In the Car
If you’ve managed to persuade a couple of the guys to drive up to Blackpool, getting in is easy. Simply take the M55 off the M6 and continue through to the city’s centre.
Blackpool has a coach station of its own right on the seafront and is well served by national coach companies from all around the UK because of its popularity as a holiday destination. Coaches are a really great transport option for your stag do, as they’re often excellent value, go direct with no changes and, unlike driving yourselves, there’s absolutely no pressure. Even better, it’s the perfect place for a nap on the way back home!
There are two train stations in Blackpool, North and South, and trains run to these two from all over the country. North is the main station and if you’re travelling from much further away in the country, you’ll likely end up here.
Blackpool Grand Theatre
There’s always something going on at the historic and attractive Blackpool Grand Theatre and big comedy acts like Jason Manford and Ed Byrne are coming up in the near future.
Concerts and shows at the ends of Blackpool’s three piers range from the brilliant, with a wide variety of world class tribute acts on offer, to the brilliantly cheesy. Check listings and be sure to give at least one a try.
We’re sure you’ll be visiting the Pleasure Beach during the daytime, but there are actually a wide range of great shows on there in the evenings too. Watch comedy, ice skating and music performances year round.
Sure, there’s an Odeon in the city too, but you’d be mad to choose it over this incredible unique venue. In a nod to the 1950s, you and the boys can pull up in the car at a the nearby farm which hosts it, buy tickets, popcorn and snacks and then pick a spot and tune your car radio into their own special station. Genius! For obvious reasons though, this only runs in summer.
Now the Seasiders aren’t exactly world-renowned for their expensive international stars and champion matches, but were actually able to compete in the Premier League in 2010-11 and even won the FA Cup… in 1953. their home ground is Bloomfield Park and owing to their unique, snazzy orange kit, are sometimes referred to as ‘The Tangerines’.
The sport of boxing is big in Blackpool and you can catch a fight over at the Tower Circus Arena and Winter Gardens, many of which are screened often on Sky Sports and Eurosport. You can see cage fighting and wrestling there too.
In a similar vane, wrestling is really popular here. Stemming from the old-fashioned seaside resort’s funfair and carnival days, watch catch wrestling at the Tower Circus – WWE champ William Regal even trained there!
It goes without saying that Blackpool’s glorious golden sands are more than worth a visit. Kick a ball around the beach and blast away that hangover with the boys or if you’re feeling brave, dip your toes in the chilly waters and have a swim out in the bay. If you visit during the summer, you may even be able to spread out that towel and top up your tan ready for the clubs! Although the piers house many pricey attractions, they are of course free to wander down and offer up great views of the water.
Forget stuffy and expensive art galleries – Blackpool has art and sculpture in abundance outside, so you can get your cultural fix whilst enjoying the sea air! Check out the famed ‘Sea Organ’ in particular, a large metal structure which stands tall and represents the movements of the waves. It’s one of only three in the world and plays music without a human hand, using only the power of the wind which makes the large-scale strings vibrate!
Stanley Park in Blackpool is an incredibly well-maintained municipal park which includes a trim trail, crazy golf course and regular golf course and a small art deco café. There’s even a model village to thrill the child within!
Laugh a Minute
One really unique (and completely free) attraction which you must visit in Blackpool is the amazing Comedy Carpet. A work of art by artist Gordon Young, it forms part of the seafront’s coastal defence system and features quotes and images from hundreds of comedians. It’s made from granite and concrete and covers a large proportion of the seafront. Pick your favourite quote and whip out your best Tommy Cooper or Ken Dodd impression!
The illuminations are perhaps one of Blackpool’s most famous attractions and are still completely free. Go and take a look if you’re in town from September to November – they’re pretty hard to miss!
Another icon of the city, it’s free to scale Blackpool tower. Check out the ballroom and if you’re lucky, catch some tunes from the Wurlitzer organ, not to mention a breathtaking view of the sands from the very top.
Blackpool International Fireworks Competition
A must for the pyromaniacs amongst you, this event happens every September and lights up the skies with breathtaking competitive displays put on by teams from all over the world.
Classic Car Show
Sure to be a hit with all the boys, come September, Blackpool puts on a great show featuring traditional and limited edition classic cars and motorbikes through the ages inside the Winter gardens. Pick up unique accessories for your own motor or simply enjoy the incredible models on offer.
On the Tower Festival Headland in August, the Blackpool Airshow is completely free and displays a range of great classic and modern aeroplanes.