Blackpool is lining up a brilliant assortment of family entertainment for the October half-term holidays.
From the famous Blackpool Illuminations lighting up the skies each night to spine-tingling Halloween horrors, the resort has an extraordinary array of COVID-safe indoor and outdoor events and attractions to brighten the autumn gloom.
Here’s a selection of just some of the things to do in Blackpool over half-term which have all the necessary measures in place to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time.
Autumn wouldn’t be the same without the world-famous Illuminations. The free display along the entire length of the promenade has some great new features for 2020 including a touching hearts and rainbows tribute to the nation’s key workers; a World War II replica Spitfire with a spectacular laser show; and a reimagined Pirate Tableau in partnership with Coral Island.
Heritage Tram Tours
Our illuminated tramcars have been a feature of Blackpool Illuminations since the very start. Climb aboard a piece of moving history and travel along the promenade and Golden Mile, passing the three piers, the iconic Blackpool Tower and the illuminated tableaux section at Bispham. You need to book in advance. Spaces are limited due to capacity measures, so we recommend booking ahead of time.
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Take your pick from Blackpool Pleasure Beach with its amazing new ICON rollercoaster and Nickelodeon Land; Sandcastle Waterpark; SEA LIFE; Blackpool Zoo; Coral Island; three piers; illuminated and heritage trams; the Blackpool Tower Dungeon; The Blackpool Tower & Circus and Madame Tussauds with its Marvel Super-Heroes and Strictly Come Dancing interactive exhibitions.
We’ve got ghost trains, socially-distanced ghost walks, ghost trams, and a Haunted Hotel tableau in the Blackpool Illuminations - in fact, more ghosts than you can shake a stick at! Watch out for a stack of electrifying events at various attractions including The Blackpool Tower Dungeon and Blackpool Pleasure Beach which, from October 27-31, will host the return of Circus of Horrors in the Globe Theatre. Blending horror, rock music and burlesque with unbelievable acts, Circus of Horrors is a show to make your pulse race. The show kicks off at 8pm or you can opt for the child-friendly shows at 4pm.
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JORVIK Viking Centre in York have invaded the Winter Gardens with their exciting touring exhibition, Fearsome Craftsmen. Located in the Pavilion Theatre, the exhibition is a fun, educational look at expert craftsmanship, featuring rare archaeological findings and replicas on display. It runs until December 13.
THE LIGHTS - Grundy Art Gallery
THE LIGHTS, shorthand for the Blackpool Illuminations, is a free exhibition showcasing and celebrating Grundy’s light-themed collection curated over the last five years, giving viewers the opportunity to see the artworks altogether for the very first time until Saturday 19 December.
Embrace the outdoors
October is one of the most colourful months to explore the open spaces Blackpool has to offer. On milder days, the invigorating sea air is the perfect ingredient for a relaxing stroll down the six miles of promenade and beach; the lush 82-acre landscape at Stanley Park, voted the best UK park in 2019, dramatically turns into an abundance of rich red and yellow hues with pathways blanketed in crunchy leaves, making way for endless photo opportunities.
Stay A While
Whether you’re looking for a quick last-minute getaway or a short but action-packed break, we can’t wait to welcome you for your autumn staycation. We're filling up fast, so click here to book your stay!