5 free things to do in... Blackpool

Date Posted: 19/12/2012

Enjoy the Blackpool Illuminations for free.

Pictured: Enjoy Blackpool's famous illuminations for free.

In Blackpool you don’t need to flash the cash to have a good time. Plan a group trip to one of the UK’s favourite seaside resorts and enjoy plenty of attractions without the need to spend, spend, spend.

1. The Great Promenade Show

A giant mirror ball will leave you reflecting on a scenic stretch of rejuvenated promenade at South Beach. It’s part of the Great Promenade Show, an outdoor exhibition of work by some of the UK's leading artists and designers who have created two-kilometres worth of sculptures and lighting. Promising to amaze you with its ingenuity, innovation and sheer scale, the Great Promenade Show has gone down a storm with visitors.

2. Grundy Art Gallery

Blackpool’s award-winning visual arts venue has been at the heart of the resort’s cultural life since 1911. Situated in the centre of the resort, the beautiful Edwardian-style Gallery is recognised as one of the best and most architecturally stunning art galleries in the region. With a rolling programme of exhibitions to suit all tastes, the Grundy’s permanent collection now contains almost 2,000 objects, including jewellery and video, oriental ivories, ceramics and photographs of historic Blackpool.

3. Blackpool Illuminations

The world-famous Blackpool Illuminations need no introduction. Costing £2.4 million to stage each year, this special event attracts in excess of 3.5 million visitors to Blackpool. This colourful display stretches almost six miles from Starr Gate to Bispham. Artists, electricians, joiners, mechanics, painters and engineers work all year round to ensure the displays are ready on time. Dates for the 2013 Illuminations are the 30th August to 3rd November, and group travel organisers can co-ordinate their visit in time for the big switch-on.

4. Stanley Park

Groups can stroll, laze or play in the green haven of Stanley Park, where Blackpool shows its tranquil face to beautiful effect. Transport yourself back to a more innocent era with a game of bat and ball on the acres of lush lawns or enjoy a round of mini golf. If that’s too energetic, why not sit back in a rowing boat on the lake or explore the ornate Italian gardens and fountains.

Blackpool's Comedy Carpet.

5. Tower Festival Headland and Comedy Carpet

Take a stroll where every step brings a new giggle. The Comedy Carpet sits in the shadow of the Blackpool Tower and is reportedly one of the largest pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK. There’s nothing like the British sense of humour and Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet immortalises and celebrates the jokes, songs and comedy catchphrases of Britain’s most well loved comedians and writers. The carpet forms part of The Tower Festival Headland - a brand new events space in the resort.

For further group travel information visit www.visitblackpool.com.

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