On The Day
The Old Station Buildings on Berry Lane will act as the hub for Create Longridge day.
Artists will be registering from 8am at The Old Station Buildings. When they have their canvasses verified as being blank at the start, we will also be mapping each artist’s painting location so visitors to Create Longridge can plan a route taking in as many artists as they want. Maps will be available for visitors to take away. Each artist will have a blue balloon to tie to their easels, so if you don’t have a map, watch out for the balloons!
The textile fringe event will start at 10am at Fitness Plus Gym’s Studio space on Kestor Lane. This year’s event is for children but adults are welcome to drop in and participate. Full details are available from Cath Reid at Oh Sew Crafty on Berry Lane.
St Wilfrid’s RC Primary school is hosting a number of events on the day. There will be willow sculpting for children aged 9 - 13 years and art classes with the theme “The Buildings of Longridge” for 5 – 9 year olds. Registration is available from Longridge Gallery and there are morning and afternoon sessions.
There will be glass fusing classes at the Young People’s Centre on Berry Lane. The first session will be from 9:30am until noon for 11 – 16 year olds. The second session is for adults 1pm – 3:30pm. No prior experience is required, just come along and create your own glass masterpiece! Registration is available from Longridge Gallery.
At Longridge Library there is a morning drop-in session from 10am – noon for pre-school children. Here they can create their favourite storybook characters, which will be linked to story-time run by the librarians. No registration is required for this lively session of words and pictures.
At Future Sound Music’s brand new studios on Warwick Street a competition will be held for visitors to depict their music heroes. All the work will be collated into a mural to hang in the new studios. The creator of the winning picture will receive a free Fender guitar and 6 months of free lessons. How good is that!! There will be live music throughout the day at Future Sound.
Artists have the opportunity to paint until 6pm although they are able to submit finished work from 4pm. Completed paintings will be returned to the Conservative Club on Berry Lane. Judging will start at 6:15pm. The announcement of the winning painting will be made on Create Longridge day in the Conservative Club between 7:30pm and 8pm. Artists and visitors are welcome to congregate in the bar there awaiting the announcement of the winner.
An exhibition and sale of all the paintings created on the day will start on Sunday 15th July from noon – 3:30pm at Longridge Gallery, 78 Berry Lane and potentially other venues depending on the overall number of entries. The exhibition runs for a week thereafter.
Longridge extends the warmest of welcomes to residents and visitors alike. We hope you enjoy not only Create Longridge but our wonderful town and its beautiful surroundings. Please feel free to approach any of our team who will be only too pleased to help.
Longridge’s excellent shops will provide you with plenty of food for thought and talking of food, there are a number of great places to eat and drink whilst you are in the town.
Our recommendations are:
Hoppy Days Micropub
Hoppy Days is a wonderful micropub situated on Derby Road and serving an ever-changing selection of the finest craft beers and ciders. Owner Peace and her team will ensure the warmest of welcomes. Hoppy Days is our third prize sponsor and to celebrate that at the “top” of every hour from 2pm until 6pm there will be a competition to draw the perfect pint! Judged immediately, the winner gets a free pint. We’ll definitely be having a go at that! Even if you don’t win, you’ll still enjoy your pint.
The Dog & Partridge Hotel
The Dog & Partridge near Chipping dates back to the 16th century and has been a farmhouse and a coaching inn. They will be open and serving lunch from noon -1.30 pm and in the evening 6.30-8.30pm. The Dog and Partridge is renowned for its locally sourced food and warm welcome.
A great cafe and take away on Berry Lane which will be open from 8.30am with their excellent all day breakfast. They will also be offering tea, a variety of coffees, snacks and meals all day long. A take away menu is also available. Watch out for the Create team enjoying a coffee and tweeting from there on the day!
Longridge’s newest wine bar in the recently refurbished Old Stables on Stanley Street is a must stopping point. Serving a wide range of international wines by the glass or bottle, freshly ground coffee and cold bottled lagers, Fullaloves will refresh you on your tour of the artists and fringe events. With tapas dishes also available, Ben and Andrea will satisfy your hunger as well as your thirst.
You’ll find Rosie Duck at Stydd Gardens, Ribchester. It is a fabulous deli-cake business and will supply celebration cakes and biscuits for a variety of events. They will be open on July 15th for drinks and food all day in beautiful surroundings.
Towneley Arms Hotel
Adjacent to The Old Station Buildings, Danny and Charlotte are welcoming all visitors to Create Longridge and are open from 11am until early the next morning. They offer Cask Marque ales and their menu features classic pub dishes, which are all freshly prepared and available 11.00am - 7pm.
Old Station Cafe
Situated within the same building as the day’s hub, the Old Station Café is the perfect place to start your Create Longridge day. The stunning panoramic conservatory is ideal for people-watching or perhaps you'd prefer the Old Waiting Room where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingles with delicious home cooking smells. Enjoy locally sourced, freshly prepared food, cakes and delicacies, as well as teas and coffees from 8.00 am on July 15th.
Tap & Vent
This Longridge micropub on Berry Lane has not yet been open a year but has quickly established itself. The Tap & Vent offers a rotating selection of 4 or 5 cask ales, craft bottled beers from around the world and fine wine. The Tap & Vent is a true free house encouraging the art of conversation!
The New Drop Inn
The New Drop is a haven of good food and atmosphere nestled on the edge of Longridge Fell. Renowned for home cooked food and with fantastic panoramic views over the Ribble Valley, the New Drop offers great value meals from its bar and restaurant menus as well as a large drinks choice.
Billy's Wine Bar & Café
Opening at noon on July 15th and with its raised, outdoor terrace, Billy's is a cafe by day, cosmopolitan wine bar by night. Billy’s Wine Bar is a stylish and city-style wine and cocktail bar which provides a great meeting point or a relaxing environment to enjoy any time of day or night. Billy’s wonderful prosecco and food platters are irresistible!
Loved by everybody in Longridge, Franco's Italian restaurant is located on the outskirts of the town. It is a warm and inviting dining space with an extensive, excellent menu covering all the pizza and pasta favourites and A La Carte main courses. Luigi and Barbara are particularly welcoming of families. Franco’s will be open from noon - 2.30 pm and 6-11pm on Create Longridge day.
Situated adjacent to the football and cricket clubs, The Alston has a burgeoning reputation for the quality and imagination of its food. Owner Alex is a multi-award winning chef and host and you are guaranteed a warm welcome. The Alston has a function room in the gardens with magnificent views to the fells beyond. Look out for our artists positioned there and enjoy a drink or something to eat whilst admiring the creative process up close.
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