Monster Mayhem comes to Blackburn

The rooftops of Blackburn will be given a monster makeover ahead of an action-packed Christmas programme.

Colourful tentacles, bulging eyes and pointed teeth will all join the Blackburn skyline from Thursday 18 November.

The inflatable ‘Monster Mayhem Blackburn’ trail has been organised by Blackburn BID and its visitor-focused brand Experience Blackburn, and is supported by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, The Mall, and funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project grants.

Families are invited to find each of the giant rooftop and tree top inflatable light sculptures, designed by artists Designs in Air.

There will be a prize of a £50 High Street voucher for the best selfie with any of the monsters.

The trail will be in situ until Friday 26 November – the day before the start of the ‘Illuminate Blackburn’ programme of Christmas events – which includes the Christmas Light’s Switch On event, on Saturday 27 November, and the launch of The Snowman™️ and The Snowdog brick model trail in the town.

The monsters will appear on top of prominent buildings in Blackburn town centre including The Mall and King George’s Hall, and giant inflatable tentacles will also be trailing in shops for visitors to find.

Catherine Price, Blackburn town centre BID Manager, said: “We have an action-packed programme of events running until the New Year with something for everyone!

“We can’t wait to see people’s reactions when they see these mischievous-looking monsters peering at them from above. Blackburn has so much to offer and we know that people of all ages will enjoy the experience of visiting the town this festive season.”

To learn more about the Illuminate Blackburn programme of events visit

Businesses, would you like to have a tentacle inside your premises for the event?  

We will also have a limited number of illuminated inflatable ‘tentacles’ which can be installed inside businesses, to create a trail around the town centre.  

You will need:

  • To have space for a 6-8m inflatable structure, which can be mounted on the floor or from the ceiling.  There needs to be no sharp edges or abrasive surfaces which could damage the tentacle.
  • If ceiling mounted, enough space for customers and staff to walk under safely
  • To be open everyday during the event period OR have the ability for the tentacle to be displayed in your window
  • To preferably have access to power nearby so that the tentacle can be lit up

If you are interested in being involved with #MonsterMayhem and having a tentacle (!), please contact as soon as possible so we can carry out a site assessment.

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