A crowd pleasing event that stopped traffic when it brought thousands of additional visitors to Blackburn has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Blackburn Business Improvement District’s (BID) nature themed festival, Countryside Comes to Town, has been shortlisted in the Tourism Event Category of the 2015 Lancashire Tourism Awards.
The event took place across the town centre on Saturday, 20 June and popular attractions at the family fun day included an appearance from CBeebies Mr Bloom, a pop-up petting farm and talking theatre pieces.
The winners are to be announced at a ceremony in the Empress Ballroom at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Thursday, 5 November.
Manager of the Blackburn BID, Harriet Roberts, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the ‘Oscars’ of the Lancashire tourism industry! The BID team have been working hard all year round to make Blackburn a better place to live and visit by organising more family fun activities. We’d love to win but just to be recognised in this way is a sign that the work we are doing is putting Blackburn on the map. Our real success is measured by the businesses, many of who reported this was their busiest day of trading since coming to the town.”
The annual awards, organised by Marketing Lancashire, recognise and reward those individuals who go the extra mile for visitors.
Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “The quality of applications for the tourism awards never fails to impress and this year the judges have a real challenge deciding on the winners in each category. The visitor economy is vital to Lancashire success and each year the Lancashire Tourism Awards is our way of celebrating the huge effort and investment made by our industry colleagues across the board.”
Finalists of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2015 will be invited to an interview by the judging panel during the week of 12 October, when each organisation will have the opportunity to discuss their application in more detail.