Bacup is, along with the other towns that make up Rossendale, a textile mill-town community that developed rapidly during the Industrial Revolution. However, in the late 20th century it suffered from serious economic decline from chronic depopulation and urban decay. More recently great efforts have been made to regenerate the town, with some success. Bacup's historic character, culture and festivities have encouraged the town's development as a commuter town and English Heritage has proclaimed Bacup as the best preserved cotton town in England, and its town centre is designated as a conservation area for its special architectural qualities.
Bacup is the base of the Britannia Coconut Dancers, a unique folk dance group of uncertain origin, who appear on Easter Saturday to dance around the town, attracting large crowds.
Walk - it's a small place, and Lee Quarry is perfect for mountain biking.
The Britannia Coconut Dancers, or 'Nutters', on Easter Saturday and other local events.
The characterful Bacup Natural History Museum near the centre on the road to Todmorden, contains collections of domestic, industrial, religious and military artefacts. There is so much to be seen that only a visit can adequately describe it. The Library has a collection of around 2000 books and copies of Bacup newspapers dating from 1863. The Museum is open to the public on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm and Easter Saturdays 10am-3.30pm.
Walk in the surrounding hills and quarries.
Lee Quarry Mountain Bike Trail - Over 8km of technical mountain bike trails have been completed in Lee Quarry, Bacup, OL13 0BB.
Watch out for Juliet Bravo locations. The series was largely filmed in Bacup.
The Russian Tea Room serves over 82 varieties of tea – most from a traditional Samovar. It also serves snacks with a Russian theme.
There are plenty of pubs, many of which are basic drinking holes.