Launch of Discover Bowland Guide

2016 is set to be a year of Discovery in Bowland! 

The Shireburn Arms was delighted to have been the hosting venue for the launch of the publication Discover Bowland yesterday. Local businesses, tourism staff, event organisers and councillors were all invited to celebrate the release of the brand new guide. The publication aims to showcase the landscape, wildlife, people and places of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which covers 312 square miles of rural Lancashire and North Yorkshire. Dark, Sky Discovery Sites; family friendly activities; local producers and over 80 Festival Bowland events are just a few of the things featured in 2016's Discover Bowland brochure! 

The AONB is a fantastic spot for walking and offers many opportunities for wildlife spotting. It's also home to an enviable range of cafes, pubs and restuarants, many of which champion local food and drink and also home to several of the James' Places venues! Including Mitton Hall, Eaves Hall, Waddington Arms, The Emporium and Interiors and also, of course - The Shireburn Arms. 

The guide has been written with both residents and and visitors in min, providing "cut out and keep" walk pages, ideas for family activities, Festival Bowland events, spots for star gazing and seasonal wildlife highlights. 

A special "Produce with Personality" feature delves behind the scenes of four Bowland businesses. From ice-cream made in what was an eighteenth century toll house, to a successful business which started out making sausages at the kitchen table, there are some fascinating stories behind this local produce. 

Keen photographers have the chance to get one of their pictures chosen for the 2017 Bowland calendar, whilst youngsters can have fun coming up with ideas for a new ice-cream flavour, or working out the subjects in the Bowland Picture Puzzle Competition. 

Hetty Byrne, Sustainable Tourism Officer with the AONB said, 

"The Forest of Bowland is such a beautiful place and relatively undiscovered. So many people work hard to look after the area and, through sustainable tourism, we want to support local communities whilst safeguarding Bowland's landscape, wildlife and tranquility."

The free guide is available from Visitor Information Centres in and around the AONB and also from a range of local venues including The Shireburn Arms, Eaves Hall and Waddington Arms sp please feel free to drop in and pick yourself up a copy. An on-line version is available on the Forest of Bowland AONB website at: along with a full calendar of Festival Bowland events. 

Why not book a stay with the Shireburn Arms, we also have lots going on in 2016 check out our EVENTS page , grab yourself a copy and go exploring our beautiful countryside! 



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