19 March 2019

The days are getting lighter for longer, Spring is in the air and Easter is just around the corner; that can only mean one thing…school holidays! Teachers are rejoicing and so are the children, but parents are wondering what are we going to do?! Don’t worry about it, we have got it covered.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is delighted to confirm that it is continuing its free family friendly school holiday activity programme, Let’s MAKE, at Blackburn and Darwen Markets.

The entertainment and creative activity programme, run in conjunction with award winning partners Crafty Vintage, will take place during the Easter Holiday from Monday 8th April until Good Friday 19th April.

You can expect to find craft activities, caricatures, face painting, magic shows, storytelling station and our Mad Hatters Tea Party Easter Eggs-travaganza event! Think characters to entertain you, craft activity and lots of fun. Alice in Wonderland themed fancy dress is optional but encouraged and there will be prizes for the best fancy dress outfit.

In Blackburn Market on Tuesday 16th April, we will be marking World Voice Day, which aims to promote the importance of us all having a healthy voice. The activity within the Story Mixing Station on this day will be around empowering characters to speak and the importance of being heard.

Cllr Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration said;

“I am pleased that we are able to provide this free family friendly holiday activity and that it is taking place within our Markets, at the heart of our towns. There are new skills to learn and fun to be had for all ages.”

Laura Johnson, Owner of Crafty Vintage and Let’s MAKE said:

“The amount of people who came along in February was fantastic and we had a lot of people who couldn’t believe that it was all FREE! We have listened to the feedback and changed the time of the activity at Blackburn Market to 11am – 3pm, Darwen remains at 10am – 2pm.”

She went on to say;

“We have some new activity within the programme alongside the firm favourites from previous events. The Easter Eggs-travaganza is set to be brilliant with characters entertaining you at this ‘party feel’ event. If there are activities that you are particularly keen to try out, come down early to avoid disappointment!”

Make the most of your time with your children or Grandchildren this Easter. Bring them along to enjoy the activities and create memories, whilst taking advantage of everything else that our characterful, community markets have to offer.

If you would like to benefit from the busy weeks leading up to Easter, Pop Up Stalls are available at both Blackburn or Darwen Markets. Please contact our friendly team on 01254 585151 for more information.

A full timetable with details can be found below:

Mon 8th Brian The Magician & Crafty Corner Magical Story Jars – Story Mixing Station
Tue 9th Magical Story Jars – Story Mixing Station CLOSED
Wed 10th Lizi Potts Potter’s Wheel & DD Design Face painting  Dub-ble Take Caricatures & Creative Arts & Crafts
Thu 11th Dub-ble Take Caricatures & Crafty Corner Brian The Magician & Creative Arts & Crafts
Fri 12th Creative Arts & Crafts & LA Face painting Kates Easter Crafts
Mon 15th Brian The Magician & Crafty Corner Magical Story Jars – Story Mixing Station
Tue 16th Magical Story Jars – Story Mixing Station CLOSED
Wed 17th Dub-ble Take Caricatures & Crazy Faces Face painting Brian The Magician & DD Design Face painting 
Thu 18th Kates Easter Crafts Easter Eggstravaganza!! Mad Hatters Tea Party – Theatre Performance & Workshop
Fri 19th Easter Eggstravaganza!! Mad Hatters Tea Party – Theatre Performance & Workshop CLOSED