When it comes to the lifestyle of Burnley, there are plenty of leisure and retail amenities locally. High street names, as well as smaller independent retailers, are on offer at the Charter Walk Shopping Centre and the many award-winning markets. There’re also several supermarkets such as Asda and Sainsburys or B&M and The Range for every one of the essentials. If it comes to restaurants, Cosy Coffee, The Kitchen and Hideaway Bar, The Cookhouse wine bar and The Loom Makers Bistro are all popular with locals.

Impressive new facility Finsley Gate Wharf over the Leeds, as well as Liverpool Canal over the north side of the town, provides a range of leisure, dining, and live entertainment options too and a new artisan market has also been established on the first Saturday of the month to support local businesses. Offerings include craft gins, clothing, freshly baked goods, and homewares.

There also is a wealth of great Pennine countryside over the doorstep consisting of Pendle Hill, the Nidderdale AONB, the Forest of Bowland AONB, and Yorkshire Dales National Park not to mention numerous outdoor and parks spaces like Queens Park and Towneley Park within the town itself, which is said to be 80% rural, making Burnley for a winner all round.

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What’s on?

There is a range of events and activities on offer in and around Burnley throughout the year.

Retro in the Park and Popular music fun Wile Out both happen in the Burnley Speech, Towneley Park, Music and Stage Dance happen at venues around the community. Painting Padiham is a competition open to artists both professional and amateur alike.

The Grade 2 Theatre provides the best local, as well as international live fun from opera and ballet to even stand-up comedy over the theatre shows.

Sports enthusiasts have a huge range of options available including hiking, golf, cycling, and horse riding. There’re also windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, and other water fun chances available over the Rossendale Valley Club, just 15 minutes it takes to reach the town centre. Burnley Leisure offers a range of indoor fitness opportunities and facilities at venues across the town too.

Crime and safety

Burnley is not immune to anti-social behaviour and crime, but Lancashire Police functions closely within the local community and has a dedicated local policing team in the area.