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Mrs Dowsons Ice Cream

Type:Food/Drink Producer

Hawkshaw Farm, Longsight Road, Clayton Le Dale, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 7JA

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Tel: 01254 812 407

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The famous Mrs Dowsons Ice cream, served in multicoloured sprinkled cone.

From humble beginnings in 2001 when they created the first few pots of vanilla ice cream on the family farm, Mrs Dowsons have been focused on creating a quality product with honest local ingredients. 

As a farmer’s wife, Amanda Dowson has always prepared home-cooked meals for her growing family that are wholesome, fresh and natural. When it came to serving ice-cream with her home-made desserts, Amanda realised that most ice-cream did not contain those honest, quality ingredients that her family deserved.

​Eric Dowson, a proud third-generation dairy farmer in the Ribble Valley, loved his wife’s idea of creating a natural, farm-made dairy ice cream that they could bring to everyone’s table.

​Using full cream milk fresh from their dairy herd and honest local ingredients, they took the plunge and bought their first ice cream machine. Sitting around their kitchen table, the Dowson family began sampling their ice cream creations.

​Now with a product they believed in, but no customers or outlet, they set about constructing their own makeshift ice cream parlour on the edge of the farm.

Word soon got around. Before they knew it, orders were coming in from restaurants and renowned chefs; the Dowsons were in business – if they could just figure out how to make that much ice cream. Fortunately, they did, and their shared passion for ice cream the Dowsons way. 

Mrs Dowsons Ice Cream is  available at Mrs Dowsons Farm park and in outlets across the North West.


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Opening Times

Open (5 Mar 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 16:00

* Mrs Dowson's ice cream parlour will be open 10am -4pm weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

From the M6 junction 31 follow signs for Clitheroe A59.  Situated approximately four miles along the A59 between Preston and Clitheroe. Look out for the Mrs Dowson Ice Cream signs.



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  • Frequent bus services
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