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The sun is forecast to shine in Blackpool this Bank Holiday weekend. As well as the multitude of attractions Blackpool is famous for, you can also enjoy:

Late night riding and fireworks at the Pleasure Beach on Saturday

The World UDO Street Dance Championships at the Winter Gardens

Ride the Lights on Tuesday … your chance to get a sneak preview of the Lights on a traffic-free Promenade. Walkers and cyclists only.

 

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It’s another action-packed weekend in Blackpool!

Friday 19 July

  • Blackpool carnival … live stage entertainment 7 to 10pm on Waterloo Headland (opp McDonalds) FREE

Saturday 20th July

  • Blackpool carnival Procession – Saturday 
    Parade begins from 12 Noon on Saturday at Solaris Centre and heads for The Tower, turning right into Dean Street, left into Bond Street, left into Waterloo Road, before turning right back onto the Promenade and finishing around The Manchester. FREE
  • live stage entertainment 2 to 9pm  on Waterloo Headland (opp McDonalds) FREE
  • WORLD MATCHPLAY DARTS at the Winter Gardens

Sunday 21 July

  • Tram Sunday (Festival of transport) … stalls, music, vintage and spare parts parades … fun for the whole family . FREE

 

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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!

Photos from VisitBlackpool

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NEW AccessAble Blackpool App
Check out Blackpool Access Guides on the new AccessAble App!
The new App is free and covers 180 venues in Blackpool including top attractions like the Pleasure Beach, the Winter Gardens and Blackpool Tower, as well as leisure centres, parks and gardens, restaurants, shops and transport.
The App is available for IoS and Android. Users can create a profile, save their favourites and set their own preferences using AccessAble’s Accessibility Symbols.
The App does not provide personal reviews, but rather, step-by-step descriptions of what accessibility is like at a particular place – they are 100% facts, figures and photographs.
Crucially, each guide is created having been visited by an AccessAble Surveyor, who can collect over 1,000 pieces of information for just one venue. The type of information collected is all driven by AccessAble’s 35,000-strong user community.
Anna Nelson, Executive Director of AccessAble said: “This App is all about getting detailed, reliable information to the 20 million plus people in the UK with accessibility requirements. We want people to be able to use the App while they are out, filtering by the accessibility requirements that are important, to find the places that work for them. Growing up as a carer I spent hours ringing up and asking about accessibility, nothing was spontaneous and we were nearly always disappointed when we arrived. This App is a practical solution to that very real problem”.
To check out the new App simply download AccessAble from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

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1. Get even wetter at the Sandcastle Indoor Waterpark! Slides, wave pools, adrenalin chutes, spa & cafe in tropical temperatures

2. Ice skating at the Arena, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

3. Multiplex Cinema, Rigby Road for the latest blockbusters

4. Tower Dungeons … funny-scary (not scary, scary)

5. Tower Eye … 4D film & lift to the top of the Tower to walk on the glass floor

6. Sealife Centre … sharks, rays, octopus, seahorses etc

7. Tussauds Waxworks … don’t forget your camera for selfies with the stars

8. Houndshill Shopping Centre for indoor shopping … Debenhams, Clarks, Primark, Deichmann, Yours, Boots, Disney Store etc

9. Tower Ballroom … while away the afternoon to live organ music in fabulous surroundings or indulge in afternoon tea

10. Coral Island … amusement arcades with kids’ rides & casino

11. Indoor Crazy Golf, under the Sealife Centre and Dino Golf in the Tower

12. Play centres … Playbarn next to the zoo, Planet Kaos near Asda

13. Catch a matinee show or an evening performance … Legends, Hot Ice, Viva Cabaret Bar, Kings & Queens, Opera House, Grand Theatre

14. Escape Rooms … an hour to escape!

15. Ascent Trampoline Park

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1. The beach … long stretches of clean sand & it’s free (donkey rides available). South Beach is an award-winning Blue Flag beach.

2. Blackpool Zoo … meet the new arrivals and see the state-of-the-art Elephant Base Camp.

3. Blackpool Tower Circus … 2 hours of fantastic, edge of your seat entertainment with an amazing water finale

4. Sandcastle Indoor Waterpark … 18 exciting water rides and attractions in tropical temperatures whatever the weather outside

5. The Pleasure Beach … meet Dora or the Turtles & ride in Nickolodeon Land

6. The Playbarn … burn off energy in this indoor play zone (next door to the zoo)

7. Tower Eye … jump on the glass floor if you dare!

8. Sealife Centre … hands on pools plus shark tunnel. Meet the baby twin Blacktip sharks

9. Stanley Park … rowing boats on the lake, High Ropes, extensive play area, Art Deco cafe, lakeside walks

10. Mme. Tussauds Waxworks … interactive fun with your favourite celebs and meet the Marvel Heroes

11. Dino Golf … themed indoor crazy golf inside the warmth of Blackpool Tower

12. Catch the latest movies at the Odeon Multiplex cinema … Rigby Road

13. Ice skating … public skating sessions at Blackpool Ice Arena inside the Pleasure Beach

14. Ascent Trampoline Park … bounce to your heart’s content

15. Amusement arcades … South Pier, Coral Island etc … save those 2p pieces and play your own “Tipping Point” game

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Wow! Took the 3 grandkids to see this year’s circus this afternoon and I have to say it was A1. Thrilling, daring, beautiful, funny are just some of the words which come to mind. Featuring acrobats, knife throwers, quick-change artiste, dancers, Mooky & Mr Boo to name but a few and the thrilling “hamster wheel” act with a new twist I hadn’t seen before. Our group ranged in ages from 4 to 60+ and all 5 of us thoroughly enjoyed the show and were enthralled. For me, when you are on the edge of your seat during an act, that’s the sign of a great show and we certainly got that today. Here’s the reaction of 2 of our grandchildren to the knife throwing act, LOL:

 

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Magic at The Pleasure Beach

Afternoon tea in the Tower ballroom

Dino Golf in the Tower

Tower Dungeons

Tower Eye

Jungle Jims

Pleasure Beach rides

Fireworks at 10pm Saturday

Adults only at the Pleasure Beach

Tower Circus for the whole family

Mme Tussauds Waxworks

Sealife Centre

Funny Girls

Ma Kellys

Blackpool Zoo

Sandcastle Indoor Waterpark

Stanley Park

Big Wheel – Central Pier

not one but THREE piers                                          Images courtesy of VisitBlackpool, Merlin *

 

Join us for themed games and activities in the FY4 area. There’s the Easter “HOP ‘N’ BOP” show with Bradley & Bella Beaver. Children can decorate eggs & bonnets with prizes to be won and of course lots of Easter Eggs! 😋😋😋
(Between Saturday 13th & Monday 22nd April)