FREE Summer events in Blackburn

Explore a Sand Sculpture Trail                          



Friday 12 to Sunday 28 August

Blackburn BID presents an amazing sand sculpture trail in Blackburn town centre this summer.  The event will take place from 12 to 28 August 2022 and include 10 sand sculptures with the theme of ‘summer holidays’ plus an amazing live carve!

The live carve will be an ‘Under the Sea’ scene, taking place over the first 3 days of the event, remaining in situ for the duration.  It will include beautiful sea creatures carved in sand before your eyes!  Locations will include Primark, Althams, Grays Outfitters, Trespass, Mad Hatters Tearooms, Blackburn Central Library, Morrisons, Utilita, Clarks and Rhode Island Coffee. The live carve will take place in Victoria Court in The Mall shopping centre and is sure to attract crowds of onlookers.

Pick up your Trail Leaflet from The Mall’s Ask Me Point and visit for more information.

Get Creative at Blackburn Market with drop-in Creative Music, Arts & Crafts Workshops


Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 27 July

Exciting workshops will take place from 12pm to 4pm on event days and include Make Music with Steve Brown (27 July), Colour Catching Bugs (28 July), Mindful Doodling (4 Aug), Crafty Cameras (5 Aug).

For more information visit

Watch amazing live shows on King William Street


Friday 29 July & Wednesday 3 August, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Fantastic live shows during the summer.  Already confirmed are:

The Puppet Van Presents: The Lost Colour, 29 July, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

The Circus Runaways, 3 August, 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Take part in fun workshops and activity sessions at Blackburn Central Library

FREE – £1 depending on activity

Monday 25 July to 25 August, various times

A huge range of children’s activities is on offer at Blackburn Central Library, from Mad Science Experimental Fun on 27 July and Kite Making on 1 August, to Junk Modelling on 8 August and Sewing a Puppet on 15 August.

For more information and full details of activities visit:

  • Get arty with an Early Years Arts Festival at The Bureau, Blackburn


Thursday 4 & Friday 5 August 10am to 4pm

A brilliant opportunity for families with children 0-4yrs to experience and explore various creative art forms including music, dance, art and craft, theatre performances and more.

For more information visit or contact

See The Lancashire Jubilee Tapestry at Blackburn Cathedral



A monumental 18-metre tapestry to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen is in Blackburn Cathedral until late autumn. The piece created by local artist Jamie Holman working with artists and the local Lancashire community, will bring to life the story of her reign and her impact on the people of Lancashire through a unique accompanying soundscape.


Get reading with the Summer Reading Challenge from The Reading Agency in partnership with Blackburn Central Library


Friday 1 July to 30 Friday September

This year’s challenge is called ‘Gadgeteers‘, and children aged 4 – 12 are challenged to read 6 library books.  They can also read eBooks on the libraries’ free BorrowBox app or listen to stories on BorrowBox or library CDs.  Along the way they collect stickers and other prizes for each book that they read, and they get a certificate and medal once they’ve completed the challenge.

Joining ‘Gadgeteers’ is easy and free of charge – children just must complete a registration form when they visit the library, and then we’ll hand them a membership pack to get them started.  They can start and finish at any time during the next three months, and even do the challenge more than once if they want to.  There are no restrictions on which library books they read – they have a completely free choice, as long as they are books borrowed from the library.

As well as being great fun, the Summer Reading Challenge also plays a major role in keeping children’s reading skills sharp during the long summer break.  Schools report that the progress children make in reading during term time can often go into decline during the holidays if children don’t read on a regular basis, so don’t delay. 

Bring your children along to the library and get them signed up.  If they aren’t already library members, we can sign them up for this too.  Joining the library is also a quick and easy process, and free of charge.  Library members can borrow up to 20 books or CDs at a time, as well as 6 eBooks and 6 eAudio on the BorrowBox app, use the Internet on our library computers, and get free access to several digital resources including newspaper archives, music streaming, language learning and storytelling.

Get Crafty with Saturday Arts & Crafts Activities at Blackburn Museum


Every Saturday

These free craft sessions are drop-in and are unsupervised by Museum staff. They are aimed at children from toddler age to 12 years. All children must be supervised by an adult.  The crafts will take about 20-30 minutes and the children can take home whatever craft they make.

For more information visit:

Shop until you drop in Blackburn town centre

Shop until you drop at the brilliant The Mall shopping centre with big brands and amazing independents.  Explore the wider town centre with our amazing independents and huge retailers, plus our retail parks are within walking distance! 

Visit  for up-to-date information about events and special activities and for visitor information including maps and car parking information.

Have a go at designing and making at The Making Rooms’ Fab Lab Blackburn


Every Saturday

Every Saturday The Making Rooms’ Fab Lab Blackburn hosts free*, open access days for anyone to come along and design and make their own stuff. The purpose of our Fab Lab Blackburn Open days is to enable anybody and everybody to come and have a go at designing and making things using some pretty advanced, but easy to use equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics, and lots more.

We have a very friendly and welcoming community that doesn’t have any expectations about prior capability and all of our users and staff are always more than happy to help out and answer any questions you might have (There is no such thing as a daft question!). To come and have a go all you need to do is attend an induction of around 20 minutes (no booking required) and then sign up as a registered user. Then you can use the Fab Lab equipment free of charge*.

*Free for personal projects; hobbies; etc. There are charges for materials, and we carry a range of standard materials in stock. Used material cut-offs are free.  Alternatively, you can bring your own, as long as they are compatible with our machines.

For more information visit

Get stuck in at Blackburn Youth Zone


Tuesday 2nd to Friday 26 August

Are you wondering what to do to keep your children entertained this Summer?  Why not choose Blackburn Youth Zone for your child’s staycation? Young people can expect to enjoy an explosion of fun and exciting activities.  The programme includes a Sports themed and an Explorers themed weeks.

Get Stuck In’ is a fantastic project for young people 8 to 16 years!  The project is funded and approved by the Department of Education and is commissioned by Spring North Consortium. The holiday club will be delivered at Blackburn Youth Zone and Youth Zone, Darwen.

Please note: FREE places will be given to those children and young people who are either eligible for free school meals or currently receiving free school meals. Paid spaces are available. Please contact Liam Holden on 01254 292000 for further details or visit

Picnic in Corporation Park


Every day

There’s nothing better than a run around in the park on a summer’s day. Just a short walk from the town centre, beautiful Corporation Park offers you the chance to relax in nature, plus it has a brand-new play area!. Why not buy some goodies in town and have a picnic whilst you are out? For more information and maps visit: