Heritage Open Days Returns 8-11 September 2016

History comes alive across the country as part of Heritage Open Days

Blackburn Heritage Festival 2016

Blackburn Heritage Festival takes a break in 2016 but history keeps happening across the town!

As part of the national Heritage Open Days festival running from 8-11 September 2016, volunteers from a wide variety of organisations in Blackburn will be welcoming visitors to discover their hidden history in a range of free events in all sorts of venues.

Every September, buildings of every age, style and function open their doors to the public free of charge.  Stories are told, traditions explored and histories brought to life.  With many venues normally firmly locked, it is a once-a-year opportunity to discover hidden cultural treasures on your doorstep.

We’re delighted to be working with vintage bus owners and enthusiasts from the East Lancashire Municipal Transport Museum who’ll be providing free transport to Heritage Open Day sites in both Blackburn and Darwen across the weekend.

To find out how to register your venue or ‘pop up’ museum activity go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk where you’ll find a full list of events for the whole weekend.





Blackburn Heritage Festival Clock Face


Heritage Open Days is a national event which celebrates England’s local history and gives access to thousands of places usually closed to the public. Over 1,500 organisations and some 40,000 volunteers organise events across the country.

Blackburn Heritage Festival Clock Face


The national Heritage Open Days festival will take place from 8th -11th September in 2016. Every year on four days in September, the bunting is unfurled and buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors.

Blackburn Heritage Festival Clock FaceWhy?

The festival celebrates heritage across the decades with opportunities for all ages to come together. It celebrates fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences.

Blackburn Heritage Festival Clock FaceHow?

Are you interested in organising a Heritage Open Days event or simply curious about getting involved? To find out how you can take part or for more information visit www.heritageopendays.ork.uk