Blackburn Visitor News & Events

Tree-mendous volunteers needed to grow new green initiative in town centre

Blackburn BID is launching an exciting new green initiative centred around protecting the town centre’s precious tree population. A limited number of volunteer places are available to train alongside expert Horticulturist and teacher, Sue Jeffries, to become a ‘Blackburn Tree Buddy’ and help create a series of fun guided tree walks around the town centre. Run over 5 weeks, volunteers […]

Age UK Summer Fundraising Fashion Show

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen are holding an evening of fun and fashion on Friday 15 July to fundraise for their services across the local community.

National Festival of Making Evaluation

The Festival of Making was a roaring success last weekend! In order to make next year’s festival even bigger and better, festival organisers are asking visitors to complete an online survey and share feedback. Those completing the survey will be in with the chance to win £100 of high street vouchers.  You can find the survey here:

Blackburn’s first Pride event takes place this weekend

Blackburn’s first Pride event launches this weekend.

Spotlight on: Hartlands House of Beauty and Grooming

Meet Beth Hartland – a beauty expert who has worked in the industry for 15  years. Beth, 29, the face behind Hartlands House of Beauty & Grooming based in Blackburn town centre, has worked in the beauty industry since leaving school aged 15. Beth has always worked in Blackburn, starting her career working as a Saturday girl on Blackburn Market […]

Cost of Living Support

The Chancellor has announced the introduction of a temporary, targeted, Energy Profits Levy to support the rise in the cost of living.

National Festival of Making road closures

Here are the finalised road closures and map for the Festival of Making, taking place on 11th and 12th June 2022.  Please find below a clarified list of road closures and their dates and times for the National Festival of Making this weekend.   ROAD CLOSURES From 11:59pm on Friday 10th June till 11:59pm on Sunday 12th June, barriers will be in place […]

Blackburn Pride update

Plans for the first ever Blackburn Pride event, taking place on Saturday 18 June are progressing nicely. Find out the latest here…

Songs and Laughter with Rob Brydon in Blackburn

Award-winning comedian Rob Brydon and his eight-piece band will be performing their show ‘Rob Brydon – A Night of Songs & Laughter’ at King George’s Hall on 15 July.

Paul Young behind the lens – major tour for 2023

Paul Young will take fans behind the lens in a unique show that will coincide with the publication of his autobiography. He will visit Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Thursday 23 Mar 2023 as part of a major tour in 2023, called Behind The Lens.

Generous builders re-work Madness song ‘our house’ after gifting new home to children’s hospice

Generous builders re-work Madness song ‘our house’ after gifting new home to children’s hospice.

Platinum Arty Party in Blackburn!

The Mall Blackburn has teamed up with Blackburn BID to bring a Platinum Arty Party to the town to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s accession to the throne.

Become a festival maker!

The National Festival of Making takes over Blackburn town centre with an explosion of maker and digital technologies, have-a-go workshops, food stalls, international performances, art exhibits, music, food and markets. ⁠  In 2019 over 100 volunteers came and supported the event to give visitors to Blackburn and the festival the best possible experience. ⁠ This year they need your help as they return […]

‘Give the train a try’ during Community Rail Week

Community Rail Lancashire is joining community groups and volunteers across Britain for this year’s Community Rail Week, running 23-29 May, to encourage people to ‘give the train a try’.

Blackburn Youth Zone’s 10th Anniversary Ball raises £30,000

Blackburn Youth Zone’s 10th Anniversary Ball raises £30,000. Find out more…

One of the Biggest 80s Party Nights to ever hit Blackburn!

Martin Kemp returns to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Friday 17th June 2022, as he trades his bass for the decks and spins the biggest and best hits from the 1980s!

Lowering the volume and dialling up inclusivity at The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn is introducing a weekly quiet hour every Tuesday 9am-10am, from May 17th.

Dementia Action Week in Blackburn with Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen Dementia Action Alliance will be available for people within Blackburn with Darwen to find out more about the available support and local community services.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Shop Window Dressing Competition

All BID and town centre businesses are invited to take part in a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee shop window dressing competition. Your window should be ready by Saturday 28 May and the competition will run for 2 weeks

Pavement art to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Blackburn town centre by helping to create some amazing street art in Blackburn town centre.

Blackburn with Darwen Adult Learning Centres Open Day

On Saturday 25 June 2022, from 10am to 2pm, BwD Adult Learning are holding an open day at Bank Top NLC, Arthur Way, Blackburn, BB2 1QP and Audley and Queens Park NLC, Pringle Street, Blackburn, BB1 1SF.  For more information, call Bank Top NLC on 01254 581175 or Audley Queens Park NLC on 01254 507720.

Impressed by Caffee Impresso…

Have you ever had a photo printed on a coffee? No? Well now you can! Caffee Impresso – on the corner of Museum Street and Exchange Street in Blackburn town centre – serves hot and cold drinks, and sweet and savoury cakes and treats. Their speciality is being able to put any picture or photo or company logo on the hot drink. You can even take a selfie and the coffee elements act as the ‘ink’ on the white foam top.

Latest Consumer Alerts for May 2022 from Lancashire Trading Standards

Latest Consumer Alerts for May 2022 from Lancashire Trading Standards.

Find out more here

Two day wargames battle in Blackburn this weekend

Blackburn will become home to a two-day battle – but don’t worry… it will be part of a friendly Warhammer-style tournament. Bat Cave, on Town Hall Street, a Blackburn BID member, will be welcoming 16 people from around the world to play 15mm Ancient Wargaming – a game of skill and luck using 15mm historical miniatures.

Blackburn veterans need your support for Operation Banham

Next month veterans from Blackburn will be retracing the journey of one of the last remaining WWII dispatch riders to commemorate D-Day – but they need more donations.

Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Blackburn town centre

We’re delighted to let you know plans for celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Blackburn town centre.

World of Waffle (WOW) comes to Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn has welcomed a new food vendor specialising in delicious Belgian waffles (Waffwich) mini dutch pancakes and creamy shakes. World of Waffle (WOW) is based in Victoria Court behind the Ask Me Point and is already delighting customers with mouth-watering on-the-go treats which are all 100% vegetarian. WOW owner Harunrashid Khepi and Bushra Khepi are qualified dessert chefs. […]

Summer sand sculpture trail

After much deliberation, and thanks to the suggestions from the team at Mortimers Estate Agents and Tracey, Store Manager at Trespass, the theme will be summer holidays and include a sandcastle, a mermaid, a ‘99’ ice cream, and a child in a rubber ring!

Opportunity to sponsor the first official Blackburn Pride event

On Saturday 18th June 2022, Blackburn Pride Committee will host their first Official Blackburn Pride event to champion Inclusivity, Empowerment, and Togetherness. Find out how you can support it…

Veterans Living History Museum – Op Banham expedition

Blackburn’s Veterans Living History Museum (VLHM) are currently organising and fundraising for ‘Op Banham’.

Is Josh Widdicombe a Bit Much?

The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand-new stand-up tour. Josh Widdicombe’s new stand-up show arrives in Blackburn on Monday 23rd May 2022.

Tour De Moon Convoy to come to Blackburn – 19th May 2022

Tour De Moon Convoy to come to Blackburn – 19th May 2022

National Festival of Making 2022

The National Festival of Making event will take place this year on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2022, 10am to 6pm, in Blackburn town centre.

Interview with Jack Dee…Off the Telly!

Jack Dee’s live tour, “Off the Telly”, was cut off in its prime when the pandemic hit the UK last spring. Coming to Blackburn on Sat 30 Apr 2022. Tickets available here: SYNDICATED INTERVIEW BY JAMES RAMPTON He takes up the story…. “It’s been such a surreal journey. I had just got the tour started and was playing to bigger rooms, having […]

Earth Day 2022: 10 ways you can invest in our planet in Blackburn town centre.

Earth Day 2022: 10 ways you can invest in our planet in Blackburn town centre.

Love to Ride – Supporting more people to ride & Bike Month Challenge 1st – 31st May 2022

Love to Ride – Supporting more people to ride & Bike Month Challenge 1st – 31st May 2022

The Insights Family – Making It Matter Report 2022

The Insights Family provide ethical GDPR and COPPA compliant real-time global data on kids, parents and families which enables organisations to identify opportunities, mitigate risks and make smarter decisions.  They have released a report called ‘Making it Matter – Why Every Organisation Needs to be Family First’.  The report states that according to UNICEF, there are 2.3 billion kids aged […]

Children get curiouser and curiouser at The Mall

The Mall Blackburn’s first major Easter event for over two years is already proving extremely popular as little visitors let their creativity run wild with a host of free craft activities in an Alice in Wonderland-inspired space. Families are making the most of the school holidays, despite the weather, with indoor activities taking place every day until Friday 15th April […]

Nearly Lear and the Spot On festival

Nearly Lear at Blackburn Central Library Friday 22 April 2022

Farleys Sign Up to Changing Faces’ Pledge To Be Seen Campaign

Farleys has joined a number of well-known corporate brands in signing the Pledge To Be Seen, a campaign run by visible difference and disfigurement charity Changing Faces.

Jail time raises more than £2,500 for Age UK Blackburn with Darwen

Seven ‘former’ upstanding members of the community did some jail time to raise more than £2,500 for Age UK Blackburn with Darwen.

Blackburn train station walk-through film highlighted for Autism Acceptance Week

Blackburn train station walk-through film highlighted for Autism Acceptance Week – running 28 Mar – Apr 3

Kate Rusby’s Soulful Vocals and the Cream of British Folk

A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate Rusby’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel.

Kate brings her unique show to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Friday 8 April 2022.

Wonderland of Fun at The Mall Blackburn this Easter

The Mall Blackburn is gearing up for its first major Easter event for over two years and is looking forward to welcoming little shoppers to its free Wonderland of Fun!

Come and meet Alice and her friends in Easter Wonderland Adventure!

Blackburn BID is inviting you to meet Alice and her friends for an amazing Easter Wonderland Adventure!


A brand new family home worth £250,000 is being given away in a prize draw to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley.  The three-bedroom home in Feniscowles, Blackburn, has been donated by Kingswood Homes and unlike other competitions of this nature, 100% of ticket sales will go to the charity – helping seriously ill children from across […]

Can you become a Hidden Disability Champion?

The Mall Blackburn has teamed up with community interest company Access Ability’s Dis-Labelled project to launch a treasure hunt to raise awareness and educate little shoppers on the lead up to Hidden Disability Day, which will take place on Thursday 24th March.

Imagining The Super Slow Way Linear Park

Monday 7th March 10.30-3.00pm  Blackburn Youth Zone Jubilee Street, Blackburn BB1 1EP The Super Slow Way Linear Park is an ambitious vision that hopes to demonstrate how the Leeds & Liverpool Canal corridor can be developed as a major asset for the communities that live in this part of East Lancashire. Over the next six months a series of projects […]

Dinosaurs, Elephants and an Orangutan on stage in Blackburn this weekend!

The Animal Guyz bring their entertaining and educational show “Animal Antics” to King George’s Hall, Blackburn, this Sunday 6th March 2022.

“Stand-Up comedy’s coolest customer” comes to Blackbur

Reginald D Hunter is back with a brand-new show, and there’s no time for niceties. Unafraid to tackle head on the subjects the rest of us skirt around, Reginald is the voice of his generation – searingly honest, brutally funny and uniquely placed to commentate on the unfolding meltdown of life as we know it.

Don’t miss the chance to become The Mall’s Charity of the Year

Don’t miss the chance to become The Mall’s Charity of the Year

Pinocchio is dancing into Blackburn in Northern Ballet’s latest ballet for children

Pinocchio, the latest children’s production created by Northern Ballet will soon be visiting Blackburn as part of a major national tour from February to April. It’s the perfect introduction to ballet!

Blackburn BID AGM 2021/22

An update from the Blackburn BID executive board, presented via Microsoft Teams on February 2022.

A fascinating insight into the psychology of serial killers

Join expert forensics lecturer Jennifer Rees to explore one of Forensic Psychology’s most troubling topics.

The Mall Blackburn giving away £250 mini library to mark 25 years of World Book Day

The Mall Blackburn is celebrating World Book Day’s 25th anniversary by giving away £250 worth of books to a deserving school, nursery or community group.

Zog lands his new live show in Blackburn with a Crash Bang and Thump

The new live show “Zog and the Flying Doctors” transforms the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestseller into something the whole family can enjoy.
Coming to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Sat 7 May & Sun 8 May 2022.

It “Feels Like Home” for Newton Faulkner – New Tour coming to Blackburn

Newton Faulkner has announced a brand-new tour “Feels Like Home” which comes to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Sunday 2 October 2022.

The Big Reinvention Challenge

The National Festival of Making have launched The Big Reinvention Challenge – a collaboration with creative educators Little Inventors.

BwD Local Plan 2021–2037 open for consultation

Blackburn with Darwen Council have published their Local Plan 2021 – 2037 for consultation. The Local Plan includes the Blackburn Town Centre East Framework / Masterplan

‘Living with Covid-19’ statement

The Prime Minster Boris Johnson has made a statement to the House of Commons about ‘Living with Covid-19’.
Read more here

Road closure outside King George’s Hall

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has made the decision to put a temporary road closure in place along Blakey Moor and the front of King George’s Hall, as a precautionary measure following weather warnings.

Dawn French: solo show in Blackburn

The Queen of British Comedy, Dawn French, returns to the stage in Blackburn this autumn with a brand-new solo show.

The Mall launches search for Charity of the Year

The Mall Blackburn is kicking off its search for an official charity to support in 2022.

Half term activities for all the family

FREE re:fresh family fun activities this half term taking place across the borough of Blackburn with Darwen

COMPETITION: Love is in the air at Turtle Bay

Love Blackburn: One of the fantastic prizes up for grabs is a table for two to enjoy a 3-course bottomless valentines at Turtle Bay Blackburn on Monday 14 February.

Love Blackburn

During February Blackburn BID are delivering the ‘Love Blackburn’ social media campaign including competitions to promote town centre businesses and organisations.

Blackburn BID AGM invite

Blackburn BID AGM invite for 24 Feb.

Blackburn in the running for Good Retail Award

Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) is delighted to have been named as a finalist in the ‘Retail District’ category of The Good Retail Awards 2022.

Dirty Dusting – A chat line that really cleans up!

Dirty Dusting is a heart-warming feel-good comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles and smiling every time you answer the phone!

Turtle Bay launches Christmas menu and festive ‘rum drums’

CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT AND BAR LAUNCH CARIBBEAN FESTIVITIES Turtle Bay has launched its Christmas menu and it features jerk favourites with  a festive twist plus brand new “Rum Drums” to share!  The island-style restaurant and bar are bringing their famous Caribbean good times to the festive season and it’s all about keeping things laidback and easy.  After a ‘restriction-heavy’ Christmas in 2020, Turtle Bay […]

Osmonds’ Hitmaker, Songwriter and Singer brings Greatest Hits Tour to Blackburn

Osmonds’ Hitmaker, Songwriter and Singer brings Greatest Hits Tour to Blackburn

A Magical History Tour celebrating the Fab Four

The Mersey Beatles will be returning to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Saturday 3 September 2022 and tickets went on sale this Friday

Snow White pantomime is a family hit!

On Friday 17th December, theatres in the UK will come together to toast the wonderful world of pantomime on social media. Find out more about the fantastic Snow White panto here in Blackburn.

The Mall Blackburn continues in its efforts to reduce period poverty in Lancashire

The Mall Blackburn is reminding shoppers that they can request free, discreet packages of menstrual products at its Ask Me Point.

How To Get Tested For Covid Over Christmas and New Year

How To Get Tested For Covid Over Christmas and New Year

Santaland Express is a sell out!

Tickets to board the Santaland Express at The Mall Blackburningum have officially sold out.  The brand-new Christmas adventure has been a massive hit with Santa fans of all ages, with 2,418 children passing through the magical, make-believe train station. Its popularity saw organisers add a further 104 tickets last Wednesday, which were snapped up within 48 hours.  Rave reviews have been […]

Paul Chowdhry’s tour is extended and looks at the funny side of lockdown

Paul Chowdhry’s tour is Extended and Looks at the Funny Side of Lockdown

Pioneers of Madchester, the Legendary Happy Mondays, head to Blackburn

Legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays have announced they a 23-date tour for October and November 2022 and tickets are already selling fast. They arrive in Blackburn on Sunday 13 November 2022.

QUEENZ are coming to Blackburn as part of their UK tour!

QUEENZ are coming to Blackburn as part of their UK tour!

Limited seats remaining for Santaland Express at The Mall Blackburnigum

Limited seats remaining for Santaland Express at The Mall Blackburnigum

7 Reasons to Visit Blackburn this Christmas

7 Reasons to Visit Blackburn this Christmas

A merry Makaton Christmas from The Mall – Santa and the elves use simple signs for SEN visitors

A merry Makaton Christmas from The Mall – Santa and the elves use simple signs for SEN visitors

Father Christmas alights at The Mall Blackburnigum

Father Christmas alights at The Mall Blackburnigum

Omicron variant: face coverings now compulsory again

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new temporary and precautionary measures to deal with Coronavirus following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK. This means that: From 4am tomorrow (Tuesday 30 November) face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from […]

Illuminate Blackburn

This Christmas the magic continues in Blackburn town centre. Following on from last year’s multi-award nominated campaign this year the Christmas events in Blackburn promise to be even more magical. Find out more here…

100th Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal sees record donations in The Mall Blackburn

The 100th Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raised a record amount of money in The Mall Blackburn, which was nearly triple the total in 2020.

Blackburn’s Landmark Exchange Building is ready for Lift Off!

Blackburn’s Landmark exchange building

East Lancashire Hospice: Light Up A Life

East Lancashire Hospice would like to invite you to stand with us and others who will be remembering loved ones and making a ‘Light Up A Life’ dedication this year.

All aboard the Santaland Express at The Mall Blackburnigum!

The Mall Blackburn is excited to take families on a brand-new magical Christmas adventure for 2021.

All hands to the deck for the first Treasure Trove weekend at The Mall!

All hands to the deck for the first Treasure Trove weekend at The Mall!

The Australian Pink Floyd Show – “Setting the Gold Standard”

The critically lauded, The Australian Pink Floyd Show bring their tour to Blackburn on Sunday 28 November 2021 featuring tracks from Pink Floyd’s classic albums.

Leee John of Imagination brings Music and Lights to Blackburn

Leee John of Imagination brings Music and Lights to Blackburn

It’s Mind over Muscle for Extreme Adventurer Ant Middleton

Returning to Blackburn this November with his Mind over Muscle Tour, Ant Middleton will share personal stories and how to live without limits. Coming to King George’s Hall, Blackburn on Friday 26th November 2021, is best known for his role as chief instructor on television’s SAS: Who Dares Wins. Ant has become a master of adventure and endurance on and off-screen, […]

The Christians – An Endless String of Soulful Classics

Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits …Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, What’s in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more, The Christians bring their tour to Blackburn on Friday 12th November 2021. The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe […]

Monster Mayhem comes to Blackburn

Monster Mayhem Blackburn – they’re coming…

Blackburn Youth Zone launches truck as young people get a steer on haulage careers

Staff and young people from community charity Blackburn Youth Zone unveiled their own branded lorry as they drove home the benefits of haulage careers with a charity supporter. Find out more here…

Timeless Christmas Classics with G4’s Exquisite Harmonies – Christmas Tour

G4 will be back on the road in 2021 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date! Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting at King George’s Hall, Blackburn on Wednesday 24 November 2021.

‘Light the Night: The Snowman™️ and The Snowdog’ brick model trail now up and running!

Our The Snowman™️ and The Snowdog brick models are now located in 16 BID member shops and businesses throughout the town centre.

The Knife Angel comes to Blackburn Cathedral from 4 to 29 November

The Knife Angel comes to Blackburn 4-29 November. Find out more about the impressive sculpture here…

All aboard for Treasure Trove weekends at The Mall!

All aboard for Treasure Trove weekends at The Mall! They will be giving away £3,000 and treating little buccaneers to a swashbuckling time this November.

A Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster ride as the Circus of Horrors comes to town

The Circus of Horrors brings their 25th Anniversary show to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Saturday 6 November 2021.

Stalls will be popping up every Saturday in the run up to Christmas

A range of pop-up stalls will be trading in Blackburn Market every Saturday as everyone looks forward to the festive season.

The children’s book Stick Man comes to life on stage this November

Stick Man is leaving his family tree to play two performances only at King George’s Hall on Sunday 14th November.

Free Harvest Festival gets off to a great start in The Mall

Children from across the county have enjoyed The Mall Blackburn’s magical scarecrows Belle and Scratch as the shopping centre’s week-long Harvest festival gets underway.

Two hours of sizzling soul music with stars from The Commitments

King George’s Hall in Blackburn are delighted to welcome Direct from Dublin, the fantastic stars from The Commitments, to the theatre THIS SATURDAY.

Comedian John Bishop launches the “Say Hello” campaign

Comedian John Bishop is encouraging people to ‘Say Hello’ ahead of his show at King George’s Hall in November.

Miniature Theatre this half-term on Blackburn Market

Following a visit from artist collective, “Eye of Newt” last Saturday, Blackburn Market is pleased to welcome them back with a miniature theatre production.

Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen launches 100th Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr Derek Hardman was joined by Mayoress, Colette Hardman, to officially open a unit dedicated to raising money for the 100th Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in The Mall Blackburn.

Sarah Millican adds an extra date to Blackburn tour

Sarah Millican’s shows are always popular in Blackburn – and due to massive demand, an extra date has been added to her Bobby Dazzler Tour at King George’s Hall.

Blackburn Martial Arts Group in running for national prize

A Blackburn Community Interest Company, is a finalist in the Persimmon Homes 2021 Building Futures award. Find out how you can help here…

Curious Entertainment this half term on Blackburn Market

Strange things are happening this half term on Blackburn Market, as the Cabinet of Curiosities arrives.

Blackburn 10K: details and road closures

The Blackburn 10K is returning on Sunday 12th December 2021. This 10k race starts and finishes inside Ewood Park and runs around Blackburn town centre.

Police carry out drug raids in Clayton Street, Blackburn

The Blackburn Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) seized a samurai sword and a large amount of cannabis growing equipment during a rain in Clayton Street, Blackburn.

Harvest Festival of free half term fun at The Mall Blackburn

Little scarecrows are being invited to The Mall Blackburn’s free Harvest Festival this October half term. The shopping centre will become the home of magical scarecrows Belle and Scratch as they embark on a week-long journey of exciting workshops from Monday 25th October until Sunday 31st October.

Rainbows to remember in The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn has unveiled a colourful rooftop display and a stunning memorial wall to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost throughout the course of the pandemic.

No trick, just treats in Blackburn this October

Blackburn has a spooktacular trail lined up for families visiting the town centre this Halloween. Monster treats – including skull lollies and spider rings – are up for grabs for those ghouls and boys who find all the clues on our Creepy Creatures Trail.

Collect+ and Randox partner to offer ‘travel’ COVID-19 test kits at The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn has installed a new Collect+ terminal so shoppers can order COVID-19 test kits prior to travelling abroad.

Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal returns to The Mall Blackburn

Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal returns to The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn in drive to reduce period poverty in Lancashire

The Mall Blackburn is joining the battle against local period poverty by giving away free, discreet packages of menstrual products at its Ask Me Point.

“It’s always sunny in Blackburn”, says Paint The Town winner Steve Crowther

Steve said he been painting seriously for four years and two days – spurred on by a heart attack.

Anthony captures a moment in time for Paint the Town competition

A talented artist who took second prize in this year’s Paint The Town event said anyone can paint.

Aelwyn Announced as Young Winner of Art Competition

Art and design student Aelwyn Whitehead-St Pierre was named winner of the under 17s category of this year’s Paint The Town.

Eliza’s pencil sketch impresses art competition judges

Talented youngster Eliza Salam was crowned second in the Under 16s category of the Paint The Town competition.

Carole crowned People’s Choice winner in annual art competition

Carole Pugh has been crowned the People’s Choice winner in this year’s Paint The Town competition – voted for by the public.

Vicky is the new Banksy of Blackburn

Vicky McLeish could be the next Banksy of Blackburn after bringing some brightness to the back alley near her home.

Paint The Town 2021 Prize Giving Event

After the success of last year’s Paint the Town @ Home, artists were invited to send in their submissions from home, using a variety of mediums to showcase and celebrate people, places or architecture of Blackburn.

The Mall joins forces with Dis-Labelled in fight for inclusivity for all

The Mall Blackburn is joining forces with local community interest company Dis-Labelled to help to reduce the stigma around invisible disabilities.

Back to college survival guide from Ryman

Whether you’re heading off to college for the first time or returning once again, it’s essential to make sure you’re fully prepared for the term ahead. You may have decided which clothes and shoes you’re taking for the first few nights out, but it’s important to hit the ground running when planning for lectures and studying too – after all, you are there to learn.

Cakes, coffees and cottons

Hobkirks Sewing Machines will be hosting their very own Macmillan Week to help raise money for charity.

The Darwen Street shop – an Aladdin’s cave of sewing items – will have the kettle on and treats at the ready from Monday 20 to Saturday 25 September.

The Great Big Green Week comes to Blackburn!

The Mall Blackburn has launched a community consultation to create a new green space on top of its car park as part of its celebrations for The Great Big Green Week. Throughout Monday 20th September shoppers can complete a questionnaire outside Primark to have their say on what they want to see as part of the project, which is being backed by Newground, Blackburn BID […]

The Mall’s Utilita store backs Gas Safety Week

The Utilita store in The Mall Blackburn has teamed up with Blackburn Fire Station to promote Gas Safety Week with lots of advice and help for shoppers.

Older people’s chance to make a will

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen is offering older people over 60 who have not made a will the opportunity to do so.

King George’s Hall: ‘Walls have Ears’

In July 1913, the foundation stone of King George’s Hall was laid by King George V. After part of the still-under-construction building was used as a field hospital during the First World War, the concert hall finally opened its doors to audiences in October 1921.

Martial arts club hosts open day to celebrate £50K investment

Masters of Martial Arts Academy is celebrating the completion of a £50,000 investment in their training facilities in Blackburn town centre.

Star cast announced for Blackburn’s biggest ever pantomime

Shone Productions Ltd announces star cast for Blackburn’s Biggest Ever Pantomime. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at King George’s Hall. From 6 until 31 December 2021.

Football match to help break barriers between young people and the police

Forget Manchester City vs Arsenal this weekend – the real big football match happened this week at Blackburn Youth Zone.

Dino-mite children’s activities continue in The Mall Blackburn

Young shoppers visiting The Mall Blackburn have enjoyed a week of fun-filled dinosaur activities – with more yet to come. To coincide with the amazing brick model dinosaurs currently roaming the streets of Blackburn, The Mall is hosting another week of dinosaur activities including walk-abouts, crafts, face painting and balloon modelling. Fifteen amazing brick model dinosaurs known as the Brickosaurs […]

Ask Me Point returns to The Mall Blackburn

Following the easing of COVID restrictions, the Ask Me Point is open once again to assist shoppers at The Mall Blackburn, with the customer services team offering more services than ever before.

Vaccinations for 16 & 17 Year Olds

All young people aged 16 to 17 in England are to be offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday 23 August to give them the vital protection provided by the vaccine before returning to school in September.

Changes to rules around self-isolation

From today, 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19. Find out if that affects you here…

Turtle Bay Blackburn are creating 50 new jobs and holding auditions on 10 and 11 August

Turtle Bay Blackburn is getting ready to welcome guests back from the 24th September and they are on the hunt for a whole team of front and back of house superstars to join the team!

New Community Help Hub Opens

A new community help hub in Blackburn town centre was formally opened today (Wednesday, July 28th) as Blackburn with Darwen Council continues its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The ribbon was cut on the hub – based in the Mall opposite Marks & Spencer – this afternoon and it is now available to offer free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing as well as a range of support to local residents to move forward with their lives in a variety of ways.

Brickosaurs Model Venues Chosen & Fringe events wanted

Some of our BID members are hosting ‘fringe events’ which will be promoted in the Brickosaurs Trail booklet – would you like to get involved?

Christmas comes early for Secret Santa

Community support organisation Secret Santa has been named The Mall Blackburn’s charity of the year for 2021. Find out more here…

Blackburn BID recognised for saving Christmas from COVID

Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) has won a regional Public Sector PR Award for ‘Saving Christmas from Covid’.

Welcome Back to Blackburn summer shows

Families across Lancashire are being invited to enjoy a weekend of amazing feel-good music shows to welcome you safely back into Blackburn town centre. The ‘Welcome Back to Blackburn’ summer shows will run between 30 July and 1 August on stage on King William Street.

Brickosaurs Design-a-Poster competition

o help celebrate and promote the Brickosaurs brick model trail coming to Blackburn (#Brickburn) from 20 August, we are launching a children’s Design-A-Poster competition.

Summer in Blackburn 2021

We have an exciting programme of FREE events planned for this summer in Blackburn town centre. Please let us know if you would like to be more involved or would like to have more information about any of them:

A roar-some summer planned in Blackburn

Brickburn is back… and it promises to be T-Rexcellent! his summer, families will be able to see ferocious dinosaurs walking the earth once again in Blackburn town centre, renamed #Brickburn for the event.
Fifteen amazing brick model dinosaurs will form the Brickosaurs trail that will be located around the town centre between 20 August and 1 September.

All adults now eligible for the Covid Vaccine

From today, you can now get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re aged 18 or over. You can book appointments at a vaccination centre or pharmacy now, here .

Summer in Blackburn town centre 2021

Blackburn BID are currently pulling together a promotional package for Summer in Blackburn town centre 2021.

Paint The Town workshop with Sana Maulvi

Don’t miss your chance to attend A Colourful Window’ Beginners Abstract Painting workshop with Sana Maulvi.

BwD Walking and Cycling Plan

Blackburn with Darwen Council has launched a public consultation survey about the draft BwD Walking and Cycling Plan – a plan to increase uptake of walking and cycling in the borough. Find out more

Paint The Town workshop with Steve Crowther

Artist Steve Crowther will be hosting a workshop on Wednesday 23rd June, 6.30-9pm. The live event will be held on Zoom and will give participants an introduction to Urban Sketching with the aim to encourage participants to have a go and register for this year’s Paint The Town event on 26 June.

Surge testing in Blackburn

As rates of Covid cases rise across Blackburn with Darwen, everyone who lives, works or studies in areas with BB1 and BB2 postcodes are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not, to help track the spread of the latest Variant of Concern.

Clarification on advice for certain areas

Clarification on advice for Blackburn with Darwen

Vaccination update and vaccination bus timetable

Vaccination update and vaccination bus timetable

Blackburn NOT in local lockdown

UPDATE: Blackburn NOT in local lockdown

Spare vaccines for anyone at Penny Street

The Vaccination unit on Penny Street car park, opposite the Bus Station and Brown Street car park, have 200 spare Pfizer covid vaccines available until 8pm today and are happy for ANYONE to walk in to get one. Vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 18.   Please encourage all your members of staff who haven’t been vaccinated to visit […]

Bubble CiTea opens in The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn is excited to announce the grand opening of their new Bubble CiTea kiosk opposite The Works in Victoria Court.

Plotting the locations of Blackburn’s open spaces

An illustrated map plotting the locations of Blackburn’s green spaces will soon be available as part of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing Campaign.

Inclusive Community by Juvairiyya Patel

Inclusive Community by Juvairiyya Patel

Illustrations by Daniel Nelson

National Festival of Making 2021 Commission: Illustrations by Daniel Nelson

National Festival of Making 2021 Commission: 10 Sculptures Created with the local Community by Ellie Barrett

National Festival of Making 2021 Commission: 10 Sculptures Created with the local Community by Ellie Barrett

Everyday Life by Victoria Riley

‘Everyday Life’ by Victoria Riley

Cardboard Blackburn by Tim Neath

‘Cardboard Blackburn’ by Tim Neath

With love from Blackburn by Stella Boothman

‘With love from Blackburn’ by Stella Boothman

We’re Looking Forward by Robert Howell

‘We’re looking forward’ by Robert Howell

For The Community, By The Community by Laura Edwards

‘For The Community, By The Community’ by Laura Edwards

The Crowd by Feona Hadcroft

The Crowd by Feona Hadcroft

Red Roses by Anna Jakovleva

Red Roses by Anna Jakovleva

The Power of Colour by Emma Colbert

The Power of Colour by Emma Colbert

Narrowboat Sign by Dale Cocker

Narrowboat Sign by Dale Cocker

Blackburn unveils its ‘Creative Spaces’

Blackburn is being transformed into one giant art gallery – as the Creative Spaces project is unveiled.
Thirteen artists are in the process of creating work or installing existing work, all along the theme of ‘community’.

Storylogs by Emma Dawson Varughese

As part of Creative Spaces project, find six ‘Storylogs’ concealed in Blackburn town centre. Each log welcomes you to the town centre in its own unique way and reflects on the town’s communities and various heritages.

Youth Ambassadors re-launches back in Blackburn

Blackburn Youth Zone and its local partners is relaunching its Youth Ambassador programme for local 12-16 year olds.

Tez Will be Vicked this November

One of the most exciting rising stars on the comedy circuit, Tez Ilyas, is set to return to his hometown Blackburn on 27th November 2021 with a brand new and highly anticipated stand up show, ‘The Vicked Tour’.

Random Acts of Kindness – starting on 17 May 2021

To mark Step 3 of the Roadmap our of lockdown (providing it takes place on this date), we will be delivering ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ throughout Blackburn town centre to visitors.

The Blackburn Drive-In Experience – running Friday 7 to Sunday 9 May 2021

We are pleased to inform you about The Blackburn Drive-In Experience – running Fri 7 to Sun 9 May. Find out how to get tickets here.

Creative Spaces project: can you help prep some plant pots?

We are working with Blackburn with Darwen Council to deliver the Creative Spaces project funded by the Recovering High Streets fund.
Artists are being commissioned to create and/or display their artworks linked with the theme of ‘Community’ in the town centre in empty / public spaces for a period of 12 weeks starting from 17 May.

Blackburn town centre welcomes back shoppers and visitors

Shops, hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, gyms and outdoor hospitality businesses in Blackburn and Darwen Town centres gave customers a warm welcome back today as they re-open their doors.

Blackburn Youth Zone to deliver 500 food parcels to families across Blackburn this weekend

Michelin-star Chef Nigel Haworth is helping Blackburn Youth Zone pack ingredients ahead of 500 food parcels being delivered to families this weekend.

Services available for those affected by suicide

Services available for those affected by suicide

Roadmap out of lockdown – part two of step 1

The Government has updated the ‘National Lockdown: Stay at Home’ Guidance to confirm how the rules will change on 29 March 2021 (Part two of Step 1 on the Roadmap out of lockdown).

Support an art project inspired by Blackburn

Show your support to an art project by five up and coming artists, inspired by Blackburn

Of Earth And Sky – Blackburn and Darwen

Go BIG with your words of inspiration and hope!

Inspire Blackburn and Darwen with your poetry as Of Earth And Sky hits the streets in metre-high letters, on park lawns and town centre billboards.

Blackburn Creative Spaces – Open Call

OPEN CALL for submissions on the theme of ‘COMMUNITY’ for a ‘Creative Spaces’ project in Blackburn town centre.

Making a bold statement in the he-art of the town centre

A stunning piece of art, illustrating the community spirit shown in Blackburn during the pandemic, has been installed in the heart of the town centre.

Christina makes reading accessible to all

Award-winning author and poet Christina Gabbitas is continuing her World Book Day celebrations – by helping Blackburn with Darwen primary schools access her books.

Michelin star chef backs Blackburn Youth Zone

Michelin star chef is helping Blackburn Youth Zone feed over 4,000 families this Easter

All singing, all swinging at KGH

Book your tickets for All swinging, all singing featuring Ray Quinn. This concert spectacular celebrates the fabulous music and tells the incredible story of the world-famous Rat Pack.Led by a bona fide star of swing music, ‘Ray Quinn’. Featuring all the greatest hits of Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and many more timeless classics from the stars of […]

COVID Winter Grant scheme

Blackburn with Darwen has received a government grant to support families and children and other vulnerable adults through the winter period to access food, support with utility bills and other essentials to help keep people warm and fed. This project is known as the COVID Winter Grant Scheme.

The Mall launches new campaign to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week

To mark this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (1–7 February) organised by the charity Place2Be, The Mall Blackburn has launched their ‘My 2021 Time Capsule’ campaign.

Spectacular Knife Angel due to visit Blackburn

A 27ft sculpture, made out of 100,000 bladed weapons, will be outside Blackburn Cathedral in November – COVID permitting.

Survey request for parents / guardians of children under 7

The Bureau Centre for the Arts are looking to collaborate with other youth service providers in Blackburn – but would like your feedback. If you have or work with children aged 7 and under please complete this survey…

Market partnership brings praise from Marcus Rashford

Two markets in Lancashire have joined forces to support struggling families with children eligible for free school meals.

Santa shares personal messages of hope on behalf of The Mall Blackburn

Christmas cheer is always top of the festive agenda at The Mall Blackburn, so when Covid-19 stopped its magical grotto going ahead management got in touch with the big man himself to see if he could help them out.

Art film reflects loss of social interactions in lockdown

‘Monument 2020’ by Elliott Flanagan – an Art film reflecting on the loss of social interactions in lockdown – will be projected on to the side of Blackburn Town Hall.

The Mall Blackburn gives back to the local community this Christmas

The Mall Blackburn has donated £2,000 to support work to tackle food poverty in the local area this winter. Read more here…

Help make some Christmas wishes come true…

Blackburn BID member and partner Change, Grow, Live are working on a couple of important projects this Christmas, and they’re after your help…

The Mall Blackburn congratulates successful local poppy appeal

The Mall Blackburn has offered its warmest congratulations to everyone who has volunteered and supported the Royal British Legion Blackburn Poppy Appeal this year. The Mall Blackburn stepped in to help the fundraising by donating and decorating the outside of an empty retail unit – and it paid off! Even though the unit was only partially open because of the […]

12 Days of Christmas giveaway

Blackburn BID and its members are spreading some Christmas cheer this year as we launch our ’12 Days of Christmas’ giveaway.

Reindeer missing in The Mall!

Santa is sending out an SOS after his reindeer escaped in The Mall Blackburn. The nine naughty reindeer are scattered across the shopping centre and can be found making mischief in the windows of some of the stores.

Magical treat for local little heroes

After the cancellation of its magical grotto due to Covid-19 restrictions, management at The Mall got in touch with their friend Santa and asked him if he would create personalised videos for children who have gone the extra mile or deserve a treat.

Come Home for Christmas charity single

Actual Music are delighted to announce the release of a new Christmas song and music video – written, produced & performed by musicians representing Musique Agency, from across Lancashire and the North-West.

Time to Read Virtual Events presents Sarah Butler

Time to Read presents a live conversation with Sarah Butler, author of Jack and Bet (Picador).

Festive Cheer from Blackburn Market with the return of Pop-up Markets this Saturday

Festive Cheer from Blackburn Market with the return of Pop-up Markets this Saturday

Meet the author this weekend

Award-winning author Christina Gabbitas will be visiting The Mall Blackburn for a two-day, socially distanced, book signing on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December.

**Tier announcement**

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has just made a statement to the House of Commons regarding the ‘regionally-differentiated’ Tier system which will come into place from Wednesday 2 December. Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen will be in the Very high (tier 3).  While there have been improvements in some areas, case rates and the proportion of tests which are positive for […]

The Mall extends Christmas trading hours

Picture: Laura Diffey, Marketing Manager and Jason Cothliff, Ask Me Point Supervisor at The Mall Blackburn.  The Mall Blackburn is extending its opening hours to support retailers and give shoppers more time to get everything they need for Christmas. It will reopen on Wednesday 2nd December and stores will be able to operate from 8am-8pm every night, excluding Sundays, until Wednesday […]

Believe in the Magic of Blackburn town centre book now on sale

The Believe in the Magic of Blackburn town centre book, written by Christina Gabbitas and illustrated by Ursula Hurst was officially launched on Friday (20 November) and is now available for sale!

Children’s book brings the magic of Blackburn alive this Christmas

A specially commissioned book about Blackburn town centre – which launches this Friday – will be brought to life via a live stream.

Festive Cheer from Blackburn Market with the return of Pop-up Markets

Holme Street, a themed pop-up markets area in Blackburn Market, will reopen on Saturday 5th December.

Blackburn Youth Zone – never more needed

Members from Blackburn Youth Zone were featured on CBBC Newsround discussing how support from vital services such as Blackburn Youth Zone have supported them and their families during the coronavirus crisis.

Christmas in Blackburn with Darwen

Can you support a BYZ member this Christmas? Find out you can help here…

Remembrance Day – we will still remember them

Blackburn will be paying its respects by holding a light projection show in the heart of the town.

Blackburn Youth Zone welcomes Fagan & Whalley Ltd to the BYZ Patron Network

Blackburn Youth Zone have welcomed Fagan & Whalley to their patron network.

Christmas in Blackburn: Reimagined for 2020

Visitors are being asked to Believe in Blackburn town centre as this year’s Christmas celebrations are reimagined.

Spooky spectres spotted in The Mall!

With Halloween just days away some spooky spectres have appeared in The Mall Blackburn! Read more about the ghost trail here…

Can you find all 10 coins hidden in Blackburn town centre?

A specially commissioned book about Blackburn town centre will be brought to life this Christmas via an interactive trail for families.    Believe in the Magic of Blackburn Town Centre, written by award-winning local author Christina Gabbitas, features a make-believe family and their adventures in the centre of Blackburn.    The book, available to buy from 20 November, forms the backbone of […]

The Bureau’s Festival Of Light Goes Virtual for 2020 – and organisers need your help

The Bureau Blackburn are looking for people to feature on the big screen – well, projection – for this year’s Blackburn Festival of Light virtual parade.

The Mall steps in to support 2020 Poppy Appeal

The Mall Blackburn has stepped up to support Blackburn Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by donating and decorating a unit to boost fundraising.

Job Support Scheme update

The Government has published details of the Job Support Scheme.  It can be found here: Some key points are:- The Job Support Scheme provides different types of support to businesses according to their situation. Businesses that are operating but facing decreased demand can get support for wages through JSS Open. Those businesses that are legally required to close their premises as a direct […]

Deadline for £250 boost for schools extended

The Mall Blackburn has extended the deadline for local schools to enter its competition to win £250 worth of supplies.

Lancashire: poised to be upgraded to level 3.

Lancashire highly likely to go in to tier 3.

Blackburn placed in ‘High’ COVID category

The Government has issued more information about the new local COVID alert levels which come into force on Wednesday 14 October. Read more here…

Blackburn and Darwen venues receive lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

King George’s Hall is amongst the venues to receive lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

Festive Cheer from Blackburn Market with the return of Pop-up Markets

Blackburn Market has announced the re-opening of pop-up craft and gift markets just in time for Christmas.

The Mall set to give two local schools a £250 boost

The Mall Blackburn is giving local schools the chance to win £250 worth of supplies by asking pupils to create posters highlighting the need for people to stay safe in the coming months. With separate categories for primary and secondary schools, there are also individual prizes of a Kindle or a Virtual Reality headset for the children that produce the […]

How the new national restrictions will affect Blackburn with Darwen…

The government has summarised the changes which apply nationally at the following link. Find out how this affects you here.

Key points of the new national COVID-19 restrictions

Key points of the new national COVID-19 restrictions.

Care bubbles, penalties, and isolation payments explained

Updates to the impact and response to Coronavirus – including care bubbles, penalties and isolation payments.

Last chance to enter Mall’s competition

Shoppers have less than a week left to win a whole host of prizes, including a £250 shopping spree, at The Mall Blackburn.

Local Venues are at the forefront of national campaign to “Save Our Theatres”

Blackburn and Darwen are at the forefront of a national fundraising campaign that has been launched by the Theatres Trust in partnership to save theatres across the UK.

A celebration of the songs and music of George Michael

Rob Lamberti will be performing a celebration of the songs and music of George Michael at King George’s Hall on Friday 9 July 2021.

Clarification of Government guidelines for Blackburn with Darwen

The Government has updated the guidance regarding what you can and cannot do in Blackburn with Darwen, to reflect the changes to social contact brought into force today.

“By Skill and Hard Work”, the BYZ Community thrives through the pandemic to reach the most vulnerable

“By Skill and Hard Work”, the BYZ Community thrives through the pandemic to reach the most vulnerable

National COVID-19 update from the Government

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has delivered a Coronavirus Press Conference with the Government’s current response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday 10 September

To support this year’s theme of ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ we will be sharing information across our social media channels to help raise awareness around suicide and suicide prevention.

Social gatherings of more than 6 people illegal from Monday.

Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases across the country.

The Mall Blackburn thanks shoppers!

The Mall Blackburn is giving shoppers the chance to win a £250 shopping spree as well as a whole host of other prizes to say thank you for their ongoing support.

Payments for those on low income in areas of high infection

The Government are to implement new payment for people on low incomes in areas with high rates of COVID-19, who need to self-isolate and can’t work from home. Payments of up to £182 to be made to people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their contacts.

Jonathan Pie’s Fake News show – updated and remixed for a post-Corona world

Jonathan Pie’s critically acclaimed sell out show Fake News returns, updated and remixed for a post-Corona world. His live show arrives in Blackburn at King George’s Hall on 29th May 2021 and tickets are on sale now.

Extra lockdown restrictions in Blackburn

The government have issued some further guidance regarding the extra restrictions in Blackburn. Some key points are detailed here…

Changes to lockdown ruling in Blackburn with Darwen

The Government and local leaders in Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn have agreed additional measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, while removing Wigan, Darwen and Rossendale from intervention.

Double delight as two stores open in The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn is bucking the national trend by celebrating two new store openings. Just Cuts and Minoti held launch days this week and are already proving very popular with shoppers.

Targeted approach to Blackburn restrictions

Take a look at the targeted approach to Blackburn lockdown restrictions here…

‘Brickburn’ named as finalist at Northern PR Awards

Blackburn town centre BID’s ‘Brickburn’ campaign was a finalist in the ‘Public Sector’ category of North’s PRCA Dare Awards. Read more here…

New alley gates make town centre safer

New alley gates have been installed off Northgate by Blackburn BID to reduce fly tipping and anti-social behaviour. Read more here…

Ease of lockdown measures is not applicable to Blackburn

The Government has announced further easing of lockdown measures which were postponed on 1st August will now take place from tomorrow (15 August) but ”these changes will NOT apply in any protected area for which there are local restrictions”.

Shop Local, Test & Trace, and the Greatest Bank Holiday Show!

We have lots of updates to share with you today – ranging from Shop Local, Test & Trace, and details of the Greatest Bank Holiday Show!
Find out more here:

Update on review of local restrictions

The current rules on social gatherings are to continue in East Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Leicester, following a review of all local restrictions yesterday (Thursday) by government and local authorities.

Column written by BwD Director of Public Health

Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health for Blackburn with Darwen, has written a column for the Lancashire Telegraph. Read it here…

Curtis Stigers brings Contemporary Jazz to Blackburn in 2021

Curtis Stigers brings Contemporary Jazz to King George’s Hall in Blackburn in 2021. Find out how to get tickets here…

New Lockdown Rules

Last night the government and North West local authorities are acting together to control the spread of Coronavirus. From today, if you live in affected areas, you should follow new rules when meeting people who you do not live with. Affected areas in Lancashire are:- Blackburn with Darwen Burnley Hyndburn Pendle Rossendale In these areas you should not: Meet people you do […]

Shielded Patients Update

Clinically extremely vulnerable patients in Blackburn with Darwen who are currently on the Shielded Patient List are being sent letters and text messages by the Government to advise them that they need to continue staying at home until further notice.  This may affect your colleagues, staff, friends or family members. Coronavirus levels in this area continue to remain higher than […]

Lockdown easing measures postponed in Blackburn with Darwen

The Government has announced that further lockdown easing measures are being postponed in Blackburn with Darwen.

New restrictions in force from Friday 24 July

Blackburn with Darwen Council have released updated guidance around face coverings in readiness for them to be compulsory in shops and supermarkets from Friday (24 July)

‘Creative Connections’ for Blackburn students

Blackburn Council’s Arts & Heritage Manager Rebecca Johnson is leading on a project to create 300 ‘Creative Connections’ boxes for year 6 students in Blackburn to support them during the summer and preparing for High School in September.

Guidance from Blackburn with Darwen Council regarding safety in the workplace, and face coverings.

Updated guidance from Blackburn with Darwen Council regarding safety in the workplace, and face coverings.

The Mall backs Yellow Hearts campaign to help bereaved families

The Mall Blackburn is supporting a Burnley woman who is part of a nationwide group that is working to ensure the victims of Covid-19 are remembered.

Blackburn Youth Zone has been featured on ITV

Blackburn Youth Zone has been featured on ITV to highlight the needs of local children and young people during the COVID-19 crisis.

Update from Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is holding a press conference at the moment, at which he has announced changes to lockdown restrictions. Click here for more details.

Businesses taking extra steps to make Blackburn town centre COVID-safe

Businesses in Blackburn town centre are taking extra steps to make sure they are Covid-safe. Following the announcement of face coverings to become mandatory in shops from 24 July, and the announcement of extra measures for Blackburn and Darwen to help prevent a local lockdown, customers are asked to wear face coverings in the Mall, the Market and businesses across […]

New steps to help prevent a local lockdown for Blackburn with Darwen

BREAKING NEWS: New steps to help prevent a local lockdown for Blackburn with Darwen.

Update on self-employment income support scheme and face coverings in shops

Update on self-employment income support scheme and face coverings in shops. Find out more here…

Vacancy for REACH worker role

Change, Grow, Live – funded by Blackburn with Darwen Council and supported by Blackburn BID – have appointed a new REACH worker for Blackburn town centre. Find out more…

Mobile COVID-19 testing in Blackburn

The new mobile testing unit for Blackburn with Darwen is open at Witton Park Academy from Monday to Friday this week, from 11am to 6pm. Find out more here.

Blackburn in top ten of recovering high streets

The latest data shows that footfall levels in Blackburn are recovering at a faster rate than in many other areas and so Blackburn appears in the top ten of high streets returning to previous levels of activity, at number 6, whilst some of the UK’s biggest cities such as Manchester and Birmingham are in the bottom ten.

Announcement of support package for arts, culture and heritage industries

It was announced last night that Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus.

No current risk of local lockdown in Blackburn with Darwen

In the news, Blackburn with Darwen area is ranked at number 9 in the list of areas with the highest rate of infections and suggestions it could be ‘days away from local lockdown’ as a result. Click here to see the response from the Council.

Blackburn Central Library is reopening from Monday 6 July

Blackburn Central Library is reopening from Monday, 6 July. Here’s a message from the library service…

‘Covid Safety’ advice for businesses

The government has released guidance for people providing ‘close contact services’, to be able to open and operate ‘covid safely’. Find out more here…

Life after lockdown at The Mall

hris Duval from The Mall Blackburn has been working hard to keep the centre clean

Winning Young Artists named for Paint The Town @ Home competition

Congratulations to the winners in the under 18’s young people category for Paint The Town 2020, organised by The Bureau Centre for the Art.

Under 5s in Blackburn set to benefit from grant award

The Bureau Centre for the Arts awarded £30,000 to develop a music programme for pre-school children with their families.

Argos updates customers on reopening of its stores

He said: “Following government advice, we have been reopening Argos stores on high streets and retail parks in the Republic of Ireland since 18th May and in Northern Ireland since 8thJune.  “We have learnt a lot from these stores about how customers want to shop with us and we will keep listening to customer feedback as we start to open more […]

Blackburn ready to welcome back visitors to the town centre – but there will be some changes

One-way systems, hand sanitiser stations and Safety Ambassadors are in place ready to welcome visitors back to Blackburn town centre from Monday. Find out what other changes to expect here.

The Mall Blackburn looking forward to the first step of a return to a new normal

The Mall Blackburn is looking forward to welcoming shoppers as more of its shops begin to open, starting from Monday June 15th.

Blackburn and Darwen’s Markets Reopen to the Public Next Week

The markets in Blackburn and Darwen will reopen to the public on Monday 15th June 2020 – but there will be changes. Find out more here…

‘Lockdown’ captured in art form during this year’s Paint The Town

The voting for this year’s People’s Choice category is now open for this year’s Paint The Town @ Home art competition. Find out how to vote here:

Blackburn with Darwen Library Service launch ‘Silly Squad’ reading challenge

A new digital reading offer is available to help children beat those lockdown blues, have fun, and keep their reading skills sharp at the same time while many schools and libraries remain closed.

Mayoral recognition for ‘unending support of town centre businesses’ presented to Blackburn BID

Blackburn BID is proud to have been presented with an award from the outgoing Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen for its services to local businesses during the outbreak.

Test your knowledge of Blackburn

How much do you know about Blackburn? As a bit of fun during the lockdown, we’re inviting you to take part in our Blackburn quiz.

The Mall Blackburn announces new measures for when shops reopen

Following the easing of government restrictions, The Mall Blackburn will be operating under normal trading hours from Monday 15th June. Customers are advised to check for individual store details.

Celebrating the Past and Preparing for the Future

King George’s Hall has recently been overwhelmed by the memories shared on their social media channels of concerts people have enjoyed in Blackburn in years gone by.

Mall management pay tribute to hardworking staff

Management at The Mall Blackburn have paid tribute to staff that have worked tirelessly to ensure that the centre remained partially open throughout the Covid-19 crisis to enable the local community to benefit from the services of the essential retailers.

Get involved in Paint The Town @ Home

Paint The Town @ Home, organised by The Bureau Centre for the Arts and supported by Blackburn BID, is going to take place on Saturday 30th May. Find out more about the fantastic online workshops and demos from professional artists that you can access for free in the coming weeks in the run up to the event.

The Show Must Go On, as Local Venues Launch “Lockdown Live”

The Show Must Go On, as Local Venues Launch “Lockdown Live”. King George’s Hall and Darwen Library Theatre are launching a new initiative to keep us entertained until singers, bands and performers can return to the stage. Blackburn & Darwen Lockdown Live launches this Sunday.

Paint the Town @ Home in 2020

The Bureau Centre for the Arts, supported by Blackburn BID, Blackburn with Darwen Council Arts & Heritage and the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage project are delighted to bring you Paint the Town @ Home on Saturday 30 May 2020!

Market Traders joined together to keep Food Supplies Moving

Blackburn Market’s food traders received hundreds of orders in less than 24 hours, when a new online ordering system was launched in record time.

The Mall launches virtual Easter Egg hunt

Just because you are apart from friends & family does not mean you cannot celebrate Easter with an annual Easter Egg hunt with them.

Ainsworth Jewellers on the hunt for memorabilia

Ainsworth Jewellers are on the hunt for museum-worthy memorabilia spanning their 150-year history.

Worship at Home on Mother’s Day

Blackburn Cathedral will be taking their Mothering Sunday workshop online!

Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival 2020 announcement

It is with much regret that we announce the postponement of the Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival planned for June this year.

Children take charge at The Mall Blackburn!

Children from Holy Trinity C of E School in Darwen got a taste for the working world as part of an initiative at The Mall Blackburn.

Fashion brand is a model business

Blackburn’s Community Clothing is leading the way when it comes to sustainable, ethical garments.

Sign up and sleep out for charity

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust (BRCT) are hosting the ‘Sleep Out for Blackburn 2020’ event – and they’re looking for people to take part.

Blackburn Workouts & Wellbeing Festival has been postponed

It is with regret that the Blackburn Workshops and Wellbeing Festival, due to take place 23-29 March, has been postponed due to Coronavirus.

Get your hands on a £200 Mall shopping spree!!!

Win a £200 shopping spree by taking a pic with the woman in your life at The Mall Selfie Wall

100 machines spanning 100 years of history.

Behind a shopfront in Darwen Street, Blackburn, lies a mini museum capturing 100 years of textile history. Find out more here…

Historic Holme Street recreated in new initiative in Blackburn Market.

A new events and themed pop-up markets area at the heart of Blackburn Market has been named Holme Street.

Step Back in Time

Step Back in Time to The Golden Era of Rock ‘n’ Roll when “Lipstick On Your Collar” heads to King George’s Hall in Blackburn!

Internationally acclaimed floral architect and mentor at unique event in Lancashire

Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival has announced a unique opportunity for UK flower fans, as Tom De Houwer confirms a demonstration and installation at the June 2020 event.

Little shoppers enjoy free fun February!

Lots of little shoppers have taken advantage of the free fun on offer at The Mall Blackburn this half-term – and there is plenty more to come!

Sing Together brings hundreds of voices and thousands of visitors to Blackburn

The annual Sing Together concert series returns for a record breaking run this March at King George’s Hall. Find out more here:

It’s still a BoyzLife for Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy

Boyzone and Westlife will be joining forces and playing some of their biggest hits this Friday (28th February 2020) at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall.

World Book Day bonanza at The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn has teamed up with the organisers of World Book Day to bring stories to life on World Book Day (Thursday 5 March) and ending on Sunday 8 March.

A sweet story of “Liquid Gold” at Blackburn Market

A Lancashire Beekeeper brought their products and fascinating stories about beekeeping to Blackburn Market at the weekend.

International dance sensation comes to Blackburn next week.

The International smash hit “Spirit of the Dance” is bringing its spine tingling anniversary show to King George’s Hall in Blackburn on Wednesday 26 February at 7pm.

Plenty to keep the kids entertained this half term

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained at The Mall Blackburn this February half-term with a whole host of free ‘make and take’ activities.

Café with no name given new identity

A town centre café has taken inspiration from Blackburn’s textile history when choosing a new name. The Café With No Name – formerly Café Northcote in Cathedral Quarter – has now reopened its doors as Checks & Greys.

First time buyer event at Blackburn Santander on 15 February.

Santander will be hosting a free first-time buyer education events at their Blackburn branch on 15 Feb at 11am.

Kiefer Sutherland heads to Blackburn

Kiefer Sutherland heads to the UK for a string of UK dates – arriving at King George’s Hall in Blackburn on Saturday 22nd February 2020. Find out how to book tickets here.

The world’s premier show in celebration of ‘The Velvet Voice’ comes to Blackburn

Experience all the hits from the amazing career of Luther Vandross at King George’s Hall on Saturday 15 February.

Health Hub Launch at Blackburn Library

A week-long programme of activities is planned to mark the launch of the Health Hub @ Blackburn Library – which aims to bring health and digital support to the community of Blackburn with Darwen.

David Baddiel brings ‘Trolls: Not The Dolls’ To Blackburn

Following his five-star, Olivier Award-nominated, hit one-man show, My Family: Not The Sitcom David Baddiel returns to the stage with a brand new one-man show, Trolls: Not The Dolls.

RHS 2020 Britain in Bloom finalists turn attention to urban greening

A growing number of gardening groups competing in this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom competition are prioritising the regeneration of urban areas as communities recognise the value of green spaces to people and planet.

The hilarious celebration of women and ‘the change’ sets sail to Blackburn

Following multiple sell out UK and Irish Tours with the original “ultimate girls’ night out”, Menopause The Musical® will be coming to King George’s Hall with their nationwide tour Cruising Through Menopause.

£2,000 boost for Secret Santa!

Festive selfie snappers have helped to raise a massive £2,000 for Blackburn’s Secret Santa mission. Earlier this month, The Mall Blackburn launched an appeal to ask people to take pictures at its new selfie wall wearing their favourite Christmas Jumpers, with a donation being made to the Secret Santa community interest company for each one uploaded to its social media […]

Festival of Light lit up the town

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Blackburn for the ‘Festival of Light’ lantern parade.
The event is now in its eighth year, having grown from a small event run by one artist working with the council to a large celebration event this year.

Winter warmer for Blackburn’s Nightlife

Audiences in Blackburn are being treated to an array of entertainment over the festive period – with a three week pop up festival incorporating music, arts and fashion.

Santa Dashing through town

Hardy runners braved a chill Sunday morning to complete a 5K Santa Dash fun run around the town centre.

Cracking Christmas in store at The Mall!

The Mall Blackburn is ready for the most wonderful time of the year!

Preparations started in early spring and the finishing touches are now being made for the biggest and best Christmas yet!

Making Invisible Disabilities Visible

Kathryn Boyes at Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre.

Paint the Town winners announced

A number of fantastic prizes were up for grabs at this year’s Blackburn Paint the Town 2019 challenge – and we are delighted to announce the winners.

High hopes for Blackburn’s Teddy Bear Mountain!

A Blackburn based community interest company is appealing for donations to help build a giant Teddy Bear Mountain for vulnerable children this Christmas.

Dashing through the… town

The second annual Blackburn Santa Dash is taking place on Sunday 8 December in Blackburn town centre as part of the ‘Believe in Blackburn town centre’ Christmas programme.

It’s Purple Tuesday in The Mall Blackburn!

Following the success of 2018’s inaugural Purple Tuesday campaign, The Mall Blackburn is once again joining retailers across the nation to mark the UK’s official accessible shopping day.

Today (Tuesday 12th November) sees the shopping centre mark the start of its pledge to train all frontline staff in Autism Awareness in the coming months.

Ladies and gents, this is the show you’ve been waiting for…

The 2019 Blackburn Christmas lights switch on will herald the start of a packed programme of festive events throughout the town centre.

Blackburn Comes Alive! The official lights switch on event will take place on Saturday 23 November from 12pm, and promises to be an amazing, magical day.

Council: There’s a bed for EVERY homeless person in Blackburn with Darwen this winter

Blackburn with Darwen Council has provided extra money for emergency accommodation and services for the borough’s most vulnerable this winter.

Blackburn wins triple awards in Britain in Bloom awards

Organisers of Blackburn in Bloom cannot be-leaf that they have been crowned winners of two categories in this year’s Britain in Bloom North West Awards.
At a prestigious ceremony in Southport, Blackburn in Bloom – a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn BID, and the volunteers of Blackburn Horticultural Society – were crowned winners for the ‘town centre’ and ‘BID’ categories and went on to win ‘Best BID’.

A Blossoming Partnership for National Company with Local Roots

The headline sponsor for the Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival, which returns in 2020, has been announced.
Family company and nationally respected home furnishing specialists Plumbs, will be the lead sponsor for the Festival which takes place from 17th to 21st June 2020.

Blackburn 10K will put the town centre on the map

Home is where the heart is and that’s certainly true for former England International distance runner Matt Wood.
The 32-year-old former QEGS Blackburn pupil organises sell-out race events at top venues right across the country.

Artists are ready to Paint the Town this Saturday

This Saturday will mark the fourth Paint the Town event in Blackburn. This exciting visual arts event based in Blackburn town centre, is a challenge to artists of all abilities to create a painting, drawing or other artwork in just ONE day within Blackburn town centre.

Witches and wizards wow at The Mall!

The Mall Blackburn’s free Halloween activities got off to a ghouslishly great start with children visiting from across the county!

Special delivery of magic at Santa’s Fantastical Post Office

The Mall Blackburn is promising an unforgettable experience for children this Christmas and the elves are already busy behind the scenes.
A brand new concept, called Santa’s Fantastical Post Office, will burst into life on Saturday 23rd November and will be open on selected dates until Christmas Eve.

Blackburn artists invited to ‘Paint the Town’

Blackburn town centre is calling for artists to sign up to the fourth annual Paint the Town event.
Paint the Town is a challenge to artists of all ages and abilities – beginners, amateurs and professionals – to create a painting, drawing or other artwork in a day within Blackburn town centre.

ADVICE SHOP: Why sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory

ADVICE SHOP: Why sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory

Award-winning baby classes are big hit in The Mall

The magical world of Baby Sensory is proving a huge hit for little ones and their parents at The Mall Blackburn.

Intrepid explorers smash fundraising target!

Staff and retailers from The Mall Blackburn have raised over £1700 for the East Lancashire Hospice.

Paint The Town 2019 – Blackburn

Welcome to Paint the Town 2019… An exciting painting event based in Blackburn town centre, now in its fourth year!

Brickburn’s PAW Patrol brick trail has just got meow-sive!

PAW Patrol fans – we need you! Six naughty kittens from the hit Nick Jr. TV show have escaped and are hiding in Blackburn Market.

Northgate: Things are changing

You are invited to Morphgate – a family friendly fundraising event on Sunday 25 August 2019 in aid of the Mayor’s charity.

Welcome to…

aw Patrol brick live is coming to Blackburn town centre. Are you all ears? See incredible brick models of all your favourite characters and buildings from the hit Nick Jr tv show including chase, Marshall and the gang.

Blackburn’s Bureau Centre for the Arts nominated for Epic Award

Blackburn’s Bureau Centre for the Arts – which was nearly destroyed by fire this year – are calling on the public’s help after being shortlisted for a National Arts award.

Go for gold by getting active this August!

The Mall Blackburn, in collaboration with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, is set to introduce a new initiative to get people more active.

Kids enjoy ‘One Great Day’ to start the summer!

Tobias, Daisy and Matilda Barton from Blackburn helped to raise money for two very deserving children’s charities by taking part in the One Great Day celebrations at The Mall Blackburn.

Blackburn looks blooming lovely say judges

Organisers of Blackburn in Bloom are keeping their green fingers crossed that they have impressed judges enough to scoop a fourth gold in the Britain In Bloom horticultural competition.

‘Brickburn’ to host world’s first PAW Patrol brick trail

PAW Patrol fans will be able to meet their favourite characters this summer – as Blackburn hosts the world’s first PAW Patrol brick trail!

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Comes to King George’s Hall

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show is on stage at the King George’s Hall this summer.

See Tabby McTat Live on Stage at the King George’s Hall

From the team behind Zog and The Gruffalo, the stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler’s latest children’s book Tabby McTat comes to the King George’s Hall this July.

Comedy Night and a Summer Gala Concert – What’s on in Blackburn this week

George’s Comedy Club returns for it’s monthly appearance at King George’s Hall and the rousing Last Night of the Proms takes place at Blackburn Cathedral. See what’s on this week in Blackburn!

Award-winning baby classes are coming to The Mall

The magical world of Baby Sensory is coming to The Mall Blackburn this July.

Erin’s Place sets up shop in The Mall Blackburn

A Darwen based pottery and craft studio is expanding into The Mall Blackburn as part of a collaboration to keep kids entertained this summer.

Next launches extended newborn range in Blackburn store

Next, at Townsmoor Retail Park, Blackburn, has launched a newly extended newborn range in store.

Turn your Old Photographs into Digital Memories

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen is asking people to bring their old photographs to the Festival of Making this weekend to have them scanned and saved onto a CD so they can use them digitally.

Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival to return in 2020

A spectacular flower festival which attracted thousands of people to Blackburn Cathedral is set to return in June 2020.

Power to electric car drivers at The Mall Blackburn!

Drivers of electric or hybrid vehicles can now park and charge at The Mall Blackburn.

CALLING ALL Young, Talented Makers – Apply Now!

Be part of the ‘Young Creators Market’ as part of the National Festival of Making on 15 & 16 June 2019!!

Footballing legend John Barnes to launch new menu

A tasty treat is in store for football fans as England and Liverpool football legend, John Barnes, is coming to Blackburn this Friday (26th April) to launch East Z East’s new season menu.

Kids get cracking with free crafts at The Mall

Children from across the county are having a cracking time getting hands on with free activities at The Mall Blackburn!

Easter Opening Times 2019 for Shops and Places to Visit in Blackburn Town Centre

With fabulous weather predicted, there is lots to do in Blackburn Town Centre over the Easter weekend 2019.

The National Festival of Making Receives Two Years more Funding

The National Festival of Making has been awarded Arts Council England funding that will support the growth of the festival programme for the next 2 years

Free Mother’s Day Card with Every Mother’s Day Cake at Poundbakery

Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be tricky enough, which is why Poundbakery have decided to make things as easy as possible for customers!

Turtle Bay Launch Special Mother’s Day ‘Koko Bellini’ Cocktail – And Give Diners the Chance to Win Koko Kanu Goodies

Caribbean restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay, have created a specialist rum cocktail designed to treat mums this Mother’s Day.

Free fun February lined up at The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn is promising a week of crafty free fun during the school half term holiday!

Free February Holiday Fun Let’s Make at Blackburn Market

Calling all parents, grandparents, childminders and carers – FREE holiday activities are back at Blackburn Market.

Celebrate ‘One Love’ At Turtle Bay… Welcome To Valentine’s Day, Caribbean Style…

Turtle Bay have launched an epic new Valentine’s menu… and it’s not just for lovers.

Turtle Bay’s January Offer: A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That

Four free small plate dishes when you spend £25.

PJ Masks saved the day for Blackburn girl

Catboy & Owlette from PJ Masks really did save the day for a seven-year-old girl from Blackburn after visiting The Mall.

PJ Masks will be coming to save the day at The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn is kicking off 2019 with a treat for little shoppers by giving them a chance to meet Catboy and Owlette from PJ Masks on Sunday 6th January.

Turtle Bay Launch Secret Cocktail Menu For Christmas

Turtle Bay offers the ultimate, alternative festive vibe, with a Christmas that caters for celebrations of all sizes, duration and budgets.

The Mall (and Santa) gear up for busiest week of the year!

The Mall Blackburn is braced for its busiest week of the year with extended Santa’s Workshop hours, late night shopping and a charity gift-wrapping service.

Blackburn has their say on Brussels

The people of Blackburn have had their say on Brussels (sprouts), with 64% voters saying they DO love sprouts.

Doors open on new Clintons store!

The new Clintons store in The Mall Blackburn celebrated its official launch on Saturday 8th December. 

The Mall Blackburn embraces the season of giving!

The Mall Blackburn is partnering with a number of charity initiatives during the season of giving!

It’s Not Christmas, It’s My Birthday! Turtle Bay Give Away Birthday Gifts To Those Born In December!

Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant and bar are here to sooth those December birthday blues as they finally thrust December born babes back into the spotlight where they belong with a free cocktail (or two if it’s happy hour) for every diner whose big day falls in December.

Get Ready….Get Set…Ho Ho Ho – Blackburn Santa Dash Picture Gallery

Over 200 people from across the region took part in the Blackburn Charity Santa Dash today (Sunday 9th December) as part of Blackburn’s BIG Christmas celebrations.

Blackburn Market Kitchen opens for Christmas this Saturday!

Blackburn Market will welcome MasterChef finalist, Moonira Hinglotwala, for a cookery demonstration this Saturday.

Get Christmas wrapped up at exclusive Debenhams event

Christmas is about to come early for beauty lovers in Blackburn as Debenhams prepares to host one of its popular Beauty Club events in time for the party season! 

Magical Parade adds some Christmas Sparkle to Blackburn

Nothing could dampen the Christmas sparkle that came to Blackburn today (Saturday 1st December 2018) when a magical Christmas Parade took to the streets.

Blackburn Sisters Meet X Factor Star

X Factor fans from Blackburn were over the moon to meet a 2017 finalist at The Mall Blackburn as part of the town’s BIG Christmas Light Switch On event. 

A cavalcade of magical characters and mischievous elves bring Christmas Family Parade to town

Blackburn’s packed Big Christmas programme continues this weekend with the Christmas Parade.

BIG Christmas Lights Switch On brings thousands to town!

A two hour musical extravaganza brought thousands of people into Blackburn Town Centre to see the traditional Christmas Lights Switch On.

Blackburn’s BIG Christmas – What’s On Guide

Our new, pocket-sized guide to the packed programme of festive events is now available to pick-up & download

Turtle Bay Launch Secret Cocktail Menu For Christmas

On 19th November Turtle Bay launch their Christmas celebrations and it’s all about serving up the magic of the Caribbean.

Peter Jackson the Jeweller opens stunning new store

Peter Jackson the Jeweller opened their fantastic new store in a glittering fanfare of sparkle!

‘Best Christmas experience ever’ back by popular demand!

The Mall Blackburn is set to welcome what shoppers described as ‘the best Christmas experience ever’ back for 2018.

X Factor star set to ‘Grace’ Blackburn’s Christmas lights switch-on

Saturday 24th November, King William Street, 4.30pm to 6.30pm Blackburn’s Christmas lights will be switched on this year by the town’s very own singing sensation Grace Davies. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in partnership with Blackburn BID and The Mall have organised this year’s jam-packed festive programme, with Grace set to take centre stage. The 21-year-old songstress first won local […]

The Mall Blackburn celebrates Purple Tuesday

The Mall Blackburn joined retailers across the nation in marking Purple Tuesday, the UK’s first accessible shopping day.

100 Years of Remembrance: Events being held throughout Blackburn Town Centre

100 Years of Remembrance: Events being held throughout Blackburn Town Centre

Peter Jackson The Jeweller set to launch new store in The Mall!

Peter Jackson The Jeweller is set to launch their glittering new store in The Mall Blackburn on Friday 9th November as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations.

Bumper Festive Calendar with Christmas Market, Parades and Dashing Santas

Blackburn with Darwen Council in partnership with Blackburn BID have announced a packed programme of festive fun for Christmas 2018 kicking off with the Christmas Lights’ Switch On Show on Saturday 24th November 2018.

Hungry for change – a world of new places to eat and drink in Blackburn

Hat’s off to David Wilcock, the latest successful trader from Blackburn Market market to take the leap of faith onto Blackburn’s award winning high street.

Blackburn’s Fire Garden – Distinctly Different start to Christmas

Organisers of Blackburn’s annual Christmas Lights Switch On event have received outstanding feedback for their decision to do something ‘distinctly different.’ Blackburn BID took the decision to change the traditional 2 hour stage show format with a commercial radio station and a mix of local and pop musicians. They commissioned internationally acclaimed, outdoor arts company Walk the Plank to come […]

Blackburn’s All Fired Up for Christmas – Timetable for Saturday 25th November 2017 – Blackburn Town Centre

“Blackburn’s Fire Garden and Christmas Lights Switch On” Saturday 25th November 2017 – Timetable of Events 11:00am – Christmas Food Court opens on King William Street 12 noon – Santa’s Workshop open in The Mall 1:00pm – Meet Beauty and the Beast characters, The Awesome Fairy, Gaston and Bertha from King George’s Hall Panto in The Mall 2.30pm – 3.30pm Meet […]

Town makes dramatic changes to Christmas Lights Switch On to counteract the Boredom Factor

Christmas organisers in Blackburn, Lancashire are shunning the traditional Christmas Lights Switch On show in favour of an innovative new event concept.

Food Glorious Food at Blackburn’s Fire Garden Switch on Street Feast! Eat, Drink and be Merry!

A fantastic festive street feast will be served as part of Blackburn’s Christmas Lights Switch on day taking place on Saturday 25th November.

Joy at £25,000 Funding Boost for Blackburn’s Festival of Light

Blackburn’s lantern parade will be bigger and brighter than ever this year, thanks to successful £25,000 additional funding, a fresh new timetable and new team members.

Good News for Blackburn!

Coronation Street stars, Wendi Peters and Peter Gunn have been sharing their passion for Blackburn in a new Visitor Guide published this month.

Christmas Party on the Market and Street Feast

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.

Blackburn’s All Fired Up for Christmas

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.

Celebrations bring thousands of people into Blackburn for Street Party

Ticker tape fell from the sky and crowds cheered as Northern Power House Minister, Jack Berry unveiled a commemorative plaque to celebrate Blackburn’s victory in the Great British High Street Awards.

Blackburn set to Celebrate Double Win with Street Party this Saturday

This weekend Blackburn will be turning red, white and blue with “The Great British High Street Party” to celebrate the town’s double win in the national Great British High Street Awards.

Winners’ Week for Blackburn Businesses

Business across Blackburn are painting the town red, white and blue as the countdown has begun to one of Blackburn’s biggest street parties.

BGT star sings to celebrate Blackburn’s championship win

The Blackburn Business Improvement Development (BID) has announced that the forthcoming summer street fair (Saturday 15 July) will be a Great British High Street Party filled with family entertainment, food and street stalls.

Spring Street Fair brings Praise and Showers

Rain didn’t stop play for the first Blackburn BID Street fair as hundreds of people enjoyed shopping, street food, rides, entertainment, children’s activities and cultural entertainment on King William Street.

Spring Street Fair to bring 360° Dome Cinema to Town

A giant 360° dome cinema will be landing in Blackburn at the first of Blackburn Business Improvement District’s Street Fairs of 2017.

There’s no place like “Dome” as BID launch Street Fairs for Blackburn

Blackburn Business Improvement District have revealed that visitors to a new series of street fairs will be able to enjoy 4K projections in a spellbinding geodesic dome

It’s time to Spring into Blackburn

Blackburn Business Improvement District are reminding people about the wide range of things to do in Blackburn Town Centre over the Easter Holidays.

Blackburn looks back on Championship Year

Blackburn BID publishes its Annual Report and sets out plans for 2017 The Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) has published its 2016 Annual Report which tells the incredible story with photographs showing how the town came together to win national acclaim as Town Centre of the Year and crowned overall winner in the Great British High Street Awards. The report […]

Blackburn named Winner of Winners!

Blackburn’s High Street has been crowned best in the country after winning the ‘Best Town Centre’ category and scooping the overall award in the Great British High Street competition.

Blackburn BID goes Nutcrackers for Small Business Saturday

An army of Nutcracker king soldiers will descend on Blackburn this weekend as the Blackburn BID launches its Giant Nutcracker Trail for Small Business Saturday.

Blackburn Impress Judges for Great British High Street Award

JUDGES of the Great British High Street competition said they were ‘impressed’ after Blackburn pulled out all the stops during a tour of the town.

Blackburn’s Town Centre Aiming High

Business leaders are hoping to put Blackburn on the map after putting the town centre forward for a national award and cash prize.

Great British Bake Off Winner Nadiya Hussain Visits Blackburn’s Summer Festival

WINNER of the Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain was in Blackburn for the town’s midsummer nature themed festival.

Blackburn’s Bollywood Bombay Baja

Europe’s leading Indian Brass Band are set to bring their high energy Bollywood tunes to Blackburn for a midsummer festival.


Round off your day in the festival arena at Cathedral Quarter for our finale performance. Where: Cathedral Quarter When: 5pm – 6pm


Discover Blackburn’s world famous bug collection, Bowdler’s Beetles and the town’s natural history collection with a find and seek trail for children. Where: Blackburn Museum When: 11am – 4pm.


Make your own vegetable baby to take home, just like the ones in the Plunge Bloom show, The Allotment. Where: The Mall Blackburn When: 12.15pm, 2.15pm & 4.15pm


Have a go at milking Hodder Valley Show’s prima donna life-size Holstein milking cow. Where: Blackburn Market When: 10am – 5pm.


Visit Blackburn’s new vintage sewing machine museum, recently opened by Celebrity Judge, Patrick Grant. Take part in a drop-in demo and workshop. Where: Hobkirk When: 10am-4.30pm.

Weaver's Wheel Exhibition

Alastair Nicholson’s Weaver’s Wheel exhibition at The Bureau Centre for the Arts will be open on Saturday 25th June during the Countryside Comes to Town festival. Find out about the new family friendly cycle route offering cyclists and walkers a fully signed interconnected network of routes. The new routes cross rich and varied landscape and circle parts of the town including Witton Park and the […]

The Mall Blackburn all set for return of Countryside Comes to Town!

Mr Bloom super fans are only days away from seeing the man himself at The Mall Blackburn.


Animal, vegetable or mineral? Capture the festival spirit with the talented Cheshire Cats face painters who will turn you into your favourite insect, animal, flower creation or butterfly. Where: Cathedral Square When:  10am – 5pm


McNally Music Tuition (MMT) will host a variety of live performances at the Countryside Comes to Town event this Saturday (25th June). Performances will take place on the Blackburn Rovers Stage, situated on King William Street, between 10am – 5pm. Featured artists include MMT vocal tutor Teri Birtwistle, PJB and Lewis Brindle. There will also be a live drum workshop […]

Fun Family Farm Brings the Countryside to Town

VISITORS to Blackburn BID’s Countryside Comes to Town event can get hands on with a pop-up farmyard animal display.

Download the Countryside Comes to Town Map – It's a monster!

You can now download the official Countryside Comes to Town Maps and it is bigger and better than ever! Click here to download the pdf version!

Theatre takes to the streets of Blackburn Town Centre

A cast of outdoor performers will take to the streets to life as part of the BID’s Countryside Comes to Town festival.

Addicted to Sheep: Film Screening at Blackburn’s Countryside Festival

An award-winning documentary praised by critics and shown at cinemas and festivals around the country is showing at Blackburn Library.


Leek FM’s expert gardeners Pete and Ged Moss are on hand to answer all your horticultural and healthy lifestyle queries. Where: King William Street When: 2pm, 3pm and 4pm


Blackburn Cathedral filled with thousands of flowers and spectacular structures that will simply take your breath away. Where: Blackburn Cathedral When: 10am – 6pm


Insect and creature handling at Countryside Comes to Town 2016. The show comes complete with jungle staging and backdrops and is fun packed from start to finish. Creepy crawlies include snakes, lizards, spider, a scorpion, a millipede, cockroaches, turtles and more. Where: Blackburn Museum When: 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm.

FREE Park and Ride for Countryside Comes to Town Festival

A FREE Park and Ride service has been organised for visitors of the Countryside Comes to Town festival by Blackburn’s BID.


Learn about how birds of prey live in their natural habitat with this interactive display of stunning species of hawks and owls. Where: Cathedral Gardens When: 10am-5pm  

Festive season kicks off in Blackburn with Christmas lights switch on

Crowds of people gathered on Town Hall Square for the annual switch-on.

Stars and lights will dazzle in Blackburn this Christmas

Christmas Light switch on stars announced.

Local lad’s starring role at lights switch-on

A local actor to be part of Blackburn Christmas lights switch.

Blackburn art venue hosts hands-on lantern making workshops

Blackburn’s The Bureau Centre for the Arts is holding a series of lantern making workshops for the Festival of Light celebration.

Blackburn Festival of Light 2015

Partners of the Christmas Light switch on announces full line up.

Ribble Valley Star Joins Blackburn’s Christmas Celebrations

Local star who hit the headlines with her appearance on ITV’s Britain’s got Talent will be joining a celebrity line-up of stars for the Christmas Lights Switch On.

Bus operator pulls out the stops for Blackburn Lights Switch On

Visitors heading into Blackburn for this year’s Christmas lights switch on are being encouraged to leave the car at home.

Blackburn’s iconic buildings light up the night with new display

Two of Blackburn’s most iconic heritage buildings will be in the spotlight for the town’s Christmas extravaganza.

Lantern-making workshops planned ahead of Festival of Light

Blackburn’s newest art venue will open their doors next month for a series of seasonal lantern-making workshops in the run up to Christmas.

Countdown to Christmas with Blackburn’s 2015 Christmas Guide

Blackburn BID’s Christmas event guide is ready for distribution across the town as Blackburn gears up for an exciting programme of festive partnership events and activities.

All in a day’s work for Blackburn’s impressive local artists

As part of Blackburn Heritage Festival the Bureau Centre for Arts challenged local artists to create a painting of the town in a day.

Full Steam Ahead as festival organisers look to the future

Supporters of the Blackburn Heritage Festival event are being invited to have their say in how it goes forward.

Guided tours were just the ticket

Costumed guides led visitors through the story of Blackburn’s hidden past on vintage buses at this year’s Blackburn Heritage Festival.

Junior clog dancers are stars of the festival

Pupils from Blackburn Primary School took clog their way to centre stage at the Blackburn Heritage Festival.

Charity donation all sewn up at The Mall

The Mall Blackburn’s Heritage Festival celebrations brought together some of the town’s most talented craftspeople to raise vital funds for its nominated charity.

Sewing Bee star has Blackburn Heritage Festival buzzing

Fashion designer was greeted by fans of the BBC Great British Sewing Bee programme at the Blackburn Heritage Festival.

Sunshine and smiles at the Blackburn Heritage Festival

It was sunshine and smiles for the second Blackburn Heritage Festival.

Slice of history at Spiritualist Centre

An archive exhibition relating to the history of the Spiritualists in Blackburn will be open to the public as part of the Blackburn Heritage Festival.

Ready, Steady, Sew for The Mall’s Heritage Celebrations

A celebration of Lancashire’s rich roots in cotton will take place in The Mall Blackburn as part of the Heritage Festival celebrations.

Old Meet New for Heritage Festival

One of the oldest churches and newest space for the arts will be open to the public as part of the Blackburn Heritage Festival.

One Weekend Three Festivals

Three festivals will converge in Blackburn town centre.

Sewing Star late festival entry!

Blackburn born Great British Sewing Bee finalist, Deborah Simms will be joining the line up at Blackburn Heritage Festival.

Guided Magical History Tour

Costumed guides will lead visitors through the story of Blackburn’s hidden past as part of the Blackburn Heritage Festival.

Two chances to see BBC Sewing Bee Patrick Grant!

Opportunities to meet VIP guest at Blackburn Library.

Treasure Trove of Classic Cars at Blackburn Heritage Festival

Blackburn College will be opening the doors of its high tech RATH building as part of the Blackburn Heritage Festival this year.

Time Travelling Machine Visits Heritage Festival

A converted ambulance with a treasure trove of redundant technology will feature as one of the star attractions at this year’s Blackburn Heritage Festival.

Hart of the Town

The Blackburn BID is hosting a visit by a leading curator when she comes to the Blackburn Heritage Festival to launch a new exhibition.

School children clog their way to the top!

Pupils from a Blackburn Primary School will be taking centre stage at the Blackburn Heritage Festival.

TV Sewing Bee Patrick Grant to Open Sewing Machine Museum in Blackburn

A a celebrity judge on the BBC Great British Sewing Bee programme is to visit the Blackburn Heritage Festival.

Festival Highlights at Farewell Celebration

A festival farewell party is being planned for the close of the Blackburn Heritage Festival.

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