The Blackpool Illuminations and the Best Things to do in Blackpool

September 6, 2018 4 Comments
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Blackpool for me is all about the Blackpool illuminations.

Blackpool Illuminations

The illuminations are somewhere I have wanted to take Freddie for a while now, and as we had a spare weekend we went up to Blackpool.

The Blackpool illuminations 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 remote led tea 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 to spend lots of money on the hundreds of arcades!

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Blackpool Illuminations - family days out blackpool

Not only are the streets lit up in millions of lights as above, the Blackpool Tower is, along with the many trams.

Blackpool Illuminations Tram
Blackpool Illuminations
Blackpool Illuminations - Fisherman's Friend - family days out blackpool

There are displays along the side of the road also, with even more lights!

Blackpool Illuminations - Theatre D'Amour

Not only are the illuminations are must-see there is also so much to do in Blackpool.

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Blackpool Attraction Tickets

The 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 you book in advance

Coral Island

Family Hotels 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.

Compare Hotels for Blackpool here.

Have you seen the Blackpool Illuminations? Let me know your views in the comments below.

If you are thinking of going to France this year, check out my post on the best places to visit in Brittany.

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I am Clare, a homeschooling mum in the UK to my gorgeous 9 year old son, Freddie. We also live with my bearded husband Stuart.

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  • Emma T September 16, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    We were in Blackpool the night they were switched on. I was gutted because it wasn’t switched on til 9.15pm or later, and N was knackered past 8.30 so we had to give up waiting and go back to the hotel.

    • freddiesmummyuk September 16, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      Oh no what a shame, that is super late. I wonder why they did that? Did you get to see them the following night?

      • Emma T September 17, 2019 at 12:20 pm

        We were only there 1 night so didn’t get to see them. It was the big switch on party so they’d been going from 4pm. Didn’t get dark til 8.30

        • freddiesmummyuk September 17, 2019 at 7:01 pm

          Honestly I am such a doofus sometimes. It is such a shame you missed them, they really are awesome. But they have been doing it for donkeys years so you could always go another time x

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