Blackpool Illuminations and the Festival of Light 4th September – 8th November 2009
Blackpool illuminations are considered to be the greatest free light show on earth, which entertains millions of visitors each year and brimngs glowing warmth to even the coldest October evening.
The Illuminations have been a majot part of Blackpool’s Attraction since 1879 when they were first described at artificial sunshine and have been a guiding light for visitors to the resort ever since.
The brightest night of all in Blackpoolis the Big Switch On (more details below)when thousands of people gather to witness the first illuminating night of the season, and the pulling of that famous switch. On this and everu other night of the season, Blackpool’s Illuminations retain the magic and excitement which every visitor experiences.
Blackpool Illuminations on the Golden Mile Near to Blackpool Tower
Blackpool Tram Decorated for the Illuminations
Amusment Arcade Lit up on the Golden Mile Near to Blackpool Tower
The Big Switch On Weekend
The Big Switch on Arena will be in Central Car Park Immediately South of Coral Island.
BBC Radio 2 Will Brodcast Live from the Resort over the Weekend
Radio 2 Live In Blackpool programming:
Chris Evans’ Drivetime – live from Blackpool Tower Friday September 4th 5.00 – 7.00pm
Friday Night Is Music Night – live from the Opera House Friday September 4th 7.00 – 8.30pm
Radio 2 Live At The Lights – live from the Radio 2 Arena Friday September 4th 8.30 – 9.30pm
Going Out With Alan Carr – live from a Blackpool Tram Saturday September 5th 6.00 – 8.00pm
Radio 2 Live in Blackpool – live from the Empress Ballroom Saturday September 5th 8.00 – 10.00pm
The Nation’s Playlist – broadcast Saturday September 5th 10.00 – 11.00pm
Throwing the famous switch on Friday evening 4th September and illuminating Blackpool for 2009 will be one-time Blackpool local and Radio 2 broadcaster, comedian Alan Carr.
At the dazzling, celebrity-packed show presented by Kate Thornton, Alan will be joined by chart-topping X Factor finalists JLS, one of the UK’s great bands Madness, Paloma Faith, pop princess Pixie Lott and Tony Christie, who will perform in celebration of the Switch-On ceremony. Gates will open to the arena @ 4.00pm with entertainment starting around 6.00pm
As well as welcoming Radio 2 programming, Blackpool has also organised a whole host of major, free events making it what promises to be the biggest ever Switch-On weekend, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the resort.
JLS (X Factor)
1980s Favourite Madness
Honda Goldwing Parade Blackpool 5th September 2009
Don’t miss the Honda Goldwing Parade. The 2009 Light Parade will be held on Saturday Sept 5th as part of a full weekend of friendship and entertainment to which all GoldWing owners and their friends are invited. This is theEvent of the year for the UK GoldWing Community, so don’t miss it!
In addition some other great attractions are lined up through the illuminations season and these will be featured on these pages as we approach the dates they include the World Firework Championships and Beach Volleyball finals.
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