Accrington, Lancashire

There's lots to see and do in Lancashire. A hot air balloon flight may be perfect for a birthday gift or special celebration.

Once a textile mill town and dye works during the Industrial Revolution, Accrington, like its neighbouring town of Oswaldtwistle to the west, has developed other industries and, where possible used the Victorian Mill buildings as shopping, catering and visitor centres. Both towns, situated to the south of the M56 are within the greater rural district of Hyndburn which also includes Church, Clayton-le-Moors and Great Harwood. Accrington has a new shopping centre like most of our towns and cities but additional attractions are The Haworth Art Gallery (for Tiffany Glass) situated in Haworth Park, Manchester Road , the impressive stone viaduct, attractive Town Hall and the Market Hall. Accrington is well known for its manufacture of the ‘Nori’ brick (Iron reversed) which is reputed to be the hardest of bricks to be used anywhere. Accrington’s Community Carnival is a biennial event with a procession led by the Mayor and Carnival ‘Queen/Princess’ and followed by trade /none-trade ‘floats.’ Side shows add to the day’s entertainment. It was originally organised by the ‘Round Table but now managed by the ‘Accrington Lions.’ The town lies amongst the many Lancashire hills with the Forest of Rossendale to the south east and the Forest of Pendle to the north east. Milnshaw Park, Accrington & District Golf Course (north Oswaltwistle), Bullough Park, Green Hawarth Golf Course(Baxenden), Peel Park (north-east) and several playing fields are some of the leisure areas situated around Accrington.

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