Things you can do this Spring Half Term

1 month ago Thu 19th May 2022

May Bank Holiday in Blackpool and surrounding areas is destined to be a good one for two reasons. Indications of great weather and the Queen's Jubilee sets up the holiday period nicely.

So what can you do between 28th May – 12th June?

Tram parade along Blackpool's Promenade

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours: Jubilee Celebrations

We will see two bank holidays thanks to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee (Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June) but celebrations will take place over the full week, and there is plenty on too!

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours are hosting one of their biggest tram parades in decades on Thursday 2nd. At least a dozen vintage trams will roll from Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Bispham in a convoy, sure to be a great way to kick off the Queen's celebrations. Read more on that here.

On Thursday 2nd, Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will also have special tours on. Extra Promenade Tours will run roughly every 15 minutes in the day, as well as more frequent Promenade and Coastal Tours during the week, so there’s plenty of chance to ride a historical tram and honour a historical moment! Book your Promenade/Coastal Tour here.

It doesn’t stop there, The Queen's Jubilee celebrates everything British, just like the Afternoon Tea Tour and Fish & Chip Tram Tours that you can ride. Running on Wednesday 1st and Friday 4th respectively, you can indulge in a local Chippy tea or stylish Afternoon Tea in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom during your tour, it doesn’t get much more British than that!

Blackpool Tower headland

Tower Headland entertainment

Make a day out of it on Thursday 2nd at the Comedy Carpet. Live entertainment will be on from 3pm - 7pm as well as an al fresco eating area (Perfect for picnics.) In the evening Blackpool Tower will light up as a beacon, followed by a burst of fireworks and light shows to round off the evening with a bang. I said you could make a day out of it! Read about that here or see everything else you can do to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee here.

How do I get to the Tower Headland?

You can use our Tram, services 1, 5, 6, 7, 11 & 17 which all pass by the Tower Headland, plan your trip here.

St Annes Jubilee Carnival

A Jubilee themed carnival is on its way. From Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd June the St Annes Carnival will pay homage to the Platinum Jubilee with live tribute music, children’s parties and fairground rides/ stalls to get involved with.  Read about it and see what else the Carnival has in store here.

How do I get to the St Annes Carnival?

Based at Ashton Gardens, our services 7, 11 and 17 stop nearby, plan your trip here.

Blackpool Zoo

There have been some new arrivals at Blackpool Zoo recently. Baby lambs, Lemurs, meerkats and even camels have been born in recent months, bringing extra cuteness to your visit!

A day at the zoo is always bound to create memories, especially if the weather is as good as it's been forecasted to be. Fit with all types of mammals, amphibians and reptiles you can think of, Blackpool Zoo will take you through each continent as you explore the vast array of exotic animals.

How do I get to Blackpool Zoo?

Our service 20 is perfect to get to the Zoo, starting from Blackpool Town Centre it will take you to the zoo entrance, plan your trip to the zoo here.

Boats parked at Fairhaven Lake

A day out in Lytham St Annes

We’re hopeful the weather stays clear and sunny during the half term, fortunately, a day out in the south of the Fylde Coast doesn’t need fantastic weather as the scene is picturesque enough.

Fairhaven lake boasts a lovely saltwater lake surrounded by wildlife. It’s great for walks and boating, with a café to wind down in after. Just nearby is Granny’s Bay, part of the St Annes seafront that has seen a multi-million pound refurbishment of its sea wall. It’s another great place for dog walkers and families, with plenty of space to run along the shore when the tide is away, making it a calming, sheltered cove hidden on the promenade.

How do I get to Fairhaven Lake?

Our service 17 stops close to the lake, with just a 6-minute walk separating the bus stop and the lake. Plan your trip here.

Splash! Is a mini outdoor waterpark within St Annes Promenade Gardens, it is completely free and just requires you to book in advance so numbers can be managed. The water park is ideal for young children between 3-12, there’s a refreshments operator nearby too, to re-energise everyone with ice creams, lollies and drinks! Book your trip to Splash! here.

How do I get to Splash!?

Located on the South Promenade, you can use our services 7, 11 & 17 to get here. Plan your trip here.

Lytham Hall

Lytham Hall is a must-see if you haven’t already. A rich history spanning back to the 12th Century and 78 Acres of parkland makes Lytham Hall a fantastic history lesson and day out all in one! This national treasure has been well maintained over centuries so visitors can take a step back in time and experience a true Georgian masterpiece. Take a tour around the hall and learn the ins and outs of the hall as well as the famous Clifton family and the conspiracies surrounding them.

There are 78 acres of historic woodlands, over 4km of paths have been recently created to further your enjoyment of the grounds. See the Mount (the highest point in Lytham) the 19th Century Dovecote, or take a wander around the Kitchen Gardens. The hall also features a niche cafe, open 10:00 - 16:00 daily for you to enjoy homemade food sourced from local ingredients. Afternoon teas are also available if you're feeling peckish. You can even get up close and personal with Lytham Hall's rescue animals, consisting of rabbits, chickens, goats and friendly pigs!

How do I get to Lytham Hall?

You can catch our service 11 to the Church road stop on Blackpool Road, or our service 17 to Cambridge Road. From both these stops, it is a 10-minute walk north to the hall entrance. Plan your journey here.

 

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