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General news

General news and event news.

Traditional crafts and local heritage to be celebrated at Woodland Festival

Where can you meet birds of prey, try your hand at willow weaving, and catch a glimpse of the past with 1745 Jacobite re-enactment?

Towneley Heritage and Woodland Festival, of course.

The free festival will be taking over the park on Sunday, 10th September, with an assortment of family-friendly activities in the historic and atmospheric setting.

Between noon and 4pm, visitors will be able to enjoy a mix of entertainment and educational workshops and even try their hand at making traditional crafts.

Unlock Towneley Hall history during Heritage Open Days

What does a renowned scientist, the last man to be hanged, drawn and quartered in Britain, and an antiques collector have in common?

They all lived at the historic Towneley Hall, home to the Towneley family for almost 500 years and the jewel in Burnley's cultural crown.

Visitors to the hall during the Heritage Open Days weekend, 7-10th September, will uncover fascinating stories about Towneley family members and the history of the hall.  

Burnley ceremony to remember VC heroes

All welcome at important commemoration event

Burnley Council has released details about the next event being held as part of the borough’s programme of ‘respectful remembrance’ in relation to the First World War.

The event will be held on Saturday 2nd September in the town’s Peace Garden, outside the Central Library, from 11am.

The focus will be a commemoration of two Burnley soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military honour, for their bravery during the conflict.

Family fun on offer at Thompson Park

Ever wanted to try your hand at tomahawk throwing? A special family extravaganza being held in the beautiful surroundings of Thompson Park this weekend will give you the chance.

Residents and visitors are invited to join in an action-packed afternoon on Sunday, 20th August, between noon and 4pm.

The programme of activities will have something for everyone including archery, small fairground rides, music, food stalls, face painting and craft activities.

Mayor of Burnley congratulates veterans of HMS Active

Mayor of Burnley congratulates the veterans of HMS Active at their “35th anniversary” reunion

Civic leader writes to crew members of naval ship that Burnley adopted

Former crew members from HMS Active, the Royal Navy ship which was “adopted” by Burnley, are this week taking part in a commemoration and reunion event to mark the 35th anniversary of their participation in the Falklands conflict in 1982.

The gathering is taking place in Plymouth on Friday evening 4th August.

Town Hall meetings will discuss Viability Study on the Empire Theatre

Burnley Councillors will discuss the Empire Theatre viability study at two town hall meetings this month.

The viability study is the result of a two-phase process over the last eighteen months, in which the council joined with Burnley Empire Theatre Trust, the Theatres Trust and others to consider options for the building’s future in a systematic and thorough manner.

Honouring Burnley's war heroes

The 100th anniversary of the beginning of the battle of Passchendale has been marked by the laying of commemorative crosses.

The wooden crosses were laid at the war memorial in Towneley in respect of the 41 men from Burnley who were killed on the first day of the battle.

The borough has held a number of events to mark important “milestones” as part of the centenary commemorations around the First World War.

Burnley invites all to explore its heritage this September

Discover the heritage right on your doorstep as some of Burnley’s historic gems throw their doors open to celebrate Heritage Open Days.

Taking place between 7-10th September, the heritage days will offer residents and visitors a chance to step inside some of the town’s most iconic and historic buildings.

With 11 free events taking place people will be able to discover the hidden stories and historical secrets that form part of Burnley’s rich and diverse history.

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