Coronavirus: A message to our visitors...
On May 11, the Government announced an easing of some of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, enabling people to take day trips to beaches and beauty spots. While we welcome any steps towards recovery, now is not the time to throw caution to the wind.
Throughout this pandemic, public safety is of paramount importance to us along with supporting our NHS and care workers in preventing the spread of the infection. Hence, we are urging our visitors to be patient, exercise extreme caution and not come back to Blackpool until it is safe to do so.
There will soon come a time when we can welcome you back with open arms so you can enjoy everything that Blackpool has to offer. It’s just not yet.
The pandemic has had a major impact on our tourism industry in terms of cancellations and temporary closures of key attractions, theatres, bars, hotels, restaurants and cafes.
Behind the scenes, we are working hard with our tourism businesses to ensure that everything is in place for you and your family to have a safe and enjoyable visit when the time is right.
All the joy of a trip to the UK’s favourite seaside resort will be waiting for you.
Love, VisitBlackpool 💙
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 we've been receiving lately.
Can I come to Blackpool during lockdown?
While new Government advice allows people to travel to beaches and beauty spots, our advice is to stay away until COVID-19 infection rates fall and it is safe to come back. Infection rates vary from region to region and we would prefer people to exercise extreme caution so there is no additional risk of spread of the infection.
What can I do when I get to Blackpool?
Despite the lifting of some lockdown restrictions, it is still not yet business as usual in Blackpool. In line with Government guidelines, all of our visitor attractions are currently closed along with pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops.
Can I stay over in Blackpool?
No. Under Government guidance, accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs remain closed except where they are providing accommodation for specific reasons set out in law such as key workers.
What’s happening with Blackpool’s big events?
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, the Switch-On concert and World Fireworks remain under review. You can get regular updates here on the VisitBlackpool website.
Find out more frequently asked questions.
📷 Credit: Gregg Wolstenholme photography