Top 5 things to do in Blackpool this week

Breakin' Convention

Monday has come round again (where did the weekend go?) and here at altBlackpool we’ve been scurrying about on the hunt for the cream of the crop on the cultural scene. Once again we’ve selected our top five picks for you to enjoy. So read on and enjoy.

1. Breakin’ Convention at the Grand Theatre

Having been to Breakin’ Convention at the Grand Theatre first time round I’ve got to say this is one you don’t want to miss. Returning to Blackpool two years on the UK’s roving festival of hip hop is set to bring another stellar line-up to the Grand’s stage. On the bill this year are dance crews Antoinette Gomis (France), Iron Skulls Co (Spain) and The Ruggeds (Netherlands) plus locals Urban Dance Project, FY Wingz, Freefly Crew, B-Girl Goldie Lox and Chad Taylor Dance Company. Don’t believe the hype? Watch the trailer and get yourself along to the free Bloc Party in St John’s Square on Friday and Saturday.

The Breakin’ Convention Bloc Party is in St John’s Square Friday 4-7.30pm at Saturday 11.30am-3.30pm and is FREE. Breakin’ Convention itself is on at the Grand Theatre Saturday from 7.30pm with tickets standard tickets priced £11.50 (various discounts available). Find out more on the Grand Theatre website.

Sam Simpson
Sam Simpson

2. Peace Love Unity by Sam Simpson

Blackpool based artist Sam Simpson’s new exhibition entitled Peace Love Unity opens on Tuesday evening at the Grand Theatre’s bar. Sam has a passion for dance and has been spending more time with dancers, observing their movement to create this new work. Her work aims to capture the moment in time when the dancer is lost in the music, showing their spirit, energy and emotions.

Peace Love Unity opens Tuesday from 6.30-8.30pm at the Grand Theatre bar. Find out more on the Facebook event.

3. Cowbell Radio Live at Blackpool Cricket Club

You know that summer is about to arrive when Cowbell Radio first gets the decks out on Blackpool Cricket Club’s decking. Not content with filling our ears with tip top music through the wireless these regular outdoor get togethers provide the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. Cowbell regulars Ed Mahon and Chinny will be providing the beats, the bar will be open and burgers will be in plentiful supply. Limited to just 300 people it is going to be an intimate affair so make sure you get down there early to make sure you get in. Oh and stick you hand in your pocket when you pass the honesty box on entry.

Cowbell Radio will be live at Blackpool Cricket Club Saturday 2-9pm. Find out more on the Facebook event.

Easter Flashmob at Freeport
Easter Flashmob at Freeport

4. Blackpool Flashmob Rehearsal

Urban Dance Project are pretty much synonymous with flashmobs in Blackpool. They’ve done them in the Houndshill, Fleetwood Freeport and St John’s Square… they’ve even done one in the Sandcastle! Well they are back and there is a chance for you to be part of their next surprise dance intervention. Rehearsals are totally free and anyone can get involved, learning the simple choreography from their marvellous instructors. This flashmob is promised to be super cool so get down there and put on your dancing shoes.

The Blackpool Flashmob Rehearsal takes place at Phil Winstons TheatreWorks Wednesday from 4.30-6pm. For more information visit the Facebook event.

Stanley Park
Stanley Park

5. Meditation at Stanley Park

Once you’ve got your fill of all that cultural goodness you might need to unwind a bit. Happily the Keajra Meditation Centre are holding meditation sessions in Stanley Park. The sessions are absolutely free and you don’t need to have any experience to have a go. Designed to help reduce anxiety, stress and physical pain, plus increase positivity, we can’t think of a more relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Meditation in the Park takes place Sunday 11am-4pm (hourly) at Stanley Park. For more information and to check session times visit the Facebook event.

Well that’s your lot for this week. Don’t forget that you can find more things to do on altBlackpool all the time. Tell your friends!

Oh, and if you’re an event organiser don’t forget to get in touch and let us know what you’ve got going on. Who knows – your event might turn up in a list like this next week.

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