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Blackpool Guide

Blackpool is a buzzing, vibrant seaside town and unsurprisingly, there’s plenty going on to keep you and all your hens amused. We’ve put together a quick and easy guide which will help you to decide how to get there, what to see and do and how to spend your money wisely!

Getting in


Driving to Blackpool? No problem. Take the M55 off the M6 and drive straight through to the city centre. Although having some of the largest car parks in the UK might not be a particularly attractive prospect, it does mean that you should find a parking space in the city in no time.


Loads of national coach companies travel to Blackpool all through the year and we’d really recommend a long distance bus as a budget option which allows everyone the chance to chill out, nap and enjoy some alone time! Usually there’s no need to change – just sling on your suitcase, put your feet up and let someone else take to the wheel.


There are two stations in Blackpool and North is the main interchange which you’ll most likely be ending up at if you travel from further away in the UK. The station is right near the seafront, so you’ll be able to roll from train to hotel in no time.

Entertainment Venues

Blackpool is all about the entertainment and so finding somewhere to see a show and catch some glitz and glamour is certainly not difficult.

Blackpool Grand Theatre

This theatre is absolutely stunning and a great place to see any kind of show. Find serious plays, fun comedy acts or bands and musical theatre here on the seafront. The Russian State Ballet with Giselle and Sleeping Beauty, Puccini’s la Boheme, The RSC’s The Taming of the Shrew and the Northern Ballet are all coming up.


Just like the Victorians, you too can watch shows, comedians and musicals at the end of Blackpool pier. It’s cheesy, it’s bright and bold and it’s totally fabulous – get your jazz hands out and get down to the pier.

Pleasure Beach

The town’s most famous and fantastic attraction has loads going on in the day with old school and fast and furious new rollercoasters but there’s plenty to see at night too. Catch comedy, ice-skating and music in summer and winter.

Blackpool Cinema

This fantastic activity idea is so unique that it really can’t be missed. Although watching a film with your friends might seem a little boring on a hen, take it from us, it’s a whole lot more exciting when your film is shown outdoors 1950s style! It’s not around all the time but keep abreast of their Facebook page and see if there’s a showing when you visit. Simply pay, park up, grab some popcorn and tune into their cinema radio station for the audio. Genius!

Because the best things in life are free…

Blackpool’s known for being a pretty affordable place to visit but it’s still good to keep that hen night kitty looking pretty, so we’ve put together a great guide to a ton of great stuff that you can all try for free in this seaside town if you’ve an hour or two on your hands.

Beach bums

Get out on the sands and dip a toe or two in the water or maybe even top up your tan! Although good weather certainly isn’t guaranteed, the beach is always beautiful and everybody’s welcome to wander along the piers free of charge. Revellers have been enjoying Blackpool seafront for hundreds of years and now it’s your chance to do it too!

Outdoor Art

It’s not all sticks of rock and kiss-me-quick hats in Blackpool – there’s some pretty cool art and culture going on too. The comedy carpet is pretty and covered with quotes from famous British comedians and well worth a look and the ‘Sea Organ’ is one of only three in the world! A large metal structure is placed by the sea so that breezes can make its huge strings vibrate and play tunes. Simply amazing.

Park Life

Stanley park in Blackpool is absolutely stunning and you’d be hard pushed to find somewhere so well manicured in the whole of the UK! There’s a trim trail, crazy golf, a model village and a little café if all that strolling gets you feeling thirsty or peckish.

Light Up

The illuminations come once a year from September to November and if you’re around when the town is all lit up, they’re pretty hard to miss. Handily, the Blackpool illuminations are 100% free and so you’ll all love soaking up the fabulous, bright atmosphere. It’s a major tourist attraction, so if you’re feeling shy, why not check them out from your hotel room!?     

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