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Top 5 things to do during Half Term

8 months ago Mon 2nd Sep 2019

Blackpool attracts over 13 million visitors every year with school half-terms being the peak times people choose to visit. The seaside town is well known for its attractions such as Madame Tussauds, Pleasure Beach, the Sandcastle waterpark and the iconic Blackpool Tower, as well as the annual Illuminations that takes part from August 30th through to November 3rd. However, there is much more to take part in than just the Illuminations which is why we've put together some of the best things to do during this lively period. 

As well as guide you to the best things to do in Blackpool, here at Blackpool Transport we also want to help you to get there. This is why the bus and tram services leading you to each attraction can be found at the bottom of each attraction so that’s one less thing to worry about when planning your trip!

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The New Philly  is a family and sports bar based just off Blackpool Promenade with two floors of fun and amazing views of the beach. The ground floor is packed with free entertainment suitable for all ages in the supersize family bar. The amazing entertainment team will be performing daily throughout the holidays and weekend. On the ground floor, there is also a newly refurbished snug if you are looking for a quiet drink and chat. Upstairs there is a sports bar with full-sized snooker table, pool tables, dart boards and TV's showing all the latest sports from Sky and BT Sports.

Getting here is straightforward too. Both our tram service and number 1 and 11 buses will go past Manchester square where you will hop off and from there it is a short walk to Foxhall Road. To plan your route from wherever you're coming from, click the 'Plan a journey' button at the top of the page or on our mobile app.

If you haven't been to the Laughing donkey then there is plenty of reason to, enjoy yourself without having to watch over your children as the entertainers will keep your kids entertained with party games, tricks and a live DJ. Have a drink or some food at the bar or Outdoor beer garden with some of the best sea views in the town. No matter the weather or occasion yourself and children can all enjoy yourself at this unique bar.

Based on the South pier of the promenade. Our tram service will stop right outside the pier and both the 1 and 11 buses will pass along on the promenade.

Coral Island

This large amusement arcade is a great attraction within the heart of Blackpool which has everyone’s favourite arcade games. In the arcade you can find slot machines, video games, a casino and bingo as well as an overhead Pirates Quest Ghost Train. You can enjoy classic arcade games right by the seaside with something on to suit everyone at Coral Island

With it's pirate and skull-themed exterior it’s easy to spot as it’s just a short walk from the Blackpool Tower, it’s also just across from the seafront and very close to other attractions.

Coral Island also has 3 brilliant places to eat and drink located inside which means you can stop for lunch in between having fun on the slot machines. There are other places to eat and drink very close by so you’ll always be spoilt for choice.

It’s open daily from 10am and admission is free!

All of our bus services call into Blackpool Town Centre or hop on board one of our trams to the 'Tower' stop, just across the road from Coral Island!

Ascent Trampoline Park

Ascent will defiantly provide a fun, safe and enjoyable atmosphere and be sure to exhaust yourself and your kids as this trampoline park are suitable for all ages. Ascent is an indoor trampoline park with over 100 interconnected trampolines, a Giant airbag, a climbing wall, the meltdown, dodgeball court, Basketball area, flip lanes, foam pits and a ninja assault course. They also specialise in Kids parties and fitness classes to ensure all ages can benefit. Your stamina, agility and reactions will be tested in an 8 player 'total wipe-out' style game of The Meltdown. Ascent has a huge foam pit that would put any Royal bed to shame. With two tumble tracks a box and a 4ft deep pit, Ascent’s foam pit is perfect for you to show off your flips. You might need a hand getting out though, it’s just that soft! If your feeling hungry or need a sit down after all the jumping, tumbling and flipping then the cafe may suit your liking, with a wide range of food, drink and other refreshments to choose from to make sure keep well hydrated and fed.

In terms of getting here the 3, 6 and 18 bus services will all drop you off close to the centre at Clifton road where its a short walk to Cornford Road.

Light Pool

Blackpool’s award-winning Lightpool Festival is returning this October half-term with two weeks of extraordinary free entertainment.

The festival, which will take place between October 11 and 26, will provide an amazing mix of live performance and light-based art installations including a replica planet Earth in The Tower Ball, the world premiere of a large-scale Sun in the Winter Gardens and a display of giant illuminated seesaws.

The programme also includes the return of the Carnival of the Lights; an illuminated children’s football tournament; fire and light-based shows; 3D projections on to the front of The Tower building; and a town centre art trail.

Check out this year's lineup of events here! 

All of our services call into Blackpool Town Centre both bus and tram so hope on board for an 'enlightening' visit!

Illuminated tram tours

A long-standing tradition in Blackpool, the Illuminated Heritage trams return for the Autumn, guaranteed to make you smile! One of the treats of the autumn season is a ride on one of these three amazing illuminated heritage trams. They're lit up at night during the Blackpool illuminations and operate in the evening from September to the Begining of November. Meet the HMS Blackpool Frigate tram which is based on the Royal Navy frigate of the same name. The dazzling boat will be sure to catch anyone's eye and is followed up by the Fishermans friend trawler tram. This beautiful tram has been fully restored and returned to the tramway, bedecked in thousands of LED lights and is sponsored by the worldwide disruptor of Lozenges- Fishermans Friend. The western train tram is a firm favourite, and it's also the tram that carries Santa to meet excited children at Christmas time too!

All illuminations tour lasts on average 1hr 15mins. Your ride takes you from the heritage tram stop, through the lights of the golden mile, all the way along Blackpool promenade to Bispham. Then return back to where you began at the pleasure beach. Catch your heritage tram tour from the heritage tram stop at the pleasure beach. It's just across from the main entrance, adjacent to the tram turning circle at the left-hand side of the Sandcastle waterpark.

Our tram service will drop you off right outside the Pleasure Beach which is where you need to be. Other than that the number 18 stops at Withnell road and the number 11 at station road where you will have to walk west to towards the Pleasure Beach from there.

Blackpool looks forward to welcoming you this season, by providing you with the very best in attractions and entertainment you’ll always have something to do! Book soon to make sure you get the very best out of your visit to us this year. Still want to discover more? Visit our Things to Do page to see what else is on do during your visit and browse the selection of shows, events and performances being shown in the resort.


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