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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

All night badminton marathon aims to raise funds in Blackburn

A 24 hour all night badminton game is set to raise funds for East Lancashire Hospice’s “Hospice at Home” scheme in what is headlined as a “Badminton-athon”. The organisers are asking for a minimum donation of £2 from players, who …

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Support the hospice and dance the night away

This Thursday night (26 April 2012) sees Blakey’s play host to a Spring Ball in support of East Lancashire Hospice. It is going to include a three course meal, live music from ‘The Brothers of Swing’ along with a guest …

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Band raise some brass for the Hospice and celebrate the Jubilee

East Lancashire Concert Band

The East Lancashire Concert Band are hoping their Jubilee Concert will raise vital funds for the East Lancashire Hospice. The band are performing a special concert to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June 2012 at the …

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Have you ever wanted to attend a film première? Well now you can!

Tash Force Premiere

If you have always wanted to attend a film première, you can, in Blackburn tomorrow, 19th April 2012! A new independent comedy film is having its world première at King George’s Hall, so why not try something really different and support charity into …

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Blackburn Hawks turn back time to help fans cheer them on to victory

Blackburn Hawks Ice Hockey team are turning back the clock to 2002 to help fans join them at a vital play off game. Ticket prices will be turned back to 2002  for the ENL Play Off Final against Billingham Stars on …

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Get a behind the scenes view of Blackburn’s new Community Fire Station

The new Blackburn Fire station is now open and operational. The newly built station is not the dramatic design as seen earlier in the year with the grass roof, but it certainly isn’t shy! With a dramatic black frontage and …

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The Whitehall Hotel in Darwen takes starring role on TV

After touring a paint factory and clashing over previous feedback, guests at Neil and Tracy's Whitehall Hotel in Lancashire end their stay in stony silence over breakfast.

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Fantastic Food Show brings Celebrity Chefs to Blackburn for Family Day Out

An array of celebrity chefs have signed up for Nigel Haworth’s Fantastic Food Show 2012 which takes place on Sunday 20 May in Blackburn, for what’s set to be an amazing day out for the whole family. Joining Nigel and …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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, …

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What’s On – Vocal Harmonies and the Greatest Love Songs with Blake in Blackburn

Blake in Blackburn

Vocal harmony quartet BLAKE present their UK tour ‘Love Lifts Us Up’ for 2012 and are due in Blackburn on 10th May at King George’s Hall. Join these four incredible young male singers, famous worldwide for their unique renditions of …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Marvel Artist brings his Graphic Novel to Blackburn as part of National Libraries Day

Comics writer/artist Tim Perkins is coming to Blackburn library on Thursday, February 2 at 7pm. This event is part of the celebrations leading up to National Libraries Day on Saturday, February 4. He will be talking about his experiences in …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Sarah Millican at King George’s Hall Blackburn tonight – Post your reviews here

Sarah Millican performs her show ‘Thoroughly Modern Millican’ at King George’s Hall tonight. The show is sold out, but it may be worth calling KGH as they tweeted they had a few tickets late released. She appears again at 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Lots to do in and around Blackburn this weekend – Have a great time

Lots to do in and around Blackburn this weekend. Some of the higlights include Thwaites Open Day, Darwen Music Live, Chipping Steam Fair, Restyle Me Event, Buzz Hawkins and Turton Fair. Don’t forget to send your photos to feature

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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