Visitors can explore the history of Blackburn and its people at the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. Galleries include displays highlighting the town’s textile legacy and important collections of rare books and manuscripts, religious icons, and Victorian paintings.
Public artwork has played an important role in the modern-day development of Blackburn town centre. One of the first pieces commissioned was the Healing of the Nations by Mark Jalland. This abstract circular steel and copper piece hangs on the facade of Blackburn Cathedral and contains thousands of fibre optic cables that create changing patterns of light.
More recent works include The Braid by Simon Watkinson at Sudell Cross, Possibility on Fleming Square, Colourfields at Corporation Park, and The Woven Globe and Transition, both on Church Street.
King George’s Hall is the town’s major theatre and attracts top class performers from the worlds of music, dance, and comedy. Other venues offering live performances include the Thwaites Empire Theatre and Darwen Library Theatre.
There are two Vue cinemas in the Blackburn area; a 10-screen multiplex in the town centre and a 4-screen cinema in Accrington.
Witton Country Park is a vast country park with a couple of fantastic play areas that kids will love while Sunnyhurst Wood is a great place to go for a relaxing walk.
Blackburn Rovers FC is the town’s professional football team. They play their home fixtures at Ewood Park.
For further information about all of these attractions and more pop into the Blackburn Visitor Centre.