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What’s On in Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington, Whalley and Clitheroe, News stories about events taking place and things to do around East Lancashire

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Blackburn Heritage Festival – Fun Activities across the town – 13th & 14th September

Blackburn Heritage Festival

‘Who says history can’t be fun?’ ask the organisers of the biggest celebration of heritage being staged by a town or city in the North West. Blackburn Heritage Festival takes place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September with more …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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