What’s On

A street food feast from around the world this Saturday

A street food feast from around the world including locally produced pies, gourmet burgers, pizzas, Indian and Thai fare will be served this Saturday (30th September 2017) at the Blackburn BID’s Autumn Street Fair. King William Street will come to life between 10am and 4pm with the bright blue market stalls featuring homemade cakes, crafts and candles. Entertainment will be …

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Russian State Opera performs premiere Tosca at King George’s Hall

The highly acclaimed Russian State Opera returns with the perfect tragic opera this month at King George’s Hall Tosca – breath-taking tragic opera Music by Giacomo Puccini Sung in Italian with English Surtitles Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians on Saturday 30th September 2017. Puccini’s Tosca is a melodrama where love …

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Stick Man comes from the West End to the North West

Following six consecutive Christmas seasons in London’s West End and multiple UK and international tours, the joyful adaptation of Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book, Stick Man, is back on the road again! This enchanting show will be playing at King George’s Hall this October. ‘Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love …

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Step into The Dark Side of the Moon at The Empire

Marking the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s first album release, the Blackburn Empire pays tribute to the pioneers of the psychedelic movement. The North-West based Pinked Floyd Tribute Band will echo all the musical hits of one of the bestselling bands of all time as they aim to provide an “accurate and engaging reincarnation of the legendary foursome”. Pink Floyd achieved international recognition with their …

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Two large scale Festivals announced

Whats On Mr Bloom

A new mid-summer festival has been announced for Blackburn in 2015, “Countryside Comes to Town”. Two major festivals will take place in Blackburn next year, aimed at bringing thousands of visitors to the town centre. They will be organised and promoted by the Blackburn BID (Business Improvement District) team who were behind the successful Blackburn Heritage Festival in September 2014 …

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Cathedral Carols by Candlelight returns to support NSPCC & Childline

The NSPCC / Childline Carols by Candlelight Concert was a sell out event last year with incredible reviews, and is back by popular demand. Although a challenging task, Janette Monroe’s aim is to exceed last year’s event and give the audience another night to remember. This year’s event takes place on Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm. Tickets are available by …

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Blackburn is full of Festive Fun every Saturday

Be Surprised on each of the four Saturdays in the run up to Christmas, when there will be lots of fun activities to keep the whole family entertained in Blackburn Town Centre, each on a different seasonal theme. Come along to the mini festival of everything Fairy Tale, on Saturday 29th November 2014, for a magical start to your Christmas …

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Festival to celebrate Blackburn’s Past

The changing face of Blackburn through the ages, represented by the four phases of the iconic market clock tower, feature as the logo of Blackburn Heritage Festival. It takes place from 11-14 September and launches its publicity this week. This large scale celebration of Blackburn’s past will be part of this year’s national Heritage Open Days event taking place the …

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Archery weekend hits the spot!

A national open weekend by Archery GB, is being supported by local club the Bowmen of Pendle and Samlesbury. They are giving members of the public the opportunity to come to their open day on Saturday 24th May 2014 at the group’s base on Nab’s Head Lane in Samlesbury. The event, which runs from 10.30am to 4:30pm gives the whole …

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Toploader confirmed for Blackburn Festival at Witton Park

Toploader Blackburn Festival

Blackburn Festival, the town’s annual free outdoor celebration of music, culture and arts, will return to Witton Park on Saturday 6th September 2014. Organised by a voluntary committee, the event will build on the success of last year with a varied lineup of quality visual and performing artists. Heading up the main stage are Eastbourne alternative rockers Toploader, performing amongst …

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Busy Saturday in Blackburn Town Centre

The centre of Blackburn was alive today with new attractions, businesses and events. In the market, Philippa James began her new cookery demonstrations using fresh produce from the markets. She was joined by Antony Shirley from the Seafood Pub Company and Darina Merheim-Eyre (The Paprika Lady). The new demo kitchen has been built in a new activity area near to Butler’s …

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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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