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Blackpool Town Centre offers great retail shopping, with something for everyone in the UK’s number one seaside town.

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Whatever you’re looking for you can find it in Blackpool Town Centre – there’s everything here that you’d expect from a great town centre destination.

The great thing about Blackpool T own Centre is that it’s got it all. Make it a part of your day out or holiday – a look round the shops, a bite to eat, a walk on the prom, fun and entertainment – all in close proximity and easy walking distance for a great day out for all the family.

Blackpool Houndshill Shopping Centre
Blackpool Houndshill Shopping Centre

Enjoy the new indoor malls of the Hounds Hill Shopping Centre with national names including Debenhams, Next, New Look, H&M and more besides, all under cover in bright and spacious surroundings - with all the facilities that today’s modern shopper expects - including cafes, toilets, car parking and baby changing.

Head outside into the sunshine and sea air and in the streets immediately next to the Hounds Hill and in the shadow of the mighty Blackpool Tower you’ll find many other big high street names, including Marks and Spencer, BHS, WH Smith, TK Maxx, a spectacular Primark on four floors - and similar national chains.

Get beyond the very centre of town and there are plenty of independent retailers to explore, with some really nice products to find – including of course all kinds of women’s, men’s and children’s fashions, but also hairdressers, nail bars, cafes and food shops, solicitors and pet shops – and the Co-op – a handy supermarket right in the centre of town where you can stock up on provisions.

Abingdon Street Market Blackpool
Abingdon Street Market Blackpool

Just across the road is Abingdon Street Market – a traditional market and long standing part of Blackpool’s retail landscape - with independent fruit and veg stalls, bakeries, cheese and dairy, home cooked meats to make your mouth water, and more. 

The good thing about Blackpool is that it’s actually quite a compact place, so you’re not too affected by the inclement British weather! Unlike some cities and town centres where you can walk for miles just getting from place to place, here in Blackpool you can spend most of your time and energy actually inside and finding whatever it is you came for – without getting a drowning from the weather!

Pavement bars and cafes on Queen's Street, Blackpool
Pavement bars and cafes on Queen's Street, Blackpool

Blackpool Town Centre is also a great place for leisure too so if you’re not a great shopper but like the atmosphere of a busy place to spend your free time, then there are plenty of restaurants, pavement cafes and bars where you can meet a friend for a drink and a bite to eat. Try the ever popular Nando’s and Pizza Express – or maybe one of the Taste of Lancashire assured independent restaurants are more your thing. If you prefer a quick bite to eat, you’re spoilt for choice with coffee shops and cafes.

Brilliance on Birley Street, Blackpool
Brilliance on Birley Street, Blackpool

Why not head to Birley Street – a pedestrianised area where you’ll find Brilliance - with the huge overhead steel structures that play music and light shows and in season link the Illuminations to the town centre. Even in the daytime it’s an experience and somewhere to sit awhile and just take in the sights and sounds, but at night it comes to life!

St John's Square, Blackpool
St John's Square, Blackpool

A short stroll away from Birley Street and past the newly renovated front of Abingdon Street Market, St John’s Square is a really nice space right in the heart of town, and where you’ll often find events including continental and food markets, the Chilli Festival, and lots of fun from things like the annual Mascot Games. If you’re involved in a community group you can make use of this space and promote your group (details at the right) just get in touch to find out more.

Pavement cafes in St John's Square, Blackpool
Pavement cafes in St John's Square, Blackpool

St John’s Square is another pedestrianised space so it’s perfectly safe for your little ones to run about and dodge the dancing water that fountains out of the ground in front of the church, and where you can sit a while in the sunshine with a coffee and a cake at one of the many cafes. As you pass through St John’s Square, you’ll see the diving sculpture and see how the light catches it at different times of the day and year.

Blackpool Grand Theatre
Blackpool Grand Theatre

Of course Blackpool Town Centre is also where you’ll find the Winter Gardens, The Grand Theatre and Blackpool Tower – a world of entertainment and leisure to suit everyone, with West End shows, comedy, drama and places with dazzling nightlife are all here just waiting to be enjoyed.

Come and enjoy Blackpool Town Centre – it’s got it all!

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St John's Square - A Space for the Community

If your community group would like to promote what it does or put on a performance to showcase your great works to the general public and holiday makers alike, then Blackpool BID invite you to St John's Square in Blackpool.

The BID look after the smooth day to day running of Blackpool town centre, and St John's Square is one of their areas. Here are the basic details:
- They have an entertainment license so they can sort all that side of things out for you - all you have to do is turn up on the day that you've booked.
- You will need to provide evidence that you have your own Public Liability insurance cover up to £5 million, as is standard for this kind of event.
- You also need to make sure that you can support the event with your own volunteers as the BID won't be able to provide any staff on the day to help you.
- If your event includes food and drink products, you need to be covered by  health and safety.
- There are electric points in the square that you can access for your electrical equipment

So whether your group is musical and can fill the air with song, theatrical and can put on a show, or you want to reach a big audience of people, then why don't you get in touch and bring your community group to the centre of town.

For more information or to book please get in touch, the details are on this page.

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BID Ballot Success

The Blackpool Town Centre BID has won a third term after an overwhelming “yes” vote in the ballot held during the summer of 2015, with 88% of the votes cast in favour of the BID getting a new five-year term of office.

The BID area was extended as part of this campaign to include businesses on the promenade between Central and North Piers.

Businesses pay a levy amounting to 1% of their rateable value to pay for BID activities which include events, warden services and security.



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Events in Blackpool Town Centre

There's always something to see and do in Blackpool, whatever the weather!

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Take a look at the Live Blackpool Events Calendar to find out what's on for you to enjoy

Blackpool BID bring you another sparkling events programme to take place in St John's Square - the area outside the Winter Gardens - throughout 2016. Here are the dates to jot down in your diary...

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Stephen Pierre and Guest Musicians

Pop along to St John's Square and catch live musicians playing outside St John's Church, raising money for Trinity Hospice.

28 & 29 July, 11, 12 & 25 August, 8 & 23 September

Stephen Pierre and Guest Musicians in St John's Square

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Soul Festival and Scooter Rally

Scooter Rally Saturday 17 June in St John's Square

Scooter Rally

Soul Festival Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June in Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Details of Soul Festival events inside the Winter Gardens here

This years Scooter Rally will meet at Lytham Green near the Queens pub from 11am onwards, leaving at 12 noon to ride along Blackpool's iconic seafront, past the Tower to arrive at St John's Square outside the Winter Gardens. 

Blackpool Soul Club DJ's will entertain you with Northern Soul - Motown - Classic Soul - Ska - and Reggae Blue Beat outside The Winter Gardens and this year see one of Blackpool best live bands “The Immediates” a sharply-dressed, four piece Mod band from Blackpool playing nothing but Retro Mod, Beat, R'n'B, Northern Soul and Ska.

There is also a custom Scooter Show to look forward to. Last year over 200 scooters turned up from all over the country, so for this second year the organisers are expecting the event to grow even bigger!

It's a FREE event, but please put something in one of the donation buckets as this year money will be raised for the Air Ambulance.

Look forward to seeing you all on June 17th

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Blackpool Armed Forces Day

Saturday 24 June 2017

10am to 6pm - in St John's Square - free admission

Blackpool Armed Forces Day

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RSPCA Fun Day

Sunday 25 June in St Johns Square

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Jazz & Blues Festival

Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd July in St Johns Square and the Winter Gardens

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Trinity Hospice Fun Day

Saturday 8 July 2017

10am to 5pm - in St John's Square - free admission

Trinity Hospice Fun Day

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Blackpool Classic Car Show

Sunday 9 July 2017

10am to 5pm - Central Promenade

Blackpool Classic Car Show

The first Blackpool Classic Car show is to be staged on Central Promenade, opposite Blackpool Tower on Sunday 9th July, 2017 - 10am - 4pm.

British and American Classic Cars, speciality vehicles plus hot rods, sports cars and kit cars.

Individuals £5. Clubs on a decreasing price scale. The more cars you bring the cheaper it is.

Registration forms are available on this link https://form.jotformeu.com/70096004221341
Car Exhibitor Enquiries www.ukwheelsevents.com
All Other Enquiries: info@blackpoolbid.org or call 01253 476204 (and please mention you saw it here)

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Motorbike Stunt Show

26 & 27 July in St Johns Square

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Kids Mission with St Johns Church

31 July - 2 August in St Johns Square

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BID Christmas Fun Day and Lights Switch On

Saturday 25 November in St Johns Square

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