Blackpool Illuminations on the move (Image credit: iknow)

Blackpool Illuminations on the move

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations, the UK's greatest free lights show or Festival of Light, has been bringing smiles to faces since they were first lit up in 1879 back when the illuminations consisted of just 8 arc lamps illuminating Blackpool Prom which brought gasps of delight from onlookers. Covering a distance of 10 km along Blackpool Promenade and using over one million light bulbs, Blackpool Illuminations' Big Switch On' usually takes places at the end of August annually.

The big switch-on

A different celebrity switches the lights on each year, with events and entertainment around the Big Switch On including concerts and more. The Blackpool Illuminations run through October until the beginning of November. Always a highlight is the illuminated Blackpool Tower and one of the best ways to view the Blackpool Illuminations is by open top tram along the prom.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach illuminated

Blackpool Pleasure Beach illuminated

Ride The Lights

Blackpool illuminations can be enjoyed by road with thousands of visitors choosing to 'Ride the Lights' via car, bus, coach or even open top trams and horse-drawn carriages! Alternatively take a stroll along the Promenade and admire the many different illuminated artworks by local and national designers with themes including Dr Who.

Accommodation with Entertainment on Blackpool Promenade

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    Blackpool central seafront hotel near Central Pier with entertainment (numbers permitted) from our resident DJ Mike Hughes and selected cabaret nights. In-house bar lounge.
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    Classic historic hotel on Blackpool Promenade with glorious sea views. Large ballroom, restaurants, coastal cafe and bar. Regular cabaret show style entertainment.
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    Stylish French inspired hotel on North Promenade in Blackpool. Cabaret bar on site with variety of shows & entertainment. Ideal for couples, families & groups.
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