We can all say that 2012 was a truly memorable year for Britain with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics providing an amazing feel good factor. In Burnley we were thrilled to receive a visit from Her Majesty The Queen and to have the Olympic Torch Relay journey through the town on its way to the Olympic Stadium, the crowds hit the streets in their thousands for both occasions to cheer and celebrate these great events.
To keep the feel good factor going in 2013 we have pulled together some great ideas to encourage you to look at Burnley in a new light, enjoy its attractions, get out and about in the countryside and challenge yourself to do something new and exciting. We know this year will be just as good as 2012.
People are passionate about their gardens, working on an allotment or even guerrilla gardening, it can provide you with the food you eat, scent your home or just make the area more attractive. For this edition we visited Offshoots – an amazing organic garden in the grounds of Towneley Park, the brilliant team who work there have not only developed the site using permaculture techniques but are involved in various programmes to make our world a better place, whether it’s cultivating and planting cotton grass on the moors, growing saplings for the Forest of Burnley or helping our indigenous bees to thrive.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you want it to be perfect, well, there are some places where perfection is easier to come by. Take a look at our wedding article on Towneley Hall and see for yourself how this stunning historic house provides the quintessential venue for your marriage. Whether you want an intimate affair with the marriage ceremony and wedding breakfast in the Regency Rooms or a more lavish event with a marquee on the lawn this glorious place is just perfect.
We all need to take some time to relax, to slow down and take a break and what better way to do this than by hiring a boat and floating along the canal enjoying the views and chilling out. We did just this over the summer and explored our stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, it was fascinating, there is so much to do and see all along the towpath, take a look at the article on page 42 we hope it will encourage you to discover and use this amazing waterway through the heart of the town.
We haven’t forgotten the kids either, during the holidays we took some lucky children out and about to see for themselves how much there is to do in Burnley. Whether it’s adventures in the parks and countryside where their imagination will take them to magical places or having a go on the real life adventure playground at Outdoor Elements. Their enthusiasm was exhilarating, it made you long to be a child again and they all enjoyed their experiences which you can read about in Burnley Kids from page 70.