Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition

Entry & Cost

Competition details and entry forms are normally sent out in January each year to known contacts (usually Parish Council clerks).

Lancashire VillageIn order to encourage participation we keep entry costs low - the benefits of the competition in terms of communal activity, local pride, team work and community life bringing its own rewards.

Entry fees do not cover running costs, or the provision of provide prizes - trophies and certificates - for that we rely on the generous support offered by our sponsors in order to continue with the competition.

From 2022 we have an entry cost of £25 for all village categories.

Completed Entry Forms should be with the Secretary by 30th April, complete with a simple map (not a Google print) indicating the boundary of the village and the Outstanding Feature locations.


Our thanks this year to: The Villa, Wrea Green | Lancashire Association of Local Councils | Lancashire Life | Ribble Valley Borough Council.

A number of individual county councillors provide support, for which we are most grateful.


News: Latest

The 2022 Competition is now under way. Ahead of which there was further review of our Constitution, entry and judging criteria, and Judges training scheduled.

Villages through to Round 2 judging announced - 17 villages across 5 categories.

Following cancellation in 2020, the Competition resumed in 2021.

Champion Villages in 2021:
Final judged by Ralph Assheton (Sheriff of Lancashire 2020).
◆ Champion Village: Blacko
◆ Large Village: Halsall
◆ Medium Village: Barton
◆ Small Village: Whitechapel
◆ Hamlet: Barley
2021 Full Results

As ever we much appreciate all who take part and support this event, especially our Judges, Committee and sponsors. Good luck to all who take part!

In 2019 the 'Constitution of the Competition' was updated and streamlined, simplifying all paperwork used by villages and judges; the Certificate of Merit part of the competition was overhauled, replaced by a secondary competition called 'Outstanding Features' - villages entering the main competition able to nominate up to 10 Outstanding Features of their village, and certificates awarded to the best in each class.


Other Information

'10 Lancashire villages that you should visit' Lancashire Life (article)

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Did you know there are regional best kept village competitions across the United Kingdom?

Our thanks to our 2021 sponsors: Barton Grange Group, Eaves Hall Hotel at West Radford, Lancashire Association of Local Councils (LALC), Lancashire Life and Lancashire Live.