Things to do in Blackpool
Love the great outdoors? Fancy doing something different? The town is bursting with things to do. Parks, Theatres, Casinos, Galleries...the list is endless, not to mention the hundreds of pubs, clubs, restaurants and eateries scattered in and around the town catering for every taste and desire.
Visit Blackpool, enjoy the town's fantastic sights and events, and make the most of the fabulous host of things to do. Whether you are a first-time visitor to our town or a Blackpool regular, you’ll discover plenty of things to see in Blackpool, from iconic Blackpool tourist attractions to unusual ideas for your days out.
You could also get lost in the wonders of Blackpool galleries, savour some delicious traditional dishes and see Blackpool sights from a new perspective with one of the many tram tours. Grab an attractions Map from Tourist Information (opposite the Tower) to help you pinpoint all the places you want to go.
This is our favourite time of year as the town is bustling and as other seaside towns are closed it makes Blackpool extra special. The spectacular display of lights, stretches over six miles along the seafront and attracts millions of visitors every year. The illuminations start the first weekend after August Bank Holiday and switch off after the first weekend in November. That's 10 weeks of spectacular light displays, concerts, fireworks and street art! Wrap up warm and walk through the lights or hop onto one of the illuminated trams, the choice is yours!
The most popular spot is between the South and North Piers, directly opposite the hotel and can seen from our sun lounge and sea view rooms. Blackpool beach is the perfect day out for those looking to indulge in some traditional seaside fun. Children can build sandcastles, paddle in the sea or even ride one of the famous Blackpool Donkeys while parents can relax and tuck into ice cream, fish and chips and other seaside munchies. Rain or Shine the beach is worth a visit.
Blackpool Seafront Promenade
Stretching past our doors is the famous Blackpool Promenade featuring a vast array of amusement arcades, shops, eateries, pubs and fun things to do. On the Golden Mile, you will walk past the Blackpool Tower and discover the Comedy Carpet, a huge unique underfoot work of art and New South promenade is home to The Great Promenade Show, another outdoor work of art featuring the world's largest mirrorball and a giant organ played by the tides of the sea! And don't forget all of the events hosted on the promenade throughout the year such as Blackpool Airshow and the International Firework Championships.
Stanley Park & Model Village
Stanley Park abounds in wildlife and horticultural displays. There are water fountains, statues, a bandstand and ornamental bridges over the lake plus Cocker Tower - a memorial to Blackpool’s first Mayor. The Art Deco Café is one of England’s finest examples of Art Deco design and offers spectacular indoor and alfresco views of the park. The Park boasts an array of family events and attractions including the Model Village and Gardens, an expansive boating lake, crazy golf and a children’s train. It also has the best sports facilities in the resort.
Arcades & Casinos
Like any seaside town Blackpool is a maze of arcades. The biggest, Coral Island can be found on the promenade next to Silcocks Fun Place and up the road from Happy Days. Great to take shelter from the rain or to enjoy the air-con on a hot summers day, all of these offer everything from traditional penny pushers to big-win jackpots. Like something a little more serious? Blackpool has a number of casinos including The Grosvenor and The Genting Club. Players can find a mix of blackjack, poker, craps and roulette as well as high stakes machines.
Museums & Galleries
Blackpool is not without culture and there are a couple of art galleries such as the Grundy and The Solaris that feature an array of local traditional and contemporary works that are worth a visit. Uniquely, art is not confined to four walls in our town, with much of the art in huge display along the promenade for all to enjoy. Look out for the new unconventional Blackpool Museum, due to be opened on the promenade sometime this year designed to tell the story of seaside towns and Blackpool in particular.
Theatres & Showbars
In the 1860's Blackpool became known for its quality entertainment and today is no exception. Whether it be comedians at the North Pier Theatre, hypnotists at the Horseshoe, singers at the Opera House or drag cabaret at Funny Girls you can be guaranteed of a good night out. Showbars such as Ma Kelly's offer day long entertainment whilst Viva, the Galleon and Coast have star studded nighttime performances. The Grand Theatre,The Opera House and The North Pier Theatre are the go-to venues for plays and live big-name acts. Finish your day off by booking a show - you won't regret it!
Blackpool has a unique mix of shops and markets offering everything from sticks of rock and cheap goodies to designer clothes and accessories. There are a number of markets including the historical Abingdon Street Market and the renowned Fleetwood Market nearby. The Houndshill Shopping Centre in the heart of Blackpool has a fantastic line up of retailers and offers the very best in fashion and lifestyle shopping for the whole family. Nearby towns such as Cleveleys, St Annes and Lytham expand the selection further.
Eating & Drinking
Like everything else there are numerous restaurants, snack shops, bars and pubs to choose from. Scattered throughout the town are fish and chip and kebab shops but Blackpool also has some very nice, more refined dining establishments for those looking for a romantic or celebratory meal. In addition, nearly every pub or bar offers some form of 'pub grub' but beware that many stop serving at 9pm. Queen Street in the centre of town is saturated with bars and tends to be the hub from which all parties spread. Local more traditional pubs can be found on nearly every street and are a great source of a cheap pint.