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the whitaker museum & art gallery



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Upcoming Events


whitaker festive lunch | FRom DEC 1st 2017

The Whitaker is the perfect setting for a festive lunch this December. Celebrate the approaching festive season with friends or colleagues with a delicious lunch with views overlooking the beautiful Rossendale valley. Must be pre-booked. Served Wednesday - Friday 12pm to 3pm throughout December

5 course winter taster menu | Dec 1st & 2nd 2017

After the huge success of our Autumn taster evening, we are delighted to announce the 'Winter Taster Menu' will be back by popular demand for two nights this December. 

A highly popular gastronomic event showcasing the culinary expertise we offer at the Whitaker, arousing and delighting the tastebuds with the best in seasonal ingredients.

visit father christmas | dec 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th  2017

Making a visit to Father Christmas adds that extra bit of magic to the festive season for little ones (and the young at heart). So it’s good news that the jolly man himself will be making a stop-off once again this Christmas at the Whitaker.

You're invited for a special visit with Father Christmas in our Victorian Room where you can tell him all your Christmas wishes in traditional festive surroundings. Suitable for ages 1-11. 


Eatery & Bar

With a fresh and informal approach to our menu, we provide a choice of light dishes made from the highest quality locally sourced ingredients, all designed to allow you to make the most of the longer days and warm nights this summer. Sharing Boards and Sliders, alongside Afternoon Tea there is something for everyone to enjoy.

You can also enjoy a fully licensed bar, as well as the finest Illy coffee or highest quality Jing Tea, alongside our famed cake collection baked fresh in house. 

Food Served Wed - Sun  from 9.30Am to 4pm*

(*restrictions apply)  


Natural History 

From Orangutan to Platypus, Polar Bear to Elephant the museum collection of animals includes over 9000 preserved specimens.

The zoology collection includes many mounted mammals, most of the best are on display. A large collection of shells, many birds, eggs and entomology. The collection is worldwide in scope, with specimens from the Arctic to Asia, Africa to Europe as well as animals from our local environment.

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Social History

The Social History Collections contain thousands of objects representing the everyday and exceptional lives of local people from the 18th Century to the present day. It aims to cover aspects of the domestic and social lives of those for whom Rossendale is home.

The range of objects in the collection is vast, only a part of which we have room to display at anyone time, but with regular changes there is something new to find overtime you visit.



For over 100 years the Whitaker has stood to bring the community together and keep heritage alive. If you are planning a special event or occasion then talk to us about hiring space and make it a truly unique event.