Blackburn News Updates

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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Blackburn’s Blooming great idea brings new BID members

A scheme to bring flowers and foliage to Blackburn town centre has also resulted in flourishing new growth in membership for the Blackburn BID. The Blackburn BID ‘Adoptapot’ scheme offered businesses the chance to sign up for pots of flowers to display outside their premises in return for maintaining and watering the displays as part of the town centre’s campaign …

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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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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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Blackburn’s BIG Christmas Street Fair

PLANS for a large-scale festive street fair have been unveiled by Blackburn’s Business Improvement District (BID) as part of the Blackburn BIG Christmas campaign. For one day only, the town centre will be transformed into a BIG Christmas Street Fair featuring street foods stalls, fairground rides and free walkabout entertainment. Four large marquees filled with food, gifts and presents will …

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Dancing Storm Troopers to lead a Sci-Fi themed Switch On

Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer finalists in the ITV Britain’s Got Talent show have been announced as star guests taking part in a special sci-fi themed Christmas light switch on and dance show in Blackburn. Boogie Storm who came second in the TV talent show this year will be performing on stage on King William Street as part of the annual …

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Blackburn Flower Festival Nominated for Popular Lancashire Tourism Award

One of Blackburn’s biggest most unique events of 2016 has been unveiled as a finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards which celebrate the diversity of the county’s tourist industry. The Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival has been shortlisted for an award highlighting successful tourism events in Lancashire. The Flower Festival, a four-day event organised by the Friends of Blackburn Cathedral, has …

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New friendships formed in France

Over Summer 31 lucky young people went on a memorable five day trip to Paris. The trip brought together members of all abilities from Blackburn Youth Zone and Carlisle Youth Zone allowing them to meet new friends, visit new places and experience some of the best tourist attractions available in France. Members and staff met at Blackburn Youth Zone in …

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Blackburn Library set to host a murder mystery evening

Blackburn Central Library is hosting a murder mystery night to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare. The interactive murder mystery evening will take place in the basement of the library and invite participants to interrogate suspects, solve the clues and separate fact from fiction to catch the killer In keeping with 2016 being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death the mystery …

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What’s on in & around Blackburn & Darwen from Monday, 19th September to Sunday, 25th September 2016

Please note that you may need to purchase tickets for some of the events below. To avoid disappointment, please contact the venues to make sure that there are still tickets/places available if you are planning to attend any of the events below. For more information see www.visitblackburn.co.uk or contact Blackburn Visitor Centre tel: 01254 688040/ email: visit@blackburn.gov.uk Blackburn Town Centre: Until …

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Blackburn aims to be the highest street

Business leaders are hoping to put Blackburn on the map after putting the town centre forward for a national award and cash prize. Blackburn’s Business Improvement District and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council hope that the town’s shopping and leisure areas will be shortlisted in this year’s Great British High Street competition under ‘Town Centre of the Year’. The competition, …

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Full Steam Ahead for Blackburn Rally

A collection of vintage vehicles will be rolling into Blackburn next month as Steam Sunday returns for the second year-running. Onlookers can catch a glimpse of seven steam vehicles travelling along the A666 from Darwen to Blackburn on Sunday, 9th October as part of the Steam Sunday event. The steam engines, which have been organised by a team of local …

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Open day for prospective students at Blackburn College

PROSPECTIVE students are invited to look around Blackburn College’s £65m state-of-the-art campus and learn all about the courses available on Tuesday 20th September and Thursday 22nd September for prospective A-Level students. The College is holding Student Recruitment Events from 4.30 until 8pm, with a host of activities and guidance available in each of the departments to show the varied range …

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Blackburn Market Attracts Tour Buyers to Town

Great for Groups North exhibitors Blackburn Market from Lancashire proved to be an ideal tourist attraction for the UK travel trade this week. The market, situated in the heart of the historic town of Blackburn, welcomed coach and tour operators and group travel organisers from all over Great Britain for a special familiarisation event. Based at the nearby Samlesbury Hotel, …

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Win a Free Makeover at Debenhams  

Shoppers can be in with a chance of winning a free makeover when they purchase from Benefit Cosmetics situated in the Blackburn Debenhams store this weekend. To celebrate the Benefit Brow Bars’ first birthday, the store is entering each customer who purchase a product or service from the Benefit counter the chance to win a free makeover. There will be …

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Blackburn Charity Set For Growth

A long established charity in Blackburn is developing the cheapest catering service in Lancashire in order to reach out to more of the deaf community.  Courthouse Catering is a new service which will open more doors for the charity, with all profits going towards services for the deaf community. Derived from the highly established Blackburn restaurant, The Courthouse Restaurant. Courthouse …

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The Search is on for a Special Couple to Renew their Vows

One lucky couple have a unique opportunity to renew their wedding vows in a free ceremony at Blackburn’s new Northgate Ceremonies Suite situated at King George’s Hall in Blackburn. To celebrate the launch of four new ceremony rooms at the venue, Blackburn’s Register Office are searching for a couple to cut the ribbon and officially open the venue on Saturday, …

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Debenhams Giveaway: Win a Savannah Miller Outfit Worth £100

Debenhams, Blackburn Town Centre are offering one lucky person the chance to win an outfit worth £100 to celebrate the launch of an exclusive range designed by Savannah Miller for AW16.   The store has been chosen as one of the 34 stores to get the ‘Nine’ collection which has been designed exclusively for Debenhams and features stylish, smart-casual wardrobe …

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New TV show comes to Blackburn

U.S Property expert, Max Blake, is coming to Blackburn with one goal. He wants to help couples who are struggling to agree on their perfect home by providing them with a whopping £15,000 towards their deposit. With over a decade’s experience in real estate and specialising in helping people find a home, Max is now heading across the pond to …

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Pop star’s scheme to showcase new talent is coming to Blackburn

Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics is to play an acoustic pop music concert at Blackburn’s Holy Trinity Church on July 24. The musician teamed up with national heritage charity the Churches Conservation Trust to launch Church Keys — an initiative to open up locked churches and fill them with music and art. The collaboration aims to add to the cultural …

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COUNTRYSIDE COMES TO TOWN RETURNS SATURDAY 25TH JUNE

Blackburn’s Business Improvement District is gearing up for the return of Countryside Comes to Town with a line-up of special guests and activities. Visitors can celebrate the completion of Blackburn’s multi-million pound Cathedral Quarter where the festival main stage and big screen will host international artists, big bands and well-known personalities on Saturday, 25 June between 10am-6pm. Mr Bloom from …

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