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 the web site www.visitblackburn.co.uk or contact Blackburn Visitor Centre tel: 01254 688040/ email: visit@blackburn.gov.uk

Blackburn Town Centre:

Until 28th Oct: Private Life of Books; exhibition by Edward Potten, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery (Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 4.45pm)

Until 14th Oct: Zeta Reticulans: An exhibition of paintings by Paul Drew at Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery (Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 4.45pm)

Until 29th Sept: “Lodestar”- an exhibition of poetry and art, The Bureau Centre for the Arts, Victoria Street, Blackburn.

5th Sept: Guided Tour, Blackburn Cathedral 3pm

5th Sept: Blackburn Film Club “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, The Bureau Centre for the Arts, Victoria St.  7.30pm

6th Sept: Lunchtime Recital by Samuel Hudson, Blackburn Cathedral 1pm

7th to 10th Sept: Heritage Open Days –See attached list

7th to 30th Sept: “Fabrications” A Celebration of Textiles through the eyes of Artists, Exhibition in The Exchange, King William St

8th Sept to 11th Nov: Fabrications “A Little Bird Told Me”, Exhibition by Debbie Smyth, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery (Wednesday –Saturday 12 – 4.45pm)

9th Sept: Get Crafty, Blackburn Museum &Art Gallery 12 – 4pm

9th Sept: Spice Festival, Outside Blackburn Market 11am – 5pm

9th Sept: Screen Print a T Shirt, The Making Rooms 10am

9th – 30th Sept: Exhibition of Paintings by Albert Booth Ogden, Blackburn Cathedral

10th Sept: Car Boot Sale, Corporation Park 9am – 1.30pm

Heritage Open Days Events

Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5AA
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 open to all: an opportunity to hear a 500+ year living history of music in Blackburn. The boy and girl choristers can be heard rehearsing for and then singing a service of choral evensong. : No booking required Unfortunately the Bell Tower will NOT be open for guided tours this year due to renovation work.
Opening Times: Saturday, 9th September: Children’s session 1000-1200 /Session for all 1330-1630
Additional information: Max 30 people per tour/session.
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Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1AG
Cotton Town Collections: An exhibition of photographs from the various “collections” which have been donated to Blackburn with Darwen Library & Information Service for publication on www.cottontown.org There will be a variety of images on display depicting people, places and buildings in Blackburn and Darwen. No booking required
Opening Times:
Thursday 7th September: 1000-1700
Friday 8th September: 1000-1700
Saturday 9th September: 1000-1400
Access: Limited spaces (pay by meter) for disabled parking are situated on the Northgate side of the library.
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Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Museum Street, Blackburn BB1 7AJ
Debbie Smyth – Part of Super Slow Way’s Fabrications Festival: Debbie will be delving into the archives of Blackburn museum’s collection to create a site specific installation based on the artefacts and objects that inspire her. Using walls as an extension of her sketchbook, she will experiment with mark making techniques used in weaving combined with her own signature pin and thread drawing style to produce new work.
Opening Times : 6th – 30th September (open Weds – Sat 12 – 4.45pm) FREE
Cordwainers & Curriers – Part of Super Slow Way’s Fabrications Festival
Join artist Jeni McConnell on this audio visual walking tour to unearth the history of Cookson & Clegg from its leather-working origins, through many years of military uniform manufacture to today making quality clothing under Patrick Grant. Starting at the Museum, don specially made flying cap replicas and explore the company’s history in the town, ending at the Community Clothing shop on Lord Street West. Tours 11am and 2pm from Blackburn Museum (tour takes around 50 mins).
Opening times :
Friday 8th September, tour 11am & 2pm
Saturday 9th September, tour 11am & 2pm
Book your FREE place at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cordwainers-curriers-tickets-36776080246

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Blackburn Quaker Meeting House, Paradise Lane, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1LY
Visitors will have access to the Quaker Meeting House and burial ground. Learn about Blackburn Quaker history, dating back to 1655.
See the exhibition–‘Quakers For Equality’ tracing the Quaker commitment to Equality from the anti-slavery movement of the 18th century to the recent campaign for the legal recognition of same-sex marriages.
Watch the film ‘The Women’s Peace Crusade 1917’, filmed locally in Blackburn and Manchester, telling the story of Lancashire women’s fight for peace 100 years ago.
Visitors are invited to chat with friendly Quakers and enjoy light refreshments. We are children, dog and family friendly and a children’s colouring corner is available. No booking required
Opening Times: Saturday, 9th September: 1000–1600
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Blackburn Sewing Machine Museum, Hobkirks,120 Darwen Street, Blackburn BB2 2AJ
See a collection of over 200 sewing machines dating back to 1860.
Opening Times: 7th September to 9th September 9am -4.30pm
Booking Details: No booking required
Additional Information: Please note that access is via a staircase.
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Blackburn Spice Festival, Blackburn Market Church Street, Blackburn
Blackburn’s love of spice goes back generations and to celebrate, Blackburn Market is hosting its second outdoor Spice Festival with stalls and entertainment.
Opening Times: Saturday 9th September 11am-5pm. Blackburn Market will also be open as usual from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
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Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project
The Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project is a £3 million transformation of the historic heart of Blackburn. The ambitious project is an important part of the on-going regeneration and development of Blackburn town centre and improvements works will secure the future of historic buildings around Blakey Moor, Northgate and Lord Street West.
Restore pop-up shop – 27 Blakey Moor, Blackburn BB2 1LL (across from King George’s Hall)
An exhibition of work from previous years Paint the Town art competition and opportunity to find out more about the Townscape Heritage Project and plans for the area.
Opening Times: Saturday 9th September, open 10am-4pm except during tour times.
Townscape Heritage Tour
Talk a walking tour of the Townscape Heritage Project area. Find out about this history and heritage of the some of the buildings as well as plans for their future restoration and reuse. Tour starts from Restore shop.
Opening Times: Saturday, 9th September at 11am and 2pm, lasting approx. 30 minutes.

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Community Quilt with Jenni Smith, Community Clothing, Lord Street West, Blackburn BB2 1JX
Sew a small piece of history into the Community Quilt at Community Clothing – a modern heirloom in the making.
The Community Quilt was started at the Festival of Making in May and has been stitched by 80 people so far. Now, as part of Super Slow Ways Fabrications Festival the Community Quilt returns to Blackburn. Come along and sew a small piece of this quilt, learn a new skill, work collaboratively and share your own textile tale.
Opening Times: Saturday, 9th September 2017
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Corporation Park Conservatory Fund Raiser/ Car Boot Sale, Preston New Road, Blackburn, BB2 6AH
The historic conservatory at Corporation Park is in desperate need of restoration. The Friends of Corporation Park Supporters Group will be hosting a Car Boot sale with all proceeds going to towards the conservatory restoration fund.
Opening Times: Sunday 10th September. Open 9.00am-2pm FREE ENTRY (sellers can enter the park from 8am £10.00 per pitch).
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East Lancs Rally, Cathedral Square, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 1FB
Display of ex East Lancashire Municipal transport buses
Free rides on Heritage routes around Blackburn with Darwen. These will take place hourly from 11.00 to 15.00.
Opening Times: Saturday 9th September: 1000-1600
Booking Details: No booking required
Access: Due to the nature of the exhibits access to wheelchairs is not possible
Additional information: Max 65 people per tour/session. All heritage rides are free of charge.
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Mr Mason’s Historic Town Tour, 27 Blakey Moor, Blackburn BB2 1LL
In full period costume, Mr Mason will be giving one of his popular Historic Town Tours especially for Heritage Open Days. Meeting at the Restore shop on Blakey Moor and follow the guided walk through the story of Blackburn’s history & heritage.
Opening Times: Saturday 9th September 2017, 12.15pm, from Restore shop (up to 1 hour) FREE
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Paint the Town Workshop, 29 Northgate, Blackburn BB2 1JU
Join local artist Emily Lord, as she helps you to draw historic buildings and architectural features in the Townscape Heritage Project area, and then enter your work into the Paint the Town art competition. Drop in workshop for adults and children. Free
Opening Times: Saturday 9th September 10:00 – 16:00
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Paint the Town Art Competition, The Bureau Centre for the Arts, Victoria Street, Blackburn BB1 6DW
Annual art competition, a challenge to artists of all ages and abilities to create a painting or drawing of Blackburn in a day. Please bring your own canvas/board & materials.
Opening Times:
Saturday 9th September 9am-6pm, entrants must register at the Bureau to have canvas date stamped.
Sunday 10th September. Exhibition of works 2pm -4pm ( Exhibition will run 11th -23rd September)
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The Exchange Blackburn, Resource Blackburn, 71-73 King William Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DT
Bella May Leonard – Part of Super Slow Way’s Fabrications Festival.
An exhibition that explores architectural structure, pattern and embellishment in contrasting contexts: from the industrial mattress factory of Silentnight to rural folk art found in the French Alps.
Opening Times: Friday 1st – Saturday 30th September. FREE
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The Exchange Blackburn, Resource Blackburn, 71-73 King William Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DT
Guided tours of the Cotton Exchange. Find out how volunteers are rescuing and restoring this iconic building and how you can get involved.
Generations of families remember the old Apollo cinema, originally the Cotton Exchange completed in 1863. This is where we met for teenage dates and later enjoyed Disney classics with our children. Spent happy times and family celebrations in Tiggis restaurant. Back in time this iconic building represents the prosperity of the Cotton Trade era, which was the very reason that Blackburn expanded, becoming the foremost cotton weaving town in the world.
For 11 years the doors of the Cotton Exchange have remained closed, leaving sadness and frustration that this beautiful place could be neglected, left empty, a blight on the high street, a reminder of a ‘better Blackburn’ slowly eroding.
In 2012 a group of volunteers came together to save the Exchange. They have jumped hurdles, pushed down barriers and excited funders to come together to rescue this amazing building. This is your chance to find out how we aim to restore the building for future generations. See the architect’s vision to create one large awe-inspiring flexible space with smaller creative areas. The new Exchange will be reborn to support the flourishing cultural and economic growth of Blackburn.
Opening Times: Saturday 9th September: Tours at 1015, 1045, 1115, 1145, 1215, 1245, 1315 Max 15 people per tour/session
Booking Details: Pre-booking required
Booking Contact: Mrs H Thomson Call: 07850 959898 Email: Harriet@goto-town.co.uk
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-hard-hat-tours-of-the-cotton-exchange-blackburn-heritage-open-days-tickets-36602013608
Booking opens: 28 July 2017 00:30 Booking closes: 1 September 2017 00:30
Access: There is no wheelchair access. Visitors will have to climb steps for access, There will be restrictions as to where visitors may go. The nearest public toilets are in The Mall which is a few hundred yards away. Visitors must be accompanied by a tour guide.

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The Honour Choir, Holy Trinity Church, Mount Pleasant, Blackburn BB1 5BN
As part of Heritage open days the Honour choir will be performing at Holy Trinity Church.
‘The Honour Choir is based in Manchester and is directed by Jeff Borradaile’
The Honour choir through song and spoken word tells the stories of the men and women of World War 1 and includes spoken word pieces written for the choir, by writer and poet Christopher Bowles
Opening Times: Saturday, 9th September 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Additional information: This old building has no heating so please wrap up warm! Refreshments will be available.

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