Top 5 things to do in Blackpool this week

Absent Architecture and Interior Photography by Jim Stephenson

The last week of August is upon us and we’ve got a bank holiday weekend to look forward to as well. Thankfully, if you’re in search of something to get your creative juices flowing, we’ve got five great things to do to keep you occupied. From giant theatrical installations to base jumping festivals, live music to gaming nights it is all happening this week. Read on and find out what Blackpool and the Fylde Coast can offer this week.

1. ABSENT by dreamthinkspeak

Possibly the most ambitious theatre installation to be stage in Blackpool to date, ABSENT is created by dreamthinkspeak and is the brainchild of their artistic director Tristan Sharps (read the interview here). Telling the story of premium bonds winner Maggie Morgan and the Winter Gardens Hotel, the show is something quite out of the ordinary. Described by Tristan as “an unguided magical mystery tour” this is an opportunity not to be missed and with a limited number tickets available you’d best hot foot it down to avoid missing out.

For more information or to book tickets call the Winter Gardens Hotel on 01253 74 33 44 or visit wintergardenshotel.co.uk

2. AirgameZ Base Jumping Festival

The world’s top base jumpers will be heading to the seaside this Saturday to Monday for AirgameZ. If your idea of a good time is watching people throw themselves from a 480ft crane then you’re in luck. At only 36ft shorter than Blackpool Tower its sure to be a fairly terrifying experience if heights aren’t your bag. Base jumping, for those of you who don’t know, involves free falling after the initial jump before opening your parachute just moments before impact. Watch the clip below to get a taste of what is in store.

For more information about AirgameZ visit the Facebook event.

3. Danny Champion of the World at Lytham Hall

Illyria Open Air Theatre bring their production of Roald Dahl classic Danny Champion of the World to Lytham Hall. Adding to an array of Dahl themed activities in the area, this is the perfect addition to this season of outdoor theatre. The show tells the story of Danny and his father, who live in a Gypsy caravan fixing cars and poaching pheasants. Gates will open two hours before the show to give ample time for picnics if the weather plays ball.

Danny Champion of the World shows at Lytham Hall on Sunday 28 August at 4pm. For more information visit the Facebook event.

4. Live music at Stanley Park bandstand

Live music at the Stanley Park bandstand is a staple of the summer calendar. Bank holiday weekend gives you two bites of the cherry with Soul in the Park on Sunday and Mod Life Crisis and Cartoon Food on Monday. Hopefully we’re in store for a weekend of glorious sunshine, just perfect for music in the park, but we’ll see. Best of all the musical entertainment at Stanley Park bandstand is completely free – what’s not to like.

Both afternoons of live music start at 1pm and run until around 4pm. For more information about Soul in the Park visit this Facebook event or for Mod Life Crisis and Cartoon Food visit this Facebook event.

5. Nerd Rage at Bootleg Social

Do you like console gaming? And cold beer? And delicious food? Well, as luck would have it Bootleg Social have a monthly Nerd Rage gaming event where you can enjoy all three. Their big screen and collection of comfortable sofas provide the perfect environment for an evening of geeking out. Presumably the rage bit comes when you throw the controller across the room in disgust as you lose.

Nerd Rage takes place on Tuesday from 7pm at Bootleg Social, Topping street. For more information visit the Facebook event.

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