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Half Term in Blackpool

Blackpool has unveiled an extraordinary programme of family entertainment for the October half-term.

The resort is preparing to roll out an unprecedented line-up of indoor and outdoor shows, events and attractions to celebrate the last school holidays of the 2019 tourism season.
With all of its tourist attractions open for business, the award-winning Lightpool Festival extended to two weeks, and the Illuminations shining every night, Blackpool has set its stall out to offer families an unrivalled selection of half-term holiday fun. This includes:

Lightpool Festival:

A heady mix of art installations, carnival parades and sensational light and fire-related live performances. It opens on Friday 11 October with the return of the 3D projection shows on the front of The Blackpool Tower building. That’s followed by an outstanding two-week programme of free entertainment including a replica planet Earth in The Tower Ballroom, the world premiere of a large-scale Sun in the Winter Gardens and an outdoor display of giant illuminated seesaws. The programme also includes the return of the Carnival of the Lights; an illuminated children’s football tournament; a town centre art trail and explosive fire and light based shows on the Promenade.

For full details click here.

Blackpool Illuminations:

Autumn wouldn’t be the same without the world-famous Illuminations. The free display along the entire length of the promenade has some great new features for 2019 including the Northern Lights, 4Wall’s Vegas-style Theatre Of Light, and a special road section that pays tribute to Britain’s most lovable TV bear. Look out for giant illuminated models of Sooty, Sweep and Soo taking centre stage above the Golden Mile. Explore the Blackpool Illuminations here.

Attractions Galore:

October is a time of year when many places are bunkering down for the winter. Not here in Blackpool where we have the biggest portfolio of attractions outside London. Take your pick from the Pleasure Beach with its amazing ICON rollercoaster and Nickelodeon Land; Sandcastle Waterpark; SEA LIFE; Blackpool Zoo; Coral Island; three piers; illuminated and heritage trams; the Blackpool Dungeon; The Blackpool Tower & Circus and Madame Tussauds with its Marvel Super-Heroes and Strictly Come Dancing interactive exhibitions.


It’s green and it’s messy. Very messy. Yes, it’s the return of Nickelodeon’s hugely-popular SLIMEFEST with six crazy sessions of music and mayhem at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena on October 19, 20 and 21. The shows, which will feature the likes of Diversity, Professor Green, Raye, Scouting For Girls, Road Trip, Max and Harvey, Jess Foley, New Hope Club and special guest, Kira Kosarin, are sold out, but you can still be there by entering our exclusive competition to win tickets here . And watch out for the special broadcast of SLIMEFEST Blackpool on the Nickelodeon channel in the weeks ahead. 

Halloween Frights:

Blackpool doesn’t just do light – we also do dark pretty well, too! We’ve got ghost trains, ghost trams, ghost walks….in fact, more ghosts than you can shake a stick at! Watch out for a stack of spine-tingling events at various attractions including Blackpool Dungeon, Blackpool Zoo and Pleasure Beach which, from October 12-31, will turn into Vampire Pleasure Beach with zombies, freak nights, horror movies and ghouls galore. There are also family fancy dress parties at Blackpool Tower Ballroom on October 26 and 31. Click here for more spooky fun!

Stunning Art:

A Trick Of The Light brings together a group of internationally-recognised contemporary artists for an outstanding autumn exhibition at the Grundy Art Gallery. The works cast shadows, conjure illusions and bring the inanimate to life. Referencing pre-cinematic techniques and Victorian optical entertainments, these artworks use the power of light to alter perceptions and trick the eye. Free to enter and runs until December 14. For more details visit Grundy Art Gallery.

Dazzling Shows:

Blackpool is the home of variety and entertainment and with so many theatres and venues to choose from, it’s little wonder. The Winter Gardens will be staging Calendar Girls The Musical from October 15-19, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert from October 21-26, as well as a Cat Extravaganza for pet-lovers on October 19 and 20, and a concert by Will Young on October 29. Just down the road, the majestic Grand Theatre is staging Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story from October 22-26 and Blackpool Pleasure Beach has Timeless, a contemporary take on the classic variety show with music, illusions and close-up magic, running until October 31. And check out Viva Blackpool which sees the return of High Jinx Magic, Illusion and Circus show from October 20-31.