Blackpool illuminations are among the great British seaside traditions. For over two months every autumn Blackpool illuminations decorate the entire length of the resort’s seven miles of Promenade with glittering brightness and colour. There are lights of every kind from fibre optics and searchlights to laser and spotlights. All the famous Blackpool landmarks are lit up and there are illuminated tableaux, as well as specially designed features. The entire spectacle forms part of Blackpool Festival of Light, the largest of its kind in the country, which allows artists to demonstrate their creative talents. The celebrated designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has made notable recent contributions lending his considerable skills to creating fascinating visual scenes which have greatly enhanced the display.
Blackpool has always been at the forefront of new ideas and technology and the history of the illuminations illustrates this point. Throughout the nineteenth century great advances were made in lamp technology, and in 1979 the first lights shone in the resort. Since that date the illuminations have been continuously improved to utilize the latest innovations, culminating in the fantastic spectacular of modern times.
This Blackpool Illuminations site looks at a number of different aspects of the Lights. Blackpool illuminations accommodation outlines information for visitors who are thinking of looking for a place to stay in the resort for a holiday or break in the lights season. Blackpool hotels, guest houses and self catering holiday flats and apartments provide accommodation during the illuminations. Our attractions page indicates some of the many things to do during a stay in the town during the period. The switch on is counted among British tourism’s biggest nights of the year. Blackpool illuminations coach tours are a traditional aspect of UK tourism and packages are very popular with visitors