Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! That’s why we’re heading down to the first Big Pier Watch Day at North Pier on Saturday 9 June. Blackpool Council in partnership with the Blackpool Pier Company and World Monuments Fund are hosting a family day to celebrate Blackpool’s fabulous piers. Doors open at 11am and the day will include lots of fun activities and entertainment for families and the best part is that it’s all free.
The day will include live music and entertainment, Punch and Judy shows and a traditional barrel organ. The Carousel, Jets and Helter-Skelter rides will be completely free for kids (who must be accompanied by an adult) and there will be a free coconut shy with seaside prizes along with face painting and craft activity.
For lovers of vintage fashion, there’s a ‘best dressed competition’, all you need to do is take a photo on the pier in your Sunday best then upload it to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook along with the hashtag #WMWatch. The winner will receive a vintage Blackpool themed goody bag.
For the pier buffs there will be an exhibition celebrating 200 years since the birth of Eugenius Birch, the designer of North Pier and many other early piers around the country. There will also be heritage tours of the North Pier Theatre throughout the day, including special tour for photographers setting off from the welcome desk (at the pier entrance) at 3pm.
The World Monuments Watch gives local communities opportunities to understand the importance of their heritage and to work with local and central government to find ways forward to meet the challenges. In the case of Blackpool’s piers, the 2018 Watch will help those involved identify next steps and offer expertise from around the globe to explore what can be done.
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