Activities over the summer at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Monday, August 12, 2019

A variety of exciting events are available for children, young people and adults alike to enjoy over the summer at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Rossendale.

Activities include a Wild Woodland exhibition currently running until Sunday 8 September. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Forestry Commission, the exhibition organised by the Phoenix Textile Art Group, is displaying artwork on the theme of forests and nature.

An evening of live music will take place on Friday 13 September at 7.30pm. The Well-Dressed Gentlemen use songs from the 1920s and 1930s and interpret them in a modern style. The group play American and English classic and novelty songs from the age of jazz and the roaring twenties.

Entry is free to Rossendale's Helmshore Mills Textile Museum on Saturday 21 September as part of an annual heritage event encouraging people to find out more about their local history. The Heritage Open Days event, A Day in a Life of the Mills, runs from 11am to 4pm and will showcase working life in the late 1700s and early 1800s, and move through time to the 1970s.

A 1920s style Murder Mystery evening will be held on Friday 27 September at 7.30pm. Refreshments are also provided as part of this event.

Activities for children will also be available each Saturday in August, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The activities are suitable for seven to 14 year olds, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking is essential for most of these activities and costs apply, excluding the Heritage Open Day event.

Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "I'm really impressed by the events that are being held at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum.

"Ranging from live music, to taking part in a murder mystery evening, adults will be greatly entertained and children will be able to learn and have lots of fun.

"Helmshore Mills Textiles Museum is a really fascinating place which gives an amazing insight into the cotton industry in Lancashire.

"We are really proud of the museum and want to share its history with as many people as possible, so I really would encourage people to go along to visit, and attend one of these interesting events."

The museum currently opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm until the end of October 2019.

For information about opening times, to find out about the events at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum and costs, or to book a place, call 01706 226459 or email

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Outside of the public opening hours, schools are still welcome to book all learning sessions, and pre-booked groups can be arranged for guided tours.

Car parking is free and Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is fully accessible for disabled visitors, including people with guide dogs.

Admission to Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is £4 for adults, £3 for concessions and free for accompanied children.

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is run by Lancashire County Council's museum service.


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