Access Guide to our Venues

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Ribble Valley Jazz Festival activities revolve around the town of Clitheroe with some gigs taking place in pub restaurants in the surrounding villages. This guide gives you transport, parking and venue access information to all the venues hosting gigs this year. For details not provided by this guide please contact:

Getting there

Transport links:

By Train: Train services are provided by Northern Line trains - for access information. Clitheroe train station is in the centre of Clitheroe, All Clitheroe festival gigs take place within the range of a 20 minute journey from the station, with many being much nearer. Train station access - Manchester direction platform: Level access via gate from station front. Hellifield direction platform: step free access via gentle slope from Kirkmoor Road and Gas House Lane.

By Bus: Buses are provided by various providers. An over view of the routes and services can be found on the Lancashire County Council website here

By car: parking and disabled parking bays: Clitheroe is well blessed with council run car parks. Holders of a valid blue badge are entitled to 3 hours free parking in the Council’s car parks (clock and badge must be displayed). However, a valid pay and display ticket must be purchased to cover stays longer than 3 hours. There are also some on-road parking bays designated for blue badge holders, many of which are across the street or nearer to our venues. Venues outside Clitheroe will have their own car parking and restricted bays for blue badge holders. A list of car parks and their locations can be downloaded from Ribble Valley Borough Council website here

Staying Overnight

The festival has no central camping area. If you wish to stay in the area throughout the weekend you can find a useful guide to all the types of overnight accommodation available at Ribble Valley Tourism Information about disabled access requirements can be obtained from individual accommodation sites.

Moving between venues

Clitheroe is a small town. There are no car free roads. Pedestrians and wheelchairs are required to use pavements. Lowered crossing road points are generally in place. The out of town rural venues suffer from the general lack of flexibility regarding public transport so they need to be accessed with by taxi or by car. They are around a 20/25 minute vehicle ride out of town.

Festival venues (in alphabetical order)

Ale House, 12 - 14 Market Place, Clitheroe, BB7 2EP – free music – no need to book in advance.
Tel: 07530 045365 Website:
An independent micro-pub in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Two bar rooms with street level entrance and a quieter room upstairs. Stage on ground level.
Accessible to bar, toilets. Assistance dogs welcome.

Aspinall Arms, Mitton Rd, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PQ
Tel: 01254 826 555 Website:
A rural pub, right in the heart of the Ribble Valley, on the banks of the river. Free music in the garden in the day. Booking a table for a meal is advisable for inside evening jazz.
External parking and ground level entrance.
Accessible toilets and table service. Disabled parking spaces. Just give them a ring beforehand if you are bringing an assistance dog.

Beer Shack, 22-24 King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EP
Tel: 01200 426368 Website:
A craft beer bar in the centre of Clitheroe with off the street access, although the performance is up 8 steps to the beer garden. Free music – no need to book.
On street blue badge parking, council run car park to rear.
Accessible toilets and bar area. Assistance dogs welcome.

Calf’s Head, Worston, Clitheroe BB7 1QA
Tel: 01200 441218 Website:
A pub and eatery in heart of the village of Worston only a couple of miles from Clitheroe town centre. Free music although booking a table for a meal is advisable for inside evening jazz.
A car park outside, ramps are provided over two steps into the bar. There is an accessible toilet and assistance dogs are welcome. If the night is fine the music will happen outside. A step free pathway takes you straight into the garden.

Clitheroe Library, Church Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2DG
Tel: 0300 123 6703  Website:
The town’s public library and community hub. Free music, no need to book.
The performance space is in the Meeting Room. Disabled access is on Queen Street with a lift immediately as you come in the building. The meeting room has a short flight of steps up to it but if you take the lift to floor 2 this takes you to a landing at the top of the stairs and into the room. The accessible toilets are accessed from floor 1. Disabled parking bays on street outside and the venue is near to council run car parking.

Clitheroe Open Air Market, Station Rd, Clitheroe BB7 2JW
An open air venue in the heart of Clitheroe with accessible toilets, no steps and adjacent car parking.

Corto, 36 King St, Clitheroe BB7 2EU
A bar and gallery which has regular events. Access straight off the street with one step – moveable ramp available immediately inside the venue. Free music and a wide range of drinks and snack available. Booking advisable. Table service. Performance and audience on one step free level. Parking on street opposite venue, and council car park to rear. Accessible toilet. Assistance dogs, and indeed all dogs are welcome.

Green Theory 7, Castle Gate, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ
Re-fill food and domestic good shops – community and green focus. Music free – no need to book. Shop entrance has one low step. No bar at this venue, it’s a shop. Disabled parking bays on Moor Lane and Castle Street.
Accessible toilets available at the Rose and Crown. Assistance dogs welcome.

The Grand, 18 York Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2DL  Tel: 01200 421599
Home to our festival headline gigs and the focus for ticketed events. The Grand's main entrance on York Street is ramped and a lift give access to all levels. A drop down box office and on line ticket purchase facilities. Main auditorium access step free including accessible toilets. Bar at higher level area – accessible by lift or by 6 steps. Once accessed this area provides a good viewing position. For conditions regarding purchase of assistance tickets for carers, and welcome to assistance dogs see the venue’s terms and conditions. An induction loop is provided throughout the venue. Visitors to the venue can use this by switching their hearing aid to the "T" position. Please contact a member of staff and ask for the technical team to activate this. Guide dogs are also welcome but must be pre-arranged. Complimentary companion or carer tickets are available on a first come first served basis by contacting the venue directly (max one per disabled patron). Companion ticket holders should be able to meet the needs and assist the person they are accompanying in the event of an emergency and provide a valid carers card upon booking and entry.

The Shop of HOPE, 37 Castle St, Clitheroe BB7 2BT
Facebook contact only.
Shop selling Fairtrade, Ethical, Sustainable products/gifts. Giving opportunities to artists, crafters, and up-cyclers, who can't initially afford a shop front on the high street.
Music free no need to book. Performance space is down 5 steps or on the first floor however the space is small. One low step at street entrance, then a steep gradient at rear of shop. Disabled parking bays on Castle Street and Moor Lane. Accessible toilets available at Rose and Crown. No bar. Assistance dogs welcome.

Jungle, 6-8 Moor Ln, Clitheroe BB7 1BE  Tel: 01200 374040
Facebook Page only.
Café/bar. Free music. This is a small venue so booking may be advisable. One step at street entrance, no accessible loos but there are accessible toilets at the Rose and Crown 5 minutes away. No steps to the performance area and an accessible bar with table service. Disabled bay parking immediately outside.

Maxwell’s Café/Bar, 54-56 King Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2EU  Tel: 01200 443906
A café and bar with outside areas. Table service at all times. No booking required. Clitheroe central location. No step entrance and tables and seats are available in step free areas. No car parking but disabled parking bays and local car parks are nearby. An accessible toilet. Assistance dogs welcome.

Old School Rooms, 43 Lowergate, Clitheroe BB7 1AD  Tel: 01200 423073
Facebook only.
The festival will be using the lively upper bar area serving drinks only. There is a ramp to the door and no steps throughout the bar area. The performance area is on the same level. Performances are free and there is no booking required. Council car parking is opposite the venue.
There is an accessible toilet with access via a RADAR key, a spare is kept behind the bar. Bar service only. Assistance dogs very welcome.

Red Pump Inn, Clitheroe Road, Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3D  Tel: 01254 826 227
A restaurant and hotel in a rural setting with car parking. No public transport. Access between car park and restaurant garden step free although around 2/3 feet of rustic cobbles may make the going difficult. Access to inside area up shallow ramp through to step free interior into where band will play if the weather is not good. Booking a table may be advisable. Accessible toilets and assistance dogs welcome. Table service.

Rose and Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2BT  Tel: 01200 442848
Pub in central Clitheroe serving food and drink throughout the day. No need to book, the music is free. Council car parking to rear, use of blue badge as for all council car parking. Disabled parking bays on Castle Street. Step free entrance and throughout the venue, raised area to front and away from the performance area, performance area itself is a small, raised stage. Accessible toilets. Bar often crowded but staff will respond to requests for table service etc. Assistance dogs welcome.

Spread Eagle, Sawley, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4NH  Tel: 01200 441 202
A pub and restaurant in a village about 4 miles from Clitheroe. Whilst the music is free, tables are best booked for meals with table service provided. Performances take place in the function room where there is no steps to the venue or its bar. Two ramped steps to the bars.
Parking outside (no designated parking). Little in the way of public transport.
Accessible toilet available. Assistance dogs welcome, a mention of their arrival at booking also welcome.

The Inn at the Station, 31 King St, Clitheroe BB7 2EU  Tel: 01200 425464
Facebook page only.
A bar and eaterie just opposite Clitheroe Station. Free music. Book for meals but no need otherwise. Disabled parking in Booths car park over the road.
One shallow ramped step in from street. The actual performance area is up two steps but music will be appreciated at all levels. Section near to doors use high tables and stools. No table service although it can be provided. Assistance dogs only welcome. An accessible toilet.

United Reformed Church, Castle Gate, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ  Tel: 01200 442389
Festival events will be held in the main worship area. Fully accessible lift from street level to church entrance – stewards on duty will provide guidance. This venue is all on the same level after entrance. Check brochure for entrance costs. Food and drink not available at events at this venue. Accessible toilet available. Assistance dogs welcome.

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