Blackpool’s World Firework Championships kicked off earlier this month and people flocked to the coastal area to watch the free display.
While most visitors were in awe of the fantastic firework displays on opening weekend (September 11), others were alarmed by just how busy it was with some saying that it took hours just to get out of the car park.
The event will be running on various weekend dates until October 23 – but many have vowed to stay away after being put off from the jam-packed opening display.
One Twitter user, @JohnAMEllis uploaded a short clip of the fireworks to their social media but critiqued the hectic journey home.
They wrote: “It was amazing but took three hours to get out of the car park and get home (usually a 30 min journey).”
Jamie Patterson said he had “never seen Blackpool so busy” while Chris Meadows commented that the “traffic in and around Blackpool was bad, parking spaces were not really available”.
“Going off last week’s opening event I’d advise people get there at eight am to secure a place… it was a little busy,” Antony Jones joked.
Twitter user, @kilnerlufc, said: “Blackpool is horrible at the best of times as it is, but making the mistake of going there when Blackpool are playing at home, and it’s the Fireworks Championship… Never again!”
Elaine Kelly said: “Fireworks were fantastic… however, the litter that was left was terrible.
“Wasted food everywhere and empty bottles and cans strewn all over the pavements. There were security officers about but they were just standing around not doing much.”
Another said: “Please pick up your rubbish and food, last Saturday was embarrassing as the street were littered after the fireworks.”
Stuart Fielding added: “Last night I realised why I had not been in Blackpool on Saturday night for a long time.
“Stick to the more refined Poulton in future. The firework display was good though.”
Andrew Hughes also agreed that the fireworks championship “was a good night” but added that it was “overcrowded” with “no social distancing in place.”
With more firework displays set to take place in the coming weeks, a spokesperson for VisitBlackpool has some advice for future visitors if they want to avoid large crowds and parking issues.
They said: “The free fireworks events invariably attract large crowds to the Promenade.
“We would encourage people to arrive early and, if possible, park on some of the larger car parks to the south of the resort (between the M55 and the football club) rather than heading into the town centre.
“The promenade is only a short walk away from the car parks and people can either take a stroll to the Tower Festival Headland or catch a tram.”
They added: “We would also encourage people to stagger their departure time.
“After the fireworks have finished, there is plenty to do in and around the Promenade with free light projection shows on the front of The Blackpool Tower building and an opportunity to walk through the Illuminations which will be on until midnight.”
When is the next Firework Championship display?
The World Firework Championship displays take place on alternate Saturday evenings with the next one set to take place this weekend (25 September) with a display from Ireland.
Saturday 9 October is Germany’s display and Saturday 23 October is the celebratory display and winners announcement from Titanium Fireworks.
All displays subject to suitable weather conditions.
The events start from 7.30pm with the first fireworks firing from approximately 8:30pm.
The best place to see the display is along Blackpool promenade as the launchpad for the display is in front of Blackpool Tower.