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Age UK Advice and Information Service new digital support service

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen would like to remind everyone that our free, independent advice and information service is available through our offices based in both Blackburn Library and Darwen Town Hall.  Providing advice is one of our core functions and through this service, we offer local older people and their carers holistic advice to enable them to make their …

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What do you think of your town?

What do you think of your town? Beggars Belief Collective are currently researching and developing a new piece of storytelling from Darwen Library Theatre called Three Loud Knocks, and are interested in finding out what people think about their town. One of the characters they call ‘The Boggart.’ Traditionally a mischievous spirit from Lancashire folklore, he/she is a person with …

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An Interesting Evening with Steve Davis

Join us at Darwen Library Theatre as snooker legend Steve Davis talks about his career and new-found hobbies. Discover for yourself that Steve is, contrary to popular belief, very interesting! Steve became a household name in the 80’s with the explosion of snooker on television. Winning six world titles between 1981 and 1989, he became a ruthless opponent on the …

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Blackburn Christmas Shopping Opening Hours 2017 for The Mall, Blackburn Market, Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and more

The Mall Blackburn Friday 22nd December Late night shopping 09:00 – 20:00 Saturday 23rd December Late night shopping 09:00 – 20:00 Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve 10:30 – 16:30 Monday 25th December Christmas Day Closed Tuesday 26th December Boxing Day 09:00 – 17:30 Wednesday 27th December Normal hours 09:00 – 17:30 Thursday 28th December Normal hours 09:00 – 17:30 Friday …

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Blackburn Youth Zone: Supporters Event December 2017

On 7th December 2017 Blackburn Youth Zone invited guests from across the organisations Patron and Community Network to celebrate the generous support that has kept Blackburn Youth Zone open 365 days for the past 5 years for all young people across the borough. Guests were welcomed to the Supporters’ Event by Blackburn Youth Zone Chairman, Rt Hon Jack Straw, who …

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National Theatre Live: Young Marx

It’s 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in London’s Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the 32-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair …

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Dan’s Walking Home for Christmas

In the run up to Christmas Blackburn’s own adventurer Dan McAreavey will be walking over 370 miles in aid of charity. Dan will be walking from where he currently lives and works in Northern France to his hometown of Blackburn, this will all be in aid of Combat Stress who are the leading veteran’s mental health charity. After Dan left …

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It’s Chriiiiiiistmas! Slade UK hit King George’s Hall

Kick the big Christmas weekend off at King George’s Hall and relive a time when Noddy and the boys were the best live rock & roll band in the world. Since arriving on the tribute scene, Slade UK have epically recreated the experience of a real Slade show with all the power of the original band. Once seen, never forgotten! …

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Joanna Lumley – It’s All About Me 2018 Tour coming to Blackburn

Joanna Lumley has announced that her 2018 tour, “It’s All About Me” is coming to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Wednesday 7th November 2018. Joanna will take audiences through her hilarious and interesting adventures from her incredible career spanning more than four decades, recounting some never heard before stories. She will also be joined on stage by friend and producer …

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Grace Davies Home Coming Gig! Wednesday 29th November

Grace Davies Home Coming Gig! Wednesday 29th November Blackburn Cathedral Square X Factor’s Grace Davies will be performing a special one off home coming gig this Wednesday evening (29th November) in Blackburn’s Cathedral Square from 5:45pm. Grace’s mentor and X Factor Judge Sharon Osbourne will also be attending to support her. The event will be free of charge and people will be …

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Turtle Bay “shares the Love” With the Launch of the New Turtle Bay Gift Card

Available from Turtle Bay Blackburn and www.turtlebay.co.uk, the restaurant’s new gift card can be purchased as the perfect present for Turtle Bay fans and those new to the Caribbean Social scene. Ideal for a sunshine-inspired Caribbean Christmas gift, a special thank you, or an island-inspired birthday present, this is the gift that keeps on giving – especially during 241 Happy Hour! …

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Award Winning “Said The Maiden” Stop, Look & Listen

Once in a while a group of young musicians get together that make you stop, look and listen…Said The Maiden is one such gathering. The great news for folk fans, live music lovers and aspiring musicians is that this multi award-winning Hertfordshire based folk trio is about to release its second studio album, and embark on a 22 date UK …

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Good News for Blackburn!

Coronation Street stars, Wendi Peters and Peter Gunn have been sharing their passion for Blackburn in a new Visitor Guide published this month by the Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) and distributed to selected postcodes across Lancashire. The 64 page magazine includes details of the town centre events scheduled for Christmas and a competition to win £500 shopping vouchers with …

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The Man with a Mullet and a Pig Arrives For a Night of Comedy at Darwen

The show that offended a thousand piglets is back, honed by an extensive tour of four countries across six continents, Paul Foot‘s ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Piglet’ tour is at Darwen Library Theatre this October. Paul Foot brings a ‘Pandora’s box of laughter’ with guest appearances from Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces to tackle big issues …

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A Heart at Sea at Darwen Library Theatre

Be enthralled by this epic musical folktale told on a miniature scale at Darwen Library Theatre on Sunday 22nd October at 4pm. A Heart at Sea uses haunting live music to tell the story of a young boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Original song-writing is set to breathtaking visuals centred around a beautifully …

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Planning Gets Underway for Heritage Open Days 2018

Heritage Open Days organisers across the Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen are invited to meet with the national manager of the festival, Annie Reilly when she visits the boroughs at the end of the month. Blackburn organisers are invited to an information sharing event at The Making Rooms, Blackburn at 2.30pm on Wednesday 25 October organised by Blackburn BID Manager, …

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The Taste of the Caribbean comes to Blackburn with restaurant and bar

February suddenly looks a lot brighter as Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant and bar prepares to roll into Blackburn. Turtle Bay is coming to the town’s Cathedral Square and is set to open its doors on February 12th bringing a new, vibrant and delicious Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the town. The 165 seater, £800K, 3,685 sqft Blackburn restaurant occupies …

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Traders are upbeat about the future at Darwen Market

Stallholders at Darwen Market enjoyed a bumper day as part a special “Celebrate Darwen Market Day” recently. Since closure of  the 3 day market, most traders have relocated into spaces within the Victorian Market Hall or the new look Annexe. The “Celebrate Darwen Market” day saw a host of family friendly entertainment as well as the opportunity for stallholders to …

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Wilko set to make town debut at The Mall Blackburn

Retail giant Wilko is set to make its Blackburn debut at The Mall after signing a ten-year lease on the shopping centre’s former BHS store. Set to open in the first half of 2017, Wilko is now poised to begin refurbishment on the entire 25,000 sq ft ground floor retail unit. The announcement comes at an exciting time for Blackburn …

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Blackburn Lights up the Town as Ted steals the show

Blackburn’s Christmas Lights were switched on in spectacular fashion last night (Saturday 26th November 2016) when a local man brought an emotional performance to the crowd of thousands. The town’s BIG Christmas Lights Switch On brought a host of stars and local performers to the town to celebrate the start of Christmas celebrations. Local internet sensation Ted McDermott sang a …

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Trees Planted in Honour of Blackburn Volunteer

The Blackburn West Healthy Community Partnership Group (HCP) has planted one hundred trees in the grounds of Witton Park to mark National Tree Planting week. The area where the trees have been planted will be known as Dawsons Delph in memory of their former member Marie Dawson, who sadly died in March this year. The trees supplied by The Woodland …

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Songaminute Man Heading for the Big Screen

Visitors will be able to watch Ted McDermott’s highlights over the past few months live on a giant screen during Blackburn’s BIG Christmas Lights Switch On this Saturday. The East Ribble District Freemasons have sponsored a giant screen making it possible to broadcast Ted’s famous videos live whilst ensuring a good view for visitors. There will be a collection on the …

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Local Star’s Pride for Blackburn’s Lights Switch On

A local YouTube sensation who took the internet by storm capturing the heart of millions with a carpool karaoke video has been given the honour of switching on his hometown’s Christmas Lights. Eighty-year-old dementia sufferer Ted Mcdermott  — known as the Songaminute Man — will be flicking the switch in Blackburn during the festive gathering on Saturday, 26th November alongside …

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Coronation Street star joins line up for Blackburn’s Christmas Lights Switch On

Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd has been announced as the latest celebrity to join the line-up for Blackburn’s sci-fi themed Christmas Lights Switch On. The corrie star who plays David Platt in the long-running soap, will be joining Britain’s Got Talent dancing troupe ‘Boogie Storm’ on stage to light up the town on Saturday, 26th November. David Platt has …

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Blackburn needs your vote to be Britain’s best high street

Blackburn has today been named as one of the country’s best high streets by being shortlisted in the third annual Great British High Street competition. Blackburn’s high street has been named as one of the top 3 in the ‘Town Centre of the Year’ category. To be in with a chance of being crowned champion, the town needs the community …

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Reach for the Stars at Comic Con Blackburn

A host of sci-fi stars, costumed characters and film and television props will fill King George’s Hall as part of the Blackburn’s first comic convention which takes place on Saturday 26th November. The inaugural comic convention has been organised by the team behind the Preston Comic Con and the successful Star Wars Family Fun Day at Burnley Football Club.  Visitors …

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Snap a Selfie for Stoptober — Win a FREE Month at Regency Fitness

Blackburn with Darwen Council have launched a bus shelter selfie competition to raise awareness during Stoptober. The competition will see one lucky person win a free month’s membership at Regency Fitness including access to Witton Park Arena, Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre and Darwen Leisure Centre. To be in with a chance of winning, snap a selfie with one of …

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Are you starting a new business?

‘Give It A Year’ is an exciting new TV series following budding British businesses through that crucial first year. Need the expert help of one of Britain’s leading business brains to get you off to a fight start? The show is a celebration of British business ambition. The entrepreneurs that will be filmed could be offered invaluable advice and experience …

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