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Here is some inspiration what to expect!

TUESDAY 29TH AUGUST - ALONG THE PROMENADE

On the 29th of August the Promenade will open its main road to cyclist of all ages to ride along th​is years lights!
Get your helmet and bike ​in gear and experience the Illuminations like never seen - with your friends, family and on your own bike! 
Ready - Set - Pedal
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FRIDAY 1st - Sunday 3rd SEPTEMBER - Let there be Lights!

Welcome to the greatest free light show on Earth. The Illuminations is the world-famous annual lights festival that has emblazoned Blackpool’s skyline for over a century. The Illuminations is guaranteed to make the stars come out as we celebrate the biggest night in Blackpool’s events calendar with a glorious switch-on show, staged in association with MTV. This year’s headline performers include international rapper Example, singer-songwriter Conor Maynard, street dance troupe Diversity and the 2015 X Factor winner Louisa Johnson. This year’s celebrity switch-on star and other special guests will be confirmed soon.

SATURDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY 5TH NOVEMBER - TAKE THE TRAM

Each evening from dusk onwards, you have the opportunity to take the illuminated trams up the promenade. ​During the Illuminations Blackpool Transport dusts off it's old heritage trains to give you an authentic feeling of how travelling by tram looked and felt through the ages.

Book your ride prior as not all trams are lit or heritage trains and keep in mind you can only alight from the Pleasure Beach Loop. Seeing the lights from a seat of a tram, is one of the best ways to experience Blackpool!
 
FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

In it's 3rd year now, Lightpool is becoming an institution with the Illuminations. A magical, breath taking and electrifying lightshow that is being projected on the Blackpool Tower.
You will find 5 individual shows including the three headline shows – Down The Rabbit Hole, Chasing Stars (featuring astronaut Tim Peake) and Enchanted Blackpool.
Best spot to watch is the Comedy Carpet, the area of the Promenade in front of the Tower. Sit back and enjoy light, colour and sound.

FRIDAY 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th SEPTEMBER - WORLD FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The World Fireworks Championships take place in Blackpool between the 8th and 29th September and will feature some of the world’s leading pyrotechnic artists. Teams from SuperPower, representing Poland and Brezac Artifices, representing France will compete with South Africa’s Fireworks for Africa to win the prestigious championship title. The winner will be announced as part of the championships’s big finale, which will feature a display from the UK’s Titanium Fireworks. This free annual event is one of the most popular in Blackpool’s calendar, featuring awe-inspiring displays from some of the most technically gifted fireworks engineers in the world. The pyrotechnic spectacles from across the globe will paint a coastal skyline already ablaze with the bright lights of the Blackpool Illuminations. Firing commences at approximately 8:30pm.

WEDNESDAY 25TH - FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER - TOWER HEADLANDS

This 3 day festival is a FREE event during half term that will draw you out of your beds onto the streets of Blackpool. A combination of live performances, light shows, stunning choreography and an illuminated heritage tram parade that will entertain you and your whole family.
Head down to Tower Headlands, the ​FREE event runs from 5-7pm and you can expect performances from Spark! by Worldbeaters Music and the very talented AFISHAL.
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