Free things to do
Some of the best things in life are free and in Blackpool you don’t need to flash the cash to have a good time. Here are half a dozen things to do if you’re looking for things to do at no cost:
Stroll along the Prom
Everyone enjoys a stroll along the prom. Whether it’s to blow away the cobwebs, catch some rays or just enjoy a relaxing walk along Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile.
There is so much to see and do that this six-mile walk really could fill a whole day for you.
With magnificent sweeping Spanish steps, Blue Flag award-winning beaches, open views across the Irish Sea and miles and miles of scenic picnic spots, you really will be spoilt for choice when you see Blackpool’s beautifully restored and regenerated seafront.
Blackpool is famed for its fantastic large-scale events programme – and the best thing of all is that most of them are free to watch. Take in the spectacular two-day Blackpool Air Show in August; the dazzling fireworks nights in September, or bag yourself a free ticket to the biggest event in the Blackpool calendar – the star-studded Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On.
The Comedy Carpet and Tower Festival Headland
Take a walk where every step brings a smile and a giggle. The Comedy Carpet sits in the shadow of the world-famous Blackpool Tower and it’s one of the largest pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK.There’s nothing like the British sense of humour and the Comedy Carpet immortalises and celebrates the jokes, songs and comedy catchphrases of Britain’s most well-loved comedians and writers.
First opened to the public in July 1878 this “most magnificent palace of amusement” has been welcoming visitors ever since.
Transport yourself back to the Victorian era when the well-heeled would travel to Blackpool to “promenade” and enjoy the year-round gardens in the beautiful and breath-taking Floral Hall. Having recently been refurbished, the Floral Hall is a splendid place to sit and watch the world go by or to just simply wander around and wonder at the magnificent architecture. And don’t forget to check out the new tribute statue to the UK’s most loved comedy duo, Morecambe and Wise.
Not one, not two, but three piers . . .
Blackpool is the only UK seaside resort to have three piers and what’s more, you can enjoy the delights of all three for FREE.
The first pier to adorn Blackpool’s golden sands was North Pier in 1863 and this, and its two neighbours, are still going strong. Despite changes to the buildings they all remain true to the original concept featuring a range of amusements, live music and dancing.
North Pier was always the posh pier and remains a wonderful place to enjoy a stroll over the Irish Sea, while Central and South Piers represent fun. Built in 1868, today Central Pier is very much a family entertainment complex and South Pier, built in 1893, houses big thrill rides and its own fun fair.
The world-famous Blackpool Illuminations need no introduction – the facts speak for themselves. They cost £2.4 million to stage; the equipment is worth £10 million; and they attract in excess of 3.5 million visitors to Blackpool every year. The display stretches almost six miles from Starr Gate to Bispham and now includes fantastic 3D projections on to Blackpool Tower as part of the LightPool project.