11 – FUNNY GIRLS
If you’re looking for a great night out then look no further than Funny Girls, an absolute ‘must do’ if you’re in Blackpool. Based in the beautiful old art deco Odeon Theatre in the centre of town, this unique and unforgettable show presents you with a unique brand or burlesque cabaret exquisitely performed by male dancers and drag queens and accompanied by the wonderful DJ Zoe.
If you’re visiting Funny Girls then you’ll have the choice of watching the show by standing in the main area downstairs or booking one of the VIP booths above complete with waitress service or private bar. You can even treat yourself you a spectacular meal in their restaurant before the show (advance booking essential).
For more information and tickets please click here.
12. GRUNDY ART GALLERY
The Grundy is a leading contemporary visual arts centre situated in a Grade II listed building in the centre of Blackpool.
The gallery hosts an extensive programme of temporary exhibitions including contemporary, modern and historical art, featuring established and emerging artists, as well as displays from its permanent collection.
I’m a big fan of their wonderful little shop too; great for gift buying, quality Blackpool books and postcards..... You can find some real gems here!
13 – ROCK FACTORIES
Blackpool is synonymous with rock making and there are a few places in the town you can actually go and see it being made. Learn how staff effortlessly place the letters inside those sticks of rock and breathe in deep, for the smell of all that sugar is just the most incredible thing!
Shops where you can see rock being made is dotted around Blackpool, you don’t really need to look that hard! Make sure you visit the Coronation World rock factory though based in the south shore area who have a purpose built viewing gallery where you can see the whole production area. They also offer free parking and have both a cafe and factory shop!
14 – BLOTT
Blott artist studios based on King Street in the town centre is a fantastic artist led venture, a gallery established in 1999 to provide a platform for professional artists living in and around the Blackpool area. The gallery exhibits work all year round and also displays the work of visiting guest artists, nationally and internationally including a variety of work from sculpture to prints.
The gallery is currently open from Monday to Saturday with varying opening times so please check the website before making a visit!
15 – THE GREAT PROMENADE SHOW
The Great Promenade Show is a series of large-scale outdoor art installations permanently set along a 2km stretch of the beautifully designed sea defence wall in the south shore area. The works were commissioned by Blackpool Council from both established and emerging artists to animate the promenade and offer a creative attraction to the town's residents and 11 million annual visitors.
The vision for the art works is that of an outdoor gallery or a visual variety show, a programme of 'acts', each one reflecting an aspect of Blackpool's diverse character.
My absolute favourite piece “They Shoot Horses, Don't They?” by Michael Trainor is an enormous rotating mirror ball, measuring 6m in diameter and covered in almost 47,000 mirrors. The piece beautifully reflects Blackpool as being the ‘Ballroom capital of Britain’ and looks amazing, no matter what the weather!
16 – COMEDY CARPET
Just in front of the tower over on the promenade is where you’ll find the magnificent Comedy Carpet. Created by artist Gordon Young, and designed in collaboration with Why Not Associates, the Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy on an astonishing scale. It is in fact one of the largest pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK and is pretty much our answer to the Hollywood ‘walk of fame’.
Viewing the Comedy Carpet you’ll find famous catchphrases and jokes from over 1,000 comedians and writers (apparently over 80% of these have performed in the town at one point or another!) immortalised in concrete and granite. Everyone from Peter Kay to Ken Dodd and Monty Python to On The Buses is included and you’ll have heaps of fun finding your favourites!
17 – THE BEACH!
I don’t really need to write about this one, do I? The beach in Blackpool is beautiful, clean, sandy and huge!
18 – THE THREE PIERS
Blackpool isn't short of piers and walking down the famous Golden Mile, you’ll never be far from one. All three of the piers were constructed during the Victorian age and each one has its own distinct identity. North Pier is the most traditional of the three and is famous for its entertainment venues and beautiful carousel whilst Central and South Piers are crammed full of rides, amusements and places to eat.
We love visiting the South Pier in an evening during the illuminations for candyfloss, donuts and chocolate covered fruit!
19 – STANLEY PARK
Stanley Park is the biggest park in Blackpool and offers everything from beautiful gardens and historical buildings to heaps of fun activities. Facilities and things to do include the lovely art deco cafe, playgrounds for children, BMX race track, boat hire, indoor and outdoor sports centre and model village (which is also dog friendly!) as well as much, much more! A lovely way to spend a day or two!
For a full list of facilities and details of parking please click here.
20 – CORAL ISLAND
There are countless amusement arcades in Blackpool and if you’re planning on visiting any then I really do recommend Coral Island as being the best way to fritter away that loose change! The Iconic amusement arcade is bright, loud and crammed full of arcade games, a casino, prize bingo, slot machines and even a few rides including a pirate themed ghost train. There are plenty of places to eat too (they are actually pretty good!) and it is worth mentioning that kids eat free in all of their restaurants.
Part three coming soon!