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Blackpool Pride 2022

Date: Saturday, 11th June 2022  10:30am to approx 11pm



Blackpool Pride Festival couldn’t take place in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 restrictions, however the event will return bigger and better than ever before this weekend. A grand parade will leave South Pier at approximately 10:30am and make its way to North Pier later in the morning, visitors treated to a glittering array of floats, dancers and other entertainers in a riot of colours.

The main arena will be situated close to the Metropole Hotel and from here you can enjoy a host of artists serving up live music and shows throughout the day.


The Main Stage line-up will include: 


  • Joe McElderry
  • Freemason – Russell Small
  • Alison Limerick
  • Lee Ryan
  • Kelly Widle
  • Lolly
  • Phats & Small – Ben Ofoedu
  • Stooshe

PLUS many local artists


Weather Forecast

The Met Office predicts that the conditions will be dry and sunny throughout Saturday and temperatures are set to reach 17 Celcius / 63 Fahrenheit later in the afternoon.


How to get to Blackpool Pride 2022


Train – the closest railway station to the main arena is Blackpool North which is just a six-minute walk away.

Car – It is expected that the more central car parks will get very busy this weekend and it is advised that you park further out of town and travel to the centre by the tram which stops very close to the main festival hub.

Bus – National Express connect Blackpool with several locations in Lancashire such as Preston, Blackburn and Burnley.

Tram – The closest tram stops to the main festival hub are North Pier and Talbot Square with trams running every 20 minutes throughout the day and evening.


Ticket Availability

You don’t need a ticket to watch the main parade along the Promenade, however you will need to purchase a ticket to watch the live music at the Main Arena on Saturday. Prices for adults start at £8.50.

The event is scheduled to draw to a close by 11pm.


Conservative Party Spring Conference 2022

Dates – March 18th – March 19th 2022, Blackpool Winter Gardens


The Conservative Party Spring Conference is to return to Blackpool on 18th and 19th March 2022 and members of the party can meet senior party members, hear inspiring speeches and address issues that matter. Not only that but they can hear the future plans, policies and ideas for the year ahead.



The Conservative Party Conferences have been held at many locations throughout the years but the Spring 2022 event will make a welcome return to Blackpool Winter Gardens in just eight weeks’ time. Here you will find full details of the event:



The 2022 Conservative Party Spring Conference will be held at:

Blackpool Winter Gardens,

97 Church Street,




How to get to the Conference

When travelling by car from the north or south, exit the M6 at junction 32 and follow the M55 to the very end of the motorway. Then follow the A583 into the centre of Blackpool and head to postcode FY1 1HW. There is a multi-storey car park at the nearby Houndshill Shopping Centre which is less than 300 yards from the main Church Street entrance to Blackpool Winter Gardens – the car park postcode is FY1 4NY. There is also a limited amount of metered on-street parking close to the venue, while a tram stop is a couple of minutes’ walk away from the main entrance.

For those travelling to the Conference by train, Blackpool North Station has direct services from Preston and the Winter Gardens are a ten-minute walk from here.


Where to stay

There are hundreds of hotels, guest houses and B&Bs within Blackpool with many more in the surrounding towns and villages. Our Blackpool Accommodation page has full details of all the various accommodation options available in the town for the duration of the Conference.


How to get tickets?

Tickets for the event can be obtained from the Conservative party website and these start at £26 for Under 26 party members to £40 for other party members (Early Bird Prices).

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.