Blackburn Rovers on Sunday 5 May 2019 at 12:30
Distance from the Liberty Stadium: 206 miles ~ 4 hours 25 minutes.
Address: Ewood Park, Blackburn. BB2 4JF
Telephone: 01254 372001
Web Site: www.rovers.co.uk
What’s Ewood Park Like
We’re in the Bryan Douglas Darwen End; the facilities are good, but spacing between the rows is pretty poor.
Pies, burgers, hot dogs and sausage rolls are sold. Fosters, John Smith’s, Bulmers, Guinness and wine are on offer.
For the thirsty, they sell two-pint pots of lager or bitter. Blackburn fans are a friendly lot, and the relaxed stewarding makes Ewood Park a pleasant visit.
Blackburn is a town that offers plenty of places to drink, eat, party and shop.
‘The Mall’ (BB1 5AF) is on 3 levels and has many, many high street names with Blackburn Market on the ground floor.
For those wanting the outdoors, there’s Witton Country Park, 480 acres of mixed woodland, parkland and farmland to the west of Blackburn.
The Premier Inn Blackburn Town Centre (BB1 1EP) is just a mile and a half away from Ewood Park.
What’s On in Blackburn
An adults-only beer festival is from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th at Blackburn Rugby Club (BB1 8NB).
Over 60 real ales from the North West and beyond and a selection of ciders and lagers are available. There’s live music each evening and rugby matches over Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are £5 per day (or £10 for the weekend) online or pay by cash at the rugby club.
Ticket includes a complimentary pint glass and a festival programme. Beer tokens are available to buy over the festival weekend at £10 per sheet. Pre-ordered tickets get priority entry
On the Friday at 7:30 ‘In Loyal Company’ is on at Darwen Library Theatre (BB3 3BU).
It’s the true story of missing WWII soldier and prisoner of war Arthur Robinson, tickets are £12 and £11 for students.
At the same venue on the Saturday it’s comedy night for over 18s. Entry is £12 or £10 in advance on 0844 847 1664.
On Saturday 4th at The Electric Church (BB2 1AA), it’s the only drag night in Blackburn from 8pm – 4am. Early Bird Tickets are £5.50.
From Monday 6th at the Empire Theatre (BB2 4HT), there’s ‘Hello Dolly’, tickets are £12. For something a bit different, visit Turton Tower (BL7 0HG), entry is £6, concessions pay £5, U16’s entry is free if accompanied by an adult.
Eating and Drinking near Ewood Park
There’s a bakery on Bolton Road selling hot pies from one of its windows.
Across Bolton Road by the home end is a McDonalds. Behind the Bryan Douglas Darwen End, there’s a fan zone area. It has some large screens showing previous meetings between the two sides and food and drink outlets, with ‘Pie and a Pint’ for £4.90.
The Fernhurst Lodge (BB2 4JP) is a very big pub 0.3 miles away. It fills up quickly and when full it’s a one out one in policy.
The Golden Cup (BB3 0AJ) is small selling beer and pies with both sets of fans mixing well; it’s 0.9 miles away.
On the other side of the motorway on the same road is The Anchor Hotel (BB3 0AB), 1.3 miles away. It has a large beer garden with BT and Sky Sports.
If arriving at Mill Hill station, the ‘Navigation Inn’ (BB2 4DL) is a Thwaites pub that welcomes home and away fans and is 0.7 miles away.
Near the entrance to Blackburn train station is The Postal Order (BB2 2BY), a Wetherspoons pub, which is just 1.5 miles away.
Parking near Ewood Park
You can also choose from a selection of private car parking spaces near Ewood Park, including around 40 parking spaces which you can reserve for your visit from just £5.00 for the whole day.
To get away quickly after the game, car parks nearby charge around £5 (roads around the stadium are closed for 30 minutes after the game).
As you come down the hill on the A666, pass a BP garage on the left, turn right at the next lights and on the left are industrial units for parking (£5).
After the game turn left out of the car park, takes you to the M65.
Trains to Blackburn
Mill Hill Station, is a small station a mile away or a 20 minute walk from Ewood Park and a 3 minute ride from Blackburn train station.
Blackburn station is served by trains from Manchester & Leeds. It’s 1.6 miles from the ground and at least a 30 minute walk.
Grab a taxi or bus 1, 3 or 225 to Darwen from stand N outside the station. The number 1 or 3 bus (stand N) go to Ewood Park.
No trains leave Swansea before kick-off.
Trains back from Mill Hill are at 15:23, 16:07 and 16:23, getting into Swansea at 21:51, 22:52 and 23:25.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!
This Travelling Jacks guide was kindly provided by Swans fan Steve Griffiths.