Top 5 things to do in Blackpool this summer

Blackpool Tower and Central Pier Ferris Wheel, Lancashire, UK
Blackpool Tower and Central Pier Ferris Wheel, Lancashire, UK

Looking for exciting ways to keep you and the kids entertained on your family break to Blackpool this summer?

From nostalgic musical performances, to amazing aircraft displays and singing cats on stage, there is plenty going on over the next few months. We've rounded up the top five events taking place. 


 1.  The Blackpool Tower Circus – 26th May – 1st November  

Join Mooky and Mr Boo on their big day out in a circus show that the whole family will enjoy. The two hour show is chock-full of action-packed, edge of your seat performances that your children will love; from jaw dropping stunts and talented acrobatics to comedy antics.


2.  The Blackpool Airshow - 9th-10th August

Families flock to Blackpool to see the air show every year. There is no doubt yours will also love seeing old and new aircrafts take to the skies to perform fantastic demonstrations. From the beach, you can enjoy an ice cream or two while watching daring wing walkers test their nerve and the Red Arrows demonstrate their speed, precision and agility in a spectacular aerobatic display.


3.  CATS the Musical 9th July – 5th September

Following on from a sell-out run in the West End, CATS is set to arrive at the Blackpool Opera House this summer. One of the longest running shows in theatre history, it is a magical experience that will capture the imagination of all your family.

The musical follows the story of the Jellicle cats as they meet at the Jellicle ball and gather to hear who Old Deuteronomy will pick to be reborn into a new life. With an amazing and memorable musical score including ‘Memory’ and ‘Mr Mistoffolees’ this is a performance that will have everyone singing during the car journey home.


4.  Blackpool Illuminations 4th September -8th November

A trip to Blackpool would not be complete without seeing the iconic Illuminations. For 8 weeks one million lamps will light up 10km of the promenade in a spectacular light show that the whole family will love. 

Blackpool iFest celebrates the switch on of the lights, with a host of music, comedy and TV talent alongside the dazzling lights that illuminate the beach resort. Alternatively, if you are looking to experience the lights at your own pace, why not grab your bike and join a traffic free promenade for our Ride the Lights event on 1st September?

5.  World Fireworks championship 11th, 18th, 25th September & 2nd October

If you’re looking to visit Blackpool a little later this year, make sure you do not miss the World Fireworks Championships.

Every year, the best firework makers from around the world gather in Blackpool to pit their skills against one another in an amazing display of pyrotechnics. Attended by thousands, you can take your family down to the sea front and revel in the festival atmosphere as hundreds of fireworks light up the promenade.


Fun for all the family

Blackpool is a constant hive of activity, making it the number one beach resort in the UK with thousands of visitors enjoying trips to the area every year. Whether you are looking to indulge in traditional British seaside fun, attend amazing events or try out top attractions, there are so many things to do and see that your family are guaranteed to be kept thoroughly entertained throughout your visit.

AUTHOR BIOAshleigh Harman is a writer for VisitBlackpool, offering tips and advice on one of the UK’s most treasured beach resorts.