Visit Blackpool

Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Will the Blackpool Illuminations be on this year?

We are working on the installation of the Illuminations in the belief that we will be able to put on a full Promenade show from September 4 onwards. This is dependent on us being able to do this in a safe way that conforms with all Government health and social distancing guidance.


When will Blackpool be properly open for business?

Our tourism businesses are all working hard behind the scenes to prepare for re-opening. This will include the introduction of new measures around social distancing and sanitisation to ensure that visitors can come here and enjoy themselves knowing that everything is being done to protect them.

Detailed Government guidance on what is permissible during the lockdown can be found here:
Frequently Asked Questions to help explain what people can and can’t do.

📷 Credit: Gregg Wolstenholme photography