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Blackpool Illuminations is the No. 1 free light show in the world; come along and enjoy this cherished family tradition and activities! Blackpool Illuminations, dubbed the greatest free light show on earth, has been delighting visitors for over 140 years and has become one of the UK’s most enduring tourist attractions.

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The Big

It's the biggest weekend of the year when Blackpool celebrates the start of the Illuminations season, kicking off with a star-studded line-up of musical talent and the switch-on moment by a guest celebrity.

Blue, one of the most successful British bands of the past two decades, are heading to Blackpool for the Illuminations Switch-On concert.

The band will perform at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Friday 2 September ahead of a major arena tour and the release of their brand new album, Heart & Soul on September 9.




The Lightpool festival began in 2016, to celebrate the Illuminations by bringing contemporary light and fire artists to Blackpool to be inspired by the town’s unique relationship with light. The festival won the Large Tourism Event at the Lancashire Tourism awards in 2017.

Lightpool Festival 2022 is a festival of light and fire that will take place between October 14 and 29 in Blackpool as the climax to the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations.


World Fireworks

The World Firework Championships are back with a bang this September! The event will gather together the crème de la crème of the world’s firework elite and promises a mouth-watering series of shows with jaw-dropping entertainment for all the family - a great opportunity for visitors to take an extended weekend break.

For 2022, the stunning displays, which are set to music, will take place once again over the beach in front of The Blackpool Tower. All of them are free to access.


2022 World Fireworks Championship Blackpool

 September 17, October 1, October 15 and 28 October

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