BARNOLDSWICK’S indoor beach opened with a sound and light spectacular, though not quite the one organisers were expecting.
Hundreds of beach revellers turned up for the first day of the town’s three week beach installation just in time for the furious thunderstorm which dumped over an inch of rain on the town square venue.
Rather than deterring beachgoers, the rain attracted visitors to the beach, which is covered by a giant marquee. Even seaside donkey rides were brought indoors to avoid the downpour.
Barnoldswick Town Council chairman Coun. Stephen Demaine opened the beach, thanking all the volunteers helping to run the event and all those braving the elements to visit on the opening day.
Barnoldswick’s beach is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Monday to Saturday, until August 27th. Entrance and activities are free.
Tomorrow, the beach has simulated surfing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Next week the donkeys will return on Monday and then there is storytelling on Friday and a circus event and Punch and Judy shows on Saturday, August 20th. A treasure hunt, craft workshops and other activities are run daily.
The beach is being run by Barnoldswick Town Council with support from Pendle Council and The Rainhall Centre.