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Modern History

Lancashire Treasures - Antiques Valuation Event

15 - 05 - 2014 7.30-9.30pm

Come along to Accrington Library's very own 'Antiques Roadshow'  - an

Mystery History - Darwen Library

16 - 05 - 2014 4.30-6pm

Mystery History - a fun activity for all the family! Use your detective sk

Mystery History - Blackburn Library

15 - 05 - 2014 4.30pm-6pm

Mystery History - a fun activity for all the family! Use your detective sk

Little Bugs Cinema

17 - 05 - 2014 12-7pm

Come along with your little ones and watch 'Antz' feature film in the new B

Women and The Great War - Gawthorpe Hall

16 - 05 - 2014 7-9pm

A fascinating presentation based on the new publication Great War Fashion -

Gadgets and Gizmos

15 - 05 - 2014 5-8pm

Come and join us for an exciting and totally free family-focused event at T

The Wonders of Helmshore People

16 - 05 - 2014 8-10pm

Take a tour around the mill and meet our costume characters who will tell t

Musak Hall 2014 - Haworth Art Gallery

16 - 05 - 2014 7.30-9.30pm

Come along to a music hall show with a difference! Performing Arts Students

200 Years of The Tiger and Python - A New Work by Bob Heath

16 - 05 - 2014 6.30-9pm

The Festival of Wonders events at The Whitaker will centre around the bi-ce

200 Years of The Tiger and Python - Meet William Bullock and Python Workshop

17 - 05 - 2014 6.30pm-9pm

This event invites the audience to come and meet William Bullock in person.

Turton Tower Twilight Trail

16 - 05 - 2014 6-8pm

Take a twilight trail around the Tower grounds with our nature expert Graha

The Shoe Story - Rawtenstall Library

16 - 05 - 2014 7.30-9.30pm

Talk by Peter Dunn on the history of the footwear industry in Rossendale, w

The Shoe Trail - Rawtenstall Library

17 - 05 - 2014 3.30pm-6.30pm

Interactive walk including a tour of sites associated with the local footwe

Engineering Wonders at Queen Street Mill

17 - 05 - 2014 5-7pm

See the Mill after hours, with special tours, demonstrations and a family e

Medieval Banquet - Music, Food and Dancing at Clitheroe Castle

16 - 05 - 2014 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Celebrate Clitheroe Castle's Medieval History with its very own medieval ba

Music in the Library

16 - 05 - 2014 7.30-9.30pm

Celebration of the wonderful Stocks Massey Music collection which is housed

100 years of Bowdler's Beetles

17 - 05 - 2014 5-7pm

Beetlemania has come to Blackburn! Blackburn Museum is famour for its beet

Open Studios at Night

17 - 05 - 2014 5-8.30pm

Come and see what the artists are up to in the wonderful heritage setting o

Bug Workshops and Cafe

17 - 05 - 2014 12-8pm

Sit down, relax in our pop up cafe, decorate your own bug cake and take par

Lantern Parade

16 - 05 - 2014 4pm start at Pendle Heritage Centre

Come and watch our beautiful 'Lantern Parade' from Pendle Heritage Centre t

Wycoller Wonderland

17 - 05 - 2014 11am-8.30pm

A full day and night of activities and entertainment including workshops, e

Architectural Wonders of Colne

16 - 05 - 2014 1.30-3pm walk & 6.30-8pm talk

Heritage walk in the afternoon around the stunning town of Colne exploring

About Modern History

Welcome to Festival of Wonders, celebrating the wondrous stories, people and places that make up Pennine Lancashire.

We are delighted to announce that Festival of Wonders 2014 will bring 22 events across 3 days 15/16/17 May. This is part of Museums at Night 2014 where all across the UK there are special events and late night openings in museums, galleries, libraries and other heritage venues. 

For a full list of all events taking place please click here. 

Lat year we had 15 venues are hosting 20 events across 3 days - 16/17/18 May 2013. These events ranged from special exhibitions, evening tours, children's events, workshops, theatrical, film and musical performances, lectures, talks and storytelling. For 2014 we have new venues and an equally (if not better) array of events, walks, trails, shows, tours, exhibitions and hands on family activities.

The events of 2013 and the forthcoming events of 2014 have all been made possible thanks to a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.




Festival of Wonders

Festival of Wonders

Towneley Hall at Night, Lee Johnson, Pixel

Towneley Hall at Night, Lee Johnson, Pixel

Heritage Lottery Funded

Heritage Lottery Funded


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  • Lancashire County Council
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