Outdoor entertainment to enjoy during LightPool Festival

Between 25 and 27 October you should head to Blackpool central promenade to enjoy entertainment, music and spectacle from LightPool Festival.

You’ll also see the world’s first illuminated tram parade as part of this fabulous three-day festival of free entertainment.

Festival@LightPool – Weds 25 to Fri 27 October

You’ll love the spectacular live entertainment between 5pm and 7pm each night.

Free Entertainment

On all three nights you’ll be able to watch performances of Spark! by Worldbeaters Music. It’s a unique and thrilling show that combines high-impact drumming, superb choreography and stunning lighting design.

Spark! by Worldbeaters Music at LightPool Festival during the Blackpool Illuminations
Spark! by Worldbeaters Music at LightPool Festival during the Blackpool Illuminations

For the first time in Blackpool you’ll also be able to see – and hear – the incredible talents of AFISHAL. He’s going to perform his own re-mixes of commercial dance tracks using specially-engineered drums, live on the seafront.

Not only will you be able to hear the music, but you will also see it as it’s “projected” onto the front of The Blackpool Tower buildings. It is a show that you won’t want to miss!

Illuminated Tram Parade

For one night only on Thursday 26th October, Blackpool’s iconic collection of illuminated heritage trams will parade along the promenade for the first time in the tramways history.

The parade will feature the battleship HMS Blackpool, the lottery funded Western Train and the Fisherman’s Friend Trawler.

They’ll set off from the Pleasure Beach tram loop at around 5pm, and travel along the tramway to Bispham before returning to terminate at Blackpool Pleasure Beach around 75 minutes later.

Great Western Illuminated train Tram, part of Festival@LightPool tram parade
Great Western Illuminated train Tram, part of Festival@LightPool tram parade

The parade will slow down as it approaches Blackpool Tower to give you plenty of opportunity to capture those unmissable photos and videos.

HMS Blackpool Illuminated Tram, part of Festival@LightPool tram parade
HMS Blackpool Illuminated Tram, part of Festival@LightPool tram parade

If you would like to be a part of the parade there will be a limited number of tickets which you can buy to actually travel on the trams during the parade.

Tickets are just £8 adult, £4 child or £20 for a family of 4.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by phone on 01253 209521 or email heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com (transactions include a £1 booking fee).
If you do buy a ticket please mention that you saw it here!

Once the parade is over, the illuminated trams will be running their tours as normal. Tickets for the rest of the evening are on a first come, first served basis and you must queue at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach tram stop on the night.

The digital projection show will be running throughout the three-day Festival@LightPool

An Amazing First Convoy

Bryan Lindop is the Head of Heritage at Blackpool Transport.

He said “The Illuminated Trams are entirely unique to Blackpool and although they run throughout the illuminations every year, we have never tackled the challenge of operating them all together in convoy before.

“But the opportunity to achieve another amazing first for our wonderful resort was just too exciting an opportunity to miss.

“Every year, the Lightpool Festival gets even more dynamic and spectacular and my team and I are proud to be taking part. Tickets for the processional tour are likely to sell fast, so please book early to avoid disappointment.”

Take a look at last year’s 2016 LightPool Festival video


LightPool Begins… in 2015

On Saturday 10 October 2015 a stunning band of illuminated dancing drummers first performed “Spark!”

They’ve been back many times since then and are always very popular!

Thanks to Jeff Holt for this video on YouTube – there are two more parts to watch on his YouTube channel FunBlackpool.


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