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Sports and leisure

There's a wide range of sports and leisure activities on offer in Blackburn with Darwen.

re:fresh website

The re:fresh website makes it quick and easy to find out what leisure, health and wellbeing activities are happening across Blackburn with Darwen.  Visit the re:fresh website. 

Leisure centres

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is responsible for running leisure centre provision in Blackburn and Darwen. Click here for more information about the leisure centres.

Outdoor leisure

There are also outdoor leisure facilities which are available for residents to use for information on these click here.

Regency Gyms

Regency Gyms offer fully equipped gym facilities, full list of aerobic classes and Darwen Leisure Centre has sauna and steam room facilities.  For more information and latest offers for gym memberships click here.

Wellbeing Service

The Council's Wellbeing Service brings together a wide range of services that currently support health and wellbeing and makes them accessible via a single contact point.  As well as help with exercise, the Wellbeing Service also provides advice, guidance or practical support for things like stopping smoking and drinking less. The service also includes support for issues such as housing, employment and money because these problems can affect emotional and physical health just as much.

Whatever the health or wellbeing-based concern, the Wellbeing Service will be there to put local residents in touch with the best people to meet their needs.

Residents can contact staff direct at: (01254) 682037, or and GPs can also refer people in to the service. 

Motivate - activities for adults and children with learning disabilities 

The Motivate Project runs activities for adults and children with learning disabilities. You can find out more about Motivate on the Blackburn with Darwen Learning Disability Partnership Board website

Led walks 

For more information on walks in Blackburn with Darwen click here 

Every Step Counts - walks 

Every Step Counts is a walking programme in Blackburn with Darwen.  For more information click here

Swimming Development

For more information on swimming development click here 


HealthWISE is designed for people who may have become inactive, have specific medical problems and would benefit from a specifically developed programme of exercise. For more information click here  

Active living

'Active Living' is a health programme for people who have suffered a 'cardiac event'. That's medical speak for heart problems, like a heart attack. You get a place on the programme if a doctor or other health person thinks you should.  For more information click here  

Community Falls Prevention

Targets those of age 65 or over who have had a fall whether injurious or not. Also for those for whom the fear of falling is limiting daily life.  For more information click here     

Health trainers

In Blackburn with Darwen Health Trainers are local people with a genuine understanding of local communities, with the wealth of knowledge that comes from living in our communities and understanding the challenges of everyday life. Health trainers will work voluntarily providing one to one support enabling individuals to assess their lifestyle and discover which factors have an impact.  For more information click here

Community Centres

There are lots of different activities available through the community centres in Blackburn with Darwen and these can range from leisurely gatherings like social clubs, tea dances, bingo and painting classes to sports activities such as pilates, martial arts and archery.   Some activities are free, but please check with the centres to find out more.

All of Blackburn with Darwen's community centres have disabled access and disabled toilets (carers/personal assistants would need to help people go to the toilet if necessary).  Carers/personal assistants who attend sessions with clients are not expected to pay for the activity unless it is a meal (e.g. a luncheon club). 

For more information on community centres in Blackburn with Darwen click here. 

Parks and countryside

Discover Blackburn with Darwen's parks and countryside.  Click the links below for more information, including the latest events guide which features guided walks, events and family activities, such as history walks, tree planting, bird talks and walks, pond dipping and much more .  Many of these activities are free of charge.  For more information click here

The Youth Zone

The Youth Zone in Blackburn town centre runs a weekly 'Diversity Club' for people aged 8-25 years.  This is a  fully inclusive  session for disabled  young people to get  active, socialise and  have fun.  To find out more visit the Youth Zone website

The Energy Zone and SAMS

There's lots going on at the Energy Zone and SAMS (Scrap Art Material Store) on Newfield Drive in Blackburn, including free activities such as sewing classes, a community gym and netball.  Visit the Energy Zone website to find out more.

Age UK's Active Ageing

Active Ageing offers a range of healthy activity sessions for over 50s to improve health and wellbeing and make new friends.

You can find more information about the project on Age UK's website

The Men's Club

The Men's Club is a men's peer support group who meet at Your Support Your Choice, 9a Town Hall Street, Blackburn (opposite Blackburn Central Library). The group offers men in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen a place to have a weekly meet up to talk, listen and get support from each other. Guests are invited to come and talk to the group and offer advice around work, health, wellbeing, money, relationships, housing and more (based on the needs and interests of the group).    The group will provide you with a couple of hours each week to sit, tell some bad jokes, put the world to rights, learn a bit and help make the world feel like a bit of a better place!  The Men's Club meets weekly on Tuesdays 2.30pm - 4pm.  There's no need to book, just come along.  For more information about The Men's Club contact the Care Network Hub on 01254 292620 (the Care Network Hub can also tell you about other opportunities available to you). 

Sliding Doors Social

Sliding Doors is on a mission to provide purposeful and empowering opportunities for vulnerable people to discover their value and share it with the world. They believe in a future where people aren't defined by their age or disability.  They already support over 100 isolated people at a weekly social event at the Blues Bar café at Blackburn Rovers. The Sliding Doors hub is based at Mill Hill Community Centre, New Chapel Street, Blackburn, BB2 4DT.  They plan to deliver more sessions and other activities from the hub.   The hub is also available for other groups to use and for private parties.  You can find out more on the  Sliding Doors website 

Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living

Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living is a charity which aims to maintain and develop a creative partnership to tackle the social and economic inequalities experienced in Blackburn with Darwen to ensure people living in these areas can achieve their optimum state of well-being and health. The project will ensure that the communities have ownership and involvement in the project to design local solutions to meet health needs.

Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living is based at Bangor St Community. The charity aims to provide training and educational opportunities for the community to develop health and fitness opportunities, healthy eating programmes and various activities and projects, all aimed at improving the health and mental well-being of residents living in Blackburn. 

Visit Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living's website


Baiter Sehat (Better Health)

The aim of the Baiter Sehat project, which is run by One Voice Partnership in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, is to deliver both community education initiatives and integrate information into existing health promotion activity in the local BME community.

The award winning project is now in its third phase, and is covering the area of Drugs and Alcohol, Hepatitis B & C, Dementia, Mental Health and Suicide, and Organ Donation.

One Voice also runs a number of other projects including girl and youth groups, women's groups, and engagement programmes for the most hard to reach communities.

One Voice is set up to improve the social and economic well being of the most deprived communities of Blackburn and Darwen.

For more information click here

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust offers all members of the local community access to the highest quality programme of grassroots football, education, inclusion initiatives and awareness projects to encourage off-field participation, success and enjoyment using the crest and brand name of Blackburn Rovers Football Club.

Visit Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's website


The AllTogether Club

The AllTogether Club is for children and young adults with disabilities, their families and carers. There are two clubs, one for 5 to 14 year olds, and the other for 14 to 25 year olds. Each group is held every other Friday at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre (BRIC) at Ewood Park.

At the AllTogether club they believe in a whole family approach so all their activities are available for the children and young adults with disabilities and their siblings. Parents and carers are also encouraged to stay and as well as a parents chill out room they also hold regular activities including massages, Zumba and classes such as First Aid.

Activities available for children and young adults include arts and crafts, and a variety of sports including archery, handball, boccia and many others.

The club is financed by fundraising and grants, but they also ask members to pay £2 per child per session, but no more than £5 per family.

They also offer an advice and guidance hub for the parents/carers and any members over the age of 18. The advice is confidential and impartial and free of charge. Information is given on a host of areas relating to benefits, guidance, education possibilities.

They are also developing a disability sports hub for the community. They currently offer archery for children with disabilities but as this is an inclusive sport they are able to offer this to siblings and parents/carers too. They are also hoping to develop a table tennis club.

For more details, including dates and times of sessions, please contact the AllTogether Club direct. 

AllTogether Club
Address: Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre (BRIC), Ewood Park, Blackburn, BB2 4JF
Phone: 01254 841776


Curiosity Club 

The club provides social activities and much more for adults with learning difficulties and their carers.  For more information contact the club direct using the details below.

Curiosity Club (social club for adults with learning disabilities and their carers)
Address: Energy Zone, Newfield Drive, Blackburn, BB2 3UA
Phone: 01254 291276


The Monday Variety Club 

Thwaites Empire Theatre at Ewood brings you a range of music and entertainment in its monthly Variety Club. Recapture the fun filled atmosphere of yesteryear and feel free to sing along to your favourite song.  Shows start at 2pm and tickets are £3.50 or £2.50 for members.  For more details contact (01254) 685500.

East Lancashire Umbrella Club

A social group open to adults, run by volunteers who provide activities such as arts, crafts, table tennis and variety of other activities.  Venue: Greenfields Community Centre, Green Lane, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4SR.  Admission £1 per person includes refreshments.  Every Monday 1-3pm, and craft session on Tuesdays 2-4pm.  To find out more call 01254 200425 or email  Or search on Twitter @Official_ELUS, or Facebook 'East Lancs Umbrella Society'.

Mill Hill men's social group

Craft, pool, cards and dominoes at Mill Hill Community Centre, every Monday 1pm - 3pm.  Only 50p including refreshments.  Tel. 01254 673066

Tai Chi

Are you interested in learning Tai Chi a gentle form of exercise that can prevent or ease many ills of aging?  If the answer is yes then come along and join the friendly group at Greenfields Community Centre, Green Lane, Blackburn, BB2 4SR.  They meet every Friday 9.30 - 10.30am (please call to check first) and have an experienced tutor.  The price for the session is £3.50 and there is a café on site for people to have a chat afterwards.  For more details contact (01254) 201040.

Garden Bud-dees

Garden Bud-dees is a small independent community gardening group. The
group was formed approximately 7 years ago, we promote a healthy lifestyle
by showing people how to grow their own food and benefit from exercise as
they join us at the allotment. We also promote the importance of recycling
and the best use of resources. We currently have around 6 volunteers from
the community including people with disabilities, young families, mental
problems and the un-employed wishing to gain work experience.
Several of our members have achieved NVQ 1 in horticulture with around 8
members progressing onto Level 2.

Garden Bud-dees is a small independent community gardening group based in Darwen. They promote a healthy lifestyle by showing people how to grow their own food and benefit from exercise working on the allotment. They currently have around 6 volunteers from the community including people with disabilities, young families, people with mental health issues and unemployed people wishing to gain work experience.  Several of their members have achieved NVQ 1 in horticulture with around 8 members progressing onto Level 2.  They meet weather permitting twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays from 10am till approx 12pm.  For further information contact Pam on 01254 704184 or 07866 879143.


The Billy Project

The Billy Project is a small local project based on an award winning, well established Blackburn gym, Unit 2 Fitness for women.  They are COVID safe, open and welcoming to new and existing clients aged 11+.  The project is a safe space to exercise, talk, offload and receive much needed emotional support from supportive gym members, staff and friends.  They offer a range of fitness activities targeted at inactive, vulnerable local women from areas of high deprivation.


The project offers free gym sessions between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm, Monday to Wednesday.  New referrals receive a full gym induction on how to use the equipment safety, health and safety in the gym and receive a personalised gym programme to follow which is suited to their individual needs and abilities.  One to one support is available for ladies that require additional support.  


They have daytime small group sessions, evening classes, personal training sessions and gym sessions available.  They are wheelchair accessible, all of the equipment is adaptable and they can cater to all abilities.

To self-refer yourself to the project visit:



Please note: Some of the organisations listed on this page are not endorsed or recommended by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the contact details are provided for information only. Please contact the organisations direct to double check times and dates before attending any sessions. If you know of an activity that should be listed on this page please contact us.

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