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Local business people revive Blackburn Beer Festival

After a break of several years Blackburn will host a real ale festival this May at Blackburn Rugby Club. The festival is being organised by a committee of local business people who, after a trip to a similar festival in Bolton, felt a Blackburn beer festival was long overdue. Local brewery Thwaites is part of the organising team and is …

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Darwen Markets get musical!

Gwen Sangster, manager of Darwen Market has revealed she’s also a songster as she launches a monthly programme of performances by local buskers in the three day hall. Gwen, who now sings with Blackburn People’s Choir, was once one half of a professional folk duo.  She recently had the opportunity to record a CD in a professional recording studio and …

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Blackburn with Darwen come together for Holocaust Memorial Day

Blackburn with Darwen will once again come together for Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday, January 26, to remember the victims of genocide. Supported by Blackburn with Darwen Council, alongside the Interfaith Forum, the event will take place on the steps of Blackburn Town Hall on King William Street at 2pm. Including speeches from the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr …

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Josephine Cox returns to Blackburn to celebrate her 50th novel

Blackburn author Josephine Cox is hosting a drop-in session at the town’s central library on Thursday, February 13. Her visit to her home town coincides with the publication of her 50th book, The Runaway Woman. The award-winning author is meeting a group of school children from 10.30am until 12pm, then hosting an informal drop-in session meeting her fans from 12.00 until …

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Blackburn is Open Launch

Blackburn is Open is holding an official opening of Blackburn’s first ever pop up art centre tomorrow, another step for the scheme in creating a more vibrant town centre. Formerly known as the ‘T-shop’, the centre on King William Street has already been home to Blackburn is Open’s popular art market and activities like lantern making workshops. It has undergone …

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Pleckgate Class of ’94 invitation to reunion

Organisers of a class of 94 reunion at Pleckgate School are inviting past pupils to the event to be held on the 3rd May 2014. Do you remember when Joe bandaged his face with sellotape? Did you go on the Duke of Edinburgh expedition when Richard singed his eyebrows? Were you holding the bucket when Mr Sudworth got soaked on the rope …

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Ice Rink fun arrives at Blackburn Town Hall

There will be fun for all the family over the Christmas period in Blackburn Town Centre, as a temporary festive ice rink arrives in Town Hall Square. From December 10 until January 5, the ice rink will be open every day apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Costing only £1 for a 20 minute session, there is sure …

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Small Business Saturday – Blackburn and Darwen – Make the change!

The national campaign to get people shopping locally with small independent retailers is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 7th December. People are being encouraged to make the change from large national chains and discover the gems on their own streets with Small Business Saturday. Blackburn and Darwen both have fantastic markets steeped in hundreds of years of tradition and boast a …

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MadLab Digital Laboratory workshops open to all

MadLab are bringing high-tec workshops to Blackburn town centre across the Christmas period, as part of the Blackburn is Open scheme which is holding themed events every Thursday in the run up to Christmas, aimed at inspiring creative activity within the town centre. After hosting LED badge making sessions as part of the Blackburn is Open light switch on launch …

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Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus is coming back to Blackburn courtesy of Blackburn Round Table. The ever popular tour of the town with Santa on his sleigh has helped raise funds for local charities and individuals over many years and they are aiming to make the difference again. Here is the full programme of Santa visits and when he will be bringing festive …

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Hobby Festival aims to bring together local groups this Saturday

Do you want to find out about things to do in your area? Interested in what the people of Blackburn do outside of work?  Perhaps you have a spare-time passion or weekend pursuit you’ve been waiting for the right moment to reveal? Well, wait no more, Blackburn Festival of Pastimes is here! On the afternoon of Saturday 30th November they …

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Shop Local in Blackburn and Darwen

Shoppers are being urged to shop local and support our market traders and independent retailers on Saturday, December 7th. Lots of events and special offers are available in Blackburn and Darwen town centre on the day as part of the global event. Traders have come together to organise the events themselves to attract visitors into the town centre and show off …

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Christmas all wrapped in the Mall with Polar Bear’s Picnic

The Mall Blackburn has Christmas 2013 all wrapped up with late night openings and a very special guest appearance from Bjorn the globe trotting famous Polar Bear amongst the many exciting plans! Late night shopping will start in style on the evening that X-Factor winner Matt Cardle flicks the switch on Blackburn’s Christmas lights on Thursday 21st November. The Mall …

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TV’s Smashing Pumpkin Carver visits Blackburn Market

A giant 400lb pumpkin will be carved in Blackburn Market this Saturday, kicking off a week of half term activities at Blackburn Market. Simon McMinnis has featured on the BBC One show with his intricate life-like carvings when he was asked to create a lifelike sculptor of one of the programme guests, Jimmy Nesbitt.  He will be creating a masterpiece …

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Adult learning courses available across the borough

Adult learning courses on dozens of subjects are on offer throughout the borough. Over 3,000 adults learning new skills and develop new interests every year and now short courses in the community run through Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council are available on a range of subjects. The courses take place at a range of locations across the borough, including schools and …

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Preview of the Blackburn Blues’ Festival

The Blackburn Blues’ Festival comes to King Georges’ Hall on Sunday 6 October 2013. Here is a preview of some of the acts taking to the stage. [frame align=”left”][/frame]Pat Travers Band Pat Travers was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Soon after picking up the guitar at age 12, he saw Hendrix perform in Ottawa. Inspired by Hendrix, as well …

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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 …

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Heritage Open Days – Holy Trinity – Gothic Grandeur and Victorian Pride

Closed church opens its doors for one day only As part of Heritage Open Days this week, there is a great opportunity to visit Holy Trinity Church at Mount Pleasant, Larkhill, Blackburn. This rarely open historic church opens its doors this Saturday. Inside its special glory is the flat timber ceiling with a series of 80 painted heraldic panels, mostly …

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Heritage Open Days – Blackburn Masonic Hall

As part of Heritage Open Days, Blackburn Masonic Hall will be opening its doors to the public on 15 September between 10am & 4pm. The Masonic Halls on Richmond Terrace and are spread over 3 floors and visitors will be able to access all the floors and discover the history of the building and the development of Freemasonary. Refreshments will …

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Heritage Open Days – The Blackburn Giant Exhibition

As part of Heritage Open Days in Blackburn you can discover the story of the Blackburn Giant. A group of volunteers from Child Action Northwest staging an exhibition about the Blackburn Giant in Mercers Toy Shop this month have failed in attempts to secure the original long johns of Fred Kempster which made TV headlines last year when they sold …

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Heritage Open Days – Ainsworth’s Jewellers: History of the Oldest Retail Business in Blackburn

Heritage Open Days are coming to Blackburn and will see a whole range of heritage activities taking place from Thursday 12th September to Sunday 15th September. Just one of the many events sees local independent retailer, Ainsworth’s Jewellers make available an exhibition with photographs and memorabilia of Blackburn’s oldest retail business. It features the family firm which has been trading …

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Heritage Open Days to be Biggest Ever in Blackburn

The national Heritage Open Days scheme is set to be the biggest it has ever been in Blackburn this year. The events which take place from the 12 – 15 September 2013, allow people to see buildings that are not normally open to the public, take part in special events and see archives. All these events are FREE. Blackburn Life …

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The seaside comes to Blackburn this summer

Blackburn town centre is set to be the hottest place to be this summer as King William Street undergoes a dramatic transformation. Throughout August, the centre is being turned into a seaside resort complete with fun rides, deckchairs and ten tonnes of sand creating a sandy beach. There will also be water boat rides, giant water walker balls and bungee trampolines. And …

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More Blackburn locations join in Heritage Weekend

History enthusiasts at a 120 year old charity have had a great response to an appeal for local venues to join them in getting involved in a national heritage festival this September. Ray Smith of Blackburn History  Society is also a volunteer at Child Action Northwest in Wilpshire where he assists Harriet Roberts with the archives of Blackburn Orphanage.  Together, …

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“Off for Fun” in Blackburn and Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen Council have published their summer programme of activities for children and young people to enjoy. A wide variety of a free activities are on offer at venues across the borough including, community centres, leisure centres, libraries, parks and children’s centres. The colourful brochure is filled with fun activities for all children and young people to enjoy. It is …

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Blackburn’s Heritage in the Spotlight

A group of local volunteers are joining together to promote the heritage of Blackburn. People are being asked to join in this year’s Heritage Open Day events, which allows the public to see inside buildings and places of historical interest that are not normally open to the public. All the events are also free. Ray Smith of Blackburn History Society, …

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“Curtains” for local children’s charity!

Children’s charity, Child Action Northwest is selling brand new John Lewis curtains from £10 per pair at their pop up charity shop for one week in July. The items are slight seconds that have come from the factory, Herbert Parkinson who design and manufacture textiles from their factory in Darwen. The stock will also include cushion covers and tie backs …

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Getting on his bike to help council colleague

One stop shop manager Brian Wallace is to take part in a charity bike ride to help contribute towards a former colleague’s fundraising efforts. Brian will be riding the 60 miles from Manchester to Blackpool on Sunday July 14, in support of former Blackburn with Darwen Council worker Janice Ainsworth. Janice recently retired from Blackburn with Darwen Council after 22 years …

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