What’s On

BBC Radio 2 turns the schedule upside down and brings Tony Blackburn to Blackburn

tony blackburn

BBC Radio 2 is again turning the schedules upside down to help listeners get a taste of what the channel has to offer. As part of the nationally broadcast day, the station will be bringing Tony Blackburn to Blackburn, along with Janice Long and Mark Radcliffe and there’s local insight from Blackburn-born comedian Lee Mack. 2DAY returns on Thursday 10 May 2012, combining Radio 2’s …

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Can you walk the Three Towers Trek and create Miles of Smiles?

Three Towers Trek

The Anthony Ainsworth Three Towers Trek is a 34 mile sponsored walk from Darwen Tower to Blackpool Tower. It has been organised by Ian Ainsworth from Blackburn in memory of his father and will raise vital funds for local charity Miles of Smiles. The sponsored event will take in three famous Lancashire towers, starting at Darwen Tower, going via Hoghton Tower …

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Blackburn’s Easter Fair returns to Witton Park

Families can look forward to all the fun of the fair this Easter as Witton Park’s favourite fixture returns. The Easter Fair, which has been coming to the park for over 20 years, features over 30 rides and side shows. This year it will run from Thursday, April 5 until Sunday, April 15. It will open every day from 11am …

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Farmers’ Market in aid of East Lancashire Hospice – Get involved

farmers market cakes

Gaskell Motor Bodies are hosting a Farmers’ Market on 29th April which will raise vital funds for East Lancashire Hospice between 10am and 3pm. Buy some wonderful food and support the hospice. The event will take place at their bodyshop which is based at Unit 1 Gaskell Court, Off Alan Ramsbottom Way Great Harwood. They already have 24 businesses committed to the …

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Farmers’ Market returns to Turton Tower for 2012

Turton Tower

Turton Tower’s farmers’ market returns this month with more stalls than ever before. Pick up local produce and gourmet treats while supporting local farmers and minimising food miles at the same time. Stalls will include handmade chocolates, sublime speciality cheeses, organic vegetables, award winning butchers, home made jams and preserves, fresh fish and the Thai Pie company. And there will even be a stall holder …

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Independent Comedy Film to have Blackburn Premiere

Tash Force Premiere

A charity premiere of a new film by a Blackburn producer will take place at King George’s Hall on 19th April. It has been written by the producer, Ian Wiggans of Ewood with the help of main star Mark Woodward, Paul Birtwistle and Michael Booth, all from the Blackburn area. The film has received a 15 certificate. Tickets for the premiere are …

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Race for Life in Blackburn 2012

Race for Life Blackburn

The Race for Life to support Cancer Research UK will take place this year in Witton Park, Blackburn on Wednesday 20th June 2012 at 7.30pm. You can join in the Race and choose to run or walk the 5 kilometre route. Sponsorship packs are available from the Race for Life website where you can even set up your own on-line fundraising page. …

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Darwen Market to be transformed into a Circus

Roll up! Roll up! Darwen’s Caitlin Jones will be transforming Darwen Market and Square into a circus on 25th February 2012. There will be entertainers, jugglers, face painting, hook-a-duck, raffle and magicians, DJs, dancers and more! This is all in aid of East Lancashire Hospice, so you can have fun and help raise money for a great cause. For more …

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Blackburn Cathedral will sing the songs of Africa in 2012

Zimbe at Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral Music Department have published their musical concert programme for 2012 which includes a concert of African music in June. The music of John Ireland will also be featured in many of this year’s concerts on the 50th anniversary of his death in 1962. John Ireland was born in Bowden near Mancehster and was a large contributor to the …

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Blackburn Cathedral Choir singing in Blackburn Market this Saturday

Blackburn Cathedral Choir

As a special Christmas treat, the choir from Blackburn Cathedral will be giving a morning performance at Blackburn Market this Saturday, December 17. They will also be handing out literature at a stall in the market. The choir used to perform in the shopping centre many years ago around Christmas, but this is the first time that the choir have performed in a public …

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Advertise your local events on our new calendar with Blackburn Life

We have relaunched our events calendar and you can include your events for free. Send your events to events@blackburnlife.com It doesn’t matter who you are – charities, amateur dramatics, churches, organisations, clubs, choirs, bands, schools and businesses. We are happy to include any kind of event and pubs and restaurants can submit regular themed nights or live music events. If your event …

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Darwen’s Firefighters Organise Fire Safety Event at Darwen Market

On 11th November, firefighters from Darwen are hosting a fire safety event at Darwen Market, on Croft Street from 10:00 until 15:00. With Friday being Remembrance Day, the firefighters will take part in a short service and two minutes silence in front of the market to commemorate the armed forces who have died in battle since World War 1. Throughout the …

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Emergency Services host 999 community fun day in Darwen in August

EMERGENCY services will host a community fun day in Darwen next month. Organised by Darwen’s Shared Neighbourhood Team, which includes both police officers and council staff, the ‘999 day’ will take place outside Darwen Market on Saturday 6 August between 10pm and 3pm. The event will see representatives from different organisations such as the police, fire and ambulance service, as …

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Blackburn College launch Summer Slam for 11 – 16 year olds

Blackburn College has created the ultimate cure for the summer holiday blues. With activities, which range from Glee style workshops, bushcraft and survival skills and sports, to art and cookery, Blackburn College has formulated Summer Slam 2011. Summer Slam is two full weeks of exciting, free activities for 11 to 16 year olds in the local area. Corwynne Whitehead, School Liaison …

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Crime Author Neil White to visit Blackburn Library

Crime Writer – Neil White Crime author Neil White, returns to Blackburn library on Tuesday, 19th July at 7pm, to talk about his 5th novel, Cold Kill. Tickets £1 available from Blackburn library. He’ll stuff your jaws till you can’t talk He’ll bind your legs till you can’t walk He’ll tie your hands till you can’t claw And he’ll close …

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What’s On this weekend – Everything from Real Ales to Zumba

A busy weekend in the What’s On calendar is on the cards. Events include a Zumbathon for East Lancashire Hospice, a Real Ale Festival in Clitheroe, Blackburn Music Society singing Elijah at the cathedral and Showaddywaddy. There may be a football match to watch as well…just the one point would do! Check out our What’s On calendar for more events …

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Dragons’ Den Success to speak at Blackburn dinner

Kirsty Henshaw, who was one of the most notable Dragon slayers in the BBC TV programme Dragons’ Den, is due to speak in Blackburn. Young mum to Jacob, Kirsty established Worthenshaws in 2009, a frozen dessert free from allergens, artificial colours and flavourings. Jacob was and still is the inspiration behind the Freedom range. After learning Jacob suffers from a …

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All the Fun of the Fair – Witton Park 2011

The Easter Fair at Blackburn continues until next week. Blackburn Life visited today and was surprised how quiet it was. Has the fair lost its sparkle? Everywhere was very clean but the crowds were lacking. Do you have memories of the Easter Fair when it was based in the Market Square or at Ewood? It may be that just as we …

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What’s On Today

The Easter Fair Continues in Witton Park. Also a Holy Week concert in Blackburn Cathedral. See our What’s On Guide for more information. http://www.blackburnlife.com/?page_id=100

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