Each Friday from the 9th to the 30th September the skies above Blackpool will be lit up as we host the 2016 World Fireworks Championships.

The event will see the best of the world’s firework displays all in one place. It will be amazing entertainment for all the family and a perfect opportunity to spend the weekend exploring what Blackpool has to offer.

With this in mind, here are our top tips on how to make the most of your weekend in Blackpool.

Friday Night

Throughout September, Friday night is firework night. With the build-up starting at 7.30pm and the firework displays beginning at 8pm, it’s worth taking the time to find a good spot (we suggest beside the Tower Headland) and grabbing some fish and chips to make sure you are fully prepared to watch the breathtaking fireworks.

Each Friday we will host a different jaw-dropping display. This year the competitors come from Australia, Slovakia and the USA.Here is our display schedule:

  • Friday 9th September – Australia, Skylighter Fireworks
  • Friday 16th September – Slovakia, Privatex Pyro
  • Friday 23rd September – USA, Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks
  • Friday 30th September – Celebration Display by UK and Winner Announcement

These displays will showcase world class talent and shouldn’t be missed.


After an exciting night of award-winning fireworks, you will be ready to spend the weekend enjoying all the activities Blackpool has to offer.

Saturday is a great day to spend at The Blackpool Tower. Built in 1894, it’s still one of Britain’s best-loved landmarks.

Begin your day with a trip to the very top of The Blackpool Tower to The Blackpool Tower Eye. At 518ft tall, you can take a lift to the summit where you will experience breathtaking panoramic views of the North West on the glass SkyWalk. There is also the chance to visit the brilliant 4D cinema experience, where you can see the history of Blackpool in a completely immersive display.

Next, you and your family can experience the thrilling and hilarious 60-minute show at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon. Get set to be transported back in time for a look at Blackpool’s murky past, where you’ll encounter smugglers, witches and torturers.

Then, you can visit the beautiful Blackpool Tower Ballroom to sample the delicious afternoon tea and take part in one of the daily dances , which are always accompanied by a live organist. If the little ones need to let off some steam, the slides, swings and climbing frames in Jungle Jim’s adventure playground is the place to go.

As the day draws to an end, why not take the lift back up to the top of The Blackpool Tower for Bar 380. From Friday 2nd September to Sunday 6th November, Bar 380 will be open from 6pm to 11pm and offer visitors the chance to see the world famous Blackpool Illuminations from the best vantage point in Blackpool. What a great end to the day!


The fun doesn’t stop on Sunday. After your busy Saturday, if the weather is nice, you can take a walk along the iconic Blackpool Golden Mile. You’ll have the chance to see the Comedy Carpet which sits at the foot of The Blackpool Tower, visit the famous Coral Island to play on the 2p machines or take in the beautiful views of the Fylde coast.

You can also take the time to explore the three jam-packed piers where you will come across a whole range of family-friendly activities, including arcades, rides and shows.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not visit Sandcastle Water Park, which is the UK’s largest indoor water park? It’s home to 18 water slides and plenty of exciting attractions, so there’s plenty there to keep the whole family entertained.

Don’t forget to check out the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations before you head home. With a brand new Weclome Tunnel greeting visitors with a mixture of light and sound, and a special section of the Golden Mile commemorating the Sci-Fi franchise, Star Trek, it’s a sight not to be missed.

Come for the fireworks, stay for the attractions

As you can see, if you come and visit Blackpool for the 2016 World Fireworks Championships, it’s well worth staying to take in all the attractions Blackpool has to offer. Whether you come with your family, as a couple, or with friends, #BlackpoolHasItAll!

If you can’t make it to Blackpool to see the World Fireworks Championships, there are still plenty of exciting events taking place all throughout the year.  For more ideas to fill your days at Blackpool, take a look at our What’s on Guide, or take a look at Things to do in Blackpool before you plan your trip.