Things to do in Blackpool

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3 min read | 27 May 2024

It’s hard to whittle down what to do in the UK’s favourite seaside, Blackpool is known for its bustling beachfront, iconic attractions, and family-friendly atmosphere.

From dazzling shows to free events, Blackpool’s got something for everyone. Let’s dive into some of the best things to do in Blackpool and what makes it a must-visit destination for fun-seekers.

Finding fun things to do in Blackpool

Here are our top things to do in Blackpool with kids, as a couple, with a group of friends, or as a solo traveller. From family-friendly attractions to iconic landmarks, there’s something to keep everyone entertained.

Catch a show

Blackpool sure knows how to put on a performance and there’s an array of venues dotted around the resort to choose from. The Grand Theatre and Winter Gardens are old-timers in their own right. From musicals that’ll have you tapping your feet to dramas that’ll tug at your heartstrings, it’s where all the magic happens.

Meanwhile, VIVA Blackpool is your go-to spot for cabaret, there’s one of the oldest permanent circuses in the world at The Blackpool Tower Circus, as well as Funny Girls, which is a staple of Blackpool’s entertainment scene.

Thrills and chills

Start your visit by getting your adrenaline pumping at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Overcome the twists and turns of the infamous Big One rollercoaster or take flight on the suspended Infusion coaster. This legendary amusement park offers thrills for all ages. It has all sorts of rides, from classic wooden coasters to white-knuckle modern screamers.

If you’re feeling even braver, you can also venture into the Blackpool Tower Dungeon. This interactive journey through Blackpool’s darker history uses live actors and special effects to bring it to life.

Prepare for a mix of scares and laughter as you explore the town's intriguing past.

Blackpool North pier

Family fun

Make a splash at Sandcastle Waterpark, the UK’s largest indoor waterpark. It is brimming with slides, wave pools, and water-filled fun. Race down flumes, brave the wave machine, or simply relax in the lazy river.

Or, get up close with plenty of stunning animal displays at Blackpool Zoo, as well as sharks, sea turtles, and a colourful array of marine life at SEA LIFE Blackpool.

This fascinating underwater world is one of the many fun things to do in Blackpool for young adults, children, and grownups alike. Journey through its themed zones and encounter many species from playful penguins to majestic rays.

For an adventure with younger kids, there’s Peter Rabbit Explore & Play and Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse. Or, when entertaining young teens there’s celebrity glamour at Madame Tussauds, a great spot to test out your putting skills at The Hole in Wand, and the Ascent Trampoline Park.

Amazing annual events

Blackpool is often a hot spot of excitement, with events occurring throughout the year. Watch daring stunts and aerial acrobatics at the Blackpool Air Show during the summer or watch the skies come alive with the World Fireworks Championship in autumn.

There’s also the iconic, star-studded Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On, which welcomes six miles of illuminations and Lightpool Festival, which adds extra sparkle over the October half-term. Towards the festive period, Christmas By The Sea wraps up the year, with each event being free for all attendees.

Iconic Blackpool landmarks

First, ascend the Blackpool Tower for panoramic views of the coastline. After taking in the beautiful vista, you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the elegant Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Embrace a touch of nostalgia as you stroll along the North Pier, which is filled with a range of seaside amusements and arcade games. Try your luck at the classic arcades or enjoy a vintage fairground ride, all with the sounds of the sea in the background.

Blackpool Tower at night

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