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Whether you’re visiting Lancashire for a weekend getaway or a local wanting to spend some quality time with family, there’s plenty of activities for you to enjoy in the historic towns and magnificent countryside that this region has to offer.

The Hub at Riverside

This elegantly designed building offers a fantastic range of activities and services to the Darwen and Blackburn area. A regular favourite is Splash, a purpose-built swimming academy where there’s plenty of support to improve your fitness or to have a splash around with the family. The pool is eco-friendly and is bacteria free, making it a safe place for small children and babies who have sensitive skin.

Tenpin Blackburn

Only a quick journey away is Tenpin Blackburn, a classic activity for everyone to enjoy. There’s also offers on too, like adding in a meal at The Grill diner as it’s more affordable that way and you don’t have to worry about finding a place to eat. For a modern twist, why not go to the glow bowling disco nights which the older kids will love? They lower the lighting, blast disco-style music and have UV effects.

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Blackburn Dart Zone

Take it to another level and be prepared for a Nerf battle at Blackburn Dart Zone. Play well-known games like capture the flag, bank robbery, zombies and Fortnite. The indoor arena is almost 3,000 square feet so there’ll be plenty of room to play. There are inflatables and tunnels as well as soft floor matting so no one will get any accidental battle scars!

Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower is only a few miles from Darwen and Blackburn and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds which little princes and princesses will love. Join a house tour and discover the history of the house as well as the family, stop by the Tea Room for a quick snack and pop into the gift shop to complete your visit. Throughout the year there are family-friendly events where tours are offered with children in mind and the little ones can dress up in costume.

Have a lovely Lancashire summer! We look forward to seeing you at The Hub at Riverside soon.

Splash Riverside

We’ve had two very special team member anniversaries so far this year at Riverside Nursery.

In March, Nursery Practitioner, Sarah, celebrated being at Riverside for a decade, and Senior Nursery Practitioner, Lucie, celebrated her ten year anniversary in May.

Both Sarah and Lucie are fantastic assets to the team here in Darwen, and have met countless children during their years at the nursery – with their welfare and development of these children always their priority. We are very lucky to have them and we marked both occasions with a bouquet of flowers and voucher, as a token of our appreciation.


Huge congratulations to Sarah and Lucie, and here’s to the next ten years!

Have a whale of a time at splash

Swimming is for young and old, and can provide a fantastic way to improve fitness, while having fun. That’s why Splash, the purpose built swimming pool situated at The Hub at Riverside, is such an integral part of what we offer.


Perfect for the whole family

Perfect for the whole family

One of the best things about swimming is that we can do it together. Swimming as a family is brilliant for bonding, and we pride ourselves on offering a range of pool activities for all ages – from babies right up to adults. You might be amazed at just how quickly a trip to Splash! can become a weekly date in the diary which the whole family looks forward to.



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Splash isn’t just a pool for fooling around – it is a swimming academy which offers children the benefits of instructors who are qualified up to ASA/STA Level 2. That means your children can learn good swimming habits for life, learning to do things the right way. Splash! is located in a secure area with lots of places to leave your car, and the good news is that parking is absolutely free.


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Swimming is such a healthy activity on so many levels. At Splash!, your children and yourself can benefit from a pastime which is able to improve both physical and mental health. Furthermore, you can rest assured that your children will be swimming in a safe and secure environment which is designed to ensure that everyone enjoys their time in the pool, irrespective of the activity which they are undertaking.


Variety is the spice of lifeVariety is the spice of life

At Splash!, we have put together a programme of different swimming sessions which we believe offers more variety than any other pool in the area. We have Aqua Aerobics, which is a fantastic way to exercise while making new friends, there’s also Little Splashers, our regular class for toddlers aged one to three years old, and their parents, introducing best practices in the water. And our Pre School sessions are designed specifically for kids aged three to four years old, setting them on the path to swimming independently, before they even start school.

Read about our Splash! swimming classes in detail and view photos of our facility now!

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Once a week the children in our nursery take part in sports lessons provided by Mark and Karl from Sportz4All.

These lessons aim to encourage basic skills and physical development, as well teaching the children about sharing, taking turns and working as part of a Team.

Sportz4All incorporate the EYFS as much as possible into their routines, the sessions culminate in a sports day for our school leavers in the summer term – which parents are welcome to attend!

Contact the nursery to find out more.