Something New – Artisan Markets coming to Blackburn

Blackburn Market is excited to welcome a new town centre shopping experience to Ainsworth Street beginning on Saturday 7th September.

Every fortnight, the new Artisan Market will bring a unique range of gifts, fashion, up-cycled homeware, artisan produce & much more for visitors to Blackburn to enjoy.

Mandy Garcia, from Artisan Network, who are organising the markets, said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing artisan markets to Blackburn Town Centre. We’ve seen Blackburn transform itself over recent years and this market will be a place to showcase both traditional crafting & culinary skills.

“With Blackburn Market right alongside, it will be a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a great day and support all the small businesses at the same time.”

Cllr Jamie Groves, Assistant Executive Member for Growth and Development at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said: “This initiative is part of our plans and ambitions to build on the fact that markets and independent traders have become increasingly popular over recent years. The aim is to get a good quality mix to compliment what is already happening in town.

“We think that this will really help bring some added vibrancy to the whole town centre as the Council is keen to support both existing local businesses and traders and providing platforms for those with a new business or idea to try new things.

“Events like this really help to generate interest and increase footfall and we really hope people will embrace and support the experience.”

The market aims to be different each fortnight and will encourage creatives from the local area to take part in bringing “handmade to the high street.”

Mix & mingle with designers, makers & producers…an opportunity to purchase unique handmade gifts, art, fashion, jewellery, decorated homeware, luxury candles, natural soaps, children’s clothes & much more.

Each family friendly day also promises to showcase enthusiastic chefs who have prepared the freshest of ingredients to offer the visitor the tastiest foods 

Enjoy and sample treats including handmade fudge, cheesecakes, quiches, sweet tarts & savoury pies, gluten free vegan cuisine & artisan cheeses.

The first Artisan Market takes place this Saturday 7th September 2019 10am to 4pm on Ainsworth Street Blackburn, alongside Blackburn Market and the bus station.

Anyone interested in having a stall at this event should email

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