Enjoy spring in Bowland with a variety of events

Langden Brook and Langden Valley - Miry Ellis and Birch Bank fells. Photo by Charlie Headley.
Langden Brook and Langden Valley - Miry Ellis and Birch Bank fells. Photo by Charlie Headley.

Birds, brass bands and bluebell teas will all be on offer as part of the Festival Bowland events programme this spring – plus lots more besides.

Staff from the RSPB will be leading their popular guided walks from the Trough of Bowland this Friday and May 26 with the chance of spotting some fantastic birds and finding out all about the important upland habitat they call home.

And to catch a glimpse of whimbrel as they break their long journey from Africa to Iceland do not miss the Wyre Council and RSPB event at Barnacre on the evening of April 29.

Over in the north and west of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty why not explore Bowland’s woodlands as they come into leaf?

A full day event on April 26 will feature native woodlands in the Roeburndale valley followed by the chance, on May 11, to combine a walk in the arboretum with a visit to the Apple Store café at Wyresdale Park near Scorton. Also in Roeburndale, this time on May 7, Dr Rod Everett will look at the effects of water flow - past, present and future on a free guided walk.

Calder Vale Village Hall hosts its annual bluebell tea strolls every Sunday during May while, also in May, Garstang Walking Festival’s “Bowland to Bay” runs from May 10 to the 18 with everything from family-friendly wanders to a 14-mile trek.

Local geologist Paul Kabrna explores the Trough on May 4 and LCC offers a ranger-led walk on Pendle Hill on May 24 looking at wildlife and modern day management.

To round off the spring events, Slaidburn Silver Band stages the first of a series of free “Brass at the Bounty” concerts at Slaidburn’s Hark to Bounty Inn on May 29.

Further information is available by ringing 01200 448000. The programme booklet is also available from tourist information centres and local venues.