaking the fast) dinner in Barnoldswick town centre. This Barnoldswick community Ramadan Iftar party will be a great opportunity to experience culture including:

⁃ Traditional Cuisine
⁃ Informative Conversation
⁃ A Short Speech
⁃ Witness the call to prayer
⁃ Observe the Sunset prayer

An evening to bring the community together, hosted by Usmaniyah Indian Takeaway

All welcome. Any enquiries please contact Usmaniyah Indian Takeaway on 01282 814700 or Noor (manager): 07931 949015

Barnoldswick in Wonderland

Saturday 25 March 2023, 10am to 5pm
Barnoldswick Town Centre

Barnoldswick magically comes to life for a second year of Barnoldswick in Wonderland.

Fans of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, are in for a treat as Barnoldswick town centre transforms into a whimsical wonderland for an immersive experience like no other.

The event, inspired by the beloved tale, will take place in the town square and surrounding venues. Attendees will journey down the rabbit hole alongside Alice and explore a fantastical world of talking animals and eccentric characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit.

Guests will be able to interact with the characters and participate in a range of activities, from playing flamingo croquet with the Queen of Hearts to enjoying a tea party and etiquette lessons with Alice. Attendees will also be able to explore their creativity with multiple activities and immerse themselves in interactive trail inspired by the book. Accompanying the event is a wonderful makers market and free children’s rides.

This free event is suitable for all ages and promises to be a fun-filled day out for families, friends, and fans of the book. Some of the activities have to be booked on the day at the town square information point, on a first come first served basis and are expected to fill up quickly.



Bbarnoldswick in Wonderland

Artisan Market

11 March 2023
Barnoldswick Town Square

Festival of Arts and Crafts

Every February. 2024 event dates and details to be confirmed

The 2023 ‘Love Barnoldswick’ themed arts and crafts festival hosted dozens of artists, crafters and other creatives in venues across Barnoldswick town centre, with activities throughout the week leading to the grand finale on Saturday with exhibitions, a makers’ market, and hands-on activities for all ages. Throughout arts and crafts week, there was an art trail through Barnoldswick, featuring spectacular sculptures created from products made in Barnoldswick.

Sustainability was a strong strand of the 2023 arts and crafts festival’s ‘Love Barnoldswick’ theme. Children completing the art trail were rewarded with refillable water bottles which they were able to use at the growing number of refill stations in the town.

Activities took place throughout half-term week at various venues. Junk modelling sessions used waste material and packaging from local manufacturers, and sculptures were created using local companies’ products. There was lots going on throughout the arts and crafts week, ranging from chainsaw carving to creative writing.

A slideshow of Love Barnoldswick pictures were also projected onto a giant screen in the Town Square. Visitors found art installations along the art trail, together with a wide range of hands-on activities and artists’ demonstrations.

The Festival of Arts and Crafts 2023 event programme included:

  • Junk modelling
  • Lego and board games
  • Photography exhibition
  • Messy Munchkins messy play (preschool age)
  • Creative writing group
  • Children’s cookery class
  • Stained Glass club
  • Clay club
  • Craft Wellbeing group
  • Ali Greer Art Workshop: mixed media
  • Live wood sculpting
  • Steam engine museum and cafe open
  • Crafts Group
  • Barnoldswick Brass Band open evening
  • Messy play
  • Relaxed music workshop
  • Medieval pewter craftsman live demo
  • Heritage plaque restoration and talks
  • Make bird feeders
  • Makers’ Market
  • Pie Championship
  • Brewery demonstration
  • Creative activities
  • Sculpture exhibition
  • Immersive children’s music workshop
  • Pottery demonstration
  • Textiles: make a Love Barnoldswick masterpiece
  • Sewing workshop
  • Art workshop
  • Stained glass demo
  • Felting demo
  • Music production workshop

Love Barnoldswick

13 – 18 February 2023


2023 Festival of Arts and Crafts in Barnoldswick

Love Barnoldswick is the theme

Makers’ Market

Saturday 18 February 2023, 10am to 5pm
Barnoldswick Town Square

Part of:

Barnoldswick Arts and Crafts week 2023

Barnoldswick Makers' Market

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

Sunday 11 June 2023, 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.