Things to Do In Blackburn
Blackburn became a separate entity from Darwen in the 18th century
- In 1974, as part of local government reform and boundary changes, it was merged with other towns to form the Borough of Blackburn.
- The town is now also home to more than 100 businesses including Barclays Bank which opened its first branch here in 1790
- Blackburn has long been famous for its shopping, with a number of high street stores such as House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer’s.
- Blackburn is famous for its trout fishing spot which is located on the River Darwen.
- It’s also home to a number of parks including Blackburn Country Park, Clitheroe Castle’s deer park and Harwood Hall gardens which are all great for walking or picnicking with friends in this green space!
- It also has a number of golf courses and water parks to enjoy during the summer months
Shopping in Blackburn
The town centre is pedestrianised and includes shops, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and offices. These are all clustered around the Market Square which has many small stalls selling goods such as clothing or jewellery. This area hosts an annual farmers’ market during the summer months too with more than 60 local traders. For shoppers there’s plenty on offer with the town centre boasting a number of boutique shops as well as the excellent Market Hall which has an outdoor market and indoor shopping mall.
Blackburn has a variety of shops including chain stores such as:
- Tesco Express located at BB2 1TN
- Tesco Extra located at BB1 9AX
- Aldi supermarket located at BB1 3HT
- Argos located at BB2 3PX
- Co-operative Food located at BB2 4QL.
- Marks & Spencer located at BB1 7DN
- Boots located at BB2 3PX.
- Clarks located at BB1 7NQ
- Next located at BB1 7DQ
- The Body Shop located at BB19HX.
- Sainsbury’s located at BB2 5LW
- Co-op society stores located at various points in the town.
A wide range of clothes can be found at: TK Maxx, H&M and Primark. There are also many independent shops including small retailers as well as charity shops to find goods cheaply. Blackburn is not just about fashion though; it has a variety of other shops for all purposes.
There are also independent retailers in the town centre.
Parks in Blackburn
– Blackburn has a number of excellent schools and colleges that offer students an opportunity to study as well as play sport, learn about art or take part in music lessons. These include Blackburn College, Blackburn Sixth Form College and King George V School. Both Blackburn with Darwen Council (BDBC, a local council in the Blackburn and Darwen area) is committed to developing an inspiring environment for people of all ages by promoting creativity through arts projects such as sculptures, exhibitions or theatre performances that happen on council-owned land.
There are two parks in Blackburn with the larger one being called Ewood Park which has facilities for cricket and football as well as many other sports.
The second park is called Nelson Park which is smaller than Ewood Park.
- The Districts have many parks which are popular for recreation as well as sport such as football.
- There are also several places where the public can go and walk, the most popular being called Great Harwood Country Park which is located in the north of Blackburn.
- There are also several smaller parks in Blackburn such as Martholme Green Nature Reserve with its meadows and woodland.
Other parks in Blackburn are not only for recreation but also contain native wildlife. These include parks such as
There is an extensive amount of green space in Blackburn, from parks like Peel Park which offers tennis courts and a skateboard park to gardens such as Stoke’s Garden Centre open during summer months only. There are also two golf courses and a number of sports fields. The golf courses are located at the large Harwood Golf Course that also has a clubhouse, café and pro shop.
Monuments in Blackburn
The most recognizable landmark is probably the art deco style Town Hall, which was built in the 1930s but has been extended and renovated several times.
- One of the most iconic buildings is probably Blackburn’s Peel Monument, which was completed in 1844 to commemorate Sir Robert Peel, who introduced legislation for municipal reform with a committee that included Joseph Blackburn.
- This monument was originally located near junction five on the M65 motorway, but was relocated to its current position in the 1990s.
- Other monuments include the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and St Mary’s Churchyard Cross – here lie buried many soldiers from both world wars.