Every year for a period of 66 days, the Lancashire seaside resort of Blackpool comes alive with the biggest lights festival in the UK, the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations.
Featuring over a million bulbs, the display mixes traditional motifs with contemporary displays, to create a dazzling entertainment spectacle that stretches for six miles from Starr Gate to Bispham.
During the Illuminations, hotels in Blackpool get booked up quickly. Booking a package with National Holidays takes the hassle out of searching for a hotel and allows you to enjoy the delights of the illuminations without having to worry about avoiding traffic and the late journey home.
The Illuminations: A History
Mention Blackpool to most people and the first thing that springs to mind is the world-famous Illuminations that runs from early September to November.
What started out as a small scale decoration scheme with 10,000 lights to mark Blackpool’s first royal visit in 1912, has gone on to become an iconic British institution and a popular coach holiday destination.
Today, the Blackpool Illuminations is the largest free lighting display in the whole world, that’s as famous as the resort’s fish n chips, rock and Tower Ballroom, attracting over 3.5million visitors to the town every year.
Like most things in the nation's most entertaining seaside resort, there’s nothing reserved about the Blackpool Illuminations, as over a million lamps cover the entire promenade in a sea of colour, including LEDS, searchlights, spotlights, lasers, fibre optics, floodlights and projections.
Featuring over 74 miles of cabling, this quirky light exhibit takes a team of artists, specialist engineers, joiners, electricians and mechanics work over 65,000 man-hours throughout the year to perfect the scheme.
The best way to experience the illuminations is on foot, with a bag of chips, hot sugared doughnuts and a stick of Blackpool rock.
Alternatively jump on an open-top tram along the golden mile or enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage for a totally different view.