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Are you interested in booking Darwen Market Square for an event?
Please complete the form below with your details; let us know what the event is and the date/s you require the space for and a representative of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will contact you to help you further.

Event booking charges may apply. This will depend on the size and nature of your event.
Please complete the form and someone will contact you to discuss availability.

Once you have confirmation that the Market Square is available, you will be required to register your event with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council events team. Please find the events registration page here:


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Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council invested £1.5million in creating a fantastic new public space in the heart of Darwen: Darwen Market Square.

Through consultation, the square has been designed for large scale events, socialising, relaxing, reflection and potentially even retail, with the people who live and work in Darwen as well its many visitors in mind. A key focus has been on creating a balance between a future looking, contemporary, fit for purpose space whilst observing and preserving the attractive natural and historical features within and around the site.

The new space has;

  • A large open space to cater for community and large scale events
  • A green garden area to meet with friends, for children to play or enjoy the sunshine whilst eating your lunch
  • Seating areas where you can relax whilst appreciating the high quality craftsmanship of the artwork within the site
  • The potential for a retail offer
  • Stunning views from Railway Road across Darwen to the its green surroundings

Darwen Market Square development began at the end of May 2018 and completed in Spring 2019 with an official launch party. A central piece of artwork was created and named The Weavers Bird. Watch the story behind its creation here.



British designer and artist Liam Hopkins created The Weavers Bird, a bespoke art piece for the new market square. Working with the people of Darwen he has been taking part in events, researching its history and visiting everywhere from the market to the leisure centre and more to speak with as many people as possible.

Capturing images and stories from our community and town was a key part of his artistic process following which he turned all that rich material into something beautiful for the different areas of the Market Square.



Work begins in Spring 2018 and completion is set for Autumn/Winter 2018

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council worked closely with Darwen Town Centre Partnership Board and the Heart of Darwen Design Reference Group, amongst others, to gain invaluable input into the design process and ultimately the final layout plans you see in the image.

There will inevitably be some disruption whilst we create this vibrant new public space. We will work hard with businesses to minimise the impact of the works and we would ask residents for your patience and to support local businesses, which will remain open, for the duration.”” – Councillor Phil Riley

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