Darwen Heritage Centre has a large meeting room for hire which can accommodate 20 people seated round a table or up to 50 theatre style., (Photograph above/below).
We have an accessible entrance at the rear of the building and portable ramps for use as necessary, we also have accessible toilet facilities.
The room measures 10m x 4m, has a plain wall which can be used as a screen and also has hearing loop facilities and internet access.
Hire periods can be from an hour to a full day, depending upon your requirements.
The cost of room hire is £16 per hour or £120 for a full day (8 hours). Access to a kitchen area for making tea/coffee could be available by arrangement.
Parking close to the centre is time restricted but there is some free unrestricted parking within walking distance.
We are open to the public on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am-3pm, therefore the room is unavailable for hire between those times.
For information and to check availability, contact Darwen Heritage Centre at
Tel: 01254 433140
[email protected]

Darwen Heritage Centre is a Registered Charity and is managed and run by volunteers.

If you would like to help the Centre by donating a small amount of money please can you do it by bank transfer using the following bank details

ACCOUNT NAME: Darwen Heritage Centre


SORT CODE: 200972

REF: DHC donation

Every donation received is used to keep the Centre running and improving.

Thank you to all the visitors that have supported us through the donation boxes in the Centre.

Your donations are greatly appreciated.

The town is nestled in a valley overlooked by the Victoria Tower, or Darwen Tower as it is more commonly known.  Families and visitors walk the moor to this famous landmark for the breathtaking views, whilst down in the town the Grade 2* listed India Mill Chimney rises magnificently 300 feet into the air in the style of an Italian campanile, (bell tower).

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In the heart of this town Holker House has become the home for the Darwen Heritage Centre.  A building dedicated to the prolific history of this cotton mill town steeped in stories and stunning architecture.  Darwen was home to a strong cotton industry and boasts a visit from Gandhi in September 1931 to address concerns with cotton trading.  It was home for Samuel Crompton, inventor of the spinning mule, who lived in Bury Fold Lane, Darwen.

Other famous Darreners include Sam Wadsworth who became a professional footballer winning 9 caps playing for England between 1922 and 1926; world renowned strong man Bill Hunt; professional golfer Dick Burton who held the Open Champion title for seven years; Margaret Chapman the illustrator and painter; Sigrid Augusta Green, female spy in World War 2 and lead singer of Blancmange, Neil Arthur.

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