Blackpool is aiming to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style – with a spectacular parade of its heritage trams.
The event, which is being staged in association with Blackpool Transport, is planned for the afternoon of Thursday 2 June, the first of the two public holidays over the extended Jubilee weekend. Around a dozen heritage trams from the Blackpool fleet will travel in convoy from the Pleasure Beach to Little Bispham, creating one of the largest tram parades the resort has ever seen.
What time does the Platinum Jubilee Tram Parade start?
The convoy will set off from Blackpool Pleasure Beach at approximately 2.30pm and will pause at the Tower Festival Headland for a unique photo opportunity. The trams will be carrying hundreds of passengers with some very special guests including mascots from venues attractions including Spongebob and Peter Rabbit.
Guests on the trams will alight the tram on the return journey at North Pier tram stop. Please keep hold of your ticket as this will give your free tram/bus travel for the rest of the day.
What are Blackpool's Heritage Trams?
Although the historic trams were officially “retired” when new European-style trams were brought into service on the seafront route in 2012, a number of them were retained and thanks to an army of volunteers have been brought back into regular use. They now form one of the finest heritage fleets in the world.
Blackpool’s Heritage Trams are mostly operated by volunteers who give up their time to preserve one of Blackpool’s most loved attractions. The future of the Heritage Trams are uncertain and funding is needed to make sure they survive for future generations to enjoy. Read more about Blackpool Tram fundraising efforts here.
What other events are taking place on the 2 June?
Thursday 2 June is jam-packed with exciting events to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Between 3pm and 7pm, visitors and residents will be able to relax at The Big Comedy Picnic, an al fresco eating out area opposite The Blackpool Tower, with free live entertainment.
Then, between 9pm and 9.45pm, there will be further entertainment before the resort joins the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons, followed by a light show and a burst of fireworks on The Blackpool Tower. Find out more.
This event is staged in association with Blackpool Transport and the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID)
Safety Note: Please be aware that tramway and Promenade roadway are both open and operational, so please ensure you stay a safe distance from the tramway and road and cross safely at the crossings.
Please note that there will be live filming and photography at this event. Any pictures provided maybe used by VisitBlackpool for promotional purposes. If you do not wish to be included, please contact VisitBlackpool Web Team