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Blackpool Illuminations – Pride of the North!

Saturday 3 November 2018

It’s been a few years since we paid a visit to Blackpool’s world-renowned illuminations.


As previously, we visit the resort on the final Saturday night of the event. This is the one night in the illuminations season when the clocks have reverted to GMT, so sunset is nice and early at 16.35 and the lights come on at 17.00. This gives you plenty of time to see the illuminations and still get back home the same night.

Our train takes us north via the West Coast Main Line, through the railway hub of Crewe to Preston where we veer left on to the newly electrified Fylde branch line. Look out for Blackpool Tower on the skyline before we make our final turn and pull into Blackpool North.

The station is an eight minute almost level walk from the promenade and North Pier. We will arrive at lunchtime, so you will have several hours to explore in daylight. Make sure you take a ride on the famous Blackpool Trams, running the whole length of the promenade and onward to the quiet seaside town of Fleetwood.

There is of course no end of things to do in Blackpool itself. Stroll along the promenade and the town’s three piers, maybe ascending the iconic Blackpool Tower which offers fabulous views across the Fylde Coast and the Irish Sea.

Call in at Madame Tussaud’s, where the famous (and infamous) are immortalised in wax. This is a must for devotees of Coronation Street; you can see many of the series’ much-loved characters in authentic surroundings – and even pop into the Rovers’ Return.

Then there’s all the fun of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and, nearby, the Pepsi-Max ‘Big One’ big dipper, just ideal for those who like to spend their hard earned cash being scared out of their wits.

As five o’clock draws near the expectation mounts. First a few displays come alive, then some more and within minutes the ‘greatest free light show on earth’ is there to behold, some six miles long and comprising no fewer than one million bulbs.

Departure from Blackpool North will be at around 20.00 and we retrace our outward route home. Because of the late return please do not plan on the basis of onward rail connections.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

London Euston08.4000.30
Watford Junction (for M25)09.0000.10
Milton Keynes Central09.3023.40