The Hare & Hounds Stackstead Is Pulling Out All The Stops For This Years Rossendale 60’s Festival

the beatles revolution tribute band Tribute Band ‘The Beatles Revolution’ Headlining at the Hare & Hounds This Year

The Hare & Hounds in Stackstead are building on a very successful event last year as part of the Rossendale 60’s Festival and are really pulling out the stops to create a truly 60’s atmosphere. They are planning an all day event to be staged on Saturday 8th September. They have two bands ‘Route 66’ who will be play all the sixties music and then later in the evening the headline act ‘The Beatles Revolution’ one of the premier Beatles tribute bands in the UK. Between sets they will be having 60’s disco music and prizes for the best fancy dress.

They will be erecting  a marquee on the car park and decorating the pub and marquee in a real 60’s theme. There will be food being served and a BBQ (weather permitting). Kay Helliwell  owner/partner of the Hare & Hounds says “I’m hoping the customers and all my staff will rise to the occasion in fancy dress, so we are hoping for a great weekend”

For further information about the Rossendale 60’s Festival at

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Rawtenstall Cricket Club To Stage The ‘Sounds Of The 60’s Summer’ Exhibition For The Rossendale 60’s Festival Weekend

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As part of the Rossendale 60’s Festival, Rawtenstall Cricket Club are planning an exhibition and display of cricket and music memorabilia from the 1960’s in Rawtenstall. The Clubhouse Function Room will be the venue for a celebration of cricket that was played by the Rawtenstall teams in the Lancashire League throughout the 1960s, the decade featuring two of the club’s most popular and successful professionals,  Indian, CG Borde and Australian JW Grant.
The club will also be host a historical and visual account of the music, bands and artists that played at the Astoria Ballroom throughout the period, including The Who, The Spencer Davies Group, The Hollies and many more.Visitors will be treated to a varied display of photographs, posters, statistics and memorabilia from the archives of the club and its supporters.
The Astoria archive will be presented by Rawtenstall music historian and collector Steve Riley. To complement both exhibitions, a sound track of 60s music will be played throughout including tracks from many of the artists that appeared at The Astoria.
The exhibition will be open on Saturday 8th in the clubhouse function room from 1pm – 5pm.
For Information, on Sunday 9th the Rawtenstall Cricket Club 1st team will be playing their final league game of the season at home against Walsden CC.
There’s something for everyone whether you are into 60’s music and culture or a cricket fan. This one should definitely go in the diary
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Bacup Flowerpot Festival To Inject Flower Power To The 60’s Weekend


The organisers of the Rossendale 60’s Festival are delighted to announce that the Bacup Flowerpot Festival organisers have agreed to extend its Flowerpot Festival to include the 60’s Festival weekend. If last years Flowerpot Festival is anything to go by, there will be a massive injection of Love, Peace and Creativity in Bacup that will really bring the community together.

The Flowerpot Festival will be launched at the Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival on Sunday 24th June and will run from 20th July through to the weekend of the Rossendale 60’s Festival on the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th September. Bacup Pride are inviting the community to start to getting their creative heads on, perhaps you could put a 60’s twist to your entry?

You can get information about making sessions at Stubbylee in June and July (materials provided) and pick up an application form or email or ring Pat on 07751380392

For further information about the Bacup Flowerpot Festival, why not pop along to their stall at the carnival or check out their Facebook page

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The Whitaker to screen Michael Caine documentary My Generation as part of the Rossendale 60s Festival

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On Thursday 6 September at 7.30pm, the Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall will present a special screening of My Generation, Sir Michael Caine’s documentary about and homage to the Swinging 60s and ‘the decade that changed the world’.  The film is presented as part of the programme for this year’s Rossendale 60s Festival.

My Generation is directed by David Batty and scripted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (writers of many a classic TV series including The Likely Lads and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet).  The film is narrated by Michael Caine himself, and features archive 1960s footage not only of Caine but of many of his sixties contemporaries including Sandie Shaw, Marianne Faithfull, Sir Paul McCartney, Mary Quant, Twiggy and Roger Daltrey. The footage is accompanied by a superb musical soundtrack featuring hits from the era by (amongst many others) The Kinks, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Tickets for the screening cost £6 per person and are now on sale via the Whitaker website at  The Whitaker’s restaurant will also be open for pre-screening dining opportunities – booking is strongly advised and you can reserve your table by phoning the Whitaker on 01706 260785.  The film will be shown in a relaxed, intimate 50-seater setting in the Whitaker’s stunning Victorian building, and the bar will be open – drinks can be taken into the screening.  There is free parking on site adjacent to the Whitaker building, and the whole building is fully accessible.

There will be a full programme of events and activities at The Whitaker over the weekend of the 60’s Festival which this year will be running from 7th – 9th September.For further information on all events in this years Festival please check out over the coming weeks


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The White Lion In Rawtenstall And Haslingden Community Link Join The 60’s Festival For The First Time


We are pleased to announce that  The White Lion on Burnley Road Rawtenstall and Haslingden Community Link on Bury Road Haslingden are joining this years Rossendale 60’s Festival for the first time.  Brent and Ann Taylor of The White Lion have already booked a 60’s band and will be creating a real 60’s vibe over the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th September. Emma Harding at Haslingden Community Link is planning an event which will provide an opportunity to dress up and revisit those dance moves from the 60’s.

Further details will be announced nearer the time

If your pub, club, group or venue would like to join this amazing valley-wide festival, please contact Barry at


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Why Wouldn’t You Want To Be A Part Of This Fabulous Festival

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The Rossendale 60’s Festival had a milestone year last year. It increased the number of events to 30 over 14 venues, and despite the atrocious weather the Festival will go down as the best attended yet. The organisers Barry Hyde and Pete Sweetmore have been blown away by the amount of effort that went into all of the events, and the response from the community in supporting them. But we are not yet satisfied. We want more! We are pleased to announce that we already have two new events for this year at Haslingden Community Link and The White Lion On Burnley Road in Rawtenstall. It provides a fantastic opportunity to bring your community together and raise the profile of your group or business.  So if you have an idea for an event, please get in touch with Pete at or Barry at or mobile  07954294653. We will be glad to help.

This years Festival will be held on the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th September, and here are just some of the highlights from last years Festival. It was Fabulous!




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There were ‘happenings’ in Pubs and clubs all over the Valley

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Community was the focus of this years Festival and we weren’t disappointed. It was seen in spades at New Kirk Fair, attended by the Mayor and Mayoress, and the Crawshawbooth 60’s dinner attended by Ted Robbins

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Many shop in the Valley got into the 60’s Window Dressing Competition and added to the 60’s atmosphere

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Despite the atrocious weather, the Scooter fraternity didn’t let us down

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Darren Ashworth by Dominic SalterPhoto courtesy of Dominic Salter

We were also treated to a clutch of Minis courtesy of the Oldham & District Mini Club

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And music galore at Artisan and The Whitaker throughout the weekend, and for the first time we had Northern Soul at St Mary’s Chambers with Kieron Woodward.



Dancing at Whitaker

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Rossendale 60’s Festival Venues Are Already On Board For 2018

New hare and Hounds 1In The Groove At The Hare & Hounds Stacksteads for last years 60’s Festival

Barry Hyde and Pete Sweetmore, organisers of the Rossendale 60’s Festival 2018, are delighted that all of the venues and events that made last years Rossendale 60’s Festival such a success are already on board for this year, but with bigger and better events being planned. So far, the following have confirmed their involvement in this years Festival which will be held over the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th September:

  • Blind Tiger (previously The Artisan) is already planning their Groovy weekend of 60’s music
  •  The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery will again be providing a menu of all things 60’s, including the music, art and culture over the 60’s weekend
  • The New Hare & Hounds in Stacksteads enjoyed their event so much last year that they have bought a commercial marquee and will be extending their event
  • The Crown Inn in Bacup will again be aiming to create the fabulous 60’s atmosphere they were so successful in creating last year
  • Bacup Cricket Club will again be staging Scoot Rossendale, bringing scooters from all over the Northwest to Rossendale
  • The Newchurch Village Community Association will again be staging the extremely popular New Kirk Fair on the weekend of this years 60’s Festival
  • St Mary’s Chambers have confirmed their involvement with the Festival this year

New additions to this years Festival so far are:

  • Haslingden Community Link, who are planning a 60’s themed event which may include an opportunity to rediscover your 60’s dance moves
  • The White Lion on Burnley Road Rawtenstall have already booked their 60’s band for the weekend

The organiser’s objectives of engaging the whole of the Valley with the Festival haven’t changed, so if you would like to include an event as part of the Rossendale 60’s Festival 2018, please contact us, Barry Hyde at or Pete Sweetmore at, and we will be delighted to come along and discuss it with you.

This is a great opportunity for businesses and community groups to raise funds and their profile within the community, and be part of a fantastic annual Festival.

Just check the Rossendale 60’s Festival 2108 blog to see what an amazing weekend was had last year at


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