Well Blackpool is the place to be entertained but what do you do when you live here? Take advantage of the entertainment or look for the alternative. AltBlackpool has put together some ideas of things to do and see over the coming weeks to inspire and showcase what could be in store for the residents through 2018’s endless summer.
Blackpool Libraries offer a whole host of free and inexpensive sessions and this summer you can check out all manner of excitingly titled events such as Mischief Makers or perhaps you feel tempted by Mama G a story telling drag artist. The libraries activity’s are so “jam packed” this summer you are spoiled for choice. The libraries website also host Heritage based events such as a heritage cinema tour, heritage tours are not always free but I am imagine that it would be well worth the minimal cost to gain access to places like Cocker Tower, the interesting clock tower in Stanley Park with the foreboding door? https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Residents/Libraries-arts-and-heritage/Documents/Events-Brochure.pdf
Blackpool’s promenade is expansive and if you own a bike, a skateboard or a scooter get moving, or grab your comfiest shoes if wheels are not your thing to enjoy miles and miles of promenade, sand and donkeys and not one but three wooden Victorian piers make for an amazing walk. Hunt for seashells or pop your coppers in the 2p slots as you meander up and down our vast seafront, drinking in The Comedy Carpet Created by artist Gordon Young Sited in front of Blackpool Tower, the art piece contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits.
Next up The Grundy Art Gallery seasons of Circus 250 inspired exhibition has an exceptionally child friendly angle including clowns, performance and Blackpool heritage. Adults will enjoy archived paraphernalia and “backstage” images of Blackpool, entrance is free and notable work includes Peter Blake and photography from acclaimed back stage circus photographer Peter Lavery https://www.grundyartgallery.com/programme/current/
If green spaces are more your thing. Blackpool’s award winning Stanley park has a regular outdoor concerts and a vintage car show scheduled during August. Including the ever popular Touch The Pearl and an Elvis act encouraging you and your loved ones to attend in full Elvis garb. http://www.friendsofstanleypark.org.uk/events/
Keep your eyes on Shaw’s Coffee Bar and The Urban Art Space in St Annes for a mix of painting, visual art and performance. Both sites show a great mix of local and international based artists. John Marc Allen will be showcasing his “Echoes” exhibition from August 17th at Shaw’s, the openings always promise free coffee and cake in a friendly atmosphere https://www.facebook.com/shawscafe/
Keeping in mind community creative themes, keep your eye on The Art Break Hotel who offer accommodation as well as tutorials in painting and host exhibitions for artists and creatives http://www.artbreak-hotel.co.uk/
Don’t forget that this weekend Blackpool will be inundated with amazing Punks thanks to the long running Rebellion Festival. If you want a free show and to experience Blackpool in its full vibrant self, pop into town to catch droves of rockabillies, skinheads and ska fans roving around the town giving Blackpool a delightful busy and bustling atmosphere. With PIL and The Buzzcocks confirmed for 2018 – residents will be able to hear the melodic tones of “Ever Fallen in Love” drifting across rooftops and promenades.
Blackpool airshow usually collides with Rebellion but this year the free show is the 11th August. You can catch the full line up here https://www.visitblackpool.com/things-to-do/events/blackpool-air-show/ from our friends Visit Blackpool.
So if you think you live in a place where there is nothing to do – think again and do get in touch with us should you have your own event to promote and keep on loving Blackpool.
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