The Ripple Effect – Nelson

Our canal side community in Nelson

Run by a steering group of local residents supported by The Super Slow Way and local partners The Ripple Effect aims to create new community spaces along the canal stretch through Nelson for people to come together, get to know one another and enjoy different activities. 

Over the past 18 months we’ve run a a range activities in Nelson including canoeing and water sports, led walks, growing and planting and creative workshops and tried out a variety of spaces including Nelson Library, The Good Life and Lomeshaye Park.

For the summer of 2024 we’ll be focusing activity on Lomeshaye Park and an area we’ve named ‘The Bowl’ a short walk along the canal. We’re very excited that our new ‘pop up space’ which has been designed in collaboration with the steering group, students from Marsden Heights and UCLan school of architecture has been installed in Lomeshaye Park, and from there we run a pop up cafe, bike workshops and creative activities. More information below!

You can get involved by joining our facebook group
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Also see the What’s On page for upcoming activities.

Pop Up Space:

Over the last few months we’ve been working with on the development of our new community pop-up space with the steering group, students from Marsden Heights alongside staff and UCLan School of Architecture to create a flexible space to run community events from in Lomeshaye Park.

The project started last summer when we tested the potential for some temporary wooden structures with the community at Lomeshaye Park and the ’Bowl’ site in Nelson. The structures are now well underway and close to completion (see the pictures above) due to be installed this April  Nelson, so keep an eye on our social media for our celebration launch and summer programme!

Pop Up Cafe:

The Pop Up Cafe will run throughout the summer showcasing food from local cooks and small businesses, with plans to extend if Nelson has the appetite! If you’d like to test out running your own cafe or takeaway business for a day or weekend over the summer supported by our experienced food co-ordinator, please do get in touch. The cafe will next be open on Saturday 27th July, 12 – 3pm.

Bike, Brew, Butty Cycling Cafe:

Join Breaking Cycles and Super Slow Way on the second Saturday of each month for Nelson’s first Pop Up Cycling Café. We’ll have fresh food, drinks and snacks, a bike repair shop and a monthly led ride leaving at 12pm. The next date for this activity is 10th August. More information available here.

Canoeing and Creativity:

Over the summer our popular canoeing sessions will start again from Morrisons Wharf and we’ll also have a programme of create workshops – keep an eye on the facebook page for dates.

‘The highlight has to be the people coming together with a vision and determination to make a difference for the local community. It’s the positivity, friendship and the opportunity to try out new skills that the workshops offer for everyone and anyone who wants to take part.’

The Ripple Effect forms part of a range of projects taking place in Pendle over the next few years as part of This is Nelson, the cultural strand of the Nelson Town Deal funding.