Blackpool Illuminations extended with lights turned on for longer during half-term

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The illuminations will stay lit for an extra hour throughout the half-term

 

The Blackpool Illuminations are getting an hour-long extension added at the end of the week as the resort prepares for one of its busiest weeks of the year.

The illuminations will be lit until midnight during the October half-term. The extension begins on Friday (October 22) and will remain in place until a week on Saturday (October 30).

As well as the illuminations, the resort will also be hosting a fourth fireworks event this Saturday (October 23).

The annual Lightpool Festival, that consists of light-based installations, projection shows and live performances, is also running every night until October 30.

A VisitBlackpool spokesperson said: “We are mindful that the resort will be extra-busy during the main October half-term holiday and this extension creates more time for people to enjoy the Illuminations and Lightpool Festival. For the duration of the festival, there are some spectacular additions to the main Illuminations display both on the Promenade and in the town centre including some never seen before in this country.

“We hope that many visitors will take the opportunity to park their cars and view the Illuminations and Lightpool installations and projection shows on foot or by tram.”

Visitors are also advised that part of Central Promenade (between Chapel Street and Talbot Square) will be closed to traffic between 4.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday, October 27

The Central Promenade closure is set to provide a viewing area for the annual Illuminated Tram Parade where visitors will be able to watch the battleship HMS Blackpool, the Fisherman’s Friend Trawler and the lottery-funded Great Western Train travel in convoy accompanied by the Spark! drummers.

The illuminations in all their glory
The illuminations in all their glory (Image: Handout)

There will also be illuminated giant puppets, Lumidogs, magical lanterns and carnival performers throughout the parade.

For those visiting the Illuminations on October 27, VisitBlackpool advise that the temporary road closure will not allow vehicles to drive along the route of the Blackpool Illuminations after 7pm.

For 2021, the Illuminations season has been extended until January 3, 2022.