Blackburn with Darwen Council has released a list of free February half-term activities for families.

The council is once again working with Culturapedia to bring holiday activities to the borough’s markets this half-term.

There will be an array of artists who will be running creative workshop activities and putting on shows, so whether you enjoy getting hands on or watching captivating performances, there will be something for everyone.

  • Easy Embroidery with Azia Fozdar – Learn how to stitch onto wood and at the end of the session you will have your very own wooden heart plaque to take home. Blackburn Market on Saturday, February 17 – 10am-3pm
  • Draw with Abi Fielding – A mixed ability session emphasising having fun, making it perfect for all the family. Blackburn Market on Monday, February 12 and Darwen Market on Wednesday, February 14 – 11am-3pm
  • Make a Badge with local artist Alastair Nicholson – Alastair will guide you through designing your badge, adding bright colours, and putting the whole thing together using a badge press. Blackburn Market on Friday, February 16 and Darwen Market on Monday, February 12. 11am-3pm
  • The Fisher & His Wife retelling by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company - A very, very long time ago there lived a fisherman, together with his wife, in a small cottage made of dirty old metal. They had everything they ever needed and were happy and content. Then one day a talking fish starts granting their wishes… - Blackburn Market on Wednesday, February 14 and Darwen Market on Friday, February 16. The show lasts for 20 minutes and will be performed at 11am, 1pm, and 2.30pm. No need to book but arrive five minutes before the start to get seated.

Cllr Quesir Mahmood, deputy leader of the council and executive member for growth and development, said: “Our free activities at the markets with Culturapedia are always a hit and we’re looking forward to them returning in the February half-term.

“It’s a great way of keeping the little ones entertained for free and you can make a morning or an afternoon of it too – lunch at the markets, a spot of shopping and the sessions to enjoy.

“We also have free activities planned at our leisure centres and libraries too so lots going on in our town centres.”