The Arts and Craft Guild of Lancashire is an association of artists, designers and makers who are selected for the quality and originality of their work. Set up in 1986, it was established to provide a support network for professional artists who are self-employed, creating and selling their own designs. Exhibition opens Saturday 20th July 2pm.
This August we’ve got a whole host of great activities for kids to enjoy inside and out to keep everyone entertained this Summer. We’re taking an exploratory journey through nature, and getting inspired from the the native species found in our surrounding parkland. A botanical festival for kids age 4 - 11. (*please check individual
Rawtenstall Annual Fair & the new Dialect - I - Fest event will be back with a bang in all its glory the first weekend in July as part of the Rossendale Heritage Festival happening around the valley.
A FREE to attend event for the whole family.
As part of Rossendale Heritage Festival celebrating our diverse history and unique landscape, we are pleased to announce our latest pop-up exhibition from Dave Pearson, showcasing works from his English Calendar Customs Series which he started in 1973, and worked on for several years.
This July as part of the Rossendale Heritage Festival we'll be bringing you another amazing Acoustic Night hosted by the hugely talented Liam Spencer, songwriter & performer with Joan the Wad, along with special guest performance from Sid Calderbank, Chairman of the Lancashire Society, and collector of songs, stories and poems of old Lancashire for over 40 years.
In the UK refugee week is a nationwide programme of Arts, Culture and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.
This year at the Whitaker we’ll be celebrating ‘Refugee Week’ and ‘The Great Get Together’ with a great picnic for the whole community on Sunday 23rd June from 12pm to 5pm.
FUNtastic YOGA family classes are all about children and their grown-ups having FUN whilst using adapted yoga poses and techniques to build self esteem, reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve concentration and much, much more. In a typical class the children are encouraged to be creative with their bodies whilst we play games, act out stories and discover techniques to relax and focus.
Ride active is free, fun and promotes healthy living. It starts Friday the 24th of May 2019 for 9 weeks (8 weeks of training and the 9th week (19thJuly) will be the POP (pedal our parks). It is a cycling challenge for those who are beginner riders or people who have never rode a bike to make themselves more comfortable as well as getting fitter.
We’re delighted to announce that Cathy Crabb’s critically acclaimed play will be coming back to the Whitaker this May. Nominated in 2011 for Manchester Theatre's Best Fringe Production following performances at The Lowry's Re:Play this brilliant play is a must see that quickly sells out.
The Whitaker is delighted to host an exhibition exhibiting paintings by visionary Oldham born artist, Richard Fitton. Richard Fitton is widely considered to be one of the most exciting young painters in the country. Since bursting onto the north-west art scene several years ago, he has gone on to establish a much wider reputation thanks to critical acclaim and high profile exhibitions.
The last chance to come to the Whitaker and see the amazing work of Colin Binns, on display in our landing gallery. Colin will be here to meet you and discuss his work, and be on hand should you wish to make any last minute purchases of his beautiful artwork.
This Easter Monday we are hosting a children’s ‘Easter Bonnet’ parade where they can enter our competition to win a prize. The parade starts at 1pm. Enter with a design you have made at one of our workshops, school or home, we can't wait to see all the creative Milliners we have in the valley!
On Easter Friday we will be hosting lots of fun and enjoyable activities for all the family, from our traditional yet competitive egg rolling to the adventurous Easter Egg trail around our wonderful park where children will have to follow the hidden clues to win the end prize.