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Blackpool Air Show 2022

Dates – August 13th – August 14th 2022, Blackpool Promenade


Air shows have been hugely popular throughout the UK for many years and Blackpool can claim to be one of the pioneers for air displays in this country. Blackpool Airport is the oldest still-operational civilian airfield in the UK and upon its opening it played host to a large airshow which attracted many thousands of eager spectators. Since then there have been numerous air displays along the seafront with the more recent events attracting upwards of 100,000 spectators although there haven’t been any air shows over the last two years due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Nevertheless it has just been announced that the popular air show will return this August with the display once again taking place high above the promenade. The dates for the event are the weekend of 13th and 14th August 2022 and while the final line-up of participants is yet to be announced, it is expected that some high profile display acts will once again be in attendance.

The RAF Red Arrows display team have been regulars at this event in past years and while they have yet to confirm their attendance in 2022, it is hoped that the ever-popular act will return. Similarly the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with its Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire generally make an appearance as does the RAF Typhoon fighter aircraft.

The Blackpool Air Show is a massive event which regularly attracts huge numbers of spectators, therefore if you wish to visit on the weekend of 13th and 14th August 2022, it is advisable that you make your preparations as quickly as possible and check out hotel or guest-house availability well in advance of the event.

News of the final list of participants for the 2022 Blackpool Air Show is expected soon and we will bring you the most up-to-date news on the event as it happens.

Blackpool Illuminations 2022

Dates: Friday, 3rd September 2022 – Monday, 3rd January 2023


Did you see the Blackpool Illuminations in 2021? Well if not, you can rectify this by visiting the world-famous display in the 2022/23 winter season. The Blackpool Illuminations enthral millions of visitors each year and they have justifiably been named the ‘Greatest free light show in the world’. The illuminations have been a huge part of Blackpool’s winter season since 1879 and they have appeared every year since then with the exception of two world wars.

The 2021 Blackpool Illuminations were a little different in that they were extended by an extra two months and this decision was certainly the correct one with a massive increase in visitors enjoying the spectacle. This extended display will be repeated in 2022 and you can see the spectacle from 3rd September 2022 until 3rd January 2023.

The Blackpool Illuminations stretch for over six miles along the promenade from Starr Gate in the south to Bispham in the north end of the town. Consisting of millions of individual bulbs, the illuminations are completely free for visitors to enjoy although there is a voluntary collection at both ends.

Most visitors to the Blackpool Illuminations drive through by either car or bus, however there are many open-top vintage trams operating along the seafront for the duration with many of these decked out in their own lighting displays. These special trams are all of different designs and have been rebuilt as illuminated theme trams.

Towards the end of November, the Blackpool Christmas Lights are switched on as part of the Festival of Light. These are completely separate from the main illuminations along the seafront and these are located along the many streets leading off from the promenade.

Blackpool Illuminations continue to be one of the most popular of the many Blackpool attractions and events each year and help extend the season throughout the winter months at a time when most other seaside towns effectively close down for the winter.