Find out the proposed regeneration scheme that could see the restoration of heritage buildings and public space in Blackburn Town Centre at the Blackburn Heritage Festival on Saturday, 12 and Sunday, 13 September. 

The festival programme includes an exhibition, consultation, demos, talks and tours around the theme of preserving Blackburn’s heritage buildings.

Old Town Hall – Saturday and Sunday 10-4pm
Exhibition – about former heritage projects in the town centre, old photos, maps and information about the current Townscape Heritage project.

Talk and Tour 11am and 2pm
A short talk presentation about the project followed by a 10/20 minute walking tour of the area.

Gladstone’s View workshop – Saturday from 11am
Around Gladstone’s statue, a local artist will be engaging with members of the public to visualise what they would like Gladstone’s View to be.

Paint The Town – Saturday and Sunday from the Bureau.
A public challenge to create a painting in a day (Saturday), with a specific category focused on the Townscape Heritage Project area. To be exhibited on Sunday. Prizes for Junior, Senior and Townscape Heritage Categories.

Pop-up Memory Café at BB1 at 72 Northgate – Open Saturday and Sunday
To help inform development of the Townscape Heritage Project, people are invited to pop in to the Memory Café and share their memories and stories of the area around Northgate, Blakey Moor, Lord Street West and King Georges Hall. The Café will be also be celebrating the Temperance movement and as well as their normal offerings of Coffee and tea, they will also have a special menu of Sarsaparilla, Dandelion and burdock, Eccles cakes, Lancashire cheese and black pudding nibbles and some old fashioned Stockleys sweets.