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Get ready – Darwen Live is back this weekend for its 25th year!

Darwen Live is back this Bank Holiday weekend and organisers are bringing the party as it celebrates 25 years!

New board appointed to lead on £20m of funding for Darwen

A new board has been appointed to help lead on plans for how £20m of Government funding can be best spent in Darwen.

DECADE - 10 Years of adidas SPZL Exhibition - in Darwen

adidas SPZL is set to host an international exhibition in Darwen... find out everything you need to know about the event here!

Tom set for retirement after more than 50 years on Darwen Market

For more than five decades, Tom Turner has been a familiar face on Darwen Market – some say that he’s part of the furniture there.

Akbar’s officially opens in Blackburn’s £50m Cultural Quarter

For months, contractors have been busy transforming the former Blakey’s building into something truly spectacular.

£20m of new Levelling Up funding announced for Blackburn with Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen Council has successfully secured £20m of new Levelling Up funding from Government – taking the grand total to more than £125m.

£200,000 investment announced for Darwen playgrounds

Two playgrounds in Darwen - Bold Venture and Whitehall - are set to be transformed.

Bid for up to £20m of new funding could take investment for Darwen to £120m!

Think of Darwen and you’ll likely think of its iconic tower, the rolling moors, it’s sprawling parks and woodland, historic Market Hall, and impressive Carnegie Library. All of these will benefit from the £100m Darwen Town Deal – more investment in the town than any of us will ever have seen in our lifetimes.

£8m boost for Blackburn with Darwen’s youth facilities

Darwen Youth Centre which is set to double in size - it’s one of four major projects to benefit from a successful bid to improve facilities for youngsters right across the borough with work due to start this year.

Culture on the menu in Blackburn!

With five new eateries, a new pub and more on the way, we shine the spotlight on Blackburn’s new Cultural Quarter

Impressive £350,000 playgrounds unveiled at Blackburn’s flagship park

The ribbon has been officially cut on two playgrounds at Blackburn’s popular Witton Park following a £350,000 transformation.

Next steps revealed for multi-million pound boost to Darwen

The Government has published guidance on how new funding announced for Darwen can be spent.

Discover BwD Review: King George’s Aladdin panto is every child’s genie wish come true!

As far as Christmas traditions go, a good old panto has to be right up there with the turkey, crackers and even the dreaded Brussels sprouts.

‘Balle’ gets rolling on new Darwen HQ for Brookhouse Aerospace

A major employer in Darwen is set to expand into a brand-new HQ being developed by Barnfield Construction.

How The Making Rooms is helping put Blackburn firmly on the creative map!

As far as weeks go, it doesn’t get much better than it did last week for The Making Rooms in Blackburn!

Blackburn Festival of Light set for tipis takeover!

The team behind the ever-popular Blackburn Festival of Light are set to bring a brand new event to the town centre this Christmas.

Blackburn with Darwen unveils exciting Christmas campaign in bid to boost its towns and local businesses

This festive season, Blackburn with Darwen is set to sparkle with a brand-new Christmas campaign aimed at supporting and promoting local businesses. 

‘Best ever’ Darwen Christmas lights switch on event with N-Trance!

Darwen’s Christmas lights switch-on has been hailed the ‘best ever’ by crowds who turned out in their thousands for headliners N-Trance.

Singer Cormac Thompson - dressed in black tie - accepting a Josie award on stage in America

Cormac wins big in the USA ahead of brand new album launch

Hot on the heels of winning an impressive international Best Young Vocalist Award, Darwen’s singing sensation Cormac Thompson is set to release his much-anticipated second album.

Models dressed in Boutique by Vee Christmas outfits gather around a fire and cheers their cocktails at The Firepit in Blackburn

Blackburn’s fired up for Christmas with Winter Wonderland tipis!

Blackburn’s stunning Cathedral Quarter is set to be transformed into a Winter Wonderland this Christmas under the cover of huge festive tipis.

N-Trance set to headline Darwen Christmas Lights Switch On!

Get ready to set your Christmas spirit free at the Darwen lights switch on with headline act, N-Trance!

Work starts on new Akbar’s restaurant in Blackburn

It’s official – Akbar’s is set to open a brand new restaurant in Blackburn’s £50m Cultural Quarter.

Seeing double: £4m plans revealed for youth facilities in Blackburn with Darwen

Darwen Youth Centre could almost double in size as part of impressive £3m plans revealed today.

Blackburn Youth Zone event is ‘Wonderful Electric’

Blackburn Youth Zone has revealed an exciting new creative collaboration with celebrated artist Jamie Holman and curator Alex Zawadzki.

Award-winning new tenant ‘brewing’ for Blackburn’s Cultural Quarter

The finest craft beers could soon be ‘on tap’ in Blackburn’s new £50m Cultural Quarter.

New manufacturing and research centre in Darwen could be ‘huge coup’

Plans have been revealed for a new manufacturing and research centre in Darwen – supported by the £100m Town Deal.

‘Check’ out the new outdoor area at Blackburn’s Checks & Greys!

The new Bishop of Blackburn is encouraging residents to ‘flock’ to the Cathedral’s café to enjoy impressive improvements to its outdoor area.

Countdown is on to the National Festival of Making!

Start making plans – the National Festival of Making is this weekend and not to be missed!

Planners celebrate being top in Lancashire for major applications

Speeds of processing planning applications in Blackburn with Darwen continue to improve, putting the Council top of all Lancashire authorities for major planning applications.

Huge shift in gear for Blackburn firm specialising in Formula 1 parts

A successful Blackburn precision engineering company is forecast to double its turnover following £1m of investment.

July opening for Blackburn’s new Go Ape!

Go Ape is set to open its brand new high ropes experience in Blackburn’s flagship park this summer.

Howzat! Impressive £250K transformation of Darwen Cricket Club facilities revealed!

Darwen Cricket Club’s impressive clubhouse transformation is now well over the line with help from the Darwen Town Deal.

Darwen’s ‘hidden gem’ celebrates 70 years as John Lewis textile factory

A thriving Darwen textile mill is celebrating 70 years as part of the John Lewis Partnership.

An impressive new piece of art celebrating the world’s first-ever Western film is set to be installed – right here in Blackburn!

Work starts on quality new gateway development in Blackburn

Its full speed ahead for the construction of a brand new employment site in Blackburn – brought forward as part of a £13m gateway scheme.

Akbar’s on the menu for Blackburn’s £50m Cultural Quarter

Blackburn with Darwen Council is in advanced discussions with Akbar’s to join its £50m new Cultural Quarter.

£20m boost for Blackburn with Darwen as new Government Levelling Up Partner

Blackburn with Darwen has been announced as a new Government Levelling Up Partner – unlocking £20m of new funding.

Next steps for Darwen town centre regeneration revealed

Detailed designs are starting to be developed for the future transformation of Darwen Market – part of the £100m Darwen Town Deal.

First-look at £250m Blackburn town centre plans

It’s set to be the biggest town centre regeneration of its type in the whole of the region.

Revealed: Blackburn’s £50m Cultural Quarter

2023 will be a big year for Blackburn’s brand new cultural quarter.

If you haven’t heard the name DHJ Weisters Ltd before, you have now!

Blackburn artist Jamie Holman recognised for putting Blackburn on the map

Blackburn artist Jamie Holman is this year’s recipient of the prestigious One Voice Leader’s Award.

Blackburn with Darwen Council is seeking to buy a landmark mill in Blackburn

£20m LUF win for Blackburn paves way for M65 improvements

Blackburn with Darwen Council has secured £20m of Levelling Up funding

Flagship Witton Park set for £500,000 transformation!

If you go down to the woods this summer, you’re in for a big surprise!

Award-winning National Festival of Making is back!

Make space in your diary – the National Festival of Making is back and it’s not to be missed!

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