Arts and Crafts in the Forest of Bowland

The communities of the Forest of Bowland strive to preserve the area’s local crafts and rural skills and their enthusiastic proponents are always eager to share these skills with willing apprentices!

Traditional rural skills such as hedge-laying and dry stone walling continue to thrive along with crafts like weaving, basket-making and furniture making.

These are an important component of the area’s heritage and identity and the distinctive hedgelines and walls of Bowland shape the landscape as much as the agriculture which dominates the local economy.

In recent years, the Forest of Bowland has hosted national and regional hedgelaying and dry stone walling competitions and the areas traditional boundaries have been subject of in-depth study.

The striking upland scenery is increasingly recognised as a source of elemental inspiration for photographers and landscape artists, with some offering residential courses in Bowland.

The AONB has compiled a directory of practicing rural skills specialists, many of whom offer regular tuition to newcomers to these trades. Click on the link below to discover more. 

Lancashire Farm Wools

Textile designer/maker and wool merchant

I'm a textile designer maker,weaver and wool merchant working with farmers in Bowland to promote the use of wool .... a wonderful, readily available natural resource! I buy fleeces direct from the farms which are high nature value and low intensity.

The fleeces come from traditional hill breeds including Lonks, Lancashire's own ancient breed. The fleeces are spun into yarn using minimal processing at a small mill in The Peak District.My work sells through galleries and wool through yarn retailers in the North West.


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The Emporium

Coffee Shop, Brasserie, Wine Bar & Interiors

Housed in an imposing former chapel in the heart of town, The Emporium is a unique setting of unique interior design and delicious food. Whether it’s a latte or a lunchtime glass of fizz, this elegant old building has been lavishly converted to create three glorious floors of eating, drinking and shopping. Pop in for a coffee and freshly baked pastries, meet friends for lunch, toast a successful shopping trip with a cheeky afternoon glass of fizz or step out in style for a special celebration dinner.

The Old Methodist Chapel, Moor Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 1BE 01200 444174

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