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There's always something to see and do in Blackpool, whatever the weather!
Take a look at the Live Blackpool Events Calendar to find out what's on for you to enjoy
Blackpool BID bring you another sparkling events programme to take place in St John's Square - the area outside the Winter Gardens - throughout 2016. Here are the dates to jot down in your diary...
Saturday 29 April 2017 *EVENT CANCELLED*
Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled - the organisers apologise for any inconvenience.
9-11 June 2017
Put the dates in your diary now for June 9-11 2017 with another host of events centred on Blackpool Winter Gardens and – come rain or shine – another glitzy parade along the resort’s world-famous Golden Mile promenade.
Saturday 24 June 2017
10am to 6pm - in St John's Square - free admission
10am to 5pm - in St John's Square - free admission
29 June - 2 July 2017
10am to 5pm each day - Central Promenade - free admission
Saturday 8 July 2017
Sunday 9 July 2017
10am to 5pm - Central Promenade
The first Blackpool Classic Car show is to be staged on Central Promenade, opposite Blackpool Tower on Sunday 9th July, 2017 - 10am - 4pm.
British and American Classic Cars, speciality vehicles plus hot rods, sports cars and kit cars.
Individuals £5. Clubs on a decreasing price scale. The more cars you bring the cheaper it is.
Registration forms are available on this link https://form.jotformeu.com/70096004221341Car Exhibitor Enquiries www.ukwheelsevents.comAll Other Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01253 476204 (and please mention you saw it here)
Saturday 12 August 2017
10am to 5pm in St John's Square - free admission
This year, Blackpool town centre is full of wonderful and magical Christmas windows and The Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Kath Rowson had a difficult task on her hands choosing two winners out of so many potential candidates.
After much deliberation, the Mayor finally chose our winners. And the winners are...........
National Chain Store – “Poundstretcher”4 Albert Road Blackpool.
Poundstretcher Manager Angela Finnerty and her staff together with Eileen Ormand (left) Town Centre and Blackpool BID Manager
Independent Store – “Moments in Time “6 Cedar Square Blackpool.
Eileen Ormand Town Centre and Blackpool BID Manager together with Moments in Time owner Gill Payne
Eileen Ormand, Blackpool's Town Centre and BID Manager said 'Blackpool BID has been running the Best Dressed Christmas Window Competition for 11 years and the windows get better year after year. Well done to our two winners and a big thank you to Mayor Councillor Kath Rowson for taking the time to select them'.
Poundstretcher manager Angela Finnerty said “Preparing the Christmas window was a pleasure for all the staff here at Poundstretcher and I really hope the people of Blackpool enjoy it. We are so pleased to have our hard work recognised with the presentation of this award”
Moments In Time owner Gill Payne said ' We are delighted to receive this trophy for the Independent Best Dressed Christmas Window award. We loved creating the display and hope it contributes to the festive feel of Cedar Square. Winning this award has put a real sparkle to our first Christmas of trading.
The great thing about Blackpool T own Centre is that it’s got it all. Make it a part of your day out or holiday – a look round the shops, a bite to eat, a walk on the prom, fun and entertainment – all in close proximity and easy walking distance for a great day out for all the family.
Blackpool Houndshill Shopping Centre
Enjoy the new indoor malls of the Hounds Hill Shopping Centre with national names including Debenhams, Next, New Look, H&M and more besides, all under cover in bright and spacious surroundings - with all the facilities that today’s modern shopper expects - including cafes, toilets, car parking and baby changing.
Head outside into the sunshine and sea air and in the streets immediately next to the Hounds Hill and in the shadow of the mighty Blackpool Tower you’ll find many other big high street names, including Marks and Spencer, BHS, WH Smith, TK Maxx, a spectacular Primark on four floors - and similar national chains.
Get beyond the very centre of town and there are plenty of independent retailers to explore, with some really nice products to find – including of course all kinds of women’s, men’s and children’s fashions, but also hairdressers, nail bars, cafes and food shops, solicitors and pet shops – and the Co-op – a handy supermarket right in the centre of town where you can stock up on provisions.
Abingdon Street Market Blackpool
Just across the road is Abingdon Street Market – a traditional market and long standing part of Blackpool’s retail landscape - with independent fruit and veg stalls, bakeries, cheese and dairy, home cooked meats to make your mouth water, and more.
The good thing about Blackpool is that it’s actually quite a compact place, so you’re not too affected by the inclement British weather! Unlike some cities and town centres where you can walk for miles just getting from place to place, here in Blackpool you can spend most of your time and energy actually inside and finding whatever it is you came for – without getting a drowning from the weather!
Pavement bars and cafes on Queen's Street, Blackpool
Blackpool Town Centre is also a great place for leisure too so if you’re not a great shopper but like the atmosphere of a busy place to spend your free time, then there are plenty of restaurants, pavement cafes and bars where you can meet a friend for a drink and a bite to eat. Try the ever popular Nando’s and Pizza Express – or maybe one of the Taste of Lancashire assured independent restaurants are more your thing. If you prefer a quick bite to eat, you’re spoilt for choice with coffee shops and cafes.
Brilliance on Birley Street, Blackpool
Why not head to Birley Street – a pedestrianised area where you’ll find Brilliance - with the huge overhead steel structures that play music and light shows and in season link the Illuminations to the town centre. Even in the daytime it’s an experience and somewhere to sit awhile and just take in the sights and sounds, but at night it comes to life!
St John's Square, Blackpool
A short stroll away from Birley Street and past the newly renovated front of Abingdon Street Market, St John’s Square is a really nice space right in the heart of town, and where you’ll often find events including continental and food markets, the Chilli Festival, and lots of fun from things like the annual Mascot Games. If you’re involved in a community group you can make use of this space and promote your group (details at the right) just get in touch to find out more.
Pavement cafes in St John's Square, Blackpool
St John’s Square is another pedestrianised space so it’s perfectly safe for your little ones to run about and dodge the dancing water that fountains out of the ground in front of the church, and where you can sit a while in the sunshine with a coffee and a cake at one of the many cafes. As you pass through St John’s Square, you’ll see the diving sculpture and see how the light catches it at different times of the day and year.
Blackpool Grand Theatre
Of course Blackpool Town Centre is also where you’ll find the Winter Gardens, The Grand Theatre and Blackpool Tower – a world of entertainment and leisure to suit everyone, with West End shows, comedy, drama and places with dazzling nightlife are all here just waiting to be enjoyed.
If your community group would like to promote what it does or put on a performance to showcase your great works to the general public and holiday makers alike, then Blackpool BID invite you to St John's Square in Blackpool.
The BID look after the smooth day to day running of Blackpool town centre, and St John's Square is one of their areas. Here are the basic details:- They have an entertainment license so they can sort all that side of things out for you - all you have to do is turn up on the day that you've booked. - You will need to provide evidence that you have your own Public Liability insurance cover up to £5 million, as is standard for this kind of event.- You also need to make sure that you can support the event with your own volunteers as the BID won't be able to provide any staff on the day to help you.- If your event includes food and drink products, you need to be covered by health and safety.- There are electric points in the square that you can access for your electrical equipment
So whether your group is musical and can fill the air with song, theatrical and can put on a show, or you want to reach a big audience of people, then why don't you get in touch and bring your community group to the centre of town.
For more information or to book please get in touch, the details are on this page.
The Blackpool Town Centre BID has won a third term after an overwhelming “yes” vote in the ballot held during the summer of 2015, with 88% of the votes cast in favour of the BID getting a new five-year term of office.
The BID area was extended as part of this campaign to include businesses on the promenade between Central and North Piers.
Businesses pay a levy amounting to 1% of their rateable value to pay for BID activities which include events, warden services and security.
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