Events happening in the area

Author: naillig

The Great Get Together

Big neighbourhood celebrations will be taking place all over the borough in June as part of an exciting national project.

This summer, on June 16 to 18, the biggest neighbourhood celebrations since the Jubilee street parties are being organised. It’s called The Great Get Together and everyone in Blackburn and Darwen can be a part of it.

The events are inviting people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common. It could be a street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.

The Great Get Together is inspired by MP Jo Cox, who was killed on June 16 last year. Jo worked to reject divisive politics and simply want to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. This is our chance.

The events so far are:

Friday 16th June 2017:
Social Inclusion Football League at Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre, Ewood Park, Blackburn, BB2 4JF. 11am to 2pm.

Art initiative/event to include a giant canvas for service users and street neighbours to write and draw messages / symbols of hope and togetherness. Creative Support, 38 Wellington Street (St. John’s), Blackburn BB1 8AF. All day.

Sunday 18th June 2017
Family Shindig including fun fair rides, childrens games, live bands, bouncy castle. Romney Walk, Blackburn, BB1 1PP. 12-9.30pm (12-4pm Children’s games, 3pm onwards bouncy castle and face painting, 4-6pm open mic, 6-9.30pm Live bands)

Blacksnape Residents’ Group The Great Get Together Community Picnic. 3-6pm
The Pavillion, Blacksnape Playing Fields, Blacksnape Road, Hoddlesden, Darwen, BB3 3PN

Schools, colleges and further/higher education are also invited to take part in The Great Get Together

The Great Get Together is a brilliant reason to do something to encourage community cohesion and celebrate diversity. The education sector up and down the country are already planning their get together events and assemblies: in Jo’s home town of Batley in Yorkshire schools from different communities are coming together for a big sports day and picnic. Meanwhile hundreds of students in Birmingham will be holding assemblies followed by a picnic with students from the two schools, from a range of faiths and backgrounds.

Assembly resources (these include the short video about Jo and The Great Get Together) available to download for pre-school, primary, secondary and sixth-form as well as a teacher guidance document written by the PSHE Association.

Organisers would love to hear what you are planning – please fill in this form to register your event. And if you’d like to speak to someone from The Great Get Together, please email.



Other events to ‘save the date’ for include:


Friday 26th May 2017 to Saturday 24th June 2017, ‘I’m not a Muslim but I will fast for one day’ initiative,


Monday 19th June to Sunday 25th June 2017, Refugee Week (national),


Wednesday 28th June 2017, 7.30-9.30pm, Eat Together event, Blackburn Youthzone, Jubilee St, Blackburn BB1 1EP (booking by Eventbrite)


Saturday 8th July 2017, 12-4pm, Roe Lee Park Fun Day and grand opening of new playground, Roe Lee Park, Blackburn, BB1 9RZ


Saturday 8th July 2017, 5-7pm. Celebration Party, The Bureau, 25 Victoria St, Blackburn BB1 6DW


Saturday 29th July 2017 11-3pm, Big Local Carnival taking place in Shadsworth. The location is the field behind Lyndon House and across Romney Walk.


Tuesday 11th July 2017, Remembering Srebrenica Memorial Day (international),


Saturday 26th August 2017, 11-3pm, Westbury Gardens Carnival, Westbury Gardens, Blackburn BB1 1XF


Thursday 7th September to Sunday 10th September 2017, Heritage Open Days (national),