10 Things to Do Before You Reach 40 in Ramsbottom

As time marches on in life and you pass your mid 30s, you start to wonder, what have I missed out on in life? So I have set myself the task of writing this article to both challenge myself mentally and, hopefully, basically I will manage to complete all 10 before I am 40. The clock is ticking ….

· Complete the Anthony Nolan Trust – Peel Tower 700ft Zip Slide for charity ! The 150 year old Tower is a stunning historic monument on Holcombe Hill; the tower has an elevation of 1,100ft, with views over Manchester, Cheshire & North Wales that are absolutely breathtaking. Enjoy the view from the top before flying through the air. No experience needed. All to raise funds for the UK bone marrow register.

· Follow the Irwell Sculpture Trail- this is the UK's largest public art scheme. The walking trail is around 30 miles long and features over 20 specifically commissioned works of art. The trail starts at Salford Quays and finishes in the Pennines above Bacup.

· Nuttall Park , Delightful Riverside Park with facilities including football pitches, tennis & a bowling green. Plenty of special events on during the year.

· Rhythm & Blues Festival – The festival will be top British and international blues musicians to play at various venues both indoor and outdoor come along and support this prestigious event.

· East Lancashire Railway (ELR) Take a trip on the famous steam railway, this runs every Saturday and Sunday through Spring, Summer and Autumn ..

· Complete Mad Good Friday – Rammy Mile – On Good Friday I do not know if anyone has ever experienced the Rammy mile. Its where around a couple of thousand people congregate and start the Rammy mile pub crawl from the Hare & hounds Pub working downhill through the village ending at the Railway Pub. I whole heartedly recommend it if you can do it! It is a great experience to have fun with a few friends

· Peel Tower climb the 148 steps – The Peel Tower stands 128 feet high on the very top Holcombe Hill on a clear day it is said you can see Blackpool Tower. It was originally established in 1852 as a memorial to former Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel and dominates the surrounding country. A real landmark to be seen from afar.

· Farmers Market – The farmers market is a monthly event held on the second Sunday of the month at the Market place (next to the Tilted Vase) and inside the Civic Hall. They offer a wide variety of local produce including fresh fish, seafood, meat, poultry, vegetables, fruit, pies, jams, bread and sweets. The market also offers lots of locally made home-made crafts and paintings.

· Ramsbottom United FC – Watch the mighty Rams play at home in the Vodkat League see the notice board in the Village for details of the next match.

· Enter the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships – The bizarre contest celebrates the ancient rivalry between Lancashire and Yorkshire and joins people from far away as Australia to compete.

Contestants gathered at the Royal Oak pub to throw black puddings at a stack of Yorkshire puddings piled on a plinth 20ft off the ground. The rules: You can throw three competition standard 6oz puddings – underarm only. Whoever falls the most Yorkshire puddings is the winner.

All these and lots more events can be found with GoMy.co.uk.