Blackpool attractions set to light up half-term break

Spark! will perform

Blackpool is gearing up for one of its busiest periods of the year with a fabulous array of family entertainment over the October half-term holidays.

The resort will celebrate the school break with one of its biggest and boldest tourism programmes.

It includes Festival@LightPool – live performances in the free event to be staged from 5pm onwards on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 25, 26 and 27 with performances on the Tower Festival Headland and nearby Blackpool Town Centre.

On the Wednesday, the Sense of Unity by Dundu will parade along the Promenade and through the town; on the Thursday, Blackpool’s illuminated trams will lead the resort’s new ‘Carnival of Lights’ along the Promenade; and on the Friday, there will be a new production ‘Amor’ by Bilbobasso.

On all three nights, visitors can enjoy Spark! By Worldbeaters Music, as well as unique performances by AFISHAL.

Blackpool will also host Nickelodeon’s SLIMEFEST shows. There are six performances over three days from October 21 to 23 at Pleasure Beach Arena, featuring a line-up of talent.

Blackpool is renowned for the quality of its live entertainment offer. Whether it’s a children’s show such as The Tiger Who Came To Tea, the Blackpool Tower Circus, or musicals like Flashdance.

Meanwhile, the famous Blackpool Illuminations features miles of lighting to brighten up dark skies.

Visitors will watch the fantastic 3D projection shows on the front of The Blackpool Tower building. They are all free to watch and show at regular intervals throughout the night. The Blackpool Illuminations run until November 5.

There is a range of Halloween-themed activity during the holiday period including Vampire Beach at the Pleasure Beach; a family party in the Tower Ballroom; ghost trams; sharks in the dark at SEA LIFE; the Blackpool Dungeon and lots of creative Halloween art, design and model making at the Grundy Art Gallery.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “October half-term is traditionally one of the busiest periods of the year in Blackpool – and when you see the scale of entertainment on offer it is not hard to see why.

“The Illuminations underpin our autumn season but that is only a part of the offer that is available to visitors. All of our major attractions are open, there are top-quality shows in our theatres, and we have fabulous new events.”