Blackpool’s hidden heritage is impressive, and often uncommented on as many articles throughout the UK discuss Blackpool’s shortcomings. AltBlackpool wants to uncover instead the most interesting and unique happenings across the Fylde Coast, and you would be hard pushed to find more interesting happenings than the Heritage Events and drop-in sessions.
From the 13th of September, there are a number of free drop-in sessions, and some with a minimal charge. The joy of getting an access all areas pass to places such as Blackpool Town Hall, a place I had never visited until last year, is encouraged whilst the doors are thrown open to the general public.
Places to explore for the heritage events include:-
- All Hallows Church, built in 1821 and one of the oldest churches in the Fylde
- Bispham Court, Bispham’s Oldest House and a place where notable stars stayed over the years
- The Brew Room with a chance to visit their new microbrewery
- Central Mosque with an introduction to the Muslim faith
- Funny Girls, once the home to the largest Odeon Cinema outside of London
- The Grand Theatre including backstage tours
- Layton Cemetery where you can discover stories relating to some of the graves
The list is endless with new introductions for this season of The Raikes Hall and Gardens, The Old Penny Arcade on Chapel Street housing vintage machines dating back to 1934 and the intriguing Salvation Army building which was once Blackpool’s grammar school and built on the site of The Royal Palace Gardens.
I am especially looking forward to the tour of St Stephens On The Cliffs Church, the place of worship for many of Blackpool’s visiting entertainers and home to the famous Actors’ Chapel.
For those free this Thursday the 13th and Friday 14th there are a ton of free talks including:
- The Grundy Art Gallery Talk at 3pm on Thursday the 13th on the history and future plans of the gallery.
- Seaside Traditions Talk at 2pm Thursday the 13th at the Solaris Centre looking at Blackpool’s earliest attractions from Steam Boats to The Illuminations.
- A workshop on preserving your Heritage at 5.30pm Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool.
- Raikes Hall and Palace Gardens at 2pm Friday 14th, Liverpool Road, Blackpool – The Raikes Hall estate’s rich history uncovered.
- The Plight of The War Memorials at 2.30pm Friday 14th – Salvation Army, Raikes Parade – highlighting the town’s memorials and the effort to restore and refurbish them.
You will be hard pushed not to find something that you may find intriguing. Find the full line up here https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/printable-area-lists/town/Blackpool
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