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Guide

Blackpool Film Festival evolves for 2024

An established film festival in Blackpool has had a name change. Blackpool Film Festival ...

Blackpool’s Queer Amusements kicks off 

A Grammy Award-nominated and UK Music Video Awards-winning director is hosting a Director’s Talk ...

Supper Club: wine tasting at 31 Queen Street

Queen Street’s fortunes look set to change. Once the epitome of a classy shopping ...

Supper Club: Salt of the Earth

As the Earth approaches its end Tim Christian craves its salt and is not ...

Supper Club: Wallings

Ice cream for dinner? Why not? Food reviewer Tim Christian breaks all the rules ...

Festival Review: Deer Shed 2023

As she boxes off another family festival Antonia Charlesworth tells us why Deer Shed ...

Preview: Rebellion Fringe

Punks are set to descend on the town centre this week as Rebellion Festival ...

Blackpool Social Club Presents: Claire McGlasson in conversation

Blackpool Libraries and Blackpool Social Club present author Claire McGlasson in conversation on 14th ...

Review: Lytham Festival 2023

Read our rolling coverage of 2023’s Lytham Festival – from end to start. Jamiroquai, ...

Listings

Solo Exhibition: Katarzyna Nowak

From: 3 Jun 2024 - 30 Jun 2024
Location: Tea Amantes
exhibition

With over 20 years of experience in creating art using oil, acrylic, and mixed media, Katarzyna’s work focuses on eliminating the negative and embracing the highs life has to offer. Her new collection features vibrant and colourful watercolour paintings. The bright hues and floral themes suggest another spring in the artist’s life, symbolizing transformation, freshness, and optimism.

Blackpool’s International Soul Festival

From: 21 Jun 2024 - 23 Jun 2024
Location: Winter Gardens
dance | music

Since 2016, many Northern Soul superstars have journeyed from America to perform and celebrate in all things soul. A star line-up includes Patti Austin, The Impressions and Dee Dee Sharpe. Iconic female soloist Bettye Layette is also set to return with several performances of her signature 60’s and 70’s soul classics that have won her international acclaim. 

AVR Dance Show

From: 22 Jun 2024 - 23 Jun 2024
Location: Grand Theatre
dance | family | theatre

Performing arts school AVR brings a high energy show, packed with young talented students, showcasing a mixture of dancing, singing and acting.

Ska Face

Date: 23 Jun 2024
Location: Stanley Park Bandstand
family | gigs

Bring a picnic, prosecco and suncream and/or your raincoat for Ska Face & special guests.

Tea Tasting & Live Music

Date: 23 Jun 2024
Location: Tea Amantes
gigs

Settle in with a brew and some acoustic music for an evening of wholesome good vibes. Local musician and guitar teacher Will Fluss will entertain audiences as they try a range of beverages at Blackpool’s speciality tea shop and gallery. Please make your reservations by calling 07496 250316 or emailing [email protected].

World Sand Dunes Day

Date: 23 Jun 2024
Location: North Beach Car Park

Find your coastal calm during a wellbeing day celebrating the amazing sand dunes on the Fylde Coast. Begin your day with beach yoga before a wellbeing workshop, beach combing, make your own sandala and take part in a beach clean.

When You Don’t Have The Words…

Date: 23 Jun 2024
Location: The Old Electric
theatre | workshop

This workshop will focus on helping you develop story ideas through physical devising methods, focusing on themes of otherness and identity, we will explore what you can say when you don’t have the words. The workshop will be playful and focus on opening up the expressive body and its potential to tell stories, express emotions and character.

Girls’ Night

Date: 24 Jun 2024
Location: Ramp City
sports

Skateboards-only and girls-only at Big Woody’s monthly night at ramp city. A free raffle ticket on entry with prizes from Clown Skateboards, Kruxs Trucks and Rolling Thunder. Coaching is provided and boards are available to borrow. Read our feature here.

This summer, the Olympia Exhibition Hall at the Winter Gardens will be transformed into a Euros Fanzone, perfect for football supporters to come together and cheer England on to Euro glory. An exclusive Penalty Box area offers VIP packages, complete with guaranteed seating in a dedicated penalty area. With a capacity of up to 1,000, there’s plenty of room for everyone to join the excitement. Food, drink and footy!

The Winter Gardens Ghost Tour

Date: 26 Jun 2024
Location: Winter Gardens
tour

On these tours you will be led by your Ghost Host through some of the Winter Gardens’ halls, rooms and theatres hearing tales of ghostly goings-on, horrifying hauntings, strange sightings (and sounds!) and much more.

Odie’s Pottery: Casual Clay Sessions

Date: 27 Jun 2024
Location: Aunty Social, 28 Topping St
art | crafts | family

Head on down to Aunty Social and join Odie’s Pottery for one of their popular Casual Clay hand-building sessions, now in Blackpool! This informal, friendly hand-building workshop is all about getting creative, having a good time and experimenting with clay in a gentle environment.

The Rolling Stones Story

Date: 27 Jun 2024
Location: Grand Theatre
music | theatre

The Rolling Stones Story promises you an unforgettable Jumpin’ Jack Flash back in time. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, but we like it!

How Modern Narratives Have Informed a Performance About Historical Myths

Date: 27 Jun 2024
Location: The Old Electric
talk | theatre

The origin story of Britain; founded by Brutus, is well known. But there is an earlier, alternative female-born story. In this pre-show talk to MYTHS hosted by Reclaim Blackpool, we will explore the modern day parallels of representation of women in mythology and how the experiences of today’s Blackpool women have informed this performance based on myths from the past.

MYTHS

From: 28 Jun 2024 - 29 Jun 2024
Location: The Old Electric
theatre

A bold, brand new piece of theatre developed by a company of women through a broad range of creative techniques including writing, movement, music, puppetry, dance, sculpture and singing. Built out of research into formative female stories, both ancient and modern, the resulting performance is a fierce and playful invitation to audiences to consider recurring themes throughout his-story.

Queer Amusements: Tits & Teeth, Thick & Tight

Date: 28 Jun 2024
Location: Grand Theatre
dance | theatre

Thick & Tight are touring the UK with Tits & Teeth, the best bits of their back catalogue from their sell-out shows at London International Mime Festival 2023. Mixing ballet and contemporary dance with drag, satire, mime and lip-syncing, Tits & Teeth is a variety show like no other.

Evil Blizzard

Date: 28 Jun 2024
Location: The Waterloo
gigs

Preston’s Evil Blizzard are truly an enigma. Four bass players, a singing drummer. An array of rubber masks that will give both children and adults sleepless nights. They are one of the most ingenious and charismatic live acts on the live scene today.

Friday Night Laughs 

Date: 28 Jun 2024
Location: Comedy Station  
comedy

Join Ryan Gleeson as he introduces three of the funniest comedians from telly shows, like 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo and more.

Regent ghost investigation

Date: 29 Jun 2024
Location: The Regent
tour

Are you brave enough to explore the haunted halls and uncover the mysteries that lie within the Regent? Get ready to encounter paranormal activity, hear ghostly tales, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a restless spirit!

Mountain Vista Bob Ross Painting Workshop

Date: 29 Jun 2024
Location: Abingdon Street Market
art | crafts

Anthony Goldthorpe demonstrates just how simple and fun it is to create a masterpiece. With 30 years of experience at Bob Ross Inc and tutelage from Steve Ross, son of Bob Ross himself, Anthony brings expertise to every stroke of the brush and passes them on to you to have a go. Don’t miss this opportunity to unleash your inner artist.

Swiftogeddeon

Date: 29 Jun 2024
Location: Bootleg Social
music

A night dedicated to worshipping at the altar of Taylor Swift: non-stop Swifty all night: deep cuts, extended mixes, fan favourites and all the hits.

Saturday Night Live

Date: 29 Jun 2024
Location: Comedy Station  
comedy

Join Ryan Gleeson as he introduces three of the funniest comedians from telly shows, like 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo and more.

Steve Steinman’s Love Hurts

Date: 29 Jun 2024
theatre

Critically acclaimed show producer and no one recording artist Steve Steinman presents a brand-new production – Love Hurts.

ASM Makers’ Market

Date: 30 Jun 2024
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Abingdon Street Market
crafts | Shopping

A monthly makers’ markets, held on the last Sunday of every month. Spotlighting the finest artists and makers from the Fylde Coast and celebrating the town’s creativity.

Live Like Ralph Skate Sessions

Date: 30 Jun 2024
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: House of Wingz, Back Reeds Road
community | sports

Ralph’s House is a brand new skate facility designed to help beginners build their confidence and to give more advanced skaters a safe and creative space to hang out. Supported by Live like Ralph, the space is designed to encourage more young people take up skateboarding. A coach and equipment is available for these monthly skate sessions led by Kayleigh from Real Skate North West.

National Theatre Let’s Play: Schools Performances

Date: 5 Jul 2024
Location: The Old Electric
family | theatre

Following a summer of Let’s Play workshops led by teachers in their classrooms with support from local writer and poet Ant Briscoe, a cast of professional actors will perform scripts, devised by year five and six pupils from four primary schools, set in and inspired by Blackpool. Come and see the culmination of our all their work in this unmissable performance of local stories directed by National Theatre Director Ruth Mary Johnson.

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Theatre Q&A: Danny Robins

In 2023 Danny Robins asked the questions – do ghosts exist? And if not, ...

Gig Review: Ferocious Dog

Ferocious Dog, the ultimate folk-punk band came to Bootleg Social on Sunday night for ...

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Queer Amusements: Searching for the places ‘haunted by monsters and gods’

Investigating Viking history and myth, local lore and Norse sorcery, Queer Amusements writer-in-residence Jane ...

Exhibition Review: Make a Scene at HIVEArts

In partnership with Funny Girls and the ‘Be Who You Want to Be‘ initiative, ...