The local newspapers began advertising excursions towards the late 1860’s these of course would have been out of reach at this time for many of our working class Bacupian and Stacksteads ancestors.  Later with the expansion of the railway   travelling became  cheaper. Whitsuntide was a time of fairs and excursions many organised by the various Sunday schools and organisations one of these being the Bacup Natural History Society, who organised weekly rambles. With visits to places such has Gorpley Clough, Folly Clough, Clitheroe and District, Hambeldon and Skipton, and Wycoller. The Victoria Working Mens club not only organised trips but they also gave thier members 3/_ to spend at the Bacup Store on food and drink during the trip. In 1876 the Bacup Liberal Club organised a trip to London which included visits to the Zoo the Tower, St Pauls, and The British Museum. Sunday schools began organising trips during 1870 these trips tended to be to places like Blackpool, Morecambe, Widemere.  Other   favourite place visited by the many Sunday schools and others seems to be Hardcastle Craggs, Dobroyd Castle, Ribchester, and Whalley Abbey.In financial terms in 1870 a day trip to Blackpool  with children under 12 travelling half price  the cost was 2d and 9d if a group booking booked privately 3s 6d. In 1885 it cost 10/- for a three day stay in London. Bacup was without a recreation ground for the everyday working class until 1890. Rosehill Garden was situated at Bankside and here there was the opportunity if you could afford the 1d or 3d entrance fee to take part in football, dancing, archery and swings. Unfortunately the fee was out of the reach of many working class Bacupains. The Maden Recreation ground was presented to the public  in 1893 by the late Sir John Henry Maden, again to fullfill the wishes of his father Henry Maden. This recreation ground was aimed more at the athletic Bacupain in addition to the football and cricket areas there were seperate areas for boys and girls. The girld area consisted of nine swings a see saw and roundabout. The boys consisted of six swings and three tapeeze bars, three pairs of hand rings and one horizontal bar. In 1914 Stubylee was purchased by the then Corporation out of money provided in a trust fund by Mr Miles Ashworth of Acre Mill, a former councillor of the Borough. Paddling Pool at Stubylee presented to the Borough in 1929 by Councillor Thomas Coates and Mrs Coates. The adjoining Moorlands Park, which originally contained the mansion house known as Moorlands, was given to the Borough of Bacup by the trustees of the late Mr Edward Hoyle in 1914. The two parks are home to the Maden Memorial, Tennis Courts, Playing Fields, Bowling Greens, The Dell and the Mitchell Fountain.    
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