The population of the town declined from 40,000 in the 1911 census to 30,000 in the 1971 census.[11]

A pool hoist and easy access steps are available for both large and small pools.

You can’t miss Taylor’s Pet Stall with its traditional sign, it is a real Darwen institution. With everything you need for your furry, fishy and feathered friends, the walk round stall is crammed full of value for money items. Selling food for dogs, cats, wild birds, fish, […]

Darwen had its own parliamentary constituency until 1983 when it became part of the present Rossendale and Darwen constituency. This seat is currently held by Member of Parliament Jake Berry.

Please do not park over more than one bay; one bay per vehicle.

Only two children under 8 years may accompany one adult.

For further details of any of the above please contact the Club Secretary on 01254 704367.

The Green Darwen BB3 1PW   Contact Us 01254 874900   General Building Opening Times Monday – Friday: 7am – 10pm

To the north-west of the town lies Darwen Golf Club. The characteristics of the course have changed little since the club was established in 1893. Due to its geographical location within the moors, the course is regarded as a tough test of golfing ability. From its peak viewpoint the course has panoramic views of the surrounding area as far out as Blackpool and cascades down into the shadow of Darwen Tower.[38]

The room is also available for Funerals, for this there will be no room hire charge.

One of Darwen's biggest claims to fame is that it hosted a visit from Mohandas K. Gandhi in 1931. He had accepted the invitation[8] from Corder Catchpool, Quaker manager of the Spring Vale Garden Village Ltd,[9] to see the effects of India's boycott of cotton goods. The unemployed mill workers greeted the man with great affection even when they were out of work, as they understood it was not India but greedy and irresponsible mill owners who were responsible for their situation.[citation needed]

Darwen Leisure Centre has two assisted changing rooms with a hoist, one in the pool level changing rooms and the other on the first floor.

Pool Party – 1 hour in the Teaching Pool followed by a choice of menu in the café

Children under 8 years must not be left alone on poolside or on the spectator galleries.  This includes babies and young children in prams etc.  The lifeguards cannot supervise these children.

Like many towns in Lancashire, Darwen was a centre for textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution. Samuel Crompton, inventor of the spinning mule, lived there for part of his life.[7] Rail links and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal arrived in the mid-19th century. The most important textile building in Darwen is India Mill, built by Eccles Shorrock & Company. The company was ruined, however, by the effects of the Lancashire Cotton Famine of the 1860s.

Locally, Darwen has been represented by Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors in the main council wards for the town. In the 2008 local elections, the For Darwen Party picked up the majority of the wards in the town to put pressure on Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council for Darwen to have its own council again. In June 2009 Darwen Town Council was formed.

WE WANT YOU! Have you ever wanted to gain more experience in theatre or music venues?  Ever wondered how the bar runs?  Or just plain nosey?  We want volunteers to help out here at Darwen Library Theatre in a variety of roles.  You could be working at a film showing one week and a comedy […]

All lockers in the centre operate by using £1 coins which are returnable.  Keys for the lockers are on a wrist band which you can take with you when you swim.  Re-usable locker tokens can be purchased at reception for £1 each.

Recently, a large number of homes in the town have been demolished as part of the government's Pathfinder scheme, and there is an ongoing campaign to prevent the comprehensive redevelopment of large areas of the town.

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Whilst every effort is taken to ensure these downloads are kept up to date we do recommend that you contact the leisure centre on the day of your visit for any changes to the programming.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Town Hall, King William Street Blackburn, Lancashire United Kingdom BB1 7DY

George Critchley for PMA Productions Ltd brings you his new version of ‘Aladdin’ at Darwen Library Theatre for his 15th year!

‘And Finally… Phil Collins’ are recognised throughout the industry as the market leaders and definitive Phil Collins & Genesis tribute show. Now in their eighth year together this truly amazing eleven piece band which includes the ‘And Finally Horns’ faithfully re-create all the classic hits from the Phil Collins and Genesis timeless back catalogue

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The Cobblers, owned by Tony, is a traditional stall that has been a Darwen stalwart for over 36 years. Tony has always worked with shoes starting from school as a pattern cutter and designer in the shoe trade. He prides himself in being able to repair almost […]

The tower, which is open to the public, overlooks the town from the moors and stands at an altitude of 1,227 ft (374m) and has a height of 85 ft (26m). A spiral staircase leads to the top from where, on a clear day, Blackpool Tower, the Isle of Man, North Wales and the Furness Peninsula can be seen. In November 2010 the dome of the tower was blown off by strong winds. The dome was restored in January 2012.[16]

The municipal borough of Darwen existed for ninety-six years, from 1878. The borough was merged with Blackburn in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. The town became part of the Lancashire non-metropolitan district of Blackburn, which was renamed Blackburn with Darwen in 1997, shortly before it became a unitary authority.

The town is the home of the Darwen Library Theatre (an extension to the library), and the TV show Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Darwen has a few footnotes in entertainment history: its theatre (now demolished) had appearances by Charlie Chaplin, and it featured in a film. "There was a Crooked Man", in which Norman Wisdom and Alfred Marks played leading roles. George Formby's wife was from Darwen.[citation needed]


Under 8’s policy – Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult in the water.  An adult is a responsible person over 16 years.  The only exception to this is organised lessons and classes.

Sports Hall Party – Five-a-side, netball, badminton or organize your own team games!  1 hour followed by a choice of menu in the café

June’s Haberdashery is just the kind of stall that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Stuffed to the rafters with haberdashery, wool and craft items, it is a real treasure trove. The stall started in the 1960s on the original 3 day market but has been in […]

There are six disabled parking bays just outside the main entrance with level access.

The Darwen News published a Maudley Medley on 9 March 1878:

Sunnyhurst Woods was originally owned by the Brock-Hollinshead family and used for hunting stag. The area was later sold to Eccles Shorrock. To commemorate the coronation of Edward VII the land was turned into a public park on 2 July 1903.

Birthday Parties are available at Darwen Leisure Centre on a Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 3pm.

Located in the heart of  Darwen  this leisure centre has an impressive 25 metre eight lane swimming pool, a teaching pool, a main gym with 80 pieces of equipment, a multi-purpose fitness studio with a wide range of fitness classes, a multi-use sports hall and activity rooms that are available for a range of courses and room hire.

There is free membership for any Juniors under the age of 12 and anyone aged between 12 – 17 can receive free membership for 12 months.

There are large family changing cubicles and all other cubicles are much larger than normal so that each one can fit one adult and one child.  There are several baby changing units.  There are individual enclosed showers and general shower areas.

Whilst every effort is taken to ensure that our timetables are kept up to date we do recommend that you contact the leisure centre on the day of your visit for any changes to the programming.