The Lancashire town of Blackburn lies among the Pennine Hills, near to both Preston and Bolton. The town's station provides rail links to Leeds and Manchester. Blackburn is handy for the M6 and M65. Around 140,000 people live in the area.
The town has a cathedral and a university. BBC Radio Lancashire is based in Blackburn.
Local attractions include a museum, an ice arena, Waves Water Fun Centre, a bowling alley and a multi-screen cinema. The Lewis Textile Museum is opposite the town hall. The West Pennine Moors and Turton Tower, a fine Tudor house, are within easy reach, while Witton Country Park offers over 400 acres of green space.
Blackburn is served by the Mall shopping centre, the Townsmoor retail park and the Peel retail and leisure park, the largest development of this type in Lancashire.