A Grand Family Event This Saturday

A Grand Family Event This Saturday

It’s that in between time when it comes to keeping the younger members of the family artistically busy.  The excitement of Christmas and panto season has receded (oh yes it has…), but it’s still a little while until half term and the delights of Showzam! and the like.  Step forward

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Jill Gets A Kick Out Of Seaside Towns

Jill Gets A Kick Out Of Seaside Towns

Renowned local photographer Jill Reidy has recently launched a kickstarter campaign for her latest project, using her 40 years of Blackpool experience to now photo-document several other English seaside resorts.  I caught up with her this week to talk about what the project involves, and how altBlackpool readers can get

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Laugh Off The January Blues At The Grand

Laugh Off The January Blues At The Grand

It’s generally accepted to be the most depressing week of the year, with the return to work after and extended break for many and long dark nights and short wet and windy days for all. So if you fancy some respite why not get yourself down to the Grand this

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It’s (Nearly) Carnival Time

It’s (Nearly) Carnival Time

The February Showzam! Festival has varied in duration and format over the years, but the ever present has been the Carnival Ball in the fabulous Tower Ballroom. And, if you would never miss the night, or are looking for late Christmas present ideas, now is the time to snap up

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Fabulous Forties at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Fabulous Forties at Blackpool Winter Gardens

It was a night of contrasts at the Winter Gardens last Friday. The Chemical Brothers were the headline act in the Empress Ballroom. For those after something completely different Aunty Social were showing the 1943 film classic Stormy Weather. As one of those who opted for cinematic treats over block

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Missing This Would Be Madness

Missing This Would Be Madness

Who had hits in the 1980s with songs about dysfunctional relationships, troubled schooldays, heart attacks, letting your family down and the traumas of family planning? I could understand if you plumped for Joy Division or The Smiths, but it was in fact the ‘Nutty Boys’ themselves, everyone’s second favourite group

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Grundy Throws Open The Doors For Blackpool Fayre

Grundy Throws Open The Doors For Blackpool Fayre

Here at altBlackpool we know the local art and creative output we cover inspires you to take part in the rich and varied activities going on across the Fylde. Many of you may be pure consumers, but doubtless some of you produce artwork of some form for your own fulfilment.

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Gold, Frankincense and Mirth at The Grand

Gold, Frankincense and Mirth at The Grand

It is widely considered that 2016 has been a bit of a misery inducing year, with the departures of many entertainment greats for a start. And it’s now the middle of winter, so it’s cold and dark and depressing anyway. What better for a bit of a lift in the

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Blackpool A Heritage Hotspot

Blackpool A Heritage Hotspot

Having deprivation and other social issues doesn’t stop an area from being a major player in heritage terms.  That’s the conclusion of a new report from the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts*).  And proving this Blackpool is among the big hitters in the north west, and

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Christmas Goes With A Bang At Blackpool Sixth

Christmas Goes With A Bang At Blackpool Sixth

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving gifts and all that, and there are lots of articles in the pipeline on here pointing you at a suitably arty Christmas. But what about something that’s educational and free with a bit of explosive excitement to boot?  A tall order, but

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