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July 2022

May 2022

  • Platinum Arty Party in Blackburn!27/05/2022

    Categories: Town Centre News

    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…

February 2022

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

  • Welcome Back to Blackburn 10/07/2021

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Families across Lancashire are being invited to enjoy a weekend of amazing feel-good music shows to welcome you safely back into Blackburn…

  • The show will go on for King George’s Hall10/07/2021

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The heart of Blackburn is looking forward to beating once again as Covid restrictions continue to ease.

    Neil Dagnall, Venues Operations Manager at…

March 2021

  • Press Release of (RE)VIEW22/03/2021

    (RE)VIEW is the culminating group project by five emerging artists; Amelia Baron, Christian Bell, Susan Brazendale, Francis Martin and Kym Westall,…

December 2020

  • Reindeer missing in The Mall!10/12/2020

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Santa is sending out an SOS after his reindeer escaped in The Mall Blackburn!

    The nine naughty reindeer are scattered across the…

October 2020

September 2020

  • “Save Our Theatres”14/09/2020

    Categories: Town Centre News

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

    Blackburn and Darwen are at the forefront of a…

  • The Mall Blackburn thanks shoppers! 03/09/2020

    Categories: Town Centre News

    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…

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

November 2019

  • Cracking Christmas in store at The Mall!28/11/2019

    Categories: Events

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

    Preparations started in early spring and the finishing touches are…

  • High hopes for Blackburn’s Teddy Bear Mountain! 22/11/2019

    Categories: Town Centre News

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

  • It’s Purple Tuesday in The Mall Blackburn!12/11/2019

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Following the success of 2018’s inaugural Purple Tuesday campaign, The Mall Blackburn is once again joining retailers across the nation to mark…

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

  • Landmark Flower Festival returns to Blackburn in 2020 05/06/2019

    Categories: Town Centre News

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


  • Great News - We Have a New Home! 03/06/2019

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Anyone fancy some great news?

    Thanks to support from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Thwaites Brewery we've got the keys and…

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018


    Categories: Town Centre News

    Bumper Festive Calendar with Christmas Market, Parades and Dashing Santas

    Blackburn with Darwen Council in partnership with Blackburn BID…

  • “Tech or Treat” fun this Half-Term in Blackburn Market19/10/2018

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn Market is dusting away any signs of Hallowe’en cobwebs this Half-term with FREE hi-tech workshops for kids in the Market.


  • Half Term & Halloween Fun in the Libraries 11/10/2018

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Pumpkin themed family craft sessions

    With Hallowe'en just around the corner, there's fun for all the family at our Pumpkin themed family…

  • A Spectacular Season of Classics at King George's Hall 11/10/2018

    Categories: Town Centre News

    King George’s Hall presents a spectacular programme of worldwide acclaimed performers for a brand-new season for Blackburn Classics…

  • Come and enjoy some Free Halloween Fun! 11/10/2018

    Categories: Town Centre News

    There will be some frighteningly good fun happening at The Mall this Halloween!

    Join us from Monday 22nd till Sunday 28th October in…

August 2018

July 2018

  • easyCoffee heads to Darwen Leisure Centre 27/07/2018

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Coffee chain, easyCoffee, is set to continue its expansion across East Lancashire with a store at heart of Darwen within Darwen Leisure Centre…

  • Fabulous free summer of fun at The Mall!09/07/2018

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Mall Blackburn is gearing up for a sensational summer packed with fantastic free activities to keep the little ones busy!

    First up, from…

  • Darwen Market Presents…Brambles East Band Showcase06/07/2018

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Performance in Darwen Market Square, Thursday 19 July 11am 

    Darwen Market is delighted to present Brambles East Band Showcase on Thursday 19…

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

  • ONE GREAT DAY had by all!28/06/2017

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Mall Blackburn raised £150 for two deserving charities by hosting ‘ONE GREAT DAY’ on Saturday 24th June!

    The donations will…

  • Move More Taster Sessions at Witton Park28/06/2017

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Moving More to Help Cope & Recover from the Negative Effects of Cancer



    Categories: Town Centre News

    Celebrating 1973: The Year Bowie Came to Blackburn

    King George's Hall (KGH), Saturday July 8th

    In the 70s Blackburn's King…

  • BGT Star Sings to Celebrate Blackburn’s Championship Win16/06/2017

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Businesses are being briefed to wave flags, bring out the bunting and raise the red, white and blue for Blackburn as the town centre…

  • Great Get Together 12/06/2017

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Big neighbourhood celebrations will be taking place all over the borough in June as part of an exciting national project.

    This summer, on June…

  • Dinosaurs start to descend on Blackburn01/06/2017

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Mall Blackburn’s mega monster celebration got off to a ‘roar’some start Wednesday, 31st May.

    Dastardly dinosaurs have…

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

  • Charity starts at The Mall Blackburn19/01/2017

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Mall Blackburn is on the hunt for a proactive, not for profit organisation to become its Charity of the Year for 2017.

    After a hugely…

  • Blackburn Turtle Bay opening date announced as 12th February18/01/2017

    Categories: Town Centre News

    February suddenly looks a lot brighter as Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant and bar prepares to roll into Blackburn.

    Turtle Bay is coming to the…

  • Contemplating a Legacy18/01/2017

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Artist Julia M. Swarbrick will be showcasing her incredible hand pulled prints created at Blackburn Museum starting this Saturday.

    The exhibition…

  • Blackburn Soul Nights Return for 23rd Year! 18/01/2017

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The classic Blackburn Soul Nights return this month bringing the sounds of Northern Soul. Motown and Dance back to King George's Hall.

    Now in…

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

  • Last chance for beach fun at The Mall Blackburn26/08/2016

    Categories: Town Centre News

    With typical Bank Holiday weather on the way this weekend The Mall Blackburn is urging families to take advantage of its fabulous, free indoor…

  • Free tickets for a ride back in time 18/08/2016

    Categories: Town Centre News

    A cavalcade of vintage buses will take over Blackburn’s multi-million-pound Cathedral Quarter in September for this year’s Heritage…

  • Fun forecast for The Mall Blackburn11/08/2016

    Categories: Town Centre News

    With temperatures in Lancashire set to hover in the mid teens all week The Mall Blackburn is inviting youngsters to come and enjoy its stunning…

  • Summer holiday fun at Blackburn with Darwen Libraries02/08/2016

    Categories: Town Centre News

    If you're looking for low cost activities to keep the children or grandchildren entertained this summer, we have a programme of events…

July 2016

June 2016

  • RVIPW is next month!17/06/2016

    Categories: Town Centre News

    With Peter Donohoe opening this year's Ribble Valley International Piano Week, and Steven Osborne giving the final recital, this year's…

  • Blackburn Venue Awarded Certificate of Excellence17/06/2016

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Thwaites Empire Theatre has been recognised by one of the most prestigious names in travel and has received the 2016 TripAdvisor…

  • New Choir is Walking on Sunshine15/06/2016

    Categories: Town Centre News

    A brand new choir has been formed by a group of walkers to add a musical and community element to their regular activities.

  • The Mall Blackburn unveils £30k investment in customer service 15/06/2016

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Mall Blackburn has unveiled a new central customer service point following a £30,000 investment.

    The Ask Me Point has been extended…

  • Station to Station Queens 90th Celebration08/06/2016

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Join in the Queen’s Birthday celebrations this weekend

    Stations in East Lancashire will be hosting public events to celebrate the…

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

  • Harvest themed Family Fun Day & Homemade Market30/09/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News

    As part of British Food Fortnight, The Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth is organising a family fun day

    Harvest themed Family Fun Day & Homemade…


    Categories: Town Centre News

    It’s official, Lancashire folk love lattes according to a new study by The Mall Blackburn.

     To mark International Coffee Day on…

  • Shoesmith relocates to Blackburn Market 23/09/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn Market has announced that a long-established shoe-repair business is relocating its standalone Blackburn store to one of the…

  • Blackburn town centre guided walkabouts 14/09/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News

    A regular programme of town centre guided walkabouts for town centre staff, shoppers and visitors have been announced as the latest initiative by…

  • Sunshine and smiles at the Blackburn Heritage Festival14/09/2015

    It was sunshine and smiles for the second Blackburn Heritage Festival which has been hailed as another huge success for putting the town on the…

  • Blackburn's new Premier Inn is recruiting!10/09/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News

    As the new Blackburn Premier Inn nears completion, the company are searching for staff for a range of roles within the new hotel based at the…

  • After School Club just 50p at Blackburn Youth Zone09/09/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn Youth Zone is launching a brand new low cost childcare service for 8 -13year olds with excellent youth workers and fantastic activities…

  • Blackburn Youth Zone's Strongman/Strongwoman contest01/09/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn Youth Zone is holding their annual Strongman/Strongwoman contest on Saturday 5th of September.

    The Strongman/Strongwoman event is…

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

  • Thousands flock to Town Centre Countryside Festival22/06/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Blackburn BID smashed its visitor target on Saturday, with its first big event of the year.  Despite wet weather for most of the…

  • Countryside comes to Santander Bank 19/06/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Santander Bank on King William Street, Blackburn are joining in with all the Countryside Comes to Town fun on Saturday 20th June & also…

  • BwD Refugee Week Events 15 -21st June10/06/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News


    Monday 15 June to Sunday 21 June…

  • The Mall Blackburn needs your votes! 04/06/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News

    East Lancashire shoppers can have their say on their favourite Mall Blackburn store by voting in this year’s prestigious Retailer Awards…

May 2015

April 2015

  • New users invited to take to the stage29/04/2015

    Categories: Town Centre News

     Schools, charity groups, uniformed organisations and performance societies are being invited to view the facilities at the Thwaites Empire…

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

  • Eventful New Year for Blackburn BID29/12/2014

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Two major festivals will take place in Blackburn next year, aimed at bringing thousands of visitors to the town centre.  They will be…

  • Weather affects Lantern Parade & Fireworks 11/12/2014

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Annual Lantern Parade, Fireworks & Cathedral Carol Concert on Thursday, 11th December 2014. 

    (Please note: The organisers are…

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

  • The Only Way is Blackburn!29/04/2014

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Only Way is Essex star Lydia Bright will be treating Blackburn shoppers to a Bella Sorella fashion tips master class during a day of pampering…

  • Blackburn in the Market for groups24/04/2014

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Inclusive Tours Launched

    Groups around the UK are setting their sights on a great new set of attractions in the Northwest of England…

  • Untitled08/04/2014

    Community  comes together as borough gears up for Queen’s visit

    A team of community volunteers are pledging their support ahead of…

  • Maundy Money Exhibition at Blackburn Museum07/04/2014

    Categories: Town Centre News

    To mark the Her Majesty Queen’s visit, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is displaying our collection of Maundy Money.

    The exhibition…

  • New Rebound Cafe Opens in Blackburn04/04/2014

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Rebound's Coffee shop opened on Town Hall Street, Blackburn yesterday after months of hard work from the staff there.

     We are open…

  • Love Craft opens new shop in Blackburn02/04/2014

    Categories: Town Centre News

    LoveCraft Lancashire opens exciting new handmade shop in Blackburn town centre.

    Successful event organisers LoveCraft are taking up a…

March 2014

  • Mothers Day Crafts28/03/2014

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Community interest company, ‘Mum’s the Word’ will be in helping families celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend with crafty…

  • Wedding Fair at Welbeing Farm21/03/2014

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Are you looking at Wedding venues & looking for something a bit different?

    The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth are holding a Wedding Fair on…

  • Sprout Cafe to close 29th March21/03/2014

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Sprout, a vegetarian café, run by the former owner of Vfresh in King Street, Blackburn, confirmed that they are to close. The news was…

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

  • Blackburn Visitor Centre Message24/12/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn Visitor Centre & VisitBlackburn wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas & Best wishes for 2014.

    If you need to contact…

  • Going for Green at The Mall Blackburn17/12/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Mall Blackburn has boosted its green credentials after winning two prestigious national awards and being named as a Green World Ambassador for…

  • Merriment and mirth continues in the Market13/12/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Merriment and mirth is on offer this weekend as Blackburn Market gets into the spirit of Christmas with the Bread & Butter Theatre Company…

  • Festive Fun at Blackburn Market13/12/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn Market continues its festive programme of family activities this weekend with a taste of pastimes past. This Saturday, shoppers are…

  • The Clog & Billycock reopens 11/12/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    A landmark village pub has reopened following a £250,000 investment

    The Clog and Billycock, Pleasington, Blackburn has reopened…

  • Turton Tower Gift Shop Open03/12/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Looking for something different? The Gift Shop at Turton Tower will be open 10am to 4pm every weekend up to Christmas. If you can't make it at…

November 2013

  • Shop Local Day 15/11/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Shoppers are being urged to shop local and support our market traders and independent retailers on Saturday, December 7th.

    Lots of events…

  • Christmas Switch On Events 201312/11/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Christmas light switch on events promise to be winter wonderful!

    The switching on of Christmas lights in both Blackburn and Darwen…

October 2013

  • Wellbeing Farm wins gold12/10/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Despite being in business for only six months, The Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth, Bolton has been awarded a Gold Green Tourism Award…

  • Events for Christmas 201308/10/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Dates for your diary:

    21st November 2013 Blackburn Christmas Lights Switch On & start of Late Night Shopping in The Mall.


  • Great News!05/10/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Finalists – Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013

    The impressive shortlist for the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013 has been revealed. …

September 2013

  • British Food Fortnight at The Clog & Billycock24/09/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Clog and Billycock, Blackburn launch a new carvery roast dining experience and autumn dessert to celebrate British Food Fortnight (21st…

  • High Hives!10/09/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

     High Hives!

    Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council are supporting the campaign to save the Honey Bee by installing beehives on the roof…

August 2013

  • The Sixteen return to Blackburn Cathedral13/08/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    World - renowned choir The Sixteen are to return to Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 5th October to present their 13th Choral Pilgrimage UK Tour,…

  • Life's a Beach in Blackburn!01/08/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn town centre is set to be the hottest place to be this summer as King William Street undergoes a dramatic transformation…

July 2013

  • Lancashire Tourism Awards come to Blackburn31/07/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Tourism chiefs’ prayers were answered when they looked around for inspiration for a new venue for a top awards evening.

    They found the…

  • Family Fun Day at Blackburn Market23/07/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Come on down to Blackburn Market for their Family Fun Day  on Saturday 27th July.

    There will be balloon modelling & face…

  • Save the Date!23/07/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Nigel Haworth's Fantastic Food Show will be back next year on 8th June 2014.

    Keep watching this space or their web site for more…

  • Blakey's Kids Summer Special Offer16/07/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blakeys Cafe in King Geoges Hall are having a special offer for Children.

    During the school holidays one child will be able to eat free with…

  • Right Royal Celebrations08/07/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn is to mark the anniversary of the visit of King George V with a series of celebrations.

    King George V visited the town in 1913…

June 2013

  • Armed Forces Day 201318/06/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn with Darwen Supports Armed Forces Day 2013

    Blackburn with Darwen is hosting events to commemorate Armed Forces Day 2013 on…

  • BMX Display in Blackburn14/06/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    United Bike Co & Cellblock, Northgate, Blackburn are bringing the United English shop tour to Blackburn town Centre.United's BMX…

May 2013

  • Northcote wins a Bronze Award21/05/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

     Northcote wins a Bronze Award at the 2013 VisitEngland Awards

    Northcote, Lancashire has won a Bronze Award in the Small Hotel of the…

  • New restaurant opens in Blackburn21/05/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Roomali is a new restaurant opening on 10th May 2013 & set in Blackburn town centre.

    Sophisticated dining in an elegant, family-friendly…

  • New memorial to Alfred Wainwright15/05/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    A memorial to the famous fell-walker, Alfred Wainwright, has been unveiled on the hills above Blackburn.

    The bronze directional plaque and…

  • Art Market14/05/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News


    Blackburn Art Market @ The Charity Shop (King William Street)

    A creative space to sell affordable art Friday 24th –…

  • Egyptian Events at Blackburn Museum14/05/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    As part of the National Museums at Night project & the Festival of Wonders across Pennine Lancashire Museums, Blackburn Museum is holding two…

  • Blackburn's Big Planing Bee14/05/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn's Big Planting Bee is on Friday 24th May 2013 from 11am until 3pm.

    Residents of Blackburn are being called upon to show their…

April 2013

  • Festival of Wonders events in Blackburn & Darwen25/04/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Festival of Wonders celebrates the fascinating stories, people & places that make up Pennine Lancashire & is part of Museums at Night…

  • Launch Event for Walking Festival 10/04/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Witton Weavers Way Walking Festival Launch event will be on Thursday, April 18 2013.  Please meet at the Witton Visitor Centre 1.45pm…

March 2013

  • X Factor Auditions at The Mall28/03/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News


    The X Factor mobile auditions are coming to The Mall Blackburn on Saturday 30th…

  • Easter Fun in Blackburn Market21/03/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News


    Join us at Blackburn Market on Saturday 30th March as we celebrate Easter Saturday with…

February 2013

  • Information Days at Wellbeing Farm25/02/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Opening in March 2013 Wellbeing Farm will have Free Open Days for members of the public to view the facilities and activities…

  • New Book Launch for Nick Burton14/02/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Local writer Nick Burton will be launching his new book, Wainwright's Way, with a special book signing event.

    The book celebrates…

  • Blackburn -a town of hopeless romatics!13/02/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn is a town of hopeless romantics not just on Valentine’s Day but all year round according to a survey conducted by Blackburn…

  • Free Fruit at Blakeys Cafe Bar05/02/2013

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Free fruit at Blakeys Café Bar

    Blakeys Café Bar, in King Georges Hall, is offering a free piece of fruit with every…

January 2013

December 2012

  • Grand Piano in Blackburn Market14/12/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

     Is Blackburn Market the first market to have its own Grand Piano?

    Musical Shoppers to Blackburn Market now have a fantastic opportunity…

  • Lancashire Sings Christmas11/12/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    You are invited to join in with Lancashire Sings Christmas, linking live to the broadcast on BBC Radio Lancashire, at Witton Country Park on…

  • The Blackburn Snowman gets a name!11/12/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Unveiling Bertie the Blackburn snowman!

    The UK’s biggest snowman is set to take up residence in Blackburn Town Centre later this week…

  • Santa and his reindeer in Blackburn this Saturday04/12/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Wellybobs Christmas Roadshow

    Starting this saturday Wellybobs Christmas Roadshow will be coming to Blackburn Town Centre. Children will have…

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

  • Dive into sport at the Mall Blackburn31/07/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Mall Blackburn and Waves Water Fun Centre are holding two weekends of sporting fun with a whole host of fitness activities for all the…

  • New Stalls at Darwen Market31/07/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Business is booming at Darwen Market, with three new stalls having recently opened up for business.

    The first of those, the Train…

  • Huntington Heritage Sculpture Trail24/07/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Visitors to Huntington Heritage Trail are in for a treat as sculptures will be on display by international artist, Marjan Wouda who has her…

  • Olympians come to Blackburn Town Centre tomorrow!19/07/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Meet two Olympic Gold medallists Linford Christie and Darren Campbell tomorrow in Blackburn town centre.

    The pair will be…

  • Blackburn announces free parking scheme to draw in shoppers05/07/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn with Darwen Council has pledged its commitment to town centre traders by announcing free parking on Saturdays.

    The scheme will come…

June 2012

  • Heston Blumenthal is coming to Darwen!19/06/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Heston Blumenthal is coming to Darwen!

    In a series for channel 4 which aims to bring back to life the fun and nostalgia of our favourite…

  • Cycling events in Blackburn and Darwen08/06/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Do you fancy a cycle ride with your family or are looking for something a bit more challenging?

    Blackburn with Darwen is part of the national…

  • Blakey's Euro 2012 events06/06/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blakey's hosts great football with great food...

    The Premier league has only just finished for the 11/12 season but football fans do not…

May 2012

  • Darwen Music Live this weekend!30/05/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Darwen Music Live returns this bank holiday weekend with a packed two day programme.

    Starting on Sunday June 3rd at 2.00pm the line up is as…

  • Darwen Jubilee Celebrations15/05/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Darwen celebrates the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June 2012.

    Organised by the Darwen Shop and Business Association the event will take…

  • Olympic Torch in Blackburn05/05/2012

    Did you know the Olympic Torch will be coming through Blackburn on Saturday 23rd June, this will be day 36 of it's 70 day route around the UK…

  • Did you know you could take a tour of BBC Radio Lancashire ?01/05/2012

    BBC Radio Lancashire , would be delighted to show you around and give you a fascinating insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

    You will…

  • Tony Blackburn in Blackburn - Live for 2DAY 2012 01/05/2012

    If you want to be at Tony's special 2DAY show at 8.30am on 10 May at The Empire Theatre, Blackburn you need to apply to the BBC for tickets by…

April 2012

  • Blackburn’s Community Fire Station Open Day23/04/2012

    The Official Opening of Blackburn’s New Community Fire Station will take place on Thursday 26th April and on Saturday 28th April,…

  • Blackburn bean bags at Olympic Village19/04/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    London 2012: Olympics to use 8,000 bean bags from Blackburn firm

    A small Lancashire business has won a contract to supply 8,000 bean…

  • Star of 'The Voice' to perform in Darwen12/04/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Talent show favourite to play acoustic set at Belgrave Cafe Music Bar

    David Julien, 23 will play two 45 minute acoustic sets at the Belgrave…

  • Film Premiere in Blackburn11/04/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    A MAD-CAP comedy filmed across East Lancashire will receive its ‘world premiere’ in Blackburn. Low-budget film, Tash Force, was…

  • Easter Fair returns to Witton Park02/04/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Families can look forward to all the fun of the fair this Easter as Witton Park's favourite fixture returns.

    The Easter Fair, which…

  • Visit Simply Chocolicious in The Mall Blackburn02/04/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Mall Blackburn’s third Retail Factor finalist is a master chocolatier whose customer base includes top celebrities such as Amy…

February 2012

  • Pre Theatre suppers at Clog and Billycock29/02/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Thwaites Empire Theatre is delighted to have teamed up with the renowned "Clog and Billycock" to offer pre show suppers.

    From 4:…

  • First Farmers Market of the year at Turton Tower20/02/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The first Farmers Market of the year at Turton Tower will be held on Sunday 26th February 2012.

    It will have a range of award…

  • Blakeys cafe gets a new look13/02/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Pop in to Blakeys for lunch and take a look at the café bar’s stylish new look.

    The King Georges Hall café bar has been…

January 2012

  • Lantern Exhibition at Blackburn Museum19/01/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    On display in Blackburn Museum until the 10th of February are the lanterns made by local artists who worked with children from St…

  • Public Consultation kick starts new plan for Darwen06/01/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    A public consultation has started with the intention of getting residents to help shape the future of Darwen Town Centre.

    Launched by…

  • Easter Punk Festival *CANCELLED*06/01/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Angelic Upstarts will be the headline band in a day long punk festival at King Georges Hall on Monday 9th April.

    Other acts…

  • Enter The Retail Factor now!04/01/2012

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Retail Competition is just the business!

    Budding retail businesses in Lancashire are being given a fantastic opportunity to take their plans…

December 2011

  • Festive Fun at Darwen Market08/12/2011

    At Darwen Market this Christmas you’ll find a host of family fun, including children’s face painting and balloon modelling (10th and…

  • Lantern Workshop08/12/2011

    A second Lantern Workshop will take place in the market on Saturday 10th December, just drop in to try your hand.  Make your…

  • A Market Full of Magic 08/12/2011

    To celebrate Blackburn Market's first Christmas in its new location in the lower ground floor of The Mall shopping centre, local painter and…

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

  • Critically acclaimed comedy act hits Darwen30/09/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Following their critically acclaimed performance at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival, the smash hit comedy act Two Brothers and One World Cup is coming to…

  • Blackburn Visitor Centre reach final of Tourism Awards29/09/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News


    Blackburn Visitor Centre has Outstanding Service

    The staff at Blackburn Visitor Centre were proud to have reached the final of the…

  • Freshers' Week starts Monday 19th September16/09/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn Town Centre pubs, bars and venues will be welcoming all freshers' next week with a range of offers and events…

  • Corrie stars at The Mall Blackburn13/09/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News


    Coronations Street favourites Chris Fountain and Katherine Kelly came to The Mall Blackburn as VIP…

  • 1940's Day 'Spectacular Success'05/09/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    DARWEN's 1940s Day wasm deemed a ‘spectacular success’ even thought the Red Arrows had to cancel their appearance.

    The world famous…

  • Robert Graham at Blackburn Library01/09/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    A man walks into a kitchen

    Author Robert Graham will be coming to Blackburn Library on Monday September 5th at 7pm. Tickets are £1 and are…

August 2011

  • Investment boost for Blackburn26/08/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Public spaces in King William Street, Blackburn, are being transformed following a £570,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund…

  • Where's Wally? In Blackburn Today!22/08/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Where’s Wally? On his way to Blackburn!

    The Mall Blackburn’s summer of fun continues on Monday 22nd August as children’s favourite…

  • Blackburn Rovers hit national headlines with "best value" matchday offer02/08/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn Rovers Football Club today hit the national headlines with news that they offer the best value matchday experience in the…

  • Dale's Butchers wins fete competition01/08/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Dales Butchers won the Cathedral Fete competition on Saturday. Each market trader made a creation to represent their stall to help…

  • Sun Shines on Blackburn Cathedral Fete01/08/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    People flocked to Blackburn Cathedral Fete to enjoy the nice weather and all the free entertainment and children's activities. The event began at…

July 2011

  • New shops open in Darwen Town Centre26/07/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

     Filling units one and two of the new Town Hall Frontage is DeliCarlo and Bump to Baby. These two recently opened shops join Guise Barbers, The…

  • Special Offers and competitions this Summer25/07/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Take advantage of these special offers and competitions this summer in Blackburn Town Centre;

    Children eat FREE at Blakey's Cafe…

  • FREE to view Hansel and Gretel this Saturday!22/07/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    This Saturday head to Blackburn Cathedral Grounds to see Pendle Productions perform the classic children's tale Hansel and Gretel. This…

  • Lancashire Farmers Market this weekend19/07/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Enjoy a day out at historic Turton Tower this Sunday and pick up some lovely local produce at the same time.

    This weekend, July 24th,…

  • Blackburn Market launch a success!11/07/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    CELEBRITY chef Nigel Haworth cooked up a storm at the official opening of Blackburn Market on Saturday.

    The Michelin star chef and regular on BBC's…

  • Blackburn Market prepares for official launch08/07/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News


    Blackburn with Darwen Council has released a full programme of events for this Saturday’s official launch of the new £8m…

  • Local band supports The Bluetones at King Georges Hall 22/7/201105/07/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Local band The Cassini Club have been chosen to support The Bluetones at their farewell tour gig in Blackburn. The gig takes place at…

  • New Market brings more shoppers to Blackburn05/07/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    BLACKBURN’S new market has boosted the number of people in the town’s shopping centre, according to figures.

  • Shoppers flood to Blackburn Market04/07/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Shoppers flood to new market ahead of next week's official opening

    With only one week to go until its official launch, Blackburn with Darwen…

  • Funding Boost for Blackburn01/07/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Public spaces in King William Street, Blackburn, will be transformed following a £570,000 grant from the Northwest European Regional…

June 2011

  • The Mall Blackburn brings Blackpool Zoo to you!23/06/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    The Mall Blackburn is bringing Lancashire’s local zoo direct to its customers on Sunday 26th June.

    For one day only Blackpool Zoo will be…

  • Nigel Howarth talks about Blackburn Market launch22/06/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Star of Blackburn Market’s official launch speaks about event

    The Michelin Star celebrity chef set to star at the official launch of…

  • Plus size clothing store opens on Railway Road, Darwen14/06/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Sarah’s Sizes has recently opened on Railway Road in Darwen Town Centre offering plus size clothing. Ladies fashion size from…

  • Blackburn Market Now Open!02/06/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Crowds flock to Blackburn's new £8 million market

    Customers were queuing outside the doors in Church Street waiting for the market to open for…

May 2011

April 2011

  • Lisa Allen to represent the North West23/04/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Lisa Allen, head chef of Northcote has been announced the North West winner of the BBC Two’s Great British Menu on Friday 22nd April. For the…

  • Discover the difference at M&S20/04/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Your M&S Blackburn refreshed and revealed

    Marks and Spencers Blackburn launched their referbished store on Wednesday 20th April 2011. The…

  • Blackburn Museum takes part in Night Sites07/04/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is joining the Night Sites event which sees five museums and galleries across Pennine Lancashire open their doors…

  • Darwen Micro brewery wins award07/04/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    A Darwen microbrewery has scooped a top award for its stout. Smokey Joes Black Beer, produced by Hopstar Brewery, was voted the second best…

March 2011

  • New JD store opens in Blackburn Mall11/03/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    JD is now bigger and better in Blackburn

    JD, the King of Trainers, will open its doors to an all-new bigger and better store in Blackburn on…

  • Adidas puts DARWEN on the global fashion map07/03/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Darwen born fashioner designer Gary Aspden has created a signature shoe for Japanese designer Kazuki Kuraishi as part of his collaborative line with…

  • Blackburn Market moved to new site in May04/03/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn’s new £8 million market is scheduled to open on Wednesday, June 1st.

    The new modern Market Hall is based in the ground…

February 2011

  • MJ's resturant secures Highest Quality award18/02/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    MJs Restaurant at The Whitehall Hotel in Darwen has secured the Highest Quality Assured accreditation from Taste Lancashire.

    The Taste…

  • Take another LOOK at the LET14/02/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Over 80 people went along to have their portraits taken at the former Vall Hall's jewellers. Photography students have set up a photography studio in…

January 2011

  • Elysium Corsets makes a name for itself20/01/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Traveller and Gypsy brides flock to Elysium Corsets on Darwen Street after seeing bespoke dream wedding dresses on TV. 


  • The Mall's Retail Factor Competition19/01/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Want to grow your retail business? Then enter The Mall's Retail Factor competition

    The Retail Factor competition is for any small retail…

  • Winter news18/01/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    You can now keep up to date with winter news and find out what the Council is doing to make sure we can all still get out and about during the winter…

  • Wayne's the life and soul18/01/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Wayne Hemingway MBE is the guest DJ at this month's 3 Room Soul Night at King Georges Hall.

    The style guru will be celebrating the 16th anniversary…

  • Town centre safety survey - WIN £25!14/01/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn with Darwen Local Community Safety Partnership are currently carrying out their annual survey to find out how people feel about crime…

  • Town Centre roadworks complete11/01/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Major improvements to a busy junction on Blackburn’s orbital route (A6078) are now complete.

    Montague Street has been widened to four lanes…

  • Darwen's first Ghost Walk is big success 04/01/2011

    Categories: Town Centre News

    MORE ghostly walks around Darwen are set to be arranged after an event last month proved a spooky success.

    Local historian and tour guide Simon…

December 2010

  • Croney takes a ride on the BIG Wheel23/12/2010

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Regional TV presenter, Paul Crone visited Blackburn town centre today to take a ride on the BIG Wheel and record some Christmas messages from…

November 2010

  • Farmers Market returns this Saturday26/11/2010

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Blackburn's very own local producers and farmers market returns to Fleming Square this Saturday. After a successful trial during the summer months,…

  • Christmas arts and crafts fair26/11/2010

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November 

    This weekend see's Christmas burst into view in Blackburn town centre, as local artists and…

  • Stars light up town centres24/11/2010

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Diana Vickers returned to Blackburn as the star guest for the christmas lights switch on event. The young chart topper met a…

  • More Lights Switch On details announced!05/11/2010

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Diana Vickers and Same Difference plus local talent to feature in this years Blackburn and Darwen Christmas Programme...

    Local girl and X…

October 2010

August 2010

  • Next and New Look open new stores in Blackburn19/08/2010

    Categories: Town Centre News

    As part of the new £66 million Mall Shopping Centre development, Next and New Look have opened larger stores increasing their offers. New Look…

  • Blackburn empty shop used for arts project19/08/2010

    Categories: Town Centre News

    A Book for Blackburn

    An empty Blackburn shop is given a new lease of life in an exciting new art project with international artist Lucy May…

  • Blackburn Visitor Centre gets new home18/08/2010

    Categories: Town Centre News


    The Blackburn Visitor Centre is now open for business after moving into a new location on Salford.

    The popular centre has moved just across…

  • Primark opens in Blackburn Town Centre18/08/2010

    Categories: Town Centre News

    Hollyoaks start Ricky Whittle opens new Primark store in The Mall 

    Primark’s 200th store officially opened its doors to shoppers…

  • Ey Up Chuck18/08/2010

    Categories: Town Centre News

     Sally smartens Lord Street West!

    Local artist Sally Leach has spent three weeks on a mural for the boarded up former greengrocers on Lord…

March 2010

  • Blackburn Nightlife gets a boost!24/03/2010

    New Club Essential Open in Blackburn!

    Blackburn's nightlife has been given a boost with new 'Club Essential' opening in Church Street…

October 2009

  • Eve Lingerie well worth a visit01/10/2009

    Eve Lingerie was the winning nomination in the supporting Independant Blackburn campaign. Shoppers were asked to nominate a local…

August 2009

  • Blackburn plugs in and rocks out again24/08/2009

    Blackburn plugs in and rocks out again

    A music event designed to crank up the volume in Blackburn will return to the town bigger and better in the…

June 2009

  • Live Lounge to open in Blackburn02/06/2009

     A NEW bar dedicated to live music in Blackburn town centre is opening at the end of May.

     The owners of Live Lounge, which will be…

May 2009

April 2009

March 2009

February 2009

January 2009

  • Art Gallery in the Pavillions19/01/2009

    Art Gallery in the Pavillions in February

    A GROUP of students will transform an empty town centre pavilion into a haven for art after securing…

  • Treasure hunt in Blackburn Town Centre18/01/2009

    Beady eyes will lead you to treasure

    Ainsworth's jewellers invited shoppers to join fun town centre search for hidden charms 

    A treasure…

November 2008