Blackpool Illuminations

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One time diner
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Iluminations
Jul 2021
Although only July the eliminations were partly on. The ones that were on were lovely to see late at night.
Written 17 July 2021
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josh
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well worth a visit
Oct 2020
Fantastic where else can you go for free to see the lights? miles of illuminations pay a donation as its well worth it a fiver for a car of 4 ppl is very reasonable we looked at the lights between all three piers on foot great atmosphere and great for the kids weather was good too, we went last year and have been going for years. the promenade looks much better since the council made the prom wider reclaiming a bit of the sea.
Written 10 July 2021
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Steve H
Lancashire, UK137 contributions
greatest free show
Sep 2020
nice to see they have kept up with the times. great light show to walk along the tablueax section gynn to bispham
Written 21 June 2021
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Jackie C
Blackpool, UK22 contributions
We love the illuminations
May 2021
There is something about Blackpool illuminations that helps along with the tower and the pleasure bleach and the golden mile and thousands of other businesses to make Blackpool the no,1 entertainment capital of our country.
Written 30 May 2021
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DirkPitt
Chesterfield11 contributions
One word stands out - Disappointing.
Oct 2020
I am a lifelong fan of the illuminations, (50 years).

I wanted to open with that because I am so disappointed with the current display, but I wish to be constructively critical.

I walked all 5.5 miles of the display, as I have done many times, over many years. And there was nothing (technically), which could not have been built 100 years ago. Looking at the condition, most of it seems to have been built when I was in infant school. I am just retired.

We currently have very much more computing power in our cars and phones than the astronauts had, landing on the Moon. But this display could have been built by a third form schoolboy. O.K, or schoolgirl. School person?.

I believe in proving my case.

a) The "Venus reborn" feature requires a cardboard Venus to raise and lower
every 10 mins (or so). I have not seen it in 3 or 4 years. We do not require NASA
technicians to make this work.

b) The disco ball (South shore), was a brilliant idea. It was spectacular when new.
The next year, 2 of the 6 lights did not work. The year after 4 of the 6 lights did
not work. The year after that none of them. Then the ball itself did not rotate.
Some of us travel 100 miles to see the lights, and look forward to it.

c) The door of the ghost house did not open, nor did the door of the Arabian
cave. A door, opening and closing every 10 mins. This is too difficult for them to
make work.

d) The Roman "Elgin" feature - Friday (freezing cold), the sound did not work.
Sat - (heavy rain), neither sound nor video worked.

e) The "Theatre demur" removed. Perhaps the gliding dancers were too difficult
for the Blackpool technicians to maintain.

f) The stunt bike diorama - removed.

g) Glam rock - removed.

h) Daleks (a favourite) - removed.

i) No display at the Gynn round about. For the first time ever.

j) The Egyptian scene Mummy did not work.

k) 2 surreal dioramas and the Blackpool ghost story - removed.

l) Pier lasers - removed.

m) The giant golf balls on the South promenade have not worked for I have lost
count how many years.

They have spent £80 million on the new promenade. £100 million on trams. A further £20 million on connecting the tram to the rail station. And boast £10 million for the value of the lights.

I walked from the South (Starr gate) on the promenade completely alone, to the South pier. Again from the North pier to the end (Bishpam), alone. The South pier to the North pier had a small number of people rattling about.

Road traffic was crawling with thousands of people in cars and coaches. I had 5 times as much as the road space, to myself. Many people have the old and the young, so need to drive through. I am lucky, 5.5 miles of walking is nothing to me.

I have seen the Vegas lights and the Venice Biennial art show. The Blackpool lights committee have no idea how far they have fallen behind.

We now have a superb promenade and tram service (£200 million worth). Millions more on new council buildings. There are two very big problems with this.

1) Alas, they have neglected the reason people visit Blackpool in the first place
and starved the light show of funds.

2) They have not understood that the vast majority of visitors see the lights by car
and coach. They have spent £0.0 millions on easing traffic congestion.

Vegas have a light show which blows away anything at Blackpool. They can spend £20 million +, on one display. A fantastic dancing fountain with its own custom made boats, and staff, dedicated to maintaining this one feature.

The Venice Biennial art show has state of the art visuals. An LED panel the size of a house, perfectly maintained throughout, by the Chinese. 3D holographic projections. Artificial intelligence, used to continuously evolve images.

Blackpool have no idea.

To create an impressive 21st century display, they need to be spending £100 or £200 million on the actual lights.

I would suggest. If you like light displays. I have done this. You can create a more sophisticated light show in your own living room for the cost of a Blackpool weekend. Try Argos and garden centres. Rope lights, fibre optic villages, Xmas lights, rotating lanterns, bubble lamps and disco balls. You really can create a more sophisticated light display (than Blackpool), in your living room!.

I would recommend Blackpool for the circus, zoo, Viva cabaret (highly recommended), comedy club and pleasure beach. But I shall not be facing the rain and cold of Autumn for the lights until they spend serious cash on improvement and maintenance.

There are another 2 miles of promenade, to Clevely, which can be developed. Countless further subjects for dioramas. Though they have kept the spectacular western train and tower lights which is impressive.

The last time I suffered the M6 Friday traffic, I was wondering what they have removed this year. What will not be working next. The maintenance is completely unacceptable.

Siting Vegas and the Venice art biennial is setting the bar high. For now, a mile too high for Blackpool.

I would give it 2 stars. For quantity, not quality. They need to join the rest of us in the 21st century.
Written 15 May 2021
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Ay up duck
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Get high for free
Oct 2020 • Family
What can I say about the lights of Blackpool. Well they are OK I'm a 30 year old bloke don't really care for lights but all I could think about is "imagine the electricity bill" well anyways kids loved it epically the lucky lucky people at side of streets selling you not very good toy lights what break soon as you get back into car to go home.

If you can afford Blackpool but can't afford the green stuff I would advise going to the illuminations and just walk down the sea front you will be bound to get high as a kite for free.

But if you love a ok fish and chips and to get high for free Blackpool is the place for you p.s watch out for the horse dropping it's all over the place.
Written 7 May 2021
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acs1984
Cockermouth, UK1,160 contributions
October 2020
Oct 2020
I really enjoyed the illuminations this year. There didn’t seem to be as many not working or with bulbs out for a change - any that were faulty seemed to be fixed very quickly. We always like walking through the large tableau, this year it was one way due to covid restrictions. We followed the rules, but many didn’t even though there were marshalls at either end. My daughter who is two, especially loved Sooty, Freddie Flyer and the Pirates tableaux. We walked right through the lights one night from end to end!
Written 20 February 2021
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Paul
Lytchett Matravers, UK27 contributions
Exciting and memorable
Dec 2020 • Friends
As always the illuminations are fabulous, better every year with new attractions being added, such a delight to see
Written 20 December 2020
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom53,715 contributions
Blackpool Illuminations
Oct 2020
It has been a few years since we last saw the Blackpool Illuminations.

I did think they were a little lacklustre. A few years ago there was a concerted effort made to add some dazzle.

This year it was just a bit meh.
Written 16 December 2020
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Rae0808
Birmingham, UK8 contributions
Good atmosphere
Nov 2020 • Couples
Lots of fresh air across the front with buzzing atmosphere. Pubs cloed to covidvrestrictions so no gangs of pubcrawlers just families and couples. Lots money needs to be spent on piers tho to make them more appealing, paint peeling everywhere. Some buildings even need demolishing. Keep the history but modernise some areas
Written 4 November 2020
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