Situated between Burnley and the Ribble Valley, Padiham is one of Lancashire’s hidden gems. With fantastic transport links and situated right in the heart of a number of cycling and walking routes, Padiham is bursting with things to do. What’s more Padiham is home to a wealth of independent shops, eateries and the nicest people you could ever wish to meet! We’ve rounded up five places you must visit next time you’re in Padiham… so why not don your walking boots, see the beautiful greenery this up and coming town has to offer and stop off at our five top ‘Padiham Picks’ along the way!
Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, BB12 8UA (SAT NAV BB12 8SD)
If you’re in Padiham a visit to Gawthorpe Hall is simply a must! Affectionately referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’, this Grade One listed Jacobean historic house is a great family day out with lots to see and do! Built between 1600 and 1605 for the Shuttleworth family, the Hall has always had an iconic and important role in the local community. You can see the original seventeenth century panelling and plasterwork in the Drawing Room, and discover what life was like for the family in the 1890s in the splendid Long Gallery and Drawing Room. The Hall is also home to the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and to the fabulous Gawthorpe Textiles Collection; a stunning collection of intricate lace, embroidery and needlework amassed by Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth from 1912 to 1967. However, it’s not just the inside that’s bursting with things to do! There’s also a wealth of adventure outdoors with gardens and woods to discover, or take a long walk to Tipping Hill Plantation for stunning views back to the Hall. With so much to see and do and a host of regular events and exhibitions you simply have to visit Gawthorpe Hall!
Serrano’s Deli Pizza
46 Church Street, Padiham, BB12 8JQ
Think wood fired pizza is limited to restaurants? Think again! Serrano’s Deli Pizza serve delicious wood-fired pizzas. Opened by brothers, Dexter and Jacob, the boys use an authentic wood-fired oven to give their pizzas a unique taste, and thanks to their open-plan kitchen you can see everything from the pizza being made, to being put in the oven, cooked, taken out, boxed and ready to go! They cook everything in house and source all their ingredients locally – in fact all the meat they use comes from the butcher next door – Charles Speak. They also have a delicious deli – where everything is imported directly from Spain, with their naturally cured meat being purchased from a third generation butcher in Spain and drove back personally by Jacob and Dexter. But the meat isn’t the only thing from Spain. The brothers renovated the building themselves and using Spanish wood with some of it over 100 years old! One thing is for sure, Serrano’s is the whole package – with a special feel, delicious sandwiches in the day, delicious crepes and of course the wood-fired pizzas, this is simply a must visit in Padiham!
The Picture House
4-8 Burnley Road, Padiham, BB12 8BX
One of Padiham’s best kept secrets is its thriving art scene and there’s nowhere better to take in some artistry than The Picture House. Established in 1994, The Picture House is a fine art gallery home to an array of gorgeous pieces. Displaying some of the finest and most collectable artists and printmakers in the North West, there’s a wealth of original works as well as a selection of handmade original ceramics, glassware and turned wooden pieces. You can also find signed limited edition prints, limited edition bronze sculptures by Michael Sampson and one off collectibles. But it’s not just stunning art on offer – they also have a bespoke framing service and an array of mirrors. So whether you’re looking for a new masterpiece to liven up your home, a beautiful frame to show off your pride and joy or a stylish new mirror, a visit to this friendly hub in the centre of Padiham is a must!
Dads and Lads Barbers
153 Burnley Road, Padiham, BB12 8BX
Need a hair cut? Then you simply must visit Dads and Lads Barbers! Based right in the centre of Padiham on Burnley Road, Dads and Lads offer an all round hair and grooming experience. The men amongst you can take advantage of Turkish or modern barbering for a sharp new hair cut or treat yourself to a cut throat shave which includes a hot towel and facial steamer! Dads and Lads are also specialists in children’s hair design making them the perfect place to take your little nippers to ensure they’re looking smart. There’s also a very groovy car chair for the ‘lads’ – the perfect option for those who may need a little more persuasion! Hakan, the owner, has also just opened a branch right in the centre of Colne across from the market – a testament to the skill and success of he and his highly qualified team of barbers! One thing is guaranteed – Dads and Lads will have all the family looking the very best they can be!
The Padiham Greenway
Enjoyed by cyclists, walkers, joggers, families and even horse riders, the Padiham Greenway is one of Padiham’s most popular places. The traffic free greenway connects Padiham to nearby Rose Grove, Burnley and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and has a numerous points of interest on its route. Created on a disused railway things to look out for include the Miner’s Bench, Memorial Park and the Arbories Memorial Grounds at Padiham Football Club. So whether you’re a keen cyclist or just want a picturesque wander with your family, why not head along the tranquil Padiham Greenway?