What’s on in Blackburn

Blackburn BID organise a range of events across the town and the Visit Blackburn website contains details of all other events in Blackburn along with a range of useful information about leisure facilities, entertainment, restaurants and places to stay.

Blackburn Christmas Lights Switch On & Fire Garden

Saturday, 25th November, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Blackburn Town Centre, Blackburn Lancashire

An incredible spectacle has been promised for this year’s Christmas Lights Switch on in Blackburn town centre as organisers reveal a dramatic departure from the traditional stage show format. A unique event has been designed to attract new audiences with something for all ages on Saturday 25th November.


Lantern Making Workshops

Sunday, 26th November, 2017 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Bureau – Centre For The Arts, Blackburn Lancashire

Come along to The Bureau and work with a professional lantern artist from The Blackburn Festival of Light team to create a beautiful paper and willow lantern for the Blackburn Festival of Light Lantern Parade on Saturday 16th December.

Make an individual lantern to take home after the parade, or get together with a group to create a giant lantern as a group. Finish in a day or come back each week.

Suitable for age 5-95. Not compulsory to come with a child!! This is a messy gluey activity, so please wear suitable clothing. Lanterns will be stored at The Bureau until the parade, so no need to transport a wet lantern home . Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suggested donation £2 – £5


Lantern Making Workshops

Sunday, 3rd December, 2017 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Bureau – Centre For The Arts, Blackburn Lancashire

Come along to The Bureau and work with a professional lantern artist from The Blackburn Festival of Light team to create a beautiful paper and willow lantern for the Blackburn Festival of Light Lantern Parade on Saturday 16th December.

Make an individual lantern to take home after the parade, or get together with a group to create a giant lantern as a group. Finish in a day or come back each week.

Suitable for age 5-95. Not compulsory to come with a child!! This is a messy gluey activity, so please wear suitable clothing. Lanterns will be stored at The Bureau until the parade, so no need to transport a wet lantern home . Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suggested donation £2 – £5


Christmas Party on the Market and Street Feast

Saturday, 9th December, 2017 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Blackburn Town Centre, Blackburn Lancashire

A bumper Christmas market shopping experience with a festive street feast is promised for Blackburn Town Centre as event organisers at the Blackburn Business Improvement District join forces with Blackburn Market on Saturday 9th December between 10am – 6pm


Lantern Making Workshops

Sunday, 10th December, 2017 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Bureau – Centre For The Arts, Blackburn Lancashire

Come along to The Bureau and work with a professional lantern artist from The Blackburn Festival of Light team to create a beautiful paper and willow lantern for the Blackburn Festival of Light Lantern Parade on Saturday 16th December.

Make an individual lantern to take home after the parade, or get together with a group to create a giant lantern as a group. Finish in a day or come back each week.

Suitable for age 5-95. Not compulsory to come with a child!! This is a messy gluey activity, so please wear suitable clothing. Lanterns will be stored at The Bureau until the parade, so no need to transport a wet lantern home . Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suggested donation £2 – £5


Community Civic Carol Service

Saturday, 16th December, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn Lancashire

The Community Carol Concert at Blackburn Cathedral will take place at the beginning rather than at the end of the festival, starting at 3.30pm. The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen will be joined by celebrity guest, Reverend Kate Bottley who is a well-known on television and radio including BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4’s Gogglebox.


Blackburn Festival of Light

Saturday, 16th December, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Blackburn Town Centre, Blackburn Lancashire

The festival takes place on Saturday 16th December between 3.30pm and 7pm with an exciting new programme of entertainment, enhanced community involvement and a revised timetable of events.

An additional £15,000 funding from Arts Council England to the Blackburn BID and a £10,000 Awards for All grant to the Blackburn Festival of Light means that organisers are looking forward to involving more community groups and an exciting artistic programme.

The Community Carol Concert at Blackburn Cathedral will take place at the beginning rather than at the end of the festival, starting at 3.30pm. The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen will be joined by celebrity guest, Reverend Kate Bottley who is a well-known on television and radio including BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4’s Gogglebox.

As the congregation leave the Cathedral at 4.30pm, the excitement will build on Church Street with performers and lantern carriers preparing for the procession. The lantern parade will begin on Ainsworth Street at 5pm and take a new circular route along Exchange Street and King William Street to Sudell Cross, around Blakey Moor and Northgate, ending outside the Town Hall for the street party, with music, light up performances and projections and spectacular fireworks.

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