Stanley Park
Stanley Park

With summer just around the corner, Blackpool’s Friends of Stanley Park have released their 2013 calendar of free events. As usual the bandstand will play host to a plethora of musical acts from Park School Music to local Bob Marley tribute act, Bob On.  There really is something for everyone. Not content with a purely musical line up, the Stanley Park Visitor Centre is also getting in on the act this year by providing a space for a series of exhibitions from local collections, both private and public, giving an opportunity for visitors to sample some of Blackpool’s rich heritage.

Kicking off on Easter Monday on 1 April with your chance to learn some Salsa, the bandstand will be the musical heart of Stanley Park. Whether it’s at the Summer Soiree with Touch the Pearl on 23 June, Park Life Gospel Choir on 21 July or Soul in the Park on 25 August, visitors will be spoiled for choice this year.

The Visitor Centre will also be busy with three heritage exhibitions taking place through the summer months. Opening on 16 March is a taste of Blackpool – Wonderland of the World which was shown in London during the 2012 Olympics, capturing the magic of Blackpool’s famous Tower and Winter Gardens. From 16 May you get the chance to see some of the remarkable private collection from the Comrades of the Great War Club on Adelaide St in Comrades. Closing the summer exhibitions the centre gives you a chance to take a retrospective look back over some of  Blackpool’s lost buildings in Lost which opens on 18 July.

In the Italian Gardens there is also something for the keen motor enthusiast with Stanley Park Motorcycle Show on 7 July and a Classic Car Show on 28 August. For those of an adventurous disposition the Stanley Park Team also have a variety of free activities for Love Parks Week including Woodland Discovery Walks, Archery and Bush Crafts.

For a full list of events please visit the Friends of Stanley Park website at www.friendsofstanleypark.org.uk. To book any activities from the Stanley Park Team call 01253 478167. You can also Like the Friends of Stanley Park on Facebook. Images courtesy of CJGriffiths Photography.

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