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Top places to visit – Blackburn

Pick up your Easirent hire car from our Blackburn city depot and explore all that the local area has to offer. Blackburn is located in the heart of Lancashire, and there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained from walks to farms and stunning architecture, Blackburn is definitely worth a visit. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay while you’re in Blackburn, then check into one of Easirent’s top hotels in the area.

1. Thwaites Empire Theatre

The idea behind the Thwaites Empire Theatre started back in the 1970’s when a group of local people joined forces and decided that they wanted a focal point for amateur arts and entertainment in the town of Blackburn. Nowadays, the theatre is a roaring success and hosts many comedians, live music and visiting theatre troops throughout the year. Visitors to the theatre can watch a variety of shows, ranging from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Roald Dahl’s The Twits and even A Tribute to Patsy Cline.

2. Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral is one of the country’s newest cathedrals and has recently undergone a £6 million transformation to add an extension to the existing structure. With stunning architectural details including beautiful stained glass windows and a high, arched ceiling, Blackburn Cathedral is a must visit for anyone wanting to explore the town. Each evening the cathedral plays host to Renaissance singers and a Choral Evensong. Swap your Easirent hire car for your hiking boots and join on to the Cathedral Walking Group, which allows visitors to explore the local area of Pendleside.

3. Witton Country Park

Witton Country Park is a 480 acre public park of mixed woodland and parkland and is less than a two mile drive in your Easirent hire car from our Blackburn city depot. Located in the centre of the park is a visitor centre, which currently houses an exhibition portraying the different farming machinery and tools that would have been used to cultivate the land over the centuries. The park also plays host to two events during the year: ‘Arts in the Park’ and ‘Blackburn with Darwin Mela’ which are both successful music festivals that draw in thousands of guests to the park each year. Park up your Easirent hire car and take part in the six mile perimeter hike of the Witton Contry Park’s boundary.

4. Waves Water Fun Centre

Are you looking for a way to entertain the kids? Then make sure to take them along to Blackburn’s Waves Water Fun Centre, complete with lagoon shaped pool, an alien encounter space bowl slide, a jacuzzi, a shipwrecked slide and a wave machine.

5. Mrs Dowson’s Farm

Mrs Dowson’s Farm is located in the beautiful Ribble Valley and is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for home-made ice cream. Take the whole family along and learn how Mrs Dowson’s Farm completes the entire process of ice cream making; and don’t forget to visit the animals while you’re there – Mrs Dowson’s Farm is home to lambs, goats, alpacas, chickens and ducklings.