Saturday, 14 September 2013

Gregson@Highfield opens today

After six years hard work, raising £190,000 to restore the site, reinstate tennis courts and create a multi-use games area "The Gregson@Highfield" will formally open today on Saturday 14th September. From 11.00am until 3.00pm there will be stalls, food, a bar, bouncy castle, taster sessions on tennis courts, bowling greens and games area and a chance to try out croquet.

Entry is free.

Highfield is located at the corner of Derwent Roadd and Quernmore Road and there is fully accessible level access.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Whole Lotta Led bring anniversary tour to the Platform

Rock fans are in for a treat when tribute band Whole Lotta Led celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Houses of the Holy at the Platform in Morecambe later this month.

Whole Lotta Led will be performing the album in its entirety as the second half of this show which takes place on Saturday 21st September.

This is one of the most successful tribute acts in the UK who are dedicated to recreating the amazing songs which Led Zeppelin produced throughout their career.

Whole Lotta Led have always avoided the use of wigs and costumes, instead they concentrate on the music and recreate the sounds of Led Zeppelin's original studio albums to an astonishing level of accuracy. Come and see this amazing band, and you will hear that they give No Quarter!

The show starts at 8.00pm and also features classic songs from the back catalogue and tickets are on sale now at £14 and £13 concessions.

• Tickets are available from the box office on 01524 582803 or buy them from the online shop at Alternatively tickets are available from the Visitor Information Centres in Morecambe and Lancaster

• Follow the Platform on Facebook at and Twitter 

• To view the latest brochure and see what’s on visit 

Governments announces investigation into Morecambe Bay Trust management

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt: "The families of those who were harmed or died under the care of the trust have persistently and courageously sought a full and independent investigation."
The government has announced that the management of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust is to be the subject of an indpendent investigation, following a number of concerns and incidents relating to patients in recent years.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Health Minister Jeremy Hunt noted the UHMBT has been the subject of scrutiny for a number of years, following the high number of serious untoward incidents in its maternity and neonatal services.

"The families of those who were harmed or died under the care of the trust have persistently and courageously sought a full and independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding these deaths," he said yesterday. "I am today announcing to the House the terms of reference for the independent investigation into the management, delivery and outcomes of care provided by the maternity and neonatal services of UHMBT from January 2004 to June 2013, under the chairmanship of Dr Bill Kirkup CBE.

"Dr Kirkup is a former associate medical director at the Department of Health, and served on the Hillsborough independent panel.

"The investigation will primarily focus on the service provided by the trust, and the response of the trust to shortcomings previously identified. It will look at evidence relating to organisations external to the trust where this will help shed light on the tragic events that occurred, and assist in producing recommendations for preventing such incidences in the future. The principle concern of this investigation is getting the answers the families have requested. Answers are required about what went so desperately wrong with the care they received, and the steps the trust must take to ensure no other families suffer in the future.

"This is not an investigation into the regulatory and supervisory systems of the NHS, as these issues have only recently been examined by the second Mid Staffordshire inquiry, and the Department of Health will publish its full response in due course," he explained. "Nor is it a public inquiry as the requirements for public evidence sessions are not considered suitable for the privacy and tact with which this investigation must be undertaken. To ensure that the investigation will meet the requirements of openness and transparency, all of its sessions will be open to family members."

The investigation is expected to report to Mr Hunt by next summer. Dr Kirkup plans to issue a method statement for the investigation in October 2013.

"I am grateful to him and the families for their significant contribution to the design of this investigation process," said Mr Hunt. "I sincerely hope that it will provide them with the answers that they seek."

For more background on events leading to the investigation see also

Watchdog threatens closure of RLI A&E Department
Morecambe Bay NHS Trust faces clinical negligence case over death of pregnant woman

Pamper your pooch at Morecambe Festival Market's annual dog show

Get ready to pamper your pooch and brush up on your dog handling skills and come along to the annual fun dog show at Morecambe’s Festival Market.

This great family event takes place on Saturday 21st September and promises to put your favourite pets on centre stage.

Registration opens at 10am and there are plenty of categories including best dog, best trick, waggiest tail, dog most like its owner and best young dog handler.

There will also be prizes for the best veteran, puppy, pedigree, crossbreed and rescue dog and many more.

There is a small entry free of £1 per dog per category with all funds being donated to local animal charities - Save-a-Pet and Wolfwood.

The dog show starts at 11.00am and there will be other attractions on the day including a raffle and tombola. For a small donation, the RSPCA will be offering micro-chipping and there will be a demonstration by Dogs for Disabled as well as advice on offer from the council's dog wardens and animal charity information points.

With or without a dog, everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy and join in the fun.

The Festival Market will be open as usual where you can enjoy a meander around more than 100 stalls and enjoy a refreshing break at one of the cafes serving delicious homemade meals and cakes.

• For more information about the event and a full list of categories visit

Caton fisherman Ben Dobson nets top European prize

A Caton businessman last week became the second person in history to win the two most prestigious prizes in European fly fishing.

Ben Dobson, of Bank House Fly Fishery and Stocks Reservoir, competed in the Lexus European Fly Fishing Championships and won the Lexus Individual Champion event and the Wild Card event for the biggest fish.

Prizes for what is the biggest individual fly fishing even in the world included a year’s ownership of a brand new Lexus RX450h Hybrid SUV and fishing holiday.

Only one other person has ever come away with both prizes.

“I am thrilled to win this. I can’t believe it," said the new 2013 Lexus Individual Champion. "I was unsure whether I was even going to be able to get down to Chew Valley to fish the final. I am so glad I did! It was a brilliant match against a great field and it went right down to the wire. The weigh in was nail biting, 100 bags to weigh before I knew that I’d done the double!

Ben Dobson was raised on Bank House Fly Fishery in Caton and was a member of the England Loch Style Team which won the gold on Loch Leane in Kilarney.

Ben added, “I have always loved fly fishing, I love the way it is so intrinsically linked with wildlife and all the season changes, it’s fascinating. I have been fly fishing for 30 years now and I’m still learning with every trip.”

Bank House Fly Fishery was opened in 1974 by local vet and his wife, David and Jan Dobson. The fishery is now owned and run by their son Ben and his wife Charlotte who now also run Stocks Reservoir Fly Fishery.

Stocks Reservoir is situated at the head of the Hodder Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and was created in the early 1930s by flooding the village of Dale Head and adjacent farmland to provide drinking water for the Fylde. It's well stocked with triploid Rainbow, Brown and Blue trout which are reared in Ben’s fish farms. It has been named as the most improved fishery in the North by Trout Fisherman Magazine and in the 2009 National Angling Awards it received 2nd place as the best commercial fishery.

University stages a real beauty in new 'gown to town' exhibition at The Storey

Infrared image of wheat and maize plants under drought stress supplied by Dr Annette Ryan, of the Lancaster Environment Centre.
The delicate exquisiteness of frost flowers, a captivating aurora seen through a fish eye lens and the fascinating flow of lava will feature in an amazing new exhibition designed to enthrall all.

The exhibition, the first of its kind for Lancaster University, will bring gown to town at The Storey in a spectacular collection designed to inspire, intrigue and surprise.

Highly ornamented silica cell walls of four freshwater diatom species (magnified x1000). Diatoms are single-celled, photosynthetic algae. The image is supplied by Megan Webb and Maria Snell, who are undertaking PhD research into water quality.
‘The Beauty in Science’ will feature 100 curious images capturing all aspects of science research from the gamut of science departments at Lancaster University.

Frost flowers form on the surface of fresh marine ice in the Polar Regions. This image, supplied by Dr Crispin Halsall, of the Lancaster Environment Centre, was taken on ‘new’ ice in the Amundsen Gulf of the Canadian Arctic.
Not all the pictures are quite so tasteful – an invasion of parasites in a sand fly gut provides an interesting image – but all are guaranteed to capture attention.

The three-week-long spectacle, in the Storey’s main Gallery and Music Room, will also feature a free programme of engaging short talks by accomplished speakers covering everything from modelling a heartbeat to tracking down where the rain goes. The exhibition is the brainchild of Dr Hannah Newton, a Research Associate at the Lancaster Environment Centre, who was inspired by a similar show at the Manchester Science Festival.

Dr Hannah Newton
Dr Newton, who is heading up the exhibition team, said: “We just want to get people excited generally about science without pressing details on them.

“We want to bring science to life for people who might not consider themselves ‘sciencey’ but who have a natural curiosity and who will appreciate the exhibition.”

“All the images, which have come from virtually every Lancaster University science-related department, are sure to intrigue. We want visitors to be impressed but, if they then ask why a picture has been taken, we can sneak in some science background.”

The free show, funded by the Lancaster University Research Committee, will feature a combination of photographs, digital displays, slide shows, time lapse sequences, sound bites and model animations.

A display cabinet will house an array of intricate equipment used in the process and appliance of science together with a wide-ranging selection of scientific samples including an amazing installation showcasing soils from around the world

“We want a wide spectrum of people to walk through the doors,” added Dr Newton. “We would love schools and colleges to come along to see what we do and we would really like to engage with the business community too The Music Room will also showcase details (displays and leaflets) of current research projects, which, it is hoped, will be of particular interest to schools and businesses.

“This will be a more informative room with some very cool images,” explained Dr Newton. “And we also hope school visits will link this to their classroom work too.”

• ‘The Beauty in Science’ will open with a private viewing on Thursday, 19th September when the Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor June Ashworth, will attend and the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark Smith will give an opening address. The display will then open to the public on Friday, 20th September and will run to Saturday, 12th October.

• To book a free visit, please register at the Visitor Information Centre in The Storey. To find out more please contact Dr Hannah Newton on 01524 593993, or go to

Lancaster University goes 'Beyond Twilight' with Gothic Fiction Day

Education Secretary Michael Gove recently suggested that teenagers should read Middlemarch rather than Twilight. But new research from Lancaster University shows that Gothic fiction aimed at Young Adults can be as rewarding a topic for study as the literary classics.

In a symposium to be held on 27th September, sixth formers from all over the North West are invited to take a trip ‘Beyond Twilight’ and enter the exciting and imaginative world of young adult Gothic fiction. In an event that is the first of its kind, the full-day workshop for ‘readers, writers and scholars’ will bring together authors, figures from the publishing industry, academics and students to explore the surge of Gothic writing aimed at young adults in the last 10 to 15 years.

Dr Catherine Spooner
Young Adult Gothic Fiction is part of a tradition of Gothic writing spanning three centuries but also plays a huge role in contemporary popular culture. Dr Catherine Spooner, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing, and a specialist in Gothic literature and culture, is leading the project.

"When people think of teenagers reading Gothic, they think of Twilight," she said. "But the massive commercial success of Stephenie Meyer’s novels tends to obscure the work of other authors in this field.

"We want to show that much of the Gothic fiction currently being aimed at teenagers is as diverse, complex and innovative as that supposedly aimed at adults."

The workshop, which provides a serious ‘take’ on the phenomenon of young adult gothic fiction, will explore why Gothic has become a dominant mode in contemporary young adult publishing, whether male and female readers look for different things in Gothic fiction; and, in the wake of Twilight, if contemporary Gothic novels have become ‘de-fanged’

Designed for sixth-formers studying A-level English Literature and/or Creative Writing, the workshop will also question the role of ‘horror’ in writing for children and young adults and the relationship between Gothic and branding, marketing and consumption.

Guest speaker authors will include Chris Priestley (Mister Creecher, Dead Eyes), Celia Rees (Witch Child, Sovay), Marcus Sedgwick (Midwinterblood, White Crow and short-listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2013), Sarah Singleton (Sacrifice, Heretic, Dark Storm) and Paula Morris (Ruined)

The day will also include a round table discussion involving authors and figures from the publishing industry. Sixth formers will be encouraged to take part in the discussion, to ask questions and share their thoughts about contemporary Gothic fiction.

“Beyond Twilight will provide A-Level students with a unique opportunity to gain insight into the work of contemporary writers and the publishing industry, as well as to learn about current academic research in Gothic literature,” said Dr Spooner. “The event aims to promote a broader understanding of the phenomenon of Gothic fiction and allows readers to share their thoughts about what and why they read.

“We have already sent out publicity to schools in the North West and have had an extraordinarily enthusiastic response. There is clearly an appetite for what we are doing.”

• For further information about the event, please check the blog for the latest news, and follow the event on Facebook and to register for the event, please visit:

Gagging Bill backed by local MPs passes to 'Report Stage'

Parliament has given its full backing to the the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill which, in its current form, would effectively gag many charities and pressure groups from promoting some of their work in the 12 month run up to a general election.
Eric Ollerenshaw

Both Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw and Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris gave their backing to the bill during second reading debate on 3 September 2013.

Despite the concerns of some Tory MPs, the Labour Party and a huge number of pressure groups and charities, had its third reading this week.

Although opposed by Labour, just 11 Conservatives tried to get it changed or scrapped, and no Liberal Democrats.

This Bill is now due to have its report stage on 8th and 9th October 2013. Its third reading is also scheduled to take place on 9th October 2013.

As we previously reported, the Bill was published to Parliament on 17th July, the day before MPs went on holiday in the summer, then reintroduced today two days after their return, its timing looks suspiciously like the Government want to avoid MPs giving it proper scrutiny, which is certainly how both pressure groups, lawyers and charities see it. 

If passed it as it is currently written, it could effectively stifle campaigning on subjects such as zero hour contracts, fracking, government corruption, the NHS and much more – all matters for which politicians wanting our vote should be held to account in the run up to a General Election.

Opponents argue the Bill poses a huge threat to pressure groups and to the whole voluntary sector because it vastly extends the definition of what activities are considered to be 'for electoral purposes' in the whole year before an election, and slashes the cap for what charities can legally spend on these activities - both nationally and in every MP's constituency across the country.

"This Bill... is a very serious mistake," argued Tory MP David Davis, as he opposed the Gagging Bill as it was debated in Parliament this week.

In its current form this Bill would still gag charities like the Countryside Alliance, campaign group 38 Degrees, Battersea Dogs' Home, the British Heart Foundation, Christian Aid, Guide Dogs and the National Union of Students - whilst doing almost nothing to hold corporate lobbyists to account.

Pressure from opponents to the Bill has shown MPs that the Bill needs changing, but it's not been enough for Government to rework the Bill other than tweak a few words and make weak promises of future changes.

"We want to see the part of this Bill that gags charities scrapped entirely," say Friends of the Earth "with organisations like Friends of the Earth given a proper say in the laws that apply to us."

As the Bill continues through Parliament. pressure groups and charities will keep up the pressure for changes to be made.

"We're not gagged yet and we won't let the Government win this one," say FOE.

David Morris
Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris disputes the claims made by opponents about the bill. "This Bill is about bringing transparency to the way third parties interact with the political system," he argues.

"Campaign groups play an important role in our political process, helping inform policy making and allowing different views to be heard from across society. The Government is clear that it wants this to continue."

Read the full Second Reading debate via TheyWorkforYou

• Challenge your MP: 

BWB warns new laws on non-party campaigners pose a serious threat 

Rosamund McCarthy warns new bill poses ‘existential threat to charity campaigning’

Greenpeace: How the lobbying bill became the charity gagging bill 

• Read a letter from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations sent a letter to Chloe Smith, the Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform (PDF Link) explaining their major concerns with the Bill

• Read a Friends of the Earth briefing and FAQs on the Lobbying Bill here (PDF Link)

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Morecambe Area Action Plan brings new vision for the seaside town

Plans to encourage people to stay longer and spend more in central Morecambe are at the heart of the new Morecambe Area Action Plan approved by Lancaster City councillors yesterday.

The project is the culmination of three years close working with the community to come up with a plan for central Morecambe that can be delivered and will make a difference.

The plan sets planning policies for central Morecambe that are very welcoming of private investment large and small - provided development proposals are beneficial.

It calls for a range of actions over the coming years that play to the town’s strengths including having a fantastic seafront and a town centre with many independent businesses so close by.  The actions are much about increasing footfall, making central Morecambe a place more want to do business in.

There will now be one final opportunity for people to make representations on the plan before it is examined by a Planning Inspector. The council aims to formally adopt the plan next year.

“I think we’d all agree that Morecambe needs to change if we are to create more and better jobs, increase incomes and improve experiences for residents and visitors alike," says
Councillor Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration.

“There is a lot to do if we are to get the private sector to come in and invest and we need development in the right places.

“The MAAP is going to be key to us being able to do that and its publication is a milestone, but there is still a long road ahead and we all need to work together to make this town the place it can be.”

An Area Action Plan is a Development Plan Document that will form part of the Lancaster District Local Plan Together with the Core Strategy they will form the most important considerations in determining most planning applications in central Morecambe.

The preparation of an area action plan will put in place a comprehensive and robust planning framework to provide for the development, conservation and change needed to secure lasting regeneration gains. It is both a policy and delivery tool and goes beyond traditional land use policy documents by considering issues of funding, timing and delivery.

The Morecambe Area Action Plan will provide a framework to facilitate and manage development and change within central Morecambe over the next ten years or so to 2023/4,  identifing key infrastructure projects that will contribute to the regeneration of central Morecambe. It will direct investment, give increased certainty to potential investors, build confidence and assist the council in securing funding and facilitating development.

Economic circumstances inevitably will affect the pace of regeneration but bringing forward the MAAP should ensure that central Morecambe is well placed to capture and benefit from economic upturn when it finally comes.

More info on the Morecambe Area Actuon Plan on the Council's web site here

Salt Ayre to host Fun Café health day

People with learning disabilities are invited with their friends and families to a free event at Salt Ayre Sports Centre on Wednesday 25th September.

The Fun Café has been organised by the North Lancashire Learning Disability Partnership, together with Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council, to help promote healthy lifestyles.

From 10.30am to 2.30pm, people will be able to try variety of activities, games and crafts and to get information to promote health and wellbeing.

There will also be information for carers, with representatives from Carers Point, Help Direct, and specialist county council and health staff from Fylde and Wyre on hand to offer help and advice.

Amanda Topps, a community engagement officer at Lancashire County Council, said: "This will be a really enjoyable event in a relaxed and welcoming setting, with the focus on having fun and meeting new friends.

"If people would prefer not to take part in the activities, they are very welcome to join us simply for the information and cafe.

"The event will see the launch of our Good Health Awards which will celebrate good practice in healthcare. The winners will be announced on the day at 12 noon."

The event includes indoor and outdoor activities such as five aside football, multi-sports, a relaxation session, dance, a cook and eat session, make your own fruit smoothie, a reading group and much more.

Amanda added: "People with learning disabilities will also be invited to complete our questionnaire and enter the free raffle for some great prizes donated by local businesses. The raffle will be drawn at 2.00pm."

Th! e sports centre has changing facilities and plenty of free parking. Pe ople will be able to buy drinks, snacks and lunch from the café.

• For more information phone Amanda Topps on 01524 585599 or visit

• To make a nomination for the Good Health Awards please contact Amanda by Friday 20th September

Zombies gets stalk to stalk Morecambe - again!

Zombies on the prowl on Morecambe Promenade last year. Photo: Zombieville

It's coming again! Zombieville, Morecambe's very own annual dark weekend of the weird, hits the resort for the second time on 11th October with three whole days of music, monsters and mayhem.

Dress up as scary as you dare or get one of the Festival's FX design teams to help you join the ranks of the eternal undead - well, at least for the weekend anyway.

Acts lined up for the weekend include Massive Wagons, Daria D'Beauviox, Jezebel Steele, Ian Kognito, Kosmic Kitty, China White, Rosie Rack, Adrian Montford & Dandy Von Diamond, Cyferdyne, Idol Minds and the Strawberry Dance Team.

Photo: Zombieville
The weekend kicks off at Smokey's with the Friday night Launch Party. Then come Saturday get yourselves Zombied' up and take part in the Zombie Crawl down Morecambe promenade. Finish the day off with another great evening's entertainment with Burlesque, Live Bands and DJ's at Smokey's again.

Sunday is a massive fun day at the Winter Gardens with Zombies and kids alike enjoying the entertainment and live bands.

It's going to be great fun for all ages. Bring the kids, dress 'em up, and prepare yourselves for a monster weekend at Zombieville.

•  For full details, check out the website:

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Motorcyclist injured in collision on Morecambe's Marine Road

Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist was seriously injured following a collision in Morecambe.

At around 4.40pm on Tuesday 10th September, a Honda SH 125cc was being ridden along Marine Road East when it hit a bollard in the centre of the road.

The rider, a 55 year old man from Bolton-le-Sands, was treated by paramedics at the scene and was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where he is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

“If anybody witnessed the collision I would ask them to contact police," urges Sergeant Tracey Ward. "I am also keen to speak with anybody who may have seen the motorbike being ridden prior to the collision.”

• Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at

Lakes International Comic Art Festival gets its own beer!

Gilbert-Shelton-Golden-Ale.jpgThe Kendal-based Lakes International Comic Art Festival (18th -20th October) continues to break new ground for UK comic events with the news that the event is to have its own beer, with branding supplied by Furry Freak Brothers creator Gilbert Shelton.

Tall Toad Golden Ale will be on sale as a limited edition beer and of course people can try to get the labels/bottles signed by top comics creator Gilbert himself, who will be promoting the launch of the fabulous Wonder Warthog collection that should be available at the event from Knockabout Comics.

The special beer is the result of a cunning partnership between the Festival and the local award-winning Hawkshead Brewery, whose Managing Director Alex Brodie is, we gather, something of a Furry Freak Brothers fan.

The Brewery recently won a Great Taste Award, organised by the Guild of Fine Food for its latest bottled beer, Windermere Pale, even before it went on sale, so we're definitely looking forward to sampling 'Tall Toad' at the Festival.

The full programme is available to view online here on the Festivals's web site, with a line up that includes guests such as Bryan Talbot (who has designed a comic map of the town), Joe Sacco, Lancaster's very own Andy Diggle, the Viz team, Guardian cartoonists Steve Bell, Posy Simmonds and an incredible 2000AD event. Tickets for all of these events are on sale now and selling fast!

The Festival kicks off on Friday 18th October and runs until teatime on Sunday 20th. The programme features more than 50 events of different styles and scales including meet the creators (presentations, live drawings and interviews), panel discussions and a few quirky events too. Alongside this there will be a film programme, exhibitions, workshops, our version of a marketplace/artists’ alley and a dedicated kids’ zone and more.

• Purchase tickets online at The Brewery Arts Centre or by telephone Box Office: 01539 725 133 or in person in advance. Events are recommended for age 12+ (unless otherwise stated), younger people will enjoy the Family Zone events

Download/print out this handy PDF document of each page of events in a grid. It will help you plan your visit and book events

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Police appeal after pensioner attacked in Morecambe

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pensioner was attacked in Morecambe, near the Trimple sports ground by a what is believed to have been a teenager.

The incident happened on Sunday 8th September at around 1.30pm on the cycle track near the sports ground.

The 71-year-old pensioner was walking down the path when he was approached by another man who has punched him in the face four times, causing him to fall to the ground.

The victim received cuts and bruises to his face.

The attacker is described as being aged around 17 or 18 of slim build, clean shaven and was wearing a white top.

PC Phil Williamson from Morecambe police said, “This appears to be an unprovoked attack on an innocent member of the public and I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time to come forward and contact the police.

“If anyone has any information then I would urge them to call Morecambe police on 101 quoting log reference number 849 of 8th September.”

Monday, 9 September 2013

Landscape Trust announces 'Welcome to Warton' weekend

Purple orchids on Warton Crag back in May.
Photo: Landscape Trust of Arnside and Silverdale AONB
Each year the Landscape Trust of Arnside and Silverdale AONB runs a weekend of events focusing on one of the villages in the AONB area and on 21st and 22nd September the Trust will celebrate the local natural history and wildlife of Warton.

Including walks, lectures, exhibitions, tours and hands-on activities; the weekend will cover the geology of the local area, memories of the history of Warton, historic census information, tours of the Old School Brewery and St Oswald’s Church, and a hands-on moth trap demonstration, as well as many more activities.

All activities are free, but numbers for the walks are limited, so places must be booked in advance by emailing: or you can call Arnside and Silverdale AONB on 01524 761034

• A detailed timetable is available on the Landscape Trust website (PDF link):

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