Blackburn Visitor News & Events

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.

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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