Blackpool Illuminations is somewhere I have wanted to take Freddie for a while now, and as we had a spare weekend we went up to Blackpool.
The illuminations in Blackpool is an annual light festival that has been happening in Blackpool since 1879. It is an autumn event and this year the lights were switched on 31st August and will be turned off 4th November 2018.
The lights came on at about 7pm, but as it is still early September it doesn’t get dark until after 8pm.
This is a free event however they do ask for donations as it costs £2.4 million to stage!!
You can drive through the lights if it is raining, but please be aware this is one VERY LONG traffic jam! Which is lovely in a way as you get to see all of the Blackpool Illuminations at a slow speed, however, as it was early September we decided to walk.
Now it is a long walk, so make sure you have your walking shoes on!!!
Also this way you can have fish and chips by the sea, and if you want spend lots of money in the hundreds of arcades!
Photos of Blackpool Illuminations
Not only are the streets lit up in millions of lights as above, the Blackpool Tower is, along with the many trams.
There are displays along the side of the road also, with even more lights!
Not only are the illuminations are must see there is also so much to do in Blackpool.
What to do in Blackpool
Blackpool Big Ticket – Save a massive 50% off
Blackpool Tower Combo – save 45%
Pleasure Beach Tickets – Save 30% if buying in advance
Madam Tussauds Blackpool – Saving 24% on the door price
Blackpool Sea Life Centre – If you book in advance you can get 24% off
Ripleys Blackpool – Save 10%
Blackpool Tower Circus – Booking in advance will save you 24%
Blackpool Tower Eye – Saving 28% if book in advance
Where to stay in Blackpool
We live about 3 hours from Blackpool so we made the most of it and stayed the night.
I always use Trip Advisor (mainly as I love looking at peoples honest reviews!). There are hundreds of hotels and guest houses ranging from as little as £19 per night.
Have you seen Blackpool Illuminations? Let me know your views in the comments below.
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