Special Sunday opening for Blackburn Market on heritage weekend

Special Sunday opening for Blackburn Market on heritage weekend

Special Sunday opening for Blackburn Market on heritage weekend

First published in News

BLACKBURN Market will hold a rare Sunday opening this month for the town’s Heritage Festival.

As well as the market being open all weekend on September 13 and 14, there will be a selection of sampler stalls next to a pop-up bandstand on the Cathedral green.

This will create a ‘mini Blackburn Market’ with a taste of the specialist food and drink on offer at the real thing under The Mall shopping centre.

It will be the first time the new market hall has opened on a Sunday other than during the Christmas season since it opened in 2011. More than 100 events and activities will take place at 50 venues for Blackburn Heritage Festival weekend, with many happening in and around the market. Customers are invited to take part in free history-themed activities.

Alex Fisher, Lancashire clog dancing expert, will host a line-up of cloggers and live musicians outside the Church Street entrance.

On the Saturday, resident celebrity chef Philippa James will be using stallholders’ home-grown fare to cook some traditional Lancashire recipes in the market’s demonstration kitchen near to Butler’s Cafe.

There will be heritage themed arts and crafts workshops for children in the activity area next to the visitor centre.

A traditional Punch and Judy show takes place in the activity area near to Butler’s Café on the Sunday.

And throughout the weekend there will be a recreation of a Victorian photography studio near to the entrance at the bottom of Church Street for visitors to dress up in costume and take away an old- fashioned portrait.

Exchange Coffee’s Mark Smith will meet visitors at 2pm on the Saturday to explain the history of his coffee business which started at Blackburn Market.

Market commercial manager David Smith said: “With over 100 activities and events happening across the town centre for the festival, this is an ideal opportunity for us to showcase Blackburn Market’s traditional reputation for being a community hub and a great place for families to shop, eat, drink and have fun.”

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12:41pm Mon 1 Sep 14

woolywords says...

Am not a great lover of shopping at the best of times - ram-raiders spend longer in a shop that I do but I love a good market. Whether it's here in the UK or anywhere abroad, I must have 'shufti' for what's on offer.
As a child, I used to stand mesmerised by the stallholders at Garston market, (my favourite one, ever) who would throw tea or dinner services around, like they were nothing and juggle pans or lids and dishes from Pyrex sets. There was a fruitstall, Jack and Doris, where he threw fruit for her to catch in a bag and if she missed anything, you got it for free. They were lively, noisy places, that were a fun day out.
So when I first came to Blackburn and saw the old market, I was in their like a shot. Walking around, either eating a pork and apple pie or picking on an hot chicken leg, I loved it. This new one holds no attraction for me, at all. It just looks so temporary, unfinished and dirty. (Remember all the dust on the exposed ducting?)
Which is why I'd like to see all these pedestrianised areas in the town centre being put to better use, by having stalls on them. You know the thing I mean, two trestles with a few planks on them and perhaps a flappy bit of tarpaulin, to keep the rain off. Am dead certain it would attract both people to set up and others to shop.
Nothing makes a town centre look more lively than a clutter of stalls in every other street, as opposed to the almost sterile, concrete landscape that we currently have to endure.
Am not a great lover of shopping at the best of times - ram-raiders spend longer in a shop that I do but I love a good market. Whether it's here in the UK or anywhere abroad, I must have 'shufti' for what's on offer. As a child, I used to stand mesmerised by the stallholders at Garston market, (my favourite one, ever) who would throw tea or dinner services around, like they were nothing and juggle pans or lids and dishes from Pyrex sets. There was a fruitstall, Jack and Doris, where he threw fruit for her to catch in a bag and if she missed anything, you got it for free. They were lively, noisy places, that were a fun day out. So when I first came to Blackburn and saw the old market, I was in their like a shot. Walking around, either eating a pork and apple pie or picking on an hot chicken leg, I loved it. This new one holds no attraction for me, at all. It just looks so temporary, unfinished and dirty. (Remember all the dust on the exposed ducting?) Which is why I'd like to see all these pedestrianised areas in the town centre being put to better use, by having stalls on them. You know the thing I mean, two trestles with a few planks on them and perhaps a flappy bit of tarpaulin, to keep the rain off. Am dead certain it would attract both people to set up and others to shop. Nothing makes a town centre look more lively than a clutter of stalls in every other street, as opposed to the almost sterile, concrete landscape that we currently have to endure. woolywords
  • Score: 15

9:06pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Reasons says...

Get the old style open market running again ,There is plenty of open space now that Blackburns heritage has be demolished
Get the old style open market running again ,There is plenty of open space now that Blackburns heritage has be demolished Reasons
  • Score: 10

10:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14

xrjxman says...

It will still b e c**p whether it's a Sunday or any other day.
It will still b e c**p whether it's a Sunday or any other day. xrjxman
  • Score: -9

11:12pm Mon 1 Sep 14

trevhd says...

Just need to find the way to a carpark
Just need to find the way to a carpark trevhd
  • Score: 3

7:49pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Reasons says...

trevhd wrote:
Just need to find the way to a carpark
Plenty now that the towns heritage gone
[quote][p][bold]trevhd[/bold] wrote: Just need to find the way to a carpark[/p][/quote]Plenty now that the towns heritage gone Reasons
  • Score: 2

10:53am Wed 10 Sep 14

abetterblackburn says...

HERITAGE: Property that is or can be inherited; an inheritance. Something that is passed down from preceding generations

Blackburn Heritage?

Where?

A list would be interesting so we could find it?
HERITAGE: Property that is or can be inherited; an inheritance. Something that is passed down from preceding generations Blackburn Heritage? Where? A list would be interesting so we could find it? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 2

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