Walks in Blackpool

Things to do in Blackpool

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

World famous for the Illuminations, Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool is one of the country’s most iconic seaside resorts. The town became synonymous with fun during the late 19th century thanks to its concentration of amusements, fortune tellers and oyster bars along the seafront Promenade’s ‘Golden Mile’. This reputation continued into the 20th century as holidaymakers, stars and even royalty flocked to Blackpool, attracted by the glitz and glamour provided by venues such as the Winter Gardens, the Grand Theatre and the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Today’s visitors can enjoy shows in these same spaces, walk the prom and play the arcades on one of the town’s over three hundred year-old piers, all while enjoying ice cream or seaside fish and chips from family-run vendors that have been operating for generations.

In addition to its heritage, Blackpool offers visitors a unique cultural experience too. Take a stroll along the seafront to see The Great Promenade Show, an artwork trail along the South Promenade, and The Comedy Carpet, sitting in the shadow of the Tower. Contemporary art fans should make their way to the Grundy Art Gallery for new work curated with an eye on Blackpool’s place in popular culture, while Abingdon Studios provides working artists with space to experiment and exhibit. Organisations such as LeftCoast and Aunty Social focus on community, art and cultural projects, working to produce festivals, artwork and hubs of activity for residents and tourists. There’s also the beginnings of a new coffee culture spearheaded by the likes of celebrated café-cum-gallery HIVE and plant-based specialists Upside Down, while Waterloo Music Bar is a proper grassroots gig venue where you can find musicians, new and established, honing their craft.

Discover our top picks

Exhibitions 15–30 October 2021, FREE

Lightpool Festival

Taking place during Blackpool’s annual Illuminations display, Lightpool is a celebration of spectacular art works and live, illuminated performance across the iconic town.

REMOTE WORK and Lubaina Himid: The Mourning Kangas at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
Exhibitions Until 19 June 2021, FREE

REMOTE WORK and Lubaina Himid: The Mourning Kangas at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Grundy Art Gallery reopens with two exhibitions wrapped inside one – REMOTE WORK and Lubaina Himid: The Mourning Kangas.

Lancashire District Guides

Thompson Park in Burnley

Things to do in Burnley

Our guide to the best things to do in Burnley, including places to eat and drink, shopping and cultural attractions.

The Midland Hotel Morecambe

Things to do in Morecambe

Our guide to the best things to do in Morecambe, including places to eat and drink, shopping and cultural attractions.

Walks in Blackburn & Burnley

Walks in Blackburn & Burnley

An inspired array of walks and cultural spaces to hike, saunter or work your way through, featuring wild landscape and stately halls alike.

Walks in Morecambe and Lancaster

Walks in Morecambe and Lancaster

A round-up of the best walks in Morecambe and Lancaster, taking in the coast and the historic buildings, by Creative Tourist.

Walks in Blackpool

Walks in Blackpool

A round-up of the best walks in Blackpool, including the sights of the promenade and nearby country walks.

Photo of the towering entrance to Lancaster Castle

Things to do in Lancaster

Our guide to the best things to do with your time in Lancaster, including the city’s historic castle, literature festival and Dukes theatre.