Places to Visit Nearby
Looking for something to do in between concerts? We will have on display in the foyer leaflets packed with suggestions for things you can do nearby; walks, drives, town trails and food trails, castles and a cathedral – there’s something for everyone!
Please see the list below of websites to get you started – hover over the links and click on them to visit the websites.
- Blackburn cathedral in town centre – http://www.blackburncathedral.com/
- Blackburn Art Gallery and Museum in town centre containing a prestigious collection of illuminated manuscripts and icons – http://www.visitblackburn.co.uk/attractions/blackburn-museum-art-gallery
- Corporation Park is a lovely park nearby, some details of which can be found here http://www.corporationparksupportersgroup.com/corporation_park.html One thing of note is that there is a lovely discovery trail marked out on plaques mounted on granite slabs. Details are in the room at the main gate on Preston New Road.
- There is a range of national chain shops in Blackburn shopping Mall; also a market 6 days a week offering food and non perishable items.
- There are two Town Trails in Blackburn;North http://www.visitblackburn.co.uk/dbimgs/Blackburn%20Town%20Centre%20Trail%20North.pdf and South http://www.visitblackburn.co.uk/dbimgs/Blackburn%20Town%20Centre%20Trail%20South.pdfPendle
- Heritage Centre at Barrowford has parking and cafe with some interesting independent shops in the village. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrowford and http://htnw.co.uk/?portfolio=pendle-heritage-centre
- Boundary Mill discount shopping centre at Colne has 2 cafes and a restaurant plus plenty of free parking. http://boundarymill.co.uk/store/colne/
- Farmhouse biscuits at Nelson is a factory shop which has a range of pre-bagged biscuits and tins available – the variety depends on lines produced at the time. They make for Harrods, F&M, Jenners etc – http://www.farmhouse-biscuits.co.uk
- Samlesbury Hall on Preston New Road is just down the road – http://www.samlesburyhall.co.uk. They have an exhibition about the Titanic, whose bandleader was from Colne.They have a cafe.
- Huntley’s farm shop, outlet and Restaurant at Samlesbury can be found nearby on the A59 http://www.huntleys.co.uk/
- Whalley and Clitheroe are interesting places to look round, within easy reach. Whalley has Abbey ruins whilst Clitheroe has the Castle museum http://www.visitlancashire.com/things-to-do/clitheroe-castle-museum-p7129 and various independent shops such as another Exchange coffee shop and lots of cafes.
- Other market towns within easy reach are Longridge and Garstang
- Indeed, there are numerous drives to picturesque villages, many with country pubs and restaurants – http://www.visitribblevalley.co.uk/info/28/picturesque_towns_and_villages/35/a-c_guide_to_villages
- Nearby Preston is now home to the Hart Brewery, who do tours – http://www.hartbreweryltd.co.uk/visit.htm
- Turton Tower http://www.visitlancashire.com/things-to-do/turton-tower-p783
- Ribchester Roman Museum is interesting and there are places to eat within the village – http://www.ribchesterromanmuseum.org/
For those who like walking, here are some possibilities, all close by:
- 4.5 miles – http://www.theaa.com/walks/rural-revelations-in-witton-420720#information
- Or 6 miles – http://www.visitlancashire.com/dbimgs/Beamers%20Trail.pdf
- Or 7.5 miles http://www.visitblackburn.co.uk/dbimgs/Reelers_Trail.pdf
- And 8 miles http://www.visitblackburn.co.uk/dbimgs/Warpers_Trail.pdf
- Finally a short one! http://www.theaa.com/walks/wayoh-and-entwistle-420712#directions
Places to eat within easy reach of our venue, in addition to those mentioned at various attractions are are:
- Exchange Coffee in Blackburn town centre are roasters of coffee, blenders of tea and have a lovely cafe ( almost opposite the Cathedral) – http://exchangecoffee.co.uk/about/our_shops/blackburn_shop
- Café Northcote at Blackburn cathedral
- Clog and Billycock http://www.theclogandbillycock.com
- Stanley House http://www.stanleyhouse.co.uk
- Millstone at Mellor http://millstonehotel.co.uk/
- There’s even time to drive to Whalley Abbey and have afternoon tea http://http://www.autism.org.uk/services/england/lancashire/enterprise.aspx
We hope this list will provide some ideas to get you started for activities to do in between our lunchtime and evening concerts.