10th to 19th February
Roll up, roll up… Every February half-term Showzam! the UK’s only festival dedicated to the dazzling worlds of circus, magic and new variety. A brilliant mix of ticketed and free events, Showzam! has something for everyone. Showzam website.
Comedy Carpet Celebration Events
If it’s laughter you’re after? The world of comedy descends on the resort’s theatres to celebrate the launch of the Blackpool’s newest attraction “The Comedy Carpet”.
A must see for Blackpool visitors, Tower Headlands newest feature is sure to bring a smile to everyone and of course its free.
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend
2nd to 5th June
Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Blackpool during this specially extended public bank holiday. A weekend packed with attractions and events will take place throughout the resort.
Blackpool Gay Pride
9th & 10th June
Blackpool Pride staged its first event in May 2006 and seven years later has grown into one of the foremost events of its type. Entertaining the crowds in its own unique way, “Pride” welcomes visitors to the resort from throughout the UK and beyond.
Mid June to August
From a “seed” of an idea grew Blackpool’s latest attraction. Flower power takes over the Winter Gardens for the summer season, when giant dazzling flower and plant sculptures take centre stage in the newly restored and aptly named Floral Hall.
Featuring a specially commissioned floral display depicting Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain comprising of more than a thousand flowers.
Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration
On day 35, exactly half way round the tour of Britain, Blackpool celebrates the arrival of the Olympic Flame in the resort. Thousands are expected to line the route to the Tower Festival Headland where everyone is invited to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience as part of a memorable evening of celebrations.
Tower Headland Concerts
Blackpool’s latest concert venue. Check out our website to find out which top artists are set to perform in this unique beach front setting, right in the shadow of Blackpool Tower.
Blackpool Armed Forces and Vetrans Week
23rd June to 1st July
Blackpool proudly welcomes Veterans, serving members of Britain’s Armed Forces and their families from across the UK, to enjoy a week long programme of events in the resort. There’ll be something for everyone, from concerts to dances, talks, dinners and patriotic parades.
The 141st Open Golf Championship
19th to 22nd July
In 2012 England’s “Golf Coast “will once again host the most prestigious golf tournament in the world when the Open Championship returns to Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Club. The biennial Junior Open Championship will accompany “The Open” to Lancashire. While the world’s best prepare to mount an assault on the Claret Jug in Lytham St Annes, the juniors will get underway at Fairhaven Golf Club 16 to 18 July.
Blackpool Air Show
12th August, Blackpool Promenade
Aircraft both classic and modern take to the skies in Blackpool’s brilliant air show. Be amazed at daring wing walkers and admire beautiful flying machines from past and present – a marvellous family day out for young and old!
Ride The Lights
28th August, Blackpool Promenade
No cars? You’ve got it at Ride the Lights, when thousands of people enjoy a special preview of Blackpool’s Illuminations from their saddle as pedal power takes over the Promenade. Blackpool Ride The Lights.
Blackpool Illuminations Centenary Switch On
Which celebrity will switch on this year’s Blackpool Illuminations? For the first time the centenary “Illuminations” will be turned on from the Promenade’s brand new Tower Festival Headland.
Centenary Blackpool Illuminations
31st August to 4th November
100 years of the “greatest free light show on earth”. Join us for the world’s greatest light show as Blackpool Illuminations celebrates its centenary in 2012 and pulls out all the stops to be bigger and better than ever! They’ve certainly come a long way from humble beginnings in 1912 when the Illuminations were a few strings of lights on Princess Parade. At the last count there were well over a million in use along the Prom!
Blackpool World Fireworks Championship
Fridays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th Sept
Watch the world’s finest pyrotechnic experts battle it out in Blackpool’s annual firework championships. The event will gather together the creme de la creme of the world’s firework elite and promises an amazing series of shows providing jaw-dropping entertainment for all the family. Blackpool fireworks display.
Tour Of Britain Cycle Race
Professional cycle racing at its very best! The Tour of Britain Cycle Race has placed itself on a global platform along with world famous races such as the Tour de France. In September 2012 Blackpool sees “The Tour” making a welcome return to the resort’s famous Promenade in the Carlisle to Blackpool stage.