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Best Things to Do in Blackpool for Free

Posted: 24 January 2023

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As any fun-loving traveller knows, Blackpool is the best place to let your hair down and have a good time. Whether shrieking on a seaside roller coaster or frolicking on the beach, Blackpool is a haven for ocean-lovers and landlubbers alike. But, if you're on a tight budget, it can be hard to find things to do that won't break the bank. Here are some of the best things to do in Blackpool for free:

1. Walk along the Promenade 

Blackpool's world-famous Promenade spans from the South Pier to Starr Gate and is the go-to place to watch the sunset or simply take in the fresh, sea air. This historic thoroughfare is lined with shops, cafes, and attractions, making it the ideal location to soak up the essence of Blackpool. Best of all, it's completely free! 

Spot eye-catching art installations along the way and admire the scenery from the pebble shaped seats that pepper the stretch. Whether you're a local looking for a day out or a visitor to the area, Blackpool Promenade is sure to have something for you. 

2. Visit Stanley Park 

Stanley Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of Blackpool, Lancashire. Considered to be one of the best parks in the UK, Stanley Park boasts a tranquil boating lake and picturesque Italian gardens. 

The expansive oasis stretches 390 acres and is home to a diversity of wildlife, art installations, and awe-inspiring plant displays like the Rose and Remembrance Gardens. The park is also well-known for its ducks, which can often be seen waddling along the paths or swimming in the ponds. 

3. Sunbathe on Blackpool Beach 

To the northwest of the town is Blackpool Beach. Hemmed by the iconic promenade, the beach showcases some of the best views and attractions the city has to offer, including Blackpool Tower and the Sea Life Centre.

In the sweltering summer months, the beach buzzes with sun-bathers and surfers all looking to make the most of the great Blackpool outdoors. If you want to avoid the crowd, it’s best to visit in the morning when the sidewalks are still quiet and the shore is calm and peaceful. 

4. Marvel at the Blackpool Illuminations

Renowned as the best free light show in the world, the Blackpool Illuminations is not to be missed if you’re on a budget! Spanning 6 miles along the seafront from Starr Gate to Bispham, this spectacular display puts Christmas lights to shame. 

Many hop in the car and cruise past the various installations, but the best way to see this phenomenal show is on foot. Join the buzzing crowds and marvel at the dazzling light posts, flashing archways and beaming buildings all lit up in beautiful bright colours. 

5. Watch the Street Entertainers 

One of the great things about Blackpool is that there's always something going on. From musicians and magicians to human statues, you're guaranteed to be entertained by the talented street performers, especially along the promenade. 

For a laugh, head to the Comedy Carpet behind the Blackpool Tower. The Carpet is one of the largest pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK and features over 150,000 letters embedded in the cement. Every step here will have you giggling hysterically at some of the best jokes and songs from local comedians. 

If you’re looking for free fun in Blackpool, these incredible attractions won’t disappoint. Whether you plan on exploring this seaside town on foot or have just moved to the area, Storage King Blackpool boasts flexible and affordable storage units that are ideal for all your extra luggage or household items. Pop into your nearest facility for a tour or get a quick and easy quote online today. 

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