Clitheroe Food Festival, Ribble Valley, Lancashire

Sooo, a food festival.   What’s not to like?

We were back in Clitheroe a couple of weekends ago to experience the Clitheroe Food Festival  which we’d been meaning to visit several times but always seemed to have other trips planned.  We made sure that we made it there this year.

We stayed at Clitheroe Camping & Caravanning Club Site .  It’s situated in an idyllic location beside the River Ribble at Edisford Bridge just a mile or so outside the town centre.  We often stay at this site and this time noticed a big improvement in that the old plastic mesh matting pitches have now been replaced with gravel hard standings.  This is a big improvement as this site is so close to the River Ribble it’s prone to water logging and flooding.

Our weekend had begun Friday lunchtime when our nephew, George, who had been staying with us for a couple of days helped us to collect Jolly from storage and joined us on board as we took him back home on the way.

For Friday night, we’d pre-booked ourselves a table at The Red Pump Inn, Bashall Eaves So, after a chilled afternoon on Jolly (it was raining quite heavily outside) we rang for a taxi up to the Red Pump, which is about 2.5 miles outside Clitheroe.  It’s in a peaceful location with good views of the surrounding countryside.

We’d heard before going that the steaks here were top notch, and although there was plenty on the menu that could easily have turned our eyes, noses and taste buds, we both decided to go for a steak.  We ordered a fillet steak with garstang blue cheese sauce and a 90 day dry aged rib-eye steak with chimichurri sauce.  Both were cooked to medium rare perfection, served with tasty chunky hand cooked chips and a side salad. The food portions were just right too, comfortably filling.

In fact, the whole evening was pretty perfect – great staff, service and atmosphere.  We can recommend this one without hesitation.  It made an interesting change for us too as we usually go into Waddington which also has great pubs/restaurants – The Higher Buck, Waddington Arms, and The Lower Buck.

The next day the sun came out of hiding in time for the Food Festival and the town centre was buzzing with a large turnout of people who were treated to a festival offering an impressive display of different food/drink/produce stalls.  There was plenty of live street music, entertainment and food demos too.  This Festival is rated as one of the most successful of its kind in the North West of England and in the top 10 throughout the country, and this was its 7th year.

We enjoyed our afternoon wandering through the town centre then ventured down to another place that put on a great day – the Bowland Brewery at Holmes Mill just down from the town centre.  There were food stalls, their new food hall was open, live music, ice cream shop and of course some great ales to be enjoyed.  For us, this place is an absolute must to drop into whenever we’re over Clitheroe way.

The town’s festival was rounded off perfectly at approx. 4pm when the Red Arrows treated everyone to a fly-over display on their way across to the Blackpool Air Show.  It was a spectacular finish to the event.


Clitheroe Main Street


Red Arrows Flyover (photo by Zoie Carter-Ingham)

Afterwards, we cycled back down from town to the Edisford Bridge pub which is just over the bridge from the C&CC site.  We grabbed a pint and some tea (because we hadn’t actually eaten at the food festival!?) before heading back to our pitch to await the arrival of a couple of good friends and fellow campers, Mo & Lee, who were coming to see Jolly and have a few drinks with us.

We sat out for a couple of hours chatting, laughing and drinking before the evening chill finally beat us and we retreated inside Jolly for the remainder of the evening.  Our next outing will actually be back in Clitheroe but a group social gathering with Mo, Lee and another couple..  We’re really looking forward to that one.

Great weekend! 😊  Til next time ..


Suzie & Bri

Waddington, Ribble Valley, Lancashire

We spent our Christmas weekend on a site we haven’t stayed at before in Waddington, just 2 miles out of Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley.  Cross Lane Caravan & Camping Park is a lovely spot, conveniently located away from the main road and just a mile from the village centre.   It’s a Camping & Caravanning Club Certified Site, open all year, with 5 spacious hard standing pitches with electric hook-up (£12 per night) and space for tents.

We were the only visitors over Christmas & Boxing Day so had the place to ourselves.  We didn’t use the facilities other than chemical disposal point, but there were toilet, hand-washing and shower facilities provided.  We used Jolly’s own facilities.

From the pitch, the view of Pendle Hill in the distance was pretty impressive even when the weather was dull, foggy and rainy.  Christmas night we experienced gale force winds battering us, but had some protection from surrounding bushes and trees and Jolly only swayed about a few times!


Looking out from our pitch towards Pendle Hill

There are many places of interest to visit in this area (see previous ‘Clitheroe’ posts and the following link …

However, we visited to spend Christmas Day with family in Clitheroe and Boxing Day in Waddington, again with family, to celebrate Bri’s birthday.  As always, a thoroughly enjoyable trip.  We’ll definitely be using this site again too.

We’ve a few weeks now until our next Jolly outing in early March as we’ve a family celebration and a holiday abroad in February beforehand.  Eek, March sounds such a long time off but it’ll be here before we know it!


Suzie & Bri

Christmas in Clitheroe

We spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day in Jolly, visiting family in Clitheroe.  We stayed at a little gem of a site, the private Edisford Bridge Farm site.  As you can imagine it was pretty empty when we arrived early afternoon on Christmas Day!  It’s located just up the hill from the Camping & Caravanning Club Site at Edisford, which was closed for the season, and right next door to the Edisford Bridge pub which served good pub grub and decent beer 🍻🍴

On Boxing Day it was Bri’s birthday and we decided to walk to the nearby village of Waddington, approx. 2 miles away (but 4 miles when we took Suzie’s ‘shortcut’).  It was a lovely walk along the back country lanes on a dry, frosty day.   Obviously we ate and drank while out and had a damn good day, visiting the Waddington Arms, Lower Buck Inn, and the Higher Buck.  All quite different pubs but all with warm, friendly atmospheres.

Big thumbs up to this site.  It was our second stay and we’ll be back.


Suzie & Bri


Met this friendly horse on our walk along the back lane from Clitheroe to Waddington

Met this friendly horse on our walk along the back lane from Clitheroe to Waddington

Our first stop, the traditional Lower Buck Inn

Our first stop, the traditional Lower Buck Inn

Birthday bubbles for Bri at the Higher Buck

Birthday bubbles for Bri at the Higher Buck


Clitheroe, Ribble Valley


One of my own shots of Clitheroe Castle against the backdrop of Pendle Hill (c) Polka Shot Photography

One of my own shots of Clitheroe Castle against the backdrop of Pendle Hill
(c) Suzie Coulburn

Clitheroe town centre

Back from a 2-night stay in the beautiful market town of Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.  It nestles between Pendle Hill (famous for its witches) and Waddington Fell.  In my totally unbiased opinion this is the most beautiful town in the world … although I was born there and only moved away in 2012!

We stayed at the Edisford Caravan site down by Edisford Bridge through which the River Ribble flows.   The site was clean, almost full yet quite quiet, and sloping in areas but we got a flat grass pitch (No.30) so no chocks required.  No choosing your own pitch though, the warden instructed us where to pitch up.

Edisford Bridge Campsite  Have wheels, will travel!

The site has a miniature steam railway and a 9-hole pitch n putt course but availability depends on whether or not the ice cream van is parked up(!) because that’s where you hire your clubs and balls, and he visits intermittently throughout the day.  Failing that, there is a swimming pool, gym and tennis courts across the main road at the top of the site.

Hungry/greedy ducks

Also, there are nice walks along the river bank or a steady 2 mile walk to the nearby village of Waddington.  We cycled there and sampled a few bevvies at The Lower Buck Inn & The Waddington Arms.  It’s a pretty village well worth a visit.

Warming our tootsies beside a log fire at Lower Buck Inn, Waddington

Clitheroe town centre is about a 25 minute walk from the campsite, and places of interest would include the Norman castle keep & museum, town centre shops particularly the award-winning Victorian Byrnes Wine Shop, Cowman’s Famous Sausage Shop, coffee shops, wine bars, gift shops and designer clothing shops.

For us though, this weekend was about catching up with family and involved plenty of food and drink.  On Saturday night we took a taxi into the town centre for a meal with sister, brother-in-law, niece & nephew at La Vespa, an authentic family run Italian Restaurant.  Good food and service.

On Sunday afternoon we had four generations of my family drop in on us to have a look around Jolly.  Surprisingly, at one point all ten of us were inside Jolly, proving how spacious he is!  We then headed out to the Edisford Bridge Pub just a 5-10 minute walk from the campsite, for a late Sunday lunch.  Good pub grub.

Edisford Bridge Pub

Afterwards, the two of us just chilled out and played cards for the remainder of the day then cabined up as the rain set in.

We will return again and again to Clitheroe because of the personal connection, and Edisford Bridge Campsite is a perfectly good place to stay.  Great weekend!

Next stop Englethwaite, Cumbria next weekend.  Can’t wait.


Suzie & Bri