Browsholme Hall

A Jewel in the Crown of the Forest of Bowland

The oldest surviving family home in Lancashire

Browsholme Hall, pronounced 'Brewsom', is an historic house and the ancestral home of the Parker Family, Bowbearers of the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, who have lived there since it was built in 1507. Tudor in origin, Browsholme has a remarkable antiquarian collection, superb oak chests, furniture by Gillow, portraits, mementos of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Chinese porcelain, arms and armour from the Civil War and many unusual relics such as a fragment of a Zeppelin.

Browsholme is very much a family home, set in the beautiful Hodder Valley and few miles from Clitheroe, with landscaped garden, lake and woodland walks. The current owners Robert and Amanda Parker invite day visitors, groups and coach tours to share their home for guided tours and special events at the Tithe Barn.

All visitors are conducted around the house by guided tour lasting approximately 1 hour. The tour comprises main hall, library, regency drawing room, portrait gallery, ante room, yellow room and oak parlour.

Coach tours and groups are welcome throughout the year by appointment where light refreshments in the Tithe Barn can be arranged. Casual visitors have an opportunity to visit the Hall on days during the summer months and also to a new calendar of special events including garden, craft and food fairs, musical and theatrical performances.



Stonyhurst College Lancashire Historic House

Stonyhurst College

This iconic Elizabethan House, once the home of the Shireburn family, has been a Jesuit school for more than 200 hundred years.

Whether you take a guided tour of the house, walk in the grounds or attend one of the many special public events put on during the year you won't be disappointed.

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Grid Ref: SD689391

Post Code: BB7 9PZ

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Bowland Wild Boar Park

Bowland Wild Boar Park

View wild Boar, Longhorn Cattle, Deer, Llamas, Goats. There is lots for kids to do including pedal tractor area, tractor rides, play area, lamb Llama and deer feeding (when available). All in a magnificent setting.

Visit the cafe for home made food and home reared Wild Boar meat. There are a number of walks from 550 metres to 1200 metres in length.


Grid: Ref: SD652450


Hodder Valley

Dunsop Bridge


Dunsop Bridge and Hodder Valley

A popular picnic site and a place to feed the families of ducks that live nearby. Puddleducks Post Office and Tea Rooms sells more duck food than anything else! This small village is surrounded by dramatic countryside and many interesting walks start at the village.

Dunsop Bridge sits at the entrance to the spectacular Trough of Bowland, a narrow, steep-sided valley formed at the end of the last ice-age. One of the most famous walking tracks is nearby Salter Fell, the pass along with the Pendle Witches were taken from their homes beneath Pendle Hill to their trial at Lancaster Castle.

The local church was built by Colonel Towneley with the proceeds of his win at the 1861 Derby with racehorse Kettledrum. In the Apse is a painting of the horse.


Grid: Ref: SD662499

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Ribchester Roman Museum

Roman Ribchester

This ancient riverside village is built on the site of the Roman fort of Bremetennacum. Estimated to have covered six acres of ground, a large portion of the remains lie under the old church and churchyard.

The Roman Museum has recently been extended, and provides interesting displays about Roman life in the area. Many artifacts from this time are on show, including copies of a highly detailed Roman Helmet found in Ribchester by a small boy in 1797. The original is now in the British Museum.

It's one of the district's most popular villages with local shops and amenities, an art gallery and some award winning accommodation and cosy country pubs.


Grid Ref: SD649350

Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbey and Village

Perched on the banks of the River Calder, Whalley is a charming village, filled with historic buildings, characterful shops and lovely cafes and restaurants.

Wander into the pretty churchyard of St Mary and All Saints parish church to see three Saxon crosses. There has been a church here since 628AD.

Whalley’s most famous sight is Whalley Abbey, whose ruins date back to the 14th century when it was a Cistercian abbey.

Whalley Cricket Ground is famous for hosting the first ‘Roses’ cricket match between Yorkshire and Lancashire, which unfortunately Yorkshire won! Explore beyond the village’s boundaries and you’ll find a wealth of walking trails including Whalley Nab Viewpoint.


Grid Ref: SD731360

Clitheroe Castle


The attractive market town of Clitheroe has a wide selection of shops and stores plus a market. One of the shops is the award winning Cowmans sausage shop.

Clitheroe Castle, with its newly refurbished museum and 12th century keep, are a must not just for the history but also for the magnificent views over Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley.


Grid Ref: SD741417



A the village green by the Hodder with the Riverbank Tea Rooms is a popular picnic site. The village has much else to intrest the visitor. The Hark to Bounty Inn has a long and interesting history. The the fine historic school was built in 1717 by a John Brennand and is still in use today.

The church of St. Andrew has a history that can be traced back over ten centuries. There is an 18th century three-decker pulpit, Jacobean chancel screen and intact Georgian box-pews.


Grid: Ref: SD710524

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Sawley Abbey

A Cistercian abbey founded in 1147. The abbey remained in use until the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536 an attempt to reverse Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monesteries. Only part of the church and parts of the cloister remain as standing walls.


Grid Ref: SD 779464

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The Inn at Whitewell

The Inn at Whitewell adheres to the old fashioned concept of a rural Inn. Seriously good local ingredients cooked well and a noteworthy selection of drinks. Tel 01200 448222

Accommodation and Food.

Web: The Inn at Whitewell

Post Code: BB7 3AT Grid: Ref: SD659469


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Puddleducks Dunsop Bridge Post Office

Post Office, cafe and shop.

Food only.

Post Code: BB7 3BB Grid: Ref: SD662499



The Parkers Arms Inn Newton

The Parkers Arms Inn and restaurant in Newton-in-Bowland near Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley, was originally the coach house of the adjacent Newton Hall and was owned by the Parker family (hence the name) of Brownsholme Hall.

Accommodation and food.

Web: The Parkers Arms Inn Newton

Post Code: BB7 3DY Grid: Ref: SD697504


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Lower Buck Inn Waddington

Located in a blissfully rural setting, right behind St Helen's Church, this is the ideal location to enjoy sumptuous meals, a selection of exceptional ales and a fine choice of malt whiskies to go with the great company and atmosphere.

Food only.

Web: Lower Buck Inn Waddington

Post Code: BB7 3HU Grid: Ref: SD727437



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§ Farmers market and Craft Fair Sunday 5th September 10am til 4pm.


§ Farmers market and Craft Fair Sunday 3rd October 10am til 4pm.

§ Browsholme Tithe Barn music festival Friday 15th October and Sunday 17th October.

RICK GUARD (Platinum selling singer/songwriter) and his 8 piece live band Ipso - Facto.
A Swinging evening of entertainment performing the music of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Dean Martin, Nat  King Cole, Sammy Davis , Harry Connick jnr, and songs from Rick's new album 'Anyone But Me'.

Includes Champagne reception and canapeés during the interval Tickets £20.00

Friday 15th


Eric is a well-respected and experienced local jazz pianist who has been playing from an early age. Eric started the first Jazz Club in Blackburn and subsequently played with a wide range of jazz musicians.

Includes Champagne reception and lunch Tickets £25.00

Sunday 17th 12.30 pm onwards


§ Art exhibition Saturday 30th October – 14th November.

This exhibition features animal,  countryside and wildlife artists who all capture the essence of the great outdoors and the life that makes it so captivating and magnificent.  The exhibition will feature originals and prints for sale and refreshments will be available in the Tithe Barn cafe.

The artists exhibiting include:

John Clarke, Michael Demain, Geoff Rollinson, Helen Backhouse, Michael Miller, Anne Corless, Jimmy Tulloch, Alistair Makinson .


§ Farmers market and Craft Fair Sunday 7th November 10am til 4pm.

§ Wine tasting Evening Corney and Barrow : Friday 5th November .

§ Tithe Barn Theatre with Say two Productions ‘Macbeth'. Saturday 20th November 


§ Christmas Farmers market and gift Fair. Sunday 5th December.

§ Tithe Barn Theatre with Say two Productions ‘Mother Goose Pantomime' starting at 2.00. Sunday 19th December


For more details visit


Historic House
Guided Tours
Group Visits
Farmers Market

Post Code: BB7 3DE
Grid: Ref: SD683451

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Browsholme Hall,

Tel: 01254 827160


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