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2015 is going to be a big year for Blackburn with the long anticipated opening of the Cathedral Quarter with a new hotel and restaurants, as well as brand spanking new leisure facilities and travel interchange. Add to this a cornucopia of events including the larger than life Blackburn Heritage Festival and a brand new Countryside Comes to Town event, and it really will be a show stopper to remember.
Centre stage is Blackburn Cathedral which despite being one of England's newest cathedrals is actually one of the country's oldest places of Christian worship. You can find out more about the building’s fascinating history by taking a self guided or organised tour of the cathedral or by attending one of the regular concerts and services.
The other historical headliner is Blackburn Museum & Gallery, a real cabinet of curiosities, packed to the rafters with Medieval manuscripts, collections of beetles, fine art and the only permanent gallery of Indian and Pakistani culture in the North West. We love the fact that the museum runs a variety of crafty courses including the rather intriguing ‘Beginners Taxidermy’ – though this is probably not for the squeamish!
Supporting these great institutions are the Blackburn Canal Festival in July on the Leeds- Liverpool Canal and Blackburn Heritage Festival in Sept. Both celebrate the history of the town with plenty of family entertainment, artisan markets and general fun for all ages.
For a more regular dose of entertainment King George’s Hall has a line up of stand-up, live music, dance and theatre, as well as a regular programme of classical music from regional orchestras.
The newest stars of the show have to be The Mall shopping centre and the bright and modern Blackburn Market which offers everything you’d expect from a traditional Lancashire market but with a contemporary twist – think coffee shop, juice bar, exhibition space, live demos, visitor centre and specialist shops. Not forgetting of course all the buzzing independent shops and boutiques across the town, including the award winning Exchange Coffee – we challenge you not to be tempted by the coffee aroma!