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  1. Blackpool has miles of golden sand just waiting for you, your deck chair, picnic, bucket & spades. Stroll, paddle, lounge around or play ball games, the choice is yours! And South Beach has an award-winning BLUE FLAG!
  2. If sand isn’t your thing, the Spanish-style steps all along the Prom are just right for whiling away a couple of hours and indulging in a bit of people watching.
  3. Blackpool has not one, but 3 piers. Each has its own distinctive character but all have splendid views over the Irish Sea and plenty of places to rest awhile. There’s free live entertainment at weekends and in school hols.
  4. For a spot of retail therapy or window shopping there are loads of souvenir and independent shops as well as a dedicated shopping centre called the HoundsHill in Blackpool central.
  5. Stanley Park is a fabulous space for some outdoor fun … take scooters, bikes or simply enjoy a peaceful stroll away from the hustle and bustle of town. There is a lovely lake, children’s play area, woodland, Italian gardens, fountains, clock tower, Art Deco cafe, a bandstand with free music on Sundays, squirrels, ducks, geese etc etc
  6. Grundy Art Gallery (Queen Street) hosts regular exhibitions and events
  7. There is an art trail along New South Prom, with 10 art installations for you to explore, including a sea organ and a huge glitter ball
  8. Although Blackpool doesn’t have traditional rock pools, it does have some great places to look for crabs, starfish etc … try the man-made 6-sided hollow concrete blocks designed as part of the sea defences close to the Sandcastle Waterpark. Don’t forget your wellies!
  9. For 10 weeks in the Autumn (Sept to early Nov) the Illuminations shine out. Make sure you walk through the tableaux on North Shore and watch the Lightpool shows projected onto Blackpool Tower.
  10. Organ music more your style? Then head to the sun lounge on North Pier for a daily free concert featuring popular music.
  11. Are animals your preference? Then try a visit to Penny Farm Horse Sanctuary near the junction of the motorway/B&Q. There’s free entry and regular family fun days.
  12. Visit the RNLI Lifeboat Station on the seafront and take a look at the lifeboats.
  13. Every Friday evening in September there are spectacular fireworks displays off North Pier; these are the World Fireworks Championships and the display is best viewed between central and north piers.
  14. A great family event takes place on the Tuesday evening before the Illuminations are switched on. The Prom is closed to all traffic except pedal power! Families walk through the Lights or ride their bikes (every shape and size and often cleverly decorated) and there is a great atmosphere.
  15. Blackpool Airshow takes place every August … sit on the Spanish style steps and enjoy the displays
  16. Spot a heritage tram … every weekend and school holidays.
  17. Stroll around the Winter Gardens … restored to its former Art Deco glory. Well worth a look!
  18. Look out for Blackpool Heritage Open Days in September … behind the scenes tours at venues such as The Tower, The Grand Theatre, The Winter Gardens, The Pleasure Beach, The Salvation Army, the Vic Hospital
  19. There are loads of free events every year in Blackpool … fun runs, concerts, exhibitions, displays, Live entertainment, parades, car shows etc. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest updates!

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