Blackburn Town Centre Business Improvement District - Promoting heritage

Blog Post by Mark Stevenson 18 August 2014

Blackburn has a rich and varied heritage that often gets overlooked.  Yet a simple walk around the town centre reveals an abundance of historic buildings that tell the story of the town’s incredible history.

From the old Kings Head Inn on King Street and the Technical School on Blakey Moor, to King George’s Hall on Northgate and the Town Hall, the town has lots of hidden treasures to discover.


King George's Hall, Technical School and Blackburn Town Hall

To celebrate the town’s heritage, a festival is being organised for the 13th and 14th September 2014.  The event aims to attract 25,000 people to the town centre to take part in a number of activities.  The festival will be an annual event and is a partnership between the town’s Business Improvement Team, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and many of the town centre businesses.

The festival will run a number of events that include:

  • Victorian fairground
  • Walking tour of the town
  • Vintage typewriter exhibition
  • Cathedral tour
  • Clog dancing displays.

Activities are being hosted throughout the town centre and on many of the streets in the area.  Visitors will get a chance to share memories, learn about the town’s history and discover hidden gems, whilst businesses will benefit from increased footfall during the weekend.

More information on the festival can be found at the Blackburn Heritage Festival website.


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