A day out at Blackpool Zoo
Blackpool Zoo is the ultimate experience for families who enjoy discovering nature. Built upon the site of Blackpool’s old Municipal airport, the zoo aims to bring you up close and personal to as many exotic and unusual animals as is safe to do so! From Lemur Wood and Amazonia to the new Wallaby Enclosure, there are many and varied areas in which you can get up close and personal to a variety of unusual and interesting animals.
Active Oceans is a new exhibit featuring Blackpool’s beloved sealions in a new enclosure right next to the fun and frolics of the loveable Magellanic penguins.
Blackpool Zoo is home to the Pride of Blackpool, four adult African lions: the male, Wallace and females, Gillian, Rachel and Jasmine, a stunning grassed enclosure designed to encourage the lions to bask on the heated ‘pride rock’.
Model Village Blackpool
As seen on TV, our village and gardens are set into a stunningly beautiful landscaped 2½ acres of carefully tended gardens with paved pathways that provide full access to all of our visitors.
Marvel at the many hand crafted models and figures that represent life’s rich tapestry and step back in time to those bygone days when life seemed to move at a slower pace, from a Scottish Castle, protected by its ranks of Guardsmen to a tranquil Cornish fishing village. From thatched cottages hidden away and a Tudor village whos, diminutive residents enjoy a cricket match on the village green. 2014 has seen many new buildings added along with a working train running through the shopping center of the main village another in front of the shambles′ and a model railway featuring Thomas Annie & Clarabel!
There are 100’s of creative village scenes that will spark your imagination to life as you wander around our beautiful gardens along the walkways
The Sands Venue
The Sands Venue, Blackpool, offers a unique and sophisticated blend of first class live entertainment in Blackpool and top quality cuisine! This sensational gem located on Blackpool Promenade (just seconds from The Blackpool Tower) recreates the feel of the forties and fifties with the starlit ceiling, candlelit tables, and stylish decor. Taking you back to those wonderful variety nights with outstanding service and exquisite food. Prepared to be indulged!
The Venue also boasts a Licensed bar and Sea View Restaurant on the top floor featuring panoramic sea views and of the Golden Mile. Also a Wild West Diner on the ground floor.
So if you are looking for things to do in Blackpool, come and see what’s on at The Sands Venue! We are the leader in entertainment in Blackpool and it’s attractions.
A tropical under cover aquatic haven
Blackpool is Britain’s most loved seaside resort, but unlike some of its European counterparts, the sun is not always shining and cracking the flagstones with its heat! Cue Sandcastle Waterpark a tropical under cover aquatic haven and the UK’s largest indoor Waterpark with more than 18 attractions, slides and features including Masterblaster, the longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide in the world.
Sandcastle Waterpark is one of the best places to spend a cold rainy day with the family, and the attraction caters for families of all ages. From the gentle Shimmering Shallows and fun filled HMS Thundersplash for younger visitors to the adrenaline soaked Masterblaster and Sidewinder in the Hyperzone, water babies of all ages will find loads to do in this aquanaut’s paradise.
The waterpark had aimed to open a brand new attraction for 2011 in a brand new Aztec themed zone featuring Montazooma, which sends riders plummeting head first through 360 degree loops and stomach turning back to back turns and Aztec Falls, which promises high velocity drops and corkscrew style turns in a darkened Aztec Temple environment.
Work on the newest additions to the world class attraction has been slowed somewhat with the discovery of a previously unknown room below the front entrance to the building! A frantic search through blueprints and archive photographs began to discover the original purpose of the mystery room which is still to be proven. Sandcastle owners promise the new slides will be open to try as soon as possible, and they will certainly be worth the wait!
Making a splash with:
- Slides and Attractions
- Bongo Bongo
- Caribbean Storm Treehouse
- Dueling Dragons
- Fort Riptide
- HMS Thundersplash
- Master Blaster
- Monkey Island
- Shimmering Shallows
- Palm Trees Snack Shack
- Thunderfalls Waterslide
- Treetops Water Chutes
- Treetops Trading Post
- Typhoon Lagoon
- Ushi-Cushi River Creek
Discover the secrets of the deep
SeaLife Blackpool draws back a watery curtain and invites you to take a tour under the sea.
Can you spot Willy and Wonka the White Tipped Reef Sharks, or Betty, the Bowmouth Guitar Shark in amongst the other menacing marauders lurking above the clear Perspex tunnel in the oceanic Shark Frenzy tank? Did you know that the predatory Moray Eel is painfully shy? You will have to look really hard to spot Matilda lurking in the nooks and crannies of her tank.
How do crabs grab you? It’s not a joke! Discover the Crusty Creatures of the Deep in the Claws feature before getting hands on in the Interactive Rockpool where you can touch a starfish and hold one of SeaLife’s smaller crabs without getting nipped!
More than 200 creatures of the deep are housed at SeaLife Blackpool and they are displayed in interesting and educational ways which will make children of all ages fascinated to learn more about the fish, crustaceans and animals who make the home in the seas around our coastline.
To really get the most out of this absorbing attraction, check out the list of feeding times and talks and let the team share their knowledge with you.
Stanley Park is a public park in the town of Blackpool on the Fylde coast in Lancashire, England. It is the town’s primary park and covers an area of approximately 104 hectares (260 acres). The park was designed to include significant sporting provisions, along with formal gardens, a boating lake and woodland area. It was designed and built in the 1920s, under the eye of Thomas Mawson.
It is located in the Great Marton and Layton areas of the town. It is Grade II* listed and is on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.
The park’s largest gardens feature a fountain built with Italian marble and a number of statues including a pair of Medici Lions. The Italian gardens are overlooked by a cafe, designed by Mawson and built in a traditional Art Deco style
Towards the centre of the park there is a crossroads with a clock tower, dedicated to William Cocker. It is close to the large children’s play area, the tennis courts, all-weather pitches, BMX track, skate park and general grassy areas.
Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool
The Grundy begins 2017 with the Blackpool Art Fayre, in which the gallery plays the role of civic host, lifting the lid on artistic activity happening in the town and along the Fylde Coast. The exhibition will include displays from a number of arts organisations in the town including the recently formed Abingdon Studios and also the Blackpool Art Society, which dates back more than 125 years. Joining these displays will be an open exhibition for residents of the Fylde Coast and a room dedicated to schools, in which pupils have been set the challenge of creating new designs and drawings inspired from illustrations for 1930s designs of neon from the Illuminations archive.
Joining these displays will be an open exhibition for residents of the Fylde Coast and a room dedicated to schools, in which pupils have been set the challenge of creating new designs and drawings inspired from illustrations for 1930s designs of neon from the Illuminations archive.
The open call is available to Fylde residents with an FY postcode. Residents at the edge of the Fylde boundary with PR3 or PR4 postcode may also be eligible and are encouraged to contact the gallery to check.
One of the world’s most magnificent ballrooms, nothing sums up the historic charm of Blackpool quite like the breathtaking Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Designed by Victorian architect Frank Matcham, it’s something you truly have to experience first-hand to appreciate. Its famous tea dances occur daily, accompanied by a live organist. Bring your dancing shoes and hit the floor for a tango, waltz or foxtrot, or take a seat and simply soak up the atmosphere.
Look out for year-round themed nights that will allow you to dance the night away to your favorite music, while there are also great family days out to be enjoyed, such as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Viva Blackpool The Vegas Venue
Viva Blackpool presents the big Vegas style show night out at the Vegas Venue in the Heart of Blackpool!Join your hilarious host Leye D Johns for a night of incredible entertainment as we’re joined by the most talented vocalists you’ll hear live, our gorgeous Viva showgirl dancers dripping in feathers, sequins and sparkle and fantastic production lighting and video to create a show loved by thousands each year in Blackpool – it’s Viva VEGAS Live!Take your reserved seats, enjoy superb service to your table with a wide selection of drinks and food options to choose from – all topped off with the very best in entertainment!
Join host Leye D Johns as he presents an amazing evening of live ‘Vegas’ style show entertainment!
The Blackpool High Ropes course situated in Stanley Park is fun, physical and perfect for team building exercises, educational trips, birthday parties and even just a fun day out.
Fearless participants will face challenges from flying down a zip wire and scaling a rock climbing wall, to traversing swinging tyres, a series of challenging bridges and obstacles and an exciting “leap of faith”.
Prices start from just £8 per person and a range of packages are available, including Team building corporate packages Curricular and extra-curricular activities for schools Skill development and team building group packages Birthday parties for all ages (also includes a one-hour session in our party room after your session)
Low Ropes Adventure out over our exciting range of wobbly obstacles to test your balance and confidence.
Blackpool has three magnificent piers which have stood guard over the Irish Seas for many years and allowed visitors to experience the magnificence of the fresh sea air without even getting their feet wet!
Blackpool’s three piers, although all things of historical beauty and elegance, each have a unique personality and a significantly diverse offer.
We start in the south, with the adrenaline filled South Pier. Fairground rides, loud music and the smell of popcorn and hotdogs abound as you make your way to the big attractions here. Those of a faint disposition may want to stay away as Skyscreamer throws you up into the skies above Blackpool, Skycoaster plummets you freeflying across the Pier and Maxibounce offers you the ultimate trampolining experience.
Central Pier is a location where the fun of the fairground extends over water. The magnificent big wheel now graces the planks alongside family rides and interesting sidestalls. With a family bar over the water and Legends, the best soundalike show you will ever see, Central Pier has something for every member of the family.
Finally we take a sedate stroll along North Pier, whose Victorian elegance has sustained the relentless buffeting of the Irish Sea. Almost a quarter of a mile long, Blackpool’s North Pier is an ideal place for taking pictures of the town and the tower, and the Victorian Sun Lounge is a beautiful place to relax and watch the world go by. North Pier is also the firing site for Blackpool’s annual World Fireworks Championships, usually held Fridays in September.
Comedy Carpet Blackpool
Created by artist Gordon Young, and designed in collaboration with Why Not Associates, the Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy on an extraordinary scale. Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the present. Sited in front of Blackpool Tower, the 2,200m2work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits.
A remarkable homage to those who have made the nation laugh, it’s also a stage for popular entertainment that celebrates entertainment itself
Coral Island Arcades
Coral Island is Blackpool’s largest indoor free admission family attraction. Come and explore Coral Island and enjoy an action packed day filled with fabulous food and family favorite seaside rides and redemption games as well as adult gaming and prize bingo.
Serving generous portions of all the family favorites, with adult meals from £7.95 and kids meals from £3.95 or free with our Kids Eat Free offer.* Find a table me hearties then order at the bar. More than 200 creatures of the deep are housed at SeaLife Blackpool and they are displayed in interesting and educational ways which will make children of all ages fascinated to learn more about the fish, crustaceans, and animals who make the home in the seas around our coastline.
To really get the most out of this absorbing attraction, check out the list of feeding times and talks and let the team share their knowledge with you.
A busy traditional coastal market offering a great seaside shopping experience, Fleetwood Market has over 200 stalls within three indoor heated halls and a selection of outdoor stalls. A true shopper’s paradise you’ll find a variety of stalls including jewellery, clothing and household goods – all at great prices. The market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9am – 4.30pm all year round including bank holidays and Fleetwood Festival of Transport (Tram Sunday).
Although market rights were granted to Fleetwood Market in 1725, it wasn’t until 1840 when Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood started using those rights that the Victorian Market was built.
Freeport Outlet Village
Set on a tranquil marina, we have over 45 famous name stores offering up to 60% off every day, so you’ll find a fantastic range of men’s, women’s and children’s fashions and footwear plus gifts, homeware and accessories all at amazing low prices. With such great choice and value you’ll never have to pay full price again! There are events and activities on special days throughout the year, but every day your little ones can enjoy the children’s play area.
There’s also a tasty selection of places to eat and drink, including our Food Court, Costa Coffee, McDonald’s and The Bay Tearooms.
Discover the secrets of the deep
A fab-ewe-lous animal farm with a museum, cafe & gift shop. Plus outdoor play areas, indoor picnic/bouncy castle barn & indoor animal barns too. So there’s plenty to do come rain or shine! Take a trip down ‘Memory Lane’ in the large and eclectic ‘Fylde Country Life Museum’. Or take a wander around the extensive paddocks, ponds, and walkways – if ewe fancy a stroll.
We also have ‘The Pottery Studio’ based here. It is run by the charity ‘Autism Initiatives’ and ewe can ‘Paint-a-Pot’ with help from their students – ewe’ll just love it!
Daily events include farm tours, animal shows, tractor rides, pony rides & grooming, egg collecting, animal feeding & petting.
Visit in December and meet ‘The Real Santa’ in his fab-ewe-lous log cabin and feed Rudolph through the window too. Our entire barn is transformed into a winter wonderland – a must see for all the family! If Ewe Like Christmas, Ewe’ll Love Farmer Parr’s.
Free time in Blackpool need not cost you the earth.
You don’t have to spend a penny to experience some of the fascinating and unique features Blackpool has to offer and all within a few miles of the stunning Comedy Carpet. Blackpool has a number of installations, exhibits and natural spaces for you to explore and enjoy for free.
Great Promenade Show
As you stroll along New South Promenade, you will come across glittering rocks, a decompression tank and the worlds’ largest dancehall mirrorball, but what do these and the 7 other art installations have in common, and what do they have to do with Blackpool?
Each piece is a unique look at the history of this seaside resort from the glamour of the lights, the evocative sounds of the Irish Sea and even the macabre relationship Blackpool has with freak shows and circus. Artists were all commissioned to create a challenging and unique piece of art which makes visitors rethink their experiences at their favourite seaside resort.
The Solaris Centre of Environmental Excellence, situated opposite the Great Promenade Show’s Mirrorball, is a shining beacon of self sufficiency and green energy. Wind turbines stand sentry either side of the door, generating energy from the Promenade winds and solar panels help power the many exhibits featuring green ideas and many forms of art and crafts created by local groups.
Grundy Art Gallery
In this delightful little gallery in the heart of Blackpool traditional and modern are shown side by side. Just as Blackpool aims to be at the cutting edge of modern culture yet consistently doffs it’s cap to its heritage and history, Grundy has been displaying ancient and modern items from the Blackpool collection since 1911.
Giant arches loom over Birley Street like a giant rollercoaster during the day and at night transform the artwork, pavements and buildings into a sensory experience of light and sound. A changing schedule of programming allows Brilliance to get involved with what’s on in Blackpool from the Illuminations to Dance Festivals and Showzam!
St John’s Square
Towering over the newly paved St John’s Square is The Wave, a 10m high piece of artwork from which a diver is suspended from a mirror finish wave. Wander a cross the open public space to enjoy the dancing water flumes before sitting in one of the relaxing pavement cafe’s.
Strolling around Stanley Park, from the formal Italian Gardens, through shaded wild woodlands, around the massive meandering boating lake to the exciting children’s play parks, you can while away a good few hours getting back to nature and watching the kids have good old fashioned fun on the see-saws, slides and climbing frames.
This bird sanctuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its amazing birdlife and also supports a myriad of fauna and flora including dragonflies, butterflies, bats and orchids. Experiencing the varied nature, you would never guess that this was once the site of the town’s old tip!
This area has been through many changes since it was formally planted gardens, and after a number of years of letting nature take the lead and head up a team of rangers and volunteers, Salisbury Woodland was designated a County Biological Heritage site in 1993.
If you’re searching for things to do in Blackpool that are fun and inspirational for kids and adults alike, then look no further than this wonderful display of indoor illuminations.
Illuminasia is more than a walk-through exhibition of stunning internally lit Chinese lantern sculptures, it is an experience like no other. Combining ancient Chinese tradition with modern production; this awe-inspiring display offers something for everyone.
With the play of light and colour, artists of every medium gain inspiration from this beautiful Far Eastern art form. Children delight in the adventure of exploring through a garden filled with towering exotic flowers and giant butterflies, almost as much as mums and dads enjoy basking in the serenity of time spent in the Jade Palace!
That’s just a taste of what’s in store for visitors to this unique entertainment experience.
If you’re planning to visit Blackpool and take in all we have to offer; a trip to Illuminasia is a fantastic addition to this town’s fine tradition of Blackpool shows and the fun and variety of Blackpool theaters.
The stars are out all day and all night
The stars are out all day and all night in Blackpool at Madame Tussauds!
Did you know you can hang out with sporting icons Tiger Woods, David Beckham, Gary Lineker and Lewis Hamilton right here in Blackpool?
Did you know you can get up close and personal with TV stars David Jason, Davina McCall, Simon Cowell and Bruce Forsyth right here in Blackpool?
Did you know that Alan Carr, Joanna Lumley and Billy Connolly are always looking for new material right here in Blackpool?
Did you know that music stars Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Peter Andre and even Michael Jackson are always here in the centre of Blackpool?
They’re all right here, every day, in the only Madame Tussauds in the UK outside of London, and every single figure is a replica to behold.
Walk amongst the stars!
A short walk from the Comedy Carpet, this newly refurbished attraction allows you to walk amongst the stars of Coronation Street, sit on the sofa with Jeremy Kyle and take part in numerous other TV shows including performing on the X Factor, investigating alongside DCI Frost, learning cooking skills with Jamie Oliver and even lets you get out of here with I’m A Celebrity!