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.

The textile fringe event will start at 10am at PLM Gym’s Studio space on Kestor Lane.

The first of the children’s art classes, for school years 3 – 6, commences at 10am and finishes at noon in the Young People’s Centre on Berry Lane. The second class, for secondary school children commences at 2pm and finishes at 5pm in the same venue.

Artists have the opportunity to paint until 6pm although they are able to submit finished work whenever they are ready. Completed paintings will be returned to the Old Station Buildings for judging which will start at 6:15pm. The announcement of the winning painting will be made on Create Longridge day in The Old Station Buildings.

An exhibition and sale of all the paintings created on the day will start on Sunday 4th September from 11am – 4pmat Longridge Gallery, 78 Berry Lane. The exhibition runs for a week thereafter.

BBC1 will be filming throughout the day for a programme scheduled to be screened in the autumn.

BBC presenter Michelle Ackerley

BBC presenter Michelle Ackerley

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:


As our third prize sponsor, Angels restaurant on the way to Ribchester is opening especially to welcome visitors to Longridge on September 3rd. They have created an inspiring Artist's Lunch menu which is available from 12.30-4pm. They will also be serving a selection of craft beers and promotional wines and a pianist will be providing the musical backdrop for the lunch. The artist Peter Aldridge will be painting within their grounds.If you are too busy during the day you could always join them that evening for your choice of their full A La Carte or 4 course menus.

The Dog & Partridge Hotel

The Dog & Partridge near Chippingdates 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.

65's Café

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. Take away menu also available.

Rosie Duck

To be found 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 September 3rd for drinks and food all day in beautiful surrounding.

Townely 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. It is inevitable that some of the artists will be adjourning there for a drink whilst judging takes place!

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 September 3rd.

Billy's Wine Bar & Café

Opening at noon on September 3rd 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 ALa 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.



Fringe events

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