Not one, not two but three festivals will converge in Blackburn town centre on the weekend of Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September.

Organisations and businesses across the town centre will come together with the Blackburn BID (business improvement district) to stage the biggest event in the town’s calendar so far.

The team at Lancashire Food Festivals will be bringing their popular roadshow of street food traders, celebrity chefs and cooking competitions to the King William Street area where there will be a stage arena and a pavement buffet of great street food and drink.

Blackburn is Open’s year-long Festival of Making launches the same weekend with a preview of taster activities taking place on Museum Street and in the Blackburn is Open shops, with music making at selected venues across the town.

Executive member for Regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council, Councillor Phil Riley, said: “Throughout our history, making things has been at the heart of life in Blackburn and Darwen and this festival will be an exciting event for our Borough. We have some world class manufacturers in Blackburn with Darwen of which we are fiercely proud as well as many smaller firms that we want to help give the recognition they deserve. I’d like to encourage people to come down and enjoy the taster day and see how they can get involved in ensuring next years’ event is a massive success.”

Blackburn Heritage Festival returns with over 30 venues and activities. There will be free history walks, talks and tours, Victorian fairground rides, vintage bus tours, free make and do family fun at The Mall and Blackburn Market, a gala brass concert at King Georges Hall and Bernard Wrigley at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Organiser, Harriet Roberts is hoping for a record turnout, she said: “Working together for the benefit of Blackburn is key to the town’s future success. It’s excellent to have three organisations working in partnership to make Blackburn a visitor destination.”

All activities are listed on the Blackburn Heritage Festival website at www.blackburnheritage.com