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October Half-Term in Blackpool: What's On?

Blackpool has unveiled an extraordinary programme of family entertainment for the October half-term.

The resort is preparing to roll out an unprecedented line-up of indoor and outdoor shows, events and attractions to celebrate the last school holidays of the 2019 tourism season.

With all of its tourist attractions open for business, the award-winning Lightpool Festival extended to two weeks, and Blackpool Illuminations shining every night, Blackpool has set its stall out to offer families an unrivalled selection of half-term holiday fun. This includes:

Lightpool Festival

A heady mix of art installations, carnival parades and sensational light and fire-related live performances. It opens on Friday 11 October with the return of the 3D projection shows on the front of The Blackpool Tower building.

That’s followed by an outstanding two-week programme of free entertainment including a replica planet Earth in The Tower Ballroom, the world premiere of a large-scale Sun in the Winter Gardens and an outdoor display of giant illuminated seesaws. The programme also includes the return of the Carnival of the Lights; an illuminated children’s football tournament; a town centre art trail and explosive fire and light based shows on the Promenade. For full details, check out the full programme and timings here.

Blackpool Illuminations

Autumn wouldn’t be the same without the world-famous Illuminations. The free display along the entire length of Blackpool Promenade has some great new features for 2019 including the Northern Lights, 4Wall’s Vegas-style Theatre Of Light, and a special road section that pays tribute to Britain’s most lovable TV bear. Look out for giant illuminated models of Sooty, Sweep and Soo taking centre stage above the Golden Mile.  The Blackpool Illuminations shine nightly until Sunday 3 November. For nightly switch-on times, click here.

Attractions Galore

October is a time of year when many places are bunkering down for the winter. From Blackpool Pleasure Beach to Coral Island, three marvellous piers to Blackpool Zoo, there's something for everyone!

Brand-new for this autumn is The Fifth Floor at Blackpool Tower bar with free family entertainment throughout October half-term and hi-tech virtual reality pods. 

Halloween Frights

Blackpool doesn’t just do light – we also do dark pretty well, too! Watch out for a spectral host of spine-tingling events at various attractions including Blackpool Dungeon, Blackpool Zoo and Blackpool Pleasure Beach with live events, horror movies and ghouls galore. There are also family fancy dress parties at Blackpool Tower Ballroom on October 26 and 31. 

Dazzling Shows

Blackpool is the home of variety and entertainment and with so many theatres and venues to choose from, it’s little wonder.

The Winter Gardens will be staging Calendar Girls The Musical from October 15-19, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert from October 21-26 and a concert by Will Young on October 29.

Just down the road, the majestic Grand Theatre is staging Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story from October 22-26 and Blackpool Pleasure Beach has Timeless, a contemporary illusions show, running until October 31. Check out Viva Blackpool, which sees the return of High Jinx Magic, Illusion and Circus show from October 20-31.

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