Boasting a 10-kilometer stretch, over 1 million bulbs, and a celebrity switch-on, you won’t want to miss out on the massive amount of fun that it is The Blackpool Illuminations switch-on weekend.
The exuberant seaside town of Blackpool will be going into full-swing as the Illuminations are switched on for 2018.
The Blackpool Illuminations
Known as ‘the greatest free light show on earth’, this year is set to be the brightest and most colourful yet.
Who is switching on the Illuminations?
Actor and singer Alfie Boe, who was born in Blackpool and raised in Fleetwood, will pull the famous switch and trigger the start of the 2018 Illuminations season at the official Switch-On concert on Friday, August 31.
How to get tickets for the switch-on
The original 20,000 free wristbands to attend the switch-on have now gone. However, special VIP packages are still available.
You can go to www.visitblackpool.com/switchon to get the full scoop and purchase tickets.
Why you shouldn’t stay in Blackpool for The Blackpool Illuminations
Although Blackpool will be a bright, colourful display of lights, it will be nice to get away from it for a while to relax and unwind. The streets will be packed, hotels will be crammed, and roads will be closed. We would recommend taking some time away from the bouncing streets of Blackpool and enjoy some quality relaxation just down the road in the stunning town of Lytham St. Annes.
It is amazing how a ten-minute car journey can take you to an incredibly different place with a whole new culture and beautifully scenic views. Avoid the hassle of finding parking with easy access to the Blackpool Promenade.
Where to Stay for The Blackpool Illuminations – Our HY Hotel Picks
During the 66 nights of Illuminations, Blackpool will be a beautiful display of bright lights. However, ‘the greatest free lightshow on earth’ will bring an incredibly large volume of people. If you want to get away from the heaving streets for a while, consider staying in a quiet town just down the road.
Lytham St. Annes
Explore the local area of Lytham St. Annes and become encapsulated in the beauty that is the seaside. At just a 10-minute car journey, you can stay in a lovely area whilst still having the accessibility of the Illuminations.
The popular Lindum Hotel has been offering the perfect St Annes getaway to guests for generations.
The hotel has built a reputation for excellence over the years. A perfect combination of quality, warmth and courteous service has long been the hallmark – and they look forward to welcoming new guests to this popular seaside destination for many years to come.
It is located on the sprawling Fylde seafront adjacent to an attractive promenade. Just five minutes’ walk from the elegant Edwardian town centre of St Annes and a short car journey from Blackpool, the hotel is ideally situated for visitors to either town, including the Blackpool Illuminations.
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With amazing views across the Ribble Estuary this traditional seafront hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful sandy beach of Lytham St Annes; within easy reach of one of the world’s premier links courses, Royal Lytham & St Annes and only a mile away from one of the Fylde’s most popular attractions, Fairhaven Lake. The Chadwick Hotel is in a perfect location for the Blackpool Illuminations.
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The purpose of this article is to assist you in finding somewhere to stay for the duration of the Blackpool Illuminations. All opinions are that of my own and do not reflect the values of HY Hotels. If you have any questions or other essential travel tips that improve your time during the Blackpool Illuminations that we haven’t covered you can either reach out to us on Social Media or Email me directly.