We’re celebrating Halloween in the shadow of Pendle Hill – despite the fact some authorities are banning events on the Nick of Pendle.
The police and Ribble Valley Council have issued warnings to avoid visiting the top of Pendle Hill because of dangers.
But Pendle is warming up for lots of exciting events this Halloween.
People flock to the area because of the associations with the Pendle Witches, said Coun. Jonathan Eyre, who leads on tourism. “We’re gearing up to the 400th anniversary of their trial in 2012,” he said.
“But come for an early preview, because the area is very atmospheric at this time of year,” he added.
Mike Williams, from Pendle Council’s tourism team, said: “We have plenty to see and do. People come from far and wide to follow our Pendle Witches Trail by car, bike or minibus.
“It takes you to the places in the true story of the 1612 trial, through an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from Pendle through the Trough of Bowland to Lancaster Castle.
“If you like to get out and enjoy our beautiful countryside, get a copy of our seven-mile Walking with Witches Trail which covers the story.”
Guides are available via www.visitpendle.com, or by visiting the award-winning Discover Pendle Tourist Information Centre at Boundary Mill Stores, Colne, or ringing Discover Pendle on 856186.
People who want to climb Pendle Hill are encouraged to do so by day, while suitably dressed and with proper footwear, and with food, drink and a mobile phone.
Barley is the traditional starting point, and visitors from the Ribble Valley side can follow the Pendle Witches Trail route from Chatburn, around the “Big End” of Pendle and down into Barley.
Roads into Barley will remain open, but there are restrictions on the Nick of Pendle/Sabden side of Pendle Hill in the Ribble Valley, and revellers are advised not to head for Pendle Hill on Monday, October 31st.
The Nick of Pendle will be closed to fairground rides, mobile catering units and parked cars from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m.
Traffic restrictions are available from Ribble Valley Council’s corporate communications unit on 01200 414483, or 07971 978766
Halloween Events in Pendle
Monday, October 24th, 2 to 4 p.m. and Thursday, October 27th, 10 a.m. to noon – Spooky Affair. Children of all ages welcome to make witches’ hats and lanterns at Victoria Park pavilion, Nelson.
Saturday, October 29th, 10 a.m. until late, and Sunday, October 30th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Halloween By Day & By Night. Freaky fancy dress, torch lit procession Spooky Safari adventure at Thornton Hall Farm.
Sunday, October 30th, Halloween Sponsored Walk up Pendle Hill, 9-30 a.m. to 11-30. Start from Barley in aid of Pendleside Hospice – prizes for the best fancy dress costumes.
Halloween in Wycoller 1 to 2 p.m. A free illustrated talk about the plants growing locally and which have been used for centuries for medicinal and culinary purposes. Perhaps the Pendle Witches used some of these in their recipes. Halloween lantern making. 2-45 to 5-15 p.m. Make a Halloween lantern then use it to light the way back to the car park after a walk to visit the haunted parts of the beautiful unspoilt village of Wycoller.
Monday, October 31st. A special Halloween Night at the Museum at the new Titanic Museum in Colne, including pie and pea supper. From 7-30 p.m.
Halloween Horror Movie – Night of the Living Dead at 7 p.m. See an original zombie flick at the ACE Centre, Nelson.