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Don’t forget the Illuminations are switched on this weekend.

 

Team GB Medal Heroes to switch on Blackpool Illuminations

Gymnast Beth Tweddle, Long Jumper Greg Rutherford and Boxer Luke Campbell will join the names of Tony Blackburn, George Formby and arguably the greatest race horse who ever lived ‘Red Rum’ in being invited to switch on the Blackpool Illuminations on Friday 31st August 2012.

Beth Tweddle took Bronze in The Uneven Bars Event

Beth Tweddle took Bronze in The Uneven Bars Event

Greg Rutherford took Gold in the Long Jump

Greg Rutherford took Gold in the Long Jump

Luke Campbell won Gold at Bantamweight in the Olympic Boxing

Luke Campbell won Gold at Bantamweight in the Olympic Boxing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2012 event for the first time and to mark the 100th anniversary will take place on the new purpose built arena named the Tower Festival Headland which earlier this year saw concerts by Elton John, McFly and the Wanted. The Tower Festival headland is located in front of the iconic Blackpool Tower from which it takes it’s name. The headland was constructed in such a way which allows visitors to Blackpool easy access to view the Comedy Carpet but where a 20,000 person capacity concert venue can be assembled within a few hours.

The switch on event takes the form of a pop concert culminating in the switch on itself where the invited medal winners from the 30th Olympiad will all throw an old fashioned switch which will illuminate the lights all the way down Blackpool Promenade from Bispham to Squires Gate a distance of just under 6 Miles.

Robbie Williams throws the Switch at the 2010 Switch On Event

Robbie Williams throws the Switch at the 2010 Switch On Event

 

 

 

Big names announced for the 2012 concert are: X-Factor winners Little Mix, Lemar, Amy MacDonald, Lawson, Paloma Faith, Scouting For Girls, Noisettes and Blackpool singer-songwriter Karima Francis are among the acts.

Tickets for the events are given out free by Blackpool Council and persons wishing to attend are invited to apply online and take part in a public ballot. Applications for 2012 have now finished and those lucky enough to be selected should find out in a day or two if they have been allocated tickets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackpool Illuminations 2011

Blackpool Illuminations 2011 Switch on/Switch Off Times

Blackpool Illuminations 2011

Date Switch On Switch Off Date Switch On Switch Off
Friday

02 September 2011

9pm 2.am Wednesday

05 October 2011

7pm 10.30pm
Saturday

03 September 2011

8pm Midnight Thursday

06 October 2011

7pm 10.30pm
Sunday

04 September 2011

8pm 11pm Friday

07 October 2011

7pm Midnight
Monday

05 September 2011

8pm 10.30pm Saturday

08 October 2011

7pm Midnight
Tuesday

06 September 2011

8pm 10.30pm Sunday

09 October 2011

7pm 11pm
Wednesday

07 September 2011

8pm 10.30pm Monday

10 October 2011

7pm 10.30pm
Thursday

08 September 2011

8pm 10.30pm Tuesday

11 October 2011

7pm 10.30pm
Friday

09 September 2011

8pm Midnight Wednesday

12 October 2011

7pm 10.30pm
Saturday

10 September 2011

8pm Midnight Thursday

13 October 2011

7pm 10.30pm
Sunday

11 September 2011

8pm 11pm Friday

14 October 2011

6.45pm Midnight
Monday

12 September 2011

8pm 10.30pm Saturday

15 October 2011

6.45pm Midnight
Tuesday

13 September 2011

8pm 10.30pm Sunday

16 October 2011

6.45pm 11pm
Wednesday

14 September 2011

8pm 10.30pm Monday

17 October 2011

6.45pm 10.30pm
Thursday

15 September 2011

8pm 10.30pm Tuesday

18 October 2011

6.45pm 10.30pm
Friday

16 September 2011

7.45pm Midnight Wednesday

19 October 2011

6.45pm 10.30pm
Saturday

17 September 2011

7.45pm Midnight Thursday

20 October 2011

6.45pm 10.30pm
Sunday

18 September 2011

7.45pm 11pm Friday

21 October 2011

6.30pm Midnight
Monday

19 September 2011

7.45pm 10.30pm Saturday

22 October 2011

6.30pm Midnight
Tuesday

20 September 2011

7.45pm 10.30pm Sunday

23 October 2011

6.30pm 11pm
Wednesday

21 September 2011

7.45pm 10.30pm Monday

24 October 2011

6.30pm 10.30pm
Thursday

22 September 2011

7.45pm 10.30pm Tuesday

25 October 2011

6.30pm 10.30pm
Friday

23 September 2011

7.30pm Midnight Wednesday

26 October 2011

6.30pm 10.30pm
Saturday

24 September 2011

7.30pm Midnight Thursday

27 October 2011

6.30pm 10.30pm
Sunday

25 September 2011

7.30pm 11pm Friday

28 October 2011

6.15pm Midnight
Monday

26 September 2011

7.30pm 10.30pm Saturday

29 October 2011

6.15pm Midnight
Tuesday

27 September 2011

7.30pm 10.30pm Sunday

30 October 2011

5pm 11pm
Wednesday

28 September 2011

7.30pm 10.30pm Monday

31 October 2011

5pm 10.30pm
Thursday

29 September 2011

7pm 10.30pm Tuesday

01 November 2011

5pm 10.30pm
Friday

30 September 2011

7pm Midnight Wednesday

02 November 2011

5pm 10.30pm
Saturday

01 October 2011

7pm Midnight Thursday

03 November 2011

5pm 10.30pm
Sunday

02 October 2011

7pm 11pm Friday

04 November 2011

5pm Midnight
Monday

03 October 2011

7pm 10.30pm Saturday

05 November 2011

5pm Midnight
Tuesday

04 October 2011

7pm 10.30pm Sunday

06 November 2011

5pm 11pm

There will be no hibernation in Blackpool just long Autumn nights bathed in light and colour as the Summer Season draws to a close.

The shutters have gone down in most other British seaside towns. yet Blackpool illuminations which are considered to be the greatest free light show on the planet entertain millions every year. They bring a glowing warmth to even the coldest October evening.

The illuminations have been a major part of Blackpool’s attractions since 1879 when they were described by the Victorians of the era as artificial sunshine, they have been a guiding light for visitors to the West Coast resort ever since. The basic idea is still very much the same as it was back then, but it has to be said that the style and sheer professionalism of the modern day version enhanced of course year on year by new technology have very little in keeping with the original lighting show.

Gone are the days when the lights went out as the tide came in because sea water was leaking into the cast iron cable conduits that ran along the promenade shorting out the systems. These days hi-tech has replaced high tide as the main talking point of the annual illuminations extravaganza.

The brightest night of them all will be the big switch on which is usually the first Friday in September where thousands of people descend upon the custom built arena set down in the huge Central Car parks behind the Sealife centre and adjacent to the Police Station for the switch on event. It has become the custom for celebrities to be invited to perform the function of throwing the famous switch in front of this audience and lighting up the six+ miles of promenade as the entire length of the illuminations  spring into life. Some of the more obscure celebs invited to perform the feat over the years have included a Canberra bomber in 1969, Red Rum Grand National Winner in 1977 and the Muppets in 1979. This year the comedy sensation Keith Lemon of ITV’s Celebrity Juice will perform the function at the end of the live concert which will be broadcast live by the Real and Smooth Radio Networks and be streamed through their websites.

On this and every other night of the season, Blackpool’s illuminations retain the magic and excitement which each visitor experiences on their first trip through the lights as a child. The styles and the technology, however are constantly adapting to address the green issues of conservation and energy efficiency.

The illuminations offer you a host of different experiences and ways to view the glittering spectacle. Whilst most visitors drive through the lights either by car coach or bus there are some more rewarding ways to view the displays.

Open top buses and trams are available  will give the clearest close up views of the overhead lights or perhaps ride in an open top carriage for that special romantic treat. You can of course walk the route and many hundreds do every year, all you will need are some stout shoes, a jacket and and maybe an umbrella after you have checked the weather forecast. The route runs from the New South Promenade by the Solaris Centre up to Bispham Tram Station is around 6 miles and is mostly on the flat although there is a gentle incline once passed Gynn Square tram stop. If you want to enjoy the whole experience as generations before have done then buy a bag of chips from one of the many outlets along the route and consume them as you go.

The 2011 Blackpool Illuminations will Shine from Friday September 2nd till Sunday November 6th.

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations

Bling by the Tower Illuminations 2011

Bling by the Tower Illuminations 2011

Blackpool Illuminations and the Festival of Light 2009

Blackpool Illuminations and the Festival of Light 4th September – 8th November 2009

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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.

Kate Thornton

JLS (X Factor)

1980s Favourite Madness

Paloma Faith

Pixie Lott

Tony Christie


Honda Goldwing Parade Blackpool 5th September 2009

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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.

Don’t forget if you need accomodation when you are visting Blackpool Illuminations this Year then click here. B&B Blackpool South Shore