Monday, 20 October 2014

50 Things to do in Blackpool: Part Three....

In part three i'm going to show you a selection of 10 of the best events, shows and entertainment venues in Blackpool although I will admit this only scratches the surface of what there is to see! For a detailed calender of events, hop on over to the Visit Blackpool website where you'll find full listings for everything from shows and community events to festivals.

21 - HOT ICE SHOW


The Hot Ice Show is a magnificent ice skating show based in the Pleasure Beach Arena. It’s a real treat to see featuring the very best performers from around the world taking to the ice in the most exquisite costumes to a collection of incredible music, the very best lighting and awesome special effects.
The show runs daily during the summer (check the website for specifics!) and usually follows the format of a shorter length matinee in the afternoon and the full show in the evening.

For more information and tickets please click here.

22 – VISIT A CRAFT FAIR

We are huge fans of the Truly Scrumptious fairs which are held in the beautiful Winter Gardens building on a few dates throughout the year. The fairs are a spectacular of crafts, vintage goodies, delicious food and cakes, live music, craft workshops and much more! They are a great way to pick up unique gifts and get to know local sellers. A lovely way to spend a weekend!

For more information please click here.

23 – SEE A SHOW

Blackpool is the northern capital of great entertainment and there are few better ways to spend an evening than catching a show. There are literally so many venues to choose from all with an exciting programme of events but if you’re looking for the bigger shows and concerts then head towards the Winter Gardens or the Grand Theatre.
In May 2015 you’ll be able to catch a stunning performance of Hairspray the Musical at the Grand Theatre, a show worth booking a trip for I think!

For more information about the Winter Gardens click here.
For more information about the Grand Theatre click here.

24 – THE WORLD FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIPS

On selected dates throughout September and October, see the skies lit up courtesy of the ultimate leaders in firework entertainment. See a series of perfectly choreographed firework shows from countries all over the world competing for the winning title which is announced at the beginning of October. Competitors for 2015 are yet to be announced but it is an amazing free evening of entertainment!
You’ll get a great view wherever you are along the promenade (and this event does get busy!) but our favourite place to watch the shows from are on either the Central or South piers.... grab a seat and a mug of hot chocolate whilst you’re there!

25 – HERITAGE TOURS AND OPEN DAYS


On selected dates throughout the year and held by various venues and organisations, step behind the scenes in some of Blackpools most famous landmarks from the Blackpool Tower to the Winter Gardens, the costume department at the Pleasure Beach and even the illuminations depot. Each venue makes for a thrilling and insightful experience!
It’s worth having a quick Google before you set off to Blackpool to see if any of these are being held whilst you’re there. We absolutely love the Blackpool Tower heritage tours which last about one and a half hours with a fully accredited guide with various options such as afternoon tea in the Ballroom afterwards. This is our favourite tour because you’ll get access to parts of the tower you wouldn’t normally get to see such as the beautiful circus stables and seeing where the first bolt was fastened on the tower legs! Perfect historical geekery!

26 – THE ILLUMINATIONS


Everyone knows Blackpool is famous for its illuminations, right?! When other seaside resorts are winding down for the winter, Blackpool is only just getting started for one of its busiest periods. The illuminations are an amazing spectacle to see at over 10 kilometres long and consist of almost every type of light display you can imagine!
Arguably, one of the best ways to see the lights is by tram (you can even take a trip round them on an illuminated heritage tram) but make sure you get off to walk the last bit as the large illuminated tableaux are really worth seeing up close. This year sees the addition of Alice’s Garden which was co-designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and the in-house team. It features a magical illuminated water garden and an 8 foot bridge. It is really quite lovely!
If you’re travelling by car then I’d recommend doing it on a weeknight as it does get incredibly busy at the weekend!

For more information please click here.

27 – REBELLION PUNK FESTIVAL

Rebellion is the original Punk and Alternative festival and one of the biggest of its kind in the world. The event runs over four days and sees hundreds of bands spread across multiple stages as well as cinema, merchandise, punk art, craft markets, an acoustic stage and lots more! The 2015 event will be held on 6th-9th August 2015 so if you’re looking for something different, come and celebrate everything punk! No need to worry about the British weather spoiling things either, it’s all indoors!

For more information please click here.

28 – SHOWZAM


Showzam is known as Blackpool's annual festival of circus, magic and new variety. An enchanting event created for all including family and adult audiences. Showzam brings together skills, talents and theatrical expertise of world famous performers and is an event that is truly unique to Blackpool.
The event is held in February and the programme is packed full of wonderful entertainment, shows, workshops and much more! Details for 2015 are yet to be published but more details and the 2014 programme are available here.

29 – BLACKPOOL PRIDE

The Blackpool Pride festival brings together LGB&T people together for a celebration of LGB&T lifestyle in a town which has an associated long and rich history.
The main event is a free festival in the iconic Winter Gardens where you’ll find fantastic entertainment, market stalls and several bars as well as much more! There’s also a colourful and lively parade which runs along the promenade and a series of cultural events created to support the festival encouraging the whole town to join in with the festivities. Even the Blackpool Tower joins in by donning a rainbow flag!

For more information please click here.

30 – BLACKPOOL AIR SHOW

The Blackpool Air Show is an amazingly popular event for the resort and it is an event that sees a whole host of spectacular flying machines taking to the skies for an incredible show. Blackpool hosted the UK’s first official air show in 1909 and it is still staged annually over 100 years later with stunning aerobatic stunts and fly-bys from wonderful aircraft no longer in commission.

For more information please click here

Part four coming soon!
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