Enjoy Easter in Blackpool
It’s that time of year – spring has sprung and the UK’s favourite seaside destination is all geared up for the holiday break!
We’ve got everything you need – indoor and outdoor attractions, shows, festivals and miles of glorious beach and promenade.
Here’s just a selection of things you can do in Blackpool to ensure that those winter months become a distant memory:
Fun for all the family
Are you ready to party? Join children’s TV presenter Justin Fletcher in his brand new show at the Opera House in the Winter Gardens on April 5. It’s full of fantastic songs, dances and hilarious games and you’ll get to meet Justin’s adorable new puppy, Engelbert. Or why not join TV favourites, George Sampson, Dani Harmer and Andy Abraham in swashbuckling, comedy adventure Robin Hood for laugh-out-loud comedy routines, stunning dances, show-stopping songs and heaps of audience participation. It’s at the Winter Gardens on April 6 – oh yes, it is!
2017 celebrates the year of stars at SEA LIFE Blackpool as they showcase the ocean’s most beautiful and fascinating creatures. The Sea Stars exhibition is a brand new attraction featuring a dazzling array of starfish from across the world’s oceans. Guests will be able to get up close and personal with a variety of species of these fascinating creatures, including the Brittle Star, Chocolate Knobbed, Common Starfish, Spine Star, Goose Foot Star, Red Knobbed and Sun-Star, which can have up to twelve arms!
Join Mooky and Mr Boo for a fun-filled, action-packed adventure with their brand new Blackpool Tower Circus spectacular, running from April 1st. Laugh out loud and watch in awe as you watch acrobats from around the world perform the most incredible stunts!
The ballroom capital of the world once again hosts the cream of young talent in the Blackpool Junior Dance Festival which is being staged at the wonderful Empress Ballroom within the Winter Gardens. The event, which starts on Easter Monday, continues for seven days with hundreds of competitors aged 6-16 representing more than 30 different countries. The event has been running in Blackpool since 1947.
Run wild at the theatre
This Easter see the magical production Running Wild at Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool. It’s an epic tale, it’s a spectacular production with extraordinary animal puppetry that tells an emotional and moving story of love, loss, loyalty and living for the moment written by award-winning children’s’ writer Michael Morpurgo. It runs from April 4-8.
An enchanting adventure
Following sold-out shows across the globe, Wonderland The Musical comes to the Opera House from April 10-15 in an enchanting adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. It’s a heart-warming story with a medley of magic, a whole lot of wonder and, in the best Easter traditions there is a very lovable rabbit!
Prepare to be amazed
Michael Jordan’s High Jinx magic, illusion and circus show, a fast-paced mix of magic, illusions, juggling, escapology and music, delivered in a style that will leave you amazed, puzzled, a little scared, but above all entertained. It’s a must-see show running on selected dates this Easter half-term at Viva Blackpool.
Easter afternoon tea experience
Why not take a whirl in the world-famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom this Easter and enjoy a uniquely themed Afternoon Tea session. Whether you want to be spun around the exquisite ballroom or simply watch the world dance by, what better way to relax than by enjoying a sumptuous Easter afternoon tea while listening to the sounds of The Blackpool Tower’s Wurlitzer Organ?
The ultimate passport to Blackpool
So much to do and so little time to do it? Don’t worry; the famous Blackpool Resort Pass is back on sale for 2017. The Resort Pass and Pass Plus give you heavily-discounted entry into Blackpool’s leading attractions including Pleasure Beach, the Blackpool Tower, Madame Tussauds, Sandcastle Waterpark and Blackpool Zoo.
Carnival of Magic
To make your Easter even more magical, make sure you check out the fantastic Russ Brown’s Carnival of Magic which takes place in the Horseshoe on selected dates between Friday 31st March and Sunday 16th April. Enjoy a fantastic evening with award-winning magician Russ Brown and who knows, you could be the star of the show! Show times are 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays and 7pm on all other days. For more info or to book tickets visit www.blackpoolpleasurebeach/shows
This Easter be committed to the depths of the Blackpool Tower Dungeon; take an unforgettable journey through history and join the criminal gang of the notorious Jonathan Wild. Do you have what it takes to make a great escape? Or will you find yourself caught on the wrong side of the law?
Splash into our sub-tropical, chocolatey Waterpark this Easter. Sandcastle Waterpark is the UK's largest Indoor Waterpark with more than 18 splashtastic waterslides and attractions, all set in a tropical 84 degree climate.
Bling and Balula – our cheeky monkey mascots have hidden a number of eggs around our Waterpark – if you can find them, then you'll find yourself taking home a chocolate treat! Book our VIP Tiki Cabana over the Easter weekend and enjoy not only the VIP life but a chocolate filled, private area within our Waterpark. Call 01253 343602 to check availability and make your booking. (Applies to bookings made for 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th April).
Get creative with Grundy Art Gallery
Join Grundy Art Galley from 12-3pm on 8 April and take part in this fun activity for all the family. With the chance to make your own printed design with artist Lisa Wigham, inspired by the interactive exhibition Re-Learning to Read by TORQUE (Upstairs Rotunda Gallery) you can also grab a book from the library and experience the different reading machines! The event is free to celebrate BBC Creative Weekend but donations are welcome!
Travel with ease this Easter
Take a stroll down the promenade, hop on a bus to Stanley Park or catch one of our Blackpool trams. However you prefer to travel around resort this Easter we have it covered.
For a full list of car park locations visit www.visitblackpool.com/travel/parking
Travelling by bike? For more information about cycle routes and to hire a bike in advance visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/cycling
The integrated Blackpool 1 ticket gives you unlimited use of the trams (excluding heritage trams) and Blackpool Transport bus network. An adult Daysaver cost £4.50* with an under 16s child Daysaver costing £2.00*. Family tickets £10.00. For more information on cost and timings visit www.blackpool transport.com
*based on £4.50 (adult) and £2.00 (child) advance purchase price, £5 (adult) and £2.50 (child) when bought on board
Blackpool’s buses connect most hotels to the main resort attractions with a regular service making getting around a doddle. You can get timetables and discounted Blackpool 1 tickets from the Blackpool Transport Travel centre on Market Street (open daily) behind the Town Hall (next to BHS).