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Blackpool Illuminations 2018

31st August - 4th November 2018

The Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Weekend was again one of the biggest events in Blackpool!

Have you seen them? The sort of spectacle that everyone should see at least once, Blackpool Illuminations enthral millions of visitors every year. The greatest free light show on earth has been a major part of Blackpool’s attraction since 1879 when they were described as ‘Artificial Sunshine’.

Whilst most visitors drive through the lights either by car, coach or bus, there are some more exciting and rewarding ways of viewing the dazzling displays. Hop aboard an open top tram for the clearest view of the lights, or perhaps a ride in a horses drawn carriage could be a special romantic treat.

You can of course walk through the Illuminations, with a warm coat and a bag of chips: the best way to get involved with the interactive elements of this uniquely Blackpool attraction.

    • Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Weekend

      Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Weekend

      31 Aug - 2 Sep - The Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Weekend is yet again set to be one of the biggest events in Blackpool. The Switch-On show takes place on the Tower Festival Headland on Friday 31st August 2018.

    • LightPool


      31 Aug - 4 Nov - a series of three stunning 3D shows projected onto the base of Blackpool Tower that bring to you a mixture of fantasy, fact and fiction throughout the Illuminations season.

    • Blackpool World Fireworks Championships

      Blackpool World Fireworks Championships

      7 - 28 Sept - The event will gather together the crème de la crème of the world’s firework elite and promises a mouth-watering series of shows with jaw-dropping entertainment for all the family - and a great opportunity for visitors to take an extended weekend break.

    • Blackpool Heritage Trams

      Blackpool Heritage Trams

      The world famous trams will take to the track to make your visit to Blackpool extra special.

    • The Illuminations in Pictures

      The Illuminations in Pictures

      If you're still not sure what the fuss is all about - take a look at some of the many hundreds (if not thousands) of Illuminations photos on Flickr!

    • Illuminations Videos

      Illuminations Videos

      Take a look at why the illuminations are more than just lights!

    • Book your stay in Blackpool

      Book your stay in Blackpool

      You’ll find an amazing variety of accommodation in Blackpool. We search availability from a whole host of top online booking providers to give you a wide range of availability and prices, helping you save time and money for your stay during the illuminations.

    • Explore Blackpool

      Explore Blackpool

      Blackpool, Lancashire is Britain’s most popular holiday destination, which comes as no surprise when you think about this seaside resort’s huge range of year-round attractions.

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