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May Queen Festival
Sunday 17th May
Third Sunday in May
The May Queen Festival is an annual festival with over 80 years of tradition.
Held in Slaidburn, this festival allows for each village in the Hodder Valley to take it in turn to select a May Queen and their retinue from the primary school children. The first May Queen Festival was held in 1931.
Set within the Forest of Bowland (an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and also the Ribble Valley, (Lancashire), the breathtakingly beautiful Hodder Valley encompasses many traditional villages, such as Slaidburn, Newton-In-Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Whitewell and Tosside. This historic area is a favourite among tourists, and is popular for cycling (right on the Land's End to John O'Groats route), fishing and walking. With many places to stay, many pubs and restaurants to enjoy and events galore.
A short drive from Clitheroe and Settle, the Hodder Valley is situated close to the Lancashire/Yorkshire border and not far from the Lake District, making it an ideal location to explore all that is on offer.