Festivals in and around Burnley 2018

Bands in the Park

Saturday 21st July

Queen’s Park, Burnley

Burnley is about to become alive with the sound of music as Bands in the Park returns to Queens Park this Summer. Your sountrack for the Summer will feature music from The Joe Publix, Barry Garlow and the Good For Nothins, Bridle City Lights, Furious Styles and many more. In addition to the feast of live music, Bands in the Park will also offer a seasonal mix of food, arts and crafts as well as a licenced bar.

Following the success of last year’s sell-out event, Bands in the Park once again promises to deliver a festival of sounds that the whole family can delight in wrapping their ears around.


Under 11s: FREE

Clitheroe Food Festival

11th August

Church Walk, Clitheroe

Delight your taste buds with the diverse flavours of Lancashire at the Clitheroe Food Festival. The County’s finest annual culinary showcase returns to take over Clitheroe town centre once again to present a carnival of sensory stimulation, as a variety of local food and drink producers congregate to stage a feast for foodies everywhere!

With produce available from a number of carefully-selected vendors from across the county including from meat, bread and organic dairy products to pies, pasties and the finest fruit and vegetables.

Whatever your taste, the Clitheroe Food Festival offers an appetizing experience guaranteed to have something for everyone to get their teeth into.

Free entry

Some tickets for certain shows & presentations require advance purchase


Pendle Walking Festival

11th-19th August

Various Locations

The Pendle Walking Festival is one of the largest events of its kind hosted in the UK. For a unique opportunity to navigate the scenic topographies of Pendle, Lancashire on foot and participate in an expedition that highlights Lancashire’s natural beauty, join us for one, or more in a series of walks to design to appeal to wayfarers of all abilities from gentle rambles to challenging, endurance walks such as The Pendle Way.

There are a number of great routes to conquer, whatever your level of ability or experience, so take your first steps today.

Beat Herder Festival

13th-15th August

Ribble Valley, Lancashire

The beautiful Ribble Valley will echo with the sound of some of the country’s leading bands and solo artists this Summer as Beat Herder, one of Lancashire’s premier music festivals, returns to send enticing soundwaves across the heart of the county, and offering listeners and fans everywhere a live rendition of some of the feel-good sounds of the Summer.

With a stellar line-up of the music industry’s rising and established stars, including Orbital, Soulwax, Django Django, Boney M, Pete Tong and many more, the Beat Herder festival continues to be regarded as one of the Northern Powerhouse’s premier musical extravaganzas!

Tickets: £116

The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival

24th-26th August

Multiple Locations

Almost three decades after its inception, the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival is under new management and back with a bang!

This year’s festival features an unparalleled line-up of contemporary musicians to delight and entertain fanatical Rhythm and Blues conniseurs everywhere!

Reverberating from a multitude of iconic venue across Colne town centre, including the iconic Muni Theatre, The Hippodrome and The Little Theatre, the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival is a one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza featuring some of the leading exponents of Rhythm and Blues from across the country from across the country, firmly cementing its status as Europe’s biggest, and most popular, contemporary Blues festival.

With a winning combination of ticketed headline shows and free Roadhouse events, encompassing a diverse line-up of talents that will keep audiences entertained throughout the August Bank Holiday.

Tickets from £35


Burnley Canal Festival 2018

25th-26th August

Sandygate Square, Burnley, BB11 1RN

The carnival atmosphere returns to the Lancashire waterways this Summer as Burnley prepares to celebrate its canal heritage over the August Bank Holiday weekend once again. This year, the family-orientated festival will centre on Sandygate Square and will host veritable cornucopia of activities offering something for everyone, including arts and crafts, music, performances, street food, stalls, canoe taster sessions, narrowboats and much more. The Towpath Explorers are also returning and will devise another brainteasing mystery quest encouraging families to continue exploring Burnley’s canalside.

The Burnley Canal Festival is a community initiative organised and supported by a number of local organisations and businesses as well as the Canal and River Trust, Super Slow Way and Burnley Borough Council.

The event is FREE!