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Coronavirus: A message to our visitors...

It’s been a long time coming…..but we are thrilled to announce that Blackpool is back open for business!

We have missed you all these past few months – and it’s been unimaginably difficult to ask you to stay away as the country went into lockdown due to coronavirus.

The latest Government announcement, however, means that most of our attractions along with hotels, pubs, arcades, piers and restaurants can open their doors from Saturday 4 July.

From 4 July onwards, you can once again ride a rollercoaster, experience some animal magic at the zoo, go to the top of The Tower or simply enjoy the wide open spaces on our promenade and beautiful beaches (oh, and do watch out for the dolphins that have been swimming in the sea while you have been away!).

We have gathered all the information you need to help you make the most of your visit and do so safely. You can view this in our brand new Know Before You Go guide. Keep checking back too as it will be updated regularly.

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All the joy and freedom of a trip to the seaside is just around the corner – and we cannot wait to see you!

Frequently asked questions

We understand due to the nature of what's happening right now you may have some questions about your upcoming trip, our scheduled events and whether you can travel here under the new alterations to the lockdown restrictions. Below, we've pulled together some of the more frequently asked questions about the impact of coronavirus in Blackpool and the questions we've been receiving lately.

Can I come to Blackpool now?

Yes, of course you can! The Government announced that tourist attractions, accommodation and restaurants can open, provided that they are COVID-safe. We encourage you to check for Visit England's 'We're Good To Go' green mark. This shows that a business is adhering to COVID-safe measures and that they are doing all what they can to keep you safe. You can view the full list of 'We're Good To Go' businesses here.

Can I stay over in Blackpool?

Yes you can. Under updated Government guidance, accommodation can reopen provided that they are COVID-safe. Here's a taster of how certain hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation in Blackpool will keep you safe

What’s happening with Blackpool’s big events?

Unfortunately, some of Blackpool’s major events have already been cancelled because of the pandemic and the difficulty in enforcing social distancing. Those that have been cancelled for 2020 include: Pride Festival, Armed Forces Week, Blackpool Air Show and Rebellion Festival. Others such as Ride The Lights and World Fireworks remain under review. You can get regular updates here on the VisitBlackpool website.

Are the Blackpool Illuminations on this year?

Yes! We are pleased to announce that Blackpool Illuminations 2020 will be shining this year and we have extended the season for an extra TWO months. Blackpool Illuminations will be on from Sept 4 all the way through to January 3, 2021! This will be the first time the dazzling light display will shine throughout the festive season. Find out more information

Not only that, our annual Switch-On event is going virtual this year. The live stream in association with MTV will take place on the night of Friday 4 September. Watch out for more details here

Find out more frequently asked questions. 

📷 Credit: Gregg Wolstenholme photography