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Heritage Open Days – More events in Blackburn this weekend

We have already reported on some of the events taking place over the coming weekend for Heritage Open Days in Blackburn and here are some of the other highlights.

Blackburn Cathedral

A morning interactive session for children led by the cathedral’s education officer. Activities will involve colouring and dressing up and will focus on the church’s year. An afternoon session open to all: an opportunity to hear a 500+ year living history of music in Blackburn. The boy and girl choristers can be heard rehearsing for and then singing a service of choral evensong.

Saturday 14th September: Childrens session 1000-1200 Session for all 1330-1630

BBC Lancashire station tour

Take a look behind the scenes of a working BBC office. See how we put programmes together and take a look back in time at how we used to do it.

Thursday 12th September: 1000 & 1400 – Friday 13th September: 1000 & 1400 – Saturday 14th September: 1100 & 1300 – Sunday 15th September: 1100 & 1300. Max 20 people per tour/event.

Hobkirk Sewing Machines & fabric store

A guided tour of the museums in our premises. Learn about the history of the sewing machine and see over 100 antique machines, most over 100 years old.

  • Thursday 12th September: 1000-1600; Tour 1100 & 1400
  • Friday 13th September: 1000-1600; Tour 1100 & 1400
  • Saturday 14th September: 1000-1600; Tour 1000 & 1300

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery – Behind the Scenes Tour

Whilst anyone can visit the museum and see the wonderful galleries, these tours provide the public with the opportunity to step behind the scenes and have a look at the storerooms and some of the objects not on display.

  • Thursday 12th September: Tour 1300, 1400 & 1500
  • Friday 13th September: Tour 1300, 1400 & 1500
  • Saturday 14th September: Tour 1300, 1400 & 1500

Blackburn Subscription Bowling Club Open Day

Meet local historian, Ray Smith who will introduce you to one of the oldest crown green bowling clubs in the country.

Saturday 14th September: 1000-1600

History Walk Blackburn Old Cemetery

History walk of the most interesting historical and unusual graves including murder victims, Victorian businessmen, military memorials and a giants grave.

Saturday 14th September: 1030-1430 – Please book a please to give an idea of numbers Call: 01254 665919

Main site is free to explore but the tour must be pre-booked. Booking: Contact: Kathy Hobkirk or Kath Lougheed Call: 01254 693555
Email: ACCOUNTS@HOBKIRK.CO.UK or  Write to: 120-128 Darwen Street, Blackburn

King George’s Hall – Hall Tour

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of King George’s Hall and learn more about its fascinating history, including its mysterious ghost! Children and families welcome! Thursday 12th September: Tour 1030

Booking Details: Hall Tour is free but places must be booked via the Box Office Call: 0844 847 1664

Go to:
Booking opens: 16 July 2013
Booking closes: 12 September 2013 10:00

Max 25 people per tour/event.

Visit the Town Hall and meet the Mayor!

The Mayor will be hosting visits to the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber, where visitors can meet the Mayor and look at a display of Civic Insignia and look around the Council Chamber.

  • Thursday 12th September: 1000-1600 (Mayor in attendance 1200-1500)
  • Friday 13th September: 1000-1500 (Mayor in attendance 1000-1200)


More information

You can pick up the full events guide from Blackburn Market from the special Heritage Open Days’ Cart. There is also a Children’s Heritage Trail.

Some events require pre-booking and are limited. To check out more details online visit and search for Blackburn under “What’s on Your Doorstep”





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