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Traditional crafts and local heritage to be celebrated at Woodland Festival

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Sunday, 20 August, 2017

Where can you meet birds of prey, try your hand at willow weaving, and catch a glimpse of the past with 1745 Jacobite re-enactment?

Towneley Heritage and Woodland Festival, of course.

The free festival will be taking over the park on Sunday, 10th September, with an assortment of family-friendly activities in the historic and atmospheric setting.

Between noon and 4pm, visitors will be able to enjoy a mix of entertainment and educational workshops and even try their hand at making traditional crafts.

Wood carvers, archers, birds of prey, story tellers and much more will be featured in event, which is the grand finish of the borough’s Heritage Open Day weekend.

There will also be a variety of stalls in and around the hall and visitors will be able to enjoy a trip back in time with a mock re-enactment commemorating the history of Francis Towneley, a member of Towneley family.

People will have an opportunity to sit back and listen to the Accrington Pipe Band and hear traditional music playing throughout the afternoon.

The ‘jewel in Burnley’s crown’ Towneley Hall will be open through the event offering a chance to discover its hidden spaces, view latest exhibitions and learn all about its history covering several centuries.

The entrance to the hall is free for both residents and visitors during Heritage Open Days weekend, which runs 7-10th September.

Councillor John Harbour, Burnley Council's executive member for housing and environment, said: “The festival gives everyone a great opportunity to explore Towneley’s wonderful surroundings, enjoy captivating stories about the place and learn more about modern and traditional woodland crafts.

“It’s going to be a fun-packed day so come along and enjoy the many activities on offer."

The event has been organised by Burnley Council with the support from friends of Towneley Park, Stocks Massey Bequest Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Pennine Prospects, the Calico Group, Towneley local producers, and Newground Together.

For more information, please contact Andy Buck on 01282 425011 ex 3174 or email abuck@burnley.gov.uk.

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