Craft Fair 2017

The third annual craft fair is next week, and we’ve been busy cramming every stall we can into the Weavers’ Cottage.

From Paper Craft to Chair Seating. Felt Work to Tweed. Next weekend (7th & 8th October) we’re going to fill the Weavers’ Cottage with traditional arts and crafts form across Lancashire.

As well as our usual weaving demonstrations we will also have; Soap making, hand crafted jewellery, baskets, cards, Yarn craft and all manor of other trades.

We will also have food, live music and more!

Doors are going be open from 11.00am to 4.30pm on both days, please come on down and see what we have to offer!


Another Excellent Open Day at Grane Mill

A warm welcome awaited the many enthusiasts who travelled from near and far
on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th September, 2017, to visit the Scheduled Ancient Monument, Grane Mill, Laneside Road (just off Bury Road), Haslingden, to experience the workings of the preserved engine.
The engine, which has been restored by Messrs. David Arnfield and Anthony Pilling, has now been given protection as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and, as from 24th August ,
2017,  the whole mill is now listed as Grade 11*.  This is to enable the cohesive management of this important complex as one unit for the future, which hopefully, one day, will be a major
historical asset in reminding people of Lancashire’s great past.
S. S. Stott of Haslingden built the engine.  It is a 500 horse power, horizontal cross compound engine.  It drove 15 ropes which connected with shafting in the mill and powered over 1000 looms.  It also generated the electricity for lighting the mill.
The weekend was a huge success for both adults and children alike and a “must entry”, in the future, on the engine enthusiast’s calendar to visit this remarkable and, until recently, relatively unknown Boiler restoration situated within the Rossendale Valley.
A special “thank you” to all those who helped to make the weekend event such a huge success (Dave, Anthony, Kathy, Harry, Josh, Vera, Joy and Radio Lancashire).
A little gem in the Industrial crown!

Flood Fayre 2017


The Rawtenstall Flood Forum, a local group dedicated to investigating flooding risks around Rawtenstall, are holding a Flood Fayre on Thursday 29th June 2017.

Flooding is a real risk in some parts of Rawtenstall. The Flood Forum works with the County and Borough Councils, as well as the Environment Agency and United Utilities, to identify and combat the problem.

The Fayre is at St Mary’s Chambers, Rawtenstall, between 2pm and 8pm. The hope is to make members of the public more aware of identified risk areas and to find others if they exist. It is also hoped to get more information out there about what you can do if you are in one of those areas and how it effects you.

More events…

Rawtenstall’s 1940s WEEKEND

If you’re in Rawtenstall for the 40’s weekend this bank holiday don’t forget to pop in to our 1940s ‘cafe’ on the Sunday and Monday (May 28th and 29th) between 1.30 and 4.30pm

Come and try a taste of the past – things you might have forgotten, or things you’ve only heard about!

Plus of course all our usual displays, information and unique local souvenirs are for sale.

All profits, as always, go to the upkeep of the Cottage!

For more details, Contact us



We are hoping to have a stand at the Rawtenstall Flood Forum event at St. Mary’s Chambers this June. This is planned to be a major event, looking to promoting solutions to issues arising from flooding in the Valley.

The event will be open from 2.00 – 8.00pm and we hope to have material on display, showing how our area has historically suffered from flooding.

There will be lots more from other exhibitors, plus refreshments provided.

Watch the local Press and this website for more details!




Flowers at the Cottage; 1.00pm -5.00pm

Rossendale Valley Flower Club are accepting the challenge of flower
arrangements to compliment and enhance our unique Weavers’ Cottage; we
did this once before and the results were amazing. Open 1.00pm until
5.00pm every day, free admission.


1940s Food Favourites – Sunday 28th and Monday 29th 1.00pm -5.00pm

To complement Rossendale’s 1940s weekend, we are reviving memories –
and tastes – of wartime food; try some of the things you would have
had for tea during rationing! Ingenious recipes and forgotten

But don’t forget, we will be open on Saturday May 27th as usual.

SATURDAY MAY13th and SUNDAY MAY 14th. Mills’ Weekend

Grane Mill, Haslingden. Open 11.30am – 4.00pm both days.
Grane Mill, off Bury Road in Haslingden, has recently been Listed as
Grade II*, putting in the top quarter of the country’s best buildings.
The huge steam engine and its housing are a scheduled Ancient
Monument, even more prestigious. This is a rare chance to see this
complex which is slowly but surely being restored.


3rd Annual Craft Fair

At the Weavers’ Cottage, October 7th and 8th.
Demonstrations and crafts for sale; our successful event is now a firm
favourite and looks even more promising. Make this a ‘must’ in your