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Three amazing free events in Blackpool that you just have to see



“What are your post-lockdown plans?” It’s something we’ve all been asking each other for over a year now. We’ve all been dreaming about going to restaurants, to the pub, to the cinema, or even just going over to our family’s house. But it looks like, finally, a post-lockdown Britain is on the horizon.


Outdoor hospitality is open, and indoor hospitality, cinemas, and theatres are almost there too. It’s all so exciting. With this in mind, we’ve started to think about all the amazing events that, if COVID permits, will be hosted right here in Blackpool this year. Here are three of the best...


Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations has been on our minds since the disappointing news of its cancellation last year. We all need a bit of light back into our lives in these dark times, and we think Blackpool Illuminations is the best way to cheer us all up. And to make up for having to cancel last year’s event, the illuminations will run for longer this year, extending from the 3rd of September right the way through to the 3rd of January.


They are totally free, but if you fancy kicking it up a notch, the switch-on is always a real night to remember. This year it’ll be held in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, featuring live music performances for a lucky crowd of around 1,000 people.


World Fireworks Championship

From the 10th of September to the 1st of October, it will be the World Fireworks Championship. Just by its name, you know it’s something you can’t afford to miss. The world’s best firework show teams battle it out to take home the title of world champion.


They tailor each show to match the ebb and flow of music, creating a jaw-dropping performance that will light up the dark autumn sky. And since the fireworks are fired over the sea from the North Pier, you’ll probably even be able to catch the show from a local beer garden. As long as you’re along the seafront, you should be set. Perfect.


Lightpool Festival

Lightpool Festival takes place between the 18th and 30th of October. The festival won the Large Tourism Event Award from Lancashire Tourism in 2017, so you’re practically guaranteed to have a ball. Lightpool’s programme is jam-packed with all sorts of fun, including live performances, light installations, 3D projection shows, and art trails. Not bad at all for a free festival. Much of the programme is still to be revealed, but if it’s anything like Lightpool 2019, we’re sure it’ll knock your socks off.


And that’s not all. So long as COVID permits, there are dozens of amazing events to attend from concerts to pride to pantomimes. You name it and you’ll find it in Blackpool.

After a long day of attending Blackpool’s best free events, you’ll need somewhere to rest. The Royal Seabank is a fantastic family hotel located on the promenade. With a bar on site and world-class entertainment, The Royal Seabank is the place to stay in Blackpool. Book your stay today on 01253 923000.

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