We're getting there, Burnley | Rachel Bayley

We did it – we reached the next milestone on the roadmap out of lockdown.

As of March 29th, we can enjoy outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households, including in private gardens.

This will be a lifeline for many of us and it’s positive that it’s taking place during the Easter holidays so our children and young people can finally meet up with friends who aren’t in their classroom bubble.

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Outdoor sports facilities can also reopen, something that many of us have missed.

Burnley Brand Manager Rachel Bayley

Burnley is blessed with plenty of outdoors space, not to mention golf courses including Towneley Golf Club and Burnley Golf Club.

Hopefully the Lancashire weather will be kind to us these next few weeks so we can take full advantage.

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Retro in the Park tickets are also on sale, although it’s looking like the last few won’t hang about for long.

Scheduled for August 28th at Towneley Park, this popular event has confirmed headliners Roger Sanchez, N-Trance, Nightcrawlers and Graeme Park.

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And it’s fantastic to see Burnley DJs Paul Taylor and Matty Robinson are also included in the line-up.

The VIP tickets have already sold out, but there were a handful of standard tickets left when I last checked, so be quick!

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Retro has been running for 30 years and is headed by the so-called “godfather of house” Paul Taylor.

He was incredibly disappointed that the event had to be cancelled last year after desperately wanting to put on such a huge festival in his hometown and calls the fact it can finally be held “a piece of history in the making”.

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I’m sure everyone who’s lucky enough to get tickets will give Roger and the rest of the acts our famous warm welcome.

Whilst we’re not quite at festivals yet on the roadmap, I decided to head out to The Landmark last Friday for a face-to-face meeting, because I am all Zoomed out.

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For those of you still at home working, or whether you’re self-employed but want to expand your network and have a modern space to work from, the former grammar school on School Lane has it all.

The Landmark has really thought of everything for co-working and conferencing space.

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With a café and bar, ultrafast WiFi, kitchens, lunch delivered to you and clever workspaces called Nooks (soundproofed booths where you can even select the light colour), it could almost be a mini break.

Ok, maybe not quite, but it’s been a long year and any excuse to leave the house and safely see other people is fine by me! I was taken on a tour of the beautiful new event space, which hopefully will soon be filled with people enjoying everything this impressive venue has to offer.

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Next up on the roadmap is the reopening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality on April 12th – we’re getting there Burnley!