2020…what a year so far. When our 2019 edition was published, who could have predicted the world would be a very different place just a few months later. And whilst we’ve published this magazine slightly later than planned due to everything that’s happened, it’s still an issue packed with stunning images, high-quality features and some of the best accommodation, scenery, businesses and people our town is proudly home to.
And, for the first time in our magazine’s history, we are taking the issue solely online. That’s not to say we won’t do a print run in the future, but we’ve not been able to dispatch copies across the town as usual due to the current situation. So instead, we are supporting our 2020 edition with a jam-packed online campaign including social media and paid online advertising. So, if you’re featured in this issue, you can be reassured that the message about our beautiful town will be spread far and wide, over and above the usual geographical remit.
This ties in nicely with our feature of the most glamorous places to stay in Burnley. With overseas travel still up in the air (pun intended!) at the time of publication, many of us are looking to holiday in beautiful Britain. And we believe one of the best places you can explore this year is in and around Burnley. From Grade II-listed halls to brand new luxury hotels, you can treat yourself to a truly special staycation. Our town is 80% rural, meaning there’s plenty of stunning countryside to explore whilst you’re here and we hope you feel safe and secure whilst visiting us – there’s certainly plenty of room for everyone! This 2020 issue also highlights some of the top places to eat or drink and we know our local venues have put a lot of time and effort into making sure your important leisure time is safe, well planned and relaxing.
Another impact of COVID-19 is that sadly many brides and grooms have had to push back their weddings. But we have also heard lots of heart- warming tales of couples becoming engaged during lockdown after spending so much quality time together. If you’re looking for a wedding venue with the wow factor, you need not look further than Burnley. From breath-taking marquees with views of our countryside to the well-known and much-loved Towneley Hall, you won’t resist saying “I do” to one of our venues. You can find out what we have to offer in this issue.
Of course, students will also find their experience slightly different this year. But we know that a lot of young people are planning to stay local for their further and higher education and they’ll certainly receive a warm welcome this autumn. UCLan has plans to welcome 4,000 university students by 2025, whilst University Courses Burnley continues to expand its offering. Students who are looking for quality accommodation, outdoors activities, bustling coffee shops, restaurants and bars, highly regarded courses and work experience placements, and a sophisticated yet affordable lifestyle can have it all in Burnley.
We hope this magazine takes you on a journey to discover everything Burnley has to offer.