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Festive cheer for Blackburn with Darwen’s markets

Published Wednesday 4 December 2019 at 16:07

This Christmas is set to be a real cracker at Blackburn with Darwen’s markets!

As well as being able to tick off your Christmas shopping list at the many stalls, you’ll be able to get in to the festive spirit with a packed programme of events.

There’s everything from a pop-up bar at Blackburn Market to festive choirs and wreath making at Darwen Market.

And, there’ll be more chances to visit with late night shopping and Sunday openings!

Martin Kelly, Director of Growth and Development at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said:

We want this to be a fantastic Christmas for our markets, traders and our residents.

We’ve got a packed programme of free events planned and this year will see a new Christmas offer at Blackburn Market with Thursday Twilight

Markets featuring a pop up bar, DJ & live entertainment until 8pm.

At Darwen Market, there’ll be school choirs, Christmas craft sessions and more than 20 pop-up stalls at our ‘Everything Christmassy at Darwen Market Day’ on Saturday, December 14.

“There’s even the chance to win everything you need for a festive feast – including delicious turkey and all the trimmings with a hamper worth £50!

And, Darwen Market will again have its own grotto, in partnership with Darwen Rotary, where you can visit Santa.

It will be open every Saturday throughout December in the run up to Christmas from 10am – 12:30pm and 1:00 – 3pm, then at 10am – 1pm on Christmas Eve.

There’ll also be free mulled wine and mince pies at the late night opening event on Wednesday, December 18.

Martin Kelly added:

We’re lucky to have two fantastic markets right on our doorstep and I hope our residents will pop along, do their Christmas shopping there and support our traders.

There’s lots to get involved in and festive cheer in abundance!

Opening times

Blackburn Market

Monday to Saturday: 8.30am – 5.30pm.

Christmas: Sundays – 1, 8, 15 and 22 Dec: 10.30am – 4.30pm. Christmas Eve 24 Dec: 8.00am – 3.00pm. 25 and 26 Dec Closed. 31 Dec: 8:30am – 3.00pm. 1 Jan Closed. Twilight Markets: Thursdays – 5, 12 and 19 Dec until 8pm.

Darwen Market

Monday, Wednesday – Friday: 8:30am-5pm. Tuesday: 8:30am-12.30pm. Saturday: 8am – 5pm. Sunday Closed.

Christmas: 18 Dec open until 8pm. 22 Dec, 10am-3pm. 24 Dec 8am to 3pm. Christmas Day and Boxing Day will be closed. 31 Dec: 8am – 3pm. New Year’s Day Closed.

Both markets will resume normal trading hours from 2 January 2020.

Keep up-to-date with all of the latest events and information – follow the Blackburn Market and Darwen Market Facebook pages.

And check out their websites: blackburnmarket.com and darwentowncentre.co.uk

Don’t forget that the Mall will also be open for late night shopping from Thursday, December 5. Take a look at their website for their Christmas opening hours.

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