one of our favourite places to go when its a sunny sunday....you can walk around the lovely countryside, meander around looking at the biker's motorbikes, have a bite to eat (delicious food) in the restaurant or cafe, or just have a picnic in the sun ....bliss.
This is an amazing place on most Sundays. Bikers meet here from all over the place, riding many miles just to show off their bikes and have a drink and a chat with like-minded people. All are welcomed and many bikers will talk about their bikes until the light fades!
The cafe at the top of the hill is quite an impressive structure and has a very basic array of foods and drinks plus a licensed bar.
The area itself is huge and features many scenic walks.
No entrance fee.
Rivington Barn is brilliant. It's a truly magnificent hall which dates from the 1200's and is a stone's throw from some stunning woodlands and ornamental Chinese gardens built by former resident and nut-job, Lord Leverhulme.
There's a cracking little tea room that's pretty functional in terms of what it sells (tea, coffee, flapjacks, etc) but you couldn't wish for anything more as the surroundings are so achingly lovely.
If you were looking for an idyllic setting for a wedding, Rivington Hall Barn is tough to beat.
Also, if you're a biker, then a ride through the Pennines should definitely be on the cards. Every Sunday, hundreds (if not thousands) of people in leather congregate here (and the nearby Lower Barn) to show off their gleaming machines and generally dribble over the finer points of tweaked engines and buffed exhaust pipes (or whatever it is you perverts talk about).
In short, should you be in the area and be faced with reasonable weather, make a bee-line for this place. You'll be fizzing with enthusiasm about it for weeks.
We've attended a few events at Rivington Barn itself over the years here and it's not a bad place at all.
Perhaps it's best enjoyed in the summer; the views are beautiful and on a long summer's evening it's very relaxing to be able to see the hills and moors in the background. The setting is certainly one of its strongest points. Of course, its setting can be a disadvantage -- it's sufficiently remote that the only way of getting there is by car, and that means that one person in the party can't drink
Inside, the facilities are very good for weddings or for other events. There's plenty of car parking and the staff are friendly and helpful.
All in all, a lovely place for a special occasion, especially in the summer.
A good place to start or end a day out walking in Rivington.
Great place for a day out. The barn holds regular events - arts/crafts, Kayleigh at New Year etc. Great walks all around the area. 10 mins from Junction 5 M61.
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