Top 5 things to do in Blackpool this week

Sand, Sea & Spray

Monday has arrived again but thankfully altblackpool has got you covered with the very best from the arts and cultural scene. Read on to find out what Blackpool and the Fylde Coast has got in store for you over the next seven days.

1. Sand, Sea & Spray urban art festival

This weekend sees the return of Sand, Sea & Spray urban art festival as the town is taken over by over 30 of the world’s most outlandish outdoor artists. With artists coming from as far afield as Cuba it is sure to be a colourful affair. Live painting takes place from Friday to Sunday in various locations throughout the town centre and there will be social events plus children’s workshops for all to enjoy. Don’t miss your chance to see the hugely talented artists take over the town and give it a fresh and unique lick of paint.

Sand, Sea & Spray takes place Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July in various locations in Blackpool town centre. For more information visit www.sandseaandspray.co.uk, like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter @SandSeaSpray.

2. LeftCoast Golden Section with Annabel Turpin

Arts organisation LeftCoast are back again with the latest in their Golden Section talks. If you’ve not been to one before you’d be forgiven for not having any idea what we’re talking about, but let us explain. Golden Section brings a visiting artist or creative to town, lets you hear about their life and work and then you can grill them with your burning questions. This month they’ve got Annabel Turpin, chief executive of ARC in Stockton on Tees which is one of the North East’s largest arts venues. Not just that but she is co-chair of Future Arts Centres, a network which champions arts centres across the UK.

Golden Section with Annabel Turpin takes place Tuesday from 5.30pm at FYCreatives on Church Street. For more information visit the Facebook event.

Stanley Park by CJGriffiths
Stanley Park by CJGriffiths

3. Love Parks Week

Stanley Park is set so its annual celebration of all things outdoors as Love Parks Week takes over once again. With everything from a family tug-of-war tournament to historical walks, circus skills workshops and bug hunts, there is something to suit all tastes. The Friends of Stanley Park, as always, are the driving force behind the activities with the help of Blackpool Council. With such a packed programme running from throughout the whole week and culminating with a Family Sports Day on Saturday 30 July everyone should be sure of a marvellous time in the beautiful surroundings of Stanley Park.

For more information about Love Parks Week visit the Friends of Stanley Park website.

World Fireworks Championships - image courtesy of Chris Beard
World Fireworks Championships – image courtesy of Chris Beard

4. Blackpool Pleasure Beach Fireworks Spectacular

This year Blackpool Pleasure Beach celebrates its 120th birthday and they’re doing it with a bang. For four nights between now and September they’ll be offering discounting wristband entry, and for those not worried about eating too much candy floss, riding roller coasters and throwing up, a fireworks spectacular at the end of the night. With gates open from 10am until 10pm and the fireworks ending the action, this could be just the thrill seeking day out you’re looking for. Or if not, get yourself down to the promenade and enjoy the show as the sky is lit up for the finale.

For more information about the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Fireworks Spectacular visit the Facebook event.

5. North Euston Hotel Summer Craft Fair

Down in Fleetwood the North Euston Hotel is hosting its summer craft fair on Sunday 31 July. Organised by Fleetwood based crafters Topstitch the fair will be offering a host of stalls for your shopping delight and the perfect opportunity to pick up something handmade and lovely. With almost fifty stalls throughout the event there should be something to suit everyone but without going for a browse you might miss out. You could do worse than enjoy a stroll down Fleetwood’s sea front while you’re in the area as well if the weather permits – go on, make a day of it.

For more information about the North Euston Summer Craft Fair visit the Facebook event.

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