Helmshore Mills Textile Museum - Rossendale
This is a full working museum with demonstrations of machinery, set in an original 18th century building with its magnificent water wheel, and two authentic working mill museum galleries. Visitors may experience the original (not reconstructed) textile mill with all of its real sounds and smells. The Higher Mill was built in 1789 by the Turner family with the purpose of finishing woollen cloths, and had an unbroken working family connection until its commercial closure in 1967.Other famous machines may be seen here including Spinning Mules, Hargreaves' Spinning Jenny, and many others. Talks on "The Lancashire Loom", the story of the Lancashire Textile Industry every half hour throughout the day, and a video "Hand to Wheel" at a quarter past and a quarter to the hour. There are attendants around who are happy to explain and demonstrate the working of the mills.
Ski Rossendale Ltd was formed by snowsports instructors Dave Fuller, Karon Driver and Sue and Steve Foulkes with the intention of acquiring the lease from Rossendale council to run and develop Ski Rossendale. We were fortunate enough to have been successful and are now developing Ski Rossendale as a facility where all people can come together to have fun, whilst learning to Ski and Board. It has long been an iconic leisure facility in Rossendale and we aim to once again put Ski Rossendale on the map as a 'must Visit' attraction within the North West of England.